By Cassandra Ly, Grade 10
Each country has its own diverse culture and unique national treasures that hold history and stories; Egypt has its pyramids, England has its crown Jewels, and in Canada – our treasures are what make up the backbone of our country. One of those treasures includes our media broadcasting station, CBC. It is one of Canada’s most popular public broadcasters with its bilingual radio and television services. Currently, CBC is suffering from a hectic situation of planning 800 job-cuts this summer due to the nation’s recession resulting in the economy entering into a state of debt. However, a few private networks including CTV and CanWest have been reported to be excused by the government. As opposed to public broadcasting who obtains all funds from the public; including donations, specific taxes, and funding from the government. Since this is so, public broadcasters are known as “non-commercial” networks that air more educational programs and documentaries that are deemed ‘less attractive’ to the mass market, such as The Passionate Eye and This Hour Has 22 Minutes.
By Brendan Chan, Grade 10
Have you ever watched Tarzan, Beethoven, Babe, or the Discovery Channel? These movies are about wildlife and make a lot of money, plus we enjoy watching them; so what’s the problem? What if they’re all involved with some level of animal cruelty? Can it be possible that we are actually supporting animal cruelty indirectly? No way! How can this be? The truth is that some of us actually support animal cruelty subconsciously. We are supporting the abuse by paying to watch the movie. For example, let’s say an animal documentary used trained animals and abused them; we would be supporting the show by watching or buying it and would be unknowingly encouraging the directors/ trainers to do it again by creating a market for such films. So here’s the truth…