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Author Archives: Carmel Smyth
By Carmel Smyth  •  Posted on June 5, 2012

Fingers crossed for a win in Wisconsin to replace Governor Scott Walker. In a state of only 5 million people, 900,000 signatures on a recall petition made a huge statement. Walker is arguably the most anti-labour governor in the US … Read more »

By Carmel Smyth  •  Posted on May 4, 2012

Young workers in British Columbia have realized you can make the world a better place AND improve your salary by merging your social justice interests and collective action principles (from mom and dad’s union hand book). A growing number are fighting McJobs by … Read more »

By Carmel Smyth  •  Posted on April 26, 2012

Former radio host Andy Barrie shares his childhood love of CBC Radio in the Toronto Star, how else can a “new” Canadian learn to pronounce Newfoundland (rhymes with “understand”) correctly, and to appreciate the scope of this country. Growing up in … Read more »

By Carmel Smyth  •  Posted on April 4, 2012

Discouraging. Depressing. CBC cuts 650 jobs. How can the public broadcaster provide compelling Radio, online, TV news, drama, documentaries and sports without adequate funding. It is a sad day when quality, innovative journalism and Canadian programming is undervalued.

By Carmel Smyth  •  Posted on March 30, 2012

 We are not the only Candians surprised by heritage Minister James Moore’s flip flop on support for the national public broadcaster. Less than a year ago he said the feds would “maintain or increase support for the CBC”. But this week’s budget cuts … Read more »

By Carmel Smyth  •  Posted on March 30, 2012

After promising to “maintain or increase” funding to the CBC after the last election, Heritage  Minister James Moore has some explaining to do. How is it the overall budget cut is 6.9% for federal departments and a whopping 10% for … Read more »

By Carmel Smyth  •  Posted on March 26, 2012

Congrats to CMG members at The Canadian Press across the country for your new deal. You suffered months of uncertainty and an aggressively demoralizing campaign by company owners intent on cutting staff and salaries. Instead of falling apart and being intimidated, … Read more »

By Carmel Smyth  •  Posted on March 23, 2012

 Supporters and fans of CBC radio and TV demanded their Conservatives MP’s oppose severe budget cuts to the broadcaster that would destroy programming and dimish Canadian content. 29 thousand fans have signed the petition so far. If you love quality journalism, supporting Canadian talent, and an … Read more »

By Carmel Smyth  •  Posted on March 21, 2012

Congrats to CBC’s 5th estate team for Scouts Honour– a compelling TV doc on sexual abuse in Scouting. It was a difficult story to research, (no one one wants to talk about it); difficult to shoot (when organizations won’t cooperate) and … Read more »

By Carmel Smyth  •  Posted on March 20, 2012

You might be surprized to see a union giving out journalism awards, since labour issues are so rarely in the news, unless its a looming strike or lockout update. The truth is the ideals of labour and journalism are largely the same; to … Read more »

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