Dear CBC, I’m ASHAMED of you

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And I’m not probably not the only one to think about this.

There are 35.16 million people in Canada

Not exactly sure how they get .16 but anyways, you get the point.
Now I’m a big fan of CBC as I’m sure many Canadians are because well, what can get more Canadian than CBC?
When it comes to the Paralympics though, I am absolutely ashamed of CBC. Even when CTV did the Olympics for a couple of years, I was ashamed of them as well. Now I know it’s not a Canadian  thing to be saying anything like this, and I’m sorry for saying it.
It’s true though.
I almost feel  like I want to throw around the word idiot as well, but that might be going a little too far.

Why am I ashamed of CBC?

Every year, whether on CBC, CTV, or some other Canadian channel, the Paralympics seemed like they get pushed to the back burner, the credits after a movie where everyone leaves. (Except a film by Marvel, we all know everyone stays in their seats for that.)
When the Olympics are on, everyone from all over the world are glued to their television sets because honestly, it’s the only thing on.
Everyone is cheering for their athletes, watching the events unfold on live tv since the events are actually happening then.

The Olympics are done and over with every two years, (counting both summer and winter) two weeks in between and then the Paralympics happen.

That’s when everything changes.

No longer is everyone glued to their television sets to watch because the Paralympic games are barely ever shown on television, except for maybe a two hour daily highlight shown late at night when people need to sleep for work or school. There was one year that CITY was showing CBC’s broadcast because CBC wasn’t really showing anything at all.
I’m currently  laying on the couch underneath my huge TARDIS blanket, typing this on my laptop while I watch the Rio 2016 Opening Ceremonies on CBC.
Want to know something? This isn’t even being shown live. You know during the Olympics how they put the word live underneath the CBC logo?  Yeah, there’s nothing there. I’m also on twitter and see that CBC retweeted a photo of the opening ceremonies from over an hour before. What is going on CBC? Are you people slow or something?
I even checked tomorrow on the tv guide. They aren’t even showing the daily highlights until midnight, and I just see on Saturday and Sundays, three shows a day. Does that mean they’re all going to be the same thing? Or is CBC going to do the smart thing and have them all be different?
What about everything else you ask? Internet streaming.
I don’t know who or why they decided to do everything internet streaming, but it’s a very stupid decision. Sure, they can do that, CBC is in Toronto, where they have super fast internet and everywhere is great wifi. Not everyone lives in Toronto,  there are other places in Canada too, and not everyone has super fast internet. Not everyone who actually has the internet at their house can afford super fast internet.
So when they try to stream everything, what happens? Well for starters, the quality sucks, it’s like standard tv quality and maybe worse than that. Then there’s “If you put it up to full screen everything looks really bad” deal. We’re stuck watching it on a small screen on your monitor as well. Last Paralympics I did that, and trying to put it full screen was horrible. There’s also a slight matter of fact about this little thing called lag, which absolutely sucks.
You’re watching let’s say basketball for example. The game’s going, the quality is ok without it being full screen on the CBC Olympics site. The game’s going good, and then all of a sudden, it lags, and the screen freezes. So every minute or two you’re refreshing the page just so you can watch the wheelchair basketball game, and you miss some amazing plays.
That was me by the way, so frustrated at it.

And then, think about the seniors, or anyone else that doesn’t have internet access that want’s to cheer on their athletes. Everyone has CBC because it’s Canada, but you can’t  stay up super late,. How is anyone other than people with super fast internet able to watch anything at all live?

And there’s Paratriathalon and Paracanoeing this year. Those sound absolutely exciting, but I don’t they’ll get shown. Even with the Olympics, only the well known sports get shown which is frustrating, almost sounds a little biased too?

I remember reading on the CBC sports page a few years ago with people complaining about the same thing I’m complaining right now.

The Paralympics coverage sucks big time.

They have all of their announcers and everything used up and they don’t bother to send anyone so they can get back to their regularly scheduled lives.

Scott Russell just mentioned how we’ll hear words throughout the ceremony, yet how can we hear anything since nothing get’s shown and with live streaming, or a least when I watched it, there were no announcers?

Honestly CBC, you need to be fair, because these parathletes work as hard or harder than the able body athletes yet the television companies don’t treat them the same.

Doesn’t Canadian Tire say “We All Play For Canada?”

Maybe we can send a message by everyone not watching CBC for a whole week?
Watching the commercial asking if we can keep up with Canada’s Paralympic athletes with the workout videos, I’m not so sure if CBC can keep up

We want to cheer on our athletes at the Paralympics just like the athletes at the Olympics CBC.

