With Danielle Smith of 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. Earlier this month I met with Smith, the leader of the Wildrose Party, who was appalled that Albertan taxpayer dollars are going toward American brewery jobs.
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A recent Angus Reid poll indicated that only 35 per cent of Canadians said they'd root for the Vancouver Canucks. Count me among the 65 per cent of Canadians who have made the right call. Just because the Canucks are geographically situated in Canada, this doesn't mean they are -- or ever will be -- "Canada's Team."
04/16/2012 11:20 EDT
I was thinking of crisis management when I happened upon a letter of apology (if it can be called that) to fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs from Lawrence ("Larry") Tanenbaum, which comes across as being unintentionally funny. Here's a deconstruction of Larry's laughable letter.
04/11/2012 03:11 EDT
What I witnessed at the conclusion of a local league hockey championship in Thornton, Ont. made a mockery of hockey's ultimate act of chivalry. After Thornton Tigers beat the Oak Ridges Kings in the Bantam Championship Finals, some of the victorious Tigers broke the code: They refused to shake hands, instead of uttering positive parting words, they spewed vulgarities: "Loser. Faggot. Retard."
04/02/2012 05:29 EDT
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." Here are two good reasons to keep your lights blazing come Saturday night when we should be "celebrating" Earth Hour.
03/31/2012 06:27 EDT
Toronto Maple Leafs GM/bully Brian Burke is part of an anti-homophobia public service announcement entitled, "You Can Play." The debut of the spot comes on the heels of a very brutal few weeks for Burke. It's abundantly clear that the first step toward remaking one's image as Mr. Nice Guy is reinventing oneself as an advocate for gay causes.
03/09/2012 08:42 EST
Recently Don Cherry noted how Brian Burke, the general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, went behind his back to complain about him to the CBC to deflect attention away from his team's losing ways. The real story of Brian Burke is what a despicable human being this man is when he doesn't get his way or he takes offence to fair criticism.
03/05/2012 07:44 EST
While Ravinder Minhas likes to position his Minhas Craft Brewery as an all-Canadian little guy taking on the world, such is hardly the case. Under Alberta's deeply flawed small brewer tax program, Minhas received a $5.6 million tax subsidy in 2010.
02/13/2012 05:13 EST
The most persuasive argument against staging the Pan Am Games is that nobody cares about the Pan Am Games -- including the athletes who compete in them. Indeed, the spectre of brand new, multi-million dollar taxpayer-funded edifices devoid of spectators for athletic events nobody wants to see (handball, anyone?) is downright vulgar in this day of fiscal restraint.
01/09/2012 12:12 EST
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 somehow impair the driver's vision.
12/25/2011 08:18 EST
The OLG is a state-sanctioned gambling monopoly. It doesn't need fancy logos or multimillion dollar signage -- it's the only game in town. Surely Ontarians would be better served if this crown corporation ploughed the millions it spends on self-aggrandizement projects into, say, hospitals and community centres?
12/13/2011 09:49 EST
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 in general.
11/26/2011 11:57 EST
It should go without saying that when a government injects a cash infusion (i.e., taxpayer dollars) into a business, the desired outcome is to save local jobs. But in the province of Alberta, millions of dollars in tax breaks are being given to a brewer to ensure that brewing jobs remain in Monroe, Wisconsin.
11/24/2011 03:41 EST
What the anti-poppy crowd doesn't get is that the biggest advocates for peace are indeed war veterans. They experienced firsthand the horror that is war and fully know war is only undertaken when all else fails.
11/11/2011 01:02 EST
Oddly, the PCs are running ads slamming McGuinty as "the tax man." Yet, does Hudak plan to jettison the HST he condemns so vociferously? No chance. How does that Who song go? "Meet the new boss, same as the old boss."
10/03/2011 09:44 EDT
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 the Hockey Hall of Fame.
09/26/2011 01:19 EDT
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