Thursday, September 29, 2005


Welcome to Halifax. I and my friends are going crazy without CBC, if I have to listen to one more awful song on the "other" stations I'll go insane.. And we are going into withdrawal from lack of Stan and Weekend mornings. We miss you, we love you, and we support you all the way.

- Gloria Cantley, Lawrencetown, N.S.


Hi! I've just posted the message below to your blog. That morning after Allison's last concert, when we wandered into Auntie Crae's in St. John's for breakfast, Alley and I both immediately spottedthe CBC petition box in the sit-down area. And it was like -- aftertravelling 6000 km+ and a month's worth of action-packed life, we'd comefull circle -- it's the same theme/message which launched our voyage on the median back in Victoria. And, we still believe -- people have the power. Wishing you safe and happy travels, always, peace,

- Adrian du PlessisAllison Crowe Music Management

(Editor's Note: Allison Crowe played at a CBC locked out concert in Victoria at the very beginning of Shelagh's trip on Aguust 31. To view that blog and hear Allison sing on Shelagh's very first podcast, click here)


Hi Ms. Rogers,I have been reading about your cross country caravan online and I was wondering how come during your trip to Newfoundland your are not stopping at the "lockout lines" at Gander and Grand Falls-Windsor?? I am sure you are aware there are CBC radio stations in these two towns and listeners are missing the morning shows.
My husband, one of the locked workers, is a CBC transmitter technician. Of course we are hoping the lockout ends before you reach Newfoundland but if it doesn't good luck with your travels and be safe.

- Evelyn Saunders


WOW....The locals can't even dip their toes in that water (at St. Rest's Beach, N.B.) this time of year! You're an extremely talented woman/journalist and you and your caravan are doing an amazing job of making a very difficult situation better by your presence and camaraderie. Thank you Shelagh and hopefully everyone will be back where they belong very soon....Although I'm sure Newfoundlanders don't want a deal until after you've arrived...Frankly who can blame them. Safe travels and God Speed back to Vancouver and the airwaves!

- Mary Beth Cronin, Proud Saint Johner and Life Long CBC Listener


Hey Shelagh, We met during the Mitzi's Sister pub renovations and then the other day outside of U of T; my partner Lee and I brought our 15mth old twins down to support the Morning Show crew. I'm the one with the salt'n pepper hair and my partner Lee has the beautiful red hair. She's the one responsible for your egg cracking certificate. How did Premier Williams find out about that? Anyhow, I just wanted you to know how much we miss you and the CBC folks coming into our home every day. I grew up in a small town in NS, Amherst, which you are probably driving through this morning, and my parents always had the CBC playing in some form or another. I will always remember giggling with my dad at the RC Air Farce while I helped him with home repairs; staying up late with my Mom because we were both addicted to Barb Frum on the Journal, and of course before that, and still to this day, listening to the quirky stories on As It Happens. I still miss people like Barbara Frum and Peter Gzowski. Now that I have a family of my own, my boys are dancing to Canada's top 50 songs; all though I have to say, I didn't always agree with the picks...haha. We still enjoy the carrot, cabbage and curry soup that Buffy Sainte-Marie called her comfort food, on your show a few years back. I'm sorry this is going on a bit. I guess all I wanted to say is, you and all the folks on the CBC are very much missed, in the day to day lives of a lot of people and we wish you luck and send you our support in getting back on the air. I've written to my MP, Sam Bulte, and I'm encouraging everyone I come in contact with to do the same. Good luck and i love the "Caravan"...this would make a great come back show; you could start in Halifax! Haha. Thanks for reading.

- Lisa B.


Hello Shelagh and Sue, Lynn and I thought you might like to have this image of Lynn's painting of Saints Rest Beach

(Editor's Note: See the image at the top of this blog).

We will never forget our conversation on the beach with two very brave or ... very adventurous visitors from away. You looked very cold and all I could think of was, we've got to let them get back to their car to warm up and who in their right mind would swim in the Bay of Fundy at the end of September - who in their right mind would swim in the Bay of Fundy on the hottest day in August ?We hope to hear you again on air soon. Cheers.

- Lynn Wigginton and Dale Peters


Hi Shelagh, Loved reading your piece about Dalton’s bar. I’m so glad to have this spot to read about all of you. Feeling so homesick for my people on the radio! I’ll try to watch for when you’ll be on the way back west.

- Mary-Kay , Your St. Joseph Island Friend


I am normally one of the very silent majority in nearly all things, but I would like to try to express at least a fraction of my appreciation for your last 25 years and for your current trip across Canada. In the last few weeks I have come to understand just how important CBC Is to me, and I am sure I am not alone. It seems that there is a reason why I don’t listen to any other radio stations. I now understand, however, that the CBC which I love consists of you and the other people who somehow string Canada together with the airwaves. Without all of you, the truth is not there, the substance is not there and the magic is completely missing. I miss the people I trust presenting me with things I want and need to know on Radio One. As for Radio Two, I think I am going to break something the next time I hear Bach segue-ing into Bartok into some unknown thing, then back to Vivaldi via Grieg - one measly movement at a time! I need the informed commentary and the human presence between each piece to keep my brain from shattering. I already knew that you were my absolute all-time favourite person on the radio from the days of your relatively minor role long ago with Max Ferguson on Saturday mornings, through the Hum Line to your current exalted state on Sounds Like Canada! You have the ability to interview someone about something in which I have absolutely no interest and to grab my attention -- and possibly even change my mind. Thank you for that. My mind is often in desperate need of changing. On the other hand, when you are talking with someone about something I do already find of interest, you ask all of the questions I would like to ask. Thank you for that, too. And for being so simply human. I think your cross Canada journey is a wonderful thing, although it is obviously an example of the right thing being driven by all the wrong reasons. The three of you deserve a great deal of admiration for undertaking such a trip -- and from visiting CBC Unplugged, it seems thousands agree. The hearts and hopes of your colleagues and of your fans are with you. Sincerely,

- Avaleigh Crockett, Edmonton


Just had a good weep over your Dalton piece. My Uncle Finn and Dalton were good friends. I just love that you sat in Dalton's usual spot and drank his drink! It was lovely, touching, poignant. Take care and remember us to Sue,

- Ellen, Winnipeg, Manitoba


Shealgh, Don't neglect Saint John. I know the new beautiful re-aligned Trans-Canada Highway wants to take you from Fredericton to Moncton, but do make the trip down The 7 to the Port City. Lots of great CBC personalities spent time there including Brent Banbury (a fellow Saint John High School alumnus), Leon Cole, Jacqui Goode, Molly Hughes, Costas Halevrezos. Okay, Leon and Jacqui started out in Fredericton along with Anna-Maria Tremonti. Ian Hanoomansing started in Moncton. It's not just for the staff there that you should make the diversion there. Where else, for example would you find a high school celebrating it bi-centennial? That's not to mention that Saint John is one of the most architecturally interesting cities in Canada. I've found nothing like it either on the West Coast, where I lived in the nineties, or here in the GTA.

