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CBC: Netflix Should Pay Tax To Subsidize CanCon

CBC: Netflix Should Pay Tax To Subsidize CanCon

Commented Jul 8, 2014 at 17:36:12 in Canada Business

“I'm not sure that the laws enforcing support of Cancon are particularly fair or effective, and I think that is Netflix's point as well. If they contribute millions of dollars to creating Canadian content that is going to be bought up and distributed only to paying cable subscribers, is that really supporting Canadian content? Their own model is way more accessible and since they now produce their own shows, a Canadian-filmed Netflix project would accomplish the goal of supporting Canadian content way more effectively than a "Netflix tax".”
CBC: Netflix Should Pay Tax To Subsidize CanCon

CBC: Netflix Should Pay Tax To Subsidize CanCon

Commented Jul 5, 2014 at 15:02:28 in Canada Business

“I don't think Netflix should be forced into actions that will only benefit its competitors. If the CBC really wants Netflix to support Canadian content, they should try to work out a deal for Netflix to film one of its projects in Canada, or pick a specific Canadian project to fund and then distribute exclusively.”

SupportOurVets on Jul 8, 2014 at 17:50:29

“Hemlock Grove was filmed in Port Perry and Oshawa... They are already doing it.”

Brian1980 on Jul 6, 2014 at 15:33:29

“The problem is whether not Netflix should gave special exemption that every other Tv producer and movie studio has to pay and has to meet, especially since they put up thetab for the content that Netflix airs”
Doug Ford: 'You Can Be Racist Against People That Have A Drinking Problem'

Doug Ford: 'You Can Be Racist Against People That Have A Drinking Problem'

Commented Jul 2, 2014 at 17:01:18 in Canada Politics

“I think Doug meant to call Killoran a chauvinist, meaning someone who believes members of their "group" are better than others; chauvinism isn't limited to the legally protected grounds for discrimination, such as race, religion, gender or sexuality. A chauvinist can indeed hate people who eat little red apples, for instance. But that's not racism and it's definitely not discrimination, and it's still not clear how Killoran was privileging any group over any other group in his attempt to hold the mayor accountable for his documented actions. Basically what Doug means to say is "That guy was mean to my brother and I didn't like what he said," which is fine as far as it goes, but wrong when Doug tries to make it sound like Killoran did something illegal.”

Ian Llangan on Jul 3, 2014 at 00:54:32

“I believe that if you ever used the term "chauvinist" in front of Doug Ford, he would merely respond by saying "You're right! Politics IS show-business!" Either that or proudly tell you that he and Rob each drive themselves to and from City Hall and that they don't need some snobby elite "chauvining" service to drive them around.”

DarrylBrowne on Jul 2, 2014 at 17:45:18

“Doug Ford meant nothing of the sort. He meant what he said. Did you not read, or can you not understand Doug Ford's ridiculous explanation of what he said and MEANT.”
Restaurants Canada Warns Of Closures As Temp Foreign Worker Program Suspended

Restaurants Canada Warns Of Closures As Temp Foreign Worker Program Suspended

Commented Apr 25, 2014 at 17:03:58 in Canada Business

“There is no severe labour shortage in the food service industry, period. Canadian employers need to get clean of their TFW addiction so they can get back to producing value for our economy.”
Unpaid Internship Crackdown At Toronto Life, The Walrus Magazines

Unpaid Internship Crackdown At Toronto Life, The Walrus Magazines

Commented Mar 27, 2014 at 16:40:08 in Canada Business

“I'm looking for entry-level work and I've seen so many unpaid internship ads, especially for magazines. But I refuse to work for free. It wouldn't be so bad if the internships were part-time or very short-term, like a month or two, but 6-month full-time unpaid internships are absurd; no one can support themselves like that. If magazines can't afford their labour costs, they need to file for bankruptcy, not victimize a generation of desperate students. On the other hand, humanities students need to wake up (I'm an English major myself). If there are no good jobs in the industry you trained for, you need to retrain or take a job somewhere else. No one should work for free and anyone who does is telling employers that this is ok. The only way to respond to an unpaid internship ad is with a (perfectly spelled) email informing the recruiter that this practice is illegal.”
This Is The Police Description Of The Rob Ford Crack Video (PHOTOS)

This Is The Police Description Of The Rob Ford Crack Video (PHOTOS)

Commented Mar 21, 2014 at 15:33:59 in Canada Politics

“I'm not sure where you are coming from, your post reads as somewhat erratic. I only meant to say that for myself and probably many others, our response to this ongoing scandal has shifted from anger and incredulity to a realization that this person is actually not in his right mind and we have all been allowing the media to parade him around, which is not helping. Until the police charge him, there is nothing more to say.”
This Is The Police Description Of The Rob Ford Crack Video (PHOTOS)

