The company that owns Bell Canada, CTV and TSN has been sparring with the CRTC over deals the company has made to broadcast hockey and football games exclusively to its own wireless subscribers. The federal broadcast regulator ruled in December that BCE had gained an unfair advantage through those deals – and ordered it to make that content available to rival Telus Corp. “at reasonable terms.”
Here’s a news report from Manitoba’s CJSB.
From the Swan River news room of CJSB-FM this is your CJ Radio news update for eight o’clock. Good morning, I’m Bill Gade. News this hour, a presentation of Peavy Mart. [A brief ad for Peavy Mart aired.]
Startling revelations are being made about the care of animals seized by the RM of Swan River. Last week CJ-104 told you that the Swan Valley Animal Protection League was requesting additional funding from the RM for what it termed “complications” during the spay and neuter process.
But CJ Radio has learned that higher cost was actually due to many of the dogs being pregnant and that the organizers of the sterilization campaign decided to have those puppies aborted to speed the process. That means that the total number of dogs killed while in custody had risen sharply. No one from the Animal Protection League has been available to speak to the media; however, it is widely accepted that at least five puppies were frozen to death when a dog was left outside with no shelter days after the seizure.
Those close to the situation suggest the abortions likely account for another thirty-five puppies, bringing the possible total number of deaths to forty. The total number of dogs seized was only twenty-seven.
Meanwhile, the Animal Protection League’s own website says their mission is to promote animal rights as an extension of human rights, something that doesn’t seem to go along with the forced termination of pregnancies or the freezing death of puppies.
The Goba case returns to court on Wednesday. He faces forty-four charges of animal cruelty, but is not accused, however, of killing even a single puppy.
Several community members complained to the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council. Click here to find out why, and what Canada’s broadcast watchdog determined.
So that’s it, Facebook friends. Everything you’ve ever posted to the site is in one place for all of your so-called friends to see in one long, scrolling page called a timeline.
What was optional is now mandatory for its 800-million users, and if you want to wipe anything off your Facebook wall you have until Jan. 31.
Go ahead and do it now, I’ll be here when you get back (and don’t forget those Halloween pictures from 2009. You know who you are).
I switched over to a Timeline in late December and everything I’ve ever posted was suddenly streaming before my eyes, the browser window was bottomless. Every status, every friend added, every comment, every photo, every video of my entire social media past: right there for all of my ‘friends’ to see.
There was some funny stuff: Toronto real estate hotshot Brian Persaud half-naked in a paddle boat, for some reason. Pictures of 22-year-old me playing a rock show in a sundress.
And my kids, so many pictures of my kids. How lucky for everyone!
And that’s when it started to feel weird. I remember posting all of them, but they were neatly tucked away in albums that you had to make a bit of an effort to see.
Which was fine for the out-of-town relatives who wanted to look at pictures of my kids. But the idea of the hundreds of “friends” I’d managed to pick up since opening the account suddenly seeing a never-endind scroll of smiling kids (even if they are the world’s cutest) just didn’t feel right.
I did what a lot of people are going to start doing – culling. Some people may be reminded of embarrassing status updates, hurtful breakups, job changes – it’ll all be there.
But Facebook makes it hard to clean out years of your social history: deleting my photo albums and tags was taking forever, and I wasn’t sure anything was gone for good.
So, I wrote a blog post explaining why I was killing my original account (to make sure nobody could suggest I deleted them out of some kind of weird Facebook spite), and started a fresh account.
So feel free to be my friend. But you probably won’t find me very interesting. Sorry.
For decades, residents of La Ronge, Sask., were comforted by the fact that although their small northern town was isolated from the world, a tiny CBC bureau gave them a voice that travelled well beyond their border.
That will come to an end on March 1, as the public broadcaster relocates the town’s sole journalist to a currently unstaffed studio in Prince Albert, some three-and-a-half hours down Highway 2 in good weather.
The CBC said its office lease has expired and its sole employee’s contract is about to end, and it can do the same job from afar.
