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Monday, May 29, 2006

Did someone say strike?

The largest city in the nation has been crippled by a wildcat walkout this morning. Most people I talk to in TO have said that without TTC and traffic in gridlock, they've had to stay home from work or they spent hours commuting this morning, so the economic consequences will surely be massive.

Naturally a story of this magnitude is, at time of writing, the top item at the Globe and Mail, the National Post, the Toronto Star and CTV.

Meanwhile, at the CBC, they apparently consider another strike to be a more important top story for their Canadian audience:


Posted by Kevin Libin on May 29, 2006 | Permalink


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This is a socialist state. Screwed and beyond repair

Posted by: Self | 2006-05-29 12:48:13 PM


Do you think the lay-person (ie those who don't read blogs like this and generally are not involved in politics on a daily basis) notices things like this?

Posted by: Gord Tulk | 2006-05-29 12:53:35 PM

What's really grating about this is that I have to pay for the CBC because big brother makes me.

What a piss-off.

Posted by: Warwick | 2006-05-29 12:55:38 PM

Ummmm, that was a shot of a page that hadn't been updated since yesterday. If you look at it now the TO Transit strike is story #1

Posted by: wilson | 2006-05-29 1:13:31 PM

Uh, Wilson?? It still showed the Hunger Strike in the past hour. I see it has now been changed, but I do find it amazing that the TTC strike was not the #1 story from early in the day (here on the west coast)

Then again, I take comfort in know that maybe Toronto is not the centre of the universe, afterall.

Posted by: MCinVan | 2006-05-29 1:18:57 PM

Another example of why we need to take back our public services.


Posted by: Joan Tintor | 2006-05-29 1:27:17 PM

Ummmmmm. . .that screen shot was taken at 2:30 PM Central time. The walkout broke nearly nine hours prior. As mentioned, all the other news sources were running the transit strike as their top stories, and in some cases, had advanced the story into whether the TTC would be running in time for rush hour home.

Posted by: Kevin Libin | 2006-05-29 1:29:13 PM

Wouldn't it be grand if the only childcare available in the country was state run? The childcare workers could rotate strikes with the transit workers and we'd NEVER have to work.

Posted by: Rob R | 2006-05-29 2:13:57 PM

Hmmm I thought the CBC was on strike. Gee, I hadn't noticed. When did they go back?

Posted by: nomdenet | 2006-05-29 2:16:42 PM

nomdenet: what makes you think they ever worked in the first place. Working for the CBC cannot be considered gainful employment.

As for the TTC strike, all I can say is: keep them out as long as possible. Wear the transit union out. Remember what Rosa Parks started in 1955 in the Montgomery Bus Boycott - that lasted over a year because people were willing to make it last. The union will weaken the longer the strike lasts. Only then can changes in fares and service happen.

Posted by: Scott | 2006-05-29 3:10:26 PM


Don't mind me.

I'm just trying out my brand-new Mac OSX keyboard, paid for by my daughter, who spilled her Sprite on the original one yesterday.

All the symbols you see above can be accessed with the shift/option key. I love it, especially when somebody else is paying for it.

As least my 18-year-old daughter has learned to accept responsibility for the mess she created ... even offered to pay for it herself without being asked.

Guess she's got no future at CBC.

Posted by: Set you free | 2006-05-29 3:52:50 PM

Set you free, hopefully CBC has NO future.

This is the 21st Century.
There is a CBC because why?(imagining a culture for future communist Crown proxies known as Governor Generals)

Posted by: Speller | 2006-05-29 4:59:23 PM

You guys are a HOOT!!! Keep on ravin'!!!

WAAAAAAAA!!!! The CBC is making me MAAAAAAAAAD!!!!

Posted by: Mark Logan | 2006-05-29 5:49:09 PM

I think we should, out of compassion and brotherly love, start a kleenex drive for the CBC. They're going to need it. Meantime I'll keep on enjoying my Fox News. There's not much about Canada, but then there's not much real news about Canada on the CBC either.( Maybe we should save some of that kleenex for the CRTC? )

Posted by: lwestin | 2006-05-29 6:07:06 PM

Looks a lot like working people screwing other working people. Most of the people who use TTC don't make as much money as the people who are overpaid to carry them to work.

This is all logical in the commie world.

It's sort of a Hijack (layton) thing to do.

Looks good on Toronto though.

Very entertaining.

Posted by: John | 2006-05-29 7:46:25 PM

"We have two channels. CBC Channel 1 and CBC Channel 2."
What's on CBC Channel 1?
What's on CBC Channel 2?
"RCMP officer telling you to turn back to Channel 1"

Posted by: Howard Roark | 2006-05-29 7:55:34 PM

The CBC, our tax dollars at work. Hopefully when the Conservatives get a majority in the next election PM Steve will cut the CBC out of the federal budget. The funniest line I ever heard on TV was on CBC however, a couple of weeks ago I heard a CBC newsperson call himself an "unbiased professional reporter", wrong on all counts no such creature works at CBC. In my lifetime CBC has never been anything more than the propaganda division of the Liberal Party of Canada.

