dewline: (public broadcasting)
Check this interview from 2013. It's a bit more sombre than we're used to from him, but it does show us something of the inner man in a good and helpful way.
dewline: (musicians)
Good morning, and good luck.

(At least it was local morning when I wrote this.)

CBC Music's starting up another edition of their annual Searchlight competition, for those Canadians reading this with an eye on music as part of their income-earning or sanity-supporting programmes.

Details on their YouTube channel on how to enter.

With diligence and luck, Canada's music library will improve in both size and quality as a result. It usually does.
dewline: (canadian media)
Mr. Kabango:

I thank you for your work this past year as interviewer, journalist, teacher and entertainer. It is deeply appreciated. I hope your partnership with CBC continues and evolves in the years to come.
dewline: (Sketching)
Opening up the long Ontario weekend with this. Possibly usable in an Agents of SHIELD episode. Consider it hereby suggested to the powers that be for that TV series.

dewline: (canadian media)
I'm listening to this on the radio as I type this. Thanks to the crew at The Current for this. I'll be interested in the follow-through.

Thanks also to Mark Bourrie, Anna Maria Tremonti and Stephen Maher for the term "scrum monkey"!
dewline: (animation)
You know that line about Ottawa-Gatineau: it's a company town and that company is the federal government. There's a certain amount of truth to it, but as you know from reading my LJ - and my contributions to Spacing Ottawa - that's not all there is to the region.

Back in 1990-1992, I went to Algonquin College for the second of two diplomas earned there. That second diploma was in animation for television. Being sidetracked into other lines of work to pay off the student loan, I never got around to working at any of the studios at home or abroad...but those studios "at home"? There's still a few based right here.

One of them is PIP Animation, and an upcoming achievement of theirs got profiled by CBC News recently - by their own admission, for promoting CBC's entertainment programming side of things - that you might be interested in.

Hint: it involves Donald Sutherland.

No, I didn't work on this. But it's good to see the local entertainment industry grow a bit more capacity...
dewline: (canadian music)
"It's no sin to survive." - From Chris Claremont's novel First Flight
dewline: (canadian media)
[ profile] tom_leroux helped me rescue my old Algonquin Animation/CBOT (CBC TV Ottawa) courtroom art demo reel VCR tape from permanent obscurity this past week. I've been hoping to get screencaps from my old courtroom artwork for CBC from that tape for years, so that I can set up an online gallery/archive.

The cases I worked on were from the mid-1990's, mostly in Ottawa with one side trip to Smiths Falls. It was an eye-opening experience regarding criminal law in particular and the justice system in a more general way. At times entertaining, at others disturbing...but a learning experience worth having.

More as it develops...
dewline: (canadian media)
I believe in public broadcasting. I want my taxes invested in it.

At the risk of damage to my reputation as a human being, here's what got me thinking along these lines:
dewline: (canadian media)
I really dislike seeing the CBC starved.

Consequently, headlines like this further distress me.

I've made my distress clear to my MP, but given his status as a Harper loyalist, I don't expect him to do anything I consider useful about the situation. I've got to wait until 2015, and that is likely to be made more problematic in other ways - though not necessarily for me personally - in the meantime, thanks to C-23 if it passes as is...
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For those of you outside of Canada looking to lay hands on legal copies of the above-referenced episode of CBC Television's The Fifth Estate, a documentary on the treatment of federally-funded scientific research during the Harper Years thus far, I refer you to this website:

You might have to do a little digging to place your order, but they do have it if you're interested.
dewline: (canadian media)
Crossposted from [ profile] welovethecbc.

If I understood the quotes correctly, the implication here is that Sturla Gunnarsson wants CBC to take over Telefilm Canada's work...?

If my interpretation is the correct one - no guarantees on this! - is that an idea that makes sense?
dewline: (canadian media)
I think this was my fifth letter in almost as many weeks since learning of the service reduction news re: Canada Post.

Tonight's hardcopy-mail is off to the Vinyl Cafe. Seems like a good time to sign my name to a thank-you note to Stuart McLean for his work these past decades. I've called him "the most ruthless storyteller in Canada" and yes, that's still intended as a compliment. Based on his interview with Broadcasting Canada host Kevin Caners, I suspect he would deny himself the title. No matter. The "Dave and Morley" stories are that good.

More on other stuff as the evening wears on, I hope...
dewline: (canadian media)

* From Next City: The Battle Over San Francisco's Bus Stops. Not sure that Ottawa-Gatineau has yet fallen into a similar trap, but we would do well to take preventative measures.
* From Ethan Cox at the National Post (not one of my normally-preferred news+opinion sources, admittedly): How to Save Canada Post. The idea he closes out with is particularly intriguing.
* CBC/Radio's VP for brand, communications and corporate affairs Bill Chambers: CBC/Radio-Canada still has a job to do. And I agree fervently with him on this point.

More on other topics as the day continues, hopefully.

dewline: (Default)
The anthem of CBC Radio's As It Happens is being remixed, even as that of the Current has already been.

Author Ann Crispin has announced that she's bracing for the end of her cancer battle.

The Irish Rovers are calling it quits as a band.

Not sure what I make of all this yet...
dewline: (canadian media)
Leaving the name of the person out of it, myself. But this was what I wrote.


I just saw the excerpted proposed resolutions re: CBC for the national Conservative convention. Including the one from your party's Ottawa-Orléans riding association.

I will repeat myself at the risk of being deemed surplus to requirements as a voting citizen: I reject the idea that it might be in any way desirable to do any of the following with the CBC...

1) Pravda-fication - the conversion of the public broadcaster into yet another propaganda device of the government of the day. Including this one.

2) Privatization - self-explanatory.

3) Pledge Drive-based business model - I know how vulnerable to editorial subversion by donors that renders organizations such as PBS in the States. No thank you.

4) Powering-down - shuttering the CBC for keeps in other words.

None of these four alternatives, however desirable to various members of the Conservative Party or to the current government as a whole, is acceptable to me as a Canadian citizen. All such resolutions proposed at your party's convention are therefore unwelcome.

My thanks for your time.

Dwight Williams
Canadian citizen
CBC supporter


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