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Greed is not a social policy

By Les Whittington      

With Tim Hortons heirs in hot water, politicians ought to take another look at whether associating themselves with the Always Fresh brand is going stale.

Tim Hortons has traditionally been a safe space for politicians to show they're in touch with down-to-earth Canadians and small businesses. But the small-business mythology, at least as it applies to Tim Hortons, is becoming tattered now that the chain is controlled by a hard-nosed Brazilian buy-out king known for brutally cutting costs and jobs at acquired companies, writes Les Whittington. Photograph courtesy of Michael Gil
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OTTAWA—When the CBC sought comment about efforts by Tim Hortons heirs Ron Joyce Jr. and Jeri Lynn Horton-Joyce to recoup benefits from employees soon to be making $14 an hour, the reporter was told the pair wouldn’t be available to comment because they were at their winter home in Florida. Of course it wasn’t only the Tim Hortons heirs who responded to a raise in the minimum wage by informing employees that, in exchange for a few extra

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