Posted by: ProudtobeaRedneck | 2006-05-29 8:16:03 PM

Proudtobe...: You think that is hilarious how about George Stroumboulopoulos claiming on his show last week, in a response to an E-mail criticizing his bias, that "If you think we are leftist then you obviously have never watched the show."
I mean really you can't make this stuff up, these C-student, Womens studies major, losers just sit in their Toronto bubble and think that the entire country sees things the same way they do.

Posted by: WinnipegLibertarian | 2006-05-29 11:50:36 PM

You mean as opposed to these mouth-breathing Ayn-Rand-fetishizing auto-didacts who plug nonsense into their computers while eating Cheetos in some Winnipeg walk-up or waiting their turn with the heifer in some Alberta backwater and think that the entire country sees things the same way they do?

Posted by: truewest | 2006-05-30 12:03:03 AM

The CBC likes equal quota's and affirmative action. Thus the CBC should get more conservatives in there.

Posted by: Larry | 2006-05-30 2:15:59 AM

No self-respecting conservative would be caught dead working for the CBC.

In fact, Harper should make the elimination of the CBC a high priority. Nothing less than the complete physical destruction of the CBC is acceptable. Tear down the buildings, incinerate the rubble, and bury its archives in a mineshaft for at least 100 years so its resources cannot be used by the present generation. This is, I think, lenient treatment for the same network that regularly passed off lies as truths - ie. "Valor and the Horror" which said the Nazis were the innocent victims instead of the perpetrators of the Holocaust, and "The Arrow", which used old conspiracy theories to tell the story of the Avro Arrow.

End the CBC NOW!

Posted by: Scott | 2006-05-30 7:32:53 AM


I'm with you with the destruction of the CBC (and yesterday ain't soon enough!) but it seems an awful waste to destroy very expensive buildings which could be sold off to the private sector to retrieve a few dollars back from that atrocity.

If we have to bury anything, it should be the staff and cultural elite would would all be dropping dead of culture shock at having their gravy train end. Imagine that lot of losers having to get real jobs... I can't even do it.

Posted by: Warwick | 2006-05-30 8:28:29 AM


I sympathize about the property destruction, but I'd do it so that the CBC can literally be purged off the face of the Earth like Saddam's statues, monuments and pictures were by the Coalition in 2003. It's worth the money just to feel that sense of satisfaction that the bigotry of the CBC could never return. The CBC has wasted enough money as it is, a little bit more won't matter.

As for those people finding new jobs, well that's their problem. It's about time they had to get off their lazy idle privileged butts and start contributing to society. Then we will see if they ever had any real talent.

Posted by: Scott | 2006-05-30 9:36:23 AM

Truewest, the difference is that taxpayers aren't paying the "mouth breathers" to post on the Shotgun.

Posted by: Howard Roark | 2006-05-30 10:25:10 AM

I would never miss the sneering, leering, mealy mouthed, self acclaimed preachers to the people (CBC and its subsiduaries) because they speak a garble that I really hate - BORING socialist weak- kneed negativity. I listin to them because I like to know where the Liberano/dipper backers are getting their retoric. For years I wondered where those people got their skewered notions; after listining to the CBC I found the scource of the pablem.
I grew up in the Cypress Hills where we lisined to U.S. stations; I did not even know there was such a thing as CBC until I was about 18 - I also never percieved a difference between our friends in Montana and our friends in Canada - in my mind we were all the same and everyone was FOR individual Freedoms and merit winning the day. After moving to Salmon Arm B.C. in my last year of High School (1967) my jaw was dropping every day when my teachers (who were much younger than the Sask. teachers had been) gave me low to failing grades for English, History, French, and History. I didn't have the 'spin' for those socialists until I started listining to CBC!! I had always thought that WWII was a gallent fight for freedom - my teachers called it a capitalist blood bath - and so on and so on...It took me 2 months to realize that it didn't matter how well researched or what my sentence structure was - what mattered was the 'mash potato' content. I got my 'spin' from CBC and thought I was pretty smart. I never 'bought' the spin because I had not been spoon-fed the slop from birth - but given that a lot of kids in this country were nurtured on the pablem, it is suprizing to me that we have so many young thinkers. Were these people, like me, not listining to the CBC? It is a glaring failure that the Liberano/dipper outfits, given the idolizing (to cult propotions) support of educaters and media have failed to 'Communize' this country. We can probably blame the U.S.A. media, pioneer's who built this nation and soldiers (who became parents), and Ronald Regan for saving us from becomming Mo Strong's nightmare nation. Who was it who said 'keep your friends close, keep your enemies closer' , that man was correct IMO. I am with you Scott and Warwick in thinking that the CBC should be wiped from the face of the Canada but while they are broadcasting their drival, it is important that the rest of us keep our eye on them.

