Action Items – Jan. 27, 2012


From the January 27, 2012 edition of the Friday Morning After.

Things are heating up in London, ON, and this week we revisit the ElectroMotive lockout and compare the demands Caterpillar is making on their workers with the company’s fiscal reality.

Also, a bonus look at the recently signed defence agreements that will bring the militaries of Canada and the US even closer together.

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Action Items – January 6, 2012

From the January 6th edition of the Friday Morning After.

The Action Items – 2012-Jan-06

If 2011 was the year of popular uprisings, then 2012 is shaping up to the be the year of labour uprisings. We kick off 2012 with 2 stories about companies posting record profits while at the same time stiffing their workers.

First, we check in on London, ON, home of Electro-Motive Diesel. Second, it’s off to Quebec to see how Rio Tinto Alcan is treating its workers. Plus, a special bonus report on fracking earthquakes.

The Action Items can be heard every Friday around 8:40am on the Friday Morning After, CKUT 90.3FM in Montreal and online at

20 Thoughts for 2012

I hadn’t been on Twitter in a while, so I decided to make up for lost time with 20 thoughts for 2012, the last year of the Earth, or so I’m told.

1: About to board another flight to the Island Airport. 4 years after I started using that airport, I love it as much as ever.

2: By demanding huge concessions and locking out workers, Electro-Motive is perfectly executing the “Delayed Plant Closure” plan.

2a: For more evidence of what Caterpillar (owner of Electro-Motive) is up to, read about the Navistar plant in Chatham, ON.

3: If 2011 was the year of popular unrest in Arab World, 2012 will be the year of labour unrest in North America. #warontheworker

4: Obama can’t charge into Iran like Bush did with Iraq. So, expect a Gulf of Tonkin-style false flag in the Straight of Hormuz.

5: Remember how proud you were to be a Canadian in the mid-90’s? Well, that country doesn’t exist anymore.

6: There is nothing more powerful or destructive than a group of people with a victim complex. (See: Western Canadian Conservatives)

7: To beat the Conservatives and rebuild Canada, we have to admit we have a problem. We have to let Canadian Exceptionalism go.

8: All of Rob Ford’s remaining supporters fit into 2 categories. 1) People who can’t admit their mistakes. 2) #CPC fixers. #TOpoli

9: Canada did well in the recession because of Brian Mulroney (hard to admit) and Paul Martin (also, hard to admit). The #CPC did ZIP!

10: When you realize modern conservative economic theory (trickle-down) comes from a former cowboy actor (Reagan), it’s hard to be happy.

11: Worth noting that both of the guys who came up with Reaganomics were libertarians. Hey, isn’t that Ron Paul guy crazy??

12: Never forget that Mr. Reason (aka @JoshMatlow) voted to remove the Jarvis Bike Lane. Mr. I-Do-What’s-Best, just blew $190K.

13: When all the union jobs are gone and those “expensive”, “greedy” pensions are a thing of the past, we’ll finally be slaves.

14: If you want to know where we are as progressives in 2012, look up “rearguard action”. And when you’re finished giggling, get worried.

15: That Kevin O’Leary is a star tells you just about everything you need to know about popular sentiment in Canada circa 2012.

16: The next Republican president (2016) will make a stirring speech at this year’s RNC convention.

17: David Miller conducted his mayoralty like it’d never end. Ford is conducting his mayoralty like it could all be over tomorrow. #TOpoli

18: We’d all (me included) do well to learn everything we can about what happened in North America in the 70’s.

19: The truth will set you free, but it won’t help you sleep.

20: Uprisings in the Arab World used social media to dodge methods of control. In North America, social media IS a method of control.