Sunday, October 21, 2012

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation---and their never-ending sale of public property.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is quietly selling millions of dollars worth of land, transmission towers, analogue television equipment and buildings. What next, Hubert Lacroix? Apparently nothing is sacred at the CBC---100,000 record albums and CD's are gone, and they lost the Hockey Night in Canada theme song, which was referred to as "Canada's second national anthem". At least people can hear the "Hockey Night In Canada" song on hundreds of YouTube videos.

The Glenn Gould statue in front of CBC Headquarters in Toronto; at least for now, until it is sold at a "Crown Assets Distribution Centre", or auctioned off in New York City, Toronto or London, England.
According to the August 30, 2012 article "CBC/Radio-Canada puts surplus transmission assets up for sale":      "The assets for sale consist of land, transmission towers, analogue transmission equipment, and related buildings, located at 100 different locations across the country." 
Last summer, the CRTC (Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission) received many complaints from ordinary Canadians, for shutting down analogue television service; low-income and rural Canadians were particularly affected by the decision. Now we know---the CBC doesn't care about its mandate--- to serve the people of Canada; to preserve our heritage and to provide broadcasting services from coast to coast to coast.
They are primarily interested in amassing a fortune from the sale of Crown assets; ill-gotten money that they can KEEP:
   "All proceeds from the sale...will be used to support the creation of Canadian programming."
I've heard that line before.
In a 2002 speech to the Canadian Club in Regina, Saskatchewan, CBC executive Carole Taylor said:
     "In Vancouver, we own a parking lot right in the middle of downtown...crazy! What a waste, tying up capital dollars in a parking lot...dollars that could be used for programming."
Carole Taylor sold the parking lot to Concord Pacific, a company that built high-rise condos on Robson Street. Robson Street is part of the most exclusive neighbourhood in Vancouver, comparable to Yorkville and Rosedale in Toronto.
CBC employees in Vancouver are now forced to park in an underground parking lot two floors beneath the  building. And CBC parking lots in Toronto and Montreal were sold to builders of high-rise apartments.

Yet the Crown corporation receives a billion tax dollars a year "for programming".
  On July 1, 1994, Canada's National Broadcaster owned properties in British Columbia worth $50,830,700 million dollars:

From: "Introduction When a Country".
A huge CBC warehouse at 2555 Douglas Road in Burnaby, British Columbia, pictured below, was sold to Lordco Auto Parts for $6 million dollars.  

A 1997 document called "Let the Future Begin", which advises the CBC to sell all of its substantial production facilities.
 Liberal Senator Eugene Forsey said that privatization was "A slick way to skin the public"..."Privatization" and the "neoconservatism" from which it springs should be consigned to the rubbish heap where they belong, before they rob and enslave us." (From: A February 11, 1980 Maclean's Magazine article by Senator Eugene Forsey.)

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