Archive for December, 2017

Francis Bacon, Head I. Oil and tempera on board, 1948. Collection of Richard S. Zeisler, New York.

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A well deserved win, with some stiff competition. The price-fixing on bread is really just the tip of the iceberg, here. Don’t forget the union-busting!

“When the Ontario Liberals announced their intention to raise the minimum wage to $15 by 2019 (under great pressure from workers and social movements) this past May, Weston responded by pleading poverty. Weston said the rise in the minimum wage would cost his company roughly $190 billion and would be a significant headwind to his business. Never mind that Loblaw Companies Limited profits continue to smash new records and that Weston’s personal wealth is in excess of $8 billion, Weston wanted you to feel bad for him and his company because they couldn’t pay the poverty wages to his workers.

Loblaws, which has been long in the spotlight for tax dodging, was named in this fall’s release of the Paradise Papers. The company registered offshore holding companies in Barbados and Bermuda in 2005. By some estimates its tax avoidance schemes have cost tax payers up to $350 million dollars.

And then on the day the Ontario government passed Bill 148 increasing the minimum wage to $15 and strengthening labour laws Loblaws announced it was closing twenty stories and firing 500 people from the company, despite making record profits.

Not to be outdone Weston and co., after an investigation by the Competition Bureau, copped to a 14 year price fixing scheme on bread. Yes, Weston had been fixing the price on fucking bread for 14 years, a basic food necessity for many Canadians. People used to be guillotined for that.”

Galen Weston Jr., 2017 Scumbag of the Year

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“North Bay Bandit Escapes With $80,” The Globe and Mail. December 30, 1936. Page 01.

Coal Dealer Wounded in Finger When Gunman Fires Shot to Enforce Order to Hand Over Cash

North Bay, Dec. 29 (CP). – North Bay’s first armed robbery in more than four years occurred tonight, when a masked man entered the office of Coleman & Prest, coal and wood dealers, fired a shot at Charles E. Coleman when he refused to hand over the day’s receipts, and escaped with between $70 and $80 in cash. Police launched a city-wide search for the bandit. Authorities said his face was covered by a red handkerchief. The bullet fired at the elderly proprietor of the establishment grazed his little finger.

The proprietor was carrying the money in his pocket and started for the door. When he put his hand on the door knob, the marauder drew a revolver and fired, wounding Coleman’s finger. The invader then tied the proprietor’s hands behind his back with string and rifled his pockets, obtaining, it is believed, close to $80.

Coleman was found a short time later by two employees who had been working outside at the time of the hold-up. They told police they did not hear the shot fired. Equipped with a partial description of the thief, police here and in the district are conducting an intense search tonight. As yet no trace of the man has been found.

The bullet which nipped Mr. Coleman’s finger was found in the office floor.

Sought at Sudbury.
Sudbury, Dec. 29 (Special). – Sudbury police have been asked to watch out for an armed thief who held up G. H. Coleman at North Bay tonight and shot him in one hand. The thief is said to have escaped with $50.

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“No Place For Dope Fiends,” Toronto Star. December 30, 1918. Page 21.

Escaped Drug Victims From Farm Are Sent to Burwash Reformatory.

During the trial of Joseph Howe and Anthony Riordan, before Judge Winchester this morning, it developed that there was no proper place in Ontario where drug victims, who may be serving sentences, can be treated.

Howe and Riordan were charged with attempting to escape from the jail farm. Both had been heavy users of drugs, and Major Morrison, governor of the jail farm, complained to the judge that it was impossible to treat drug victims at the farm. He thought that they should be sent to the asylum for treatment, but they could not be sent there unless they volunteered to go themselves.

Crown Attorney Greer: ‘I understand, major, that drugs have been circulating pretty freely through the farm.’

Major Morrison: ‘There has not been a case in 16 months, and that one was stopped. The only dope the men get now is what the jail surgeon, Dr. Johns, prescribed as a minimum amount for their treatment.’

Judge Winchester: ‘What would happen to them were it all cut off?’

Major Morrison: ‘The coroner would have them.’

Mr. Greer: ‘Yes, they would go insane and death would follow.’

His Worship agreed that death should be prevented, and regretted that the men would not go to the asylum for treatment. Mr. Greer believed that Riordan’s family, who were very respectable, could persuade him to take the treatment. Six months were added to each of their sentences to be served at the Ontario Reformatory at Burwash, his Honor hoping that the men would consent to go to Brockville for treatment.

Major Morrison said that there had been twenty-two attempts to escape from the Jail farm this year so far, but that all but one had been caught.

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“Lad Sentenced,” Hamilton Spectator. December 30, 1918. Page 12.

Kemp Got Eighteen Months On Burglary Charge

The trial of John Martin and Edward Kemp, two Grimsby youths, who were charged with breaking into the Village Inn and stealing a number of articles, was held before Magistrate Kidd, in the town hall at Grimsby, on Saturday. Martin was allowed off on suspended sentence. Kemp, however, was given 18 months in jail, the preponderance of evidence showing that he was the one who had suggested the burglary and induced the other lad to join him. Norman Kay appeared for Martin and G. B. McConachie, of Grimsby, for the other defendant.

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December 30, 2017: a new episode of The Anatomy Lesson at 11pm EST on CFRC 101.9fm. The last episode of 2017, in fact, and in tribute, and by tradition, we will play no music from the current year. And some old favorites of this program. Featuring music by LAKE RADIO, A.I.Z., Nocturnal Emissions, Enstruction, Eric Random, Protoplasm, German Army, Esruk & Stephen Ugo Rosin, Silvia Kastel + more.

Check out the setlist below, tune in at 101.9 on your FM dial, stream at http://audio.cfrc.ca:8000/listen.pls or listen to the archive after airing at cfrc.ca or on mixcloud: https://www.mixcloud.com/cameronwillis1232/the-anatomy-lesson-december-30-2017/

Unkommunity – “The Hand Behind” Oblivione (1983)
Enstruction – “Notes from Baalberith” Because We Care (1983)
Wigglepig / Cal – “Ueuecoyotl” The Universe is the Messiah (1987)
Zona Industriale – “Les silences des la voix” Materiali 1985-1987 (1997)
Silvia Kastel – “39” 39 (2015)
Lake Radio – “Martin Hannett’s Ghost” The Weather (2010)
Last Few Days – “Too Much Is Not Enough” Too Much Is Not Enough (1986)
Eric Random – “In Cassette Conference” Subliminal 1980-1982 (1980/2005)
Esruk & S. Ugo Rosin – “Cream Out” Rap’n Crack (1990)
German Army – “Interview With Self Copy” Worthless Spectrum (2016)
A.I.Z. – “No Possible Life” A.I.Z. (1983)
Protoplasm – “Violation File” Standard Encryption Algorithm (1993)
Nocturnal Emissions – “Wrongly Wired” Drowning In A Sea of Bliss (1983)
Lieutenant Murnau – “Psychophonia” Meet Lt. Murnau (1980)
Unkommunity – “New Awareness” Oblivione (1983)

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Joseph Mallord William Turner,

Peace – Burial at Sea

Oil paint on canvas. Exh. 1842.  Tate Collection. Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856. Ref. N00528.

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