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  1. Happy Poonday to you
    Posted May 5, 2010 at 11:40 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    if I *was a writer Id kill myself Who wrote that? One of the “presenters”?


  2. Allanjoined April 10, 2009
    Posted May 5, 2010 at 6:34 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Carmel’s April 4th UPDATE

    Apr 4, 2010
    President’s Report
    Posted by: carmel

    Its been a hectic month since the election. We have a great new CMG Toronto committee in place. (see LEC bios)

    We meet for a full day once a month to discuss problems and projects in the broadcast center.

    Parking Money
    We are intensely trying to resolve the parking money issue: ($12.50 in parking $ given to staff who work between midnight and 7am -when public transit is NOT available. This has been the practice for many years, and recently CBC decided to review it. Since then we have been meeting regularly with senior CBC staff trying to rework or revise the program so that it can continue.

    News Renewal
    On the news renewal workload issue, we have a joint CMG/CBC committee working to try to resolve problems on the 4th floor. There are several union volunteers, and several staff who work in news on the committee, so they definitely KNOW what the problems are!! Bill Thornberry is chair if you want to share your concerns. (

    I have great hope for this committee since CBC has committed that it will work to address any issues we bring up.

    Radio Workload Committee:
    Making Radio a priority: we have a TV committee up and going, and the time is ideal (now that radio staff are being relocated), to start something similar in Radio. Im pleased we have several volunteers (newbies to union work), in Radio who are interested (anyone else want to join?) let me know.

    Reviewing All CMG Committees:
    The final thing we are working on is trying to make our existing union committees (see Committee list) fair, diverse and inclusive of staff from ALL areas of CBC.

    Until next time,

  3. Allanjoined April 10, 2009
    Posted May 5, 2010 at 6:29 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece


    April has been a busy month, for members and the union. Weve seen unrest in Radio over sudden staff changes and some very brave journalists put out their own survey – to share their workload, and quality concerns with the CBC. I applaud their innovative approach, and hope it brings positive results.

    To quote: it has certainly got their attention.
    We hope we can help channel that power for good, and plans are underway to hold one or more staff meetings in radio to setup a committee that can work with CBC to try to resolve problems early. Robert Barlow is the CMG Toronto Chief Steward responsible for Radio On the TV front, we held a meeting on the 4th floor (April 15); several dozen members attended to share their concerns. Issues ranged from the seemingly arbitrary reassignment process and low morale, to the stress of having to do many little jobs on top of core job functions

    A quote: .if I was a writer Id kill myself.

    The good news? We have a dedicated Joint CMG/CBC committee working on addressing these issues. We passed your concerns onto this committee. It met with CBC managers April 23. Bill Thornberry is the CMG co-chair of that committee. We held a second meeting (Apr 19) for executive and senior producers (in case you didnt know, execs & seniors are also CMG members). Some may find it hard to believe, but we heard similar workload concerns: ranging from long hours to constant on-call with the cursed blackberries, and uncertainty about roles.

    A quote: . some days the hub needs a referee

    The good news? We also have a CMG and CBC team looking into these issues, so we shared this list with them, they meet with CBC in May. Full lists of concerns are also posted online, Feel free to add your concerns:

    Carmel Smyth, President, CMG Toronto

    • Allanjoined April 10, 2009
      Posted May 5, 2010 at 6:36 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

      Carmel says “Full lists of concerns are also posted online” – but where?

  4. l'il stinker
    Posted May 5, 2010 at 6:01 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Carmel looked sharp in her Sargeant Pepper jacket …

    Sorry, could not resist.

  5. Anonymous
    Posted May 5, 2010 at 9:29 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Everyone at the CBC should read “Rework” by Fried/Hanson (and maybe start with the chapter: Meetings are Toxic). Meetings lead to more meetings, so that everyone thinks a solution is imminent. It isn’t.

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