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Dispatches cancelled, your comments Part 13

This first part of Your Dispatches is a selection from the hundreds of emails we received since the final broadcast of Dispatches went to air on June 21/24.  Below this are 12 more selections, from the hundreds of emails listeners sent earlier, after hearing the news that CBC was cancelling Dispatches because of budget cutbacks.  Read on. You will find you are among good company as a member of the Dispatches audience. Thank you.

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Bonnie Tinker, Teulon, MB:

Tonight I was driving back from the lake with my three children in the car.  My daughter (5) wanted to listen to an audio CD, but instead when I turned on the radio, I realized it was the last episode of dispatches, so I insisted we listen to the program.  It made me feel sad to think it is the last show, as I love all the stories from around the world that the correspondents bring to us back here in Canada.  At the end of the program, my son (7) said he loved the show and when could we listen to it again.  I felt very sad when I had to explain that we were listening to the last show. 

Thanks for all the amazing stories that you have told and all the wonderful sounds brought to air, that combined to bring the stories of the world into my home. 


Kimberly Boivin, London, Ontario:

To all at Dispatches,
Yesterday I felt a great sadness when I realized that I will not be able to listen to you on Sundays. I have been listening to this show since I was 13 (I am now 23) and even continued to listen every week when I was living in the states for a few years.
I have grown up with your stories and it is hard to believe that you will not be on air. Of all the shows on CBC, I do my best to catch every episode. Your documentaries were touching and gave every event a face to relate to. It was a different outlook on culture and society.
 If I could do anything to keep you on air I would in a heart beat. It is sad that CBC believes this is the best way to react to the cut of funding...
All the best

Mary Rosebrugh, Ottawa:

Dear Rick and All,
Thank you for such a wonderful final program--even though I'm in tears as I write. The class act that the show was never faltered.
CBC Radio is "smaller" for having made this atrocious decision. Believe me, I wrote and wrote--to blind eyes all around.
My very best wishes to all of you and THANK YOU for the wonderful years of Dispatches.


Monica Winkler, Toronto:

 I am actually crying as I sit here at work and listen to the last episode of Dispatches.  This is the worst decision CBC has ever made.  It sucks so badly that we will not hear this program again.

Madeleine Nelson, Vancouver:

Rick, my eyes filled with tears standing at the kitchen sink this evening hearing you and some of your correspondents saying goodbye. This is only the second time I have written to the cbc and it's sad the occasion is the cancellation of your fine programme.
I am the widow of Ron Basford who was a minister of justice in Pierre Trudeau's government. Dispatches was one of his favourite cbc offerings and when I hear you, I always think of him.
I miss him and will miss you. Thank you so much for enriching my life. All the very best in your next chapter.

Cynthia Menyhart, Guelph Ontario:

For more than a decade I've enjoyed the thought-provoking insight brought into my home by Rick MacInnes-Rae and the Dispatches correspondents. You were able to so skilfully tell a story. You were more than journalists. You were anthropologists, sociologists, geographers, historians and engaging speakers.
Listening to Dispatches Sunday evenings was a precious time for me. A time when my family gathered together for dinner prepared by my father, a retired chef. As I happily helped him in the kitchen, Dispatches took us around the world, sparking some of our best conversations. My father passed away two years ago. I continued to listen to Dispatches and wondered about what he'd have to say about the latest story.
Thank you Rick for connecting me to the world, and continuing to connect me to my dear father. You will be sadly missed.

Idzva T.K. of Ottawa via Harare, Zimbabwe:

I am so disheartened to learn of the cancellation of this important show. I listened to the last Dispatches episode on the bus, feeling utterly despondent...and when Rick said goodbye without the usual episode ending phrase "We'll bring you the world", I my eyes welled up.Your show was the only one on the CBC that consistently broadcasted stories about Zimbabwe and this meant a lot to me. I have learned so much from your show and will miss it terribly.


Thomas Bator, Quebec:

I was behind in my ever acumulating podcasts so just heard June 21 will be the last show. Don't believe I missed an episode since podcasts began. I especially remember Dispatches saving me from depression over the loss of Lister Sinclair and feeling CBC going down the tube. Then soon after discovered your show and CBC redeemed itself. This is such a senseless budget cut considering what Dispatches offers. A truly original insight, slice of life and situations in troubled places that do not contain dramatically, newsworthy stories and therefore not covered anywhere else. Snippets of stories definitely worth exposing and informing the public of. I consider myself a worldly traveler but these stories are not available to surface skimming tourists.


David Arminas, In London, United Kingdom:

As a regular listener, can I assume that CBC senior management is replacing the original reporting by Dispatches with original reporting in some other fashion and won't be buying in programmes from agencies? In other words, will it be Canadians be reporting on the world?


Tanya Lewis, Vancouver:

Dear Team Dispatches:

I was so shocked when I heard about your cancellation that I yelled into my empty kitchen, "No Way!"  You have provided excellent journalism, and are one of the reasons I have been a devoted CBC listener for all of my adult life  I am appalled that our government can find billions of dollars for military status symbols (but not for individual soldiers and veterans), but won't toss our core cultural institution the pittance it requires to provide citizens with an intelligent, objective view of the world and our place in it.

Francis Daulby, Coldwater, Ontario:

 It's over, our love affair with Dispatches and the truth of connection to the human spirit.  The Corporation has won and I hate them for it, left with sadness and anger. I can't believe it, tears not for you, but for me, miserable  me, who seldom wrote to thank you. OMG I am so very angry.

It's not good to be this angry.


Jean Galt, Toronto:

I was so sorry to hear that Dispatches is being cut. I just discovered it and was so impressed that I could hear so much real information from people on the front lines. It is the way news should be without the editorializing and sensationalizing that goes on with some commercial stations. Is there not some way to continue it or incorporate it into another news background program?


Allan Safarik, Dundurn Sk:

Really sad to hear that Dispatches will be shut down. An interesting far reaching program that was among the best programs ever offered by the CBC. It certainly kept me listening and I for one am disappointed at its demise. Just the kind of innovative internation programming that for me keeps the CBC relevant.


Sue Ruddick, Toronto:

Bring back Dispatches -- this is such a travesty!  We need these kind of programs or we risk becoming ostriches with our heads in the sand.

Linda Reynolds:

This was such an educational programme.  We learned about struggles  in the world that otherwise would never have hit the news.  Who will tell their stories now?  You will be missed.


Sandra Hughes-Pettey, Toronto:

Thank you Rick MacInnes-Rae and colleques for " showing ME the world " . My dream as as a Nurse practitoioner was always to travel abroad and inflict "my skills " on the developing world. Thankfully for all,  I was convinced there  were pressing matters on the home front that better suited my talents and I became involved with homeless and  underhoused youth in Toronto  from 1992 - 2011 . The love of my  work life ," Shout Clinic "closed its doors last March.  Hearing  Rick say goodbye tonight made me weep . I realize now that I did get to go "around the world , "and still stay in Toronto and do the work that I was much better suited to do. 
Thanks for improving my practice in so many ways . Your window on the world helped me to be more compassionate and understanding about the struggles and issues facing newcomers to Canada. You made me a better clinician in ways no International Health Program ( which I completed ) ever could.

Mary Dyson, Warkworth, Ontario/ Puerto Escondido, Mexico:

Dear Rick,
I want you to know that I have always thoroughly enjoyed your show and have been known to listen to repeats as well. You do bring the world to our ears and with a fresh immediacy. I am truly going to miss you.

I am writing my MP, but have very little hope of having my voice taken seriously. Regardless i will not give up hope that you will return one day.

Bill Lee, Sudbury:

Thank you for the enlightening radio you have created over the years. You will be missed.


Marilyn Brown, Ottawa:

Thank you, thank you, thank you for the enlightening window on the world over the years. For the intelligent, in-depth approach, for the calm, professional and humane attitude that infused the program. This kind of broadcast encourages citizens to think and to feel part of a global community, and it is precisely a community of thinking citizens that authoritarian régimes seek to destroy, in the case of CBC, program by program. What next, Radio Free Canada?
All my best wishes for continuing success and good work elsewhere by Rick MacInnes-Rae and all the team.


Jimmy Rousseau, Blue Sea Lake, Quebec:

Disgusted is how I feel,our government is trying to turn this country into a backwater of conservative ignorance and a field ripe for corporate raiding. By eliminating independent publicly funded sources of information they ensure that their misinformation will reign unchecked. Thank You to all the dispatches team for years of interesting shows, the cancellation of which is truly a travesty.

Louise Lavigne:

Dear Rick,

I never thought I could be so sad over the cancellation of a radio program. I am in my mid twenties and I have been listening to your show for many years. I can't count the number of times I've felt shivers run down my spin from a particularly powerful story from some corner of the world I had not yet discovered. Your show was a light on the world from my own home. When I did finally find my way out of Canada and to other continents I streamed Dispatches or downloaded the podcast to listen to at night or on the road. Can't imagine the CBC without this program. Thanks to you and all of your contributors. I will miss Dispatches very much.


Francis Daulby, Coldwater, Ont:

Rick: I can't believe they are cancelling your program.  Yours is one, if not the best, CBC has to offer.  Your voice open and honest, rich and trusting. I am so everything, sad and mad.  Angry with CBC.  I don't watch TV. so cancel that format.  Saying your name means listening to a trusted friend.  I can hear you now and my radio is off.  "For Dispatches," for you, with respect and thanks over all the chatter that annoys, yours is the voice of radio, a voice I will always remember.
Man hugs

Miria Cook, Oakville, Ontario:

To Rick, the Correspondents/Contributors and Producers of Dispatches congratulations in having created, contributed to and maintained exceptionally brilliant, insightful and intelligent - just superb quality radio programming. I wish you all well in new endeavours, if this decision cannot be reversed. You really do "bring us the world".... and please know that your contribution to raising our awareness and enlightening us over the years has been profound....

To the Executives at the CBC that took the idiotic decision to axe Dispatches, shame on you for destroying one of the best programmes on the CBC radio. The dumbing down of the MotherCorp continues............when Dispatches goes off the air, it's just one less reason to keep listening.....

Bill Osborne, Lynden ON: 

The cancellation of Dispatches eliminates an exciting, relevant "window to the world" from the CBC schedule.

A great radio programme!

I am so sad.


Kathleen Mtichell, Ottawa:

I can't believe that the final episode of Dispatches will be airing this afternoon. I have so enjoyed listening to it. It has given me a window to the world that would not, otherwise, be available. This is a sad day for the CBC and for all of us who treasure the excellent programming that Rick MacInnes-Rae and his team have provided.


Sylvia Hall, Toronto:

Surely the CBC could have squeezed enough funds in bits and pieces from its several programs that interview expensive and insipid "celebrities"..interviews that tell us nothing of significance. Dispatches did truly give us a "window on the world" which I find less and less in CBC programs.  This is yet another slide on the CBC's long and slippery slope from a broadcaster of substance to a broadcaster of trivia.

Angela Long, Ohtaki, Hokkaido:

Good Morning,

It was a shock to learn that I am listening to your last program right now. I listen from a small town on the island of Hokkaido, Japan. I've listened to Dispatches for many years and from many places--from tree planting camps to Montreal apartments to off-the-grid cabins. Many of these places have been lonely places--but Dispatches always changed that. Every episode brought a tear to my eye and made me feel as though I was part of something much bigger than myself. 

I don't know why funding has been cut and by whom--I hope they understand they are cutting more than just a program. They are cutting off the rest of us out here in the world-at-large from a trusted friend. Regardless, thank you all those responsible for so many years of enlightening and high-quality journalism.


Caroline Clarke, St. John's:

Hi there,

I just wanted to say how sorry I am that today is the last show.  For me, Dispatches was what CBC was all about - quality reporting on world news with in-depth stories - not the usual stuff that news is made of these days.  Dispatches is actually one of the few afternoon radio shows on CBC that I don't turn off, and I really can't understand why CBC would decide to cut this top-of-the-line program.  The stories dealt with all kinds of topics - some very difficult, but in a manner that was enlightening rather than just done in a way to be an emotional rollercoaster.

What a terrific job everybody did on this show and hopefully somebody will reverse this decision - or at least let you all continue to do the good work you do in another capacity.


Jim Payne,  St. John's, NL:

I'm sitting here listening to the last episode of Dispatches in absolute disbelief that you would cancel this program, one of the best on the network, and in a format in which the CBC excels. To cancel programming like this which can be found nowhere else on the radio dial, in favour of maintaining lightweight, mindless, Toronto-centric entertainment gossip and the like which can be found everywhere else on radio and TV, does a disservice to your listeners and avid CBC supporters.

This is what you do best. Why throw out unique and credible programming that demonstrates such integrity while keeping the most mediocre of your content on air? My congratulations and best wishes to Rick MacInnes-Rae and the rest of the Dispatches crew, with hopes that the CBC can find another role for such competent and committed people. But I implore you; please don't use the cutback mantra to get rid of your best people as well as your best programming.


David Williams, Halifax:

I can't stand it that you have been cut. Your program is what radio is all about , you let me experience the world.  
I wish you could continue on PBS if no where else . Can you be supported by doing the program on the web? No? Damn


Lynn de Freitas, Halifax:

How CBC could decide to cut a show which tells us more about what is occurring everywhere in  the world than we ever hear on CBC News or the National is truly beyond my comprehension.   With this show, we have been able to hear stories in depth on a wide variety of topics and conditions in the world.
CBC seem to feel that we are only interested in hearing local topics and interviews with barely known celebrities as well as other trivia.
Dispatches was in my opinion a "not to be missed " show. What a shame.


 Laurie Dempster, Torbay, NL:

Dear Dispatches,
As a long time listener and admirer of the program I am listening to Rick signing off the last show. I can only say how sad I am right now, and so disappointed in the CBC people who made the decission to cancel this show over other programs.

This progam is far and above so many that have avoided the cuts, so superior in production and content and relevance...

Sadly, It seems CBC execs have fallen for the Harperites propaganda on budgets and defecits. I believe our country still needs public broadcasting of the quality and coverage that Dispatches provided.  Canadians still need radio, tv can't provide what radio does, the power to transport the listener to anywhere in the world, no cameras required and the end result is so much more valuable.

What will replace it, or are we stuck with a couple of minutes of international news per day ?


Cathy Daigle, Miramichi:

Hello Rick ...
Very sorry to hear the CBC has cut one of the very best programs on the air.  Your program is a very interesting and entertaining  and it does give me a "window on the world."  The stories, the reporters and your voice and skills have all made my listening a "must" 


David Hart Dyke, Stoney Creek:

More than any other show in any news medium, yours has helped to illuminate corners of the world I would never otherwise know about.  This is a very sad day.

Thank you for many years of great work.


Don and Cerrisse Brundage, Tiny, Ont.:

Thanks, Rick and team for the excellent programming over the last 12 yrs.

Always delightfully informative and we often listen to "Dispatches" twice in a wk., especially if there is something that really catches our interest.

In today's world it is more and more important to understand other cultures and countries and you have done that in spades.


 Karen Soltan, Peterborough:

I have enjoyed and been informed by Dispatches for years and am very sad to see it go. I've learned more about what is important in the world through your program than through the hourly news which I feel has been dumbed down over the past few years and sensationalizes crime and the "double death and fire" style of reporting. In my opinion, CBC would have done better to get rid of the hourly newscasts and kept Dispatches. Thank you and you will be missed.

Alison Hall, Dorval, Quebec:

I'm just listening to the Thursday afternoon re-broadcast of your show. I am VERY disappointed to learn that your show has been cut. This show is one of the best things on CBC radio. It is a REAL shame. Thank you for 12 years of stories that one just can't get anywhere else. I trust the podcast archive will continue to be available.


Christine de Groot, Toronto:

 I am so sad that the last program is on the air.  It has been very hard to listen these last few weeks.  i would like to congratulate everyone involved for the excellent quality of the programs and for opening a window on a world other than this continent.


Maria Thorburn, Toronto:

I've never written to you before but have listened to so many of your episodes including today.  I wanted to say how sorry I am to hear that this is your last show.  I remember going to visit some very rural people while I am very urban, living in Toronto and I was worried about having anything to say to one another since they are very conservative and I am not.  I just happened  to mention one of your shows and he immediately smiled and piped up with "I love that show!  I listen to it while I'm plowing the fields"  It was our conversation opener that helped us form a lasting friendship even though we have some very different values at times. 

I am truly very grateful to have heard your programme and feel so sad that we're making a very bad mistake in cancelling this excellent programme.  Whether plowing fields or working in Toronto you appeal to us all so thank you all for your great work!


Kathy Milne, Pemberton,BC:

A very short-sighted decision made by ?
A superb program that brought international unique stories of life to my attention and more importantly, a new perspective on other's lives. I enjoyed the diversity, never knowing what kind of story I was about to hear.


Stephen Bates, Wellington, NS:

Rick and crew,
I just listened to your last broadcast of Dispatches, and shed more than a few tears!  I recognized a number of the snippets you aired, because I've been a faithful listener for years.  I've always appreciated that the program has been able to provide in-depth stories about happenings (some serious, others not that serious, but funny and informative) from countries all over the world.  I'm a world traveller, and have visited, or lived in, some of the countries on your show.

You'll be sorely missed, but at least you should know that you've made a big impact on your listeners, especially this one!  You and your team have left a great legacy.  Be proud of what you have accomplished during all these years.  Take care.

Louise Jarvis, Owen Sound:

I have tears blurring my eyes while I listen to your last episode.
There goes another of CBC's  finest contributions to humanity...


Laura McCaffrey, Montreal:

I'm really going to miss Dispatches - an anchor in our radio-listening schedule. Truly the best show on radio. Brilliantly reported, informative, eye-opening and heartbreaking. Rick, thank you for coming into our home these last 11 years and giving us a dose of reality. You're a part of our family and will be greatly missed.

Bruce Parkinson:

I am so angry right now...and so sad. I have thoroughly enjoyed and been so enriched by your program over the years. Not to mention that Rick has an unbelievable radio voice. The dumbing-down of our society continues apace and I'm frightened for my children. I live in Peterborough, Ontario, home of MP Dean Del Mastro, one of the unabashed leaders of the ignorance movement.


