Auld Acquaintances by Peggy Oldfield

April - July, 2017

There's an old saying that the road is paved with good intentions.  Mine were to be "back on track" with a June edition of this column and I can only apologize that I am – again – late.  I hope you will agree that it's better late than never!  Here we go....

Congratulations to Michael Taylor-Noonan on his second retirement from the working field as of April 30.  Michael wasn't ready to give up the working life when he retired from CBC in 2008 and he embarked on a second career, fulfilling a desire he'd long had to become a bus driver.  For the past 9 years he has driven community shuttle buses in the Tri-City area. 

Carole & Ron Devion  Congratulations also to
  Carole & Ron Devion
  and to Gail & Fred
on their
  respective 60th wedding
  anniversaries on June 1.
  The two couples were
  each married on that
  date in 1957 at
           Carole & Ron Devion                                                     approximately the same                            Gail & Fred Jones
                                                                                                          time in churches only a
few blocks from each other.  At the time, Fred and Ron were employed at CBC Winnipeg. They knew each other (casually) as working colleagues. Throughout long CBC careers, they transferred to various CBC production centres across Canada. Their work-paths connected often until they both retired, the Jones' in Edmonton, the Devion's in Brentwood Bay. Ron (on contract to CBC ) hired Fred (on a contract), as part of the management team that organized and managed the CBC Host Broadcaster operation for the 1994 Victoria Commonwealth Games. At the conclusion of the Games Fred and Gail decided to remain in Victoria rather than return to Edmonton. So, sixty years along from the nuptuals, the Jones' and Devion's are again living a few blocks from each other, in the District of Central Saanich, on the Saanich Peninsula, Vancouver Island! Ron says that "they remain close friends, close neighbours; sharing gossip, aches and pains of ageing, and stories of the 'good old days' at CBC, as do the many CBC-retirees living on the big beautiful Island". 

  Happy good wishes too to Earl & Marjorie
who had a new addition to their
  family with the arrival four months ago of
  great granddaughter Hannah.  Hannah's Dad
  is their grandson Andrew (son of their
  daughter Robbyn) and her Mom is Dara.
  Earl reports that they now have seven
  grandchildren and seven great grandchildren
  – one girl and six boys in each group!  He
  adds that "We are elated, Marjorie and I,
                    Marjorie & Earl Barnholden                                       because we are both ninety years old and                 Hannah at 4 months      
this great grandchild is just a few months old. 
                                                                  Wonder of wonders."  

Best wishes for a speedy recovery go to Mar Sulaika Ochs who is home following thyroid surgery and also to Lori Mundy (Rod Mundy's wife), also home from hospital and recovering from injuries sustained in a fall at home.

  The annual Garden Party organized by the
   CBC 20 Year Association and hosted by
   invitation of Jim Nelson & Shari Lomas at
   their beautiful home and property in Delta, B.C.
   was held on Sunday, July 23.  Forty people
   including Eric Anderson, Agnes Arychuk,
  Jack Binns, Elizabeth Bishop, Rhonda
  Burnside, Chris Cutress, John Henderson,
  Joe Holman, Ron Ireland, Brian Keating,
  John Kennedy, Stan Langtry, Ron Mahy,
  Cathy Morrin, Maurice Moses, Ralph
  Motohashi, Rod Mundy, Michael Taylor-
  Noonan, Mike Oldfield, Hugh Pool, John
  Rogers, Sharon Spruston, Ron Taylor
Ron Ireland and John Rogers chat with Joe Holman. Michael Varga and Ron & Diane Mahy b/g.  Lawrence Wright  took advantage of the blue sky and ideal temperature to enjoy the day on the lawns and wandering through the extensive gardens of fruits, veggies and flowers, admiring Jim & Shari's handiwork.  Some went home with freshly picked fruit! 

