Politics and its Discontents: Worth Repeating

I think Rick Mercer speaks for many of us in this ‘rant.’ Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Double Double, Toil And Trouble: Star Readers On Tim Hortons And The Minimum Wage Hike

As always, the letters from Star readers do not disappoint: I am really finding it difficult to empathize with businesses like Tim Hortons crying over the minimum-wage increase. The fact that these businesses are paying minimum wage in the first place demonstrates a corporate greed that supersedes any dignity and respect for their employees that ...

Politics and its Discontents: Despite The Hysteria The Sky Will Not Fall

In an op-ed piece the other day, Dan Kelly, president of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, wrote of the economic Armageddon awaiting Ontario businesses thanks to the recently-hiked Ontario hourly minimum wage to $14, to be increased to $15 next year. While no one can fault Kelly for pandering to the interests of his ...

Politics and its Discontents: You Get What You Pay For

That fundamental truth is grasped by two small-scale entrepreneurs, much to the shame of much larger entities like Tim Hortons which, as widely reported, are taking out their outrage and venality on their employees. Gilleen Witkowski, who operates a dog-walking business in Toronto, has this to say: “I’m a millennial and my whole working life, ...

Alberta Politics: Tim Hortons brew-haha shows how the fast-food industry doesn’t get PR, Economics 101, or what Canadians think

PHOTOS: Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne in a very old picture that has the dual advantages of showing her wearing a smile appropriate to the occasion being discussed and of having been taken by your blogger. Below: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives analyst Michal Rozworski (Photo: Twitter), the late but actual non-iconic Tim Horton (Photo: Wikipedia), ...

Politics and its Discontents: A CBC Bias?

I will be the first to admit that I get only modest amounts of my news from television. However, due to the severe cold we have been experiencing for too long here in Ontario, I have been doing very little walking, usually a mainstay of my daily routine. To compensate, I have been spending some ...

A BCer in Ottawa: Eating up the Hill: Tim Hortons and the saga of the devolving Apple Fritter

Like many Canadians, Tim Hortons is often a part of my morning routine. Not for coffee — I’m not a coffee drinker — but a few days a week I’ll stop on my way to work for a bagel and/or a donut. Or, to be more specific, a fritter. For more than a decade, the ...

A BCer in Ottawa: Eating up the Hill: Tim Hortons and the saga of the devolving Apple Fritter

Like many Canadians, Tim Hortons is often a part of my morning routine. Not for coffee — I’m not a coffee drinker — but a few days a week I’ll stop on my way to work for a bagel and/or a donut. Or, to be more specific, a fritter. For more than a decade, the ...

Alberta Politics: Jason Kenney makes it official with fresh-faced extras and unattributed tribute to the Nixon Era

PHOTOS: A screen grab from yesterday’s video feed of Jason Kenney announcing his candidacy for the leadership of the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party in Calgary. Immediately behind him is Caitlyn Madliner, who has prominently figured in anti-PC campaigns. Below: The late Alberta premier Ralph Klein, defeated Conservative MP Joan Crockatt, President Richard M. Nixon and ...

Alberta Politics: Where’s the beef? Alberta’s cattle industry is only getting what it ordered from Earls

PHOTOS: Where’s the beef? Not in Alberta, if this province’s beef industry can do anything about it. One thing this story has nothing to do with is small-time ranchers like the guy on the steer or independent restaurants like the one run by the mom and pop below. The former picture belongs to the Golden ...

Alberta Politics: This just in: Prime minister calls early election … I mean, calls an election early … What could possibly go wrong?

PHOTOS: The prime minister of Canada in a Navy hat. The new kind. Yeah! A macho Navy cap! Now where’s Tommy Flanagan, now that we need him again? No, not that Tommy Flanagan! The political strategy guy. Below: Former prime minister Joe Clark, former Alberta premier Jim Prentice and current Alberta Premier Rachel Notley. Let’s ...

Susan on the Soapbox: Boycott Tim Hortons? Seriously??

The recent media frenzy generated by Tim Hortons’ decision to pull the Enbridge ads off their in-store Tims TV monitors almost drove Ms Soapbox to drink (G&Ts not Tims double double). Then she paused. The #BoycottTims brouhaha created a learning opportunity—for businessmen and conservative politicians alike. The business lesson Here are the steps that resulted ...