Ray Van Dusen, Montreal:

Hello Dispatchers

So hard to believe that the number crunchers decided to still this incredible voice in broadcast journalism. I always enjoyed your show... riveted by your top level documentary storytelling. I learned a whole lot about our world and about how  journalism is done at its best. I learned about the voices and minds of many journalists that I surely came to appreciate over the years, no one moreso than Rick himself (who I was already a fan of from other CBC broadcasts). Rick, your eloquence, your intelligence, your enquiring & incisive mind, and even your voice for god's sake! I've truly and honestly enjoyed your presence in my life from my beloved CBC Radio these many years.

Harry Beach, Cornwall:

Thanks to the whole team for the excellent radio you have treated me to over the years.
Dispatches was the best show on CBC radio. It is a bad decision to end it.

Dispatched  brought the otherwise impossible to visit parts of the world to the Canadian listener. It helped me understand the world and the issues faced by the people there. I looked forward to it every week and can not see anything coming close to filling its space it leaves behind. Thanks for such a great show over the past years.

 Mike Finch, St George:

Thanks for a show that no longer has a place on a radio service that has lost its way.  Taking your show which was an opportunity to look outside canada out of the CBC lineup makes a huge statement about the direction the corp is taking. Ideas will probably be next.

Thanks for your courage and dedication.

Chris Winsor, Toronto:

Congratulations on producing one of the finest long-form radio documentary shows available anywhere. I can not express enough my profound disappointment that the show is ending and that the CBC executive has chosen to cut this program. It is emblamatic of the problem with the ratings-chasing, pop culture -obsessed approach to managing our public broadcaster. That shows of this quality, and not-to-be-heard-elsewhere variety have no champions in the C-suite is appalling. CBC news is already moving toward dangerously simplistic infotainment. Dispatches was a necessary antidote.  If the corp no longer wishes to be in the quality insight business as evidenced by the killing this program, then I suggest it return a significant portion of the parliamentary appropriation.

Jan Hopkins, Carleton Place:

I'm listening to your last program, and thinking about how much I will miss you!  Since my retirement, I've been able to listen to CBC's afternoon radio programming, of which you were an important part. You brought stories that didn't make the daily news, and that did bring me a better sense of the world. Best wishes to everyone associated with the program.


Axel Stammler, teacher, Berlin, Germany:

Dear Sir or Madam,

I am still stunned that the latest casualty of senseless monetarist cuts is one of my all-time favourites and a flagship programme not only for the CBC but for Canada. What is urgently needed is a U-turn from machine-like money worship to a worship of humanity in both meanings of the word. We need international legislation to utilize profits in areas like medicine, education and culture. Here in Germany I have to pay a licence fee for radio and TV I nearly never use. Why can I not ask this money to be sent to the stations I really listen to, i.e. the CBC and the BBC? Now Dispatches, a constant source of insight and culture, is gone and the world is poorer for it.


Maryan O'Hagan, Ottawa:

Just listening to your sign off of your last episode - and so sad in the final music not to hear Rick say "we bring you the world".  Thank you so much for all you have done to broaden my mind about the world.  I really hope times will change so that a new Dispatches will arise.


Brenda Boutilier, North Rustico PEI:

There is only one word to describe the cancelling of Dispatches; WRONG. One could write an honours thesis on why this show is excellent, important and relevent but any person " with only half a mind " has to listen to a show to see that. Whoever is responsible for the decision to cancel the show is, simply put, an idiot!


Irwin Block, Montreal:

A very sad day for those of us who depended on your contributors and editors to do what Sunday Morning used to do, and As it Happens can't do  -- bring us the world through documentary radio. Rick et al, you have done a great job. You deserve medals, not pink slips.


Barbara Martin, Oshawa:

Like all things that I love that come to an end, your last show brought me to tears. Not because it was necessarily sad, or touching or even the last show, but because after twelve years of listenining to the world through the lense of Dispatches, I will miss its voice. I will miss the music that calls me to spend an hour thinking about people a world away. I will miss Rick MacInnes- Rae introducing the story with compassion and passion. Most of all I will miss the depth to which each story goes to find its heart. Dispatches has been a friend. I will miss you.


Maija Kagis, Ottawa, Ont:

I have enjoyed so many of your programs, that it's impossible to choose one. But, I do want to add one thought: as we defend CBC, we must be aware that your management is sometime nearsighted .  Why have they cut Dispatches while allowing repeats of so many other programs not half as interesting?  I suspect there has been some bowing and scraping to political masters in hopes of pleasing them.

As we have seen over the centuries, even the bowers and scrapers are cut off, so why not be brave and keep a program like yours. Thank you for some wonderful listening.


Dave Stevens, Port Elgin, ON:

Hello Folks.
I can't let this day pass without at least an E-mail to tell you how much I have enjoyed your program over the years. I'm very sorry that you are being removed from "my" CBC. It seems that "my" CBC is becoming less and less "mine"...

Jack Zyberk, Ottawa:

I couldn't belive it. They killed the best program on the CBC.
Now I can take my radio to garbage....Thanks to everyone who made Dispatches such a great program.


Janet Fowler, Carman, MB:

Dispatches is one of the most  informed programs in media.  Unfortunately, one can no longer use the word 'real' with any credibility.  Please bring back more insightful world programming.  For those of us who have traveled, this extensive reporting begins to answer so many unspoken questions.


Marie Traynor, Kingston ON:

Dear Rick et al

This note is on the sad side for sure. Our reputation as peacekeepers, environmental stewards and gracious hosts to refugees seems to be sliding away. I have always found too, that thanks to shows such as yours we are often appreciated for our knowledge, be it limited, of events and life in far off corners of this small, but diverse earth of ours.

I just heard the final Dispatch. The honour, sir, has been ours. Wishing you and your team many more opprotunties to ask important and curious questions Thank you.


Ian Rankin, Dorval, QC:


 I will greatly miss not hearing new episodes of Dispatches. Your show was so good, so important a vehicle of valuable information, so necessary to our troubled world (and country) today.

SHAME on the sinister forces which prevailed to either directly or indirectly bring about the end of your fantastic show.

THANK YOU for the wealth which you brought to us these past years, and I hope and pray that more enlightened minds will prevail some day soon and put you guys back in the drivers' seat of your 'vehicle'. You can rest assured that I and many others will be scouring the CBC website for past episodes which we may have overlooked or missed.

Fare thee all well.


Pam O'Rourke, Kitchener:

Rick - you, your comforting voice, every reporter, were like friends bringing the real world into my home and especially my car as I travelled about for work.
Your REAL questions and queries and those of all the special journalists not only gave me joy, laughs, many head shakes,unbelievable moments, but also the stories I would share with my senior adult education classes - about 350 people a week!
I am choked up right now listening to your last hour on air and I really feel like I am losing a true friend in the world, the world where ordinary and extraordinary people go about living in all kinds of circumstances and you and your correspondents took us there and gave us an understanding of life. You not only brought us the world but gave a chance for the journalism to shine from the huts and street corners, from slum and farm fields.

Thank you profoundly. This cut is a loss to Canadians and journalists and people around the globe. You are missed already like a hole cut in my favourite quilt.  Thank you and may your talent find a way to brighten our lives once more.


Margo Royce, Gatineau QC:

To Rick MacInnes-Rae, the Dispatches team and all the Dispatches Correspondents:
Dear Rick,
I have intended to write to you for so many months, even before CBC announced the end of Dispatches.  At that time, I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed and appreciated you as host and the show.  I wanted to let you know how relieved I was when Margaret Evans went to London for I was worried about her, with her wonderful courage and poetic reports.  I was, again, worried when she went to Syria and so afraid that courage would lead her to danger.
Extreme family medical situations delayed that email to you but can no longer be delayed as this is your last show and you have done it in such style and grace that I have tears....
Rick, thank you for the concept created, for the poetry and stories you have given home to and for being a host I loved hearing twice every week.  May you find a new and frequent home on our air waves and may you know there are many like me who will miss you and may not have had the chance to tell you so.
With all my mind and heart, thank you.

Suzanne MacKenzie, Peachland, BC:

I am more than sorry, I am disappointed that this broadcast is finished!!  Conversations have come up with friends about different subjects, and I have been surprised when I have some inside knowledge of the topic...then wondered just where I heard the information that I had just sprewed forth..then realized I had heard it on Dispatches!!


Donna Smiley, Ottawa:

To All Those Who Have Brought CBC's Dispatches To Us:

I just listened to the final episode of Dispatches. I will miss all the wonderfully insightful stories from your talented contributors.

Over the past several years, I have sent repeated emails to John Baird, until recently my MP, protesting the cut to CBC without a single response. May I suggest that those disappointed Dispatch listeners in Alberta, especially Calgary Southwest, call and write and email their MPs, to
demand restore funding to the CBC, because it seems they might be only Canadians who's opinions actually matter.

Marc Gagnon:

It baffles my mind as to why this program is being cut. I am a recent listener to CBC Radio One and Dispatches has become one of my favorite.

Too bad it will no longer air. What a mistake.
Dispatches was able to take my mind away to far away places I would never get a chance to see or bring stories I would never read anywhere else.


Marguerite Warner, Winnipeg, MB:

I am so sorry about the cancellation of Dispatches. Listening to the Sunday repeats is a favourite ritual in our household, one that is going to be deeply missed. Our two young adults, who sometimes catch up with a program on their ipods, are frequently moved by the journalists' stories, and we've had great family conversations about situations/issues covered on a Dispatches program....


Joan Newman, Calgary:

Rick, thank you and your team of correspondents and technicians for bringing such enlightening, in-depth reports from the many troubled areas around the world.  I can't believe that Dispatches was one of the programs cut by the CBC executive--it's the documentary programs that make CBC different from the dumbed-down morass of media.  These are sad times for Canada, and for you and your team.  My heart goes out to you.  Please know that you have made a real difference in enlightening Canadians.


Howard Krosnick, Montreal:

I happened by chance on your final show today. I have been both saddened and infuriated by the decision to cancel the series. Over the years I have learned so much about what is happening in the world, have heard voices that I would never have heard otherwise, have learned and been moved and have become a better, more informed citizen. Dispatches is what the CBC is (has been) about and the cost of shutting it down to save a few dollars has made every Canadian poorer. We are less as a country because you are off the air. 
Congratulations to each and every one of you responsible for the program. I salute you.


Alison Watt, North Vancouver:

Dear Rick and crew,

I just want to thank you for the amazing stories I have had the privilege of hearing on your program over the years.  I am so sorry that this program has been cut.  It is one of the best programs in all of CBC Radio.    Thank you for all the work that has gone into bringing us the world.  Today the world has shrunk a little (a lot) smaller for Canadians.


Jan Beattie, Indian Head SK:

It is with great sadness to have listened to the last of these very informative programs after 12 years on the air.  CBC is one of Canada's treasures and the envy of world-wide listeners. Programs like this are a feather in CBC's cap & we listeners are the better off for having been gifted with all the world news we have heard over the years.  CBC is my 'newspaper on the air' and little by little it is being chipped away at by the 'powers that be' and as a result we citizens are the poorer for it. 

Dispatches has given us a glimpse of how life really is in parts of the world we would otherwise never have heard about. Without this kind of information we will get very myopic & unaware of the blessings we have here. With cuts like this, we will become less & less aware of the happenings in our world. 

Thank you CBC for giving us Dispatches...... from now on we are the worse for the lack of the wider horizons this has brought into our lives... less aware, less humble.  We are still blessed to have CBC but today is a sad day for CBC listeners.


Thomas Knutson, Saskatoon:

I was very dismayed to hear the cancelling of one of the best programs on CBC, Dispatches.  For me, the power of the stories has, at times, compelled me to drop whatever I was doing to focus solely on what I was hearing.  The correspondants have always treated each subject with great sensitivity, and with the utmost respect to its participants, so many of whom display great courage and tenacity in the face of oppression.  Where else in Canada would we come to know such stories?


Stephanie Wells, Hornby Island, BC:

To Rick, all of you at Dispatches, and all the contributors,
I'm almost in tears listening to your final programme. Dropping Dispatches is a terrible mistake. I have worked as a journalist in southern Africa and travelled extensively in Asia and the Middle East. So many of the places and people I came to know are just not on the media agenda. Only Dispatches has paid attention to the regular people in forgotten places. I have always listened to your show, often re-listened.

I cannot thank you enough for your brilliant, touching, original and unique work. I will certainly miss you, as will many, many Canadians. I believe it's nothing short of a tragedy that Dispatches has fallen to the budget ax, what a terrible loss.


James Lithgow:

Hello Rick and crew,

Oh well, it was a good run and often enough a change is as good as a rest.   Thanks for some of the best radio ever, on par with the Golden Days of As It Happens, Gzowski et al.

I'm not sure where I'll go for international coverage from a Canadian perspective in this time of the Global Village (another great show gone).


Casey Wolf, Vancouver:

I am furious that yet another great CBC program has hit the dust I do not want to listen to endless repeats of musician interviews, however much another might enjoy these. I turn on the radio to learn something, to be moved, to be informed about my world, and that right--it seems to me a right, foolish as that may be--is being lost cut by cut. I am curbing my tongue out of respect for myself and you. That your tongues are being curbed is to me very wrong.


Beth Moyer, Lethbridge, AB:

As an inveterate CBC listener, I am so sorry that Dispatches has fallen victim to the unfortunate cuts at the CBC. I have always enjoyed listening to your programme which was able to offer so much more in-depth reporting from other countries. Having lived in Tanzania, as well as some globe-trotting, the 'dispatches' from your correspondants were so meaningful.  Maybe one day Dispatches will rise again, phoenix-like.


David Galloway, Whitehorse:

What a wonderful show...what a wonderful effort to create such a wonderful show. Thank you for your dedication and hard work. I have really appreciated it over the years....you guys are what CBC is all about. Thank you....all of you.
Love and Hugs

Hugh Logie, Medicine Hat, Alberta:

Rick and Colleagues:

I just finished listening to your final show, and when it was over and the last strains of that familiar theme faded, I confess that I broke down and wept. 

Your program has been my ever-present companion for a very long time now, and it was one of the major reasons I found it very easy to stay loyal to CBC Radio over the years.  To me, Dispatches epitomized all that was finest about the CBC and it's journalists.  Your program never failed to inform, enlighten, and challenge me.  In a world where it is sometimes hard to know what is truth, where misinformation is rampant and it seems that outright lies from politicians and others in authority are not just accepted but expected, you earned and kept my trust.

I've watched one of this country's greatest national institutions absorb round after round of attacks by short-sighted and small-minded governments.  I've seen the blows fall, some of them devastating, and yet the CBC staggers back to its feet and soldiers on regardless.  But they've lost something very important this time around, and the world just got smaller for myself and the rest of your listeners.  I was at one time simply proud to be Canadian, but of late that is tempered with three elements - humility at realizing just how lucky we are in this country, shame at the way that this current government is destroying decades of fine Canadian work worldwide, and finally, anger.  We don't get angry much in this country, it seems - but perhaps it's time we did.  Then perhaps we can shake off our complacency and get to work making a difference in this world.


Terry Chantler, Pender Island:

 Dear Rick MacInnes Rae and staff:

I'm sorry and outraged about Dispatches' cancellation, as if Canadian taxpayers can no longer afford the education on essential matters that you've provided so well for so long. Who thinks we won't continue to need that information?--only those who either don't listen to it or are devoid of empathy. Huge thanks for all the contributions you've made over the years toward helping the over-privileged understand the helpless. Without information where will compassion come from? It's frustrating to have to merely express outrage at Canada's loss of this program and at the world's consequent loss of the inestimable benefits that would otherwise have continued to arise in future years from the insights the program provides...


Yvonne A. Zarowny:

I literally wept at the beauty and sensitivity with which you did your last program.  So Canadian!  I look forward to your return once we get our world turned around, proper funding returned to the CBC, CBC producers "free" to pursue critical investigative reporting as well as Canadians telling their stories and those of others from here and there.  Meantime, I shall work my way through the archives ... and hopefully you will be returned to air before I am finished.  I know ... I dream big ... but we have to turn this world around so we will.  Meantime - you folks take good care.  I know whatever you move on to do, it will be with good taste, sensitivity ... and a sense of wry humour.  Thanks.


Elizabeth Inkster, Tlell, Haida Gwaii, BC:

Hi Rick:  Living in such an isolated place for over 40 years, CBC has informed and entertained me and my family for many years.  Sadly I have observed the decline in CBC programing, the many repeats, the end of local programming.  But to learn that CBC, in it's great wisdom, has cancelled Dispatches truly disappoints me.

Your show is informative, shocking and fascinating.  I greatly regret it's demise.  With all the misinformation out there, we really NEED programs such as yours to help us to find a connection with all the corners of the world, to feel a connection with people of varied and different backgrounds.  Surely stability and peace will only come when we have some empathy with people we will never meet, and your program drew us into a better understanding of their lives.


Jack Reef, Los Angeles:

 Rick (and everyone involved in Dispatches),

Fantastic program.  Quintessential radio journalism.
You should be very proud.
What can I do to help save Dispatches?

Maybe it can be picked up by NPR or the BBC?

Please tell me how I can help!!!!

Kati Martini, Tofino:

A huge thank you for the years of insight and access to the world. 

And my own small protest.  I have been a CBC listener for over 30 years, since I discovered the spot on the dial in our student apartment in Toronto.  Many miles and years later, I have enjoyed, learned from, and occasionally endured what CBC AM/1 has brought to air.  Weekly installments of 'Dispatches' will be missed more than I can say, and I cannot imagine the rationale for the decision to end this program. 

In-depth, insightful reporting connecting Canadians to the world -- it's been huge, and will be much missed.


Graham Punnett, Penticton:

I will always remember the haunting sound of "What It Is" coming across the room or vehicle followed by Rick's distinctive scratchy voice and his intimate intros and questions for all you correspondents around the world.
I just don't get it -- that Dispatches and Mark Kelley's Connect should be gone.  Tears drift down my cheeks. Good-bye, and you will not be forgotten.


Rob Roy, Kamloops:

What's wrong with Canada!
Listening to the last radio cast of Dispatches a few minutes ago, I was filled with frustration, anger and ultimately a sense sadness and loss.

The loss, the sense of Canadians being as interested, concerned and when possible involved in the lives of others globally.

