Monday, January 15, 2007

What does a little mosque on the prairie and the Toronto Transit Commission have in common?

There was a letter to the editor in the Star today, criticizing a series of CBC print ads for their new show, "Little Mosque on the Prairie."
It feels to me that the CBC is trying to buy a hit with the full-page coloured ad in the Saturday Star declaring Little Mosque. Big Hit. How can this be so after only one showing?

I watched that premiere, only because of the massive publicity it received, and found the plot to be weak and the acting even worse. The CBC would be wise to spend more money on the production and less on propaganda.

Bob Larocque, Toronto
Hey Bob... Does it bother you when a movie is advertised as being "the number one movie in Canada" after only one weekend, or when CTV or Global does the exact same thing CBC is doing right now? Why is it awful when a government agency does something that private companies do every day of the week?

So how does this relate to transit?

There have been several letters to the editor in response to a Star article about the surplus land that the TTC would like to sell off. These letters seem to take the same stance - that it's not appropriate for the TTC to enter the land speculating game, but people like Trump, Tridel and the other big developers can do whatever they want with the land that they own.

Just because you don't like something doesn't mean it shouldn't be allowed to play by the same rules as everyone else.

I suspect that in both cases, the right-wing, anti-CBC and anti-TTC crowd is behind the letters. If the free market capitalism system is the society you want to live in, then won't the market ensure that the commission will get the best price for the land?

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