For many people across the country, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is a beloved institution.
But even its most ardent fans must be troubled by the way in which management is delivering the latest round of cutbacks.
Earlier today, the public broadcaster released a redacted report examining former CBC Radio Q host Jian Ghomeshi's questionable conduct in the workplace.
The CEO, Hubert Lacroix, knew that this would be like catnip to the media.
Then on the same day, the corporation has eliminated 241 jobs, according to the Canadian Media Guild. This adds up to nearly 1,400 jobs lost in the past year, the union noted.
“They are dismantling CBC/Radio-Canada without any regard for Canadians who have said clearly that the cuts to their public broadcaster in news, local programming, and culture must stop," CMG national president Carmel Smyth said in a news release. "These cuts will have a devastating impact on local news coverage in communities across the country, a service the CBC is mandated to provide, and has been doing for 75 years. The continued cuts are doing irreparable damage to the public broadcaster.”
The decision to release the Ghomeshi report on the same day that more than 200 people are fired was management's way of ensuring that the job losses didn't receive as much coverage.
After all, which media outlet can resist the Ghomeshi story, given that it includes sex, violence, and celebrity? A videographer or a sportscaster getting a layoff notice can't compete with that.
Meanwhile, CBC Victoria radio host Gregor Craigie has tweeted that two people have lost their jobs at his station.
CBC National reporter Greg Rasmussen, who's based in Vancouver, has tweeted that everyone is "wondering who and what will be left at the end of the day".
Sports reporter Karin Larsen, who also works in Vancouver, has tweeted that one of the casualties is her colleague Shane Foxman. Ironically, Foxman joked a few weeks ago on-air with Ian Hanomansing about the times he'd been fired by private broadcasters.
Another CBC journalist, Simon Dingley, has tweeted that he was working with a camera operator who received a layoff notice today. "He could have gone home, but he insisted on doing his job," Dingley wrote.
CBC Kelowna reporter Brady Strachan tweeted that the wave of cuts in B.C. are "heartbreaking and soul crushing".
Perhaps the most poignant tweet came from Stephen Quinn, who hosts On The Coast on CBC Radio.
"I love my job," Quinn declared. "I'm lucky to have it. I work with the best people. I love public radio & the CBC. But this is one piece of shit day."
It's easy to point fingers at Lacroix and his colleagues for taking these actions. And it's rather reptilian of them to do it on the same day that Ghomeshi is back in the news.
But ultimate responsibility rests with Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who has imposed $115 million in cuts to the public broadcaster.
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair has promised that if his party forms the next government, he will reinstate this funding.
In fact, Mulcair even tweeted about it after hearing the latest news.