- Gordon Emmerson, Whitby, Ontario

(Editor's Note: Shelagh arrived in St. John on September 29)


Dear Shelagh,Come up here in the Yukon and support our workers.... you'll get great food and great company.

- Judi, an avid CBC supporter


Hi, Thanks for keeping us all in touch with what's happening. Wish I could have sat with you and downed one of Dalton's martinis and been more profound myself. Ah, the ability to solve the problems of the world aided by good brandy or cognac or martinis...

I wish instead that the insights could have been shared on the air, which is where they belong. Good for you and the others for supporting the future of CBC. Everyone needs security, and especially those who espouse positions which might go against prevailing philosophies.

I have just spent my evening e-mailing every conceivable person who can make any difference in this lockout situation. Pisses me off royally that it is my tax dollars and those of other Canadians that are being witheld from yet other Canadians who want to work for us in secure positions with benefits.

Surely we all deserve the opportunity to pay into a pension fund and reap its benefits, and to pay for benefits and be able to use them. Temporary employees are vulnerable employees.

Thanks for taking a stand Shelagh! Hang in there. We are all missing you and our other friends on the air waves.

I am going to resend my emails to: the Prime Minister, my local MP, Steven Harper, Jack Layton, The Minister of Labour, The Minister of Heritage, Mr. Rabinovitch, and every member on the Board of Directors of CBC, on a daily basis. You guys need to get back to work, and I know that Peter is cheering everyone on, as he would be in the forefront of this action if he was still here with us. Thanks for being you, and keep laughing! Good luck.

- Colleen Walsh, Bowmanville, Ontario


If you are driving across Newfoundland we would appreciate it if you could spend a little time at or two central Newfoundland locations, Grand Falls Windsor and Gander. The locations are 100 km apart. GFW is a two-and-a-half hour drive from Corner Brook. Gander a hour further. From Gander it's about three-and-a-half to "Sin Johns." That should give you an idea about how to plan your day. Maybe if were lucky by then I could be doing my job while i listen to you do yours ...we are allowed to do. Some wishful thinking.

- Kevin Harvey


Hi Shelagh: I am really disgusted at CBC management for creating this mess we are in. I have made my views known to the CEO and politicians in Ottawa. I think they are destroying public broadcasting and are well on their way of doing so as Canadians find alternative stations. I have been tuned in to CIUT but really miss CBC and will definitely return to CBC. I miss your uplifting shows and hope that you are back real soon.

- Soraya Mohamed


Shelagh it was great seeing you on Friday night -- both onstage and at the pub. I really admire what you are doing -- both as a CBC employee -- but more important as a person -- putting yourself on the line.

I just hope that you got a rest over the weekend -- and that you are pacing yourself. You are keeping to a killing pace -- and sleeping on people's couches is not exactly the most restful way to get to sleep. I'm sure you have seen a million letters to the PM so I won't forward mine to you. But I felt great writing the PM and my Hull MP to tell them how important the CBC is to me. Continue to be your great self. And when they ask you to do something more -- and you're tired -- tell them you need a few minutes to think things over before you commit yourself. I want you in one piece at the end of all this. Much love.

- Marguerite Macdonald


Shelagh, Thank you for your extra-special support of CBC in its hour of crisis.You might like to see the letters I wrote to the Globe & Mail and to Toronto Star, each published in #1 position, which tells me that these two great newspapers are much concerned and on your side, too.

(Editor's Note: The letters follow)

To Toronto Star: CBC "management" with its bone-headed lock-out has inflicted the kind of raw damage upon Canada as Quebec separation would have done. Our prime minister must lead the way toward getting those 5,500 CBC workers back on the job. He could start by giving proper public praise for the wonderful service CBC has given us in the past. He could work out a deal to fire the bone-headed bureaucrats in CBC management -- the ones who thought it clever to hang the Canadian public out to dry (how dare they!). Then Mr Martin, former Finance Minister, must work out a deal in Parliament to restore proper funding to this great national asset. Heaven forfend, but can you imagine how Canada would cope with a national disaster (or triumph) without the public broadcaster to bring us alltogether in real time?

- Mary Mackie, Toronto

To The Globe & Mail: With the greatest respect for Patrick Watson, I'd like to knock his block off. Sell all the CBC buildings? And build new ones? Terminate all the CBC staffers? And find new ones ... where? Today's CBC is like a once-great army which finds itself depleted, hungry, run-down, dispirited, badly led, but still willing to carry on. The CBC needs fixing. It needs support and encouragement. It needs help -- not brutal chops and kicks.You'd think everyone (including Patrick Watson) has gone nuts and joined the Reform/Alliance/Conservative party ...Paul Martin too. Where's the leadership? Who speaks for Canada? I am heartsick at the way our CBC lifeline has been yanked ...the damage, in my opinion, is as devastating to Canada as Quebec Separation could have been. I don't give a damn what the "issues" are .. I want CBC's 5,500 workers back on the job and happy; preferably with CBC's current management fired one and all, for sending the loud and clear message that Canadians don't matter a damn to them, either.

- Mary Mackie, Toronto

Shelagh, I've also written to the Prime Minister (twice), Ms Frulla (twice), to Joe Fontana and my MP. Words can't really convey the sorrow, at this deliberate injury to the essense of Canada. But I'll keep trying. Best wishes.