Serafine Crawley and Jacquie Fitzgerald handled the bulk of the food shopping and proved they "weren't Unit Managers for nothing" by coming in right on budget without having kept a running total as they made their choices in the food aisles of Costco!  In addition to the wonderful array of finger foods, salads, breads, fruit and pastries Serafine and Jacquie purchased and prepared, Jim & Sharie volunteered to cook a beef roast on the barbecue
(an offer accepted with alacrity) which was pronounced delicious              Brian Keating and Rhonda Burnside 
by everyone who sampled it, as was the pea salad brought by
Dorean Binns and the mile-high plate of ginger cookies baked
by Diane Mahy

                                                                                                      Glady Jackson's Layered Dip with tortilla chips
                                                                                                      and Angela Nash's Devilled Eggs graced the
  table courtesy of Peggy Oldfield.
Altogether the table fairly groaned
   with the various dishes and smiling faces
   would indicate everyone enjoyed the fare.  A
   big "thank you" goes to each and every one of
   those who cooked, baked, shopped and
   handled the prep and clean-up in Jim &
   Sharie's kitchen.  Michael Varga was the
   50/50 draw winner and he very generously
   contributed his $75.00 winnings back to the
   CBC 20 Year Association which means the
   Association bank account is richer by $150.00
   – thank you, Michael!
         Lawrence Wrigt & wife Naomi Bradley with Chris Cutress and Ralph Motohashi.

  Bowling continues to be a fun gathering on the first Wednesday of each
  month.  On April 5th, Serafine Crawley, Ron & Diane Mahy, Anne
  Mathisen, Peggy Oldfield
and Sharon Spruston were the participants (Ron
  joked that perhaps he ought to be Rhonda for the day).  May 3 brought Lynn
  & Neil Gillon, Diane & Ron Mahy, Maurice Moses, Michael Taylor-
and Peggy Oldfield to the alley.  On June 7, Lynn & Neil, Diane &
  Ron, Michael
 and Peggy
  were bowling
  and on July 5,
  the teams
Serafine Crawley, Anne Mathisen and Diane Mahy
each netted a strike in the same frame on April 5.


Lynn & Neil, Diane & Ron and Peggy plus Elizabeth Bishop, Serafine Crawley, Anne Mathisen and Sharon Spruston

                                                                                 Lynn & Neil Gillon, Elizabeth Bishop, Diane & Ron Mahy and Serafine Crawley on July 5.

After bowling each month, some or all of the participants carried on to St. Augustine's Pub just a block away to enjoy lunch and in April the group was delighted to have Jacquie Fitzgerald join them for the meal.

                                  Diane Mahy, Anne Mathisen, Jacquie Fitzgerald, Peggy Oldfield, Sharon Spruston, Derafine Crawley and Ron Mahy at St. Augustine's Pub on April 5.

  A very emotional gathering of family and friends joined Linda Cullen on June
  30th at Bard on the Beach for a Celebration of Life in remembrance of Linda's
  husband and Double Exposure partner, Bob Robertson. Bob's gathering was
  a true celebration of the man in spirit and in tone, and a wonderful reflection
  of his and Linda's remarkable work and life partnership.  Linda and Bob were
  in the audience at the inaugural performance by Bard on the Beach in 1990,
  became devoted fans instantly, and volunteered for fund-raising events
  thereafter so the Vanier Park beach site which they both came to love so
  much was the perfect setting to tell stories and reminisce.  The Celebration
  took shape as a stage production hosted by Linda with video footage from Double Exposure performances as well as video and live tributes from, among many others, Bob's son and daughter and close friends including actor Jackson Davies and Bard on the Beach founder Christopher Gaze.  Laughter and tears abounded, often simultaneously.  It was an afternoon that Bob would have loved and I'm sure he did – from above.

