City residents need to turn up volume if they want CBC Radio 2

What does Lillooet have that Kamloops doesn’t?  Lillooet, and 12 other Canadian communities smaller than Kamloops have radio transmitters that carry CBC’s Radio 2 broadcasts.  Radio 2 is the other half of CBC’s radio service that most city dwellers take for granted.  Kamloops now has access to CBC’s Radio 1 broadcasts, but Radio 2 carries music that you won’t hear elsewhere — classical, jazz, and alternative music. 

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Kamloops is the only large city in B.C. that doesn’t have this radio station. You may have heard it as you drive through Prince George or Kelowna, but B.C. centres as small as Endako, Kitimat, Smithers, Quesnel, and Lillooet  also enjoy this radio service.  I’m bewildered at why Kamloops was left out in the first place , but perhaps things are finally going to change.

CBC Radio has applied to the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)for a transmitter to broadcast Radio 2 in Kamloops.  The CRTC has invited letters from Kamloopsians with your views on CBC’s plans, but they must be received before July 12.  If you like the idea of getting CBC Radio 2 in Kamloops, act now. Even if the application is successful, we will still have to argue for a local transmitter in these times of dwindling CBC resources.

You can make a submission to the CBC and CRTC by mail, e-mail, or fax. Since your letter becomes part of the application review, there are certain procedures that must be followed. Some on them are outlined in an CRTC advertisement in the Daily News on June 27, and others can be found at http://www.crtc.gc.ca.

When I phoned the CRTC, they suggested faxes as the best way. If you send me an e-mail at Radio2Kamloops@netscape.net, I’ll forward the information that I have.  Time is running short. Let your voice be heard before July 12.

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I think that B.C. politics is fun in a kind of perverse way.  But that’s not why I wanted to see the Council of Canadians at the Canada Day celebrations at Riverside Park.  They were told by George Fudge, Canada Day committee member, that they were “negative and political”, that “they were petitioning against things they don’t like about Canada”, and that they weren’t “fun”.  I don’t think so.

I’ve read newsletters from the Council of Canadians and heard their volunteer Chair, Maude Barlow, speak a number of times. They are petitioning for a better Canada.  But I can understand why they might be misunderstood as being political, especially in the context of politics of B.C..  The term “negative politics” is redundant in B.C. — if it’s politics, it must be negative.   B.C. politics is especially polarized and bipartisan.  Social issues are used as political weapons to attack one political party, or defend another.

There is another way of doing politics. One dictionary definition of   politics is “the total complex of relations between people living in society”.  In that sense, politics is about what we want our society, and Canada, to be.  I think that the Council of Canadians practices politics in this second way.

The Council of Canadians is not a political party.  According to their website, they are an independent, non-partisan citizens’ interest group providing a critical and progressive voice on key national issues.  They offer an alternate perspective on the current social and economic debates affecting Canadians.

Canada Day should be a celebration of Canadian values: tolerance, multiculturalism, freedom of opinion, equality, and the natural beauty of our land. These values overlap considerably with the goals of the Council of Canadians, — defence of Canadian sovereignty, resistance to the commodification of water, and equality of health care services for all Canadians.  Canada Day should be filled with wholesome activities, but that doesn’t exclude a thoughtful reflection about the kind of Canada we wish for future generations. Equality, civility, and peace are Canadian values worth celebrating and protecting.

Governor General Adrian Clarkson was being political in the second way when she told Canadians on Canada Day that we should encourage tolerance of others, and that “If we are alive to all the possibilities of Canada, then we have something to celebrate.”

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