I guess just as we were once known as peacekeepers, this to must fall as we are completely enveloped by a gelatinous morass of American style pop journalism culture. The quick headline like sound bytes attempting to coerce our sensibilities into believing that they're, as the late Jack Webb would annunciate, " just the facts m'am, just the facts. "


Wendy Cameron, 83 Mile House, BC:

Hi Rick and the Dispatches Crew:

I listened to your last program this afternoon and it left me quite sad.  I have been a regular listener over the years and you have entertained and educated me, and have brought me the world.  I don't understand why the CBC has ended your show.  I think it was one of the best on the network and I will miss you terribly.  Good luck in the future.


Rosa Quintana Lillo, Vancouver:

Today, Thursday June 21st 2012 is one of the saddest days in my 30 years of listening to CBC Radio. I am so sad to hear Dispatches come to an end. Who will bring us the world? I have learned so much about the world through Dispatches that I am afraid of what will become of me. Will I become afraid of the world for I will know so much less about it without Dispatches and all your brave reporters. I thank you for educating me and making me into a more worldly person.

I often think of Mark Twain's quote "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow mindedness".  Dispatches took me to places I would never be able to visit or know about and let me learn of other people's experiences and for that I am grateful.
Thank you for all your good work.


John Brennand, Langley, BC:

Hi Rick & Co.,

Goodbye and thanks for all the fish.

Somebody will have recognized the Douglas Adams quote... but it is you leaving us.  My schedule has meant that I have probably missed more episodes than I have listened to but I have to say that everything I DID hear was well worth my time.

As I have family connections to both Britain and Zimbabwe I have always tried to catch episodes covering those countries.  Zimbabwe is particularly terrifying these days.

The cuts to the CBC budget and the resulting programming losses are a personal bug for me (I have made sure my MP and Stephen Harper know that I am displeased), "Dispatches" and radio drama are the ones that stand out most.

Thanks for all the great radio, good luck in your next assignments.


Maki Van Dyke, Rosebud, Alberta:

Dear Rick and Dispatches Team,

Thank you for 12 years of fantastic journalism!  I'm currently listening to the last broadcast and sad to see you go.  The dispatches stories were intelligent, raw, and heart rending.  Many times I would listen to dispatches and cry out in outrage or hold back tears.  I've always appreciated the compassionate and humane treatment of horrific stories without becoming maudlin.  You are to be commended and I wish everyone on the team much success in their new endeavours.


Pauline Brunton, Cawston BC:

I was saddened to listen to the final episode of Dispatches today.  It is one program that I always stop to listen to on the radio. The subject matter is of interest no matter what part of the world it came from.  An excellent job Rick and your team.  Thumbs down to CBC for slashing it.

Bobbie Cann, Cumberland, BC:

Hello to Rick MacInnes-Rae & your wonderful team, I am so sad. My husband and I have enjoyed your show for years. It is one of our VERY favourites. I cannot tell you how shocked and disappointed we were to hear about the cancellation. It makes no sense to me. I've learned a great deal over the years because of your program. There is nothing like it, and now I wonder what you and your team will be doing, ...I will miss you. Thank YOU!


Sharon Lax, Montreal:

From what I wrote my MP:

...The program 'Dispatches' is CRITICAL to our understanding not only of the world, but to our understanding of ourselves, as Canadians, and our role in the world. This is my main concern right now. I believe that without such radio documentaries, we cannot compete with the large U.S., my other country (dual citizenship). I have worked in the US., for t.v. and radio. I can say, through experience, that alongside a mammoth country like the U.S., with the cancellation of 'Dispatches,' Canadians are losing a fundamental tool. The CBC, like the BBC, is crucial to the English speakers not only of Canada, but of the world. 'Dispatches' is the epitome of what the CBC means to Canadians here and living elsewhere."


Dan Lee, Ann Arbor, Michigan:

As an American who has access to the CBC airwaves, learning of the end of Dispatches on the opening segment of Q was very sad. We in the USA are starved for real in depth journalism with no spin. Rick Maclnnes-Rae is a great interviewer and everyone on the show did a great job. NPR doesn't have a show that comes close to Dispatches. This is a real blow to North America and the world.


Denis Salter,  McGill University, Montreal:

Dear Mr MacInnes-Rae and all the staffers: Thanks for the show: it has been a constant source of instruction and delight. I just have to (had to) hear the intro' theme song / music and I became eager in anticipation of all kinds of auditory treats.  I think it is wrong that, no matter how acute the budget cuts, that the CBC decided to cancel your show: it is, after all, a great way to engage with a conversation from around the world; us learning about them; them learning about us. This is (was) singular.  You will be missed.


Bridget Wall, Duncan BC:

Thank you, Rick, and many correspondents around the world for your illuminating Dispatches. You have brought us knowledge, compassion, horror that requires recording, humour, international events, glimpses into the lives of people whom we will never otherwise encounter ...

The vacuum resulting from your absence on CBC will affect the lives of so many Canadians and their families throughout diasporas across the world.

I am ashamed that I have never expressed my heartfelt appreciation of your Dispatches about and from my country of Zimbabwe. You, Laura Lynch, Bruce Edwards and others have informed millions about the sad current state of Zimbabwe - and you have inspired those of us in the diaspora to work harder at supporting viable projects in Zimbabwe.

I thank you for excellent journalism, a unique kaleidoscope of the world around Canada, and thought-provoking perspectives. Shame on the people who have cut a programme that relates this country to the huge world around us.

Sadly and sincerely


Michael Linehan, Sooke, BC:

I only discovered Dispatches within the last year. A WONDERFUL program. Long enough to be informative, interesting and useful. Short enough to be able to have a wide assortment of information. You've told me so much I wouldn't have known, otherwise.


Barry Bucknell, Edmonton:

I'm sorry to see the end of this program. I spent a few years in New Zealand and Australia and this show became a bit of a touchstone.  It also became clearer to me that it has been a real gift; a viewing place into the humanity of our world.


Nelson Melgar Jr, currently in London ON:

I'm going to miss Dispatches like a friend who is gone but never forgotten. Having travelled through East Africa last year I always had episodes of Dispatches on my iPod listening to it made me feel like I always had a piece of home where ever I went. I want to thank you all, your dedication to reporting is outstanding and inspirational. I will never forget all you have taught me, educated me on, and inspirited me to make a positive change in the world. Thank you for the best of CBC programming.

Sam Punnett, Toronto:

Here's to Dispatches!  Absolutely one of the finest current affairs shows on radio.

I wish they'd asked me where they could have made budget cuts.  I probably listen to more CBC radio than the programmers themselves.  Radio is the first medium in my book. This decision is a huge "fail".

Rick MacInnes-Rae is an exceptional host bringing all the best qualities of radio (IMHO) to listeners.  Dispatches has a personality I haven't found anywhere else while listening to a great range of Internet radio. The story selection and format have always been some of the most engaging listening anywhere.  I know my household is going to miss Dispatches.


Nancy Reid, New Maryland, NB:

Of all the stupid things CBC management has done lately, cancelling Dispatches has to top the list.  I will miss this superb program. Thanks for keeping me company all over the world, thanks for opening interesting windows on the world for me as well. 


Ted Nasmith, Bradford, ON:

To Rick and to all your colleagues--whether on staff at CBC, or your many correspondents out in the world--I want to express my sincere gratitude for one of the most interesting and consistently excellent radio documentary programs anywhere. The cancellation of this of all programs can only be seen as being necessary because CBC has been put in such a position of underfunding that such shocking cuts have been reluctantly deemed the lesser evil.

Still, I can't begin to get my head around the loss of such a journalistically excellent and vitally informative show, one that has been a staple of CBC1 radio for so many years. Rick, your warm, intelligent, personality  has kept me company on so many occasions when I worked late in my studio, or during its daytime slots. My partner Marian and I share a sense of grief at this latest blow to Canadian broadcasting excellence, and I know she shares my sentiments. I've since joined Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, and will do my part to oppose the slow strangulation of CBC. ...

Guy LeBlanc, Moncton:

Dear Dispatches crew,

I have traveled the world through my radio with Dispatches for may many years and you have put on a top quality show.  I am very sad to see the program get cut.

Thanks for may years of great entertainement.


Michael Rachlis, Toronto:

 Thank you for 11 wonderful years. You filled my Riverdale kitchen with the sounds of the world. I will miss your voice. All best to all of you at Dispatches but especially to Rick and Alan


Shayna Plaut, Vancouver:

 I am so sorry that Dispatches is no longer going to have a home on CBC. As someone from the states who works internationally and was involved in Chicago Public Radio's "Wordview" -- Dispatches truely did welcome me to Canada when I arrive in August 2009.

And Rick, as a person, reconfirmed my commitment to  continue  building and believing in bridges between journalism and human rights.

Last October I met Rick at a conference "Can Media Halt Human Rights Abuses" in Montreal.
I had heard his voice coming out of my radio ever since I came to Canada i -- I made sure to never miss an episode of Dispatches -- but nothing prepared me for the mountain of a man I met and interacted with over those couple of days.

It was not just his size -- although you are a very large man, Rick -- it was his passion. His unmitigated, unapologetic commitment and passion to the people who crossed his path -- not just as stories, or sources or even colleagues but as PEOPLE -- people who have stories. His passion and commitment to human rights that guided not only his online radio personality but, as I noted over the conference, also his engagement with other journalism professionals, policy makers and us, the audience.

Too often we are asked to choose between passion and politics and professionalism -- particularly within the journalistic profession -- it was such a refreshing change to see another example of how to be a solid, professional journalist and a deeply commitment and dignified man of principles.


Lee Bigelow. St. John's:


This morning I was having breakfast at Blue here in downtown St. John's, Newfoundland when I noticed Jian Ghomeshi sitting at the table across from mine. First I thought, "What's he doing in town?" Then the cancellation of Dispatches came to mind and I thought I should ask him if he would give Rick a hug of thanks for me when he next saw him kicking aroud at the CBC. As well as the hug I figured I should also write a little thank-you note.

It would say how much I would miss the show and how much I had learned about the world from it. The Lost City of Z, The Fourth Part of the World, the Burnesh of the Balkan's, and so much more. Where else am I to learn of such diverse things?

Jian and his friend looked to be having a nice meal which I didn't want to disturb so I decided to send you this email instead. Rick should still ask him for the hug though. Tell him Lee said it was important.


Rob Lofstedt, Charlottetown:


This was my favourite CBC program ever.


Susan E. Forster:

To Rick M.R and the team that has informed and entertained for many years, I say a sad farewell. CBC cuts to intelligent radio programmes breaks my heart. I lay the blame at the feet of a right-wing government that fears scrutiny of its decisions in foreign affairs and, equally, an educated public.  I see no light on the horizon. But thank you anyway.

Liz Tyrwhitt, Ottawa:

I have listened to your program almost from the start. And in recent years, I always looked forward to your program on Sunday evening!

Was always moved by the stories I heard. Was amazed with the variety of issues presented.

I am so sorry your program has been cut. This was one of the best on CBC!


Denise Campeau, Fredericton, NB:

I am disconsolate to be listening a final Dispatches.  The stories told by your correspondents have been resonant on so many levels, bringing me into other peoples' lives and spaces over these years. 

Travelling vicariously with Dispatches has always made me mindful of the privileges of being a Canadian with one eye on my homeland and the other eye cast abroad. Listening to Rick on Sunday evenings has been a powerful experience in nostalgia in me, for both travel and for home.  What a loss to CBC and the Canadians who tune in...


Ray Roddick, St.John's:

Thank you Rick and crew ...Your virtual presence has been much appreciated over the years. A warm voice of reason in an insane world has gone silent. Truly sad. Good luck and good night.


Jackie, Dundas, Ontario:

Completely stunned over the Sunday night dirty dishes to hear your last broadcast! It is outrageous that a programme of such outstanding calibre, a veritable nonpareil, should vanish. The sophomoric nonsense which has overtaken our airways in many time-slots promises very little for the intellectual reach, and cosmopolitan understanding, of future listeners. Thank you to all the producers, presenters, technicians and all involved in a programme we can all be proud to have participated in, however passively. You brought me the World, and it changed my understanding of so many things.

Jim Morkin, Calgary:

It's a sad Sunday evening for me, knowing that Dispatches is off the air.
I'm a regular and have never taken the time to thank everyone for an incredible programme.
I've learned a lot and have been moved regularly by your stories.
The story about the Argentinian prisoner returning to Argentina to testify against his torturers brought me to tears. What a shame that this "window to the world" is going to be heard again.

Valerie Johnson, Victoria:

A lump came up in my throat when I heard about the cutbacks.  Tears flowed when I heard the broadcast earlier this week and again just now.  Could we have done anything to save the show?  We should have written earlier.  This program has been very close to my heart as we have personal interest in some of the stories.  For example, my daughter was called to Haiti after the earthquake and worked there for six months.  She has also worked in Tajikistan and Romania (so far).  I assess newcomers' English and it gives me topics for conversation with my clients and makes me aware of the issues i may not want to allude to...


Ingrid Veilleux, Richmond, BC:

Dear Rick and the whole Dispatches crew,

Thank you for bringing such moving and heart-felt stories to the airwaves for so many seasons. Your show is the only one on CBC that regularly moves me to tears. You have made the world both a bigger and a smaller place for me. My world is bigger because I have been able to travel through my radio to places I may never visit and meet people in their homes. My world is smaller because these people's stories make me feel closer to them.

Lou Allison:

Congratulations on an absolutely great final show, up to the standard we have come to expect from Dispatches: th eiconic blend of soundbites, longer content and personal notes.I always particularly liked your ground-level, people-in-their-homes-and-on-the-street take on international stories. I am going to miss hearing you. I am very disppointed that an important show of your calibre is cancelled, and so much of the vapid drivel will continue to air (no names). Thank you for your interesting stories and professional delivery with good writing & good editing over the years.


Andrew Orr, Vancouver:

I just want to thank for the past 12 years. My wife Kathleen and I rarely missed a program, and of all the thoughts I could share, I choose just two.

The first is the small way that Dispatches took us back every Sunday. A dozen years ago, I was regional director for Africa for CUSO, based in Accra. We would sit down for dinner after 6:00. The sun had set, the wind had died down, the heat and humidity remained, and the relative coolness of the night had not yet arrived. The air was heavy with the stillness. As we ate, we would listen to Focus on Africa. And Kathleen would note that she could perfectly time the show the sweat trickling down the crack of her bum.

We didn't have many bum trickles listening to Dispatches, but it took us back there in spirit.

The second has to do with what your 3 correspondents had to say, and what I will miss most. Layers. Having have the great fortune to lived overseas 3 times, including twice in Africa, I appreciate the layers. There are no short stories. Things that can't possibly be connected are. And unless you spend you whole life there, you can never fathom them all. But you can only start to appreciate the richness, and also what you are missing.

Dipatches is one of the few programs that has, in a very small way, conveyed that.

Thank you


Kim Smith:

 I was so sad to hear that this week was your last episode.  I tried to catch your show whenever I could, this week 1 1/2 times.  It was my Sunday night companion to doing tedious paper work and home office cleaning.  I always enjoy hearing the "Dispatches" as it reminded me of my 3 years living and working in Saudi Arabia during the first Gulf War.

 I always meant to write in with my story of arriving back in Riyadh from my safe haven in the south just in time for the first SCUD missile attack. From the look on the Saudi 2 TV reporter's face, to the routine of hearing  air raid sirens, then listening for the Patriot missile launch and then hoping you didn't hear any other further loud crashes, to becoming involved in the "Scud Watching"- running to the high ground as soon as the air raid sirens went off to watch for the Patriot missile to take out the Scud Missile mid air and then cheer with the rest of the crowd.It was a surreal experience for sure, but small and weird compared to all the changes that have happened in the middle east since then. 

I guess that is why I enjoy listening to others' stories as well, big and dramatic or small and weird.  I will miss your show, but I guess I still l have some time to listen online which I will do.


Elliot Drobetsky Ph.D, Full Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Montreal:

Dear Rick and Crew,

I only heard about the cancellation while tuning in to the very last show. I was initially shocked, then greatly saddened. I am still speechless one day later.

Best of luck to all of you. I sincerely hope to hear one day soon that Dispatches, perhaps the greatest CBC show ever, has been revived.



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Dispatches cancelled; your comments Part 12

 Due to CBC budget cuts, Dispatches went off the air after the June 21/24 program. Here is another selection of your comments to us about that. (others below)  Add yours, (Dispatches@cbc.ca) and please tell us where you are writing from.


Brian Walsh of Carleton Place:

As a recently retired Canadian serviceman who enjoyed a full career while visiting many different parts of the world I thoroughly enjoy the many interesting and informative "pieces" on Dispatches.

Some time ago I heard that Dispatches was to be cancelled as part of the economies necessitated by CBC budget shortfalls. I just want to verify this rumor and, if it is true, voice my sincere disappointment at this decision.

In my humble opinion "Dispatches" is one of the best CBC segments that enables Canadians throughout our vast land to appreciate the many blessings we enjoy as Canadians by transporting us to many distant parts of the world and introducing their cultures, customs and daily challenges.  I hope I have been misinformed and will be able to continue enjoying Rick MacInnis-Rae and Dispatches for many more years to come.


Celia Rabinovitch, Winnipeg & San Francisco:

Dear Rick and the Dispatches Team,
You have the most hip, interesting, intellectually stimulating and entertaining program on the CBC. Your anthropological perspective is essential in the world of journalism and education.

As a university professor, I looked forward to hearing the vibrant energy and humanism conveyed by your program and always feel informed by it. I hope that the huge outpouring of comments might cause the Government and the CBC to reconsider the cuts to unique, creative, and accessible programs such as Dispatches. Thank you for providing us with great radio, ideas, and facts in a forum that is accessible and important. Your listeners will want to hear from you.


Evelyn von Almassy, President, Haida Gwaii Teachers' Association:

Hi There,

I can't tell you what my most favourite "Dispatches" story was, as there were so many.  I have always been impressed with all the information that Rick MacInnes-Rae brought to me on Sunday evenings here on Haida Gwaii, on the Pacific Northwest Coast of BC in Canada.