Anne Mathisen has taken two journeys thus far this year.  Says Anne,  "My big trip of the year was with Elder Treks (a Toronto company) to "The 5 Stans of Central Asia" in May/June.   All we saw of Kazakhstan was the city of Almaty and some countryside driving out to a ski area.  However, we did have a good look around Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan.  Saw lots of reconstructed ancient mosques and madressas, ruins of former great cities and some gorgeous scenery.  The big cities were all very modern with great architecture and wide avenues with  lots of trees.  The people were all welcoming and friendly.  It was a really interesting trip.  In February I visited a friend in Hope Town, Elbow Key in the Abacos of the Bahamas.  It's a lovely little town with a big winter ex-pat population and lots of activities.  Then I went over to St. Croix in the American Virgin Islands to visit a niece and her husband.  They are both lawyers and are clerking for two judges there until the end of August.   We did a quick trip over to the islands of St. Thomas and St. John which were also interesting to see."  In mid-July Neil and Lynn Gillon visited Murray and Janice Hanna at their home in Canmore, Alberta, with a wonderful view of the Rockies and the odd passing elk. At the end of June Murray retired from his post CBC career of raising beef cattle when he sold his small ranch land near Calgary.

  Elie Savoie says hello to all those who remember him, adding, "Just to let you know I
  am hanging in there. Enjoying retirement and doing nothing. Health is a little shakey
  but we do the best we can one day at a time. My biggest thrill is watching our
  granddaughter grow up. She is so talented and is off to Sheridan College, in Toronto,
  in September, to begin her Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance Degree. I am so
  proud of her."  Elie also says, "One day I will make it to one of the social functions and
  have a good visit with everyone."  There are many of us who will be looking forward to
  that, Elie!

  On Saturday July 22nd, Ken Gibson had an Irish Rovers Location Crew and Variety
  Department Reunion at his home on Point Grey. The guests for the nibbles and drinks
  "I'm Not Dead Yet!" afternoon party were Patsy & Gordon Gill, Linda & Harold
  Dupuis, Kimberley Dutchak, Andy Martens, Ray Waines, Bruce McDonald, Gene
  Baedak, Bill Morris, Jerry Williamson,  Bill Reimer, Joe Cranswick, Denis
             Elie Savoie                 Abramsen, Bill Nevison
and Neil Simpson, Will Millar, Michael Watt and Carl
                                          Pedersen unfortunately were unavailable. Jerry brought along a drone with a camera installed and kept us amused as we watched the seagulls go crazy, squawking excitedly and dive bombing this strange new enemy!  And incidentally, weeks later there's one seagull that still squawks and dive bombs anyone up on the roof deck from where Jerry launched his drone!

Gail Hulnick has announced the publication of her new mystery novel entitled Resorting to Larceny. Here are all the details:  "WindWord Group Publishing &
Media is bringing out its tenth book today (August 1, 2017).  This one is my third mystery novel.  Here's the description: 'Along the scenic back roads of coastal
Georgia and South Carolina, the live oaks and Spanish moss wave gently on the breeze.  But are the dappled shade and Lowcountry quite ready for the ragtag collection of wannabe race drivers, gearheads and grease monkeys taking a hairpin turn to glory?  Short the bucks it would take to join a real car rally, these not-ready-for-prime-time car jocks have concocted their own motorsports extravaganza.  But as the revs build, valuable items begin to disappear.  Do the fast fingers belong to the disgraced Formula 1 driver?  The bleach blonde?  Or maybe the meddling mother-in-law?  When the checkered flag finally drops, is it grand prix or grand theft?'  We hope you enjoy it.  If you know anyone who wants to be added to our list, please ask them to visit the publisher website and fill in the Contact Form.  To order this and other books by Gail, go to

Peggy Howard set up a fund several years ago to provide bursaries to young people from BC Foster Care to attend post-secondary institutions in British Columbia.  "Outcomes for kids who age out of care are typically bleak."  Peggy is asking for help to improve this situation by providing a greater number and more substantial bursaries.  She reports that the success of graduates to date has been most rewarding and says, "I am excited about being able to expand the program to meet the needs of this very special population of young people who strive to succeed despite the overwhelming challenges experienced in their short lives.  If you would like to participate, donations to the Howard Legacy Fund can be made via the following link:   Peggy Howard supporting the Adoptive Families Association of BC at .  Do note that three separate funds are listed and it is the third one – the Howard Legacy Fund – that you should choose.  All donations are an eligible charitable donation and receipts for tax purposes will be issued.  Further information about Adoptive Families Association of BC and this fund are available on their website, . Peggy is very grateful for any consideration given her request and a "forever thank you" for donations as "education helps these young people forge a better future".

