The voice of members of The Canadian Media Guild, Fredericton.

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Jack Layton pays us a visit

NDP leader Jack Layton found our information picket line at the market. He is another strong supporter of the CBC and will be demanding that Robert Rabinovitch address Parliament to explain and justify his actions. Mr. Layton says that CBC should be considered an essential service in Canada. He had a few strong words of support for our situation, and wants it resolved as soon as possible. He also voiced serious concerns regarding Rabinovitch's accountability to the people of Canada, and the loyalty of the current Board of Directors of the CBC.

Day 41-Saturday morning at the Farmers Market

Another sunny and crisp morning in Fredericton. Several of the Fredericton CMG members spent a few hours handing out flyers and postcards at the local Farmers market. Here Sarah Tranor, Don Flatt and Danielle Nerman enjoy some breakfast. Danielle officially leaves us to go to Rogers Radio on Monday, and we are all sorry to see her go. She is leaving CBC as a contract employee to go to a staff position ar Rogers. She was told by her new employer that, with the exception of very rare occasions, "all employees are staff". Too bad CBC can't make the same claim.

Friday, September 23, 2005

Day 40 picture

Autumn is definately in the air! The weather has changed and the temperatures are starting to drop. Here Don Dickson is bundling up to keep the cold wind at the top of Regent Street at bay. Ellen is demonstrating just how tough Newfoundlanders are by wearing just a t-shirt.

This week on FREDERICTON UNLOCKED

This week's radio show is now available on-line by clicking here. We look back on the career of NDP leader Elizabeth Weir and check out how soldiers from CFB Gagetown helped out in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Fredericton Unlocked is back next week with Terry Seguin and Vanessa Blanch ... Friday at 7:30 a.m. on CHSR 97.9 FM.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Welcome back Dan!

Here's a person we all missed over the past 6 weeks. Dan Goodyear has finally made an appearance after dealing with a few personal issues. Great to have you back Dan.

Breakfast on the BBQ

Paul Leger cooks breakfast on a portable barbeque for a few of the locked out employees. Bacon, eggs and toast were on the menu.

Andy Scott voices support

Andy Scott talking with Barb Roberts and Terry Sequin during his visit. Andy has always been a staunch supporter of the CBC.

Andy Scott visits the line

Fredericton MP Andy Scott paid the picket line a visit this morning. He spent about 20 minutes and answered some questions. He also shared a few details as to his plan of action regarding the Lock-Out.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Letter of support


Mr. Steven Hawkes from Nackawic dropped by the picket line this afternoon with a letter he had written to Ms. Lisa Frulla, Heritage Minister. Click here to read it.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Road Warriors


Guild members Michael Stuart from Fredericton and Saint John's John Chillibeck braved the elements Friday to attend a CMG rally in Kingston, Ontario. Both are visiting with family in Ottawa and doing their picket duties there. Michael reports:

I've been here one week and John, two. We do most of our picketing outside the CBC's main entrance on the Sparks Street Mall. At least one hour is also done a block down on Queen Street where the managers enter the back door every day.

There's a trailer on Sparks Street and a sound stage set up. Noon hour programs (both English and French) are done each day with interviews and musical guests.

On Friday, more than a hundred locked out workers (20 from Ottawa and 80 from
Toronto) bussed to Kingston. Only one reporter works out of that city, but listeners there are very supportive of CBC programming.

We started out at Queen's University where an hour-long live radio show was broadcast on the campus station. It featured locked out employees such as Marylou Findlay of 'As It Happens' and national TV reporter Keith Boag among others. Guests included both supporters and critics of CBC and there were a number of call-ins from local listeners.

Then CBC employees and members of several other unions in the Kingston area marched through the downtown to a park outside City Hall. Despite the thunder, lightning and heavy rain, the turnout was good.

After the speeches, Kingston native Sarah Harmer showed up to perform two songs. She said artists across Canada are disappointed with the lockout and that the workers have their support.