With the resignation of one of the previously elected CMG Trustees, there are now two vacant positions as Trustees. The …
Regardless of the time of year, over the sixteen years I’ve covered politics, there has always been a healthy core of reporters around to discuss stories, swap tales and most important, probe issues to hold government to account.
But not so much anymore.
“Looking at it now with 2016 eyes, it was a big deal to come out publicly back then,” Chabot says. “I didn’t like my life exposed. But I would not hesitate to do it again. I would do it in a heartbeat.”
Even here at home, we must fight any attempt to limit a free press or thwart the public’s right to know, no matter how trivial it may seem. As journalism goes, so goes democracy.
It’s hard to underestimate the importance of what is happening south of the border when it comes to labour. 40 thousand workers at communications giant Verizon walked off the job this week – many of them members of the CWA, the union with which the CMG is affiliated.
The media industry is in turmoil. By CMG’s rough calculation, the industry has lost more than 16,000 jobs since 2008. A recent study predicts another 15,000 jobs will be lost by 2020 in television alone. Cuts, even closures have become routine and are having a devastating impact on workers and families.
We must now return control of CBC and Radio‐Canada to the people. Now, more than ever, we need a strong public broadcaster – a solid and vigorous foundation for information and culture in the digital age.
The future health and viability of the CBC, as Canada’s public broadcaster, is an issue on which the parties are truly differentiating themselves. Voters have a clear choice on October 19. And even though three of four party leaders have been pleased to talk about it, they don’t get a lot of media attention when they do so.
For decades, the CBC’s TV, radio, and online programming, along with other initiatives such as the CBCMusic.ca Festival, have provided a platform for Canadian artists to reach a larger audience. It’s often the first, and sometimes only, outlet that will play their music and conduct interviews for a national audience. It’s a vital part of the music ecosystem in this country.
As a leader who represents thousands of journalists, I have said repeatedly that I cannot support one political party over another. But that doesn’t mean we must sit idly by and ignore attacks on the interests of our members, the 99% and democracy. When a government, political party or any group attacks the common good, we will stand up, speak out and fight back.
In the past year, the most paralyzing and unnecessary cuts ever imposed on the CBC/Radio-Canada have moved a growing number …
Representatives from many of Canada’s news organizations and media unions, have launched a series of national ads – the goal is to promote an understanding and appreciation for quality journalism at a time when the industry is undergoing significant upheaval led by changing technology.