Canada's Revenge, or our Comeuppance?
This isn't one of southern Ontario's better days. Supposedly.
The Target retail chain has announced that it is abandoning all of its recently started Canadian operations. Blackberry's stock price spiked yesterday, within an otherwise downward day for the overall market, due to a now-denied sell-out to Samsung.
Toronto's streetcar fleet has numerous older vehicles out of cold-weather service, while dozens of new streetcars are well behind schedule due to non-fitting parts from Mexico and a northern Ontario strike delay.
Leading news anchors at both Global TV Toronto, and the CBC's business news reporting division have or are under a conflict of interest supension or review.
Toronto's red & white soccer team sent back last year's 'bloody big deal' star player to England - to no one's surprise.
And - right after an active mature music band discussion with a longtime local DJ in a podcast from this week: local '80s pop band singer, Gordon Deppe, was interviewed this morning on CHCH's Morning Live program about his new biography book, Spoonfed My life with the Spoons.
Do I know anyone who's written of any of these topics?
A litle part of me is glad about these current news items. I might be a failure, but at least I consistently stand up for local, national, and friendly U.S. /overseas free nations' businesses, and that I also - far more importantly IMO - stand against a silent (and not so silent?) smugness of much of Canada/Ontario's unresponsive cronyism and monopolized business practices.
It is simply not good enough to 'succeed' where only within a heavily favoured environment. Whether product or service, business, gov't agency, sports, and art: everyone and everything has to have their own worth.
Everybody seemed to pile on against Zellers while rooting for newcomer Target. And that was before Sears disappointedly shut down their own 60-year presence in Canada, too.
So many disagreed when I pointed out that overseas company Samsung rec'd hundreds of millions in our gov't contracts from Ontario to develop green energy and also from Texas to develop mobile electronics. Maybe Blackberry still fails, but maybe Samsung wouldn't have won out so quickly?
I love the music band, Spoons. A local group that achieved honest success back when I was a teen. However, a biography for its lead singer? Still active and great, c'mon they hadn't had a whiff of legitimately continued media support since 1988. CHCH is their hometown (that also happens to be a rare independant) TV station. If last month's Corner Gas 'movie' for Bell Media was a form of corporate welfare that showed in a few real theatres for just a few days before very soon airing at least twice upon main network TV, then what is funding the expectedly limited sales of Deppe's book? 34-years' and 90+ aged Mississauga mayor Hazel McCallion's hardcover biography is already deep discounted to $8 at Indigo/Chapters after a November 2014 release date.
And pro sports is merely a sometimes win and sometimes lose venture. Okay. However that is only if we will consistently try to win.