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|I Am Skooter|
So here's us, on the raggedy edge.
Makes some very good points, and takes Heritage Minister James Moore to task.
An already cut-to-the-bone regional CBC outlet - so poor it has already lost most of its ability to travel in the north - is scheduled to lose eight of a very small staff in the cuts being ordered up to meet the broadcaster’s financial shortfall.
Toronto’s regional outlet, says the mayor, loses nothing by comparison.
“There’s no sharing of the pain,” Rodriquez says, “if that’s what they have to do.
“Toronto is well served by radio stations, but up here it’s what connects people from Timmins to Espanola. If there’s any place in Canada that CBC is getting value for its money, it’s Northern Ontario.
“But here they are, chipping away, chipping away…”
The irony has not been lost in this regional CBC operation, nor in others across the country, that the CBC is being forced to cut back services at precisely the same time that the private sector is bailing out of smaller commitments.
“And that,” says Rodriguez, “is the whole point. You can’t rely on the private sector. You have to have the government involved. Top management of the CBC is taking the first steps toward destroying all that the Broadcast Act stands for.”