Hard to believe, but the CBC lockout began a year ago. I recall waking up early that Monday morning to check on things, and before my computer had even finished booting up, I knew something was off: the early-morning schedule was not following normal suit, in that the usual breakaway from overnight programming that precedes the Morning Show did not kick in.
Actually, a lot of sighs, eight weeks' worth. It ended, and though I blogged a lot about the lockout (mostly something of a clipping service, to be frank) I don't think about it much these days, which is probably good for mental health.
On the up side, I got to know many of my coworkers quite well. That's all of us above, in a shot that Greg Locke took at Cape Spear, to mark the end of the lockout. (That's me raising my arm, at the upper middle.)
I don't blog much about the CBC, either, but I was involved in a discussion the last few weeks that led to this: the CBC Blogging Manifesto. (It's nowhere near as staid as it sounds.) The idea was sparked by Ouimet, the anonymous manager-blogger who is still posting, usually hilariously. A number of other of us have signed on; basically, it's a set of guidelines on how CBC employees should blog. What I've told my colleagues (and supervisors, especially) can be boiled down to this: I don't write anything on the blog that I wouldn't say on the air.
In the meantime, Guy Dixon has this article about the manifesto et al. in today's Globe.
UPDATE (5:45 p.m.): Antonia Zerbisias has this post on her blog today.
ANOTHER UPDATE (5:45 p.m.): My friend Mike and I went out for a break on the sidewalk on Duckworth Street this afternoon. I have to say, it was nice to go back in the building when we wanted.