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The Tea Makers supports the candidacy of Justin Beach

The Tea Makers supports the candidacy of Justin Beach

There used to be a show on TV called Fantasy Island that showed us how all our dreams and desires eventually will backfire on us. Even the mundane ones. What you think you want is the thing that will make you miserable.

CBC lockout: one year later

Globe and Mail readers: If you’re looking for an example of this blog’s “tough love aimed at CBC management” you could do worse than read why we are frustrated. And thanks to Guy Dixon for taking the time and effort to get it right with his piece today. Today Lise Laureau writes: Today marks the […]

Gnome exposed

Funny, well-written, and amusing, Pedro the Locked Out Gnome always made me uneasy. Isn’t the most insidious propaganda that which is the most enjoyable? It seemed to me that the veil had been lifted and we were getting, amazingly, both a literal and figurative CMG puppet. Or perhaps it was just a locked-out lad having […]

About this web site

My last 2 months of being locked in at the CBC have been surreal, to say the least. Part of it was my own fault for starting this blog, at times the only thing keeping me sane, and at times a booster shot of paranoia, fear, and doubt. But I wouldn’t have had it any […]


The ratification voting has started, and while there are some who think the deal is not much of a victory at all, in general both sides seem elated with it. So the smart money is on it passing. In that case, here are some things you should know: 1) Everyone is happy to have you […]

CMG doesn’t care about blogging people

I guess it’s great to have em around when you need em. Pat em on the head, and reprint what they write ad infinitum. Sic em on management and the company they work for, and marvel at their passion. Let em do a bit of your dirty work and legwork. Under their real names. Also […]

No future

One of the disadvantages of being in the eye of the maelstrom was that I hardly had time to read my own blog, let alone others. So I took the time to go through every one on Tod’s list to see what was up. To my surprise, I discovered Curious Monkey was back. Back in […]

Memorandum of agreement

Guy Dixon writes in the G&M: “With CBC staff and particularly the community of lockout-related Internet blogs on edge last night, the guild announced that the two sides had signed a memorandum of agreement…” On edge? Us? Was it that obvious? Congratulations, all. Wonderful news on an early Monday morning.

from Ouimet’s mailbag

This was sent to me by someone who wants to remain anonymous. I post it here with the author’s permission. ~O Dear Tea Maker: One day many moons ago, I sat in the basement cafeteria of CBC Radio’s then HQ on Jarvis St. in Toronto, meditating on a freelance item I was producing. At the […]

Non-picketing pricks

I know I probably shouldn’t take this personally. But just because I’m a manager doesn’t mean I don’t have feelings, too. I mean, if I were carried out of here on a stretcher, would this woman cheer? For what it’s worth, the mood inside these days is one of low-grade, weary optimism. There is some […]

Flagrant abuses of the culinary arts

DAY 47 It was a quiet day on the inside. The air conditioning was a little colder than usual. But I like it like that. Keeps me alert. Helps me remember. That we are going to win. Win. Without a doubt. You see, they think they can outlast all of us. In here. But they […]

5%, 30%, 90, and/or 225%

First there was the 5%, which was kind of right by definition, but still dishonest. It is really more like 30% in practice. Or is it? It depends. 30% or 5% of what? No one knows how many people work here on any given day. That’s a fact. It’s impossible to know. Some people are […]

Guylaine’s redesign

As a few of you noticed, this site web got a redesign yesterday. I didn’t do it. Guylaine Saucier, one of my anonymous recruits, did it. I told her I wished the letters were bigger; I found the old one hard to read. I thought it would be cool if she could work in Graham […]

Just blow it

I’m hearing a lot about whistles these days. Talk of whistles being blown. Or soon to be blown. Pictures of whistles. Talk of other people’s whistles. They want me to blow the whistle. They want me to support them in their whistle blowing. Everyone is drawing a breath, getting ready to blow! Hear that? We […]

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