A Different Point of View....: Liberals take first small step toward rebuilding the CBC, but there are many miles to go

The federal government has taken the first step on a long road toward what hopefully will be the restoration of the CBC as Canada’s most important public interest and cultural institution. For nearly 10 years the Harper government forced the CBC off track from its original goals of promoting culture and the arts, providing quality ...

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: The loss of a great Canadian storyteller. RIP Stuart McLean

Each Christmas season for many years, my parents would buy our family tickets to Stuart McLean’s show when it stopped in Edmonton on his cross-Canada tour. It became an annual tradition that each Christmas we would join hundreds of Edmontonians at the Jubilee Auditorium to listen to McLean do his masterwork. He would stand alone at the ...

Dead Wild Roses: Trees and Crime

    Trees on streets and boulevards reduce crime.  Do we know the how or why of this particular correlation, nope.  But we do know that trees on private lots also tend to reduce criminal activity, with the proviso that they are over 42 feet high.  The studies linked are quite fascinating and most definitely worth ...

Dead Wild Roses: CBC Radio: The Current – Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape – Peggy Orenstein

   Further dispelling the myth that we don’t need feminism and equality is the lay of the land.   This interview describes the situations and pressures young women face as they make there way through our patriarchal society.  Read or listen to the whole interview on CBC, it is well worth your time. AMT: We spoke ...

Dead Wild Roses: Say “NO” to ads on CBC Radio

Due to broken promises and subsequent budget cuts, our previous government forced CBC radio to resort to using advertisements to supplement funding. It was outrageous then and it is outrageous now.  The CRTC is now inviting the public to express their opinions on the matter and Friends of Canadian Broadcasting has set up a convenient ...

Dead Wild Roses: Alberta @ Noon: Let’s (*not*) Gut the Public Service

   Be it resolved – If the Private Sector is cutting jobs in a economic downturn then the Government of the day should also be cutting Public Sector. This is my debate point.  You won’t find it anywhere in the Alberta@Noon podcast I’m about to link here.  I know most of you won’t be thrilled ...

A Different Point of View....: CBC’s Q aimed at U.S. youth while most Canadians given back seat

When CBC management announced following the dismissal of Jian Ghomeshi last October that the radio program Q would be re-launched, I hoped that we might see a revival of true Canadian arts and culture programming in radio’s morning time slot. I and tens-of-thousands of other Canadians yearn for the return of programming similar to some ...

Northern Reflections: Journalists First

                                                http://www.quillandquire.com/ Except for the occasional episode of The Nature of Things, I don’t watch CBC Television. But I do listen to Radio 1. The Gomeshi Affair has revealed deep seated problems ...

A Different Point of View....: What needs to happen to save and rebuild the CBC

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 ’80s but, like so many other people, a kid who was brought up in a home that was ...

Blevkog: Pete Seeger tribute on CBC’s Ideas with Paul Kennedy

As you all know, Pete Seeger died Monday night after giving us music for the past 70-odd years (he was 94).  Last night CBC Radio’s Ideas with Paul Kennedy rebroadcasted a tribute to him that was originally produced a few years ago.  It’s really worth a listen: A Tribute to Pete Seeger

The Canadian Progressive: Ads on CBC Radio a serious blow to public broadcasting in Canada

By: Friends of Canadian Broadcasting | Press Release: TORONTO, May 28, 2013 –  CBC’s new licences, announced this morning by Canada’s broadcast regulator, are the culmination of years of neglect by successive governments and the product of the Harper Conservatives’ hostility toward public broadcasting in Canada. The CRTC renewed the licences for all of the CBC’s ...

Dead Wild Roses: Hard Rock – Hallelujah

We need more of this in our music scene because frankly, the omnipresent bland radio pop (A big unthankyou to CBC radio 2 for adding more of this soul withering drivel to my listening day) bores the everliving fuck out of me.  So hit me with some hard rock hallelujah any day of the week ...

