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So this happened today at the CRTC:

Is this a decision Canadian viewers, readers and listeners need to worry about? If so, why?
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Some articles that you might want to look at.

First, the redoubt-building going on here in Canada (buried in a long profile on Murdoch's sons...and why would any sane Canadian government want this family setting up a doomsday retreat here?

Then two items from NPR that speak to motive:
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We have some comparisons of how the end of the Ghomeshi trial was opined about by news services inside and outside of Canada. Warnings for trigger-topics in the links. Also, I have to say that I don't think I was going to be even remotely pleased by the verdict, whatever it ended up being for a whole mess (and "mess" is the operative word here) of reasons and/or excuses.

Our trade arrangements with the House of Saud are still on. Cause for concern, also. And there's other stuff to consider as well.

The ideology of the President and Board currently in place at CBC/Radio Canada seems to still be in force, despite the change of government. I have issues with that. Also, issues with the relative paucity of funding being restored to CBC/SRC.

More on other topics later during this laundry day...
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Looking at this on the one hand:

[FORUM] Do you think Kazakhstan will be next after Ukraine?

And on the other, the first two tweets in this posting:

Mulling it all over...and thinking that - as I replied to the latter - Russia Today, Fox News, and Quebecor/Sun Media are all doing similar things right now for similar reasons. RT is the only one explicitly backed by a national government, but there is a similarilty to all three.
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Caught this programme on CBC Radio One today. It sums up a few things about how and why radio is still valid as a medium.

Go have a listen. Then come back and tell me what you think.

Me? Here's what I think:

Radio is dead?

I don't think so.

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Moving on from hardware testing inspired by Marvel Comics-derived movies, we now have an article in Foreign Policy devoted to military tech, doctrine, logistics, etc. on the interstellar scale.

Thanks much to [ profile] kallisti for the heads-up over on Facebook.

For myself, I know that some of those omissions were accidental in some cases of space opera in TV, movies, comics, novels, etc.. Others were by design. And it's not always clear to me which instance falls into which category at which point in time.

How about you?
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Amazing! Not my handiwork, but...well, if you click on the photo, you'll see the gibe I succumbed to writing!

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...or at least trying to.

The day-job search continues, as does preparation for a storytelling slam at the end of this month. (I'll try to edit in a link to the competition later today/tonight.) Same with software skills development. Research for articles for Spacing Ottawa as well.

Last night, though, I had some fun.

The Writers Festival crew put on a show at Southminster United Church in what the maps of the 1910's and 1920's called the "Wyoming Park" section of old Ottawa South. Randy Bachman, promoting his first book ever, Vinyl Tap Stories. Complete with his own musical accompaniment. Lots of stories from the Winnipeg days. Interviewed by CBC Radio One Ottawa's Laurence Wall.

I had fun.

Pictures on Flickr to follow.
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1. Apparently Booster Gold is about to become Canadian. Whether this is a "from now on" deal or a "retroactive continuity" thing is something not yet made clear. A bit late for the publisher's purposes, as I'm planning on buying only the reprint collections from before Flashpoint for the foreseeable future...of which, it is good to know, there are currently a half-dozen or so available.

2. Yesterday's phone-in on adult ADD on CBC Radio's Ontario Today show, briefly featuring Rick Green, has gotten me thinking about a few things past through a different type of lens. Not sure that this should be explored any further, though.

3. I read through Douglas Coupland's biography on Marshall McLuhan for the first time today. It's short, to the point, with meandering sidebars that one might suspect are intended to echo the thought processes of the man himself. It's quite possible that a few dozen re-reads are necessary before I begin to get the full effect.

I should definitely read McLuhan's own works, though. That's on the bucket list.

4. Just realized: I've been so zoned out from the Saturday travels that I've missed tonight's air time for Doctor Who.


5. More as it occurs to any of us...
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I'm feeling a little achey, a lot of tired...and I'm still connecting dots in my head. Also, feeling a little rant-minded. So, if you'll forgive me?

New issues of National Geographic, Canadian Geographic and The Walrus came out in recent weeks, and there's a topic linkage in that: oil and its consequences.

National Geographic was covering the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, including a foldout map of the Gulf of Mexico complete with federal exploration leases actively explored/exploited, pile lines, wildlife refuges and so forth all marked out clearly. To call it an extensive network is probably to damn myself for understating the situation.

Walrus had a feature on the Albertan oil industry's push against the Northwest Territories to get onside with their perceived needs for the McKenzie River Valley watershed. A lot of people in the NWT are not all that pleased with the push. However, being a territory and not a province still has more than a few political and financial drawbacks for the NWT. And those could end up creating some ecological headaches for future generations.

Canadian Geographic's October 2010 issue is devoted to the direct consequences of climate derangement for Canada as a whole. Desertification of the South Saskatchewan River basin, loss of harbourfront real estate in old downtown Halifax (and likely, its counterpart in the former city of Dartmouth right across the harbour as well ), overheated cities(with Montréal as an exemplar of where we could be headed with or without remedial and preventative measures)...

You see where my brain is going tonight?

When I stumbled onto the last of these at Mags and Fags, that news-stand on Elgin Street, late this afternoon, I muttered something about "climate derangement" - my phrase for the situation many - most? - of us are scared of. A guy standing next to me who'd chuckled moments earlier about some novelty item proclaimed by its packaging to be "made of real poo" - I have my doubts on that one - responded on automatic that "I don't believe it. It's all a scam by people looking to bring carbon taxes."

I suppose it's an inevitability. Live in Ottawa long enough, you'll run into all kinds. Sometimes it only takes a month, sometimes a quarter-century. And you'll have to live next to them, work with them, and occasionally marry into each others' families. If you - and they - are lucky enough and careful enough, you'll figure out a way to not only co-exist, but thrive in concert. Someday. Preferably sooner than later.


