Monday, October 10, 2005


Well done! What a great trip! I am sure a lot of us will benefit when we get your "truth" that you have experienced. We have missed you greatly and I feel the same as the lady in Saskatchewan....that we can become parochial and out of touch with the rest of the country, that we want to hear what is happening and do care about others in places big and small. Many thanks to you and all the crew that make CBC radio an important part of our lives! Carry on bravely...

- Pat Martin, Vernon, BC


Shelagh...I deeply enjoy your website and especially the podcasts. I was back at College this September for the first time in 10 (plus) years and because I have never been a great college/university student, I had to largely tune out non-school life. I made it to my Victoria, B.C. picket line 3-4 times, twice with cookies I made. I emailed several politicians on a few occasions. And that was all the spare time I had to give. School is going fine but it is a precarious balance as one is always just one lecture/assignment/lab of a chance of getting behind and fogged on the workload. Given that I would have liked to have given more, especially go to the Victoria CBC benefit concert, I am ecstatic that the strike has ended. It is like the Montréal Canadians on TV and I used to feel that I had to keep watching the game or they would lose so a similar feeling transferred over to my beloved CBC. So as I was deep in my books hardly looking up, my CBC/SRC pulled it off thanks to the employees and their devoted fans....I am just listening to (the Fredericton podcast)... I have 83 or so of the various podcasts (and videos) from your website and Tod Maffin's (well done Tod!). It was an amazing labour strike. I do not think that the CBC/SRC knew what hit them! As someone said on a CBC unplugged podcast, labour strikes will never be the same again. Reminds me, I have to email the B.C. Teacher's Federation to see if they are planning any podcasts, or maybe they are already on it! (Editor's note: the B.C. teachers' union was planning labour action of its own at this writing)

...Positive feedback...For national unity, a stop in Montréal or the Eastern Townships of Québec would have been beneficial. It is a glaring omission. Did anybody else mention this? For those who love order like me, it would be great to name the various podcasts with a date (yyyymmdd format) on the website. As I mentioned my return to scholastics, I am behind on my CBC/SRC podcasts. I listened to the Tod Maffin with Arnold Amber to get somewhat current but mostly, I have been listening to the podcasts in chronological order...Interestingly, I never listened to your show from my home here in Victoria. Your time slot was not convenient for my lifestyle at the time: working and listening to Radio-Canada at work to get my French up. But interestingly, my year living in Québec (last year), I started listening to your show and loved it. Your voice is engaging and warm. I look forward to tuning in to you more now that I am back home in Victoria....Schooling aside, I am putting in effort to the B.C. school teacher's strike. I can do this one more since I am studying French and my children go to French (versus French Immersion) school. So, I support them on the line in French and get my French conversation practise. And hail to the CBC/SRC getting back to work to cover the historic strike of the B.C. school teachers. The news on TV is very tough without the CBC and SRC Vancouver. With CBC, I can leave the news on and not have to monitor it. With CH, Global, etc. , B.C. news that I want (means that) I have to hang close to the remote as if some buffoon like Don Cherry is going to spoil part of my day by bringing up banal things. This monitoring of the TV news cuts in to my cooking in the kitchen, a distance from the TV. So here's to TV that is much more worth watching!...and I have missed Rick Mercer's Monday Reports. Oh boy, Rick is going to have fun with the CBC strike. And missed my 0600 - 0900 Victoria CBC broadcast, my SRC Vancouver news on TV and radio, that Sunday 0900 -1200 or so news magazine, Anthony Germaine and The House. Those standout as my favourites and regulars. Canada is a better place with the CBC/SRC and it was paralytically sad to think that it could not come back. Someday, I would be well to put on a bumper sticker on my car and bicycle: "I vote CBC" and a(n) appropriate (French) translation. In solidarity...

- Douglas


Hello Shelagh, I just wanted to pass on my congratulations for the end of the lock out and a newcollective agreement for my friends at the CBC. I enjoyed very much meeting you in Fredericton, most of my friends were quite jealous when I returned back to classes and heard that I had met Shelagh Rogers. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog entries and listening to your pod casts over the past month or so. I think you were the ideal picketer and learned, from what I read in your blog entries, very much the same things that I did when I was on strike. For me the labour disruption at Aliant was a great opportunity for me to meet collogues and opened my eyes to what type of company they really were. I would like to say thank you very much for keeping my self and the CBC audience informed during the lock out, and for giving me a better appreciation of Canada. It must have been an amazing experience leaving the studio and hitting the roadto meet Canadians. I hope that you had a great experience and I can’t wait to hear younext week, the real Shelagh, on CBC Radio. Hope to see you on the East Coast again and Happy Thanksgiving!

- John O’Neill

Thursday, October 06, 2005


Congratulations on the lock-out getting unlocked. You and Todd Maffin with his CBCunplugged get a lot of credit for rallying the gang and staying connected with Canada. Hope you get to talk about it all on air. CBC is so important. Can’t wait to hear your voice live on my radio again (reruns are not the same). I’ve missed you. Thank you for the Caravan. You’re the best! From one of the 11,000 Friends of Canadian Broadcasting who pestered Paul Martin unrelentingly...

