Canadian workers are getting swindled

World's worst employer can re-open across town.
World's worst employer can re-open across town.
By Henry McRandall
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Statistics Canada has proclaimed the end of the recession in Canada, reporting that thecountry’s real gross domestic product (GDP) rose 0.4 percent in the third quarter of this year, which ended on September 30.
StatsCan has previously reported that overall employment in the country rose by 31,000 jobs in September. But that figure is something of an illusion.
First of all, it masks the fact that 24,500 people left the workforce and 11,300 of the new jobs were in the self-employment category, which is often extremely-low-income.
Secondly, it also masks the fact that while 36,400 jobs were created in the public sector, 17,100 jobs were lost in the private sector.
It all translates into an overall net loss of 4,800 jobs, including more than 17,000 jobs in the private sector.
What those first five paragraphs mean is that while worker productivity is increasing, employment in the private sector is not.
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Bigger government IS the solution!

"Tea Party" tax protesters are duped by the corporate mass media.By Henry McRandall
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In their frantic efforts to block U.S. health-care reform, the profiteers of American health care have boldly argued, among other lies, that “bigger government is not the solution.”
I would beg to differ.
Canadians and Americans have never known any other form of government than corporate-capitalist so-called “democracy.”
The oft-repeated promise of corporate capitalism is that it will usher in a rising economic tide that will raise all boats.
In particular, the captains of corporate capitalism demand nothing less than “laissez-faire,” a form of “government” that places absolutely no constraints on “free enterprise.”
The myth they promote is that “the magic of the marketplace” will solve all woes and everyone will live happily ever after. The best form of government? The least government.
Hence, it is not surprising that these hucksters would argue that the government should leave health care in the hands of for-profit corporations that have reaped a mushrooming windfall for decades while more than a million Americans have died because they could not afford health insurance.

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Canada complicite in Afghan torture

Canadian warmonger Rick Hillier was unpertubed by people warning "the sky is falling."By Henry McRandall
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I will admit from the outset that I am among the two-to-one majority of Canadians who believe the Harper Conservative government and the Canadian military are lying about Canada’s alleged complicity in the torture of Afghan prisoners of war.
Senior diplomat Richard Colvin, who was deputy head of Canada’s diplomatic mission in Kabul in 2006-20007, has testified before a parliamentary committe that he issued repeated alerts to Canadian military and political officials at the highest level that every detainee who was turned over to Afghan authorities was being routinely tortured.
If true, these allegations would make retired generqal Rick Hillier, Canada’s chief of defence staff from 2005 to 2008, retired general Michel Gauthier, who was commander of the Canadian Expeditionary Force Command in Afghanistan, Major-General David Fraser, who was commander of the multinational forces in Afghanistan’s southern provinces in 2006, as well as Defence Minister and former foreign affairs minister Peter MacKay and even Prime Minister Stephen Harper war criminals.

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The bishop must have gone batty

Bishop Tobin, left, banned a moral politician, Kennedy, from communion.
Bishop Tobin, left, banned a moral politician, Kennedy, from communion.
By Henry McRandall
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While I may have been startled, I was hardly surprised to learn that Thomas Tobin, the Roman Catholic bishop of Rhode Island, had ordered his preiests three years ago to stop administering communion to Democratic U.S. Representative Patrick Kennedy.
The young Kennedy’s “mortal sin” had been his refusal to renounce his support for a woman’s right to choose, an intolerable circumstance for the Catholic Church.
But what moral authority could some old Catholic bishop who is probably a gay pedophile, has never had a heterosexual relationship, has never had to support a family, and has never had to raise a child, possibly have on the issue of abortion?
What moral authority, either, does the Catholic Church have to condemn homosexuality when its own clergy and its very own hierarchy are rife with homosexuals?
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When politicians peddle their petty souls

U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell exemplifies the selling of political souls.
U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell exemplifies the selling of political souls.
By Henry McRandall
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Watching the unfolding of the United States’ congressional debate over health-care reform would be comical if it weren’t so tragic.
Universal, single-payer, comprehensive health care is a no-brainer for any advanced industrial country except, of course, the U.S.
It is evident to all but the no-brains in the U.nited States Senate and House of Representatives and the corporate lobbyists who make the politicians all rich that transforming that country’s health-care system into a universal, single-payer, comprehensive plan would benefit almost everyone.
Everyone, that is except the corporations that buy their votes and their souls.
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Wow, I guess Mayor DeCicco and friends actually own my car!