These stories were never reported upon by other media, and I have learned so much about the rest of the world by these stories.  I have traveled a little on this little globe, but the analysis, data and seriousness of the stories have taught me much, even about the places that I have visited.

Sometimes I took these stories into my classrooms, and they supplemented my lessons with information from other countries and perspectives.

I am very disappointed that CBC is ending "Dispatches" on CBC.  It is one of the best shows on the radio; why this show is being cancelled when there are quite a few others of lesser quality makes little sense.

Thank goodness there are pod casts on-line which will have past recordings of "Dispatches". I would like to thank Rick Mac Innes-Rae for his integrity and energy these past years. Good luck and good night!

Anne Burnell, Quebec, PQ:

PBS? Someone out there is going to appreciate your show as much as a lot of us do. You fought for a lot of great ideals - now you have to fight for you. Good luck and thank you.


Wm Hotson  St. Marys On:  

Hello Rick
Just like the cbc to shoot themselves in the foot by canceling the best program on their schedule. The show was a delight to listen every week with enlightening and so entertaining stories. I'll miss the esoteric stories the most, always an ear opening hour. As been said by others, I hope the show will continue on in some form or more. Good luck, and as a listener I will miss your voice every Thursday


Larry Turner, Calgary, AB:

Thank you Rick and the entire Dispatches team for always putting out an outstanding and informative radio program. My wife and I are faithful listeners to Dispatches through your weekly podcasts. The quality of your reporting, the interesting stories you bring to us, and your teams' efforts and abilities to provide us with an open window to events and local perspectives outside of our own community is enriching and important. I have no doubt your program has stimulated action and reaction to stories that celebrate achievement or confront injustices ... and help make us better informed Canadians and better global citizens.

I can not believe, despite CBC funding cutbacks, the CBC executive can not find a way to 'save' this important program from being cancelled. What are they thinking? There has GOT to be a way to keep this program alive. What can I do? Please let me know.


Barbara Heywood-Jones:

I am so sorry to hear that Dispatches has been cut! It has become my favorite CBC program. Dispatches informs in a way that touches our hearts and our minds.

This is one of the programs that spans the generations as it is also the favorite of my daughter who is 36 years my junior. My mother also loved the CBC which connects not only our great country but also generations of Canadians.

Thank you for the 12 years of great programing. 

With appreciation and sadness,

 Linda Carlson in Victoria BC:

I am so very disheartened about the decision to discontinue Dispatches.  As the only remaining radio broadcast that connects me to the greater world, I lament the loss...  The CBC that fuels me is certainly changing but changing such that I spend as much time listening to other stations as I do with CBC, my longstanding companion.  And given the very strange time in which we live, when our Prime Minister snubs his nose at democratic process and the world seems so topsy turvey ... well what better opportunity for Dispatches to shine the light.  So, with considerable appreciation to you Rick McInnes-Rae and all those who contributed, I just had to send a note to say how much you will be missed.  Thank you for providing one of CBC Radio's finest programs.

Onni Milne, Vancouver:

Hello. I regret the message I send now. I regret that Dispatches will end  this week. Your program offers news of what is happening around the world. We are not an island and need to be aware of what is taking place in the rest of the world.... Thank you for the entertaining, inspiring and informative programs over the past 12 years. May you and all the staff involved go on to bigger and better things. I consider this a dark day for CBC and for Canada.

 Bradley Arlt in Argentina:

I have been listening to the Dispatches for the last year after I discovered this wonderful program on podcast. I have lived in Argentina for the last 7 years, and have listened to many international news programs over the years. Dispatches is by fair the most expansive, and the most cutting edge. A true window into the world.

Frequently now I hear about the latest news item on The Current or PRI (public radio international) and think "Didn't Dispatches cover that story a few months ago?"

You have done a super awesome job with Dispatches Rick MacInnes-Rae, and I can't wait to hear your new work.

Sharon Lawrence, Vernon, B.C:

I love this program!! What can we do to keep it on the air?

Joe Green, Edmonton:

I strongly disagree with cancelling these kinds of CBC programs that have been very helpful in showing Canadians the background and details of events around the world. In depth interviews help us form solid opinions, rather than being held hostage ot "sound bytes". 

What a huge disappointment to learn that Dispatches is falling under the Stephen Harper axe. I've been a regular listener for years. I have learned many interesting things about our world.I have never run into any other venue that does anything similar to this. This is a big loss for everyone who is interested in the world beyond our door.


C. Foley:

I very much regret that Dispatches will cease broadcasting this week. An informative, enlightening programme of integrity is always appreciated and needed.

Mike Landry the conflicted humanitarian, certainly struck a chord with me as I have been having an internal dialogue on this same moral dilemna - we do have a moral responsibility for those we "save' thereby condemning them to a life of suffering, pain and fear as we walk away to return to our comfortable lives. No individual has the right to decide for another what hardship they must endure. It is worthy of an intelligent civil discussion.
Thank you, Rick.


Paul Therrien of Halifax:

Rick et al,

I regret that your last show is imminent.  I have enjoyed dispatches, listening mostly at work, or on the road for too many years to count.

The show has brought the world and it's stories - most of which would not be heard - to me, and countless others.

Fair winds and following seas, all the best, the show will be missed.

Maharukh Kootar:

Hello Mr. MacInnes-Rae,

I would like to thank you for your brilliant and inspiring programming; it's been a pleasure listening to you! As an educator, I often take your stories to the classroom. Your show was insightful and intuitive yet you remained humble and let the stories shine. I will so miss your voice, will you be doing any podcasts? Thank you again.

Laura Steiman Shofley, Chilliwack:

This has always been one of my very favorite shows. So sad the budget cuts of the Harper Conservatives have taken your gifts of education and enlightenment away from the Canadian public. Thanks so much Rick for wonderful, compassionate and insightful journalism. Bless you always..and KEEP GOING..there is a place for your kind of gifts in a more enlightened future for our country.

Marlene Henley, Woodstock, NB:

I can't believe Dispatches, one of the most interesting, objective, informative programs is being discontinued. I suffer through some of the new programming that has started during the past few years, many programs are unfortunately part of the dumbing-down of our society. No other program covers the world stories and events as does Rick McInnes Ray. His English grammar is impeccable, he is one of very few journalists on the CBC who knows the difference between speaking-with and talking-with people he interviews. I hope enough listeners will contact you to reinstate this intelligent program. 


Michel Mondou Plessisville, Québec:

Hi! I am a French Canadian from Quebec and I am extremely disappointed from the decision to cancel Dispatches. Personnally, It is the best radio program if you are not driven by ideological conservative thoughts like our dictatorial federal government. Dispatches was our open window to the world, especially for us living in rural areas. It is a shame that we cancel Dispatches and we offer hundreds of thousands of dollars to Don Cherry and company. CBC that I listen every day shouldn't deserve to be listened anymore if quality is sacrificed for ratings. I hope that our host has other plans because he is a hell of a good journalist. I will miss the show a lot and I will miss radio quality even more.


Suzanne Smith of Fonthill, Ontario:

 I was disappointed to hear about the cancellation of Dispatches.  Seems I've been listening for years now to Mr. MacInnes Rae's deep voice while making Sunday dinner.  I think that informative and provocative voice has added qualities that help me make better dinners! 

Truly, this show has taken me into subjects and areas of interest and concern that I would NEVER have discovered on my own.  The voices of people and their stories from around the world was always interesting and I am sad to see this show go.  T

hat being said, I just couldn't let the show go without saying thank you to Rick and the entire staff that put this wonderful program together.  So...thanks...we'll miss you.  And my husband will miss you too because my Sunday dinners just won't be as good.


Sue Clinton, Sydenham:

As I listened to the second last program I wondered to myself, why is this the program being cut due to budget cutbacks?  Personally, it has always been my favourite program on the CBC and I have looked forward to it for many years.  Nothing against "Q", however, it seems I could listened to it nearly every day, whether I want to or not.  Please consider, if it is still at all possible to influence the powers that be, keeping Dispatches for those of us who have learned from it, enjoyed and look forward to it, each and every week.  If my pleas go unanswered, then I bid a sad farewell to those who have worked hard over the years to provide this excellent program.  Thank you.  


Tony Allen, Saskatoon:


I discovered Dispatches only a month ago, and find it most interesting!  I am distressed to learn that the show has been cancelled.  I will be mining your archives for months to come, I hope ALL shows will be available on the website for a long time.


Christine Kraayvanger, Quesnel, B.C.

Hello Rick & all Dispatches staff:

My thanks for all the excellent radio programs over the last number of years  I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to dispatches from around the world bringing stories that informed me and created a global context not found in regular news or current affairs programming.  I feel your program was one of the best CBC Radio had to offer, and will miss it.


Paula Armstrong, Ladysmith, Québec:

Dear Crew at CBC Dispatches,

I'm so disheartened, along with many other CBC listeners, that Dispatches is to be taken off the air. I and my friends have listened tp CBC Radio for decades now--it has been our touchstone--and Dispatches is one of the most important programs of all this time.


Julie Gourley, Ottawa - Kanata:

 Dear Dispatches,

Thank you for the radio show. I have learned so much from your show. I love to travel in my armchair by reading about the everyday lives of people far away. Your radio show is an extension of this armchair hobby and has stoked my curiosity about the world. The stories you have carried are an ever-changing  mixture of inspiration, wonder, heartbreak, compassion, and fun.


Maria Nicholson, Revelstoke. British Columbia:

Dear Dispatches and CBC,

I am appalled to hear that Dispatches is slated for the chopping block...
Dispatches is intelligent and timely in our global village. What's more, it is real. Please, I urge CBC to retain Dispatches...  an investment that helps us to become better international citizens by being enlightened on many international issues that often will affect us sooner or later and may prove vital to us. In the scheme of things, it appears to me that the budget is well used for this program.
I hope that CBC decision makers will change their minds and retain Rick McInnes Rae's outstanding program: Dispatches. I don't want the CBC 'dumbed down' any further.


Bob Needham, Kamloops British Columbia:

I am disappointed by the attempts to dumb down Canadian society to fit the aims of a conservative "agenda" by undermining our ability to find out what is really happening around the world (Canada too).  It is difficult to be properly informed in our busy lives. 

Dispatches fills a need that is easy to access and informs us just by listening.  The less we know about what needs to be corrected abroad, all of which has some long term effect on Canada, the easier we are led down a path of ignorance by careless non-democratic leaders into similar circumstances here at home.  Thanks Rick, I hope as others do that you may be able to ressurect this broadcast in some form for Canada and the rest of the listening world.


Nancy Reid, Ottawa:

 I regret the CBC's termination of this program. For more than a decade I have listened and learned through the voices of journalists. How few programs enrich our understanding of each other and exercise moderation and analysis as Dispatches does. No hysteria, popularity contests or hot topics only but a wealth of thoughtful concern and comprehensive depth.  I have listened to CBC radio for 50 years and fear that shallow and short coverage is seen as the future goal.  I wince.

Mary Ritza, Sault Ste. Marie:

 I am really going to miss your show. Listening to your show connected me to the larger world that I could only imagine. Thank you for making this world real.


Steve Weller, Vancouver:

Dear Rick,

I am so sorry to hear that Dispatches has been cancelled. Your show has brought me a lot of education and a lot of enjoyment. It will be missed. I am very angry that CBC continues to suffer this death of a thousand cuts, for what are obviously ideological reasons.

How did Canada become a country where there is not enough money for our national broadcaster, for veterans, for the unemployed, but there are billions in tax breaks for corporations and billions more for warplanes that aren't even suited to our need? I don't know, but I want that other Canada, the one where we were governed and not ruled, back.


Jennifer Fletcher,: Hornby Island, BC:

Dear Dispatches,  I am so sad your show is being cancelled.  What a poor decision that is.  I am greatly disappointed in "the powers that be"

My nephew who has grown up in Paris, lived in Cambridge and travelled in Rwanda (working on a documentary film) Has been living with us (in British Columbia) for a couple of months and attending high school here.  He is shocked how little his Canadian peers know about the rest of the world, how ignorant they are of the atrocities which are taking place in Syria and else where.  He was actually discouraged by his Social Studies teacher from doing his "current event" on Syria!?  He was told his fellow students would be bored and not interested.  We encouraged him to proceed with it and he did, and managed to "bring the world" to those kids. 
He wants to be a war correspondent, a photographer, a documentary film maker  He is inspired!  He is 16.  He would have been a fabulous contributor to Dispatches in the future.

It is so important for us to hear these stories from around the world.  I hope you can find another way to bring them to the Canadian people.  Shame on you CBC.  I would choose Dispatches over any other national show on the radio.  Thank you for opening up the world to me.

Kari Medig, Nelson:

 Dear Rick and producers @ Dispatches,

Congrats on producing such a great show over the last 11 years.  It's one of my favourite shows on the CBC.  As an avid traveller, your program is the next best thing to getting on a plane and heading out on an adventure.

Barbara Bambiger, Victoria:

 I am both sad & furious to hear that Dispatches is being  "discontinued" for lack of funds.  A national disgrace!  God forbid that any of our tax money should go to  programmes that inform, educate, & stimulate us!  It does seem that  there is a strong move to keep the Canadian public passive & non-informed or ill-informed.  And this is not just the current government; I remember vividly the hostility aimed at the CBC from the Liberals too. 

To everyone involved in producing Dispatches, I wish to extend hearty appreciation.  Dispatches has informed & entertained so well, giving us a broad range of information & letting us draw our own conclusions.  Rick MacInnes-Rae is absolutely tops, & it is clear that he has had  an excellent team working with him.  Many thanks & best wishes to all of you!  I am so sorry that  more of us haven't  spoken out far more strongly to prevent these drastic cuts to CBC Radio.  Our finest national institute being flushed .... it really is a disgrace!

Lou Anne Meloche, Toronto:


Just listened to the second to last show.  I want you to know how much I've enjoyed (though sometimes 'enjoyed' is certainly not the right word) Dispatches over the years.  It has been interesting, funny, thought-provoking, sad, curious -- but most often inspiring.  You've done an amazing job and I'll miss this show.

I wish you all the best and hope to hear your voice on another equally interesting program sometime soon.Best of luck always.


Catherine Newham, Lyon, France:

Here I am listening to the second last episode of your eye-opening show via the Internet while living in France.  In fact, I first heard your broadcast online when I lived in New York, and I have continued to follow it as I moved back to and across Canada, to the US, and to Europe.

It has educated me in many important areas-- employment, dignity, human rights, education -- that can affect people in different ways depending on where they live and their background.  Some stories have been heartbreaking; some have given me hope and motivation to fight for what I feel is important.

The end of your program feels almost like the end of an era; I wish I could keep hearing these real stories, the in-depth news and documentaries, as I keep moving around.  Although CBC does have other valuable shows, I wish one of the less valuable and/or too-long lived programs were cut, and not yours.

Please keep the past episodes on your webpage so I can continue to educate myself!  And I hope to hear more of your stories somehow -- it is always a job well done.

Linda Intaschi Toronto:

Another reason to be distressed by the deterioration of the CBC -
the cancellation of Dispatches.  You are losing some of your most loyal
supporters with actions like this.  A real shame.

Cynthia Spraggs, Chester, Nova Scotia:

Of all the asinine, stupid and misguided decisions I've seen regarding the CBC, cancelling Dispatches is right up there. Did anyone ask the listeners? Did anyone really do more than one minute of thinking about this? Dispatches has insight into international affairs in a sea of mediocre and controlled programming that is second to none. Why anyone would touch one minute of it is completely beyond me.

CBC Radio is a national treasure and differentiates what it means to be Canadian! Dispatches is one of its shining stars. Leave it alone.

Rachel Charles, Burlington, ON:

I'm so disappointed that Dispatches has been cancelled. I saw a TV commercial for CBC News and thought that someone missed the point somewhere in assuming that TV news is all that matters (especially when I saw one of my favourite Dispatches contributors, Margaret Evans!). For years, Dispatches has been offering listeners relevant and interesting looks at the world outside our borders. This was what first drew me to the show: I hadn't heard or seen any other news show that consistently brought me out of what I could see with my own eyes.

I will really miss Rick and the stories he brought to the airwaves. Well done, Dispatches team. You have consistently delivered a very high quality program that engages listeners both in the news and in the process of reporting it.

All the best...I hope to hear you again on my radio. 

Carl Duivenvoorden:

Hi Rick and team.
Just wanted to send a quick note to thank you for an excellent program over the years.  I did a bit of international work early in my career, and it gave me an enduring interest in what's happening outside of this especially lucky part of the world we call Canada.  Dispatches has always offered a wonderful assortment of stories and perspectives from around the globe, and I have enjoyed listening each time I have been able to catch the show.  Thank you again for all your great efforts; I will miss Dispatches, and I lament its loss.  (I recognize that sometimes hard choices are needed, but Dispatches would have been one of the last programs I'd have chosen to drop.) 

Peter Wing, Vancouver:

We have travelled extensively both for work and recreation, and just returned from a trip to Nepal and India, educating in the field of spinal cord injury. A major link with home has been CBC podcasts; a major window on the world has been Dispatches. We were already planning to contribute so were especially devastated to hear of its termination while we were still travelling. Please reconsider this closure!


Aaron Bellamy, Cambridge Bay, Nunavut:

Hi Rick,

I was very disappointed to hear about the cancellation of Dispatches. It has been my favourite show for the past few years by providing a window into international stories, people and events. Particularly during the past two years when I have been teaching in Nunavut and sometimes feeling a little isolated from the rest of the world. Your show has been a powerful reminder that there are important stories happening beyond our borders that are worth paying attention to. In short, there is more to life than beer and hockey. I sincerely hope that this is not the end of Dispatches and that we will hear your voice again.



Darlene Sands of Oshawa, ON:

I was so saddened to find out that your program has been scheduled for cancellation in June! Is there any way to prod cbc into changing their minds? I so enjoyed the dispatch from Lori C. on the Bomberito's of Peru's Andes Mountains. I admire Quincy Perkins attempts to find them and document their stories. Lori's account was sad, thrilling, haunting and uplifting.
I also want to know how the story of the authentic bomberitos they met continued. It must have been quite sad to be prevented from saying goodbye to them by landslides but you know that they were there at the other side doing their jobs helping stranded motorists as best they could. God Bless the "little firemen"!