- Mary Mackie, Toronto


Hi Shelagh, When Peter Gzowzki died, I wrote to you about how much I'd appreciated him and would miss his voice. I've also written occasionally at other times (I loved "Wanted Words"), but for some time now I have thought that I should just write to you and tell you how much I appreciate you. When Peter Gzowzki retired, it was obvious to me -- as well as many other Canadians -- that you were his natural successor. It took the CBC management a lot longer to figure it out, but I'm thankful they finally did. The small up-side of the lockout, for me, is that the podcasts from your Caravan Unlocked are great to listen to. It was fun hearing the Vancouver podcast in particular and hearing you being the one interviewed. I also think that all these podcasts from different of CBC people -- I've been listening to the "Ottawa Lockedout Live" as well as the Caravan -- demonstrate that the people who work at the CBC are not just employees. Being locked out hasn't stopped the broadcasts. Radio and journalism is obviously not just what they do, but who they are....Happy 25th anniversary, by the way.

-Nicola Hamer


Dear Shelagh, Thank you so much for spending your time, energy and money to take your caravan across Canada in support of public broadcasting and especially, for stopping in Ottawa. I was one of the hundreds who crammed into Glebe Collegiate (yes, and as a former Lisgarite it was a pleasant experience to sit in the rival's auditorium.) I was struck by your comment that you found it hard to listen to the woman on the radio with the laugh always in her voice -- as I do, so actually I no longer listen to Sounds like Canada. Yet you went on to say that she is not you -- so I am writing to encourage you to be the "you" we listened to with respect last night.

A year or so ago, I wrote to the producers of your show because I don't think it has yet found its niche. The programme should be Sounds of Canada -- the present title seems a little bit unsure -- sounds like Canada, but maybe not.

Then the other major problems are that the items and interviews do nothing to inform us and tie us together. Often they are too fluffy and you become too "smarmy" (your own word) and just "love " everyone or everything..

My thought is that, like Morning Side, there should be regular reports from different areas of the country. Remember the people who spoke from the bakery in Tofino, the person who spoke from somewhere in the North, the panel including the judge and Eric Kierans? The topics ranged from social, economic, cultural and political and let all listeners know what was happening elsewhere. Let's try to get back to that. B

ut thanks once again for your efforts and for your stirring talk last evening. I was pleased to see you. With great respect...

- Dorothy Hayley


Shelagh, Remember us at Brookland Elementary at the ECMA's in Sydney? You made us feel so "Canadian" as you created a stir about the children. They will remember that always. It's why I am such a big supporter: You folks at the CBC have a way of honouring citizens by making their stories so very special.We really miss our local folks as well as the national programming, radio and tv. When I say "we", I mean Cape Bretoners in general.Will you be here October 3? I thought I read that on your site. Anything we can do to drum up support, let me know. I am on mat leave (I had another boy) so in some ways I am free and in others not-so-much, but I wouldn't miss you for the world! I'd love for you to come back here but let's hope for a resolution before the 3rd!

- Neeta Kumar-Britten


Ms. Rogers, Don't get me wrong. I'm a huge fan of CBC Radio. I've enjoyed your radio program for a number of years. However, I think CBC staffers have an over-inflated sense of their self-worth. Canadian democracy is not dying and the national dialogue (whatever that may be) is not what it's puffed up to be.

My sense is the public's reaction to the CBC's lockout has been one gigantic yawn. It is only the most "loony left" of my friends who are tremendously upset with the current state of affairs. Everyone else frankly doesn't give a damn. My wife and I have migrated to listening to BBC Worldwide Service and NPR on the internet for information and commentary. I used to be an intermittent listener of CBC Overnight but I now sleep better. CBC is no longer the only game in town for informed discussion and insight.

The point is this...despite what CBC staffers would like to think, life for listeners goes on, we adapt and we have moved on - much like hockey fans' reaction to last year's strike. My suggestion to you and other CBC staffers is to cut a deal while there is still one to be had. Otherwise CBC Radio, and especially CBC TV, sink into irrelevancy. Best of luck.

- Richard Pearson, Ottawa, Ontario


Hi Shelagh, I cant tell you how much this stupid ridiculous lockout is breaking my heart. Its beyond words. But your blogs are unbelievable. You and the others. You make me so proud I know you and you are blowing away as Tod Maffin said all the bullshit Mgmt is putting out about the workforce. You guys are truly awesome. Good on you Shelagh and your crew. Unbelievable stuff you are doing. Love you.

- Alaia


Dear Shelagh, You've been a favourite of mine for probably all of that 25 years! (And when, years ago, my husband and I were guests at a dinner party at which the delicious fare was courtesy of YOUR MOTHER, a charity auction prize won by our kind hosts, I knew as soon as I heard her speak just where your wonderful voice comes from.) I'm more distressed than I can say at the dreadful CBC lockout. I've written a letter to the Minister of Communications, which I've attached here. Icopied it to several others as well. But I wanted to get in the personal touch here -- to let you know how I feel about you individually. You are very special to us all. We miss you (the "best of's," OK for awhile, are but treacherous, devious tricks by CBC management to lull us into thinking things are life as usual, which they are not). Good luck to you all. We're rooting for you, and for sanity and a return to dialog and reason on this tumultuous issue.

- Frances Emery


Hi Shelagh, How great to see you in person last night at Massey Hall. Keep up the great work and the spirit. I've got friends in Ottawa and would like to tell them about thrally/concert/event you mentioned yesterday morning on Toronto Unlocked at CIUT. Where and when?

I so miss the CBC. Listening to music from Danmarks Radio (the national radio network of Denmark -- won't listen to the BBC until the lockout is over!) is not the same as Radio 2. Sigh. Best wishes.

- Ruth Chernia, Toronto


Hey..I know it's a long drive but it may be a long lockout. How about coming to Labrador?

- Don Lockhart, Labrador Morning locked out co-host


Dear Shelagh,

We in Sudbury enjoyed meeting you and Sue Campbell and Natasha. I thought you might like to see what I wrote to the PM below. I'm also forwarding it to our Senator Marie-Paule Poulin who founded the Radio Canada station here in Sudbury, CBON.

- Janna Ramsay

(Editor's Note: A note from Janna to Paul Martin follows)

Dear Paul Martin,

The continued lock-out of the CBC is a scandal. We have no reportingcor comment on present events. Instead there are re-runs of past shows. There is no coverage of local news.This is totally irresponsible behaviour by our national public broadcaster. Diane Marleau, our local Member of Parliament, was at the historic opening of the new Northern Ontario School of Medicine last week in Sudbury, with a simultaneous ceremony in Thunder Bay. There should have been enormous CBC coverage of the opening of the first new medical school in Canada for over 30 years. There was none. Several CBC reporters were there, but, of course, they were not allowed to do their job. The job of the national public broadcaster is to reflect Canada to all Canadians, no other organisation is going to do this. We all know that the opposition wants to to get rid of CBC/Radio Canada. What is the Liberal Government doing about the CBC lock-out?

