BREAKING! Must Credit Author of News Story I’m Linking To!1!


The CRTC has issued its recommendations on the Canadian Television Fund. Key passage:

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission rejected Shaw’s and Videotron’s request that they be allowed to opt out of contributions to the general fund and use the money to develop their own programs.

But the regulator agreed that there should be separate finding [sic] streams – one to concentrate on commercial appeal for private broadcasters and another for the CBC, educational broadcasters and other not-for-profit broadcasters.

The Writers’ Guild of Canada immediately issued a press release with its take on the decision:

The Writers Guild of Canada (WGC) is disappointed that the Commission felt it necessary to split the Fund into two streams with no clear distinction between them other than the source of the money.

“There was no evidence presented in the CRTC’s Task Force Report or the hearings in February that the CTF was not working,” says Maureen Parker, Executive Director, Writers Guild of Canada. “Now they’ve broken the Fund in two with no clear rationale. This introduces new layers of complication, duplication and bureaucracy into the Canadian TV production financing process – and all because cable companies like Shaw didn’t want to contribute to a system that has made them wealthy.”

The WGC is relieved that both streams of the Fund will continue to support only 10-point Canadian productions, but questions the “increased emphasis” on “audience success” of the so-called “private-sector fund.” Audience success was already a key criterion in the CTF model. And evidence indicates that those shows most distinctly Canadian – shows like Little Mosque on the Prairie, The Rick Mercer Report and Corner Gas – had the best success with Canadian audiences.

As for my own comments, I’ll have some later; right now I just thought that it was worth linking to the news. This does seem like a good opportunity for a questionnaire of some sort, like:

Canadian Mountie Drug-Buster does an episode about Murray the Mountie infiltrating a high school disguised as a cowboy, to bust a cocaine ring. Discovering that the principal is stashing the coke in the otherwise harmless candy and potato-chip machine, Murray decapitates him with his hat and then delivers a solemn lecture, with illustrations, about the dangers of drug use. For purposes of the funding, does this count as:

a) Educational programming. It teaches the dangers of drugs and the importance of hats.

b) Entertainment/commercial programming, like everything else involving high schools and/or vending machines.

c) Too entertaining to be Canadian programming, so it forfeits funding either way.

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  1. Funny George Carlin saw this coming a long time ago. He noticed that people were working at what he called “increasingly shittier and shittier jobs for less and less pay”. He looked out at the audience and said “it’s a big club…but your not in it”. “And now they are coming for your social security to give it to the criminals on Wall Street. And they’ll get it too.” How profetic he was. It should be obvious that the pie is only so big. When the greedheads at the top raise their cut by 40% someone is going to take it in the neck(namely the middle class) Add to that the wonderful world of globalization where all the decent paying jobs are shipped to China and we get to put on the Wal-Mart greeters jacket. But the “experts” told us this would all be fine and there would be all kinds of jobs in the “service sector”.(i.e. : flipping bergers). The chickens have come home to roost. The “experts” were stunned that the economies of China and India are feeling the effects of this. Surprise, people who work at Walmart can’t even affort to shop there. No one left to buy the poisionious plastic crap from China here anymore and the poor buggers over there arn’t paid enough to to buy fricken toilet paper. I suggest that Canada, US, Europe and any other non 3rd world hell hole form a massive trading block and shut out anyone who treats there people like crap. We dont need to trade in misery. I think we could have 3/4 of a billion people in that trading block and could all have decent lives. If China wants in that club, clean up your act or piss off. There is nothing they have that we can’t do without. They on the other hand are desperate for our resourses and technology. Screw them. This is the only thing that will revive the Western World. Anything else is just band-aid solutions.

    • You say – “There is nothing they have that we can’t do without” – that’s the problem however, there is no single “we”. China and India do actually do have something that our rich and powerful need – billions of cheap slaves, total lack of any environment protection laws, corrupt government, even more corrupt than our Western governments. This is what the ruling classes of Western society to exploit to become even richer. The Western aristocracy and the rich, especially American, Britain, and Canadian, have united with corrupted “communist” rulers in China and India and have found a new way to exploiting labor to get as much return on capital as they can manage. Welcome to the 21st century capitalism.

      • bigger moron

        • How about you explain yourself "ziggy"…?

    • HEAR HEAR!!! It’s so good to finally read a post that says what many of us are thinking!

      • buncha MORONS!…

    • biggest moron

  2. wayne:

    george carlin was many things but a prophet he was not. The whole “economic pie” theory being finite -where a fixed amount of money gets split up between people in certain income groups is completely flawed and doesn’t account for the fact that the pie grows exponentially.

    When one thinks of the upper class — they think of a handful of greedy corporate CEOs making millions in salaries and stock options on the backs of the “poor”. They don’t think of the thousands of autoworkers in Windsor, whose compensation is upwards of $77/ hour when you factor in benefits, pension and other entitilements. Thats $144,000 per year – which puts them squarely into the greedy upper class. They don’t think of a plumber in Calgary who makes over $100,000 per year or an electician in Winnipeg who makes the same.

