The Sidebar: This too shall pass

Support Krista Erickson Facebook group
126 members.

Fire Krista Erickson Facebook group
9 members. None of whom, I’m sure, know what it’s really like to live in a “socialist gulag.”

A Gay Person of Colour comes clean (about the gay part)
Who knew Test the Nation could be so liberating?

Antonia Zerbisias reduced to a cliché
As part of the ”Fatosphere.” Her words, not mine. Or Allan’s.

Name Your Favourite Canadian Documentary
A parlour game with a disappointing result.

Winnipeg Sun: Cameraman not charged
“Manitoba’s Crown attorney’s office is not pursuing charges against a CBC-TV cameraman accused of disobeying a Winnipeg police officer while filming a crime scene in December.”

Toronto Star: “The shootout at the public broadcasting ranch is going down to the wire.”
An exciting melange of clichés, but what really happened is some guy wrote a letter to the chair of the board.

Globe and Mail: CBC ponders its own amateur sport channel
Really? And I’m pondering canceling my subscription to the Globe and Mail.


  1. Werner Patels
    Posted January 30, 2008 at 9:17 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Well, I know a thing or two about socialism, and while in Europe, I did live in a “gulag” for some stretch of time.

    Erickson deserves to be fired, which is why I joined the group you reference.

    FYI: I used to work for CBC Newsworld International, and I do know how the Corp operates.

  2. Anonymous
    Posted January 24, 2008 at 6:21 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    That’s a good question, Happypants.

  3. Johnny Happypants
    Posted January 24, 2008 at 5:35 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Was Eva’s promotion tied to Peter’s performance at the board meeting?

  4. Kevin
    Posted January 23, 2008 at 2:33 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    This is a cold wave?

  5. Bill Lee
    Posted January 23, 2008 at 12:12 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Well, the new Sidecar does have more longitudinal space and I seem to be clicking on more stories, mainly because the ‘headline’ and the cuttingline are so cryptic–What’s all this about then!?–so I click.

    I would rather have the so-unserious postings in the main column and a wider adjacent rail with the Sidecar.

    Steal code from Romenesko? or the pages?

    And has the snark been frozen in Toronto in the current cold wave?

    Where does Ouimet go for a winter vacation?

  6. iNudes
    Posted January 23, 2008 at 8:46 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Guest: Kristy Sheppard Director of Tourism.

    The interesting fact in the Globe article on the idea of a new sports channel is that is turning a profit! Its a good example of CBC being able to provide more programming without sacrificing other areas.

    Imagine how great the online presence could be if there was a larger appropriation to cover off new media!

  7. Allan
    Posted January 23, 2008 at 7:21 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Welcome to Toronto, Krista! We’re happy to be able to keep a closer eye on you. It’s great to have another person around who puts “zeal” into their work.
    Moving expenses covered? Is your new desk satisfactory?
    Any chance we’ll ever know exactly what the phrase “inappropriate tactics” constitutes? Or is that to be left for Frank magazine.
    Glad to have this sorry episode wrapped up to everyone’s satisfaction, though why you agreed to culpability remains a mystery.
    But at least we are once again assured that the CBC is not “under the influence of any pressure group”.
    Isn’t it?

  8. Anonymous
    Posted January 23, 2008 at 7:07 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Casgrain and Lacroix will be proven utterly impotent by this. By the time the access-to-information requests wend their way throught the bureaucracy and details of the deal are revealed Fuchs could easily have absconded back to the U.S. and Stursberg haved cashed-in a rich severance package. The Star runs with the story, publishes details, while CBC news, compromised by the new corporate structure is conspicuously silent. What a disgrace.

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