Sunday, December 17, 2017


As I sit here surfing the previous week's news, the voices of the CBC's Sheryl MacKay and Brian Dance rolling over each other in the IKEA ball room that is my radio, rolling blithely if they were not in quiet competition with each other to see who could hit the most sonorous note, no longer conveying the news or the story of a daughter's father's letters sent to that father's daughter's son but the resonance of their instruments, as if that is why they are there, regardless of what they have to contribute to the conversation that is the story of our lives, not so much a Stradivarius in the hands of a macaque but a violin whose materials and construction are better suited to Bartok than bluegrass, more wind than weather these voices, resonant brushstrokes for the non-representational decoration centred above and behind the common room couch, I read of the firing of CBC legislative reporter Richard Zussman, who, according to CBC head of public affairs Chuck Thompson, "breached a number of our policies," a determination "based on the findings of a third party investigation." And what did Zussman do? He co-authored a yet-to-be-released book that wasn't about his happy West Vancouver youth, like another CBC employee, but events leading up to the May 2017 British Columbia provincial election.

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