    Maybe its time to start re-defining the class structure. What this story fails to do is explain that a large number of plumbers, electicians, teachers and autoworkers who formerly made up the middle class have moved into the upper class, at least in terms of incomes narrowly defined by stats canada.

    • I do not consider a plumber making low six figures greedy. Nor do I consider auto workers and their inflexable unions greedy. Stupid maybe. Also, I find the ever expaning pie theory flawed. I can think of only one entity that expands expotentaly forever…cancer. That is until it kills the host, or in this case the goose that’s laying the golden egg. It’s obvious now that the ecomonic “pie” of the last few years was expanding all right…on paper, not in reality. The greed heads I am talking about are not the tradesperson doing the heavy lifting and being payed for it. I am talking about the Maydoffs, Kenith Lay, Bernie Ebberts ,Enron’s and all the rest of the wall street flim flam artists selling snake oil. Telling people all the good jobs can be shipped away to slave labour hell holes and everything will be fine. On a final note I guess there is nothing like a true believer. You talk about an ever expanding pie while millions are about to be regegated to the soup lines. Cheers

    • When is the last time you went to Windsor. That city is so depressed!!! I don’t think anyone makes close to the figures you’re posting. They have the highest unemployment in Canada and have had that distinction for some time now. I must say they have some of the best restaurents I have every frequented though. People should come and try them out.

    • there are absolutely no autoworkers that get that kind of money… wtf… what planet are u on…

  3. There seem to be more anxiety now than ever before, simply because more people are affected.
    But there is another look at this, n.l.What is happening today has been a long time in coming, a change took place in mid 60’s and no one batted an eye.Change happened before and will happen again. Adapt.

    • Jan, I am old enough to remember the 60’s but not old enough to have been in the work force. I’m not sure what change you are talking about but I asure you what’s coming is going to look more like the 30’s than the 60’s ever did. We have barely started to see the misery that is about to occour. I hope to God I am wrong about this but I don’t think I am. We didn’t have 10’s of millions of decent paying jobs shipped off forever to slave states. Far too many people and governments are wistling past the graveyards. Wait till the full fall out of housing prices hits. People who though they had equity in their home are in for a massive surprise. I know I sold a property last Sept. just ahead of the collaspse. Even then it sold for a little less than I expected and in doing some research I found out prices just about everywhere had peaked last spring. Far ahead of the financial collapse. The biggest farce now is that people who are in homes they can’t sell just got their property assesments and guess what, their assements are up! Government here is using assements set at the end of 2007. What a joke.

  4. I think people aren’t taking personal responsibility for a big part of the equation, and this article only touched on it:

    “The truth is the middle-class squeeze has been happening for decades, but it’s been hidden from view and papered over by a buoyant economy. As long as unemployment was low and credit was easy, middle income earners could fool themselves into thinking that they were making progress. If they didn’t have the money for a bigger home or a second car, they could always borrow it.”

    Fact is, the “middle class lifestyle” doesn’t mean the same now as it did a few decades ago. Two income families are the standard now, but not necessarily or only because it’s what’s required just to “get by,” but because people expect a higher standard of living than they used to… they simply want MORE, a bigger/nicer house, more stuff to put in it, nicer cars, etc. The house that I was raised in was typical middle class at the time, but would now be considered a “starter” home. It’s become normal for people to drink champagne when they should be on a beer budget, and use easy credit to pay for it.

    If more people realistically lived within their means, this whole crisis would be a lot smaller.

    • Couldn’t agree more. So many people/families, have lived beyond their means, in their efforts to keep up with the Jones’. The buy now/pay later, why worry attitude that has pervaded much of society throught the 90’s until now, is coming back to bite people in the butt. I don’t really have much sympathy for those people, (since I had to learn the hard way, about not spending beyond ones means), ESPECIALLY those people who thought they could get away with making close to 30-40/hr without ever having to finish highschool, let alone some sort of trades/post secondary education (looking at you autoworkers). I

      If your in your 30s and beyond, and you never finished highschool, and are now worried that you can’t afford the “middle class” life you have been living, because YOU didn’t bother finishing your education, or upgrading your skills, well now is time to reap what you have sown.

  5. Good article, though we’ve all seen similar articles before. What’s missing is Part Two of the article, wherein the solution to this problem is explained. Opinions will differ on what the solution plausibly would entail, of course, but in fact, there is no shortage of proposals. The Cdn Centre for Policy Alternatives has its suite, the Fraser Institute another. Let’s see some proposals written up in Maclean’s.

  6. Ontario is in trouble. We have a stupid education system, which shuns competition and rewards incompetence via a totalitarian structure void of parental choice. In some communities violent behavior occurs far too often, yet parents must send their children to these schools. In other areas rogue boards with “tin pot” dictators rule their educational communities with all of the arrogance of any medieval monarch. And to top it off the province continues to change educational pedagogies at the speed of light and opts to use pedagogies which discourages direct teaching of skills- this seems to be a taboo in the trillium province.

