I admit that these terrorists are making me a little uncomfortable

Ever since September 11th I’ve been a little jumpy.

The CN Tower is across the street, and while authorities assure me that it can withstand a direct hit from a jumbo jet, I find that hard to believe. I mean, just look at the thing.

The TBC has the ability to broadcast live across the country, which makes it a prime target, and “vigilant” is not the first word that comes to mind when describing our security guards. I can only imagine what would happen if they were “stormed.” They’d be the first guys out the door, running for their lives.

CSIS is also across the street. Those guys are creepy.

I was in the building for the blackout in 2003, and I thought the jihad had begun and I was a goner.

But it turns out all my fears were unfounded. CBC senior management is on top of it.

That came as news to Fred Mattocks, who is responsible for security contingency plans at the CBC building, which straddles a full block from Front Street to Wellington Street in downtown Toronto.

“I didn’t know that,” he says. “I’m a little shocked by that. We do have plans which contemplate action against this building. It’s obviously easily identified and well known.” Mattocks says the security plans will be re-evaluated, but he doubts the building was in immediate danger.

“I think if the authorities knew of any clear and imminent threat to the CBC, we would have been advised,” he says.

I feel much better now.

2 comments:

  1. Anonymous
    Posted June 7, 2006 at 6:05 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    The CBC is reporting today that MPs and others are calling for a review of Hill security following the revelation that it may have been a target.

    How come there’s no mass call for a review of the CBC’s security? From employees…from MPs….or heck even from our union. All we got was an email from Fred Mattocks telling us to carry our ID (coming from the same guy who didn’t even KNOW about the threat until it was reported in the media, I don’t exactly feel reassured.).

    I’m with Ouimet…our security guards, as lovely as they may be, don’t exactly look like they could (or would) fend off a terror attack. And ever since Sept. 11 I’ve wondered why cars and cube vans are allowed to be left unattended for long periods of time on John St…right up against the building. I know we all want to feel like we’re blase war correspondents but honestly, aren’t we all just a teeny tiny bit concerned about this?

    Usually CBC management can’t release a fart without the CMG immediately tooting back. But yet there’s been no union call for a security review. I know I’d rather our union get worked up over this issue than hear them complain about the leasing out of broadcast centre space (which is not ideal, but yet I think most of us would prefer to squeeze in a little tighter if it means that there are fewer layoffs).

    But maybe it’s just me.

  2. cbcworkerbee
    Posted June 6, 2006 at 8:44 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Yeah, we’re pretty much screwed: the CN Tower on one side, CSIS on the other, and us a bonafide target in the middle (although I don’t think it’s the Broadcast Centre they’re looking to eliminate, it’s ooh la la’s… specifically the strange odour emanating from the place of late. And who can blame them).

    On 911 I tried to leave the building to die with my family but I wasn’t allowed… apparently in emergencies they need people like me to stick around because of my crack “extension cord laying” abilities.

    I only hope that if some religious wanker sees fit to snuff me by toppling the CN Tower that I at least get to see the bloody thing get blowed up before it hits me upside the head.


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