Well, apparently Sears Canada has their own way to memorialize Canadian fallen soldiers.

In a full page advertisement placed in the Metro Toronto Newspaper on page 29, Sears Canada proudly advertised a Remembrance Day only sale for tomorrow, November 11th. To make it even more alluring to forget about the 11th hour, they offer special deals for those who get into the store as fast as possible.

The advertisement and sale promotion was posted to many Canadian shopping bargain community sites, including RedFlagDeals and PriceNetwork – the reaction was swift and less than flattering. Instead of the usual discussion about what deals were really the best ones, it was overwhelmingly agreed that Sears had gone over the edge in trying to capitalise on what the marketing folks certainly saw as merely another “special event” promo opportunity.

There is, obviously, a difference in turning Halloween, Valentines and even Christmas in purely commercial opportunities… then again, perhaps this is what our extreme capitalist society (even here in Canada) has come to.


A few quotes from members of various online communities which I found indicative of the overall feeling about this controversy:

Lest we forget .. the savings.

– Noobzilla on RFD

first 11 people to stand at attention at 11am get a free $10 off their next purchase over $50 coupon.

please sears should be ashamed…

what’s next the 9/11 fire sale?

– liquid_paper on RFD

They died so we might get an extra 10% off sale-priced bed and bath products.

Nice. Way to honour those who served and those who died.

– Computer01 on RFD

If you’re interested in sharing your opinion with Sears Canada… you could try:

National Customer Service Centre

c/o President’s Office

500 College st. East

Belleville, Ontario

K8N 5L3

Phone: 888-473-2772

Fax: 613-391-3047

email: [email protected]

If you’re a Sears (SHLD) shareholder, write or call:

Sears Holdings Corporation (map)

3333 Beverly Road

Hoffman Estates, IL 60179

(847) 286-2500

Sadly, Sears is certainly not the only corporate citizen that doesn’t care too much about the importance of 11/11/11 … I noted while visiting the Promenades Saint-Bruno, one of the major Quebec shopping centres operated by real estate giant Cadillac Fairview that their shopping centre would be open on November 11th. I wonder if there will be any silence, never mind remembrance, in the mall at 11:00 EST tomorrow ?

Hmmm…. kinda early IMHO, but I think CTV News wouldn’t do it without some serious data mining and projection software :P

So Lloyd said it… conservative minority government: 21h49 EDT.

So I voted for… / J’ai voté pour

On October 14, 2008, in Politics, by Robin

I was undecided between 3 parties up until yesterday, and even today I was see-sawing between 2 parties… the conundrum between contributing to the popular vote overall point spread, the local candidates platforms, which one of my local candidates’ web positioning (or lack thereof) appealed to me most…

and of course, the impact on which Federal leader my riding vote would ultimate commit to.

There are, of course, long term (long tail?) strategies involved in voting (keep in mind that tonights election numbers will be used as part of the long tail strategy for the elections in 2009 LOL…)

Anyhow, so today I was caught between two parties… and finally I decided in the last minute based on a blended analysis of metrics from analytics at various levels from a glocal point of view.

The important thing is to vote.

So, for those who follow my updates on Twitter, you already know that my riding polling station experience was most efficient!

That, combined with the lack of DART troop deployment and police escorting voters in and out (remember that happens in many countries)…, made the experience most satisfying.

We’ll see about the end result / endgame. My boys have already started learning about taxation and the reasons behind it.. from yours truly ;) ….

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While driving around in the car with the boys, I started singing the refrain to “Funky Cold Medina” by Tone Loc, who arguably had/has one of the funkiest raspy voices around. Well, since I’m still working on my “acute” bronchitis, my voice was a bit like his (for the wrong reasons)… anyways, the boys giggled and asked me what I was singing. We then broke in to a discussion about funky vs. hip-hop… and then they said they had almost forgotten the Beastie Boys. I reminded them about the robots in the Intergalactic video, and the b-boys rapping as pseudo-teletubbies in the other video… and their eyes lit up and both wanted to watch it here tomorrow…. :P

The most recent tour (a couple of years ago) by the Beastie Boys

Always in their casual yet tenacious style, the B-boys want to remind all eligible US voters to get out there and exercise their right. To back it up, they’ve announced a “voter awareness tour” called Get out and Vote ‘08 which kicks off in several so-called swing (critical) states including the following shows which were just announced:

October 28 Richmond, VA at Richmond Coliseum
Beastie Boys along with Sheryl Crow / Jack Johnson / Norah Jones / Santogold
(wow what a line-up)

Nov 1 St. Paul, MN at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium
Beastie Boys / Ben Harper / Tenacious D
(another nice trio of top level artists)

Nov 2 Milwaukee, WI in the U.S. Cellular Arena
Beastie Boys / Ben Harper / Crosby & Nash / Tenacious D
Again C&N with B-Boys ? Wonder if they’ll do an on-stage mashup ?

I love how Adam, Mike and Adam finished off with “we are very excited about obama. hope you all feel the same.”


Here’s the full PR:

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I just watched a truly disheartening and frightening CTV W-Five episode covering a subject that is often not discussed – far less so by the Federal ministers on Parliament Hill just blocks from one of the worst drug, prostitution and homelessness problems anywhere in the nation. None of them, including Public Security Minister Stockwell Day, accepted to meet with CTV W-5 saying they were “too busy”…

They hounded the Premier of Ontario, but he also brushed off a reporter and hustled into a building…

Personally, I am not surprised by this report. I’ve been to Ottawa many times over the last 20-25 years; my ex-wife and much of her family were from there, as was my late stepfather.

In January 2008 I began a series of about a ½ dozen business trips, one every month or so, to the National Capital Region and usually stayed in hotels in the Downtown, or Byward Market area. The Byward Market is a charming 3-4 square block neighbourhood which, by day is a nice selection of multicultural restaurants and farmer market type stands. It’s next to one of the largest shopping centre’s in the Ottawa metropolitan area; the Rideau Centre Shopping Centre.

Now being a Montrealer, I like to explore a city’s nightlife and evening culture – we have a massive choice of cafés, lounges, showbars and nightclubs in Montreal – around the market.

A few of the times I stayed in hotels (including the Econolodge and Marriott Courtyard Inn) near the Byward Market. Those are both nice hotels; granted the Econo Lodge Downtown at 475 Rideau street is pretty much no-frills motor inn more than hotel with rooms straight onto an inside parking lot that is directly onto Rideau street across from a 7-11 and in the vicinity of churches, residential homes and … well a little pic of the Econolodge :

Econo Lodge Downtown Ottawa at 475 Rideau Street

What struck me most the first time was the number of vagrants, obviously mentally ill homeless people, drug users, congregating around the many missions and shelters in that area. It struck me as so “un-Ottawa like” which has always had a relatively pristine reputation of being a clean, if stoic, family town.

The name of the CTV W-Five episode is Capital Shame and was originally aired this spring I believe… and one revealing quote:

“One of my officers who emailed — I think at 1:54 in the morning,” recalls Police Chief Vernon White. “He said that’s he’s done, he doesn’t know what to do anymore after he drove around for a couple of hours with a prostitute who said she wanted help and he could not get her help and dropped her off at the same corner. I mean, I’ll tell you the frustration in that email — I think is what you hear in our officer’s voices everyday.”

I mentioned nothing to my business colleagues while I was there (doing IT training and coaching sessions)… but by the third trip I jokingly mentioned that I was staying in a neighbourhood that seemed “err” a bit “ghetto ish”…

I got quiet understanding nods of agreement, and people telling me that Ottawa (especially the downtown area near the market) has built up a critical problem.

Taxi drivers, with whom I enjoy exchanging the “real deal” with whenever I travel, confirmed that pretty much every night, 50% or more of people on the streets after 9pm were in some sort of serious trouble (mental, physical health, homeless, male/female prostitutes, drug addicted, or all of the above)….

This is obviously not ALL what Ottawa is about, but it’s more than a tragic reality that literally overruns the area around the Market. I have never seen such a high density of depraved and desperate souls in Montreal in the 32+ years I’ve lived around here.

I think the only Canadian city that may compare is Vancouver in certain spots?

But this is in the capital of our great country – less than 1-2 blocks from the Parliament Buildings?

Pleaselet’s not let Ottawa become Washington, D.C. …

See the entire CTV W-Five episode Capital Shame online (about 20 minutes playing time)

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