- Janna Ramsay Best, Sudbury


Dear Caravan Girls, Wish I could be with you tomorrow night. You will be with another of my Heroes: the brilliant June Callwood. I happened to see her once in the lower level of the Eaton’s Centre. I was so in awe of her I could only sputter. Will be following your adventures on this site. What must be really galling is that management is using your own programs on tape to replace yourselves! It’s like making all the broadcasters their own scabs. It’s Vile! Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead! Go get’em Shelagh!

- Mary-Kay Stortin


Sheilagh, Sue and Natasha,

Thanks so much for your visit on Sunday afternoon at the Art Gallery. It was truly a pleasure to meet all of you. I know that it bolstered our spirits. It also offered an opportunity for many of our supporters and your fans to come out and say hi. I wish you the best. Have a great event at Massey Hall.

- Marcel Vaillancourt, Communications Committee, CMG-Sudbury


Hi Shelagh, Here is my pitch for having you come to the far east during this lock out. It's Newfoundland and Labrador, and we love you here, you knows that, girl. I laughed when I saw the pictures of you and Ron Wilson in the Edmonton slide show. I know Ron from Ottawa. Enough about me. Come east and I promise I won't make you eat a Jigg's Dinner. But I do promise to have my friend Kate who you met at Jigg's Dinner bring her 4 month old Newfoundland pup named Newman to the picket line. What more could you want? I hope you had a good summer and hopefully we'll talk in the future. Take care my friend...

- Wanita Bates

20/9 /05

Hello Shelagh, I thought that you would enjoy the attached letter which my daughter Jacqueline wrote to Paul Martin last week. It was written with such passion, that we just sent it as it was – spelling error and all. I could have written one myself, but I think that hers will be the more effective letter. All the best.

- Lissa Donner

(Editor's Note: Jacqueline's letter follows)

Dear Priminister,

Just to let you know I'm very very mad at you. Hurry up and let the CBC workers win. I don't have my bedtime story anymore because "Between The Covers" is gone gone gone. So, hurry up and let them win already. I'm sure thousands of people feel the same way. Good day from very mad Jacqueline, 11 yrs, Winnipeg.

HURRY UP! Thanks.

- Jacqueline

P.S. I do know your name but I prefer to call you Priminister


Shelagh and crew, Who knew this lock-out would last so long you'd hit Ontario? I know your itinerary says you're stopping once you hit the Big Smoke, but I want to pass on an invitation to come enjoy the fall colours of the Maritimes. We'd love for your caravan to visit us in Saint John, New Brunswick too (Editor's Note: The Carvan did pull into St. John). And after reading about the Thunder Bay flea bag motel moment, my husband and I would love to invite you and the crew to stay with us, we have plenty of space in our house with real beds, clean sheets and good old Maritime hospitality. No kids, just one very cute poddle-mix named Pepper. Just to prove that we're normal and not nuts, a bit about me: I'm the new executive producer in Saint John and I got all of one week in before being locked out. Before that I spent three wonderful years producing the morning show in Prince George, BC, and before that I was a producer in Toronto at Syndication. But we're originally from Saint John and we've moved all the way across the country for me to spend hours on a picket line instead of my exciting new job. So I have oodles of time to show you around. Let me know if you're interested. I understand if this trip is getting too darn long... but what could be finer than seeing the world's highest tides in the Bay of Fundy in the fall? Safe caravaning!

- Deborah Irvine


Hello Shelagh, What a privilege it was have you, Natasha and Sue in Sudbury yesterday. As a CBC junkie it was thrilling to meet you. My daughter Sarah came back from the Art Gallery with so much enthusiasm for journalism. Can't wait to have the CBC back on the air -- I am in withdrawal. Thanks again.

- Vicki Ridout Kett


You mean Shelagh was in Regina and I missed her?? DAMN! Hello Shelagh: Pardon my whispering; I'm typing this at 7:30 Saturday morning, and everyone else here is asleep. I'm a striking City of Regina employee (Editor's Note: the civic strike ended in Regina on September 27). We had a rally at City Hall on Friday, and some of the CMG/CBC folks came out to support us; while I talked to them, they told me about CBCunplugged and a whole bunch of sites that I couldn't write down fast enough to keep up.

This morning, I have the time to look at CBCUnplugged, and darn if you weren't almost next door on Wednesday. Frustrating to discover that so late, since I live about half a km from CBC headquarters in Regina. I would have come over and walked with you, had I known of your visit in time. I used to play with a small band known as Celtic Clutter.

My bandmates and I were interviewed several times on the local morning and afternoon programs in the 1990s. The technical staff at CBC Regina are nothing short of wizards, in my opinion; Jim McKillican and Chris Haynes always made us sound good; Sheila Coles (the other half of what my wife and I call Radio Shelagh) is a lovely lady to talk with, and she, Colin Grewar and Lindy Thorsen always made us forget that there were other people listening to our conversations. I would hate to see these people working on short-term contracts; that is NOT the way to get the best out of each employee and it would not result in loyal, long-term staff who produce the quality programming we really want to hear. And the stress level for contract employees would be unbelievable, I'm sure.

Since my family is working poor and can't afford an iPod (hell, I can't afford gasoline at the moment!), we can only hear the podcasts while at the computer, and it's a slow connection, so we will not be hearing much from the unplugged site. However, I'm downloading your U of R talk while I type, since my wife was one of the first graduating class at the School of Journalism. She'll get her chance to listen when she wakes up, which will be soon, since the kids are starting to stir a bit. I'll end by suggesting, as I'm sure you've heard before, that CBC is one of the thngs that help keep Canada united.

Keep the spirits up, Shelagh. We miss you, we love you, and we want you back on the air!