Cowichan Conversations: Opposites Attract: The New Conservative Love Affair With Canada

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger Canada and the US share the world’s longest undefended border, speak the same language approximately, and as is engraved on the ‘Peace Arch’ in Blaine Washington we are ‘Children of a Common Mother’. We have a great deal in common and yet there are social and cultural differences that remind us that ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: On King Horton’s

Dear Mr. Horton, Although I never drink the plonk that mascarades as regular joe at your outlets, and though your specialty donuts are nothing but sub-standard attempts to cash in on whatever aspect of “Canadianness” seems most exploitable at the moment, and though your iced-coffee is a caffeinated abortion,  and though the youth of today refer ...

Politics and its Discontents: Note To Tim Hortons Head Office: Please Respect Your Workers

On Sunday, I wrote about The Toronto Star reporting that a Tim Hortons franchisee is eliminating paid breaks for his/her employees as retaliation against the June 1 increase of the minimum wage in Ontario to $11 per hour. Yesterday, I sent off a letter to the head office of the coffee and donut emporium. I ...

Politics and its Discontents: Tim Hortons Takes Aim And Fires

The advertising would have us believe that Tim Hortons is a Canadian institution and icon that we should all revere as patriotic citizens. Who can forget the role the coffee and donut emporium has played over the years in bringing caffeine comfort to early-morning hockey dads, sending underprivileged kids to camp, and, gosh darn, just ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Everyone’s A Consumer Critic

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. – A man has been sentenced to 15 months in jail for a destructive drive-thru at a southern Alberta Tim Hortons.Jake Krahn has also been ordered to pay restitution for ramming a stolen oilfield truck into his own pickup which then crashed through the restaurant in Taber two years ago. Poor guy probably ...

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: TFWP: SHUT IT DOWN, Minister Kenney

If the C. D. Howe Institute study released yesterday isn’t a clue as to what is so fundamentally flawed with the TFWP, I don’t know what is. In its report, the non-partisan C.D. Howe Institute looked at a number of examples, but focused on what impact the program had on the labour market in British ...

ParliamANT Hill: ConservAntive senAntor argues Elections Cantada shouldn’t promote voting

Inspired by this headline:  http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/linda-frum-stirs-controversy-with-elections-canada-questions-1.2606836

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Another Random Obervation Re Tim Hortons And Their Products

@scroll Another product nobody will buy and, hence, staff will soon forget how to make decently.— Bigcitylib (@Bigcitylib2) February 25, 2014 Pretty slow day news-wise, I must say.

Alberta Diary: Olympic Hockey: It’ll take Grit to overcome Sisu – are Tories patriotic enough to let it happen?

Looks like Finnish hockey to me! Can’t understand what they’re saying, but, Canadians beware, they might have Sisu. Below: A Sisu truck; Lauri Rapala, inventor of the lure of Vaaksy.  To heck with politics! Let’s talk hockey, a subject on which our physically unimposing prime minister is nevertheless supposedly an expert, which gives Alberta Diary ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Tim Hortons History In Pictures

They’ve put together a slide-show.  So far this is my favorite pic: The more things change, the more they remain the same.  

OPSEU Diablogue: Matthews promises to improve PSW compensation — but it will take time

There may soon be good news for the province’s personal support workers. “When PSWs tell me they can make more at Tim Horton’s, I sit up and take notice,” Health Minister Deb Matthews was reported to have said yesterday at … Continue reading →

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Dad Scores A Goal … With A Big Assist From Tim Hortons, Eh!

I felt like a bit of a superstar on the Conor page this morning.  Yesterday we took Conor to see “Frozen” in the mall theater and we got a few things done but tried to avoid going out on the roads with some of the frantic Christmas driving going on. We overlooked a few basics ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Tim Hortons And The Gay Coffee, Part VII: Timmys Rolls Out Its Sleeves

Something, as the article notes, that Starbucks did years ago. And so Tim Hortons slowly adopts the manner of the gay, city coffee.  Because when I was a lad no man would think to use a sleeve with their morning Timmy’s. The blistered fingers were part of the rustic, every-guy charm.  Also, the pain distracted ...