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On the move!

Agh! You’re still here? My new site and weblog, is now up and running; new posts are building up over there, never to be mirrored here. Go! What are you waiting for? All the stuff worth keeping has been migrated over to the new server, and I don’t anticipate making any more posts here.

Bloggers and webmasters: Update your links! Simply replace with in your blogrolls or bookmarks to point to the new site. Old posts will remain on this server for as long as the people at Blogger/Google allow them to remain; unfortunately, I’m not going to bother to come up with any way of converting permalinks on this blog to their corresponding posts on the new site. Yes, I plead laziness. I also realize the irony of switching away from Blogger just it starts to add features that the demanding blog nerds insist upon.

Thanks for reading and linking, and see you over at!

—Ian King, December 13, 2004

Tuesday, January 28, 2003

Peter Worthington must have blown a gasket!

... or something like that. The editorial staff at the rigidly conservative Toronto Sun tabloid voted overwhelmigly -- by an 82-33 margin -- to join the Communications, Energy, and Paperworkers Union of Canada. The paper will be a union shop for the first time in its 32-year history. This has got to be a blow to the paper's opinion-mongers, who have never missed an opportunity to slag organized labour. But what the hell were they expecting. The days when the Sun gave out fat bonuses, staffed the paper well, threw lavish parties for the hacks, and had generous sabbaticals, are long gone. Under new owners Quebecor, staff were fired, sabbaticals, vacations, benefits, and bonuses became less generous, and morale at the paper fell off. To the ultra-right-wing columnists there, I suppose that it didn't matter, but when you're a hack with debts, a mortgage, and a family to feed, well, the protection of a union looks pretty damn good.

Something tells me that you won't be seeing the paper endorse Jack Layton for Prime Minister or Howard Hampton and the NDP in the upcoming Ontario election, though.

No reaction in the Sun's op-ed pages yet. Stay tuned.
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