- Jane Kilthei, Cowichan Bay, BC


Greetings Shelagh....A well earned and deserved victory for the people. Thanks for standing your ground. I was just looking back at The Caravan itinerary posted on Sept. 8. The the last date listed was Oct 3. A re you prescient, or did they have to wait until the solidarity caravan had completed its cross-Canada mission? I miss hearing you...

- Len Stephan, Seattle


Hi, Shelagh...

I writer this from Toronto (you remember...the centre of the Universe). I keep hearing that you guys will be able to return to work soon. I can't wait to hear you all back on the air. I have been following your exploits on line here. If there is anyone out there who hasn't quite grasped the relevance of the CBC, they should visit the Blogs and have a look and listen to what you have been doing.

I take it you are back in Vancouver at this time. Have a well earned rest before you go back into the studio. BTW. I first heard you on radio when I moved to Toronto from Montreal in 1977. You were on Metro Morning with Joe Cote as I recall. I knew then that you were special.

Bravo to you Shelagh and all your brothers and sisters at the CBC. I'm really looking forward to the doors being unlocked. And wouldn't I love to hear a "suit" explain why they were locked in the first place. But, let's focus on the positive.

Looking forward to your smile on the radio again. And, oh yeah, hope you'll be at the Toronto Women's Blues revue this year. All the best...

- Bob Bisnett, Toronto, Ontario


Hi there and hope you've recovered from your jet-lag: although going from East to West isn't bad, or at least that's what I've found! It was so nice to see you and on a special night, a night that not only benifited the Stephenville people,but we the Locked Out People! Looking forward to hearing your smile on the radio next week

- Jacinta Wall


I cannot tell you how happy I was when I opened my CBCUnlocked home page on Monday morning to find that there had been an agreement in principle for you guys to return to work. Hats off to you all for the creative ways in which you have stayed in touch with your public as well as for your courage. I loved the Shelagh's Caravan song by Jian. Well thought out. I am generally not a pro-union person, although I recognize the need for it. In this case however, I believe the lockout was uncalled for and I think that, should there have been negotiations taking place without a lockout, you would not have had to go through this ordeal and nor would we, as listeners, have missed out on all the quality radio programming for 50 long days. I am hooked on you guys. I hope you will be able to use all the rich experiences you have been through over the last 50 days to share them with your listeners in some of your programming.

- Maryse Migué


Dear Shelagh and Sue, I've been following your blog and sharing your adventure faithfully -- what a trip. And what a relief that there's a deal. That photo of the two of you is completely great -- I'm so proud to know you both, you creative, triumphant and passionate women!
I bet it's going to be hard to return to "normal" after this. Have a safe trip home, and I can't wait to hear you on the air again. Love,

- Susan

Tuesday, October 04, 2005


Shelagh, I've followed your adventure from the beginning and often think how proud (Peter Gzowski) would have been of all of his colleagues and friends across the country.

What talent, what spirit and what a rich time for all of you, despite the many difficulties and hardships that individuals needed to cope with because of the lockout.

Hard to believe that you'll return to your various 'posts' across the country without the desire to take all of the experiences of the past weeks and make wonderful radio.

The CBC is only as good as the people who make the shows, host the shows and dream about what might be possible. Turns out that almost anything can be done and I hope that those who 'manage' will have learned much in these past weeks about the creative and committed people who work there.

Safe journey home and see you soon.

- Gillian H.


Hi Shelagh, I had meant to write you and various other people earlier than this, but life had other plans for my September. My apologies for not expressing my support for you and your colleagues sooner.

CBC Radio has long been one of those constants in my life. The sound of Peter Gzowski's voice on the radio, mornings before I left for school . . . I can't remember any of the words he spoke, but my childhood would not have been the same without it. He's in there with sunshine pouring through the window, and the wind in my face while I raced downhill on my bike, and so many other of those childhood experiences that helped make me who I am, and that sustain me now that life isn't quite so simple.

During high school, and for some years after, I switched to commercial music radio, but two or three years ago I switched back to CBC. I tell other people that it was because I grew sick of the loud, obnoxious commercials, but . . . I'm not entirely sure that that's it. I think I missed the exercise -- the thinking -- that only the CBC seems to demand from me as a listener.

I miss you guys. Reruns of Quirks and Quarks are just not cutting it. Not that I thought they would. I've got nothing new or useful to say about this lockout -- and how much I think CBC's current managemen tneeds to be collecting their severance packages -- so I won't bore you with it. And I hear an agreement was reached tonight, so it's probably moot, anyway. But I do want to say that I very much lookforward to waking up to you and Sounds Like Canada someday soon.

