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RCI a bridge between Canada and the world

By Wojtek Gwiazda      

The CBC never understood that the uniqueness of RCI is that we explain Canada to the rest of the world. And at a time when Canada needs to be understood, Radio Canada International should be expanded and be ready for the challenges of the future. But the CBC is making sure it won’t be.

Wojtek Gwiazda, who is the spokesperson of the RCI Action Committee, was a host-producer with the English section of Radio Canada International for 35 years and retired in 2015. He says the new RCI will be reduced to a translation service of CBC and Radio-Canada web texts to be translated by the few remaining survivors of a 30-year campaign to destroy RCI. Photograph courtesy of Wojtek Gwiazda

MONTREAL—One of the amazing advantages of working at Radio Canada International (RCI) was having international experts just steps away from me. I knew I could count on them, whether it was trying to understand the latest developments in the Middle East, an aspect of Chinese political culture, or Brazil’s place in Latin America. These experts were my fellow host producers at Canada’s world service who daily informed their audiences about the latest from Canada and the latest in country-to-country relations.

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