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Documents show CBC has vast bureaucracy

Blacklock’s Reporter said the CBC has seven vice-presidents, 10 directors-general, five directors of finance and a “strategic intelligence department” with a $900,000 budget.

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Talk about a bloated bureaucracy!

Blacklock’s Reporter said the CBC has seven vice-presidents, 10 directors-general, five directors of finance and a “strategic intelligence department” with a $900,000 budget.

According to records disclosed in a labour hearing, management has praised its “visionary talent” in spending a $1.3 billion-a-year federal grant.

“We invent ourselves every year to try to find new ways to do things because we have to offer more but with a smaller budget,” Michel Bissonnette, one of the seven CBC vice-presidents, said in 2019 testimony at the Commons heritage committee.

“So, that requires visionary talent.”

Evidence in a Canada Labour Code complaint detailed the organizational structure of the Crown broadcaster in details never provided in CBC Annual Reports to Parliament.

Senior managers included a “director of business,” “director of operational and performance planning” and “director of competitive strategic intelligence.”

“Each of these departments brought together a certain number of employees, more than a hundred in total for the finance and strategic planning department” wrote federal arbitrator Pierre-Georges Roy.

The “strategic intelligence” office had a director, four employees and a $900,000-a year budget, almost all of it for salaries and benefits.

“The CBC operates in a highly competitive environment,” wrote Roy.

“In recent years it has turned out it may be useful to know more precisely the activities of its competitors in the markets it occupies and also to become familiar with global trends that may affect it.”

The “intelligence department” had employees deemed to have special skills to “collect various information by all appropriate means, analyze it and provide the results to various stakeholders in the organization.”

The director at one point sought to hire an administrative assistant to help manage the office of five.

“It developed its strategic intelligence sector in order to be better informed of the various trends and realities of the telecommunications sector, thus enabling it to be more informed,” said Roy.

The corporation in a 2002 report The New CBC pledged to become “efficient” and “a well-managed company.”

“We have identified savings through more efficient management,” said the report.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
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Twitter.com/nobby7694

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard and the Vice-President: News Division of Western Standard New Media Corp. He has served as the City Editor of the Calgary Sun and has covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years. dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. Bert McFadyen

    April 7, 2021 at 4:24 pm

    CBC should be funded by donations to remove its monopoly on Canadian media. That would make it actually worthy of reporting.

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Coquihalla Hwy. reopening between Hope and Merritt for regular traffic

The Coquihalla Highway will reopen for regular traffic between Hope and Merritt, beginning tomorrow.

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The Coquihalla Highway will reopen for regular traffic between Hope and Merritt, beginning tomorrow.

Transportation Minister Rob Fleming made the announcement Tuesday morning.

The stretch of highway closed for regular traffic on November 14, 2021 amid wide-scale devastation to the province’s highways due to flooding.

More than 20 sites were damaged along 130 kms of the Coquihalla Highway between Hope and Merritt as a result of the November weather event. This includes seven bridges, several of which collapsed entirely.

While the stretch is now reopened for regular traffic, drivers can expect disrupted travel patterns and reduced speed limits.

“This will be a much more convenient route for people who need to travel between the Lower Mainland and the Interior, and is another significant milestone in the province’s recovery from the devastating storms,” writes the BC government in a release.

Reid Small is a BC-based reporter for the Western Standard
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WATCH: UCP MLA calls AHS ‘bloated’ and ‘underperforming’

“Even at a 90% inoculation rate in those 12 and older, we struggle with capacity,” said Guthrie criticizing AHS for the lack of available hospital beds throughout the pandemic and the many cancelled surgeries as a result.

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Alberta Health Services is “failing” and needs “transformation,” says UCP MLA for Airdrie-Cochrane Peter Guthrie in a Facebook post.

Guthrie posted the video on Tuesday and said after speaking with many of his constituents, he had been “wrestling” with his thoughts on the state of Alberta’s healthcare system.

Guthrie highlighted the two-year period of the pandemic going from “zero data and no vaccine” to having data from around the world and a vaccine, “yet we seem to be in a circular loop.”

“Even at a 90% inoculation rate in those 12 and older, we struggle with capacity,” said Guthrie, criticizing AHS for the lack of available hospital beds throughout the pandemic and the many cancelled surgeries as a result.

“And AHS seems to recite the same recycled ideas including masking, passports and other various restrictions.”

In September, Guthrie said he and other MLAs questioned AHS and the Alberta government on the use of vaccine passports saying they were “divisive and possibly ineffective in stopping transmission,” and were showing waning efficacy.

“I don’t feel our health leaders adjusted to this evidence,” said Guthrie.

Guthrie also criticized AHS for not investing in researching treatments for COVID-19 symptoms and for working to “deter” the use of early treatments.

“AHS and the College of Physicians (and Surgeons of Alberta – CPSA) have penalized, suspended and even revoked licenses’ of those Alberta doctors trying to find a treatment, including anti-viral medications, that may help a patient avoid symptoms.”

Guthrie took aim at the “billions of added dollars” the government has put into healthcare for AHS to hire more doctors yet said wait times have not improved across the province. He also referenced a report by the Fraser Institute that pegged Canada as second behind Switzerland for the most expensive universal healthcare system in the world, but added Canada also sits among the bottom on performance.

“This reinforces the need for reform,” said Guthrie, adding he doesn’t blame frontline workers and suggests we should be looking to those healthcare workers for suggestions on how to improve what he calls a “failing” healthcare system.

Guthrie said pre-COVID19 — and immediately after he was elected — he and other MLAs felt upper management changes in AHS were necessary.

“We felt that AHS was a bloated, underperforming entity that requires transformation,” said Guthrie.

“With the uninspiring performance of AHS over the last two years, right or wrong, that sentiment still holds with me.”

Guthrie said he believes “high-calibre candidates” should be sought outside of AHS and said the healthcare system in Alberta should not be left to continue struggling and suggested other strategies should be explored by professional consultants from outside AHS.

“We must endeavour to generate confidence, not fear,” said Guthrie encouraging people to share their ideas and thoughts on how to improve Alberta’s healthcare system.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard
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Omicron grounds every 1 in 5 WestJet flights in February

Customers affected by the new cutbacks will hear from WestJet within the next few days.

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A total of 20% of WestJet flights will be cancelled in February — Omicron and past layoffs are to blame.

“As we continue to navigate the unpredictability of the Omicron variant on our staffing levels, along with the ongoing barriers to international travel, we are making every effort to proactively manage our schedule in order to minimize disruption to our guests’ travel plans,” said President & CEO Harry Taylor in a press release. 

“To our guests impacted by these additional consolidations, we sincerely apologize for the disruption and appreciate your continued understanding and patience.”

Customers affected by the new cutbacks will hear from WestJet within the next few days.

The aviation industry is the only transportation sector in Canada requiring full vaccination status to use and is the highest COVID-19 tested consumer activity in the country.

“Canada remains one of the only countries in the world requiring multiple molecular tests for fully-vaccinated travellers — these testing resources should be redeployed to our communities,” said Taylor, commenting on the demand to stop arrival testing.

The measures are in addition to the 15% reduction in flights implemented in January because of staff shortages.

These events follow the December deadline for WestJet employees to be vaccinated, where hundreds of employees were fired because of their vaccination status.

Ewa Sudyk is a reporter for the Western Standard
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