John Kozub, Zurich, Switzerland:

 I am very disappointed to hear that Dispatches will be cancelled.


Jeff Campbell, Kingston, Ontario:

I find I am at a loss. I don't think I have heard any other radio program that I have enjoyed as much as Dispatches. Every segment of every program is a delight and I find myself in despair that your have been canceled. Seldom has such an injustice been perpetrated on fans of a radio program I continue with the hope that something will change the mind of the powers that have made this decision. If it doesn't, I wish all the staff of Dispatches a big thanks and hope for the best for you all in the future. Take care


Diana Sharpe, Panama City, Panama:

I'm a long-time listener and fan of Dispatches, and was shocked and saddened to hear of the show's cancellation due to the recent budget cut-backs.  I think this is one of the most thoughtful, well-researched and interesting programs on CBC radio, and your podcasts have kept me entertained, inspired and informed both at home (Toronto, Montreal) and abroad (Uganda, Panama) over the years.  This will be a real loss to CBC, and to Canadians.

I have been out of the country and just learned the bad news this morning.  My feelings are similar to those well-expressed on the web site.

Jim Bodie, Sherwood Park, AB:

Has anyone considered resurrecting Dispatches as a paid subscription service - so much an episode, all episodes for so much?  Maybe there are several different scenarios that could be considered.  The prospect of my having my window on the world closed for financial reasons makes me nervous, not knowing what might be going on elsewhere and how it might affect me in the future.  Mark me down as one who would pay for the service, depending on price of course (I'm not a rich man).  How many people would be needed, at, say 99 cents per episode, to make Dispatches viable as a not-for-profit enterprise?

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Dispatches Cancelled: Your Comments Part Eleven

Due to CBC budget cuts, Dispatches will go off the air after the June 21/24 program. Here is another selection of your comments to us about that. (others below)  Add yours, (Dispatches@cbc.ca) and please tell us where you are writing from.


Mary Rathbone, Nelson, BC

Hi Rick
I always listened to your show with anticipation, and thought you had one of the best jobs in the world. Dispatches brought Canadians investigative journalism set in exotic locales, a current events version of National Geographic. I hope the show is ressurected in some other form.


Grace Chu, New York, NY:

The CBC Dispatches podcast has been my favourite companion for long runs. Despite efforts to restrain myself, I can't help occasional bursts into tears or laughter as I run along, listening to your programme. When I get home, I always have a long list of "did you knows" for my husband, telling him all the fascinating things I had just heard. You expanded my view of the world, and I don't know where I'll turn to fill that void.

Rev. David Morton, Associate Pastor, East Kootenay Lutheran Parish:  

Dear Rick and Dispatches team,

...Oh dear, words cannot express enough my frustration and anger towards those who would decide to cancel a show which keeps us so well informed about our world.... The saddest part about "Dispatches" cancellation is that it is not a "show" being cancelled, rather it is voices from around the world, who in some cases have no other means of sharing their story, who are being silenced....While budget cuts are inevitable, silencing the voice of the marginalized is never right.

A pastor in the Lutheran Church-Canada, by calling, I truly enjoy listening to your program in the evening on my way home to Cranbrook, BC as I wend my way through the highways of the East Kootenay from a day of multiple services in the Elk River and Columbia River Valleys.  I and indeed our five-point parish will miss your show as it was often out of issues presented on your program that aided us in weekly praying for peoples and places throughout the world and even initiating and pursuing mission related projects  based on your information.   Thank you so much for informing us of our world.  And Rick, whatever you do in the future, I hope the voices shared with the world from your show like "Dispatches" can be resurrected from the imposed silence to allow the voices of our struggling world to declaim once again!

God bless


Tonia Tam:

Ever since I have come to Canada (20 years ago) CBC has played an important part in helping me create a new home and in forming my  Canadian identity. Part of this Canadian identity is a connection to the larger global community. Dispatches has done a tremendous job of making -frequently- local issues on the global level important to everyone of us. Thank you & please let me know what I can do to have this show continued. 
Thank you,

Anne Leys,  Drury, New Zealand:

Thank you to all of you for your wonderful programme.  We are both (my husband and I both listen to Dispatches) sorry that it is going and shall miss Dispatches each week.  You consistently had interesting stories and ideas.  We wish you all well in the future.

Loretta Jensen:

Dear Rick and the Dispatches Team,

I am disgusted at the myopic view that inspired such deep cuts to the CBC budget.  That those cuts subsequently caused the cancellation of such a splendid programme is even worse!  I remember that when I was in university one of my professors commented on the rich education one could get by listening to CBC Radio.  It struck me that CBC Radio was, then, a sort of equalizer between those who had sufficient financial means to attend university and those who did not.  It is a tragedy that that our public education will grow a bit leaner without the balance of global documentaries.  We, Canadians, are a diverse lot with interests beyond our own political boundaries; Dispatches gave room for us to explore other perspectives, learn about our neighbours and understand them and ourselves better.  I am truly sorry to see you go and I hope that one day the error in cancelling Dispatches will be realized and corrected.


Josy Guedj, Sherbrooke, PQ:

First I want to apologize for the poor quality of my English, French being my mother tongue.   I am quite saddened by the sudden cancellation of what I consider one of the flagships of the CBC....  I believe Rick MacInnes-Rae is the finnest host and journalist in Canada; I think is on par with my all-time favorite Jeremy Bowen from the BBC.  You will be missed, Sir, but not forgotten.  I hope that one day I will tune in to the CBC to discover you are back with "Dispatches Reloaded X-Treme".   But, in the mean time, I wish you nothing but the very best in you future projects.  Thank you for your outstanding commitment to journalism and on a broader stand to canadian public life. 

Stephanie in Calgary:

Dear Rick,

You have been my twice weekly companion now since Dispatches started.  I'm so sorry that the show won't continue.  I've  written my emails about this to the CBC in general, but we all know it  doesn't matter, it seems, how popular or good a programme is, it goes  anyway.

It seems my life as a Canadian gets smaller and smaller through the  CBC, and I find I listen to BBC and AlJazeera more now, just to get  the kind of material you and all our correspondents have provided us  all these years.

I shall miss your lovely voice.

Steve Andrews, Fergus Falls, Minnesota :

I've enjoyed Dispatches for the durationDispatches and the CBC programs of its ilk have impressed me with the perception and intelligence of the Canadians, unfortunately those traits do not extend to Ottawa.
Thank you for enlightening me


Jenn Baker, Vancouver:

I can't believe this is true. I love this show. Thank you so much for making me feel connected to the whole world in an intimate way. I often listened to the podcasts while working late nights during graduate school. You have done such an amazing job, and will be sincerely missed. What can we do about this??


 Kirsten Jensen, Regina:

...I recently moved back to Saskatchewan after having lived abroad for many years. I have been having a really hard time getting used to my new life back in Canada and feeling very far from all the excitement of the world. Dispatches has helped me feel tied to what is going on in the rest of the world and stay informed and up to date which is making this transition so much easier. I am really going to miss listening to you every week and am not looking forward to trying to find an alternative.
Your program is so informative and really gets to the roots of some of the issues going on globally. My husband has even used quotes from the program for his research papers. You will be missed and though I know you are getting a lot of mail with this same message, I wanted to add my voice to the mix.

Kiran (12) Matthew (14) Prasad and Margaret:

We are shocked and dismayed at the cancellation of your excellent show.

Thank you to all of you at Dispatches, we will miss you 'Bringing Us the
World" through your voices and words.


Thomas Teuwen, Sidney, BC:

Cutting dispatches is so sad. This government is gutting the Canada we love and is eliminating any source of intelligence that might allow us to understand what the are trying to do to us. Dispatches is one of these sources of information that enlightens us to be more effective and discerning citizens of this county. Dispatches helps us learn about tyranny all around the world and it threatens the current government because we can see the parallels. Please do whatever you can to keep this program on the air. The country needs the CBC. Especially radio!!!!

Judy Brohman, Campbellford, Ontario:

Dear Rick, 

I was soo saddened and diappointed to hear that d ispatches is getting cut. It is one of my favouite shows. It is so informative and filled with excellent material about international affairs. Intellectually stimulating and  sensitive to the issues of the world. Why are they cutting one of the best shows.  To keep it on I would rather they find some sponsors to keep the show running. We need to be knowledgeable about the issues and people in the world around us. Great job Rick. So sorry. CBC PLEASE RECONSIDER this terrible mistake to cancel this excellent show.  

Alexander Daughtry, Vancouver:

Dispatches is the finest journalism in Canada. The cancellation is crass, part of the decline to the lowest common denominator.


Eduardo Soares, Nova Lima, Brazil:

.I am not only sorry, but also angry. It is a real shame for CBC, and for Canada, the country that once was a model to be followed by the world. I wonder if the conservative agenda, which does not hesitate in spending billions of dollars with fight-jets and new prisons, is behind all this cultural retrocedence. I know by experience that uninformed people is much easier to dominate than those who know better how the world works. Unfortunately, by mentioning experience I am talking about my own country, Brazil, which is, today, much worse than Canada; we do not have anything close to CBC here and that is why I really appreciate your broadcast. Nevertheless, Brazil is surprisingly improving little by little. Meanwhile, Canada is taking the opposite direction.

My general impression is that it is not only Dispatches that will be cut. Some programs, if they are not all cut, they have been loosing many of their resources. Ideas, for example, had a very generous podcasting programs, but now it is often out of date. The same is happening with Tapestry, which is using past programs many times. I do not know what is going on, I feel like economic purposes are overcoming philosophical, educational and cultural issues.

Eve Schnitzer, Ottawa:

Dear Rick,

I am extremely upset about the decision to cut both Dispatches and Connect. Dispatches in particular is the most valuable show on CBC radio, on a network generally lacking in international coverage.  Since I teach Spanish at university, I am especially interested in the large number of excellent reports from Latin America (and at one time, Spain as well) and for years now I have been directing students to your archives so that they familiarize themselves with issues otherwise not covered in Canada.
Actually, I was about to write you and say we should have a separate Dispatches Americas, that the mandate of the show should be expanded, when the axe came down.  I guess I must be out of sync with the current Canadian tendency to know less and less about the world. Certainly most Canadians are not much aware of the continent we live on, and I think that is a shame as well as potentially problematic, as demonstrated by our PM´s performance at the latest Summit of the Americas.
Once Dispatches and Connect are gone, I will be spending much more time on newspaper and television sites from Spain and Britain for my news and documentary reports, and much less with the CBC. I don´t know how Canada can live here if Canada knows less and less about what´s around it. It really is a shame.
Thank you for all the fascinating hours.

M.J. Winkler-Callighen, London:

Dispatches is an excellent programme, and I am very sorry to hear that it will not be renewed. Thanks very much for all the episodes, illuminating, moving, powerful and always informative. My best wishes to all involved, and especially to Rick.

Carmeta Abbott, Waterloo, Ont:

I am dismayed that Dispatches is being discontinued. It is one of the few programs we made sure we hear each week. The news on Dispatches is told nowhere else. All day long CBC repeats the same news as all other media outlets; only Dispatches gives us such great stories from more obscure locations, and it is often good news stories! Thanks for all the good stories!

Mary Ellen Chown, Oakville:

As a 'friend of the CBC', I am so disappointed that Dispatches has been cut due to the Harper government's funding cuts to CBC. I have so enjoyed Dispatches and its window on global issues. It will be missed. Congratulations to all involved in its production for excellent journalism!


Written by Jen Buck, Port moody to James Moore, MP:

Dear Mr Moore,

I am a life-long CBC listener. In fact, you won't find any other station programmed into my radio. CBC has been my lifeline when living in isolated and remote Arctic villages, and podcasts and streaming saw me through my times in Africa and in Siberia.

In particular, lately I have enjoyed listening regularly to Dispatches. As a Canadian that has worked in humanitarian medical aid in Africa, works with refugee and is interested in the human side of world events, Dispatches for me is a unique and special look at world politics from the Canadian perspective.

What a shame to rob Canadians and the world from increasing our understanding of events around the world and of Canada's role in them. It seems like just another part of your government's slow and methodical counterenlightenment of Canadians.

Please reconsider cutting such important programs..... as a Port Moody voter, I vote for the CBC!

Adrian Baker of Appleton, Ontario:

I'm very distressed to hear that 'Dispatches' is being cancelled. In my opinion, this is one of the most interesting, intelligent, and important programs that CBC, or any English-speaking radio station offers. There are numerous other mildly entertaining but not very crucial programs that could be axed, why Dispatches? It's programs like Dispatches that make me proud of our national broadcaster. Can this decision not be reversed? What can we do - hold a vote? Start a petition? Write our MP's?
Thanks you Mr. M-R and team for your enlightening dispatches thus far. Here's hoping there will be more in the future.

Julian Grey, Toronto:

Dear Dispatches,

Thank you for years of engaging missives from every corner of the  planet. A giant hole has opened in the tattered fabric of CBC radio:   trying so desperately to catch the "youth" demographic, it sacrifices  an internationally respected shows and holds onto programs no "youth"  I know would be caught dead listening to even if they listened to the  radio in the first place..  The myopic, short term thinking of CBC 
management  remains annually a total head-shaker. Long drives became a perfect place to enjoy Dispatches without  distraction, and I have looked forward to every jog and long walk,  where I return home having learned more about the world in one episode as an afternoon spent poring through the New York Times.

Let's hope this show can shift to another platform.

Ryan Najbor, Kingston:

Dear Dispatches,

My partner and I are very sad that Dispatches is being cut. I'm still dissappointed with the programming changes that resulted from the last round of CBC cuts. My partner feels that even with-in the CBC programming, Dispatches is definately a show that should be preserved...Mr. MacInnes-Rae (and the dispatches staff) sets himself appart from many of the CBC news / morning hosts as they seemingly come to an interview with complete naivety. Interviews on Dispatches are consistently well researched and sound thoughtfully prepared. Mr. MacInnes-Rae's comments add depth and historical context, and consistently provide a more meaningful coverage of events than many CBC news / variety show hosts. Because it's more that just "bringing you the world," Dispatches presents its content in an informed context that shows an event in the larger historical context.


Richard E.Hamilton, Toronto:

Dear Rick:

I was very sorry to hear that Dispatches has been dispatched. 

I have been a dedicated listener, often twice a week, since the program began in 2001.  It seems the politicians and to some extent CBC management, are bent on making programing so much like the commercial competition that eventually terminating it will be an obvious choice.

Best wishes for whatever you do next.


Lisa Mallin, Ottawa, Ont:

Dear Rick and Dispatches team:

Thank you so much for producing a fantastic show over the years and bringing a glimpse of the world to our Canadian homes and hearts. I was very sad to hear that your show will be cancelled and that we will be missing out on hearing the voices of so many who want to be heard. As someone who grew up discussing international affairs over the dinner table, your show has been a window for gaining insight into the world around us. Your show will truly be missed.

Joan Michel, Parksville, BC:

So sad to see the end of your show.  Thank you for what you have done.  Commentary on international news is at the heart of what I care about when listening to CBC radio.  Joe Schlesinger is a Canadian hero of mine, and Dispatches continued in the great tradition.  So sad.

Suzanne Vallieres, Vancouver:

I have enjoyed this program so very much and I am so disappointed that it will be discontinued. It is so disheartening . Our country is so connected with CBC and over so many years I have observed the decline in programming for the listeners. I feel CBC has the best reporters and journalists. This program has interesting topics about the world and your perspective is what I want to hear. I am grateful for hearing your program and deeply regret that budget concerns hit our enjoyment and connections.

Sincerely, an avid CBC fan.

Derek Breen, Vancouver:

I am floored that CBC is cutting Dispatches, one of the most distinctive shows on CBC radio.  There really is nothing else like it.  The range of stories and diversity of subjects in unmatched.  Just last week I tune in to hear an excellent report about IDPs in Yemen!  When else is this nation discussed in such on-the-ground detail?
There are so many other shows of the host - interview format, like Queue, the House, all the morning and afternoon shows.  Why eliminate one of your best shows, with an original and distinctive format.  It really highlights the best of CBC programming and elminating it is baffling.  I urge you to reconsider its cancellation.


Laura Madokoro, Ottawa:


I am an avid listener of Dispatches and am consistently impressed by the quality of the journalism and the thoughtfulness of the stories you produce. Yesterday, I happened to be in a taxi driven by an immigrant to Canada at the time your show was being aired. When the show began he turned up the volume and asked if I would mind listening. Of course I was thrilled that he shared my love of your work and we both listened with rapt fascination to your account of a Mexican journalist who had to flee from his homeland and now works in Canada.

I don't know if there is a way that the announced cancellation of your show can be stopped but if there is, I would very much like to know if there is anything I can do. I believe that Dispatches is too good and too important not to continue.


Ron Charles, Abbotsford, BC:

This is to express my profound disappointment at the cancellation of the radio program ' Dispatches'. I have listened to an enjoyed this program for quite some time.  Apart from being highly impressed by the quality of the reportage, I found the reports to be most informative as they tended to explore behind the scenes stories that were all but ignored elsewhere in the media. I will miss this program and its very knowledgeable host. 

Anna Anderson, Greermount, Quebec:

Dear Rick and the Dispatches team,

It is beyond belief that Dispatches was chosen for elimination... It is wrong to think that we only crave light distraction from our radios. The CBC surely underestimates its audience. I think it makes a terrible mistake in abandoning its mission to encourage debate, to expand horizons, to "bring us the world".... There are plenty of other radio stations that do not bring us a global reach.  Cut the frivolous. Cut the tedious.  But DO NOT take away our most important reason for turning on CBC.   How we will miss you.  Thank you for your years of hard work, success and enrichment of our lives.


Edith Katz, Montreal:

As a regular listener to CBC Radio, I make it a point to listen to Dispatches for information and observations that are not available from other sources. It is essential listening for those interested in current affairs. These focused reports  and interviews give listeners an opportunity to hear from those directly involved in issues and events important to all Canadians as global citizens.
The decision to cancel this program is a travesty of public broadcasting. It is inexcusable for a public broadcaster to cancel an original program with a large and diverse audience that presents materials of national and international interest.