This Is The Police Description Of The Rob Ford Crack Video (PHOTOS)

Commented Mar 19, 2014 at 11:31:59 in Canada Politics

“This person must be mentally ill. He takes absolutely no responsibility for his actions and seems completely oblivious to their effects on others, especially given his powerful position. I am sure there is more criminal activity behind this. I really don't like Ford as mayor but I'm sincerely concerned for his mental health at this point. I want him to resign not only so we can have a competent mayor but so that he can seek help, away from all of the pressure and attention.”

piceaglauca on Mar 19, 2014 at 11:47:47

“The primary person who should care about his health is Rob, not every unknown in the city of Toronto. Obviously, he doesn't care or doesn't show he cares so why should anyone else? God helps those who helps themselves. Further to this, don't you think this has gone on long enough? Have the papers run out of conversation? Look, they even have stopped talking about that missing jet and that's a far bigger story. Who really cares? This whole concept of caring is a platitude unless you can really make a difference. It's about as effective as get well cards.”
Conservatives Defend Questionable Lunches For Political Staff

Conservatives Defend Questionable Lunches For Political Staff

Commented Feb 25, 2014 at 16:08:29 in Canada Politics

“First they deny. Then they apologize. Waiting for the other shoe to drop.”

Punned It on Feb 25, 2014 at 22:55:43

“Apologize? Nope. they don't do apologies. First they deny. Then they deflect. Then they blame someone and throw them under the bus. Never an apology.

Has Clement apologized for the gazebos yet?”
10 Most Annoying People You Meet On Public Transit

10 Most Annoying People You Meet On Public Transit

Commented Feb 22, 2014 at 00:16:12 in Canada Living

“That person who leans their whole body against a support pole so that no one else can hold onto it. You do not look cool. You look clueless.”

Dr Summeroff on Feb 24, 2014 at 11:23:35

“One day, I'll have the guts to ask a person doing this they are doing their homework from stripper college. ;-)”
Netflix Regulated By The CRTC? CMPA Says Yes

Netflix Regulated By The CRTC? CMPA Says Yes

Commented Feb 12, 2014 at 12:42:26 in Canada Business

“I started using unblock-us.com to access American Netflix once I realized that CANADIAN SHOWS were available on American but not Canadian Netflix. The part about preventing Canadians from accessing content that is owned by Canadian media companies is hugely insulting, seeing as how they didn't see fit to sell the rights to Netflix and are just trying to protect their own monopoly. I wasn't aware it was the CRTC's job to make sure media companies have a nice safe audience to gouge. Ridiculous.”
RentMoola Wants You To Put Your Rent On Your Credit Card

RentMoola Wants You To Put Your Rent On Your Credit Card

Commented Nov 11, 2013 at 17:32:48 in Canada Business

“Some people already do this so they can collect the rewards on their credit card, which I think is smart if you're comfortable with your landlord. That fee is too steep, though, to use this service and I agree with others that it could go really, really wrong with a bad landlord.”
Happy Marriage Secrets: It's All About The Wife

Happy Marriage Secrets: It's All About The Wife

Commented Nov 8, 2013 at 20:22:18 in Canada Living

“Based on my own experience, this might be because the sooner the woman cools down, the less likely she is to say hurtful things or make really negative statements about the husband or their relationship. I've done this (I'm a straight woman) and my mother also does this, and it's pretty hard to forget some of the things she's said to me. I would definitely say it's hurt our relationship. I wouldn't have thought the study would show such a strong gender correlation, then again it sounds like they used all straight, cis-gendered couples. I'd be fascinated to hear what happens when you do this study with LGBTQQ couples.”
Rick Mercer: Unpaid Internships Are Supposed To Be Illegal (VIDEO)

Rick Mercer: Unpaid Internships Are Supposed To Be Illegal (VIDEO)

Commented Oct 24, 2013 at 07:56:59 in Canada Business

“The issue with internships and full-time work is that by definition, if an intern is promised work at the end of the internship, he/she counts as an employee during the internship and deserves pay. Four weeks is a more reasonable amount of time for an internship and if there was the promise of work at the end of it, it could be ok. But now there are 6-month internships and longer. No one can go that long without paying their bills, which means they're going into debt or living with their parents. Either way, for a healthy economy we want workers who make a paycheck and go out and spend it, not interns who work for free and spend money they don't have (and not much of that, either).”
Charging For Paper Bills: There Oughta Be A Law, Opposition Says

Charging For Paper Bills: There Oughta Be A Law, Opposition Says

Commented Oct 1, 2013 at 19:56:37 in Canada Business

“Actually, there was a story about paper billing a few months ago, maybe when companies first announced these new charges. At the time, people were upset because the fee disproportionately attacks the elderly and the poor. I do all my financial stuff electronically, but I have my own computer and internet and my eyes are fine, so I can read everything. None of that is true for low-income people, and even the elderly who are computer-literate need lots of options for enlarging the print, a function that isn't always available. This has, in fact, been an issue for some time, and not just for the opposition.”

