Jonathan Naymark
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Jonathan Naymark is a pun aficionado-cum-businessman who tends to write opinion pieces in his spare time. He can be found on twitter: @naymark or on his blog: www.negativeninetythousand.blogspot.com.

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So Starbucks Got Your Name Wrong? Get Over It, Princess

(32) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 4:05 PM

Alright peeps, we need to talk about some first world problem stuff going on right here and no, I'm not talking about the toilet situation in Sochi that has captivated journalists in the lead up to the Olympic games. For the record, next time someone sends you to a foreign...

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Hey Blue Jays, Your Word Play Needs Some Practice

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2012 | 9:02 AM

Fans of the Toronto Blue Jays shouldn't be that surprised that outfielder Yunel Escobar painted a derogatory slur on his face last Saturday. In general the Blue Jays seem to have a problem with their words. Lord knows that the word "win" has become a meaningless concept to...

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Is the Liberal Red Fading?

(6) Comments | Posted August 30, 2012 | 11:25 PM

These are not, nor have the past five years, been the best of times to be a card carrying member of the Liberal Party. I'm barely old enough to recall a Canada that come election night was painted a deep Liberal red and I'm also just old enough to remember...

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Every Wildrose Has its Thorn

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2012 | 11:18 PM

It's tempting to look at the rise of Danielle Smith's Wildrose Party as an Alberta-only phenomenon.

The conventional wisdom is the Wildrose's imminent electoral success has been nurtured by its Alberta-first mentality; their populist "firewall Alberta" sentiment speaks to Albertans who fear the unscrupulous capitalists from central...

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What RIM's Failing Says About Canada

(14) Comments | Posted March 29, 2012 | 7:17 AM

Rather infamously, although unofficially, Google's corporate mantra is the fairly benign: "Don't be evil."
And while lately that philosophy has come under attack as Google extends its perky red, blue, yellow, and green claws into as many parts of the digital value chain as it can, the Google...

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Canada's 1% Aren't So Well Off

(28) Comments | Posted November 19, 2011 | 11:00 AM

A friend texted me the other night complaining about how someone on the subway car was plucking her eyebrows during her commute home.

"I wish I was part of the one per cent," she texted me, with what I could only assume was a sigh.

I quickly reminded...

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Canadian Blood Services and Elton John: Can You Feel the Blood Tonight?

(6) Comments | Posted August 19, 2011 | 3:28 PM

I tend to commute a fair bit these days and subsequently, I spend an inordinate amount of my time stuck in traffic listening to the radio. I've recently reset my dial to KX 96, GTA's only country. This conversion has been driven by the fact that if I have to...

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Rob and Doug Ford: Toronto's Brothers Grim

(3) Comments | Posted July 28, 2011 | 10:53 AM

I'm concerned that what I'm about to say may turn me into a social pariah, but here goes nothing: the City of Toronto, with a $774 million structural deficit, may indeed have to close a library branch or two.

Why? Well to quote Colonel Mustard from the...

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When it Comes to the Media, Nice Isn't Always Better Than Naughty

(5) Comments | Posted July 25, 2011 | 1:55 AM

God Bless Great Britain. Not only are they our colonial masters but our limey friends continue to provide us colonists with never ending amusement.

From Prince Charles telling his mistress that he wanted to become her tampon to Hugh Grant throwing a can of beans at the paparazzi, what...

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The Emergence of a Canadian Culture War

(109) Comments | Posted July 9, 2011 | 8:23 AM

In 2008, during the run-up to the then federal election, Maclean's columnist Andrew Coyne argued that Stephen Harper's much maligned $45 million cut to Heritage Canada's budget was not representative of some sort of Canadian Culture War as was then feared.

Instead Coyne argued that Harper's budget...

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Rob Ford's Gravy Train Hits Huntsville

(24) Comments | Posted June 23, 2011 | 12:06 PM

I'll admit that it does feel a bit odd chastising Mayor Rob Ford for his decision to spend the Canada Day long weekend dockside in Huntsville rather then doffing a rainbow-coloured Hawaiian shirt so he can march down Yonge Street getting sprayed by water guns and pelted with...

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