I don’t know what the opinion will be of “The Book of Negroes” once it airs outside of Canada.  I saw the first episode on the CBC last night, and despite what the photos of the award winning Lawrence Hill novel suggest:

1) There were no benevolent white saviors

2) The captured slaves depicted were not subjects of pity, but ingenious people who’s ability to plan was admirable

3) Africans didn’t need “civilizing”

Not saying anything else. I won’t ruin the plot.  See it before you read it if you haven’t, as the whole “book into movie” scenario always pisses people off.

Skwachàys Lodge

Hey! Canada’s first Aboriginal Art Hotel, The Skwachàys Lodge, opened in Vancouver and it’s owned and operated by the Vancouver Native Housing Society (VNHS) 

So you know, Aboriginal run hotel and art gallery designed by Aboriginal artists. Sweet.

[LINK] - The Skwachàys Lodge website

[LINK] - CBC News story (the video mentions a totem poll buuuut I’m                        pretty sure it’s a house post)


Get your first look at the NEW trailer for X COMPANY! And prepare for the premiere Wednesday Feb. 18 on CBC!


Stephen Harper brings US style media control to Canada

This video is several years old and I reccomend people watch it. 

If elected to government, the NDP would cancel the Conservatives’ $115 million cut to CBC/Radio-Canada.

“An NDP government would give our public broadcaster some room to breathe, by ensuring stable, predictable, multiyear funding to help protect the CBC from advertising-market fluctuations and to allow it to fulfill its mandate,” said NDP leader Tom Mulcair. 

A New Democratic government would cancel the $115 million in cuts to be applied over three fiscal years that were announced in the 2012 budget. These cuts led to the dismissal of 650 full-time employees and also forced the closure of the renowned entrepôt du Costumier in Montreal.

“The CBC is an essential public service in a country like ours, where minority-language communities require regional news coverage in their own language,” said Mulcair. 

To prevent this situation from arising again in the future, an NDP government would also set up an independent process for appointing members of the CBC’s board of directors. “Muzzling this institution for ideological reasons is unhealthy for our democracy. The NDP will fix the situation,” added Mulcair.

The Book of Negroes

In this, the first (and only) book to tell the story of the Black Loyalists for young people, author Wanda Taylor explains the horror and the history of settling Birchtown, Nova Scotia in an educational and accessible way, while also stressing their enduring spirit despite decades of hardship.

Birchtown and the Black Loyalists includes informative sidebars, highlighted glossary terms, recommended further reading, historic timeline, index, and dozens of historical and contemporary images. Suitable for ages 8-12.

Keep reading


Amanda Lang tried to sabotage a CBC story that scandalized RBC, who paid her

Last month CANADALAND reported that Amanda Lang took lucrative speaking jobs from insurance companies and then gave them positive news coverage on CBC TV.

That was nothing.

Multiple sources within CBC News have revealed to CANADALAND, under condition of anonymity, a shocking campaign Amanda Lang undertook in 2013 to sabotage a major story reported by her colleague, investigative reporter Kathy Tomlinson.

Key details of these events have been confirmed to CANADALAND by Tomlinson’s spouse, Alan Fryer, a former W-FIVE reporter and Washington Bureau chief for CTV News.

Tomlinson herself declined to comment. CBC employees can be fired for responding to media requests without management’s permission.

Amanda Lang did not respond to CANADALAND’s request for comment.

Our investigation reveals that:

1. Amanda Lang lobbied aggressively within the CBC to undermine Kathy Tomlinson’s reporting on the temporary foreign worker scandal at RBC, the largest financial institution in the country and a bank that has sponsored Lang’s speeches or events where Lang spoke at least six times (1/2/3/4/5/6), for fees up to $15,000 per event.  

2. When Lang’s attack on Tomlinson’s story behind the scenes failed, she tried instead to deflate it by welcoming RBC CEO Gord Nixon on to The National for a softball interview, in which he criticized the CBC’s reporting and dismissed the scandal as trivial. During the interview Lang does not challenge Nixon, who just months before wrote a promotional blurb for the back cover of her book, The Power of Why.

3. Amanda Lang then took her campaign to the Globe and Mailwhere she penned a dismissive opinion piece defending outsourcing and making light of the abuses at the heart of the RBC scandal.  The CBC would not confirm if Lang asked for permission to do this, as she is required to.

"The sideshow about hiring temporary foreign workers is just that – a sideshow." - Amanda Lang, Globe and Mail, April 12, 2013

4. Amanda Lang then took more of RBC’s money as a paid speaker, even after she was made to cancel a speaking contract with iGate, a company contracted to RBC and implicated in the RBC scandal.

Continue Reading.

Wow. FYI Canadaland is run by Jesse Brown (who uncovered the Jian Ghomeshi sexual assault scandal), though this story was covered by Sean Craig.

Good news for the very rich, bad for everyone else on the planet - “the world’s richest one per cent are poised to own more than half of all wealth by next year.”

This trend has been going up for years. But importantly what is news here is that this is not just the 1%. Those in the top 20% are also raking it in compared to everyone else. Picking on the 1% can be justified at times, but it would be a mistake to think that today’s problems related to income and wealth inequalities isn’t also due to gaps between the “bottom” 80% and all those above…


Jennie on GamerGate!  A counterpoint to the CBC narrative that’s being spun right now.

(Last post for the night, taking a nap before work)

A selection of book industry professionals and executives offer fresh, practical ideas—hacks, as it were—that can be used for action on diversity.

"When we talk about employee diversity, people think it’s only about race and ethnicity. But it’s also disability, gender, and religion" says Ayanna Coleman of the CBC.

The lack of diversity isn’t just in books, it’s in the publishing industry as well. Several publishing professionals were approached by publishersweekly about ways in which the whole of publishing can better diversify it’s staff.