Douglas Sinclair on Oct 1, 2013 at 22:49:15

“All true but the last sentence. I don't recall either the L-berals or C-onservatives making any noise lately (if ever |) about it . Have they, actually? The Beholden to Bay Street Boys ? Seriously ?”
Most People Don't Know Obamacare Sign-Up Starts Next Month: Survey

Most People Don't Know Obamacare Sign-Up Starts Next Month: Survey

Commented Sep 28, 2013 at 23:16:42 in Business

“Canadian here. Your system may work for the rich, but the costs incurred by everyone else are too great for your country to withstand. Canadians do face longer wait times than we should, but high-priority (life-threatening) cases are prioritized, moving through the system very quickly. No one dies because the wait time for their surgery was too long (unless they need an organ donation and are not at the top of the list, which is the same for the U.S). No one dies because they can't afford health care, and more importantly, people's lives aren't ruined because they got sick or had an accident. No argument that you guys are one of the top countries in the world but you can do better for your population; smaller and poorer countries have universal health care, and we haven't all turned into Communists.”
Rob Ford, Toronto Mayor, Almost As Popular Now As He Was In 2010, Poll Suggests

Rob Ford, Toronto Mayor, Almost As Popular Now As He Was In 2010, Poll Suggests

Commented Sep 26, 2013 at 07:48:49 in Canada Politics

“The idea part isn't hard. The realistic plan part might be.”
Rob Ford, Toronto Mayor, Almost As Popular Now As He Was In 2010, Poll Suggests

Rob Ford, Toronto Mayor, Almost As Popular Now As He Was In 2010, Poll Suggests

Commented Sep 25, 2013 at 15:28:03 in Canada Politics

“I agree that vote splitting was a major influence in our last election because there wasn't one really good opponent to Ford in the running. I hope it will be different this year; I like left-leaning candidates like Olivia Chow or Adam Vaughan (I don't know if he's running but I wish he was!) but I don't think they would win because they are too polarizing. So I would settle for a stable, intelligent, competent individual from any party whose ideas are based on a thoughtful consideration of Toronto's needs (not a tally of what will win the most votes) and who has a realistic plan for achieving them. Really not that much to ask.”

bologne police on Sep 25, 2013 at 22:59:28

“Cutting spending and eliminating waste.....what a terrible idea.”
Rob Ford, Toronto Mayor, Almost As Popular Now As He Was In 2010, Poll Suggests

Rob Ford, Toronto Mayor, Almost As Popular Now As He Was In 2010, Poll Suggests

Commented Sep 25, 2013 at 13:10:26 in Canada Politics

“I think it's interesting that this poll was taken and released at this time - right after Ford has been taking credit for getting subways for Scarborough and not increasing the city budget. Polls can sway public opinion, even though they're just supposed to be reporting facts; I wonder who paid for this one.

I have not forgotten the video tape or the mass exodus of all of Ford's worthwhile staffers, or how he hid for a week and wouldn't comment, then suddenly emerged smug and victorious. I haven't forgotten his past issues with drugs, his irresponsible driving, or his use of city resources for his volunteer football coaching, or how during his trial he actually defended himself by saying he never read the materials regarding political conflicts of interest.

This man never had my trust, but he has now lost my respect, and he's not going to get it back by grandstanding. Torontonians need to remember all the past shenanigans, because he is going to do everything possible to make us forget in time for the election. And don't be fooled by polls like this. I for one still think Ford is the wrong person to run this city.”

Ralph Mellish on Sep 25, 2013 at 15:58:57

“Is that you Adam?”
Youth Unemployment In Canada: We Want Your Stories

Youth Unemployment In Canada: We Want Your Stories

Commented Sep 20, 2013 at 19:05:35 in Canada Business

“The article specifies 35 or under, which does limit the population, but that age group is not just "youth."”

cals on Sep 20, 2013 at 20:48:02

“yeah well if the parents don't have jobs the children starve or are not even born.”
Netflix Canada: Piracy Down 50 Per Cent Since Service's Launch

Netflix Canada: Piracy Down 50 Per Cent Since Service's Launch

Commented Sep 18, 2013 at 11:58:39 in Canada Business

“It's unfortunate, but there is no law against changing your DNS number. The content would be available if I was in the States, which I occasionally am, and my subscription fee still goes straight to Netflix.”