To you and all the people involved in making CBC some of the best radio anywhere: thanks. Yours truly,

- Chris Poirier


Shelagh, Thank you for your news about Stephenville. Those poor people. That is such an awful situation and so depressing too. The fact that things are totally out of you control must just be so horrible for people. There is nothing one can do to stop these things. It makes me wonder why things like this have to happen. I guess I will never figure it out. People have tried to enlighten me but they have never given me an acceptable explanation....

My friend came and woke me up at 6:35 a.m. this morning, Oct. 3, to tell me that CBC and the union HAVE REACHED AN AGREEMENT.

I went from a total stunned state to almost instant excitement! If you have to get news at 6:35 a.m,this is the best! We are so happy for you and your team and everyone else.

Fifty days is a long time!


Shelagh, it is too bad that you and Sue couldn't go back to Fredricton and have another one of Dalton's drinks! However, I am not worried because I am sure that you will be able to find something good in Newfoundland!

Thanks again, Shelagh and are both great and we have great respect for you -- we did before, but it is well established now.

- Florence, Toronto


Shelagh, I continue to enjoy your accounts from the Caravan. Where do you find all that energy and the commitment? Your fan,

- Marguerite McDonald


Hi Shelagh, Although I haven’t heard your podcasts since the lockout, I’ve read some of your blogs on the cbcunplugged site. I think travelling and ‘casting among your listeners across the nation is a brilliant lockout strategy. You’ve found a way to continue doing your job, in spite of the situation. Hope you and your crew are bearing up, on the road so long! Being among the many Canadians who want you and your colleagues back to work, with continued job security, I have emailed my MP, Prime Minister, and Minister of Labour; visited the CBC Vancouver picket line, signed petitions, and made a donation. I hope we see some positive results from the negotiations soon. I also want to belatedly thank you for your anchor role on the morning of September 11th, 2001. You helped give us a Canadian perspective on that pivotal tragedy. Best wishes,

- David R. Conn, public librarian and writer, Vancouver


Hi, my name is Marlena Ljepava (nee Chaisson), I currently live in Windsor, Ontario but was born and raised on the Port-au-Port Pens of (Newfoundland). As you are well aware of the flood disaster which stuck Stephenville on September 27, 2005; I have started a 1 woman campaign to raise money for the victims. I am asking for your help by promoting this trust fund info on your website or wherever possible. In the last 4-5 weeks all media attention has been on southern states and I feel like Newfoundalnd, Canada has fallen between the cracks. You can check out the trust fund info at the this website. Thank you so much for your time and understanding concerning this matter...

- Marlena Ljepava

Saturday, October 01, 2005


Hi! Hope things are going well in S'ville...Or as well as can be expected. I am certain that once you arrived, their spirits climbed just knowing that the word was getting out. Sent a cheque this a.m. Seems so little to do. Breath some salty Newfie air for me and feel the roar of the ocan as it laps onto Canada's first shore and know I am thankful that you made this incredible odyssey.Thinking of you and wishing you safe home. xoxo

- Paula


Hi Shelagh, What a great idea to do a roadtrip and what a wonderful and creative way to connect people together. Unable to be on the air, you worked with what was available. It reminds me of the quilting caption I have seen:

"When life hands you scraps, make quilts!"

I want to tell you how much I have and do appreciate your presence on the radio waves. Although we have never met in person, I view you and many of CBC Radio 1's show hosts as friends, a constant that is always there, day by day, year after year as I go through the joys and sorrows of life. Thank you all for that...Hoping to have you back on the air ASAP.

In the meantime, be safe and happy and hoping you enjoy your time in Newfoundland (my home). Fondest regards,

- Marianne Blair-Cutler, Lower Sackville, NS


Hi Shelagh & Sue...In the case you missed this on page R31 of today's Globe (and Mail):

Rest Stops On The Web highway


Friday, September 30, 2005

...I'd like to make two points before this miserable CBC lockout ends -- and may it end right this minute.

First: Shelagh Rogers has a weblog....which brings us (on a)...cross-country tour.

Shelagh (first name only, please) has embarked on a pan-Canadian road trip with a couple of locked-out producers.

They're headed from British Columbia to Newfoundland, hoping the lockout ends before they make it, and they're blogging the trip.

Shelagh returns to downtown Toronto.

Shelagh seeks out Dalton Camp's old bar in Fredericton.

Shelagh hits a raccoon.

The blog is called Shelagh.

It's fun.

Second: In the weeks since the lockout began, CBC workers have achieved the next best thing to saturation coverage of themselves on-line (the Internet, being more or less infinite, is impossible to saturate.)

There are at least 53 individual blogs about the lockout, which feed a handful of very professional top-level websites...

- Mark


Here's to my absent friends... Shelagh, Sue and Sean, I felt tipsy just reading what goes into a "Dalton."

Glad to hear you lived to drink and then tell the tale. Keep swimming, keep drinking, keep blogging (not necessarily in that order). From Halifax to DeerLake to St. John's. You'll be home in no time.

- Leanne