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Charting CBC cuts isn’t pretty

No wonder fulfilling its unique mandate and maintaining a strong voice across the country just keeps getting harder for Canada’s public broadcaster. Let’s put the latest round of cuts at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, totaling $130 million and layoffs of 657 people, in perspective. This chart, courtesy of Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, shows the decline in total grant and operating grant […]

April 11, 2014

No wonder fulfilling its unique mandate and maintaining a strong voice across the country just keeps getting harder for Canada’s public broadcaster.

Let’s put the latest round of cuts at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, totaling $130 million and layoffs of 657 people, in perspective.

This chart, courtesy of Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, shows the decline in total grant and operating grant from Parliament to CBC from 1990/91 to 2014/15, indexed by Prime Minister and adjusted to 2014 dollars. The trend line hasn’t been good for a very long time:

CBC appropriation

The next chart, produced by CBC before a deep round of cuts in the 2012 federal budget, shows Canada ranked in the bottom three out of 18 major Western countries (and well below the average) when it came to public funding of their public broadcaster (on a per-capita basis)

International broadcaster funding

Photo: rickchung. Used under a Creative Commons BY-2.0 licence.

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Conservatives vote for lower wages, crappy benefits

The Conservative government just made headway in their push to weaken unions and drive wages down. Legislation amending the Canada Labour Code and the Parliamentary Employment and Staff Relations Act is heading to the Senate after cabinet ministers and Conservative MPs lined up behind a caucus colleague’s private member’s bill to secure its passage at Third Reading in […]

April 10, 2014

The Conservative government just made headway in their push to weaken unions and drive wages down.

Legislation amending the Canada Labour Code and the Parliamentary Employment and Staff Relations Act is heading to the Senate after cabinet ministers and Conservative MPs lined up behind a caucus colleague’s private member’s bill to secure its passage at Third Reading in the House of Commons on Wednesday night.

Bill C-525, introduced by Alberta Conservative MP Blaine Calkins and drafted without…