Jebus Lives on Sep 18, 2013 at 12:03:08

“Changing your DNS number...
 
Riiight.”
Netflix Canada: Piracy Down 50 Per Cent Since Service's Launch

Netflix Canada: Piracy Down 50 Per Cent Since Service's Launch

Commented Sep 18, 2013 at 11:52:51 in Canada Business

“because the VPNs I tried were slow and clumsy (granted, I tried free ones). Plus, unblock-us has no popups or ads.”

Jebus Lives on Sep 18, 2013 at 12:01:03

“In this life, you get what you pay for.  I'm an IT Infrastructure Project manager, in one capacity or another I've helped design and implement insudtrial strength networking solutions that span the globe.  For just a few million dollars I would be happy to set up a fully redundant global network that would allow you to download ALL the tv from EVERYWHERE simulteanously, and you'd get speeds that would make your face melt. :)”
Netflix Canada: Piracy Down 50 Per Cent Since Service's Launch

Netflix Canada: Piracy Down 50 Per Cent Since Service's Launch

Commented Sep 18, 2013 at 11:51:41 in Canada Business

“use unblock-us.com. It's $5/month but it works like a dream and you don't lose any speed like you would with a VPN. They give you a DNS number to use on your devices, and detailed guides for setting it up. You can also choose which country you want to pretend to be in to get different flavours of Netflix.”

jeremyemilio on Sep 18, 2013 at 12:14:38

“You don't generally lose speed with a decent VPN... in fact, you can actually gain speed under some circumstances.

But, yeah, the perk of choosing your country (which isn't always easy to do with a VPN) is a plus.”
Anti-Muslim Rant On Montreal Bus Suggests Religious Tensions Flaring (VIDEO)

Anti-Muslim Rant On Montreal Bus Suggests Religious Tensions Flaring (VIDEO)

Commented Sep 17, 2013 at 18:01:29 in Canada Politics

“It's a provocative analogy, for sure. I have limited knowledge of the situation in Quebec, so I was hoping someone would take me up on this and explain how the situation is different or not. Thanks for your quick dismissiveness, though.”
Anti-Muslim Rant On Montreal Bus Suggests Religious Tensions Flaring (VIDEO)

Anti-Muslim Rant On Montreal Bus Suggests Religious Tensions Flaring (VIDEO)

Commented Sep 17, 2013 at 16:12:13 in Canada Politics

“So in Quebec we have a small, loud, hateful minority (the PQ) attempting to create laws that will negatively impact people based on their race/religion; this at a time when the economy and outlook in Quebec is quite bad. Meanwhile, the population begins to act out against those minorities, allowing themselves to be distracted from the major issues with this party by their racism.

Not to be that person, but is anyone else seeing the resemblance to Nazi Germany?”

Nescobar on Sep 17, 2013 at 16:27:37

“Yup....make it a case of "us" vs "them".”
Jerry Dias, Head Of Unifor, Vows To 'Start Setting The Agenda'

Jerry Dias, Head Of Unifor, Vows To 'Start Setting The Agenda'

Commented Sep 1, 2013 at 17:25:30 in Canada Business

“Unions were a good thing when they fought companies for their employees' rights. We are still enjoying the fruits of their labours in many workplaces. However, as a former member of a CUPE union, I've seen my union become corrupt, give in to company demands rather than stand up for their employees, and throw their newest members' rights away to protect the oldest members, crippling the whole movement. I'd like to see the unions come back as long as they work for the employees and not for the companies - it sounds obvious, but some companies get along with the unions by winning them over to their side.”

Punned It on Sep 4, 2013 at 01:19:34

“I've seen some of those deals, where those who have been there keep their wages and benefits, but new people joining the workforce get paid a lot less and have fewer benefits. It is absolutely disgusting.

Classic capitalism theory is that you start a business, you keep costs down and build your profits. You reinvest those profits to develop new products or new markets, which means new jobs and maybe even higher wages so you can hire the best and brightest. The business grows.

These days the focus is entirely on profits and shareholder value - "financialization". http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Financialization

Instead of investing profits in the business, companies use them to push share prices higher. Profits go up. Share prices go up. Dividends go up. And executive compensation is WAY up. It's a great short term strategy, but the only way to keep those profits going, without real growth, is to keep cutting costs.

They cut R&D, jobs, salaries, administrative expenses, close facilities, move things offshore; anything to make the bottom line look good. In the long term it guts the company. The CEOs and their teams make money, the shareholders that sell early enough do too. The workers lose out when the company folds.

Apple is joining the parade:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/apple-is-sacrificing-innovation-on-the-altar-of-shareholder-value/article14056389/
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