The Canadian Progressive: Idle No More: An audio essay by the CBC Radio’s Jian Ghomeshi

Jian Ghomeshi, the host of “Q”, a national daily cultural affairs talk program on the CBC’s Radio One, weighs in on the Idle No More grassroots movement for First Nations rights in Canada. Ghomeshi tackles the slogan, the hashtag, and the movement. RELATED: Canada’s First Nations leaders confront Harper Gvt on Parliament Hill Canadian Labour ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – The CBC Signature Series – G Major

Welcome to the CBC Signature Series hosted by Paolo Pietropaolo on CBC radio 2 every Sunday.  For the Friday Classical Music Interlude I’ve been sending you directly to the CBC Signature Series page, but as Paolo suggested, it is also possible to embed the sound clips directly into the blog post. “G major: The Trusty ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Frieday Musical Interlude – CBC Signature Series – A Minor: The Faded Beauty.

Welcome readers to the key of A minor, the CBC Signature Series continues and as always, you will have to go over to the CBC Radio 2 site to listen to the music and voice-over by Paolo Pietropaolo.  A minor: The Faded Beauty Also known as: The Wilted Rose. The Cougar. A minors you might ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – The CBC Signature Series – E major Prince Charming.

Amazingly enough, not posted by Paolo Pietropaolo. But hell, lets link there anyways. Welcome readers to the key of E major, the Signature Series continues and as always you will have to go over to the CBC Radio 2 site to listen to the music and voice-over by Paolo Pietropaolo.  E major: Prince Charming – ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – The Signature Series – A Major

 Welcome to the Signature series on DWR – you will need to go to CBC radio to hear the A major voice-over/musical interpretations. A major: The Will-o’-the-wisp Also known as: The Flibbertigibbet. The Problem Child. A majors you might know: Jane Eyre. Maria from The Sound of Music. Veronica from the Archie comics. The notes: A – ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – CBC Signature Series

Welcome folks to the third instalment of the signature series and today’s key is B minor.  Embedding sucks, so you have to go the CBC website and listen for yourself. 🙂  The music and the play by play commentary make for an entertaining listening experience. B minor: The Dark Romantic Also known as: The Gloomy ...

calgaryliberal.com: Vincent on Power Play, CBC Radio

In the interview-panel, Vincent is joined by Sheilla Copps and Karine Cousineau to talk about Liberals in Alberta, politics, and Justin Trudeau’s entrance into the leadership race. Click to access the eight minute panel. Vincent also appeared on CBC morning radio at 7:30 am today and will be on the morning opener on CBC radio at ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Classical Music Interlude – The CBC Signature Series –

The signature series continues at CBC and here with D major. Follow the link and listen. D major: Miss Congeniality Also known as: The Workaholic. The Homecoming Queen. D majors you might know: The Goddess Athena from Greek mythology. Oprah Winfrey. Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The notes: D – E – F♯ – G – A ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Classical Music Interlude – The CBC Signature Series – 50 Shades of Awesome!

   CBC radio 2 still has goodness left in it, witness the Signature Series.  A string of programs that explore popular conceptions of music written in specific key signatures.  Today’s interlude will feature the key of G minor and songs that are written in that specific key.  The downside to this series is that the ...

Facing Autism Disorders in New Brunswick: Facing Autism Flexible Inclusion Versus NBACL Extreme Inclusion on CBC Maritime Noon Thursday September 20

This Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 12 pm AT (1 ET) I will be a guest on the CBC Radio show Maritime Noon.  I will be discussing and advocating for a flexible model of inclusive education. Marlene Munn will also be interviewed on behalf of the NBACL which promotes a full, and in my opinion, ...

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Feeding the Beast

This is a script for a piece I read on CBC Radio back in 2006. Feeding the Beast by Mark A. Rayner Hi, my name is Mark, and I am a writer with a problem. There is a monster eating … Continue reading →

When Will The CBC Learn?

With the announcement of 650 job cuts at the CBC I’m left with one very poignant thought: when will the CBC learn? When will they learn that the Conservatives have it out for them? When will they learn that they have a loyal fan base across the country that would literally walk on hot coals for them? ...

A Different Point of View....: Unless people take action, Harper’s scheme will mean ‘Goin’ Down the Road’ for Maritimers

By dramatically changing the health care funding formula, is Prime Minister Stephen Harper showing little concern for the future of the Maritime provinces?  The Health Accord “deal” that Harper practically threw in the face of the provinces and territories this week, not only cuts health funding for all the provinces starting in four years, but ...