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A BCer in Ottawa: Eating up the Hill: Tim Hortons and the saga of the devolving Apple Fritter

Like many Canadians, Tim Hortons is often a part of my morning routine. Not for coffee — I’m not a coffee drinker — but a few days a week I’ll stop on my way to work for a bagel and/or a donut.Or, to be more specific, a fritter. For more than a decad… . . . → Read More: A BCer in Ottawa: Eating up the Hill: Tim Hortons and the saga of the devolving Apple Fritter

Alberta Politics: Jason Kenney makes it official with fresh-faced extras and unattributed tribute to the Nixon Era

PHOTOS: A screen grab from yesterday’s video feed of Jason Kenney announcing his candidacy for the leadership of the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party in Calgary. Immediately behind him is Caitlyn Madliner, who has prominently figured in anti-PC… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Jason Kenney makes it official with fresh-faced extras and unattributed tribute to the Nixon Era

Alberta Politics: Where’s the beef? Alberta’s cattle industry is only getting what it ordered from Earls

PHOTOS: Where’s the beef? Not in Alberta, if this province’s beef industry can do anything about it. One thing this story has nothing to do with is small-time ranchers like the guy on the steer or independent restaurants like the one run by the mom… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Where’s the beef? Alberta’s cattle industry is only getting what it ordered from Earls

Alberta Politics: This just in: Prime minister calls early election … I mean, calls an election early … What could possibly go wrong?

PHOTOS: The prime minister of Canada in a Navy hat. The new kind. Yeah! A macho Navy cap! Now where’s Tommy Flanagan, now that we need him again? No, not that Tommy Flanagan! The political strategy guy. Below: Former prime minister Joe Clark, former Alberta premier Jim Prentice and current Alberta Premier Rachel Notley. Let’s . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: This just in: Prime minister calls early election … I mean, calls an election early … What could possibly go wrong?

Susan on the Soapbox: Boycott Tim Hortons? Seriously??

The recent media frenzy generated by Tim Hortons’ decision to pull the Enbridge ads off their in-store Tims TV monitors almost drove Ms Soapbox to drink (G&Ts not Tims double double).

Then she paused. The #BoycottTims brouhaha created a learning opportunity—for businessmen and conservative politicians alike.

The business lesson

Here are the steps that . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: Boycott Tim Hortons? Seriously??

Cowichan Conversations: Opposites Attract: The New Conservative Love Affair With Canada

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

Canada and the US share the world’s longest undefended border, speak the same language approximately, and as is engraved on the ‘Peace Arch’ in Blaine Washington we are ‘Children of a Common Mother’.

We have a great deal in common and yet there are social and cultural differences that remind . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Opposites Attract: The New Conservative Love Affair With Canada

BigCityLib Strikes Back: On King Horton’s

Dear Mr. Horton,

Although I never drink the plonk that mascarades as regular joe at your outlets, and though your specialty donuts are nothing but sub-standard attempts to cash in on whatever aspect of “Canadianness” seems most exploitable at the moment, and though your iced-coffee is a caffeinated abortion,  and though the youth of today refer . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: On King Horton’s

Politics and its Discontents: Note To Tim Hortons Head Office: Please Respect Your Workers

On Sunday, I wrote about The Toronto Star reporting that a Tim Hortons franchisee is eliminating paid breaks for his/her employees as retaliation against the June 1 increase of the minimum wage in Ontario to $11 per hour. Yesterday, I sent off a letter to the head office of the coffee and donut emporium. . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Note To Tim Hortons Head Office: Please Respect Your Workers

Politics and its Discontents: Tim Hortons Takes Aim And Fires

The advertising would have us believe that Tim Hortons is a Canadian institution and icon that we should all revere as patriotic citizens. Who can forget the role the coffee and donut emporium has played over the years in bringing caffeine comfort to early-morning hockey dads, sending underprivileged kids to camp, and, gosh darn, . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Tim Hortons Takes Aim And Fires

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Everyone’s A Consumer Critic

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. – A man has been sentenced to 15 months in jail for a destructive drive-thru at a southern Alberta Tim Hortons.Jake Krahn has also been ordered to pay restitution for ramming a stolen oilfield truck into his own pickup which then crashed through the restaurant in Taber two years ago.

Poor guy probably . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Everyone’s A Consumer Critic

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: TFWP: SHUT IT DOWN, Minister Kenney

If the C. D. Howe Institute study released yesterday isn’t a clue as to what is so fundamentally flawed with the TFWP, I don’t know what is.

In its report, the non-partisan C.D. Howe Institute looked at a number of examples, but focused on what impact the program had on the labour market in . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: TFWP: SHUT IT DOWN, Minister Kenney

ParliamANT Hill: ConservAntive senAntor argues Elections Cantada shouldn’t promote voting

Inspired by this headline:  http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/linda-frum-stirs-controversy-with-elections-canada-questions-1.2606836

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Another Random Obervation Re Tim Hortons And Their Products

@scroll Another product nobody will buy and, hence, staff will soon forget how to make decently.— Bigcitylib (@Bigcitylib2) February 25, 2014

Pretty slow day news-wise, I must say.