  Wendy Bancroft sends a link to another posted piece on the
  StoryCatcher Blog via GabSessions Guided Autobiography: A
  Son's Race to Give His Dying Father Artificial Immortality | WIRED
 and says, "His father died
  but he keeps him alive by way of a 'dadbot.'  Some think this is creepy but creepy or not, it's a fascinating concept. And I admire his honesty as he describes his process and his fears about how it would be received by his family, especially by his father."

Once again, a big "thank you" to Ron Freeman for news from the CBC 20 Year Association, Toronto Chapter.  Their report, "Whatcha Missed", from the luncheon meeting held on April 3, 2017, stated:  "This year the new speaker from Sheridan Nurseries, Leks Maltby, carried on their fine tradition of helping us to adjust our mindset from winter to spring without missing a beat. He brought along some classical early spring annuals and perennials to whet for appetites to the gardening season that awaits. This past week we experienced some double digit temperatures – bulbs were pushing out of the ground, the lawn was starting to green up, all signs heralding spring's arrival. April can be one of the most challenging of times – but nowhere near that safe Victoria 24th of May no frost date – what can safely be put out now to get some colour in the garden or containers – as the late Hank DeJong used to tell us about, is the perennial Hellebore or Lenten Rose. They are one of first plants to bloom in thein the spring, lasting 4 to 6 weeks. Addressing the annuals, pansies, and primula can be planted in May after the threat of frost has passed. There are 300 different campanula species of these early blooming bell shaped flowers that come in shades of blue, purple, pink or white. The shapes can be tubular, bell, star, cup or saucer.  The traditional impatiens collapse of a few years back was due to a downy mildew not a cutworm which had caused the main stream growers to shun them. The new Guinea Impatiens are resistant to the mildew problem but do require a little more TLC and a dash of 15-30-15 fertilizer every couple of weeks. Our speaker provided some information on balcony containers that are now available – investing in good insulated pots is a must to ensure that they are safe for the winter months and do not break from expansion and contraction. The light weight resin ones have a double insulated wall which offers buffering for the root system. Generally pots twice the diameter of the root ball provide adequate protection from the winter temperatures. Also be aware of the plant zone hardiness factor."

Sincere appreciation also to Jim MacVicar, Joanne Skidmore and all the contributors to The Transmitter newsletter (CBC PNA – Alberta, Saskatchewan and NWT).  The August 1st issue included the following wonderful items and photos:

The Volunteering Suddabys

White cowboy hats are more than just fashion accessories for CBC PNA member Eleanor Suddaby of Calgary and her husband Darrel Suddaby. They each have won a White Hat Award from Tourism Calgary.

  Darrel received his award this year (2017) for giving exceptional
  service at a tourist attraction in the city. As the citation for the award
  says "There isn't much at Heritage Park that Darrel can't do. He
  drives a team of horses to carry guests on wagon tours of the park,
  but he's pitched in to help with almost every attraction. Heritage
  Park is a second home to Darrel, who says the schools there are
  just like the one he went to – walking two and a half miles, uphill
  both ways! In his off hours he is also a park volunteer. He
  particularly enjoys dressing up in his tuxedo, top hat and white
  gloves to act as doorman for fundraising functions."

In 2013, Eleanor received a White Hat Award for Volunteer of the Year. She works with the Funding Department's Heirloom Program (donations of collectables and antiques) and also with special events at the Park. That same year, she received the Heart of Calgary Leadership Award from Propellus to mark a lifetime of contributing as a volunteer to her community.

When Eleanor worked at CBC Calgary, she was an active member of the Social Club and the Employees Assistance Program (EAP). She also contributed to her union by promoting better working conditions particularly for married women. Eleanor is the Secretary-Treasurer of the Southern Alberta Chapter of the CBC PNA and also helps other groups in her community. In her acceptance speech for the Leadership Award in 2013 Eleanor said: "There are many forms of volunteering----and many opportunities... people may not remember what you said or what you did...but they will remember how you made them feel." "Volunteering is addictive, but what better addiction is there?"