- Neil Slater, CUPE local

21 15/9/05

Greetings, Shelagh!Thank you for puttingthese programs together. Otherwise, I would be in severe withdrawal.I was pleased to hear that you've reached your 25th anniversary with CBC, and sorry to hear that it occurred during this dreadful lockout. It was fascinating to hear you talk about your craft in the interview with your producer (was it Sue Campbell?). If any of you need a place to crash in Ottawa, let me know. My place is in the Glebe (not one of the big houses, though!) We'll figure out about the parking. Regards,

- Leigh, Long-time CBC listener!, Ottawa 1


Hi Shelagh, I have no pitch other than to say I want the CBC back ASAP!!! I’ll be round the corner from the CBC at noon on Friday (I’m teaching fitness at the University of Winnipeg Gym). I’ll be done by 1:15 and will come out to look for you. My wife and I (we got married on Saturday!) are dedicated CBC radio listeners (in our late 20s/early 30s at that!). Life just isn’t the same without the CBC. Thank goodness I’ve had wedding arrangements to distract me this past month. But no more, so I need my CBC radio back! I’ve e-mailed the PM. I don’t hold out much hope though. I’ve emailed the PM in the past (about Guantánamo Bay and Same-Sex marriage) and have received form emails or no response at all.

I hope to see you here. Good luck and go get ‘em!

- Kat


Hello! I see from your blogsite that you’re visiting my hometown. I hope you’ve been well treated. Have you sampled any of the local delicacies? Had any good food? Good for you for taking the show on the road. I hope the trip is not a long one, even if, perhaps, you’re enjoying aspects of it. See you sometime soon, I hope.

- Peter Tiefenbach


Thank you so much, to Shelagh, and to all of you, for being out there and finding ways to keep the quilt that is the CBC listening audience from fraying. School started last week, and to those of us who spent the previous week setting up classrooms, it was too bizarre for words to not have CBC coming out of at least one room (or several, in the wonderful place I teach these days!). I had two minor panic attacks the first week (real ones, but little ones), and am convinced that at least part of my stress is related to not having the CBC as my anchor -- not in my car, not in the kitchen in the morning as the 2 and 4 year old have breakfast, not in the brief moments of quiet in my office before the school day starts, not at the end of the day as the 3 of us make supper and wait for Daddy's arrival, just not there.

I live in a small rural community in Ontario, and the CBC is how I stayed tuned-in to a larger constituency I am part of. I feel like I'm not as good a teacher without the CBC, and in some ways, I feel very, very alone. As Shelagh knows, the first anniversary of my dad's death will be this weekend, and the "homelessness" I am feeling without CBC radio will be magnified. Please, for as long as this mess goes on, please keep knotting the threads together -- there are very many of us out here who are "jonesing" for a really good CBC fix.

- Lisa Noble, Hastings, Ont.

P.S. - Believe it or not, it was my high school history teacher who sent me the link to CBC unplugged! People who appear just when you need them!


Shelagh, Guilty pleasures? In my efforts to deal with CBC management's decision to replay our interview during the lockout and the implications of becoming an unwilling virtual union buster I seek some redemption in your confession booth. Is the unCBC team doing any fund raising for the CBC families? If so I could dig around my growing pile of naughty rockingraven drawings and make a small contribution to any auctions that might occur. This is the Haida equivalent of numerous Hail Mary's. Regards

- Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas

(Editor's Note: Michael's letter to local MPs follows)


Hello, Shelagh, and Caravan (Natasha & Sue). I've been following your travels. It is so evident that CBC and y'all are much loved across the country!...Warmest regards

- Liz Ball, from the Library at Selkirk College


Shelagh and company, I have just finished listening to the entire program from Calgary and then reading your blog from start to finish -- all from my intention of just checking in to see how things were moving on the lockout. Shelagh, I wish your shows could always follow this format. The pictures are wonderful and the stories of the kindness of strangers brings wonderful comfort in these times of struggle and worry. I hope that, if anything, the lock-out brings you and your fellow CBC'ers some empowerment and a renewed frame of reference as to the precious and coveted jobs you hold and how you can use them for the COMMON good. Lately I've wondered about the CBC's backbone and so called 'objectivity.' I want the CBC back on the air but perhaps with a bit more authenticity and connection to the listener. It's not a gripe I hold against you, Shelagh but I have to say the current events and local 'personalities' have lost their edge. They don't ask the questions I would expect them to ask of those who hold power in this country. If not them, who? But, let me repeat, this gripe is not -- and never has been -- with you, Shelagh. Thank you for directing your time and energy to the listeners....

- Nancy Black


Hi Shelagh, Just wondering if you and your producers have somewhere to eat dinner and stay while you are inWinnipeg this Friday because I know just the place if you don't... Ever heard of Selkirk, Manitoba??? It's the Catfish Capital of North America, and also home to my parents -- Bill and Lynn Shead.

They are your average CBC addicts and I feel terrible that we (I'm a locked-out associate producer here in the 'Peg) are unable to bring them the programming that they, and all Canadians, deserve. So I thought since your in town, it might be nice to bring you to them. They have plenty of room, they are very good cooks (my father wants to know if you do come, if you're a vegetarian so they can plan appropriately), and they have endless fascinating stories to share. A few things about them: My father actually grew up in Selkirk. His mother is from Peguis First Nation, and his father from Northern Manitoba. The oldest of seven children, he joined the navy when we was 16. He also served as the regional director for the prairie region for veterans affairs, mayor of Selkirk (1980-1983), and CEO of the Aboriginal Centre of Winnipeg. Now retired, he sits on a number of local and national boards.

My mother is originally from Nova Scotia. She and my father met in their late twenties. She was working as a x-ray technician, putting herself through school. They moved around Canada, and she became one of the world's greatest mothers, raising three children, somehow managing to get them all to every single sporting event, music recital, Girl Guide meeting, etc., without losing her mind. Now free to do things for herself, she's an active volunteer in the community, and an avid reader, quilter and gardener.

Let me know if this would interest you. Selkirk is about a 35-45 minute drive north of Winnipeg. Its population is about 10,000. In Solidarity,

- Ruth Shead, Locked-out in Winnipeg


Dear Shelagh, I've just arrived home from your discussion at Moose Jaw's jewel of an arts centre and had to put down in words how much I appreciated your coming to Moose Jaw for feedback on the lock-out.

I'd like to begin by saying that I cancelled my cable pretty much a year-a-go to the day and up until I took my two weeks at the lake this past August, have relied on CBC Radio for my media messages about this land of ours. When I ventured over to the computer after a fish 'n chip supper that fateful evening to find that the lock-out had begun, I was truly dismayed, but believed that I could get by with an interruption to my connection to greater Canada and, pardon the comparison, the sober-second-thought that every single one of the regular programs brought to us as listeners.

