OK, now even in the Maritimes spring has sprung and with it, a deluge of actions. This week the "Fight for $15" protests turned into what is being called the largest protests of low-wage workers in U.S. history, and thousands of Canadians joined their ranks. The best thing about these protests are the slogans, which turn fast-food platitudes on their heads with chants like "All those burgers, all those fries. We want wages supersized!" With more unions starting to mobilize for the election, if the pressure keeps up, we could be in for a hot summer of protests and change.
The CBC, and particularly CBC Radio, is easily Canada's most important cultural and public interest institution.
I say this not so much as someone who worked at the Corporation during the glory days of the 1970s and 1980s but, like so many other people, a kid who was brought up in a home that was always watching and listening to the CBC.
Residing in a small village in Nova Scotia, we greatly appreciated the voices and images, ranging from Clive Gilmore's 40-year run of Gilmour's Albums on radio to the hard-nosed journalism of Norman DePoe on TV.
The CBC announced cuts to supper-hour newscasts and in-house production in order to shift its focus from radio and television to digital and mobile services.
On Thursday, the CBC reported that the broadcaster's President and CEO Hubert T. Lacroix said, "You're going to see an investment in mobility that's going to rise as the investment in perhaps television ... is reduced."
The "debate" about CBC resonates less and less. It's probably time for the super-verbalizing to end and for CBC to either produce or get off the pot. Consider the despoliation of language in just this recent round. (This doesn't apply, by the way, to CBC Radio, which has an audience that actually cares.)
Related rabble.ca story:
The future looks bleak for the CBC as we know it. The public broadcaster is facing a 12 per cent ($115 million) cut in its government funding and, two years down the road, the probable loss of the television service's flagship Hockey Night in Canada, which brings in about half the corporation's advertising revenue and provides about 400 hours a year of "Canadian content," a hole which will have to be filled.
Though the revenue shortfall will be most evident in the television service, CBC Radio will inevitably have to share in the pain as management scours the corporation for ways to cut costs.