I told him flat: if it's my lungs or someone else's cars? I'm siding with my lungs. So if that means carbon taxes? Go, carbon taxes, go!
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Some things that caught my attention in the last couple of days:

Stephen Harper met Sir Stephen Hawking. Both survived the experience. For some reason escaping me right now, I'm filled with irrational hope for now.

Clive Doucet is running for mayor of Ottawa. Details here. Hoping that he makes a good show of it, whether he wins or loses. I fully expect him to raise points and issues helpful to the voting public and inconvenient to his competitors. Otherwise, what's the point?

What is Quebecor's leadership thinking at the moment? I'd like to know. Are they copying the Rupert Murdoch playbook or what?

Back to you...
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Okay, I'm at home getting over some sort of lung bug. The coughing jags are less troubling, less often and doing a bit of "house-cleaning" finally - possibly even phrasing it that way might be TMI for some, and I apologize for that - and looking at some items of interest, concern and occasional amusement.

Under the "concern" heading:

Kory Teneycke is signing up with Quebecor's attempt to build what appears to be a home-grown equivalent of Fox News. Teneycke used to be a high-level spokesbeing for our current PM, Stephen Harper, as some of you may recall.

The latest attempt to put Canada into a closer lockstep with the US DMCA has been introduced in the House of Commons.

(Recommended sidebar reading: Almost anything Michael Geist's written on the subject.)

Under the "Interest" heading:

I see that Chicago broke their 49 year drought in the NHL playoffs last night. Congratulations to the hockey fans supporting the Blackhawks (Black Hawks? What does the team website say on that?) re: the Stanley Cup win.

(Maybe Ottawa ends their drought at last next year?)

Under "Mild Annoyance":

I notice that Google's started using photo backgrounds on their opening search page. So have other people.

Google Management? One request from a regular user here: cut it out. Please?

Under "Amusement":

Next edition of Apple's Safari browser could be an ad-killer app, according to MIT's Technology Review. Thanks to Justin Beach for the heads-up!

The whole idea of an NDP-Liberal Party merger. Although if it ended up the same way the Progressive Conservative-Reform/Alliance deal did(IE: the smaller party hijacking control from the bigger one)...? We'll see what happens.
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We've recently had an ad campaign launched up here. It's unusual for one reason in particular: the product it advertises does not exist.

It's called Obay, and the ads make it appear to be a drug, tailored to ensure obedience of your children in all things. That is the second unusual aspect of the campaign, as it explicitly promotes brainwashing. Most real pharma-campaigns promote their drugs as useful for anything and everything but.

Then came the confession from the organizers. It turns out that it's an organization called Colleges Ontario doing some kind of advocacy stunt. As you've seen from checking the second of the links above, they're going to start explaining themselves tomorrow.

I'll be interested to see what the explanation of the campaign ends up being, but I'm wondering if it's not beside the point. I have a half-serious, half-amused concern over how many people on the buses every day took this for a real product and started asking at their local doctor's or pharmacist's about getting this drug into their childrens' disciplinary/health regimens. I think we all know someone who could make that mistake, no matter where we live.

And I'm not saying that the tagline "From the makers of WhyBecauseISaidSo" wasn't a giveaway clue to the true nature of the thing either. Certainly, it's in the best tradition of Adbusters. Whoever came up with this...Adbusters ought to recruit them post-haste.

Not sure what else to say at the moment, so I'm opening up the virtual microphone.
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Mes amis, Canadiens et Canadiennes, citoyens:

You Get the Culture You Deserve - by Denis McGrath

"When I hear the word 'pistol', I reach for my culture" - by Alex Epstein

Read them.
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Considering that, depending on your point of view, I've either (a) worked for it and stopped and re-started several times so far, (b) I'm an independent commentator/creator in the media, or (c) both...well, I have some cause for concern here based on these two items at Antonia Zerbisias' blog and at Ottawa Watch, regarding the future of Canadian media services.

Of course, I've also worked with/for American entertainment concerns in the past, and hope to do so in future. I'm working with an Australian as well right now. Whether that brands me as either wishy-washy, a hypocrite or someone who likes to keep eggs in multiple baskets for reasons ranging from pragmatic to personal satisfaction...well, time will tell.

I just know that, as a Canadian by birth and by choice, I'd like to see as many players on the field in my neck of the woods as possible, making as comfy a living as they like.

And I'm going to be mulling these articles over a goodly while, I think.

Any thoughts on the content in those two links from the rest of you?
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Okay, I've had a few warm welcomes from some of the allies and friends. I'm somewhat over the shock of making the decision, and have decided to stick with it.

That's good to feel welcome.

It's also good to know that the CBC Lockout of 2005 is over and done. We've had enough disruptions of the National Fabric of late, given the entire NHL season that already went into the toilet thanks to both sides of that mess not giving an inch until after it was too late.

Whoever saw sense at CBC Management, the Canadian Media Guild, thanks to you all for solving this part of the mess. You know who you are.

That said, I'd very much like to see CBC more securely funded. It's our National Public Broadcaster, our institution for recording history "on the fly"(as opposed to the National Library and Archives, which serves the historians of "sober, second thought"...not unlike Parliament's ideal view of the Senate, but more egalitarian in structure). And our main forum for telling our own works of audio and video fiction to ourselves, at least for the moment. Improvements are already being worked out by the formerly-Locked Out and their saner and smarter managers(and I know such are out there). The stabilized funding will make it easier in some ways to get those improvements done, as far as I'm concerned.

I think I'm done for the moment. More in a little while, hopefully on comic books.


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