Kate Hall, Creston, BC:

Dispatches has become one of my very favourite radio programs and as we long ago chose not to have TV in our home, that is saying a lot. It has allowed us a view of the world that is very hard, if not impossible to get in N.America. It covers not only political areas in more depth but also brings us closer to the people involved in those stories.
I resent very much that your program has been cut and it reminds me very much of Bertrand Russel's admonition to not seek to stop people from thinking as we will success. Cutting Dispatches in yet another way to reduce our stimulus to think.
Thank you for all you have done in the past. Here's hoping we get to hear you again soon.


Rebecca O'Brien, Calgary writes to the minister:

Dear Minister Moore,

Making dinner a few evenings ago, I was doing what I love to do as I cook- which is listen to CBC radio, and the strange thing is, I started to cry. On that particular evening I was listening to Dispatches. There are a few programs that I find indispensable in terms of information, and Dispatches is one of these. Have you ever listened to it?  It is a remarkable program, with journalists on the ground in countries that few of us get any real insight into, and they cover stories that are incredible human and relevant to current global issues.
And it is being cut, because of budget cuts imposed on the CBC by your government. The same government that can'T quite explain where $10 billion went in funding F 35s.
The irony is, it is programs like Dispatches that provide information to Canadians on why and where F 35s are being used.
But then again, information is not something that the Harper government is anxious to make available.
I know that the Harper time in government is limited. That is a light at the end of a tunnel for millions of Canadians. Unfortunately, it is a cold comfort right now as the Conservatives plow ahead, intent on destroying so much of what is amazing about Canada.

Shirley Connor, Vancouver:

Hello Dispatches
I am really annoyed at the way things are going with our wonderful cbc radio and I will miss Dispatches if it really does go off the air.
In 1963 I came to live in Canada from UK with my family.  CBC radio was my daily companion, my education and delight every day.  In recent years I have been switching off my radio because of the more recent programs which do not really fit cbc in my opinion; some of them quite ridiculous.
I wish you well and hope very much that public opinion will make a difference.

Richard Tomkins, Ottawa:

 I will truly miss Dispatches.  Out of all the important radio shows I listen to, this is the most important.


Arun Mukherjee, Toronto:

Hello Rick:

I have listened to Dispatches for many years, and frankly, it was the only programme which brought me the world (the other stuff seems so insular and UScentric).  I am very sad that dispatches is being taken off the air, making me yet more alienated from the CBC.


Carol and Allan McDermott, Sutton West, Town of Georgina, York County, Ont:

Allan and I are greatly dismayed to hear that the CBC has plans to end Dispatches in the new future. We are both in our 80's but that doesn't mean we are uninterested in news of the world.
We have enjoyed and laughed and cried for many years over the stories Rick told us about life and events and people the world over. He opened up for us a view of the world that was beyond the bare reporting of news events. Not that other CBC reporters contributed less to that window, but just that Rick has a straight to- the-heart kind of intimate and emotional connection with his subjects. We can't understand how the CBC could even contemplate closing down Dispatches. 


Brent Henry, Quadra Island:


I just returned form travel, over my spring break, to discover that Dispatches will no longer be. I am so addened by this myopic budget decision. Dispatches has allowed me to vicariously travel around our complex world when I have been unable to do so by other means. Through you I have revisited places of past travel and learned their present states. You often take us to locations where main stream media seldom visits. This is important and vibrant reportage. You and your show will be missed.

Felicity  Don, Vancouver:

Please tell me the administration of CBC has changed it's mind about axing the wonderful, intelligent, well researched, exciting & intructive show called Dispatches. Dispatches is an example of the best that CBC has to offer .

I have been listening to CBC radio since I was 8 years old. I consider myself to be educated in current affairs, thanks to CBC, although it is going downhill, with it's endless interviews with musicians. zzzz. Are we going to be allowed to keep enjoying & learning from Dispatches?

Evan Smith, Hamilton Wentworth DSB:

I am very sorry to hear that the show has been cancelled.

I am a teacher of an integrated 3-credit social justice program for grade 12 students, and I direct my students to listen to/ download certain podcasts for homework. Will podcasts still be available in archives after June?


Loree Clark, Calgary:

I'm adding my humble drop of water to the tsunami of protest against the decision to cancel "Dispatches".  Now how will I learn about the plight of my fellow humans in countries whose names I can barely pronounce?  Your show has been a beacon of knowledge and, often, hope for a lot of Canadians, like me, who wouldn't otherwise be exposed to the fascinating and often heart-wrenching lives of people on the other side of the planet. 

Key to the success of Dispatches has been Rick MacInnes-Rae, with his mellifluous voice, intelligent questions and reassuring ways.  Haven't we been listening to and watching Rick on CBC forever?  I hope he, and what must be a fabulous crew, will resurface  in another format.
How can the CBC cancel Dispatches when it means so much to so many of us?  I will offer up The Debaters and Laugh out Loud as two examples of shows whose cancellations would be much more appropriate.

Please know how much we appreciate your hard work and integrity - all of you - and how much we will miss your stellar show.  Good luck to each of you!

Christina Zaenker, Kamloops, BC:

Dear Dispatches- everyone who creates and produces this amazing show,
Please don't go....

You are our (and my) lifeline to the rest of the world. You bring the real issues to us: stories from remote regions and resilient reporters who brave all kinds of weather, wars and wanderings in order to educate and inform us in Canada, and those fortunate Dispatches listeners who live around the world.

I did an undergraduate degree in Anthropology and Comparative Development so I crave learning about other cultures.  I love hearing about what is going right, as well as wrong, in other parts of the world because I care and I know that others around the world care too... Your show inspires us to ask more questions, to care more, and it truly elevates our understanding of what it means to be a global citizen.  Out of all the shows on CBC, I truly believe yours is the most compassionate, insightful, inspiring, and educational....  I can't believe I won't be able to spend a precious hour of every week, every calm and precious Sunday, immersed in your stories, tales that often bring me to tears, reminding me both how fortunate I am to live here in Canada, and fortunate to be able to listen to voices from around the world, making me feel at one with the people and the issues.

(With similar sentiments expressed by my boyfriend, many friends, and my family members too.  We love your show.)


Kristian Strickland, Moncton NB:

Dear Dispatches,

Loooong time listener, first time writer.

I'm really saddened to hear of your cancellation (Dispatches is being dispatched). I listen to CBC Radio One almost exclusively, and podcasting has allowed me to not miss a single episode of any of the shows I follow, from "As It Happens" to "Wiretap".
The unforseen side effect of these podcasts, however, is that there are no reasons for missing any episodes, and I just can't keep up with everything that I want to listen to. I'm regularly required to evaluate what shows to keep and what shows to let go, otherwise I'd be months behind in my listening.

I just wanted you to know that "Dispatches" is a show that I've never once considered dropping. Thank you for all the great stories over the years...

Justin Philippi, Ottawa:

I have been a fan and devoted listener of your show for many years, including while I traveled though Africa.   Your stories reports and documentaries  kept me connected to a wider world while I worked away in a small corner.

I was shocked, dismayed, and troubled when I heard that Dispatches was being cancelled as a result of the budget cuts.  Your show provided a distinct and otherwise missing perspective on the world, delving deeper than  the headline and talking with the people on the ground living through tragedy, celebrating joys and improving lives.

As the final show draws near, I like many of your listeners are dreading the void that will be left at the end of this season.  Have you considered what you will undertake next.  Is there any chance of moving the show to another network and continuing your work?

I also wish to ask, again as I seek to fill the void, what your suggestions for another source of in depth documentary journalism may be.  I subscribe to From Our Own Correspondent, but find it still leaves a gap.

I look forward for a long time to relistening to past podcasts I have downloaded.

Your devoted fan,

Gillian Butler, Nanaimo BC:

Very, very disappointed that Dispatches is slated to be cancelled.  informal poll among friends rated Dispatches as everyone's favourite!


Leslie Ayre-Jaschke, Peace River:

I'm so angry to hear (late, obviously) that Dispatches is being cut. The stories are so amazingly interesting and bring Canadians to many parts of the world we wouldn't normally even think about, let alone become engaged with, even for a short while.

Each time I tune into the program, I think I couldn't possibly be interested in [insert story] and then find myself increasingly drawn in. These short documentaries are always so well done. I will miss the wisdom, insightful journalism, and Rick's great voice very much...

Susan Brandum, Smiths Falls:

Dear Rick and Dispatches crew;

I just listened to yet another fabulous edition of your show. Dispatches is stellar radio. I am gobsmacked by the cuts to knowledge and understanding that are so rampant right now, by the Conservative gov't and consequently by the CBC.

I can only hope that you may find some way to have a collaboration of public broadcasters support your show, and find some way to keep it going. It is exceptional, unique and gives me an insight into the rest of the world in one short hour that I would never find in the dramatic headlines, or without many hours searching the web, if at all.

In hope.


Carolyn Bovi,  piano teacher, Bolton-Est QC:

Rick and all,

I have often had the goose bumps, as Mark Knopfler's great music comes over the waves, full of gratitude for the life I have here in Canada, as your show has so quintessentially reflected the best of what an open-minded, open heart can be. You have brought us stories that are found nowhere else, incomparable broadcasting. You have given us a way to know more about the world in such a great spirit of humanism. I'm very sad, and disappointed, that Harper has caused this loss, and that CBC brass chose their very best show to cut. It's unfathomable really. I wish you all the best, and I hope you will find another platform to continue this important work.


Leonard Gilday, Bowen Island BC:

Dear Dispatches team:

I am sad to hear you are gone. For many years I have been a faithful and appreciative listener. You, and all your contributors, have brought me stories that have kept me in touch with the world we all share. Thank you so much.

It makes me sad to learn that that the CBC is no longer prepared to defend the programming Dispatches has presented so excellently. You have ben absolutely the best!

I wish you all good fortune in your future adventures.



Ernest Carson, Kamloops, BC:

I am a long time CBC radio listener and was truly shocked when I heard that Dispatches is being taken off the air due to budget cuts.  When looking at programs to cut, it is so hard to imagine that Dispatches and the correspondents around the world would even be considered to be cut!  It is one of the best programs on the air (or TV) and it provides Canadians with such a broad perspective on world affairs directly from the source.  Canadians gain their knowledge of the world and its peoples through programs like Dispatches.  and high praise anf kudos to the host, Rick.  What a top notch host and interviewer!!  

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Dispatches cancelled. Your comments, Part Ten

Due to CBC budget cuts, Dispatches will go off the air in June. Here is another selection of your comments to us about that. (others below)  Add yours, (Dispatches@cbc.ca) and please tell us where you are writing from.


Jennifer Kelly:

I often preface my lunch-table comments with "I was listening to Dispatches last night, and did you know ...." Usually a lively discussion ensues. There goes any hope of meaningful conversation now .. I am now doomed to listening to the mindless tapping of my table mates texting ...


Linda Paquette, Winnipeg:

I was so disappointed to hear that Dispatches was a victim of cutbacks to CBC.  It was always interesting and enlightening to listen to.  One 'dispatch' that stands out for me is the one about the radio station for kidnap victims and their families in Columbia.  For the victim deep in the forest, that  station 'brought them their world'.   Rick, you and your staff should be very proud of what you accomplished and I hope that, in better times, you can introduce us to people and places, attitudes and achievements, again.  Your show will be missed.


Mel Bradshaw, Toronto:

Dispatches is informative and intelligent. It also manages to be both hard-hitting and humane in its presentation of troubling stories. It delivers important messages with a minimum of ego, without posturing, without attitude. One never gets the impression from Dispatches that the broadcaster considers the teller more important than the tale.

Phyo Aye:

Dear Rick and Dispatches team,

I was absolutely shocked and disheartened when I found out today that Dispatches is the casualty of the recent funding cuts... Dispatches has taught me so many things  about people's lives and events from all corners of the world. I used to listen to it during dinner times when I used to live on my own in Canada.

Even though I now live temporarily in the UK, I still listen to it on podcast. I am originally from Burma and when I hear some stories about my country on Dispatches, I know that other listeners of your program are getting to know a little bit about it and I am always grateful for your coverage.

Thank you for all your great work in the past years. Your voice will surely be missed.

Bradley Kennedy, Winnipeg:

Like many other loyal listeners to your show, I was appalled to hear about Dispatches being cancelled.    It is absolutely disgraceful that one of the most informative shows on the CBC lineup is getting cut.   For many years Dispatches has done an excellent job of keeping Canadians informed about the important issues and current events from around the world.  Thanks for all the great work!


Louise Walters, North Vancouver:

I am disappointed and saddened to hear that Dispatches will no longer be on the CBC Radio. We have so few opportunities to hear about what is going on on the more intimate levels in other countires, this is a shame. Where else can a person in Canada hear about the ordinary lives on people in far away places such as Liberia, Uganda, Borneo just to name a few?

We live in a priviledged and insulated society and programs such as Dispatches makes us remember how fortunate we are to live in Canada. Very few of us will ever travel to these destinations.

I learned about the Chinese immigration to Italy, the impossible inhumanity of man during the Liberian civil war, German streets named after people who committed colonial atrocities in Africa, the plight of the fisher folk in Sri Lanka, Buddhist protest suicide by fire, etc. etc. etc.

Although I often listen casually to CBC radio, I looked forward to Dispatches each week and it is actually the only program I turned my radio on by the schedule.

Barbara Bradford, Vancouver, BC:

...This is one of the most touching, intelligent and informative programs on CBC.  I have no idea why THIS, of all programs, had to go.  I am maintaining hope that this decision will be changed, and that Rick M-R will continue to offer listeners an incredible glimpse of the world around us.

J McConnell, Lockeport, NS:

 I'm well into my 7th, decade but the way I can best express my feelings is to say that the decision to cancell Dispatches totally sucks!

It seems that each time cuts come to CBC, a favourite show goes.So I feel almost guilty for being 'older' but there's not much I can do about the passage of time.. It seems my reward for being a constant CBC Radio listener for close to 50 years is to see my favourite shows pass away before I do. I don' t suppose asking the listeners' opinions was/is an option, but it would be nice!  sort of democratic, audience option, that sort of thing! This cancellation is a further 'dumbing down the CBC...


Bo Turpin:

It's weird, I can't remember a time feeling more outraged or saddened by any news coming from a government agency outside of an audit!
It's reprehensible that the bean counters, in my very own city nonetheless, have elected to cancel a show that so mimics the fabric of our collective Canadian-ness and overlooks other shows that have nothing to do with anything other than sports or when to grow your favorite potted plant.
Simply asinine!
For you Rick, I'd be happy to advocate for your show through my local MP. Failing its success, will you be looking at another similar life online; I hear YouTube pays very well? Your legions await your direction!


Thom Hounsell, Toronto:

... I would happily make a small donation to this and many other CBC shows.  I already support a few NPR shows as it is.  I'm sure I can't be alone in wanting to donate.  CBC would be better off to start canvassing their current fan base for donations while there are still shows worth supporting.

Mary Daniels.  Seattle, WA, USA:

Vanitas vanitatum!  But surely that wisdom tradition cannot hold for "Dispatches," I weep (and, alas, feel powerless to protest, given the dominant ways of power, marketing greed, and too much fear combined with ignorance). 

My only temporary consolation is that today is April 14 and June is some weeks away, sigh.  Although a latecomer listener--I discovered your show only last year via my NPR station KUOW2 in Seattle, WA, airing on Saturday mornings--I thank you for making this weekly hour with your diverse and talented producers and contributors truly the highlight of my week (on a par with the Diane Rehm Show!) and additionally my Saturday morning ritual....


Greg Foweraker, Vancouver

Dispatches is one of the best international programs anywhere. Period. I am distressed to hear that it is being cancelled. Our 11 year old daughter is now starting to take interest in your show; I implore you to keep this program on the air, it is one of the best!


Paul Russo, Penticton, BC:

I enjoy your program a lot. The stories are moving and the people in them are inspiring. It is a testament to the human spirit.

I am a landscaper, specializing in landscape maintenance (gardening and lawn care). I live in Penticton, BC where most of my customers are but I have one lawn I take care of on Thursdays on a Naramata vineyard. Many Thursdays I put in my earbuds under my earmuff-style hearing protection and would listen to your program while working. The program, beautiful yard, surrounding Naramata hillside and view of Okanagan Lake make that job one of my favorite regulars. I still remember some of the stories from last year that I'm sure will stay with me.

You will be missed.

Jean Yang, Toronto

I always plan to write to tell you how much I love Dispatches but never did. The bad news of cancelling Dispatcheres makes me want to let you know that this radio show connects me to other areas of the world.  A very human radio show and touches me.   I hope CBC will reverse its decsion.


Mark Ritchie, Haines Junction, Yukon

I was very surprised and sad to hear that CBC had decided to cancel  your two shows.  I have written to my MP Ryan Leef to express by  displeasure and cc'd your president.

Here's my perception of the situation:

First they came for Dispatches, but I didn't speak out, because I  wasn't a foreign correspondent.

Then they came for (Connect), but I didn't speak out, because I wasn't  interested in what the world should know about Canada.

Then they came for The House, but I didn't speak out, because I wasn't an MP.

Then they finally came for my local CBC Station and there was no Tory  who spoke out to save it.

Meggie Ross:

How can this be? How can a program that encourages us to think globally and gain a better understanding of the world around us be cancelled when other programs with less meaning continue? I enjoy the Debaters, but would't be devastated if it were cancelled. Where are our priorities? I have listened to Dispatches every week for years on my morning run. I listen to programs again when I run out of new ones. There is no replacement. I hope there is a fight organized to object to this decision.
A faithful listener.

Patricia Capp, London On:

My cousin and I are very disappointed by the cancellation of this fine program. My cousin who relies on both cbc radio stations for much of his information (due to being completely blind) is very upset. Please reconsider the cancellation. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to express ourselves.


Roberta Hamilton,  Professor Emeritus, Queen's University, Kingston ON:

Dear Rick and Rick's team,   I am deeply sorry about the CBC decision  to cut Dispatches.  The day before I heard  the news I had said to my  son who lives in Toronto:  as long as CBC Radio keeps the really  important programs - namely Dispatches--  we can live to fight another  day....    To cut the only show completely dedicated to the global  community when it has done such a fine job of combining important  stories, human interest, call to arms-- the works -- is truly sad and 
unforgivable.   I felt sick when i heard the news.  Where else will I get such excellent stories that keep me a little abreast of this  astounding world in which we live.   Congratulations to Rick and 


Chau Ha:

Thank you to the Dispatch team and correspondents. I've learned a lot of people, culture and sociopolitical issues that I have never heard of or thought about. It opens my eyes to the wider world, help me understand and connect with people I had not thought of. With great appreciation for all your wonderful story telling.