Unfortunately I arrived late tonight, and missed your opening statement...regret that, but can't change it so here I am back-peddling a little bit...wanting to show my support for all those who make the CBC the truly unrivaled source of information and entertainment it is. This is the crux of my point of view -- what we had was great...programming-wise... but obviously employee compensation needs to be addressed and my thoughts on this are if government/management can't see the connection to the quality and stature of the organization that it's contracted employees have, then they are undervaluing it... typically Canadian eh?

A constant struggle it seems to be... but is this what makes us the most admired nation? I wish all of you the best of luck in striking a new balance, and want you to know I think about this situation everyday... it has truly affected my life.

In closing, I would like to add that I read Ronald Wright's "A Short History of Progress", from the Massey Hall Lecture Series, while I was out at the lake and I have to say it was one of the most important books I have everread.

Bravo to the combined efforts based on your collective experiences and I hope that new waves begin to burst forth very, very soon.Very sincerely, and all the best.

- Ken Patterson, Teacher

P.S. I think pod-casting and blogging are blossoming forms of communication, but wouldn't want them to take away the quality programming I am used to.


Shelagh, where are you? When are coming here? Your room is ready and the party is waiting...

- Gerry & Peg, St. John's, Newfoundland


Hi, Just a quick note. The Prince Rupert and Prince George crews got together last Friday to record a podcast of our own. We had a crowd of about 100 people (from a town of about 12,000) and there was a really good atmosphere in the room. There has been an amazing outpouring of support for us each and every day.

Since we did the show, we've been asked to the show again in Prince George, Smithers and Terrace as well. Depending on how things go, we may yet do more of these up here. Hope you get a chance to listen.

If you ever feel like coming up this way, we can hit the ground running. Here's wishing the caravan won't be necessary much longer. I hope it's a great experience though!

- Russell in Rupert


Hello Shelagh! You, Sue, and Natasha are to be truly commended for the wonderful job you are doing with the Caravan. I write a column in about 8 or so community papers around BC and have been listening to your podcast with interest. Here is my latest column about the whole CBC unplugged phenomenon. Its not greatly eloquent but I hope you enjoy...

- Arjun Singh

CBC Folks Go Online
By Arjun Singh

As labour disputes go, this is a strange and rather important one. Certainly, every labour dispute has great impact on a lot of people. But, the CBC is not known as the "Mother Corp" for nothing".

People I have heard on CBC have made me think, made me laugh, and made me cry. They have challenged my thinking and I greatly appreciate that.

The CBC, in my view, is a large part of our fledgling identity as Canadians.

So, on August 15th, when CBC management locked out 5500 unionized employees, I missed my CBC.

If you miss CBC too (I certainly respect it if you don't), you can still get your daily fix through some very creative use of Internet based technologies employed by the CBC workers "on the line".

The digital clearinghouse for all information related to the CBC lockout is Todd Maffin's excellent web site –

Todd is usually CBC's national technology columnist, and is now rendering yeoman's service keeping CBC Unplugged upated.

A lot of CBC employees are passionate about broadcasting and they have harnessed relatively inexpensive technology to continue to create audio programs available through the Internet.

Different CBC bureaus, all over the country, have been producing what are called "podcasts", basically radio shows available through the Internet, while on the picket line.

Shelagh Rogers, a well known CBC personality, has taken it one step further and is travelling around the country by Dodge Caravan taping "podcasts" in different cities.

She only has 2 other people travelling with her and they edit the audio on a laptop, sometimes while driving from place to place. If you go to, the left hand column contains a "podcast" link.

CBC employees are also blogging – writing online diaries – about the lockout. These blogs are listed on the right hand column at

As much as I would like to see the CBC lockout end, I am really enjoying getting to know a more human side of a lot of CBC employees.

They are not just reporting news now, they are the news. And as uncomfortable as that may be for them, they are producing some very compelling content because they are speaking truly from the heart.

The CBC folks seem even more like real people.

My hope is that, when the CBC gets back on it feet, this truly pleasant form of reality programming will remain.


Hello from Caledonia, Ontario; Keep on going Shelagh and crew.

- Louise


Hello Shelagh and crew, Where have I been? Unfortunately listening to much more "Talk Radio" than is healthy. I just now found out about the caravan. Great idea. How do we entice you to our community as you swing through the Prairies? We can provide you will all the amenities of life (food, shelter and beer) including a tour of our historical town of Gravelbourg, our historical Cathedral, our historical Theatre, our historical B&B, ....why ...our historical everything. (Pierre Trudeau referred to Gravelbourg as the "bijou des prairie" when he visited as PM) . "Oh, won't you stay We'll put on the day And we'll talk in present tenses" BONUS....If the sun shines, we can picnic on the spot along the Wood River where Connie wrote her prairie anthem. Beckoning from the southern prairie

- Jack Walton, Artistic Director - Producer, Gravelbourg Community Arts Centre, Gravelboug, Sask.


Dear Shelagh, Natasha and Sue, Here's to flying by the seat of your pants! Undaunted travellers, your caravanserai awaits! The heart of Souwesto calls you for a stop...Who knows, you might be in time for early Random Acts of Poetry... or we can make time! Poem power! Random Acts of Poetry, everywhere! Liberate the lanes for poetry, the alleys for allies of our verse! I'd do almost anything to lift the word off the page, including Random performances, any time. Raves, ongoing! Expect the unexpected in a whole week of Random Acts (October 3-9, stretchable): that will concentrate the mind something fierce. Randomly yours, Randoming onward....There's a lot going on here... The weekend of Sept. 17th celebrates London's creative city initiative at the newly opened Aeolian Hall with workshops and performances. And there's my ongoing little poem for peace in many voices. We're about to receive our 101st translation!...You'd all be very welcome here in London, and yes, we can happily put you up... though really, I hope the lock-out will be over long before you reach Ontario. Thanks for keeping "Sounds Like Canada" going strong! Here's celebrating your 25th anniversary, Shelagh! and bless all your adventurous spirits. Peace,

- Penn Kemp


Greetings from Hamilton...If you make it this far (and god knows we're hoping the lockout is over by then) you and yours are welcome to a meal and many drinks here. And of course, if you make it all the way back to Corner Brook, there are two lovely little houses next to a fjord that are yours for the asking. If there's anything we can do...from this end, please let us know...all our love .

