[UPDATED] Toronto Cop-Baiter Organizes Warm Bodies For Postal Worker’s Parliament Hill Rally! (Feat. Derek Soberal)

Derek Soberal (right) losing his cool...

Derek Soberal (right) losing his cool…

UPDATE: Now it appears that Olivia Chow is going to be introducing a bill in opposition to Canada Post- the last part of the formula. Yep, it’s all about the NDP!


Derek Soberal is one of Toronto’s most notorious and prolific cop-baiters. Wherever one sees radical left protesters clashing with the police, Soberal is generally front-and-centre at the head of the pack. One blogger labelled Soberal as an asshole with a camera, his escapades are always filmed. He’s known to take these videos and secretly cut parts out- right at the most important moments. Asshole is really too kind of a description for Soberal- the correct term is that he’s a fraud.

So, where do unions go when they want someone to help whip-up an audience of warm bodies for a postal workers rally? Derek Soberal of course. It’s only natural, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers is one of the most militant cop-hating unions in the country. Soberal’s cop-baiting hobby is the perfect match for CUPW…

The Canadian government has announced a major restructuring of the Canada Post, a bit part of this will be migrating mail delivery from people’s front-door to communal community mail boxes. This will naturally result in a smaller workforce, when that happens the radicals at CUPW will have less revenue to battle their radical politics. CUPW is holding a public rally in Ottawa this weekend in response.

CUPW’s goal is to get 2,000 people to gather in front of Prime Minister Harper’s office on Sunday. Most of the PM’s staff won’t be in on a Sunday, and it’s unlikely he will either. So, basically, it’s a symbolic photo-op.

It’s hard to get a good sized crowd for a rally like this. Most CUPW members would rather be chilling in their ice fishing cabins, skating the Rideau Canal, or cuddling up with their families on a cold January day (Sunday’s prediction is -23). So, what’s a union organizer to do?

Derek Soberal's announcement

Derek Soberal’s announcement

The answer is simple, outsource it! The formula is simple too. First, round up a group of malcontents who are willing to protest anything and whose lives are empty enough that a free winter trip to Ottawa looks attractive- entice them with some free food when they get there, and let the press know well in-advance so they can capture the all-important Kodak moment. (Pack-in a few true believers for best effect.)

Black Bloc rapper Darius Mirshahi headlining for OFL's Sid Ryan in 2012

Black Bloc rapper Darius Mirshahi headlining for OFL’s Sid Ryan in 2012

We saw the same thing happen in 2012 when Sid Ryan of the Ontario Federation of Labour used the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) and Occupy Toronto to round up a group of homeless people to act as his backdrop. A lot of people got duped that day, but Sid Ryan got himself on the CBC, so it was all worth it to him.

History repeats itself…

For entertainment’s sake, we’ll leave you with the infamous video Derek Soberal Gone Wild!

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  1. this postal union is the same one that Marc “the chair thrower” Brill was a member of, terrorizing employees there . Somehow, Soberal seems to be a perfect fit .

    1. Yep, couldn’t think of a better fit!

        • Concerned Canadian on January 26, 2014 at 14:48
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        Rotten twist on a HUGE problem for many Canadians…Lets see who complains when the cost to stay hooked up to internet and email services sky rockets and you have no other option than to pay for your photos and documents to be stored in the cloud so you will have to end up paying a fee to access them..you like the banks charge you to get your own money ..Without a postal service to remain an affordable option for all as then we will all be held hostage and will have to pay whatever is asked . We need to keep the ability to have privacy and other options to use if we want to. Just compare what you pay now for every member of your family and friends to have their own phone…when in the past we all seem to do fine with one land line…They hook us with fun and convenience and then drop the hammer to get more of our hard earned money…Just a plain shame..We will all age with time and could become ill or injured in the meantime so be considerate of all ability levels when you post an opinion.

    • Carter on January 24, 2014 at 08:49
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    too kind, not to kind…

    1. Thanks, I always appreciate proofreading help!

    • The Hammer on January 24, 2014 at 12:16
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    LOL they are still using the name “Occupy Canada” to protest. Which is funny to me since house to house mail delivery does not really fit in to the whole ‘99% v 1%’ thing. Additionally this is a major losing cause.

    I believe only about a third of the country even gets door to door mail service. Canada Post started converting the country to super mailboxes as early as the mid-80s. And there are just not enough people who care enough to keep door to door mail service. The last time CUPW went on strike most people were not impacted. I, like many Canadians, do not need mail service. 98% of the mail I get is junk anyway.

    Plus is not like Canada post is going away. People will just have to go to the central super mailbox. As for the elderly it is difficult for me to have sympathy. My grandmother is 92, lives on her own and has lived for the past 50 plus years in a town that has never had door to door mail service. She has always had to go to the town post office to get her mail. And she still manages.

    1. Yeah, it amazes me that people still identify under the Occupy banner…

    • CaligulaJones on January 24, 2014 at 14:38
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    I have SOME sympathy for postal workers, as I am good friends with a few (retired). I believe them when they tell of dictatorial middle-managers (many of them ex British military, for some reason) who, in fits of small man syndrome, drove morale into the toilet.

    HOWEVER, they also told me stories of Marxist agitation from the union, so my sympathy is more towards having good, honest workers caught in the middle of two idiotic sides.

    What does it say about your nation when your most militant union are posties? Miners, ship workers, steel workers…sure. Two skills needed: basic reading, light walking…

    1. Agreed, the postal workers are stuck in the middle. That said, it’s my understanding that they plan to drop staff by retirement/attrition. If that’s how it actually works, then the biggest impact is on the union and not the workers (which is a good thing, CUPW is toxic).

        • The Hammer on January 24, 2014 at 19:11
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        I was going to say the same thing. Most current workers will be unaffected.

        Even more dangerous for unions in general would be if Tim Hudak is elected premier of Ontario with a majority. And you can tell by the way union leaders are already pulling out all the stops to attack Hudak. Along with their allies in the left wing media. He wants to pass right to work legislation similar to what has been passed in many US states. And though Ontario is just one province it is the largest province. the financial impact on unions would be devastating.


        For those who do not know. Right to work legislation allows employees to have the right not to join a union as a condition of employment. Under current labour laws if an employer is a “Union shop” everyone who works there must join the union and pay dues. Most government jobs are union shops. In Wisconsin membership in public service unions plummeted. Especially in teachers unions.

          • Mark L. on January 26, 2014 at 22:33
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          The wonderful thing about “right to work” states is not only does union membership plummet but so do wages and benefits.

    • Carter on January 25, 2014 at 09:00
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    PS your Nov entry shows a pic of someone but not Emma Gilchrist

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