Having been retired for five years now, I have to say, for the most part, it has been great. I get to do what I want when I want and, best of all, I no longer have to get up early and trudge off to work.
I've spoken to thousands of environmental and community activists during many years of meeting with Canadians across this country. I've heard too many stories of people being harassed, ostracized, sued for standing up to large corporations and even fired from jobs because of their environmental advocacy. Canadians must continue to speak out for our water, land, air and wildlife, for justice for Indigenous Peoples, and for a clean energy future -- without fear of harassment, intimidation and hatred.
The Ontario-based coffee retailer made popular by unpretentious, family-loving, hard-working resource employees from Prince Rupert, B.C. to Fort McMurray, Alta. to St. John's, NL just told its core customers to take a hike.
First there was the obligatory second credit card everyone said I needed as an emergency backup. But it wasn't long before the card slots in my wallet began rapidly filling up. One soon held a blue Air Miles card, the one that requires years of collecting to get a one-way trip to Hamilton. From then on, the acquisition of cards continued unabated.
My puppy, Yoshmenge, in the car. Despite recommendations to the contrary, I sometimes skip breakfast, as I did today. It is mid-morning and I am hun...
It's more likely that corporate tax cuts have led to some income and tax shifting from other tax jurisdictions (such as the Tim Horton's deal) or from personal income, which is taxed at a higher rate. These may have lessened the fall in Canada's corporate tax revenue losses, but not by much.
Like many Canadians I love to indulge in a cup of Tim Hortons coffee. They're Canadian, there are lots of them, and they're affordable. And who doesn't love their infamous Rrrrollll Up The Rim to Win contest? But I am willing to put my pride aside and in fact boycott Tim Hortons indefinitely.
A Winnipeg woman who burned herself while drinking Tim Hortons wants the Canadian government to set and enforce "safe beverage temperature rules." If you listen carefully enough, you can hear Ralph Nader and Michael Moore hi-fiving from the other side of the border. But while this might seem like a way of slapping down "irresponsible" big businesses, it would actually give them a huge competitive advantage over smaller players.
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Tim Hortons and Dunkin' Donuts face off in the latest cartoon from Mike Spicer.
A hectic day left me feeling pretty cranky by the time lunch was over. There was a rush out the door taking us to the local rink. When our troupe got there, something magic came over me. I remembered what it felt like again to walk in the snow toward the monkey bars. Then I realize -- each day, from start to finish is a gift.
The Calgary Board of Education has recently opened the door to the naming of classrooms to corporate sponsorship. Naming of classrooms or programs leads to some very fundamental questions about public education and has many drawbacks. One of which is if you allow Coca Cola a five year deal on a school gym, why not another school sponsored by Pepsi? If they can sponsor a high school gym, how about a junior high? A middle school? An elementary?
Let's face it, if the world is ending in a few months, Canadians had best acknowledge that the year 2012 has given us a unique national identity before we (and the Earth's seven billion inhabitants) are unable to throw another curling rock over the hog line. Without waiting for the world to end or the NHL season to start, let's begin.
I've decided to boycott Tim Hortons. What put me over the top was learning recently that Tim Hortons has thus far resisted a campaign urging it to join with certain other fast food restaurants in weaning itself off meat producers whose use of things like "gestation crates" for pigs that are cruel to the animals.
The following is a dramatic analysis of how and why coffee runs my life, and why I consult it for advice, inspiration and motivation every day, and why I could never live in a place that routinely charges above $2.50 a cup.
Canadians still aren't quite American in their girth, but our fondness for Timbits takes a toll. If Canada wants to avoid American-style obesity rates, we need to take some thoughtful steps. First, we need to emphasize physical education in our schools.