Let's hope this country wakes up and elects a smart government to restores funding to the CBC and your programme.


Christopher Allen, Niagara On The Lake, ON:

What is going on at CBC?Dispatches is the finest programme of it type on radio today,it is recognized around the world! why would you start cutting at the top with the best? very strange programmeing mentality,it is truly a window to the world that we can depend on,or could...it is this type of quality programmeing that keeps CBC support..you are quickly looseing it.death bye a thousand cuts seems to fit....Dispatches is a proven top quality programme that has only gotten better every year...


Rita Griffin-Short, Hamilton Ontaio:

Dispairing in Hamilton

Well, CBC continues to hack away at programs that have something important to say to all of us.  I'm still hurting at the loss of Madam Charboneau whose wonderfully unique music she brought to us at 6:30 pm with her charming voice and quiet intelligence, now I am to lose a
delightful voice, no stumbling over every other word,  taking me to far places with stories I don't find in our national papers, awakening my interest to investigate further myself.  Where are the voices of yesterday, all gone but for a very few of which you are one.
Now, we are to lose you, Rick.... 

Your program represents for me, rigorous reporting &  articulate presentation... {lease accept my thanks for all those hours of excellent journalism.  May you enjoy whatever is on your agenda for the future.

John Olson, Camrose, Alberta:

Hello, Rick MacInnes-Rae,
"Dispatches" is one of my favorite programs.... I've expressed to my (CPC) MP my concerns about the cuts (current, as well as past) to CBC funding, with copies to other federal party leaders, as well as to CBC.
I'm hoping my "snowflake" is part of an avalanche of backlash.
Thanks for a great program.

Barbara Meneley:

 Dear Dispatches,

It's going to be even harder to find truth once you're gone. Thanks showing us it can be done. That's definitely something to work for.


Dianne Clark, Quispamsis, New Brunswick:

I have been a huge fan of Dispatches for as long as it has been on the CBC.  Every week, I download the podcasts to take along with me on my early morning runs.  I have learned so much about the world from this show, more so than any other program (radio and tv).  Where else could you hear the stories of people and their struggles (and triumphs) that wasn't a 10 second sound bite?   Sometimes the stories gave me hope, and sometimes the stories made me want to cry.  I will sorely miss Dispatches and Rick's thoughtful commentaries.   Unfortunately, it is just another example of how CBC Radio is being slowy gutted of all that makes it a unique and special entity.  I can imagine the time will not be long in coming where I will have to turn the radio off permanently, as there will not being anything worthwhile left to listen to.
Thank you Rick and to all the staff at Dispatches - you will be SORELY missed.


Barbara Pierce, Fredericton:

I just wanted to say how disappointed I was to hear that Dispatches is a victim of the recent CBC budget cuts.  I have always considered your show to be the best of all that CBC has to offer- you present a badly needed window on the lives of ordinary people all around the world.  Your show will truly be missed.


Dirk Rodenburg, Toronto:


So often during the summer months, making the long drive back to Toronto from Kingston, your show kept me awake, engaged and continuously thankful for the CBC.  Often tragic, sometimes brutal, occasionally poignant, always real.  Thank you.

usan Starkman, Toronto:

I'll be in grief during your last program. You've been so courageous, especially about the Middle East. I've loved the program and wish you all well.

Marty Sulsky, Montreal:

Very sad! I agree with your listener who stated that cutting your program is like cutting the brain from the CBC. Or perhaps the Canadian listening public. I've always believed that part of being Canadian was caring about the world and now we will know so much less about what is going on outside our borders. Thank you for all the information you have shared with us.


Ms Bernie M Walsh, Miramichi, NB:

Dear Dispatches people;
Has it been 12 years?  This is simply the best radio show on the planet Earth. The concept is brilliant, talking with journalists who are already on assignment to extract more stories from that part of the world is a stroke of genuis. This is educational, informative, culturally (anthropological) sensitive.
No matter how I examine it; I cannot imagine why this program is being cancelled.  It couldn't possibly be because of expense. The journalists/correspondents and crew are already on site. The other employees are in Canada and presumably earning a salary without the expense of overseas travel.  The CBC already has the studios, an hour of programming to fill and I assume you, Rick, as Senior CBC correspondent and long term government employee has some kind of security that you can't be easily dismissed (I hope so).  And todays communications system
are very inexpensive not like the "long distance calls" of the old days . 
 This is my  favourite radiop program and I'm exremely upset, to say the least...


Robert DeWreede, Vancouver:

I have lived and worked in many countries, and your amazing program has done much to keep me in touch with some of these countries (Sierra Leone, Philippines, Indonesia, Panama), and to inform me on ones I do not know first hand. 

The in-depth reporting, the meaningful subjects you cover, all have given me a feeling that these broadcasts really have given me an understanding missing in most other programs.
I will miss your program; I wish disseminating knowledge could trump paying for fighter jets.


Reg Whiten, Moberly Lake, BC:

Hey Rick....I feel like I know you on a first name basis...really can't understand how the CBC execs figured your show was expendable....your eloquent, provocative, insightful and just plain interesting travelogues will be greatly missed!


Elaine Campbell, Red Deer, Alberta:

Dear Rick MacInnes-Rae and all Dispatches Staff:

 SO sad to see that Dispatches is being cancelled due to budget cuts.  My husband, son and I have been fans of your show for many years.  The stories that we have listened to on your show are about important world issues that we often hear about no other place. 

 I have fond memories of great discussions around our dinner table and in the car with my now young-adult son based on topics covered on your show.  Your show tied into many of his high-school Social Studies topics and your stories brought issues to life for him.  You helped to educate a young mind (and a couple of old ones, too) in our home.

 Your programs are thought-provoking, eye-opening, and very often heart breaking but critical for all of us to hear.  Your interview skills are amazing as are the skills of your correspondents and staff to put together such an amazing show.   Thanks for all your great work!

 I will be writing to my

MP about the cuts in funding to the CBC and will encourage as many people as I can to do the same.  I hope that my voice will help keep you on the air (and on the web because that is where I listen to it).

P.S. Love your theme music too.  Will truly miss everything about your show. Sob!

Laurie Paquin, Lansdowne, Ontario:

I am truly sorry to hear of the termination of this show. I have listened to it regularly, sometimes twice a week. I welcome the personal reporting style and the variety of stories that would not reach me any other way. I will miss your show and wish the powers that be would reconsider their decision.


Cheryl Sutherland, Ottawa:

Hello, Rick and team:  I am very sorry about the cancellation of your programme. I have posted the same sentiments on message boards when the cut was announced.  You have kept me company on Sunday evenings and informed me about social trends, health impacts, and cultures that I have not heard anywhere else on the dial. I found the coverage of Africa and Latin America particularly informative. You will be deeply missed!

And also, thanks for reading my letter earlier this spring in response to the feature documentary about the community that was burying the dead carried by the passing river-- I did not hear my letter but my sister in Regina did.

kindest regards


Brian Schack, Salt Spring Island, BC:

... It was always a joy to listen to Dispatches on the radio, to find out about life in other parts of the world, to hear about customs, activities, and news that I had never heard about before.

I suspect there are some that would argue that the internet and the ever-expanding choice of TV stations have made the world so accessible that shows such as Dispatches are no longer needed.  However, the opposite is true.  New media has just made it easier to hear more about the same old things.  Instead of one news outlet covering a story, we have a multitude of sources all talking about exactly the same thing. Dispatches cut through that deluge of noise and brought us something truly different...

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Dispatches cancelled. Your comments Part Nine

Due to CBC budget cuts, Dispatches will go off the air in June. Here is another selection of your comments to us about that. (others below)  Add yours, (Dispatches@cbc.ca) and please tell us where you are writing from.


Holly Johnson, Kawartha Lakes, Ontario:

I grew up listening to CBC radio, and have heard many programs come and go. But this time, I feel that I must lodge a protest. I was horrified when my mother told me of the cancellation of Dispatches. She listens to the Thursday broadcast, while I listen to the podcast.

If CBC is concerned about appealing to young people, this is the wrong program to cut. I am  a millenial, and Dispatches is the most relevant program that CBC produces, out of all their radio and television broadcasts.

Dispatches is one of the things that makes me proud to be Canadian. It is a symbol of how Canada relates to the world. As the program tells the stories of people from every country - their hopes, their tragedies, their loves, their fears - it makes listeners feel as if they were hearing the stories of their neighbours.

I have vivid memories of listening to CBC broadcasts on the first Gulf War, Bosnia and many other stories that as a child and feeling as if I was there. Rick MacInnes Rae was one of the voices who told those stories. His narration on Dispatches, between quality documentaries, interviews and reports, makes me see the world in that same vivid way again. Thank you, to Rick, to all those who work behind the scenes and all those who produce the stories on the field. Dispatches truly has brought me the world.


Michael de Montreuil, Clinton, BC:

What a profound shame that dispatches has been cancelled, and that foreign news offices are being closed. I fear that, if the cuts continue, CBC will become a consumer of news rather than a source.

Lindsay D. Scarborough, On:

i've listened to dispatches for years--i listen in the kitchen while i cook or do the dishes, or in the car (often arriving at my destination but staying in the car until a story is done!), or listening to the podcasts while i'm on the bus or subway. i've even gushed about you on my facebook page to encourage others to tune in!

i feel so privileged to hear all the reports and get an inside view--or just a view, period--into all kinds of issues & lives in all corners of the world.

thank you so much.

Karen Linnett, Toronto:

Nothing really good seems to hang around long enough. I will have serious withdrawal problems when Dispatches is gone. Nonetheless, I am enormously grateful for all the valuable programs, the knowledge, the humanity, that you have given me and all the other listeners. Like one other fan I heard today, I often listened to the program twice.


Lorraine Koren, Vancouver:

      Rick et al,

I have so much enjoyed your program over these years. It always rang true with a certain gritty honesty - felt very much like a chance to get into the real issues ordinary people are facing around the world. Your format, your manner and the issues chosen are so important. I hope you find another venue to do this vital work.

Samantha Lloyd, PhD Student, Physics & Astronomy
University of Victoria:


I am devastated. I feel that Dispatches and its correspondents have taught me more about global current events and history than the public school system ever could and its departure will certainly detract from the acute global awareness of its followers. Context is essential for understanding, and the minute long news bites that make up today's mainstream news broadcasts, often including The National, can't be compared to the in-depth and often personal accounts relayed by your correspondents.

You can imagine that there isn't very much media that young people are willing to pay for anymore, but yours is a program that I would be willing to pay for to have the privilege of listening in every week. As a student who can't afford the opportunity to travel and observe for myself, Dispatches truly did bring me the world.

Patricia Winston, Montréal, QC:

I cannot express deeply enough how sorry I am that 'Dispatches' has been cancelled due to the Federal Government's budget cuts.  It is devastating news.  I have been listening to your programme for years and the sound of your voice on the airwaves and the reports you related brought us all closer to the world stage.

 I feel I am losing a friend.  I wish you luck in whatever your future plans may be and I hope you know that 'Dispatches' will be sorely missed.  
Qui Tacet Consentit-Who is Silent Consents


Sarah Godoy, Vancouver:

I can't write a lot right now because I am crying too hard.  This show is essential - it is one of the greatest programs, which, in turn makes the CBC great....I grew up with the CBC, and have been proud for my tax dollars to support this quality program.

Today I am a mother and part of a mixed culture family.  How special it feels to occasionally hear stories from my husband's country - and how much I have learned about other parts of the world via this programme. 

DISPATCHES is a legacy I want for my child.  I simply cannot accept that this is cancellation is happening.  I'll fight to the end for the CBC, but if Dispatches goes the CBC will lose a lot of the fight in me.  Just that much less to fight for.


Stephen Anderson, Calgary:

...Dispatches has been a regular pleasure for me for many years now and has always been very informative and entertaining with it's diverse subjects and sources.
Your program has featured many great stories from areas of the World that I otherwise may not have been aware of and am disappointed in the cuts suffered by one of the World's great radio broadcasting institutions. ..

Don't go down without a good fight ! I'd much rather have the CBC healthy and active than the fighter jets that will cost us much much more. After all, knowledge is the most powerful force there is. Please help show that the pen is mightier than the sword.


Tom Walker, Bragg Creek, Alberta:

 Well we elected these guys, We gave them a mandate to do" the job".So now they're doing.... "The Job".
But I can tell you this -  based on what I've seen them do with the mandate. I'll be first in line at the poles to hold them accountable for this and a number of other funding maneuver. I kinda think I'll not be alone in this... Stephen  get your resume in order you just might need it. ( previous conservative prime ministers remain famous for major mistakes made Dief and Mulroney are very good examples .... Is this yours, Mr Harper?


Anne Spencer, Victoria BC:

Just wanted to let you know how sorry i am that this show is being cut. I listen to it every week - love the intro music, and RM<R as the host. I take the podcast on one of my daily walks and it's as good as a course on foreign happenings. We're getting to be like the states in not having good info about foreign news...Now I will have to reply on From your own Correspondent and other BBCprogramme podcasts.

Anyway, good luck and thanks again.


Diana Raynor, Gibsons, BC:

Dear Dispatches.  It was with disbelief that I learned you would be no more.  Your program has always seemed to me to be the epitome of broadcast journalism ... intelligent, humane, compassionate, honest, kind ... and with no journalist's ego getting between myself and the story being told. 

Your program has long been one of my favourites, the same for my daughter, Kate, now travelling the world partly fuelled by curiosity fuelled by programs such as yours.  Oh please ask the CBC to make cuts in the awful background music they keep playing on other shows or cut some of the less than wonderful television programs.  Radio is so precious, and you are of the best of radio.  Thank you. 


Pat Higinbotham, BC:

I don't even know where to start.

with my outrage at the federal government for the CBC budget cuts, and my dismay at the loss of your show. Are we supposed to now entrust our world view to anyone with a smart phone, tablet or other internet connection?
I feel bereft, and I'll leave it at that, for now. Thank you. Bless you.

Carole MacInnis, Port Hawkesbury, NS:

Dispatches was the eyes for our ears with stories from countries all over the world;  always so very interesting and informative.  A bad decision for the powers to be to cancel this wonderful show.  It will be missed by  CBC audiences.


Evelyn Fox, Chilliwack, B.C.

 After hearing that Dispatches has been cancelled, I have finally conceded that the CBC has totally lost its way.

For as long as I can remember, every radio in our home has been dialed to the CBC. For year after year, we have trusted you to bring us the best in objective news reporting and the most interesting and honest stories but now it seems, in seeking to become a commercially viable radio network, you have sacrificed the genuine for the popular, the valuable for the trifling...


Don Frenette, Victoria:

I am sorry at the CBC decision to cancel. I will miss that program and the signature voice of Rick M-R.

Louise K, Toronto:

 ...  As a teacher of English in a high school just north of the city, I always encouraged my students to broaden their perspectives by listening to Dispatches.  It was especially vital for the creative writing class, and the bright, young minds always wrote something thoughtful after a discussion about what they had heard the night before.

I am going to miss this show very much, and I can't think of another CBC show that is able to provoke thought, entertain and inform as well as yours does about international affairs.  Thank you for your years of hard work, and many thanks to everybody who worked with you.


Jim Maitre, Revelstoke, BC:

Dear Sir,

My condolences for the imminent end to your fine program. At a time when globalization needs to be understood more than ever, such a contrary, dumbing down initiative smacks of being penny wise but pound foolish. Hopefully there will be another similar production in the future. Thank you for many years of bringing perspective to my life.


Dispatches should never have been cancelled.


Nicola Carmichael, Richmond, BC:

Dear Rick,
I am totally dismayed and disgusted to hear that your show has been cancelled.  It makes absolutely no sense!  Such an informative and interesting show should NOT be taken away.   Your reports are always insightful, thought provoking - often to the point of tears - and provide a window to parts of the world that we would not otherwise "see".  The day of your last show will be a very sad day indeed.

Diane Estabrook, Summerland:



Sandy Ingham, Vancouver:

 Have listened to Dispatches pretty much every week since the show started. I am saddened and concerned that its multitude of unique voices will be silenced. The format of Dispatches gave the Canadian listener compassionate yet clear-eyed coverage of important international issues through the eyes of the individual people involved. Can't understand why this show will end shortly.

Chrastina Judy:

Can't bear it...  Dispatches is such a part of my CBC...
I love to travel myself and I have enjoyed travelling with you and learning more about the world through your eyes... Thank you for what you have shared with me and good luck in the future

Colleen Driscoll, Nelson BC: 

Hi Rick and crew
....Rick, you have made laugh and made me cry..You have brought me the world with grace and understanding...I podcast your show and listen as I walk downtown Nelson. You help me realize I am so blessed to love in Nelson, BC and in Canada.You helped open my eyes to good and the bad in this big world we live in..Please know you will be missed- I hope you will continue to work for CBC. Your voice is reassuring in this unsettled world we live in....Come visit Nelson on your way to Tofino....You could do a speaking series on your adventures....
Thank you,Thank you, Thank you ....


Phyllis Webster, Victoria, BC:

...I feel as if a window onto the world has been slammed in my face. It is one of the best sources of excellent information on issues which are not often covered.

I listened online while I lived in Argentina earlier in the year and was so interested in interviews with two people, one who was tortured and one who tortured  and their reconciliation.  I wish the Argentines had heard it because La Guerra Sucia continues to echo through that beautiful and haunted country.  Thank you for helping us understand the world!


John Kittridge, Brantford, ON:

Dear Rick,
... The decision to cancel such a fine programme, one which delivers a crucially important message, is just about as wrong-headed as it gets. Dispatches brings us the world in a way that is immediate and relevant to Canadians.

As an immigrant Canadian, I am often surprised and a little disappointed by the parochial outlook in evidence in daily life, this despite the fact that Canadians live in the world's most successful multi-cultural society, a true multi-cultural mosaic.

