Funding and the arts
SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
Canadians are a special breed of people, tempered by history, shaped by waves of immigration, and yet possessed by a serious inferiority complex. Probably much of this latter can be explained by being neighbour to the US. However, Canadians are an extremely lucky people in the sense that we have so many gifted and talented individuals that have contributed to creating our culture. Writers, musicians, athletes, dancers, painters, artists…the list goes on and on.
So it is a bit sad to see the interview given below. Margie Gillis–a national icon of the arts–is badgered by an ignorant TV hostess, who makes every attempt to debase Gillis. Worth taking a serious look at! No wonder so many talented Canadians go down south
Krista Erickson Interview
Sets Record Complaints
THE CANADIAN PRESS — TORONTO — A Canadian broadcast watchdog says it has received a record-setting number of complaints from viewers about a recent Sun News TV interview.
Canadian Broadcast Standards Council national chairman Ron Cohen says his organization has received more than 4,100 complaints about a June 1 interview between host Krista Erickson and Quebec-born dancer Margie Gillis.
The council typically receives about 2,000 complaints in an entire year.
“It’s the most individual complaints we’ve received about a single incident,” said Cohen in a telephone interview from Ottawa on Tuesday, noting that the number is only surpassed if petitions are included.
In fact, the council issued a release Tuesday asking Canadians to stop sending in complaints because the volume of letters already exceeds the council’s resources.
During the interview in question, Erickson quizzed Gillis about whether it was appropriate that she receive government grants to support her dance work.
The incident prompted waves of response from the blogosphere and national publications alike, while the resultant YouTube clip — which includes a link to contact the broadcast council — has been viewed nearly 10,000 times.
SPRAGGETT ON CHESS