Here is this week's column. The Hamilton Spectator chose not to publish it.
The Jian Ghomeshi case is another example of the sense of entitlement that is plaguing the CBC.
The silver lining in this dark cloud is it has opened an even wider discussion on issues surrounding sexual harassment and assault. It is also drawing attention to the CBC, its culture and practices. Simply stated, how could this go on inside the halls of a publically funded institution and not only be left unchecked but unacknowledged.
Kathryn Borel is the latest to identify herself, making accusations against Ghomeshi, for incidents that occurred when she worked on his CBC show. The producer published allegations he sexually harassed her at work and that her union failed to do its job. Cries to both the union and CBC brass left the issue unaddressed and unresolved. The Canadian Media Guild promised to do a better job when dealing with sexual allegations in the future.
What took so long? Why did it take a physical assault before anyone questioned Jian Ghomeshi’s actions?
This points to a bigger problem inside the CBC and its union.
For years many have said the organizations are out of touch and preach a ‘we are holier than thou’ culture which defies the government of the day, technology, market conditions, or those in private industry.
The CBC is a privileged corporation who although complain regularly, get more than the average Joe, and are never held to account because it is a government entity.
And now it finds its self in the centre of a good old fashioned Trailer Park Boys “sh— show.
To make matters worse, although there has been criminal charges laid and a police investigation is in progress, the CBC has been held accountable to no one. Instead, they have hired lawyers to investigate themselves.
Howard Levitt senior employment/labour law partner at Levitt & Grosman said on CHML, “What disturbs me is this (CBC) investigation is being done by a group that are probably the ones that should be fired themselves.”
Levitt insists an impartial public inquiry should be held at the hands of a retired judge, complete with an investigation and witnesses called. The CBC owes us an explanation, we’re the shareholders. “Canadians have a right to find out what happened and make a decision accordingly. Right now we don’t have information and there seems to be an entire white wash going on.”
He adds it’s different in private industry, people are held to a higher account, reaction would be more swift and detailed. The concerns over brand, public relations affecting the bottom line, customer relations and employee morale, would trigger action. There’s a different sense of impetus with private companies.
In its mandate, that allows privilege beyond the private sector, the CBC has developed a false sense of what is real and what is not. What is normal and what is life at the CBC, apparently in both business practices and in human resources.
With technology, the industry is changing daily and the CBC’s inability to adapt to any situation without over resourcing itself is limited. It has become a bloated, directionless, version of what it used to be along with management and some employees who refuse to update the model.
I’m not here to debate the product that the CBC produces. Considering the money it receives, the number of people it employs, and the resources they have, it should be of the highest quality.
I’m concerned about the inefficiency’s and culture that come with no accountability, direction, or vision.
When you allow a culture of unaccountability to fester, over time, the organization becomes riddled with entitlement.
The Jian Ghomeshi case is just another example of that entitlement, within the walls of the CBC, which was left unchecked.
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