The Ask

What's the most engaging project you've been asked to support in your community?

What's the most interesting way you're using your skills and talents?

The Transmitter wants to share those stories with its members in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Northwest Territories.

Tell us how you contribute to your community by volunteering your time and talent. You may be taking the skills you built working at CBC and using them to build a better community where you live or travel.

Along with your words (300 or so) we need photographs! Send us a horizontal photo of you while working on your favourite project, and you'll be smiling when you see yourself in an upcoming issue of The Transmitter.

Wondering about what size of photo to send? 200 to 300 dpi maximum resolution would work best, and in a horizontal format if possible.

Who do you contact with your great stories and photos? Send them to the Co-Editors of The Transmitter:

Monique Nenson

Joanne Skidmore

New Mosaic Stadium
Jeff Nenson, Retired CBC Technical Producer, Regina, SK

  July 1st 2017 is one of those unforgettable dates in time. It was Canada's
  150th birthday. There were so many events taking place around the country
   to celebrate.  You could have picked anything from a large variety of events
   to make that date particularly special to you. For me, it was my choice to
   work at a very special event. It takes me back to my days of working at CBC
   Television in the good old days.

   When I worked with CBC Television, I was, first, a maintenance technician
   and, then, a technical producer. On Canada' 150th birthday, I worked at the
   brand new Mosaic Stadium in Regina at the first home game of the
   Saskatchewan Roughriders in this football season. The game was against
   their main rival the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Photo: Monique Nenson, CBC PNA, Regina

I work for the Maxtron crew. It's a crew that provides content for the stadium's new big screen and ribbon boards. The screen is one of the biggest in Canada. Preparing for stadium opening and getting the big screen ready for showtime reminded me of some of the projects /upgrades/ installs that we had done at the CBC. You get to work some of the biggest shows while still learning how it all works.

The weather that night was flawless. The stadium was packed full. And one of the biggest Canadian flags was displayed on the field when the national anthem was performed. The setting is one of the best in the country. The game was tied and it went into double overtime. On the last play, the Riders kicked a field goal that hit the uprights. The missed field goal was the reason that the Riders lost the game by a score of 43 to 40. It was a perfect night... up until that final score, that is.
                                                                                                                              Photo: Courtesy Jeff Nenson

Living Life to the Fullest
Deb Carpentier, CBC PNA Regina, SK

April Fool's Day always reminds me how fortunate I am to be healthy and active, even when that means living with an ostomy. Thirty-eight years ago on April 1st, 1979 I required life-saving surgery to remove my large colon. The result was an ileostomy on my abdomen, a new way for me to remove waste from my body. In the beginning, there were days that as a 25-year-old, I was sad, angry or both, and I needed to get my head around a different body image. Learning to live with an ostomy was challenging but it was a good trade-off because of where I am now.

Over the years I've done many things unhindered by my ostomy including working, travelling and having a family.  Belonging to the local Ostomy Canada association was and still is a great support.

Ostomy Canada wants to raise awareness and money so each autumn we organize a 'walk'. Saturday, October 7th, 2017 will be
the 5th annual Stoma Stroll for Ostomy Canada ( People from across the country will participate and/or donate under the theme No colon, still strollin'.  The money helps fund programs such as the annual Youth Ostomy Camp in Bragg Creek, AB, and advocacy for people living with ostomies.
                                                                                                              Photo: Deb Carpentier, CBC PNA Regina.
                                                                                                                                                                                Left to right: Ready for the Stoma Stroll - Elena Gareau
                                                                                                                                                                                (granddaughter), Deb Carpentier, Lindsay Gareau (daughter).

Through and Facebook you can connect with chapters in Saskatoon, Regina, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Calgary, Red Deer and Lethbridge. I volunteer to help others answer the big questions about how to thrive while living with an ostomy. Hope to meet you strollin' on October 7.