- Steve and Jeanie


Hello Shelagh....If I came to "talk" to you at the end of the (Calgary) concert, it's because I want you to know how important your presence here is to all of us. I'm sure being on this caravan, far away from home, sleeping in bunk beds in strangers' homes isn't always fun for you. But your tour is soooo meaningful for all the locked out employees across the country.

It means a lot to me even if I'm one of the "Frenchies".

In fact, it means even more to me because I work for Radio-Canada.

We, the French employees outside Québec, don't really have a voice in this conflict. Nobody seems to care if we're out in the street because everything is fine and dandy in Montréal -- the centre of the world on the French side, as you probably know.

The core of our audience get most of their regular news, produced in Québec. In fact, a lot of people in "la Belle province" don't even know that there's a lock-out.

We don't get as much support as I'd like from our colleagues in Montréal and Moncton. In fact, I can pretty much guarantee you that none of our anchors would have had the guts to do what you're doing right now, criss-crossing the country in less than perfect conditions -- all that for the cause...

Your tour is really helping to raise the profile of this conflict. That's what was going through my mind during the concert. That's what I haven't been able to tell you, choked up by the emotion...

Oh well, I guess I'll be able to say that I got a hug from Shelagh Rogers! Thank you for hosting the concert tonight. And moreover, thank you for being YOU! Good luck for the rest of the tour.

- Josianne Ménard, Locked out employee, Radio-Canada Television, Calgary


Shelagh...Didn't get to say it before you left, but thanks for coming out today in Calgary and thank you for your efforts across the country. I think it's very important that our national talent be seen in this, at the very least it was great to say hi today. Cheers!

- Cameron MacIntosh, CBC Calgary


Hello Lovely Shelagh and Co: Being a Saskatchewanian - from the high north - I wanted to relay the message while you're passing through. The boys from Church Street stopped by the Toronto line the other day to pick up post cards for Paul Martin expressly to communicate their distress/anger over losing Shelagh. You are much loved. Much missed....

- Penny Cadrain


Oh my God, I've found you! I just didn't look hard enough before. Here I am, every day listening to the pitiful shell of a radio station that CBC has become, quietly (and sometimes not so quietly) steaming away about The Injustice of it All, and how I miss all my radio buddies, and miss the news! and miss the rest of Canada that I normally tune into (I could wax poetical for days about the great institution of the CBC and how it pulls us Canadians together and makes us all Feel Each Other's Pain and helps make us all more apologetic and liberal). But here you are in Internet Land at the tip of my fingers like magic! I just heard your podcast and it was so good to a) hear Shelagh Rogers' lovely warm voice, b) tap into what is going on with the CBC and c) know that there is somewhere I can go to for comfort and solace when the news readers fumble yet again, they play the second hour of DNTO twice in two hours, and Jurgen steals the airwaves all afternoon.

I think you are a wonderful host, Shelagh, and a wonderful human being, and thank you so much for all of your past contributions to my listening pleasure, and now for doing this column and the podcasts. I really hope this "labour disruption" is resolved as soon as possible, but I'm glad to have made my acquaintance with you and other CBC-ites at this site while the CBC is incapacitated.

I've just made our homepage.

Yours in admiration (OK, I hope you're not gagging with the seemingly fulsome praise; it's just that I've been listening to you since you made a regular appearance on Morningside where you and Peter Gzowski would giggle together so infectiously. I've always appreciated your warmth and humour and - gasp - even the flaws that make you so accessible to us hoi poloi).

- Cathy Killough, Kamloops

p.s. Looks like our fair city is not on your tentative itinerary - shame!

p.p.s. They were very minor flaws, I assure you! - like swearing once in awhile, or putting your foot in your mouth in some endearing way


Can't bear this! I have written cbc management and the prime minister. CBC Radio has been the constant in my life for close to 30 years. I don't need to tell you all the positives it has brought to my sense of Canada. Now, not only have September deadlines hit with a vengance, but my world is more and more silent - and un-informed. I just don't watch tv, or listen to commercial radio for that matter. I miss you - even if it is usually just the 'best of' at night - and I miss our On the lsland voices .........and noon voices......and All Points West Voices...... Good on you for doing the cross country tour. You just can't keep good journalists down. Good luck. We are all with you. my very best wishes.

- Jean McIntosh, Director, Alberni Valley Museum, Port Alberni, BC


Come up here to Whitehorse, the fall colours are amazing and the mountains are full of snow already. The Alaska highway is still open and will find a bed for you guys.

- Bert


Hi Shelagh, Sue, Natasha and Sean: What a terrific thing you're doing.. it's inventive, compassionate, committed and so darn CANADIAN! Congratulations to you all.. and we'll be checking in for more adventures. The quote that Tod pulled up was exactly the one that spoke to me.. who if not us? Stay safe and well.

- Susan


Hi Shelagh, I am glad to have access to this e-mail address because I have been following your journeys every day. I am amazed at the dedication that you and your team show to us poor CBC listeners who are starving to hear CBC back on the air. I was thinking about one of my heros, the late Peter Gzowski. He would be disgusted with the CBC management right now but he would be proud of you, Shelagh, for being so faithful to us the listeners! He is probably out there somewhere saying ..."you go girl".

Thank you so much for the hard work you are doing. Remember, there are many, many people along with myself who appreciate what you are doing. Please pass along my thanks to the other members of The Caravan. They are great also. Remember to take time for yourselves along the way. We do not want you to be burned out completely before this is over. All I can say for management, is that they are an insensitive bunch of so and so's...Thanks again, Shelagh and friends...

- Joan Burrell


Let us know if we can help out at all when you hit Capital City. Keep up the good fight.

- The Hamersons


Greetings Shelagh and crew! We have been listening to your podcasts and would like to extend an invitation to you and your crew to ‘cast your pod’ from the 2005 International Plowing Match & Rural Expo which is being held in Listowel Ontario from September 20th to 24th. Listowel is about 2 hours from downtown TO and about 30 minutes from Kitchener-Waterloo. Many loyal CBC’ers and fans of your show are us rural folk and feel this would be the perfect venue/opportunity for all of us to meet you and your crew andupport you in your efforts.We are expecting 150,000 people at this five day event. To give you a bit of background; we create a city on 600 acres of farm field in a matter of weeks. Yes, there are plowing competitions but it’s more of a rural Expo. People from all over Canada and the US come to take part – it’s absolutely huge and could be that much bigger with you there! This is ‘the’ event that is 100% rural and we’re quite proud of it.We will endeavour to provide you with whatever you would need (we have high speed broadband on site). Please give some consideration (if it fits in your schedule) to being our guest at the 2005 International Plowing Match & Rural Expo this year. I look forward to hearing from you...

