David Menzies
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David Menzies is a Toronto-based writer, editor and broadcaster.

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Wildrose Could Kill Fake "Canadian" Beer Company's Tax Subsidies

(4) Comments | Posted April 23, 2012 | 12:29 PM

With the Wildrose Alliance Party of Alberta surging in the polls, the tax subsidy party might just be coming to an end for Minhas Craft Brewery -- Alberta's "fake" Canadian beer company.

Minhas Craft Brewery thrives on a PR strategy in which it positions itself as a hometown David going...

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Why I Hate the Vancouver Canucks

(63) Comments | Posted April 16, 2012 | 8:06 AM

I was overjoyed to spot a headline on this week's edition of Maclean's magazine: "Why Won't Canada Love the Canucks?"

The four-page feature, titled, "Canucks...Nation? They're our best hope for a Stanley Cup, so why don't Canadians love the Vancouver Canucks?" made for vindication for your Canucks-hating...

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Oh Tanenbaum, Dear Tanenbaum, How Lousy is Your Sorry?

(3) Comments | Posted April 11, 2012 | 2:19 PM

Generally speaking, the public is very forgiving.

Case in point: In 1982, when seven people in the Chicago area died due to ingesting Extra Strength Tylenol tablets that were tainted with cyanide, it was predicted that Tylenol as a brand name would also perish. After all, a pain...

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Hey Hockey Parents, Your Kids Are Poor Sports

(9) Comments | Posted April 2, 2012 | 1:52 PM

Beyond hockey's inherent excitement and sheer speed; beyond its matchless grace and awe-inducing physicality, there's another cherished element to the best game you can name: the quiet chivalry of the post-series handshake.

Indeed, when that final game has been played and a team is eliminated from the playoffs or a...

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Switch on Your Lights for "Earth Hour" Tonight

(19) Comments | Posted March 31, 2012 | 6:23 PM

Tonight, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m, we're being told to turn off the lights in celebration of something called "Earth Hour." And we're being told to do so by all those enlightened progressive types so as we can collectively take a stand against "AGW" (Anthropogenic Global Warming - a.k.a., human-caused...

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You Can't Hide Behind the Gay Flag, Brian Burke

(12) Comments | Posted March 8, 2012 | 7:42 AM

Question: When do you know that a public figure really needs a P.R. boost?

Answer: When that person wraps himself in the rainbow flag.

Case in point: Toronto Maple Leafs GM/bully Brian Burke -- who endeavours (and sometimes succeeds) in getting commentators fired when he doesn't care for their opinions...

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Brian Burke's Off-Ice Slapshots

(10) Comments | Posted March 5, 2012 | 5:57 PM

A big win against the Montreal Canadiens aside, one thing is apparent to the fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs (at least the ones who are realists): The team is likely going to miss the playoffs for an unprecedented seventh straight season. And the great Brian Burke experiment has been...

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Why are We Subsidizing Fake Canadian Beer?

(34) Comments | Posted February 11, 2012 | 1:57 PM

David vs. Goliath is one of those rousing Bible tales that, over the course of several centuries, has become the template for so many stories found in fables, literature, and cinema. Thanks to the human proclivity for compassion and empathy, the idea of the scrappy little guy triumphing against all...

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Let's Put a Stop to the Pan Scam Games

(10) Comments | Posted January 9, 2012 | 6:15 AM

What a surprise. Not.

Paul Henderson (not Paul Henderson the hockey player who scored the winning goal for Team Canada in 1972, but the Paul Henderson who fronted Toronto's 1996 Olympic Bid) recently caused a commotion in the sporting community. He sent an open letter to Ontario Premier...

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War on Christmas Reaches Defcon One

(33) Comments | Posted December 24, 2011 | 9:56 AM

Is it just me, or did the War on Christmas ramp-up to Def-Con 1 status this year?

Item: School buses in Kingston, Ont., are forbidden to display any sort of Christmas decorations. Safety first, you understand. After all, that Santa Claus poster affixed to the roof of the bus might...

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OLG Gambles on New Image With Our Dollars

(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2011 | 9:31 AM

Pssst? Wanna make 12 bucks, plenty of questions asked?

Then simply take part in an OLG market research interview at a shopping mall near you.

The Q&A is being paid for by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (meaning you, actually.) The questionnaire? Unintentionally funny.

The OLG wants to know...

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Why I Am Boycotting the Grey Cup

(13) Comments | Posted November 26, 2011 | 10:55 AM

This Sunday, Canadians are supposed to huddle en masse in front of TVs and watch our home-grown version of Super Bowl Lite, a.k.a., the Grey Cup.

I shan't be among them.

Indeed, I'm actually calling for a boycott of the Canadian Football League's big game -- and for the CFL...

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Why Are Alberta Taxpayers Subsidizing Wisconsin Brewing Jobs?

(18) Comments | Posted November 24, 2011 | 2:41 PM

Government bailouts are increasingly de rigueur, these days. Still, it should go without saying that when a government injects a cash infusion (i.e., taxpayer dollars) into a business, the hoped for outcome is to save local jobs (witness the Ontario government lending money to Chrysler and General Motors a few...

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The War Against Remembrance Day

(23) Comments | Posted November 11, 2011 | 12:00 PM

Sometimes we celebrate the war dead.

Sometimes we honour the war dead.

But these days, we - that is to say, those Canadians who deeply care about those
soldiers who made the supreme sacrifice -are increasingly finding ourselves in a
position in which we must defend the war...

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Why I'm Voting for None of the Above

(12) Comments | Posted October 3, 2011 | 9:43 AM

It came as absolutely no surprise to read that according to one online poll, 93 per cent of respondents said that Tuesday's Ontario leaders debate didn't change their minds in terms of who they'll be voting for next week.

After all, that vapid and vacuous debate didn't change my mind...

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Why Is Paul Henderson Not in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

(11) Comments | Posted September 26, 2011 | 1:19 PM

It was 39 years ago today that the most famous goal in Canadian hockey history was scored. And yet, in the almost four decades since that piece of vulcanized rubber got past Soviet Union goaltender Vladislav Tretiak, the Canadian who scored that goal, Paul Henderson, is still inexplicably not in...

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