Your Canada
Hartland Jessome, CBC PNA, Regina, SK

  The other day I was thinking what could we do, as members the
  CBC PNA, to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday? Then I had this
  flash of an idea. Since many of us are out and about during the
  summer, doing what we love to do taking pictures with our cell
  phones, let's gather photos of the places, events, or things that
  represent Canada 150 to us.

   Photo: Courtesy Hartland Jessome, CBC PNA member, Regina, SK.
   Hartland says, "This truly represents my Canada - lots of open
   spaces and not overly crowded.  As well, the red sands of PEI are
                                                                                                                    truly a distinctive Canadian feature."

We'll need one picture from each of you with a short explanation of what makes this place, event or thing representative of your Canada. Then we'll publish the most interesting photos in the November 2017 issue of The Transmitter. I think it will be fun to see all the different views of our country from wherever we happen to be. Keep this in mind during August when you're camping, hiking, or walking in a city. If you've already taken photos of your Canada then start choosing the most interesting photos to submit.

The deadline to submit your photo and description is Friday, September 8, 2017 to  and .

Enjoy the rest of the summer and take some pictures to submit to our Canada 150 project, Your Canada.


Hartland Jessome (photographer and videographer)
President of the Saskatchewan Chapter of the Alberta, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories Region

California Dreamin' about the Self-driving Car
Sean Prpick, CBC PNA, Regina, SK

Going from full-time work at the CBC to freelance does get you out of the office for sure and, in my case, it also put me on the road to California in pursuit of a fascinating story. I was in the Silicon Valley where I was gathering research for an upcoming documentary on the looming era of autonomous vehicles (AVs). The show is scheduled to air early this fall on Ideas on CBC Radio One.

What I learned when I arrived in the cradle of AVs was that the concept, as it's understood today, was first rolled out in the Valley in about 2010. I also learned there is consensus this going to be a big, big business that will change our society profoundly.

Where this shared opinion breaks down in Silicon Valley, however, is over timing and what the end product will look like. One expert I spoke to, a high-level consultant to several major car firms with a significant presence there says the change will be slow and gradual. He's saying to clients such as Mercedes and BMW that it could take 30 to 40 years before we have a truly self-driving car. Even though there's a palpable fear among the traditional car firms that tech companies such as Google and Microsoft will displace them, he believes there will still be Fords and Chevys and Audis in the driveways of the future.

  But there are other far more radical futurists who say this is coming at us at a
  much faster rate. A thinker at Stanford, a world-class university in the heart of
  Silicon Valley, is saying cars as we know them today will become extinct
  within a decade. He also says with them a big chunk of the oil economy will
  disappear as well – look out Saskatchewan and Alberta!  This thinker predicts
  that within 10 years cars will be mostly electric and selfdriving, and most
  people won't own them.

  There won't be a need to own cars, according to many tech visionaries, since
  shared autonomous cars will be plentiful and will be summoned to your door
  with a click on the screen of your smartphone. Robots will drive you and you
Photo: Courtesy Sean Prpick, CBC PNA, Regina.     will pay a fee that is much lower than the cost of owning and driving a car

There are lots of scenarios in between and it's really difficult to say when the self-driving car will be fully with us. But...something is coming, there will be nobody at the wheel (because the computer doesn't need a driver) and it definitely won't be your parent's Oldsmobile.

To learn more, tune into my Ideas documentary, coming on CBC Radio One this September.

From Journalist to Novelist
Bob Nixon, CBC PNA, Vancouver, BC

  As a kid, I always thought I'd become a famous novelist, in spite of
  never finishing even the briefest of short stories. The CBC saved
  me - from poverty - by forcing me to write news. The gig became a
  great excuse not to write fiction, and eventually morphed into
  fashioning stories that were only vaguely journalistic. King of the
  kicker, that was my role.

  Then a few years ago this weird ailment forced me to take medical
  leave and, being bored, I pulled out the most promising of several
  dozen fiction fragments that I had produced in my spare time. A
  few years later, I had my book.  Incredibly funny, he says humbly. 
        Photo: Courtesy Boib Nixon, CBC PNA, Vancouver.              Yet for some reason, publishers weren't interested in a novel about
                                                                        a guy addicted to eating dogs. I know, crazy, right? So I published
                                                                        it myself on Amazon Kindle, and produced a paperback.

