Thursday, March 18, 2010

Bullshit ? What CBC Says vs What CBC Does For Local Broadcasting?

Take a look below at "The Broadcasting Act" section iv: and then ask where CBC is reflecting the different needs and circumstances of each official language community, including the particular needs and circumstances of the English linguistic minority in Quebec - especially in the Greater Montreal Area !

Why is the CBC - (imo) bullshitting its owners, the Canadian public, into believing the Broadcasting Act is being respected in Quebec, for the 'substantial English population in the Province', when in FACT - CBC has - ERASED - just about - ALL local English programming in Montreal and Quebec, thereby DEPRIVING millions of English speaking Quebeckers their outlet for expression ? (see: CBC: "Impact of Potential Loss Of Local Broadcasting"

The Broadcasting Act states:
"3. (1) It is hereby declared as the broadcasting policy for Canada that
(l) the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, as the national public broadcaster, should provide radio and television services incorporating a wide range of programming that informs, enlightens and entertains;
(m) the programming provided by the Corporation should:
(i) be predominantly and distinctively Canadian,
(ii) reflect Canada and its regions to national and regional audiences, while serving the special needs of those regions,
(iii) actively contribute to the flow and exchange of cultural expression,
(iv) be in English and in French, reflecting the different needs and circumstances of each official language community, including the particular needs and circumstances of English and French linguistic minorities,
(v) strive to be of equivalent quality in English and in French,
(vi) contribute to shared national consciousness and identity,
(vii) be made available throughout Canada by the most appropriate and efficient means and as resources become available for the purpose, and
(viii) reflect the multicultural and multiracial nature of Canada;
(n) where any conflict arises between the objectives of the Corporation set out in paragraphs (l) and (m) and the interests of any other broadcasting undertaking of the Canadian broadcasting system, it shall be resolved in the public interest, and where the public interest would be equally served by resolving the conflict in favour of either, it shall be resolved in favour of the objectives set out in paragraphs (l) and (m)."

1. What impact does the loss of local broadcasting have on the diversity of voices?
Local broadcasting – on television and radio – remains an important way of ensuring that the issues and perspectives of local communities have an outlet for expression – both locally and on a national level. That identification with the lives of people in other communities is the very essence of a national identity. While other platforms, particularly new media, are emerging to address the needs of local communities, to the degree that local television broadcasting is lost, an important safeguard of diversity is lost with it.

That is why CBC/Radio-Canada is committed to remaining deeply rooted in Canada’s regions. We believe that it is part of our mandate, as the public broadcaster, to ensure that that service remains part of the Canadian broadcasting system."

Note **CBC Montreal - English Programming** is just about non existent**

All other locations below are French only & CBC President, Mr. Lacroix, plans on building 4-5 more French only locations in Quebec and more French stations in Western Canada - and again, NOTHING for English Quebeckers - who again - have no local programming to speak of. Why is that ? And if this doesn't scream of - linguistic bias - I don't know what does.

French Language locations in Quebec.
Radio Canada in Montreal is French and is huge !!

· Radio-Canada Abitibi-Témiscamingue
· Radio-Canada Bas-Saint-Laurent
· Radio-Canada Côte-Nord
· Radio-Canada Estrie
· Radio-Canada Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine
· Radio-Canada Gatineau
· Radio-Canada Mauricie

This is how the regions are separated on the Radio-Canada site:
* Quebec
* Abitibi-Témiscamingue
* |
* Bas-St-Laurent
* |
* North Shore
* |
* Estrie
* |
* Gaspé-Magdalen Islands
* |
* Gatineau
* |
* Mauricie
* |
* Hotel
* |
* Quebec
* |
* Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean

1 comment:

  1. I am not surprised that the CBC would not follow the dictates of the Act vis a vis the anglo minority in Quebec. After all, the House of Commons unanimously supported the Mulcair motion of several months ago.

    The Mulcair motion -- "That, in the opinion of the House, recognition that the Québécois form a nation within a united Canada means, in particular, that Quebec has the right to ensure that immigrants to Quebec must learn French first and foremost." -- is in direct contradiction and violation of sections of the Official Languages Act, not to mention both Quebec's and Canada's charters of rights.

    The fix is in, Didi. And by that I mean Ottawa has it in for the anglos way, way more than Quebec has. At least Quebec has an excuse for violating our rights (a lame, inexcusable, and unjustified excuse but an excuse nevertheless). What excuse does Canada have in NOT defending our rights, a responsibility and obligation that the federal government has under law (not to mention as a moral imperative)?

    None, other than appeasing Quebec nationalists, racists, and linguistic supremacists in their blackmail that unless Ottawa kowtows to their demands that they will break up the country.

    Well, I say it is high time to call their bluff. As important and as dear to our hearts that the concept of Canada is, the concept of individual rights is much more important. It is high time for Canada to be sacrificed for individual rights rather than individual rights be sacrificed for Canada.