I have been doing radio shows on the effects of NAFTA and other international corporations taking ownership of local resources and factories for too long now to be surprised by Labatt closing Lakeport Brewery.
This is business as usual. The laws we had in place that made these kind of international deals illegal were all washed away back with Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and before.
I have tried for years to wake people up to the reality that was coming to Hamilton, and now it is here. Still we cannot do anything about it until we as Canadians manage to force our elected officials on "all" levels of government to rescind these kinds of trade deals.
With the continued loss of our news media to a corporate-controlled tape loop, we no longer have investigative journalists. That's why I have been lucky enough to have them on my show, a local community Radio station that broadcasts to the world.
I should not have this opportunity because these journalists should be able to stay at the mega papers and radio stations they were working at. Most of these journalists are now writing books, while some are selling real estate and hoping to come to Canada.
They all have some delusion that Canada is a moral and democratic country. It lost that honour decades ago.
I realize it is hard for busy working people to dig into the research I managed to find the time for, but that is why I do it. All you need to do is go to my web page and look at the links, or click on the podcast at the top right to listen to the audio.
I gave up trying to write my own stories on my interviews because it is better for people to discover this information from the source. What you will find on my web page are links to the source of what is coming.
Our economic structure has been a lie. In the next couple of weeks I will be interviewing Paul John Roberts, former Editor of Economics for the Wall St. Journal.
The hours I have spent pulling URLs together and making audio interviews will certainly save everyone else a great deal of time. But we must get our heads out of the way we have been doing business for the past couple of hundred years. We have run out of resources and land to exploit for a "profit". There are too many of us now all wanting more.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper doesn't think about climate warming other than to provide a public image. It's good for votes. What he is really doing is selling dirty fossil fuel and making more roads, and rail lines, and airports to do it.
Perhaps our local Councillors should all watch The Age of Stupid. The independents posted it on the web free. The rest of the world has watched this documentary. We can't solve the loss of jobs by courting what is literally a handful of businessmen making billions of dollars a year.
I wish I was wrong, I wish all those radio shows I did over the years were wrong, but unfortunately they aren't. Now what are we as citizens on the ground going to do about it?
Building another road to supply jobs isn't the answer, nor is building more sprawl. We need the basics, food and water. They should be available to all of us, but they are not, and the numbers of have-nots will continue to grow.
Believe me - I really wish I could stop doing this work, I am too sick and tired, but there seems to be only a very few of us interested in doing it. What I have gotten out of it is insults, and depression and tired.
I really wish I did not know what I know. But like our own Lynda Lukasik said to me one time, "Once you see it - you can't look away and pretend it isn't happening."
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