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Vac Verikaitis

Television Producer

Vaclovas F. Verikaitis (Vac) is a television producer/director and writer who has been a senior member of the production staff on some of the biggest events in the world including the Olympic Games, Formula One motor racing and the World Cup of soccer. He has recently expanded his purview to include television and theatrical drama, working with production companies in Los Angeles and Toronto.
Reinventing Myself In Isolation Led Me To Have More

Reinventing Myself In Isolation Led Me To Have More Empathy

Rooming houses and cheap basement apartments in my neighbourhood are full of people like that. One day, some of them just don't get up. This happens. Every day. But I made a choice a long time ago. I'm not going down without a fight. This past year I've tried to re-invent myself as a writer of a TV drama series.
01/22/2016 03:32 EST
Suarez's Bite Isn't Any More Violent Than an Everyday Hockey

Suarez's Bite Isn't Any More Violent Than an Everyday Hockey Game

FIFA's disciplinary board handed Luis Suarez a four-month ban from any soccer-related activity after he was seen biting an Italian opponent. But what did Luis Suarez do that was wrong? It may seem a ludicrous question to many. But compared to the level of sanctioned violence in hockey and North American football, what Suarez did is trivial.
06/26/2014 01:22 EDT
The Fix Is In at the World Cup in

The Fix Is In at the World Cup in Brazil

The opening kickoff of Brazil 2014 between the host country and Croatia, was set against a series of provocative storylines. Bribery. Corruption. Match fixing. Social unrest as a result of mismanagement of enormous resources at the expense of schools, hospitals and infrastructure.
06/14/2014 01:48 EDT

"There Will Be No World Cup"

A perfect storm of incredulity, fueled by institutional corruption, is on the horizon in Brazil; the dark thunderclouds of rising discontent in sharp contrast to the popular images of sun-drenched beaches and samba-driven smiles. In Brazil, the rallying cry among much of the populace is Nao Vai Ter Copa -- There Will Be No World Cup.
05/27/2014 12:24 EDT
Why Nobody's Watching the

Why Nobody's Watching the Paralympics

Sadly, in the case of the Paralympians, the years of training and hard work will largely go unnoticed as the world focuses on the increasingly serious crisis. As the streets of Kiev became a battleground, and Russian troops entered Crimea, the predominant perceptions reappeared. The world quickly took back any slack they were willing to give Putin.
03/10/2014 12:37 EDT
Auschwitz:

Auschwitz: "It's Not the Sights so Much as the Sounds"

My mother very rarely talked about what happened to her in the Second World War. There were short bursts of recollection, little anecdotes of walking for days on end, seeing bodies scattered in the road. Bombed out buildings. Soldiers and military vehicles everywhere. But the essence of her story was missing. Or not told.
03/10/2014 05:40 EDT
Who Are We to Define Democracy for the

Who Are We to Define Democracy for the Ukraine?

Yes, the Ukraine is corrupt, perhaps more so than even Russia. There can be no questioning the bravery and commitment of the people who went out on the streets to voice their grievances. But Diane Francis' assertion that the "Ukraine has no choice but to join the EU"? Perhaps there is doubt as to whether people know what or whom they are voting for.
02/24/2014 05:12 EST
Moral Relativism and the

Moral Relativism and the Olympics

Protagoras was the Greek philosopher who first taught rhetoric and argumentation. "Man is the measure of all things" he argued
02/17/2014 09:31 EST
Meet the Special Talents Who Run Olympic

Meet the Special Talents Who Run Olympic TV

With far more time to fill than NBC, the CBC producers make maximum use of their resources. Not only have they done a dynamic job of bringing Canadian stories to the forefront, they've recounted the performances of other Olympians from around the world with true depth and aplomb.
02/14/2014 08:16 EST
How Corruption Works in

How Corruption Works in Russia

Corruption is so firmly entrenched in the Russian consciousness that its implementation is a virtual art form. The Sochi Olympics have turned a spotlight onto this most Russian way of daily living.
02/12/2014 12:35 EST
Doping and Passports in

Doping and Passports in Russia

Just a few days before the start of the Olympics three biathletes, two Russians and one Lithuanian, tested positive for a
02/11/2014 11:24 EST
Westerners Are Being Too Critical of

Westerners Are Being Too Critical of Russia

It is too easy to find things wrong with Russia. They can find plenty wrong with the West. Corruption? The Russians would say that's always been the way its done. And can we really say much about inferior construction and poor water supply? Is that something we can criticize when entire populations of Aboriginal people are at this moment living in ATCO trailers in Canada?
02/10/2014 05:05 EST
Welcome to Russia, and Let the Games

Welcome to Russia, and Let the Games Begin

A small technical glitch happened when a giant snowflake failed to open to create the third ring on the top row of the five-ring Olympic logo. No biggie. Hey, in Vancouver the cauldron was complicated and Catriona Le May Doan sat there waiting to light it but it never came.
02/07/2014 05:32 EST
The Great Journalistic Minds Out in

The Great Journalistic Minds Out in Sochi

Two of my Sochi sources are friends I've had for decades. And they've been invaluable in providing context and perspective. I trust that my posts for the Sochi Olympics will reflect the integrity, skill and knowledge of the people I call friends and colleagues.
02/06/2014 09:37 EST
Sochi 2014: Women's Hockey Survives Because it Makes

Sochi 2014: Women's Hockey Survives Because it Makes Money

Since the IIHF (International Ice Hockey Federation) Women's World Hockey Championships began in 1990, only two countries have competed for the title. In fact, it's always puzzled me as to why Canadians continue to get so worked up over a success story that only involves two teams? The reason women's hockey is still in the Olympics is money.
02/05/2014 12:58 EST
Olympic Television Coverage Through the

Olympic Television Coverage Through the Years

Olympic television production is about innovation and excellence. Working at a Games is a buzz. Intriguing, creative people from around the world gather together and function in a co-operative that really works.
01/31/2014 09:31 EST
Sochi: The Reality of Terrorist

Sochi: The Reality of Terrorist Threats

A disturbing conclusion can be drawn from sociological research conducted in the past several years: the attitude of Russians towards the North Caucasus ranges from antagonistic to utter contempt. So what is at the heart of the terrorist threats and how real are they?
01/29/2014 12:34 EST