Blame it on poor marketing or a crowded Kindle field, surely not the subject matter, but the book failed to hit the bestseller lists. Even so I was hooked, took early retirement and wrote another novel, incredibly funny, about people who buy, then lose, the winning ticket to a billion dollar lottery. Strangely, the jury is still out on this guaranteed winner. Undeterred, I've written another novel, incredibly funny, about a TV crime reporter who gets a little too close to a gang war. This one comes out this fall. Big hopes. Just in case the bucks don't role in, here's my back-up plan. I've taken up stone carving. Incredibly funny sculptures.

(Bob Nixon was a copy clerk at CBC National Radio News in Toronto, and a CBC reporter in Iqaluit (1981), Winnipeg (1989), Regina (1981-87) and Vancouver (1990-96, 2002-2015). He has co-written two non-fiction books, Tiananmen Square and My Road to Rome: The Running Times of B.J. McHugh. His novels include The Dog Eater's Lament, and the soon to be released Dolly Trucker, Live.)

Moroccan Delight
Lisette Marchildon, CBC PNA Regina, SK

Women find work extracting the oil from the argan fruit (nut) in local co-operatives. The oil has become very popular for use in body creams and cosmetics. It is also becoming more popular for human consumption.

                                                                                                                 Photo: Courtesy Lisette Marchildon, CBC PNA, Regina

Radio on the Road
Stan Ewert, CBC PNA, Regina, SK

Back in the 1960's CBC Radio felt it should do more to connect to rural listeners so CBC began a series of broadcasts originating in small towns. In Manitoba the series was called Manitoba Mirror and in Saskatchewan it was called Saskatchewan Mirror.

The idea was to set up temporary studios in a series of small towns during the summer, broadcasting from each for a week. All programs that would have normally originated at our studios were then done from these locations.

The CBK team consisted of Craig Oliver, producer, (yes, that Craig Oliver), Tom McCullough and Paul Bourrie Announcer-Operators, and myself as Technician. On some days we had guest visits from Ken Reeves, our Sportscaster, Dave Innes the Farm Commentator and Jean Hinds, our Women's Commentator.

We managed to pack all the promotional material, broadcast equipment (none of it solid state) and crew into one overloaded station wagon as we travelled from town to town. All the programs were done using a 4-channel mixer that was modified to accept 8 inputs.

The biggest problem in these small towns was finding a suitable location for our portable studios. Many towns had no vacant properties to rent so we had to make do with what was available. In one town we set up in the front window of a hardware store and had to caution the clerks to refrain from selling nails while the microphones were on.

Wynyard, Saskatchewan takes the prize for the weirdest broadcast location. The only place we were able to rent was a run-down abandoned shoe repair shop. It wasn't long before we made some unpleasant discoveries.  The roof leaked like a sieve so we had to cover all the equipment with plastic sheeting before we left each night.

  Despite large CBC signs and posters on the front of the building,
  we continually had people coming in with shoes and asking for  
  new heels and half-soles.

  Our biggest surprise came on the last day we were there, when
  we found out that a little old man had been living in a closet-sized
  room at the back of the building the whole time. He couldn't speak
  a word of English so we never did find out how long he had been
  living there, why he decided to make his presence known just then
  or what he thought of his new neighbours.

               Photo: Courtesy Stan Ewert, CBC PNA Regina

Where in the world are YOU going?

Photo: Courtesy Lisette Marchildon.
Left to right:  CBC PNA Regina member Lisette Marchildon travelling in Morocco with her cousin Nicole Marchildon.

Share the stories and photos of your travels across Canada, North America and around the world with The Transmitter. Send us about 300 words and the original images from your phone or camera in the largest possible size (no compression). You can reach Co-Editors Monique Nenson and Joanne Skidmore by email at  and .

This brings to a close this issue of Auld Acquaintances.  I look forward to hearing your news for the next column and I thank all of you for sharing.  Until next time.....Peggy.