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Support the CBC!

Although there are many things that define Canada (YES, okay? YES, we have an identity, for Christ’s sake!), I think of the CBC as the backbone of this country. And there are rumours floating about that there’s some sort of threat to the CBC. I don’t know if it’s true or not or, as my friend and fellow blogger Mark Leslie‘s suggested, if it may be some overreaction to a comment made, but on the chance that this is real, I’m embedding this petition.

If you have ever listened to the CBC and if you understand the importance of the programs, of the richness of history the corporation brings to Canada, of the contributions it’s made to our culture; if Shelagh Rogers and Stuart McLean and Peter Gzowski and Barbara Frum and Jian Ghomeshi, and more, are or ever were household names, please use this effortless opportunity to voice your support.

If you’re not sure what the CBC means to this country, to us as Canadians and even internationally, click on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. This, my friends, is Canada.

13 Comments

  1. Em

    I have so much respect for the CBC and what they have done to support Canadian art and culture. It is partly thanks to them that Canadian literature has become more popular in Canada and, therefore, abroad. I am aware of that and I hope Canadians are too.
    I wish I could sign the petition, but it looks like it’s reserved to Canadian citizens :(

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    1. Oh no! I’m sorry, Em. I didn’t even notice that. Well, I totally appreciate the thought and appreciation you have. When I read your blog and all the Canadian content you have, I’m always in awe since you don’t even live here! It’s excellent.

      Thank you.

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      1. Em

        I have written a post about it. Any little help!
        I’ve always had that fascination for Canada and, since I’ve discovered Atwood, my interest has been growing. I keep learning everyday about it and can’t wait for my next trip!

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        1. Steph Author

          Thank you, Em. I visited your post and left a comment. I admire and am amazed by your passion for Canada and our arts culture, especially.

          When is your next trip, do you know? Where do you plan to visit?

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          1. Em

            Not too sure yet, but it should be at the beginning of 2012. I’ll mainly be in Toronto to do some research and then I’ll do mini-trips. I want to visit some friends near Wakefield (maybe I’ll make a stop in Belleville on my way and come to visit you at Greenley’s!). I would also love to go to Quebec and Halifax, but I’m not sure what I will be able to afford yet…

  2. I’m delighted to see that folks like Em who aren’t even in Canada enjoy and reap the benefits from the CBC. I mean, how can you even begin to measure that effect.

    I like your statement of “this is Canada” – nice way to put it. :)

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    1. Steph Author

      I know, isn’t it amazing? But that too defines Canada, doesn’t it?

      When I wrote This is Canada, everything that meant, everything packed into that sentence in relation to the CBC, came crashing down on me. I began to explain how, and then thought, no. Let people interpret for themselves what the CBC and Canada mean to them. Because that, too, I’d like to think, I’d like to be true, is also what Canada is about.

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