CBC Modifies Survey

CBC SURVEYAs reported earlier for a Steel White Table exclusive, but also picked up by The J-Walk Associate News Service (JWANS), so I guess that means it wasn’t an exclusive, and we’re not really reporters, are we? Hmm… Anyway, remember that CBC.ca survey from a couple days ago that ended with this message?

Unfortunately our quotas are full for responses from your category.

The JWANS wrote, “Wow, nothing like making a person feel useless. Why didn’t they just throw out his data? What point is possibly served by telling him that his time was wasted?”

The those questions caught the attention of the CBC who responded with the following:

First of all — my apologies. I regret that you received that message after taking the time to reply to the survey; the message has since been removed.

I have spoken with the company administering the survey and can assure you that all responses are being logged and all views will be taken into account as we look at making improvements to the news service at CBC.ca.

I’m impressed — impressed that my little complaint got noticed by the CBC and that a real person responded. Not bad. The response is appreciated.

Now I wouldn’t mind hearing from someone who has taken the survey since it was modified to let us know how it ends (not that I don’t believe what was stated in the CBC response — just curious). The system works!

(CBC’s full response can be read in the comments section of the original post.)

An Appreciation For Local Food And Farming

ChefDtv’s first episode features our own tommyboy (the one wearing the skirt) and the Farmers’ Market in Owen Sound, which tommyboy is the manager of:

Our first episode takes us to the Owen Sound Market. I love this place! It is filled with vendors who are passionate about their wares and run by a man, Tom Pink, who has made the Market his true love. So take the drive up Hwy 10 to a beautiful city and to a food lover’s paradise. You’re worth it!

I want to be a farmer now.

Rare Jolie Holland Recordings

I have all these Jolie Holland recordings burned to a single CD (I’m old like that). A nice collection of rare recordings, as good as any of her official releases. She really should put out a live album.


Palmyra, Stubborn Beast, Ghostly Girl and Corrida Por Buddy recorded at WOXY, just her and her guitar, kinda like this (but with a guitar instead of a piano):



Palmyra, Mexico City, Old Fashioned Morphine performed for NPR with her band.



The untitled track for NPR at the bottom of the list is a keeper.


Do a search for “Jolie Holland & Quiet Orchestra.” It’s a CD from 2004 that for some reason isn’t easy to find, but can be downloaded through various sites for free. Well worth hunting it down. The songs are: Don’t Get Trouble on Your Mind, Spooky Pony Blues, Do You?, Sascha, Catalpa Waltz, Alley Flowers, Nothing to Do But Dream, Ghost Waltz, Lay Your Black Hand Down — all of them performed beautifully.

UPDATE (April 7/11): Check out the Daytrotter Sessions:



CBC Survey

I was asked to participate in a survey from Confirmit.com while reading this morning’s news at CBC.ca. I said yes and answered a series of questions about where I get most of my news: Radio, Internet, Television, Newspapers or Other. I get 90% of my news from CBC.ca or CBC Radio. I don’t watch TV and I don’t often read newspapers. I had no problem sharing this information because I’m happy to do what I can to improve CBC services. I was hoping to see a question about reader comments on CBC.ca so I could say, “Shut it down.” There are better ways to actively contribute to the flow and exchange of cultural expression than through the comments feature on CBC.ca which has largely become a haven for trolls. But they didn’t ask about that. Instead, after going out of my way to answer the survey questions, I get this message at the end of it all: