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CWA Canada Retirees Council Endorses Seniors Vote

Seniors Vote/ Le Vote des Aînés, a nation-wide initiative comprised of  more than fifty seniors, retirees, professionals and advocacy groups, representing more than a million seniors, was formed to promote the interest of older Canadians ahead of the upcoming federal election.

In late April, just before the federal budget was brought down, Seniors Vote/ Le Vote des Aînés representatives met with politicians in Ottawa (above picture) to advocate on behalf of seniors.

It is common knowledge that older Canadians are the most committed voters; 65% or more of older voters turnout to vote regularly. Older Canadians are also among the most politically engaged voters whose past party loyalty cannot be taken for granted. This has led all political parties to ask: “What do seniors want?

And the answer has been the call for the kind of transformative change in our public systems that will make life better for all Canadians as they age. Many such reforms will only benefit future generations.

Now for the details on Seniors Vote/ Le Vote des Aînés  priority issues for the 2015 federal election. Continue reading CWA Canada Retirees Council Endorses Seniors Vote

Champion Public Broadcasting – Making the case for CBC / Radio-Canada


Kam Rao, Canadian Media Guild campaign coordinator
Kam Rao, Canadian Media Guild campaign coordinator

What can we do to ensure a strong future for CBC?

The single most important thing any one of us can do is have a conversation about the value of public broadcasting. And then have another one, and another one after that.

Public broadcasting is about the kind of country we want to live in – it’s about the kinds of communities we want to build together. It’s about values and priorities. Continue reading Champion Public Broadcasting – Making the case for CBC / Radio-Canada

Retirement: Don’t despair. Prepare.

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David Hawkins is a senior producer at TVOntario. He is also the Vice-President of the TVO GMG Branch.

David Hawkins was a participant at a Weekend Pre-retirement Course in Toronto on Saturday, November 15, 2014. Here is his report.


We’re all going to die. And we’re going to pay taxes to the very end.

Those two certainties don’t disappear when we stop cursing the alarm clock.

We’re all going to die. And we’re going to pay taxes to the very end.

Those two certainties don’t disappear when we stop cursing the alarm clock.

The government’s slice of our pie may shrink some when fixed incomes kicks in. But every sunrise rolls everyone closer to the day we won’t mist the mirror anymore. Continue reading Retirement: Don’t despair. Prepare.

Rallies for the CBC

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CBC/Radio-Canada supporters gathered in Montreal, Matane, Sept-Îles, Quebec City, Saguenay, Sherbrooke, Trois-Rivières, Rimouski, Gaspé and Moncton in New Brunswick to protest against deep cuts and job losses at the Crown corporation.

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A sea of blue flags emblazoned with the CBC logo – also known as the B2k34Z5IQAEYMPoCBC pizza – rolled down René-Lévesque Boulevard in Montreal Sunday afternoon.

The protests across Quebec and in Moncton were organized by CBC/Radio-Canada’s main unions for the French-language service, along with other supporters operating under the banner Tous Amis de Radio-Canada (Friends of CBC.)

Protesters assembled at Montreal’s Square-Victoria and headed to the CBC headquarters in Quebec, Maison Radio-Canada, where organizers decried the cuts to Canada’s public broadcaster.

Below are news stories written about the Montreal rally.



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What Are You Doing After Work?

“I went in not knowing if I had enough money to retire, and came out knowing that I had a lot more work to do – and not just on money – before I retire.”

That’s what Canadian Media Guild member Terri Theodore, a news editor with The Canadian Press, says she learned during a recent CMG sponsored pre-retirement course held in Vancouver.

“What Are You Doing After Work?” was developed by the Congress of Union Retirees of Canada (CURC). The course is delivered by instructors who are retired and who can share personal experiences of living life after work. Continue reading What Are You Doing After Work?

Keep your spies out of my computer

All the talk recently about Canadians being spied on by our own government agencies got me thinking about my days as a so-called spy when I eavesdropped on the Russians during  the Cold War back in the 1960s.  I was a  Radioman Special with the Royal Canadian Navy with a top-level security clearance.  With the integration of the Canadian Forces in 1996 the name was changed to Communicator Research Operator, the same name used today for military personnel with Communications Security Establishment Canada, which has been in the news a lot over the past year or so. Continue reading Keep your spies out of my computer

I sat down by the CBC and wept


I sat down by the CBC and wept was originally published in the The Telegram in St. John’s, Newfoundland, on Saturday, June 28th.

The author, Marie Wadden, is a St. John’s award-winning broadcaster and producer.  She worked for the CBC for 37 years. Her last day on the job was Monday, June 30, 2014.

You can read her article by clicking here I sat down by the CBC and wept

Marie is  a member of the CWA  Canada Retirees Council.

Shut the phone up

I’m a curious kind of guy, so sometimes I’ll eavesdrop on conversations (it’s the reporter in me). But listening in on your cellphone conversation? That’s not eavesdropping — unless you don’t knowsmartphones cartoon I’m listening. And if you’re on a so-called smartphone in a public place, you know strangers are listening, but you obviously don’t care. And, frankly, I don’t care either. I don’t care what you said or she said in that fight with your girlfriend. I don’t care what’s for dinner, or that Billy needs braces, or that your boss is a jerk. But what I really care about is that I’m held hostage by your bombarding prattle. Continue reading Shut the phone up