Posted by: jema54j | 2006-05-30 11:28:34 AM

Meanwhile, how about those Guantanamo hunger strikers ? Talk about a win win situation. Let's hope the striker list there keeps growing, and maybe in a month or two the U.S. can shut down the place. What a great solution !!

Posted by: MarkAlta | 2006-05-30 4:12:21 PM

I recognize that the mouth-breathers may not be on the public payroll, but they hold themselves out as vox populi in a way that no CBC staffer, living or dead, would every think of doing. And, frankly, while the MotherCorp has more than a few dim lights, most of them sparkle next to this sorry lot.

Posted by: truewest | 2006-05-30 4:40:21 PM

If the CBC claims to "speak for all" why are its ratings so abysmally low in the west, particularly Alberta. I know why.

It doesn't represent the point of view of anyone but the priviledged aristocracy of Tronna, the racist city of death - the closest thing to a slave society in the developed world. It is a matter of principle for Westerners to reject the CBC and Ontario as incompatible with our world view. They represent all that is negative: greed, racial prejudice, corruption and a revisionist agenda.

Now if people want think that way, such is their right. They can say how the Nazis were the good guys, or how 9-11 was justified, or how Chretien wasn't a crook all they like. But it is our right to protest how our tax money is spent. Don't waste our money telling us that our money isn't being wasted.

Oh for the great glorious day when the CBC burns in the night sky. I'll get out the marshmellows and weep with joy at the end of this antique relic of a bygone age.

Posted by: Scott | 2006-05-30 4:54:39 PM

Turn CBC radio on some time and have a listen. As it Happens,Ideas,Quirks and Quarks.The list of excellent shows goes on and on.You might actually learn something.

Posted by: Canadian | 2006-05-31 4:33:05 AM

I love the insinuation that people who do not listen to the CBC are not intelligent. How snobbish, privileged and elitist! How Ontarian!

Well I for one stopped listening to the CBC and discovered other things. Turns out the CBC is a load of nonsense important only to the rich of Tronna. Why don't you people do the same and broaden your world perspective? (Assuming they actually can.) There actually is a world beyond what the government tells you.

Posted by: Scott | 2006-05-31 5:27:57 AM

Why waste time arguing the merits (or lack of same) of the CBC? The main thing IMHO is that the government does't have any more business running a broadcasting corporation than it does a hot dog stand.
(and BTW - I should be able to pay for what I want to watch, and NOT pay for that which I do not.
If all those lovers of the CBC think it's so great, let 'em pay for it their bloody selves.)

Posted by: Stevie Eye | 2006-05-31 9:11:17 AM

truewest, canadian: There have been good shows on the CBC (Hockey Night in Canada comes to mind). But, we shouldn't be forced to pay for it. If it's as great as you say, it will survive on its own, like CTV, Global, Showcase, Bravo....etc. (Besides, they'll still have Telefilm to get public money from).

Please explain why I should pay for left-wing bias? Would you like to be forced to pay for right-wing bias? It is conceivable that after say 10-15 years of Conservative rule (if the CBC hadn't already been privatized or made into a private charity case), its bias would shift to the right to please its' political funding masters.

Would your opinions change if Anna Maria Tremonti and George Strombolopolous were replaced by Danielle Smith and Adam Daifallah? Or if Conrad Black was hired to replace Tony Burman? Myself, I'd still oppose the public funding, even if I agreed with every reporting method or on-air personality.

Posted by: Angela | 2006-05-31 9:47:04 AM

The CBC is an inherently anti-democratic institution because it presents an official version of the truth much like that found in dictatorships and the like. As the state-sponsored and financed broadcaster, it divides the country rather than unites it by placing its supporters on one side and opponents on another. The best thing to do with it is to destroy it, because censorship just leads to another form of officialdom. I for one prefer to find my own news sources and will finance them on my own. I do not need a privileged elite to tell me what is and what is not proper.

Posted by: Scott | 2006-05-31 10:17:13 AM

Good Lord what is the world coming to?

Scott made a post and I agree with every word of it.

I'm getting freaked out!

Posted by: Warwick | 2006-05-31 10:29:45 AM

Warwick I find that agree with Scott 100% of the time by simply replacing whenever he uses the word Ontario with Liberal.

Watch it …duck …. :>)

Posted by: nomdenet | 2006-05-31 10:51:06 AM

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