Massive protests against cuts to Radio-Canada

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Massive protests against cuts to Radio-Canada

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lagatta

It is utterly extraordinary to have such a massive protest over such a "cultural" issue.

On the Radio-Canada morning show, the broadcasters were defiantly convening listeners to join in the march. You could feel they thought they had nothing else to lose.

A lot of cultural workers, including myself, have endured terrifying cuts in work due to the cutbacks, and for a while I thought the core staff of the CBC-Radio-Canada thought themselves above the fray.

I took part in recording "streeters" in support of Radio-Canada/CBC a few weeks ago at Jean-Talon Market, but couldn't attend today's march as I had a rush of work. I also mentioned the broadcasts in Aboriginal languages.

Couillard said some bastardly thing about understanding the cuts.

Edited to add: clip on the huge protest in Montréal, and also protests in Moncton, Saguenay (snow already, up there!) and elsewhere.

http://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/National/2014/11/16/001-manifestati...

 

 

epaulo13 epaulo13's picture

..bravo que bravo! take us into the future....

lagatta

Here is a clip from CBC Montreal that gives an idea of the size of the march:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/thousands-march-in-support-of-cbc...

The marches in the smaller towns are very impressive as well.

I don't think there was a march in Ottawa, because the French-language employees there aren't in the same union as those throughout Qc and in Moncton. (English-language employees here are in the same union as their Radio-Canada colleagues).

Unionist

Beautiful! thanks for that lagatta.

 

jas

Quite the degree of organization as well, as evidenced by the identical flags carried by almost everyone. Some group was clearly responsible for that. Great to see. I don't think we'd see this degree of demonstration from anglo CBC-philes.

Unionist

[url=http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/thousands-march-to-protest-cb... march in Montréal today against cuts to Radio-Canada[/url]

Quote:

Thousands of people, including employees, union members and local politicians have joined in a march from Square Victoria Metro to Radio-Canada’s Montreal headquarters.

Nicolas Bedard, who organized the event, says Quebecers value Radio-Canada and want to ensure it gets adequate funding.

Outside of Montreal, protests are being staged in Sherbrooke, Matane, Trois-Rivières and Moncton, New Brunswick.

I love this:

Quote:
In a statement, CBC President Hubert Lacroix said Sunday’s protests were further evidence of the important connection between the public broadcaster and the public.

ETA: Replaced the link with hopefully a working one.

Unionist

jas wrote:

Quite the degree of organization as well, as evidenced by the identical flags carried by almost everyone. Some group was clearly responsible for that. Great to see. I don't think we'd see this degree of demonstration from anglo CBC-philes.

It was certainly well organized - but get this. The idea and the call for the demo came from one dude - Nicolas Bédard (see below, for non-FBers) - who set up this Facebook page - it went viral (as they say), and the unions and students and others joined in. You can see that over 6,000 Facebookers signed up to attend.

Apologies to those who don't have a Facebook account. But however much we may dislike some of these social media, they've become a big fact of life, as this one incident shows.

lagatta

I don't have a Facebook account, and I can read everything on that page. Yes, it is extraordinary. It wasn't started by the unions, or the "Friends of", but of course they joined in.