The city thinks London bus riders should hoof it during the strike.
The city thinks London bus riders should hoof it during the strike.
By Mike Bodrogkozi
Wriseup.com

With the London, Ontario, transit strike into its sophomore week and no real end in sight I continue to follow the bickering back and forth between city hall and the transit union. With the city saying there is no give for the union, and the union saying they have relaxed their 20 some odd percent wage raise over three years to a more palatable 12 percent they still look like two kids throwing crap at each other in a sandbox.
Enter the entrepreneurial individuals. As with any situation, where there is a market, the entrepreneurial spirit moves in to make a dollar. Coupled with the helpful human spirit, these people make for a revolutionary revamping of an inefficient transit system.
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Why white men fear ‘socialist’ Obama

It's not Obama's "socialism" right-wing militias fear.By Henry McRandall
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It was reported on CNN yesterday that more than 100 new right-wing militias have popped up since Barack Obama became the first African-American president less than a year ago.
In its report, CNN talked to alleged leaders of some of these militias and they all expressed the same coded message: That they oppose Obama because he is a “socialist.”
Of course, Barack Obama is nothing of the sort but it’s easier and more acceptable to oppose him because he is a “socialist” bogeyman than because he is a “nigger.”
Obama has made it clear from the start that is is a so-called “moderate.” A few months ago, when executive bonuses first started making headlines, the President crowed that “we do not begrudge a person being rewarded for succes. This is America, after all.”
He also made clear his politico-economic leanings when he consented to that $24-T-R-I-L-L-I-O-N bailout of the banks, the corporations and the super-rich.

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Is Obama just another NeoLiberal fraud?

Barack's pretty words mask his not-so-pretty lack of deeds.
Barack's pretty words mask his not-so-pretty lack of deeds.
By Henry McRandall
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Less than a year into the presidency of Barack Obama, I must admit I am deeply disappointed by the man of whom I expected so much.
Here was the first African-American U.S. president, a man of brilliant intelligence and eloquence, a man who held forth the promise of “change we need,” a man who might actually be committed to the welfare of the average American and not just the corporate socioeconomic elite.
Very well educated, very well read, seemingly very possessed of the consciousness of a man of modest African-American roots, he seemed to be just what America – and the world – needed.
Like many, I invested my faith and my hope in Barack Obama, my faith and hope for a great transformation within the most powerful country in the world.
That was my hope. But the reality has been extremely disappointing.
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London, Ontario, has gone Loonieville

Buses could soon be off the road in the Forest City.
Buses could soon be off the road in the Forest City.
By Henry McRandall
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The Ontario city in which I haved now lived for much of my adult life is facing the threat of a potentially crippling public transit strike on Monday and, in stead of acting, city council is dithering.
Saddled by 30 years of incompetent, right-wing councils hugely influenced by land developers and major property owners, London, Ontario, has now deservedly earned the more appropriate moniker of Loonieville, Ontario.
It was just a few months ago – when the world price of oil hit $150 U.S. a barrel – that the London Transit Commission raised local bus fares by eleven percent, claiming that high oil prices made the move necessary. This happened despite the fact that London bus riders were already paying a higher portion of the transit cost out of the farebox than any other municipality in Ontario.
In the ensuing months, the world price of oil dropped by more than 60 percent. But there has been no reduction in bus fares commensurate with the drop in fuel costs.
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When the piper comes a-callin’

Hardship will increase as money eludes the masses.
Hardship will increase as money eludes the masses.
By Henry McRandall
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Now that the governments of the major economies have almost finished doling out tens of trillions of dollars to bail out the banks, the corporations and the socioeconomic elite, it is time for someone to pick up the tab.
And you can bet your bottom dollar those same governments will not ask those same banks, corporations and billionaires and mega-millionaires to pick up the tab for their own bailout.
That will be left to the rest of us.
Let there be no doubt. Someone has to pay for those tens of trillions of dollars in gimmes for the super-rich and their corporations.
Little has been done to bail out the masses who have already borne the brunt of the global economic chaos.
They have had to contend with massive layoffs, massive cuts in wages and massive cuts in employee benefits. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. There’s much worse still to come.

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