- Cynthia A. Moyer, Monkton, Ont.


Shelagh and company, Should the CBC lockout last long enough for you to arrive in Southern Ontario, you're welcome to drop by Waterloo and visit our house. We have plenty of things that we could show you. To begin, there is the habitat restoration project that my mother Carol has spearheaded on a local schoolyard (1000 trees and shrubs in 10 years). There's my brother who just started university. There's my father the university professor who is making huge improvements after post-polio syndrome showed up ten years ago. Then there's me, the jack of all trades, who is wrapping up his English degree at Waterloo. We have more than enough room for the whole team in our partly renovated house (plus a slew of contractor stories to share) provided people don't mind airmats and sleeping bags. The Waterloo County cooking is on us. Here's hoping though, that the lockout doesn'tlast this long. If, however, you decide to continue the roadtrip as a 25th Anniversary celebration, our invitation still stands. Cheers!

- Neal Moogk-Soulis, Waterloo, Ontario


Hey Shelagh, We want to invite you to visit the picket line in Fredericton -- though we're all hoping it's over long before you can get here.

(Editor's Note: Shelagh ended up visiting the Fredericton picket line September 28)

Why? - We're the biggest CBC location in New Brunswick. - We can generate a lot of media attention with your visit. - The local show has a big audience share, and that means a big following. - We were one of the first locations in the country to get a podcast up when the lockout happened. - There are all kinds of great ways for you to meet your regular listeners. - Saint John got you last year -- it's our turn! If you're at all interested, let me know and we'll start plotting at this end.

- Jacques, CMG Fredericton


(Editor's Note: The following was written by a woman in Switzerland who is blogging on Shelagh's blog in Italian. Here site can be reached by clicking here.)

Here nobody apparently knows of what is going on in Canada...and...I'm in Switzerland, but no problem...most of the people who read my blog are your blog-server! I've lived 2 years in Victoria some 20 years ago, and I'm a UVic alumni. I've travelled a little bit in Western Canada and I've just seen a couple of very good Canadian films at the film festival in Locarno, Switzerland, co-sponsored by CBC...Good luck!

- Beatrice


Hi Shelagh, I read a piece from your blog on the CMG website. In it, you ask people to write and state why you should stop in our community on your travels along the way. I hope that you will considering stopping in Castlegar, BC, in the West Kootenays.

It's a beautiful part of the country, within a 25 minute drive to Trail and a 40 minute drive to Nelson. As such, we often live in the shadow of both communities. However, our small city and its surrounding area, set in a magnificent junction of the Columbia River (one of the largest rivers in North America) and the Kootenay River (the site of many hydro electric dams that power our society) is rich with beauty and history.

This is a community where you can often hear Russian being spoken due to the settlement of many Doukhobour people in our area. Zuckerberg Island, located just off downtown Castlegar, is a heritage site dedicated to the Doukhobour settlers who were profoundly influenced by the philosophy of Leo Tolstoy. In fact, our school board has developed a locally developed Russian immersion program available from kindergarten through to Grade 12.

There is a strong and active peace movement in our community mainly attributable to the work of people in the Doukhobour community.

Our community's main employer is the local pulp mill, Zelstoff-Celgar, but many people are employed throughout the West Kootenay. Thus, our economy is strongly influenced by commodity prices and, over the past years, has not experienced the economic boom-times of the rest of the province. We are also located at something of a cross-roads in the Kootenays and therefore receive lots of visitors enroute to other parts of the province.

Fishing, camping and hockey are very popular here with the local recreation centre being the heart of the community.

There is a large hand-painted mural at the entrance-way depicting the valley in which we live -- it's a beautiful portrayal of the area. I think that the painter, who was sponsored by Celgar, must have had a sense of humour when he created this piece, since although the painting depicts the river where the the pulp mill is located, the pulp-mill itself is not to be seen in the painting.

Selkirk College is also a significant benefit to the community. It is located adjacent to the Columbia River and, as well as offering traditional courses such as university transfer and nursing, it also offers a number of other useful and interesting programs. It has one of the best pilot training courses available. Our airport, situated across the highway from the college, is surrounded by mountains, and I know that graduates of this program are highly regarded. There are numerous exchange students attending Selkirk College, many from Korea. These young people bring their language, culture and life experience here -- we benefit from that as they engage in their education.

We have been hit hard by cuts to government services since 2001. Our income assistance office was closed and, for a time, young women with children were known to be hitch-hiking to Trail to apply for benefits. Likewise, our local hospital was downgraded to 12-hour emergency service and thus, members of our household have picked up a number of people hitch-hiking to obtain healthcare. Many of schools have also been closed and our court services have been lost. This has been devastating in terms of loss of services as well as loss of jobs and, people leaving our community through job-loss. Seniors have experienced undue hardship throughout the region because of changes to long-term care facilities and many are suffering.

Well, that's a small glimpse into life in Castlegar, the often overlooked West Kootenay community. There is a lot more that I could tell you but don't want to overwhelm you with information since I suspect that you're receiving lots of responses to your request.

I hope that the lock-out ends soon and you can be back with Sounds Like Canada. In the meantime, I applaud you in your endeavours and wish to let you know that I support you and other members of the CMG. So many of us have tuned in the local private radio station in desperation, only to have to turn it off within minutes. We miss all of you. Thanks.

- Laurel Walton, Castlegar, BC

(Edtor's Note: Shelagh accepted this invitation and spent the night with Laurel and her family. See the blog "Come to Castlegar, She Said And We Did")


Hi Shelagh & Co, Thanks for doing the Caravan. Wish I could have been in Vancouver yesterday -- my job gets in the way sometimes! In these dark days without OUR CBC, the blogging and internet broadcasts are reassuring-you creative folks are still creating and connecting with us. It's making us all feel a little better. I am bereft and disoriented without the daily and weekly rhythm of my radio companions: Rick, you Shelagh, Mark, Mary-Lou & Barbara, Michael on Sundays, Eleanor, etc. Don't have a story idea for you this morning - just needed to touch in. Keep talking and laughing.

- Elaine Perry, Vancouver


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