Alberta Diary: Olympic Hockey: It’ll take Grit to overcome Sisu – are Tories patriotic enough to let it happen?

Looks like Finnish hockey to me! Can’t understand what they’re saying, but, Canadians beware, they might have Sisu. Below: A Sisu truck; Lauri Rapala, inventor of the lure of Vaaksy.

To heck with politics! Let’s talk hockey, a subject on which our physically unimposing prime minister is nevertheless supposedly an expert, which . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Olympic Hockey: It’ll take Grit to overcome Sisu – are Tories patriotic enough to let it happen?

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Tim Hortons History In Pictures

They’ve put together a slide-show.  So far this is my favorite pic: The more things change, the more they remain the same.  

OPSEU Diablogue: Matthews promises to improve PSW compensation — but it will take time

There may soon be good news for the province’s personal support workers. “When PSWs tell me they can make more at Tim Horton’s, I sit up and take notice,” Health Minister Deb Matthews was reported to have said yesterday at … Continue reading →

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Dad Scores A Goal … With A Big Assist From Tim Hortons, Eh!

I felt like a bit of a superstar on the Conor page this morning.  Yesterday we took Conor to see “Frozen” in the mall theater and we got a few things done but tried to avoid going out on the roads with some of the frantic Christmas driving going on. We overlooked a . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Dad Scores A Goal … With A Big Assist From Tim Hortons, Eh!

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Tim Hortons And The Gay Coffee, Part VII: Timmys Rolls Out Its Sleeves

Something, as the article notes, that Starbucks did years ago.

And so Tim Hortons slowly adopts the manner of the gay, city coffee.  Because when I was a lad no man would think to use a sleeve with their morning Timmy’s. The blistered fingers were part of the rustic, every-guy charm.  Also, the pain distracted . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Tim Hortons And The Gay Coffee, Part VII: Timmys Rolls Out Its Sleeves

BigCityLib Strikes Back: She Probably Ordered The Iced Coffee

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. — A Tim Hortons customer has been arrested and charged with uttering threats after she was unhappy with her order.

An account of my own flirtations with “order rage” can be found here.  Naturally, we must all stand against crime and violence.  Still, ever since the Harper government came to power and . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: She Probably Ordered The Iced Coffee

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Dear Tim Hortons: It’s Not Your Lids That Are The Problem

…but what’s in the cup.  Your coffee is too patriotic, and not near gay enough.  I refuse to drink it. Every double-double is as though I am casting a vote for a regressive, far-right government.  It is also on the markedly bitter side.  Your Mr. Hansen will discover all this when he leaves Calgary and . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Dear Tim Hortons: It’s Not Your Lids That Are The Problem

The Canadian Progressive: Tim Hortons blocks customers’ WiFi access to gay and lesbian website

Last week, Canadian coffee titan Tim Hortons blocked the website of popular gay and lesbian newspaper Xtra from its public WiFi network.

The post Tim Hortons blocks customers’ WiFi access to gay and lesbian website appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Alberta Diary: Message to Gary Doer: Now might be a good time to place a call to Ottawa, before you have to cross a picket line!

Canadian diplomats, as seen in the public’s imagination and doubtless as they will soon be portrayed by the Harper Government. Actual Canadian diplomats abroad do not appear quite as illustrated, even when dressed casually for picket line duty. Below: Gary Doer, Canada’s Ambassador to the United States; Treasury Board President Tony Clement.

The . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Message to Gary Doer: Now might be a good time to place a call to Ottawa, before you have to cross a picket line!

Alberta Diary: With the NHL back on the ice, why not let Chinese taxpayers subsidize Canada’s billionaires?

The Great Leap Forum: what Edmonton’s luxurious new ice hockey palace could look like with a little gesture of internationist solidarity from Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Communist Chinese friends. Conceptual art by Dave Cournoyer used with permission.

It’s a moment of such perfect convergence that it’s astonishing Alberta’s Wildrose Party, which last week . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: With the NHL back on the ice, why not let Chinese taxpayers subsidize Canada’s billionaires?

The Ranting Canadian: Fuck Tim Hortons, Fuck HD Mining and Fuck the…

Fuck Tim Hortons, Fuck HD Mining and Fuck the “Temporary” Foreign Worker Exploitation Program!

Tim Hortons coffee sucks. So do their labour practices, as do the labour practices of HD Mining and most of the other employers who participate in the Conservative temporary foreign worker exploitation program.

I used to like . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: Fuck Tim Hortons, Fuck HD Mining and Fuck the…