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LET’S MAXIMIZE MINIMUM WAGE, MINIMIZE MAXIMUM TRUMP AND MOVE ON UP

June 4th, 2017

This week, amongst the “covfefe” kerfuffle, Kathy Griffin’s “joke” about a fake head and the United States “pulling out” of the Paris climate agreement, it was easy to miss an announcement from the Premier of Ontario that the minimum wage will soon (January 2019) be increased.

Now I don’t work for minimum wage, but I am a Canadian entertainer who has chosen to stay in this country so…close enough. Plus, I worked for a long time as a server at various restaurants where I did make minimum wage (and put in the exact proportionate amount of effort).

Being a server …

TO P.K. SUBBAN AND ALL THE DARING DISRUPTORS OUT THERE

May 27th, 2017

I learned a lot about disruption this week. Partly from a function I hosted for a fintech company and partly from an article I read about the now Stanley Cup Finals bound PK Subban, whom I couldn’t be happier for.

First things first, I’ll point out how “disruption” is different from being a “shit disturber”: A disruptor is someone with a vision for what can be considered a universal need, who has the skills to bring that vision to life. A shit disturber is a narcissistic old man who pushes a world leader out of the way to get to …

WHAT THE H.E.L.L. IS WRONG WITH THE C.R.T.C.? (an open letter to Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly)

May 19th, 2017

Dear Minister Joly,

 

I just learned of the CRTC decision to reduce the amount of spending on content categorized as PNI (programs of national interest) to just 5% while re-issuing broadcast licenses to Bell, Rogers and Corus. This on the heels of a recent decision to limit the number of Canadians working on programs down to somewhere near the level of “the American craft services person should, if possible, have a distant Canadian cousin.”

These decisions, I realize, don’t mean much to the average Canadian. Because Canadians gorge themselves on the entertainment of our southern cousins, including devouring every …