Thursday, April 25, 2013

Rage, rage, against the dying of The CJN!!

"Do not go gentle into that good night."

OK, so I'm gonna get self-serving here for a mo'.

Our flagship, The CJN, The freakin' CANADIAN JEWISH NEWS, that venerable outlet, is slated for closure on June 21.

A certain Monty Python parrot sketch comes to mind, wherein I will substitute the word "parrot" with "The CJN":

"'E's not pinin'! 'E's passed on! This CJN is no more! It has ceased to be! 'E's expired and gone to meet 'is maker! 'E's a stiff! Bereft of life, 'e rests in peace! If you hadn't nailed 'im to the newsstand 'e'd be pushing up the daisies! 'Is metabolic processes are now 'istory! 'E's off the twig! 'E's kicked the bucket, 'e's shuffled off 'is mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin' choir invisible!! THIS IS AN EX-CJN!!"

But perhaps it doesn't have to be.

In the wake of the news that the paper will cease operations in less than two month's time, the Canadian Jewish community - and beyond - has raised a massive outcry to try and save The CJN.

If you care about saving Canada's only real, independent communal paper; if you care that a common forum or "town square" exists to connect the disparate Jewish communities across this great nation, if you want journalism instead of a house organ giving you the news about the community's various facets, accomplishments and foibles, then please sign the petition and write to the paper at with your comments and opinions.

Now, any angel investors out there who want to save an essential service to the Canadian Jewish community, please step up now. Non-Jews welcome to invest. Sir Richard Branson, you reading this?

Do not go gentle into that good night,

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

the CJN should be allowed to tun it's course. If it's destiny is to morph digitally so be it. I am sure the quality of the content will not diminish due to its projected format. Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.