Government probing franchisee complaints against Tim Hortons

The federal government is looking into concerns raised by Tim Hortons franchisees that the company has not lived up to promises made when it was taken over by the owner of Burger King in 2014.

“We just recently a few days ago received a letter from the franchisees talking about a range of issues and concerns,” Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains told the CBC News on Friday.

“I told my officials to look into the issues that have been raised and to see if those claims are true.”

On Thursday, the Globe and Mail reported that the government was investigating the company for not living up to promises made when Brazilian firm 3G Capital acquired the iconic coffee and doughnuts chain, merged it with its Burger King chain to form Restaurant Brands International (RBI), and set about an aggressive cost-cutting strategy that has drawn ire from franchisees.

Among the promises made — which some franchisees say have now been broken — were pledges to maintain franchisee relationships, rent and royalty structures for five years and to keep existing employment levels at Tims franchises across Canada.

Should any of those allegations prove to have merit, Bains says the government has many tools at its disposal including various court actions, or levying other unnamed penalties.

“But it’s premature at this stage,” Bains said. “We need to analyze all the facts and do our homework.”

For its part, Tim Hortons says it is not aware of any formal investigation. “Every year we have reported to the Government on meeting our undertakings, without complaint,” the company told CBC News in an email.

“We have always been and remain committed to doing good business in Canada.”

About half of Tims’ more than 4,700 franchises are members of a dissident group called the Great White North Franchise Association (GWNFA), who don’t like changes the corporate owners have been pushing.

Among other complaints, franchisees allege that the parent company has reduced the quality of equipment, while throwing added costs on to the backs of the restaurant operators to pay.

“Rome is burning,” a letter from GWNFA president David Hughes to Bains’ office says. “GWNFA has been the only group advocating for the Canadian franchisees and trying to salvage this great Canadian icon from the egregious management policies and practices that RBI has put in place.”

One Toronto-area franchisee and GWNFA member who has owned and operated his location for almost a decade is suing the company for $4.5 million, after Tims told him at the end of March that his franchise licence would be revoked when the contract expires in August, according to a statement of claim obtained by CBC News.

The Inuit Paradox – High Protein & Fat, No Fruits/Vegetables and yet Lower Heart Disease and Cancer

Want to know about a group of people who eat primarily only meat and fat, very little fruits and vegetables and are healthier than any other group of people? Well meet the Inuit from the frozen North. They seemed to eat all the things that are blamed for heart disease and cancers (meat and fat) yet somehow had little to no diseases of modern man. Let’s learn a little more about them. Below you will find several resources and reading materials on them (to keep you busy while I do my taxes for the next couple days!). But here are the highlights:

Serena Williams’ Husbands Company Says ‘RACISM Is Allowed On Our Site – We WELCOME IT’!!!


Serena Williams is going to have to do some real SOUL SEARCHING — her husband Alexis O’hanian founded the website Reddit, a social media type site where people share website links, pictures, comments, and answer questions among other things. Alexis is also one of Redddit’s largest shareholders and still works there.

Yesterday the company’s CEO said the at RACISM is welcome at Reddit. He said the  following:

“I need clarification on something: Is obvious open racism, including slurs, against reddits rules or not?” asked Reddit user chlomyster. “It’s not,” Huffman, who operates on Reddit under his original handle “spez,” responded.

Huffman elaborated on his point, adding:

“On Reddit, the way in which we think about speech is to separate behavior from beliefs. This means on Reddit there will be people with beliefs different from your own, sometimes extremely so. When users actions conflict with our content policies, we take action.”

Our approach to governance is that communities can set appropriate standards around language for themselves. Many communities have rules around speech that are more restrictive than our own, and we fully support those rules.

Serena married O’hanian back in November 2017 in New Orleans. There were many A-List celebrities in attendance including Beyonce, Lala Anthony, and even Kim Kardashian. Shortly before the wedding, in September 2017, the two welcomed a baby girl also by the name of Alexis.

Serena and Alexis Sr. are going to need to have a serious talk about how CEO Huffman’s runs the website Reddit especially now that Alexis has a bi-racial daughter.