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Thanksgiving – U.S. vs Canada

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Happy-ThanksgivingI was watching Planes, Trains and Automobiles, starring Steve Martin and John Candy, recently and was struck by how important it was for these two completely different Americans to get home for Thanksgiving – more so I think than if they had been Canadians (I realize Candy was actually born in Canada). It made me wonder what other differences there are between the two special days. (more…)


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Black Friday – Not in Canada EH?

Friday, November 29th, 2013

canada flagSo today is the day when shoppers and retailers in the United States, our awesome neighbours to the south, go bonkers. Yes bonkers. Shoppers chase the ultimate woman-pulling-hair-out_-Cartoon_  deal and store clerks just try to “deal” with it. Online retail websites that haven’t taken the time to “beef up” for the additional volume today will soon learn that “crash and burn” is not a good thing to hear from their IT department when the CEO asks how things are going.

In Canada though we are much more civilized. We politely ask consumers to continue to shop locally and as a courtesy, offer some nice sale prices so that they don’t feel left out as compared to their friends in the south. Of course there are some of our loyal Canadian citizens that will politely wait in line at the border crossings for hours so that they can then wait in the store line-ups for even more  hours. They do this just to be neighbourly of course. There are also Canadians that will order products online this Black Friday and have them shipped, but that’s only because they want to help keep their local mail or delivery person employed. We certainly owe all these wonderful consumers a vote of thanks for supporting the global economy. (more…)


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