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Monday, March 13, 2017

Toronto’s iconic Hard Rock CafĂ© could soon be replaced with a Shopper’s Drug Mart

That is according to newly released report.
A statement Monday from Hard Rock International, the parent company that runs the restaurant chain, says the lease for the restaurant at Yonge-Dundas Square will be up in May and the company is “reviewing other opportunities.”
“Since opening the doors of the world’s second Hard Rock Cafe in Toronto in 1978, Hard Rock International has been and continues to be committed to a strong brand presence in Canada,” the company said a in a statement to cp24.
The statement acknowledged that the lease was ending on the Yonge Street space downtown, but remained vague on whether the restaurant would move to a new home within the city.
“Hard Rock International is reviewing other opportunities, both in Toronto and elsewhere in Canada, to expand its Cafe, Hotel and Casinos brands,” the statement read.
In the meantime, the company encouraged people to visit its other Canadian properties in Niagara Falls and Vancouver.
An article published in Retail Insider Monday quotes sources as saying the three-level, 22,000 square foot property has already been leased to Shopper’s Drug Mart for $2 million per year – double the rent that Hard Rock International was paying.
The theme restaurant, which features rock memorabilia, merchandise and live performances, has graced the space on Yonge Street since 1978. 
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What will the Government be doing in regards to the alleged TD Bank Allegations

TD Bank allegations raise 'serious concerns,' says banking ombudsman


Canada Press
TORONTO - The head of Canada's main financial services ombudsman says allegations about aggressive sales tactics by TD Bank employees raise “serious concerns” and the watchdog will be monitoring consumer complaints for similar issues in the broader industry.
Sarah Bradley, the head of the Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments, is urging consumers who encounter issues such as fees stemming from unauthorized accounts to file a complaint with their financial institution.
Bradley's comments came in the wake of several CBC reports that current and former employees at TD (TSX:TD) alleged they broke the law to meet sales targets in order to stay employed.
OBSI is an impartial arbitrator that serves as an alternative to expensive legal battles by resolving disputes between banks or investment firms and their clients.
TD Bank ditched the organization in 2011 in favour of another arbitrator called ADR Chambers Banking Ombuds Office, following in the footsteps of Royal Bank (TSX:RY), who did so several years earlier.
In a statement late Sunday, TD Bank CEO Bharat Masrani said he doesn't believe the reports are an accurate portrayal of the bank's workplace, but he takes the concerns the story raises seriously.
“TD is in the trust business,” Masrani said in the statement. “We know we must earn our customers' trust before we earn their business.”


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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Man seriously injured in downtown stabbing

Toronto police
A 34-year-old man has been taken to hospital after being stabbed multiple times downtown.
Police responded to a call on Dundas Street East, between Dalhouse and Mutual streets at around 4 p.m.
Toronto Paramedic Services said the victim was taken to a trauma centre with serious injuries.
Police are asking anyone with information to get in touch with investigators.
There is no suspect description available so far.
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Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Mister-not so wonderful.

To the Editor. Mister-not so wonderful.



President Trump promised to protect and create jobs for Americans, and he wants to build a massive wall between the US and Mexico, and have Mexico pay for it. 
This is just as ridiculous as Canada’s Kevin O’leary’s Project Erde a Sonnenspiegel im All. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbisD5zKVi8 In a 44 minute German video, from 2013, it can be seen that Mr. O’Leary financed astronomer Roger Angel’s idea of developing a rocket system that would deliver 16 trillion 60 centimeter in diameter lenses one million miles into outer space, between the earth and sun. The lenses were to form a gigantic umbrella to deflect 2% of the suns rays from reaching the earth, to reduce global warming. 

If all would go well, said Roger Angel, and if we begin now, we would be ready by 2040 to launch a rocket every 20 minutes over a period of 6 and a half years. But there were already 1307 potential and real failures, which upset Kevin so much that he said he would slash his wrist if he was them, meaning the people who worked for him. 

It is no secret that Mr. O’Leary is interested in money, and only money, and said ‘It’s fantastic’ that 3 and a half billion people are poor, as they all could aspire to become like him. Very stupid. There is one thing that one must give him credit for - he is honest, maybe not always, but he does what he says. 

Can we say the same thing of our present Prime Minister? Because people are waking up angry, as they realize they have been deceived, and vowing to get rid of him in the next election, for breaking his promise that 2015 will be the last federal election conducted under the first-past-the-post voting system, etc.

And then what? Elect ‘Mr. Wonderful’ Kevin O’Leary? 

I don’t know If Mr. O’Leary is still working on this foolish space umbrella, which would cost an insane amount of money and resources, and produce massive amounts of waste and greenhouse gases. But the fact that he believed and financed such an insane project in the first place, which later would be financed with taxpayers’ money, makes him, well - not a very sane person. And he wants to be PM and emulate Trump? These two are a disaster for the planet.

Mr. O’Leary would not have talked or listened to me 30 years ago, when I discovered how poverty and global warming could be dealt with, as there is no money in it for him, because that is THE problem. 

I would not want to talk with him alone today, as he is too much in love with himself. But if there are some students, in any university, who are concerned about their future and our planet, and who can organize a conversation/debate with Kevin, I’ll be there. Provided of course it’s not too scary what can be read about me on the internet. One last thought.

“Only with honesty, truth and justice can there be a healthy future for our species, and those on the extinction list, and I don’t see any of it — anywhere.”

Gunther Ostermann, Kelowna gco@shaw.ca
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