Last fall I have started a second blog called MediaPerspective (http://www.mediaperspective.org/). It is a critique of and for the media. In an era where euthanasia and assisted suicide for the sick and disabled is legal, it is important the media portray life with disability in a positive context. In an era of dominant liberal slanted news reporting, it is important that news outlets be held accountable for what and how they report or withhold from airing. It is important that media employers be an inclusive workforce embracing contributions employees with disabilities have to give.
Recently I challenged the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) for failing to be an inclusive employer of people with disabilities.
The CBC receives over $1.4-billion annually of taxpayer funding.
- CBC: FAILING EMPLOYMENT EQUITY FOR 30 YEARS;
- CBC’S FARCICAL INCLUSION AND DIVERSITY PLAN (2015-2018);
- CBC’S PERSISTENT BIGOTRY
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
strategy they refer to as A Space for Us All. They stated the strategy “aims to be the public space at the heart of our conversation and experience as Canadians.” These most senior executives continued:
review and adaptation of the plan has occurred since 2015 to improve this disappointing reality? What response did JEET have to improve recruitment of employees with disabilities?
In this latest document to the federal government, more current information is presented. There’s little improvement, after the smoke and mirrors of the document are cleared away. It’s designed to cast the CBC’s dismal performance in the best possible light. The report stated that CBC/Radio-Canada increased its representation rate in all designated groups during 2016. Wonderful! Then they revealed that the results for the four designated groups under the Employment Equity Act: (Women, visible minorities, indigenous peoples and persons with disabilities.)
According to the 2016 federal census 16.9% of Canada’s population are 65 or older. If representation and inclusion are as important to the CBC as they claim, they should have about that much programming dedicated to issues impacting seniors – including increasing disability with advancing age.
Mark Davis Pickup
 Women represent 50.4% of Canada’s population (17.2 million);Visible minorities represent 19.1% of Canada’s population (6.2 million), Immigration and Ethnocultural Representation In Canada, Statistics Canada: http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/nhs-enm/2011/as-sa/99-010-x/99-010-x2011001-eng.cfm ; Canada’s indigenous population makes up 4.3% of the population (1.4 million people), http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/nhs-enm/2011/as-sa/99-011-x/99-011-x2011001-eng.cfm; Canada’s disabled population represents 13.7% of the population (3.8 million), http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/89-654-x/89-654-x2013002-eng.htm
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
[In terms of on-air disability presence, my previous post did not specifically deal with dramatic and comedy productions such as Murdoch Mysteries, Heartland, Anne and Schitt's Creek. You will notice they don't have characters with disabilities.]
The CBC has a a glossy INCLUSION AND DIVERSITY PLAN
for 2015- 2018. The document's preamble is written by Hubert T. Lacroix, President and CEO of CBC, Heather Conway, Executive Vice-President, English Services and Louis LaLande, Executive Vice President, French Services. They state they support inclusion and diversity in programming and show cycles "from idea development through production and post-broadcast measurement." They continued:
"Having a diverse workforce, including our management team, allows us to capture the aspirations of all groups that make up our social fabric. We know we still have a lot of work to do, but we are confident that the Inclusion and Diversity Plan 2015-2018 will lay a foundation for our success as Canada's public broadcaster."
Really? Even senior management? In their most up-to-date employment table 2 in the Inclusion and Diversity Plan, entitled "CBC/Radio Canada WORKFORCE
ANALYSIS BY EMPLOYMENT EQUITY OCCUPATIONAL GROUP for 2014, the best they could muster for senior managers and middle managers was 1.3%. The dismal stats and unattained goals for a workforce that includes employees with disabilities makes their hollow words an embarrassment. Apparently the aspirations of people with disabilities are not included in CBC's "social fabric".
Mother Corp's Inclusion and Diversity plan acknowledges that,
"... Aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities saw marginal increases in representation. However, important representation gaps remain for those two groups. Barring a concerted recruitment and hiring effort, existing gaps for three out of four groups will remain."
With regards to employees with disabilities, they say employment advances were "marginal"? I prefer the word minuscule. The Inclusion and Diversity Plan shows that as of December 2011, employees with disabilities at CBC was only 1.5% of staff. Three years later the number nudged up ever so slightly to 1.7%. A 0.2% increase over three years is minuscule. The CBC is falling far behind in their goal of 4.6% for that time period. Perhaps it is time for "concerted recruitment and hiring effort" -- there's only one year left in CBC's INCLUSION AND DIVERSITY PLAN.
The Inclusion and diversity plan for 2015-2018 is a farce. The CBC is not attaining their own pathetic goals. They are only half way toward their 2018 goal for the category that includes on-air staff with disabilities and only 1.7% of their total workforce represents employees with disabilities. Their goal is 4.4%. Quite simply, the CBC is not anywhere close to their own goals.
Apparently The Plan is reviewed by the CBC's Vice President of People and Culture, currently Monique Marcotte, and her staff, as
well as what they have dubbed their Joint Employment Equity Committee made up of stakeholders. Their implementation and monitoring strategy is failing.
Things have not improved much since I was involved nearly 30 years ago. The CBC has a very selective and partial version of inclusion and diversity. Actions may speak louder than words -- but so does inaction.
|Hubert T. LaCroix|
CBC's President & CEO
Inclusion and diversity are more than statistics, percentages, and goals which are simple quantitative and hopefully qualitative tools of measurement. Dedication to inclusion and diversity begins in the human heart and works out.
It is a blazing truth that people behave as they think; beliefs should govern their thinking and reflect in their actions. But not to act is to act. It is high time for the CBC to illustrate through hiring, training and retention of employees with disabilities, it's ongoing commitment to the very inclusion and diversity they espouse.
Mark Davis Pickup
Saturday, November 18, 2017
|CBC's new anchors for the|
National News: left - right
Rosemary Barton, Andrew Chang,
Adrienne Arsenault, Ian Hanomansiing
The CBC receives well over $1.2-billion annually in federal taxpayers' funding. For many years I have unsuccessfully advocated an increase in disability employment at the CBC — especially with its on-air presence. After all, over 10 percent of working age Canadians (2.3 million) have a disability.
Up until 1991, I worked for the Canadian federal Commission charged with promoting employment equity in the workplace for Canadians with disabilities. One of the worst of offenders of disability employment discrimination was the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). Every year the federal human rights commission filed its annual report in the Canadian parliament showing the CBC