Tag Archives: minimum wage

07 Jan

Random Thoughts – Basic Economics, Liberal Logic, Silence of the sub-Standard and More

1. As small business owners struggle to cope with the massive minimum wage hike and keep their heads above water, calls for a Tim Hortons boycott have become all the rage among those with no understanding of basic economics. Faced with a sudden 20% increase in labor costs, Tim Hortons franchise owners garnered headlines as they, like many other small businesses, were forced to cut back on benefits for those employees they could still afford to keep on the payroll. Yet there seems to be a prevailing belief that these small business owners are just sitting on big piles of cash and getting rich off the backs of their workers. Nothing could be farther from the truth, of course, but that doesn’t stop the unionists who can’t see beyond the tips of their noses from pointing the finger at the “greedy” employers. It’s at times like this that I wonder if our collective IQ is falling faster than NFL ratings.

1a. If you really believe that Tim Hortons franchise owners are the bad guys, I hope you are also prepared to boycott every small business as well as every municipality in the province, including the City of St. Catharines. As I heard from Councillor Mike Britton at a budget meeting, as a direct result of the minimum wage hike, the city will not be able to hire as many summer students this year as they normally would.

2. This might surprise you, but workers in Switzerland, a country without a minimum wage, on average, earn the highest wages in the world. Something to ponder.

3. This past week, my ultra-obnoxious MP called those of us who disagree with the crime minister’s desire to “reintegrate” returning ISIS fighters into Canada “white supremacists.” According to his twisted logic, racism is at the heart of a desire to protect ourselves against enemy soldiers who want to do us harm.

Meanwhile, as my MP made a fool of himself on a national stage, the silence of the Liberal-friendly sub-Standard was palpable. What should have been front-page news was instead completely ignored. No doubt they were too busy celebrating that their favorite whipping boy, regional councillor Andy Petrowski, would not be seeking re-election. And people like that wonder why they get called “fake news.”

4. Said Liberal-friendly sub-Standard did, however, have the time to promote A Better Niagara, a citizen group promoting left-wing ideals and encouraging their own kind to run for public office. Of course, this group swears they’re completely nonpartisan. Right. And I’m Sheena. Queen of the jungle.

5. When the next round of layoffs and/or closures inevitably comes, don’t expect much sympathy in this corner for displaced sub-Standard “journalists.”

6. Was it any wonder that when Mayor Sendzik asked for a show of hands at the Older Adults Forum, only two or three in the crowd of around 80 said they took the Standard?

7. It’s likely not too many people in this part of the world noticed, but the sports shop in Fairview Mall that opened on the first of December had gone out of business before the end of the month. A word of advice to would-be entrepreneurs – this might not be the best time to start a business trying to sell mainly NFL merchandise. There are a lot of us narrow-minded people, as Councillor Mat Siscoe called me, who want nothing more to do with that wretched league.

8. In the event your riding won’t have a true conservative candidate running for the Ontario PCs in the upcoming provincial election, as I fear will be the case here in St. Catharines, consider parking your vote with the Ontario Libertarian Party. Regrettably, they don’t stand much of a chance, but the lost votes might help pull the party back to the right. After all, there’s not much point in having a conservative party if they’re not conservative.

17 Jul

Random Thoughts – Omar Khadr, Minimum Wage, Our Mayor and More

1. I don’t know what’s worse, Justin Trudeau giving $10 million of our money to a terrorist or those who still defend our adolescent prime minister.

2. As the Ontario Liberals prepare to raise the minimum wage to $15/hour, the silence from the mayor’s office has been deafening. If you may recall, Walter Sendzik campaigned on a pro-business platform and regularly posts selfies of himself together with small business owners, the group that will be hardest hit by an increase in the minimum wage.

While it is true that minimum wage is not a municipal issue, he never hesitates to add his two cents worth on Liberal-endorsed hot-button topics like climate change that fall well out of the scope of municipal politics. So it would hardly be inappropriate for him to issue a strong show of support for the small business owners in St. Catharines. Instead, he pleads the Fifth, proving once again that when it comes to sticking up for his city or sticking up for the Liberals, the latter shall prevail.

2a. In a recent edition of the sub-Standard, Doug Herod opined that he didn’t expect Sendzik to get any serious challengers should he seek a second term. I seriously hope he’s wrong. Sendzik used to be a great ambassador for the city. Nowadays, he’s just an increasingly annoying ambassador for the Liberals.

3. I find it interesting how Sendzik becomes so full of righteous indignation when Donald Trump pulls out of the Paris climate accord, a non-binding agreement that the U.S. government never even approved, yet he suddenly clams up when his BFF Justin gives $10 million to a terrorist.

4. In the latest issue of the Garden City Current, the city advises any citizen who witnesses someone in the act of painting graffiti to call 911. You can imagine the shock I felt as someone who has lived most of his life in a city where a pedestrian being hit and nearly killed by a car isn’t even deemed a reportable offense. Yes, I’m still bitter.

5. A rotund woman passed me on the trail north of Allanburg yesterday. As she went by, I thought I smelled cookies. Eau de Oreo, perhaps.

6. In the nearly three years since leaving the SPRM, I have put on over 8,920 miles on two wheels. In those travels, I have visited every Niagara municipality in addition to Hamilton, Burlington, Oakville and 14 different municipalities spread across two counties in the Great State of New York.

6a. Don’t ask me what that figure is in kilometers. I don’t do Trudeau-metric.

7. I recently reviewed the 43-page document the Region provided regarding the proposed GO hub at the St. Catharines train station. There were plenty of flowery pictures, but not a single word on making the station less inaccessible via public transit. As things currently stand, it would probably take me longer to get to the train station than it would to get to Burlington from there. I’m getting the feeling that this issue isn’t going to be seriously addressed until years after the first trains roll in. If, in fact, they ever do.

7a. I would have loved to have gone to the open house last month if it wasn’t for the fact that it was held near that same difficult-to-access train station.

7b. Has anyone on the committee looking at the GO hub ever used public transit?

8. Tell me that the Nevada parole board is not about to release O.J. Simpson. Please.