    Research continually shows that when money follows the child, education improves.But don’t expect any improvement in this province where Dalton McGuinty believes that tossing all of them into a “one size fits all” container, is the only way to go.

  7. If the price of our million dollar condo goes to 10 grand, who cares? We dont owe anything on it. The city will eventually lower their property taxes as well. The majority of babyboomers own their homes outright. Stop panicking. Those who rent have nothing to worry about, your rent will come down as more apartments become available. As long as you have some kind of job(s) you will be OK. And yes, the middle class got smaller because they got rich, just like us.

    • Justin, very short sited. The collapse of housing prices will hurt most everyone, especially the people and families who have been some of the most productive and most responsible. I think you would be very surprised at how many people still have morgages on their homes. Sure people who were born at the start of the baby boom may have made out ok. Those on the other end, not so much. For many people selling their home was going to be part of their retirement. They will now find themselves stuck with homes that are declining in value. Increasingly more expensive to keep up and pay more and more taxes on as governments get more and more desperate for every last dime they can squeeze out of what’s left of the middle class. As the middle class got squeezed many people remorgaged to do “selfish” things like, I don’t know…try to get their kids educated as tuitions skyrocketed. Also, we were told to put our savings in the stock market…oops..screwed again. I am somewhat puzzled by your comments about rent coming down. I have been around long enough to have seen housing prices go up and down but I can only recall rents going one way…up. About the only people who will not feel this are the very wealthy and those who live a lifetime on welfare. The latter will never even notice what’s going on and the former might be forced to hang onto the Bemmer for an extra season. Cheers.

    • Tell me again why more apartments are becoming available? Are the owners being whisked away by aliens or something? Oh.. that’s right, they can’t afford their rent because they have no jobs and are kicked out into the street.

      Good thing they just magically disappear when that happens and don’t start considering desparate acts when put into the desparate situation of no home or food.

  8. >Tell me again why more apartments are becoming available?

    Housing has become more affordable; some people are moving back in with their parents.

  9. People who are not able to argument their point call their opponents names. But it shows that it is them who deserve be called morons and idiots as well as cowards as I’m pretty sure you gentlemen, would stuck your tongue in some place if it were face-to-face conversations. We can arrange that to verify.

    • KING of MORONS!

      • Is that all you got? Geez, grow up.

  10. Keep it civil, boys.

    You want to know how to help save Canada? Buy local. Use Canadian based companies for your shopping, not Walmart. Try Zellers if you want to save. Buy the Ontario produce instead of the Georgia ones. Are you someone who can afford a home Reno? Go to Rona’s. Home Depot is American. Shop smart.

    And in times of crisis, housing goes up, not down. People need more money, so they up the rent to cover the rising costs of hydro, gas, water, and the property taxes on the building, not to mention the upkeep. Try finding a 600 sq ft apt in Toronto that actually has hydro included for under 800 a month. Go on, I dare you. It’s impossible. And since the government has declared you’re in poverty if your rent is more than half of one paycheck, most people are seriously screwed.

    As to the increase in people living at home with their parents? Yeah, they are, but not because they want to. Most people are because they need to, because otherwise, they’d have nothing. I personally had to go back home, because my other option was to live in my car. And I made over 2k a month. With bills, car issues, rent, food, medication and optometrists twice a year, continuing to live on my own wasnt an option anymore. Since then, I’ve sold my car as it wasnt a necessity, and am $500 a month richer for it, with gas, maintanence and insurance not an issue. I also got a comparable job closer to my parents, so I pay very little for transportation. In fact, I now walk, so I’m getting in better shape while saving money.

    I found this article to be fairly accurate, and I will reiterate what I said in the beginning.

    You want to save Canada? Buy local, buy smart.

  11. Why has no one mentioned “free-trade?” What is the real reason our economy was able to grow at such a phenomenal rate? What is the real reason that the middle class jobs are disappearing as the high income earners enjoy growth in income? The ones with the enormous salaries manage the businesses while the menial jobs move to Asia and South America! Watch “Big Box Mart” on jibjab.com if you want to see a prediction come true. Folks, it’s called FREE TRADE.

    • Protectionism only keeps people here in unproductive jobs, at the expense of everyone else who has to pay the higher prices. Canadian exports, by the way, have skyrocketed under free trade, and we benefit from more open access to what is still the world’s largest market. I’m not saying it has gone without snags, but it has been beneficial. For example, free trade deals have allowed us to ship an awful lot of Canadian-made cars to the U.S. (far more than we consume here). Rather than fighting over trade issues with the U.S., what we should be doing is working together with the Americans to improve access to foreign markets (e.g. China) to get on a level playing field over there.


  12. What the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and others conveniently fail to mention is that the poor are not getting poorer when you look at after-tax incomes and also factor in government assistance and transfers. Their figures do not even consider EI benefits, let alone child tax benefits, GST rebates etc. When you factor all that in, the so-called rich (who pay a lot more taxes and do not receive those benefits) are not so much further ahead than the article suggests.

    • Lay off the drugs.

  13. It is not the issues of Canadians it become global for everyone :(

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