Protect our Cultural Heritage: Save the CBC Archive

On April 28, 1967, Canada welcomed the world to Montreal for Expo 67. Over the next six months, the Expo was visited 50 million times, and many of those visitors were experiencing Canada for the first time. 

It was a defining moment for our country, and CBC was there to capture history in the making. Maybe you even watched it live!

This iconic recording may soon be lost forever, because CBC is digitizing its English-language archive and destroying the originals! 

At this very moment, hundreds of thousands of TV, flim, and radio recordings are heading to the incinerator, along with countless records, negatives, and other precious artefacts of Canadian culture and history. 

CBC's first copy of Neil Young's Harvest? Up in smoke. Knowlton Nash, Barbara Frum, Wayne & Shuster, Peter Gzowski, Joni Mitchell, Tommy Hunter, and Glenn Gould. Up in smoke. The Beatles' final concert (it happened in Toronto)? The Queen's first visit to Canada? Up in smoke. 

This act of madness is taking place quickly and will be done before CBC's new President takes office, unless we act now. Once we incinerate Canada's cultural heritage, there's no going back. 

Destroying Canada's largest radio and broadcasting archive disprespects the CBC and Canada's culture and history. It's a slap in the face to Canadians everywhere.  

Will you help us save the CBC archive? 

Heather Conway
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation: 

I am very concerned about the preservation of Canada's unique cultural identity. 

Destroying Canada's largest radio and broadcasting archive disrespects the CBC and Canada's culture and history. It's a slap in the face to Canadians everywhere, and it stands in stark contrast to CBC's decision to preserve the French-language archive. 

Once we incinerate Canada's cultural heritage, there's no going back. Save the CBC Archive now! 

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