Dispatches presents the Global Village in a rich and nuanced way, true to the original meaning of the term, which implied intimacy, understanding and acceptance of diversity. Sadly, the interpretation of Global village favoured by the present government and, lamentably, by the decision makers at the CBC suggests an existence of ignorance derived from isolation, a village of the Dark Ages remade in the age of near-instant communication.

The loss of Dispatches is a very sad step in the evolution of CBC programming, dragging us down and backwards toward the mind-numbing fare that is the darling of government and business, the antithesis of growth and true progress. As the song said, 'We are devo, d-e-v-o'.
With many thanks for a job well done.

Jean Gaucher:

I join the ever-lengthening list of listeners who are appalled and dismayed to hear that the axe has fallen on, arguably, the very best of radio shows produced by CBC.  Rick has been the perfect host for this intelligent, wide-ranging and informative "window on the world". 
I can understand that some cuts were required, but why cut the brightest and the best?  It will be sorely missed by many.

 Geoff Rowe, Ottawa:

 My family and I have been regular listeners of Dispatches,it's long been a favourite of ours.  We are going to miss it.I don't know how to go about finding a replacement for it.

John McIntyre, Kelowna:

Dear Dispatches and Rick,

I was mortified when I heard you were being cancelled.  As a retired Social Studies high school teacher, and one who has done considerable traveling around the world, your program brought real concerns of real people in less fortunate countries to us.  What better way to educate Canadians, who have never travelled and don't "get it", about how good we have it here, and how compassionate we should be towards those who are struggling.  The gov't has made a huge mistake.  I'm writing  to our Min. of Foreign Affairs and the PM.  Best Wishes,  J Mc


Steven Mirra:

Since I discovered Dispatches 3 years ago, it has been such a source of education, and always look forward to a new podcast every Thursday.

This US citizen will be sad to see this program go. It is a shame that the US doesn't have thought provoking, educating programs like this. I will be downloading all the podcasts I can to revisit and learn about how complex our world can be.


Brian Sorel, Bedford, Quebec:

Thanks for the many hours of great informative shows. I am at a loss on how a decision is made to cut one of,in my opinion the best programs on CBC radio. For that matter on any public funded radio network. It' a sad day for public broadcasting in Canada. All the best Rick and everyone who made it the great program it is.


Gwen Chute, Belcarra:

I am stunned and saddened .... there is something truly evil at work here .... Thankyou so much for such extraordinary programming ..... I hate feeling so helpless!   The 'aid' to Mali is over $110,000,000.00 per year  ..... and they cut the CBC?  Please don't disappear .... only transform!  Run for MP in my riding (Mr. Moore's)!

Thanks again.


John Main, Bobcaygeon, On:

It is with great disappointment that I learn of CBCs decision to end this program. I have enjoyed listening to Dispatches for a long time. It has been a great window on the world outside Canada and as far as I'm concerned, has been a great service to Canadians. It is one of those programs that makes us different from our neighbours to the south who seem to largely live in a bubble with little   perspective on the world outside their borders.
I see the systematic crippling of CBC by our government as a regressive and devious agenda to dumb down the Canadian public.

Clive, Winnipeg:

Dispatches is the preeminent current affairs show on radio and will be sadly missed by this Winnipeg listener. I don't know why the CBC couldn't cut something like one episode of Doyle which would probably pay for ten seasons of a quality radio programme like this one.

I have a suspicion that this is more of a cut your nose off to spite the Government rather than any rational decision-making.

Thanks a million for all the past good work.

Emilie and Warner Aeyelts, Tappen, BC:

 Dear Rick and crew,

 ... Your program was always so very welcome in a world where we mostly receive our information in 8 seconds soundbites and very little background or follow-up on the news items.

One of the things that we do so much better here than in the States for example is that we do care about what happens in the rest of the world and that we want to be well informed  and educated about developments that impact our fellow humans all over the globe. For that reason alone your program should be continued and if anything , there should be more of it. We will miss you terribly.


Roxanne Yanishewski, Prince George, BC:

 I want to say thank you for the many wonderful shows you have provided.  Your show elevated CBC's intellectually in a way that few other programs could.  You have helped me to move beyond sterotypes about  religions, cultures, and countries to a deeper understanding of and empathy for the people who live in the various areas you have covered.  I am extremely grateful for the education you have given me.  I will miss you dearly.  And I will be fighting for you continuation.


Glen Nicholson, Prince George, BC:

     Dear Dispatches,

I hope that CBC will respond to the outcry and reverse its decision to
kill Dispatches.  Not only is your program one of the truly great shows
(such as Ideas) but it performs the extraordinary function of bringing
together people from all around the world.  Xenophobia (underlying
racism) is one of the biggest threats to civilization and peace.

You generate empathy by turning people of foreign cultures into our
neighbours.  This is the best form of peacekeeping.  By taking us into
small villages around the world, you make the entire world a local
place; this is the very best kind of local programming.

I hope you will let CBC know that Dispatches is too important to cancel.

If you must leave the air, then please accept my thanks.


Val Koziol, Toronto: 

Hi Rick,

I can't express how disappointed I am that your wonderful show is being cut.  I just can't figure it out ... this is intelligent radio, it covers the world, the quality is consistently high ... I am very sad and disappointed that government cutbacks and CBC management decisions have led to the demise of your program.  We will mourn this loss, and we will not forget what led to it.

I wish you all the best -- you're the best.

Take care,


Mark Anderson, P.Eng. Water Quality Engineer, Cambridge ON:

 Harper's recent cuts to CBC have upset me greatly and I almost hit the roof when I found out that Dispatches was a casualty in Harper's war on public broadcasting.  I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Rick MacInnes-Rae and the rest of the Dispatches team for doing such a brilliant job of bringing us stories from across the world.  I am furious that the Harper government has no regard for Canadian culture and believes that we don't need to know what's going on in the world.


Catherine Thompson, Cambridge ON:

HI Rick,
I am so angry and sad that Dispatches has been axed. It is my favorite show because of the truth, integrity and depth of the reporting. I learn so much from the show and appreciate how thoughtful and thought-provoking it is. Increasingly, news is reduced to a short sound bite about North American culture.

Even the National is not as critical as it used to be. It is the CBC's responsibilty to inform our citizens about events and situations that impact the world and our country. More and more I hear people talking about fluff---who is in style etc. as though it is all important to our lives.

Canadians love to talk about how ignorant Americans are, but we are going to be as bad or worse without programmes like yours. It is in the government's best interests that the CBC dies and the CBC will be irrelevant if it only has "commerical programmes" and not informative material. I don't understand why the CBC is doing the government's dirty work.   I hope that the fight isn't over. Thanks so much for all you have done for our country and all your listeners,


Randy Goldman, Mississauga, ON:

...I love the show. These small, unique stories from around the world connect me to places I will never visit and often never hear about in any other media or radio show.  It is incredible to hear stories of how people persevere in the face of hardships and to hear about the small successes that happen in places from which we usually hear only negative reports. Rick MacInnes-Rae is an excellent host and interviewer. I hope that there is a role for him at CBC 1 after Dispatches is off the air.

Perhaps Dispatches can return in the future when a more compassionate government takes control in Ottawa. ... If it wasn't for the CBC, I wouldn't be as connected with  my city, region, the country and the world. Thank  you Dispatches for what you have brought to my life and thank you CBC for continuing to help me to be aware of the world around me.

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Dispatches cancelled. Your comments Part Eight

Due to CBC budget cuts, Dispatches will go off the air in June. Here are some more of your comments about that. (others below)  Add yours, and please tell us where you are writing from.


Jay S. Keystone MD MSc (CTM) FRCPC
Tropical Disease Unit
Toronto General Hospital:


As an expert in tropical medicine with considerable knowledge of the less developed world, I never fail to be amazed at how much more I learn from dispatches, by far ,with no close second, the best programme on CBC radio.Where else on CBC can insular Canadians learn about the world around them? It is disheartening, disappointing and disturbing that this flagship programme is slated to disappear. I am outraged and incredibly saddened by the poor choice of cuts by CBC executives.I may have to go back to listening to CFRB.Bummer!

Rick , you were outstanding, ....and still are!


Anne Trites, North Vancouver, BC:

Like losing a favourite  teacher.

I can't say much more than that. I have been listening since I can't remember when and a more even-handed attitude toward world events - always placed in context. The CBC will be less for this cut, which is what appears to be the government's wish.


Cathy White, Portugal Cove - St. Philip's, Nfld:

Dear Rick:
Today's horrific story about the life of a Liberian woman is just one example of why I am angry about "Dispatches" being cancelled.
I consider myself a "citizen of the world" and have many friends who come from countries like Liberia. I am a member of the Multicultural Woman's Organization of Newfoundland Labrador (MWONL).
Stories of human rights violations are not new to me, as I have personally spent time with 2 female refugees from Liberia. And I have helped them to settle into their new homes in St. John's.
Of all the programs that CBC could cut, "Dispatches" is the last one I would choose.  This moving story (which has just ended) has touched me deeply.
Canadians need to hear these stories...

Jane, Toronto:

Hey Rick, sorry to heard about Dispatches being cancelled. Your show was a life line for me in the last 7 years while I was recovering from c-sections and nursing new babies. When I was bed ridden or too exhausted to read news online, your show fed my need for international news and intelligent dialogue on world issues. Thanks for that and for keeping me company a few times a day.
Good luck with the future


Bob Keelaghan, Calgary:

Hi Folks,
 want to let you know that, in the parlance of our times, downright pissed off that Dispatches was cancelled.  It was a great show.  It hope the staff that produced it will regroup and so another show as good, soon.

Rather than blather, I'll append the complaint e-mail I sent to the CBC.

all the best


PJ Hopper:

Hi Rick.
 I am really sorry to hear that your show is being cancelled. I am just an ordinary Canadian living in a rural area, and I get a lot of my information about the world from the CBC. Your program is always interesting and informative without seeming like a lecture.
 I would pay for a subscription to this program if I was offered the chance to do so in order to keep it going. Maybe its time to think about such solutions.
 Goodbye and good luck Rick and crew.


Edie Hippern, Dartmouth:

Dispatches has to be one of my most favourite shows on CBC I never miss it and oftern listen to the same show on another time slot. Intelligent, thought-provoking and so very informative. Simply exemplary of the best that the CBC does. WHO MADE THIS DECISION! I want to write and tell them how stupid they are. I hope that this is a ploy to make listeners angry enough at the government for  reneging on their promise to leave CBC funding and that this decision will be reversed. What are CBC management thinking? So angry I could chew nails.


Stephen Bates, Wellington, NS:

I've always enjoyed listening to your "Dispatches" from far-flung parts of the world, some of which I've visited.  I also always listen to you on my long commute between Moncton and Halifax.  You are part of the glue that holds our country together.  Stay tuned!


Maggie McGroarty, Toronto:

I am so sorry to hear about your cancellation.  Dispatches is wonderful.  It offers vital background and world information that is not necessarily tied to the latest headlines or atrocities.  Dispatches is distinct from other CBC Radio programming, especially when it airs solution or resolution-based features. Please forward this comment to the CBC president and chair.  I will miss you. 

Your fan

Karen Mitchell, Waterloo:

Wouldn't you know it; one of the few programs I listen to without fail each week on CBC Radio One. Dispatches has provided me with a global and informative window into world issues and I shall miss the program more than I care to think.

I find it hard to imagine there aren't other programs, which I never listen to that could not be cut instead of Dispatches.  I'm really sorry.  Canadians have so few homegrown programs that are so well done and interesting.

Yours sincerely with many thanks

E. Andrews, NL:

The cancellation of this programme goes against the very spirit of the service I thought CBC was supposed to be providing to the people of Canada. What other radio station that we have available is going to provide this sort of programmimg?

This is an extremely short-sighted decision.

Janis Warne, a lifelong CBC fan:

I am so sorry that Dispatches will be cancelled. I realize that choices
had to be made at CBC with the slashing of its budget by the Harper
government (personally, I think that government should be cancelled
instead), but taking such a great, informative program off the air is
really a crime. I'm in my 50s now, and my world travelling days are
over, but I am still keenly interested in what is happening on our
beautiful planet, and your show, as its slogan goes, brings me the
world. Always interesting and insightful, the show has been part of my
continuing education.

I am going to miss you terribly Dispatches. I am also going to do
whatever I can to work for the survival of CBC through the dark years of
the Con government, and after it is voted out, to ensure that CBC
receives all the funding it needs to do its job well. Maybe Dispatches
will return one day. I hope so!



Carole Paquin, Rockport, Ontario:

I am a devoted CBC listener and I am saddened that Rick MacInnes-Rae will no longer be a part of my life. He has brought a valuable perspective on world new into the homes of CBC listeners.
Please, please reconsider; perhaps there is another program that could be cancelled, one not as informative and essential as is Dispatches.


Darce Fardy:

I was amazed, and shouldn't have been, at the public reaction heard on the program today respecting the cancellation of Dispatches. I'm a retired old guy who spent 39 years on the journalism-management side of the corporation.I'm unable to understand the decision. It makes no sense.. Isn't this what public bnroadcasing is designed to do, explain the world to its listeners.. As a publicly supported body the CBC is obliged to explain how that decision was reached and what savings will be achieved by the death of Dispatches...That;s what the Access to Information legislation is all about... requinrg "public bodies" to be accountable to the public.


Christian Morrison, Toronto 


If there is any way to avoid the cancellation of Dispatches, please do it. Compassion and concern for the lives of others, which is what Dispatches is all about, is as Canadian as Hockey Night in Canada and Don Cherry, even.

Dispatches fills a void that will gape larger as conventional media, controlled by interests to vast to list, continues to ignore what's happening on the ground around the world.

Ted Wallace: 

I was, and am, very disappointed to hear that Dispatches will soon be cancelled due to the recent Federal budget cuts.  Being a long time fan of the show, I will miss the insight and in-depth perspective that Dispatches has always brought to the table.  The more personal perspective an international story has, the more personal impact it will have on its listener.  One of your show's greatest strengths was that the stories wove together fragments of detail and intimacy told through personal accounts, that brought us into the world of the teller,  even though the story's setting was often thousands of miles away.

Thank you for your continued work in lessening the distance between here and there.


Catherine Mallory, London, On:

Please let the people who have decided to cancel your programme to reconsider this terrible decision...so many people love your show!


Shawn O'Donnell, Hamilton Ontario:

Dispatches makes me more " Canadian" and proud. Please fight. My vote will COUNT.       


Alex deVries, Ottawa:

I started hearing Dispatches because the radio was on anyway. Then I started listening. Now I will miss it forever.


Valerie Senyk, Guelph:

I am so sorry Dispatches is one of the CBC shows being cut!  It's wonderful to listen to such indepth international stories - the news only gives one a superficial idea of what's occurring. We NEED to have a better grasp of what's occurring internationally - it's the nature of life in our world. I feel cutting Dispatches is a bad decision...Please let my viewpoint be known where it may count.


Vic Mueller, St. Catharines, ON

 To all

I am disappointed to see this program cancelled.  I really enjoyed the information, interviews, and even the sound of Rick's voice - unique.  Thanks Rick.


Paul Paquette, Cambridge, Ontario:

 I'm very saddened by the cancellation of this excellent program. This is a significant loss for all of us. It comes at a time when there are so many other depredations of the elements which form my idea of Canada, and acts as a kind of emblem of all these losses.


Joan Middlebrook:

There has been much discussion among my friends that cbc is dumbing down.  Should we lose Dispatches this is further evidence.  Dispatches is one of the most intelligent, well edited  and informative programs on radio and also tv., It can briefly tell us stories that hit our head and hearts and are truly memorable, thus teaching  us how fortunate we are to live in Canada.

These stories stir our conscience and inspire us to try a little better to help out and improve the society we live in. 


Paula O'Connor:

Hello Dispatches team

I am in denial that Dispatches will cease to air soon. I shall miss it. I am also wondering what it was that forced the decision? Were ratings dropping, costs rising. I would love to know why this show has been axed and not some others that we could clearly do without.

Could Dispatched be saved by reigning in costs, re-budgeting, airing less frequently. PLEEASE!

This diverse and articulate show that looks out at the world is always fascinating. Where is another show that always seeks to cover international issues? Dispatches does so with such clarity and intelligence. Must we have only Canada-centric shows? Is this a dumbing-down of the CBC in some misguided attempt to get more audiences? I am truly at a loss to fathom the thinking behind this decision.

Colleen Stinson, Grayson, SK:

I am so sorry to hear that one of my favorite radio shows is cancelled. It brings the world to rural Canada.  Thank you for all the great journalism and stories over the years.  I will truly miss your show.

Best wishes for the future,

Sean Grant;

With the advent of podcasts, I loved dispatches even more. Anywhere in the world, I can get a little bit of CBC and dispatches, Im saddened that my two girls will not grow up with it. Hang in there, I truly wish it was not cancelled.
Thank God we will save a few dollars in the budget to get 25 billion dollars worth of warcraft.
You will truly be missed.

Derek Blackadder, Cobourg, ON:

My thanks to everyone who has worked on Dispatches over the years.

I listened to the show as much as I could when it was broadcast only, but since the move to podcasting I haven't missed an episode.

I've listened to Dispatches in my local Y and numerous hotel fitness rooms while following doctor's orders.  Without Dispatches I might be dead now, having expired of a heart attack, unable to face the cardio machines without the distraction you gave me, the boredom Disptaches eliminated.

Dispatches was often company on drives across Ontario from Cobourg to Kenora, Timmins to Windsor.

Oddly, Dispatches was also a connection to home in places like India, Nicaragua, Cuba, Turkey, Italy and the UK.  Even if the segment topics weren't Canadian, the take was and so a story about something South African often felt like a bit of home.

I dunno if I am a better person for having been aurally taken to the places you went, but I am certainly better informed and more open to the world than I would have been without you all, and your very good work.  Thanks.


Della Webster, New Brunswick 


I am gutted that I will not be hearing this at the end of Dispatches once July arrives this year.
Your program certainly brought 'The World' to Canadians from Coast to Coast.
It informed, shook us from our complacency and gave us hope for a better, fairer earth.
I am writing my MP as well as Heritage Minister, Hon. James Moore as well as our Prime Minister, Stephen Harper to see if there is anyway that we can save your program from the axe.
I live in hope.