The move comes amid concerns over budget cuts at the public broadcaster as the Conservative government looks to trim costs in its upcoming budget. But the CBC says the move is more about efficiency than cost savings – although John Agnew, the managing director of Saskatchewan, concedes money does increasingly matter.
“There was a simply of confluence of events that allowed us to move resources from a community of 6,000 to a community of 40,000,” Mr. Agnew said. “With CBC looking at financial constraints, it seemed to make sense to move to a bigger location without incurring a penalty.”
The town isn’t buying it – and Wednesday night Mayor Thomas Sierzycki will sit with his council and draft a letter protesting the move. The CBC is supposed to reflect the country’s diversity, and that can’t happen if it pulls out of one of the poorest regions of the country and attempts to provide coverage from afar.
“It’s absolutely important we have someone to share our story,” he said. “And it should be a person who is immersed in the culture of this community. I stress that Northern Saskatchewan is the second poorest region in Canada – what message are we sending if we pull resources that can help improve the situation?”
The bureau had been staffed by Tom Roberts for the last 25 years, since his retirement in 2010 Brett Bradshaw has been the town’s voice. The journalists have largely focused on aboriginal issues, something Mr. Sierzycki said is necessary if conditions are to improve for the 2,000 natives living in and around the town (which has a population of 3,500).
One project saw Ms. Bradshaw help residents put their own concepts together for broadcast, so they could tell their stories in their own words. A major focus was the challenge of returning to school after dropping out, as the region continues to battle a high dropout rate.
“It’s important for a community to have those stories told,” Mr. Sierzycki said. “The bad ones, yes. But it’s also important for the good news to be told, to boost the community. And you need someone here to do that.”
It’s not the first time the broadcaster has attempted to close operations in the community. It backed down from a similar proposal in 2009 after the community rallied behind the bureau. A similar reprieve is unlikely, Mr. Agnew said, although the CBC vows to ship a reporter to the community if there is breaking news to cover.
“I’ve spent years north of 60 and I know about small communities and their relationship with the outside world,” Mr. Agnew said. “Something like this is never a good thing, and I’m not trying to sound glib when I say I wish we could staff every community of 6,000 the way we have staffed La Ronge – but we simply can’t.”
Still, many in the community believe the CBC is missing the point. Having a reporter in La Ronge isn’t about covering the town, they say, but about covering the entire northern half of a province that is rich in resources such as uranium but still faces desperate poverty-related issues.
“This isn’t about one community,” said Valerie G. Barnes-Connell, who has worked as a reporter at the weekly La Ronge Northerner for the last six years. “We are about half of the province up here, and the trust levels aren’t high between the north and the south. We live two different lives, and you can’t capture that from Prince Albert.”
Weather-obsessed Canadians with basic cable rejoice – the Weather Network is guaranteed a channel on televisions across the country for another six years after the federal regulator opted to extend the channel’s mandatory distribution contract.
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission said Tuesday the channel must be included in all basic television packages until September, 2018, provided it spends $1-million a year “educating the public on and increasing public awareness” of its weather warning system.
The channel’s owners – Pelmorex Communications Inc. – also agreed to modify the system to allow emergency management organizations to confirm their alerts have been received by the station and are being transmitted to viewers.
The broadcaster applied for an extension in July, and the CRTC was flooded with letters of support from viewers. The plan hinged on the station being an aggregator for regional weather warnings, a task often handled by local television stations.
As part of the deal, the channel agreed to introduce three new local feeds for British Columbia, Alberta and a third undetermined region and hire 12 full-time equivalent workers by the end of 2012.
“The commission received over 4,000 interventions in support of this application by members of the public, broadcasters, broadcasting distribution undertakings, public officials, and public safety stakeholders,” the CRTC wrote.
Shaw Communications Inc., Quebecor Media Inc., Cogeco Cable Inc. and Rogers Communications Inc., Bell Alliant Regional Communications and Bell Canada objected to the extension, arguing that the CRTC should wait until the previous deal expired in 2015.