Canada’s Steel Industry

Canada manufactures and exports very little steel. Steel manufactured in Canada is manufactured under the direction of global organizations. Canada sold its steel industry Hudsons Bay, Petro Canada, Tim Hortons and manufacturing companies like Dafasco  years ago. The Steel products that Canada exports comprise steel made and priced by China, the world’s foremost maker and marketer of steel.


Willie was always ready for a laugh as though nothing bothered him. He always seemed to know what was happening especially with pop groups and musicians when Rock and Roll was coming into view. I’ve often wondered if I’d ever’ve taken up drumming if it weren’t for Willie. It was Willie’s idea to start a band that would need a drummer; and Willie knew that Phil Exton on the Lakeshore had a drum set to sell. And when our friend, my neighbour Harry, abandoned his Eaton’s catalogue guitar, Willie found Gibbie who had a garage to rehearse in. Willie knew of the Gem movie theatre up on Dundas where groups played at Saturday matinée movie intermissions. He found Norm Parish our brilliant 15 or 16-year-old saxophone player who seemed to know all Red Prysock’s swinging tunes with their thundering off beat. And when Gibbie left, Willie recruited guitar playing singer Gene MacLellan, future writer of Ann Murray hits .

I never did ask Willie about his past and why at the age of about 17 he was living at Mrs. Beatty’s tourist home overlooking the Sunnyside amusement park and the big wooden roller coaster painted white where Reese Pitcher, a rabid R&B fan until “The Franker”(Sinatra) reappeared in the late 50’s used to ride standing to the top and down waving his arms over his head and yelling. And I never asked why at 17 Willie had a steady day job and why he never seemed to take a day off or why he called everyone “George”

Willie’s greatest feat was getting myself, Gene and Norm from our west end, Parkdale, rehearsals to become with Bruce, Len and Harold at Playter Hall at Broadview and Danforth, The Consuls , and I never had a chance to ask him how he did it.

Canada’s TSX is reaching record highs.

Yesterday all day and the day before BNN interviewers and the financial experts they interviewed spoke grimly about despondent investor sentiment caused by President Trump’s desire to impose tariffs on goods imported into the USA. Today the Toronto stock exchange according to captions appearing on my television screen for the past 2 hours say that the Toronto, Canada stock exchange has surpassed former highs.

Face Book

PJ media says “Breaking up with Facebook is apparently as difficult as breaking up with a bad boyfriend or girlfriend who won’t accept your decision.” But I had little difficulty getting free. I joined face book briefly when trying to contact an old friend at the other end of Canada. A note came up online saying if I wanted to contact that distant friend I’d have to get a face book account so I did. But all I got was a bunch of advertising images that seemed the real goal of my face book membership so I quit. I was never able to contact that friend with or without face book. I wish my Twitter withdrawals had been that clean.

Whose Steele: Canada’s Britains or China’s?

The Guardian printed what follows On April 1 2016 when David Cameron was England’s Prime Minister.

British politicians have been accused of pandering to China by blocking new tariffs on Chinese imports to the EU, a measure designed to prop up Europe’s struggling steel industry.

The tariff move by the People’s Republic is likely to anger steelworkers and unions, who blame China for much of the industry’s recent troubles. Steel firms say one of the key reasons for the UK industry’s woes is that state-subsidised firms in China are “dumping” their product on the European market, due to flagging demand at home.

The UK business secretary, Sajid Javid, who visited Tata Steel’s struggling Port Talbot plant on Friday, has been accused of blocking measures to crack down on Chinese imports. Javid voted against EU plans to lift the “lesser duty” rule, which would have allowed for higher duties to be levied on Chinese steel imports. The UK has also lobbied for China to be granted “market economy status”, which would make it even harder to crack down on steel dumping.

“The fact is that the UK has been blocking this,” European Steel Association (Eurofer) spokesperson Charles de Lusignan told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. “They are not the only member state but they are certainly the ring leader in blocking the lifting of the lesser duty rule. The ability to lift this was part of a proposal that the European commission launched in 2013, and the fact that the UK continues to block it means that when the government says it’s doing everything it can to save the steel industry in the UK and al