#ENDOFRANT

Taylor’s Gift Book Review

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“In March 2010, thirteen-year-old Taylor Storch’s life was tragically cut short by a skiing accident. With only a few minutes to consider their options, her grieving family made the life-changing decision to donate her organs. Knowing Taylor’s caring spirit, they were sure this was what she would have wanted. Over the course of the next two years, Tara and Todd Storch connected with four of the five people who now live because of Taylor’s gift. And through these encounters, the Storches have discovered unexpected blessings that are changing countless lives.
Now Tara and Todd share their inspiring story, shining a light at the end of the tunnel for those enduring the suffering of losing a loved one.” (taken from Chapters.ca)

I’m not a parent, but with a book like this, I don’t think it matter’s if you’re a parent, or grandparent, or even single. This book is for everyone. It’s about a devastating accident that happened, and the journey of the parents, and also everyone else, that followed. It’s something amazing and positive that can happen out of such dark times.

It doesn’t matter what part of the world you live in, everyone should be aware of this, and how many people are waiting for organ donations. 5 people now have a new sense of live because of what The Storch’s did, and they’ve connected with 4 out of the 5 people.

This is a story that Tara and Todd have brought forth to everyone, helping people that are in this situation, and the importance of being an organ donor. It will help people know that lives can easily be saved, and the statistics are quite alarming. This is their story, what they weren’t through, how they were dealing with things.

What came out of this was the foundation that Tara and Todd started, The Taylor’s Gift Foundation, bringing awareness to this, and also hope for other’s that are going through this.

Even though this book is American. and talks about American statistics, being Canada, I quickly tried to find the same stats for Canadian organ donors, though I wasn’t successful. (I did only spend maybe 5 minutes on google, but will be looking into this more. If anyone does know these and how they compare with American Statistics, that would be really cool.

This isn’t just a book, this is a story. A story without an ending, as Taylor lives on through the 5 people that have her organs, through the foundation. It’s a story that I don’t believe that has an ending because it’s still going on.

Be an Organ Donor, save lives. Outlive yourself.

Here is the link to the Taylor’s gift Foundation Website so you can be more informed. Http://Taylorsgift.org

Jennifer Schuchmann did an excellent job helping the Storch’s put together this book and it also has a beautiful forward by Max Lucado

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

Hey look! another one of these blog post site thingies and NaNaWriMo Day #8

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Hey, Look! another post. Oh wait! It’s a whole new blog! Can you believe it?

Because I can! (Well I better believe it because I made it :P)

Now you’re probably thinking, why should I bother looking at another one of these blog things?

And to answer that, I have no idea. You can read it, you can not read it, it’s not up to me to decide of you read it or not because I can’t make you read it. This is me just rambling on and on, and on, and on, and on, and you get the point :P

I’ve been actually debating about doing this for the last little while, share my voice with the rest of the world. (would you  really want to read it since you can’t hear my voice on hear?)

Well this is just a very super cool introduction for myself.

  • I’m John
  • I’m Canadian
  • I’m Christian
  • So yes, I automatically like Tim Hortons
  • No, I don’t drink coffee *le gasp*
  • But I eat poutine
  • I like art
  • I’m currently listening to Mat Kearney’s City of Black and White album while I’m typing this
  • I’m a picture taker (Canon rebel T2i)
  • I like music a lot (Ido really like mat Kearney and the above album is seriously so amazing)
  • I’m so into movies
  • I’m a tea person
  • I also like hot chocolate
  • I’m getting back into comic books (thanks to a reboot, but that will probably be saved for another blog post)
  • Oh, and I’m 26 if I hadn’t mentioned it before :P
  • I like going through thrift stores (one reason for starting this, so you know there will be a post about this
  • There will be more, but you get the basic picture

So there, you get a basic idea of who(that would be me) will be writing these blog posts that you will be reading and hopefully enjoying, or you know I could be putting these online for the world to see and if anyone doesn’t see them, well, that’s not my problem.

So, Let’s talk about the other portion of this title – NaNoWriMo!

If you don’t know what it is, then you should definitely check out http://www.nanowrimo.org

In a nutshell, it’s basically to see if you can write a 50,000 word noel in a month. Crazy? I know!, that’s why I’m doing it again this year :D (I totally failed last year, so not happening again). It’s day number 8 of NaNoWriMo and I’m currently at 12,874 words. Yes It’s hectic and everything, but I kinda like that about this (if you want to check out my profile thing on there my screen name is CanadianJohn, so not original :P)

and to fellow NaNoWriMoers, good luck!