By Henry McRandall
After my departure from the Toronto Star in 1977, I remained in Toronto for a while, toiling first for Canadian Press/Broadcast News for several months and then accepting a job as a copy editor on the City Desk at The Globe & Mail.
I eventually moved on to become, first, News Editor at the Philadelphia Journal, Assistant Editor at the National Enquirer and Night Editor at the New York Post.
In 1980 I returned to Canada and accepted a job as an Associate Editor at the Edmonton Sun. After a heated dispute with Editor Kaye Corbett over the financial terms of our agreement, I quickly accepted two weeks later when the Edmonton Journal offered to double my salary if I would accept the role of Assistant Editor, filling in several days a week respectively for the national editor and the foreign editor of the Journal’s new morning edition. read more »
Monthly Archives: June 2010
By Henry McRandall
The American political class and its corporate mass media are fond of congratulating themselves on their alleged commitment to “democracy” both at home and abroad.
But in reality they have little tolerance for anything remotely more tangible than the symbolic trappings of “democracy,” either at home or abroad.
This has long been the modus operandi of the real powers-that-be in America – not the “elected” representatives but the true, unelected rulers, the giant banks and corporations and the billionaires and mega-millionaires who control those entities.
The evidence abroad is compelling and ever-accumulating. read more »
The corporate mass media – and even CBC-TV – have been all atwitter this weekend
about the “violence” and the “vandalism” committed by “thugs” among the 20,000 to 40,000 demonstrators who attended the G8 and G20 protests in Toronto.
I kept one television tuned to CBC News Network for a total of 18 hours Saturday and Sunday and periodically monitored other networks on another set.
I witnessed almost non-stop coverage of the “violence” and the “vandalism.” But I witnessed virtually no coverage whatsoever of the vital issues being raised by the majority of “peaceful” protesters. read more »
The heavy-handed police presence at this weekend’s G20 summit in Toronto shows that the powers-that-be in this country will spare no expense to squelch democratic dissent.
After a week of blatant police intimidation of potential summit protesters, the arrests began in earnest once the international bigwigs touched down. By noon ET Sunday, more than 500 people had been arrested.
True, three decoy cop cruisers had been torched and a slew of plate-glass windows at wealthy banks, wealthy retail chains, wealthy fast-food outlets and wealthy independent downtown businesses were smashed.
But the only injuries were the injuries inflicted on peaceful protesters by Toronto police chief Bill Blair’s massively-armed stormtroopers. Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler would have been proud. read more »
The director of Canada’s spy agency had the corporate mass media – and even CBC – all atwitter today after he made a strange allegation about some unnamed Canadian politicians and civil servants.
Richard Fadden said CSIS is concerned that some provincial and municipal politicians are being influenced by foreign governments. Of course, he wasn’t referrring to American government influence on Canadian officials.
To Fadden and CSIS – the CIA’s junior tag-team buddy – it’s peachy keen for the Americans to influence our politicians and civil servants but it’s not okay for any other government to do so, no matter the justification or the urgency. read more »
A study just realeased by Merrill Lynch Wealth Management (a Bank of America subsidiary) and the French economic consulting firm Capgemini will cheer the hearts of many.
The total number of millionaires worldwide last year climbed back above 10 million, after a bad year in 2008 which saw the ranks of the very rich decline by 1.5 million.
Last year the number of millionaires (including billionaires and mega-millionaires) increased by 17 percent.
But the average net worth of this elite group – the richest one-sixth of one percent of all people in the world – increased by more than 18 percent. read more »
By Henry McRandall
In 1976 I went to work as a copy editor on the National Desk at The Toronto Star, after having worked for a number of other Canadian media outlets. One of the first people I met was Michael Cooke who had just come over from England to also work as a copy editor on the Star’s National Desk.
Cooke and I initially were rather friendly toward each other and it was at the height of that year’s Quebec general election that we began discussing Canadian and Quebec politics.
I conveyed to Cooke the fact that I was a socialist, which he also claimed to be, and that I supported the Parti Quebecois and was confident that the separatist/social democratic party would win the election.
I even showed him a riding-by-riding analysis I had done, correctly predicting with one seat the dimensions of the PQ’s victory, including Liberal Quebec Premier Robert Bourassa’s personal defeat at the hand of Quebec poet Gerald Godin.
Right after that, an estrangement began to develop between Cooke and myself. I was not surprised that this “true Brit” was rather uppity about an anglophone journalist supporting the sovereignist PQ. read more »
The late billion-heiress and convicted
felon Leona Helmsley once famously observed that “only the little people pay taxes.”
Helmsley wasn’t presicely correct when she made that observation late in the last century
and that’s why she was jailed for refusing to pay her own meagre taxes on her vast income.
But it has almost reached the point today where her outrageous assertion has become a reality.
For the past 30 years – and particularly since the advent of so-called “free trade” – the industrial economies have been tangled in a race to the bottom in employment, working-class wages, employee benefits, working conditions, job security, environmental safeguards, and corporate and high-income personal taxes and a race to the top in corporate profits and executive compensation. read more »
In just a couple of weeks the widely and rightly hated HST (Harmonized Sales Tax) will come into effect in both Ontario and British Columbia.
The HST combines the federal GST and the respective provincial sales taxes into a single “harmonized” that will apply to many more items and services and significasntly increase the cost of living in those two provinces for the poor and the working class.
The HST is a harmful and hateful tax because it is a regressive tax that has much greater negative impact on the masses – the poor and the middle class – than on the socioeconomic elite. read more »
By Henry McRandall
It’s quite revealing to observe how the corporate mass media and the political class in the U.S. and even Canada deal with corporate crime.
For two months now we’ve been treated to an interminable daily soap opera on BP’s massive and catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
BP (British Petroleum not Beyond Petroleum) has been lambasted, excoriated, tongue-lashed, pilloried, raked over the coals, called every name under the sun but a child of God, damned and ridiculed by every talking head on television and every politician who has come within range of a camera and mike. read more »