12 Million From the Federal Government for Loblaws??

I briefly worked for Loblaws, only to realize that they cared little if not at all for the workers stocking your groceries. (Read my experience here)

This morning, I was shocked to learn that the Federal government is giving them 12 mil – FOR FRIDGES!

For a company that reported a 18.5 billion gross last year, plus an extra 12 mill from the government just for fridges, Loblaws MUST reconsider their wages.

Please Click Here to sign this petition if you believe people should be paid enough to not worry where their next meal comes from or have to work 3 jobs or more in an effort to make basic living expenses.

Advertisements

Real Canadian Superstore

2280 Baron Rd, Kelowna, BC V1X 7W3

★★★

As a kid, I remember the excitement when Loblaws bought the empty lot that now has Superstore. Each week we’d get more and more excited as we’d watch it’s progress, as up until that point the only places to buy groceries was Costco, Extra Foods and Safeway. They even built a gas bar which featured cheaper gas if you bough groceries there! For many years things were easy to find and prices that made Costco’s bulk buying not even worth it. People who got jobs for Loblaws meant they had gotten it made! Then, about 10 years ago, they rearranged the store for marketing purposes, making it impossible to duck in and out for an item, without searching the entire store to figure out where they’ve moved it to this time! I ended up working night shifts here for 3 months,only to find out that the model for employment had also changed, they pay just beneath minimum wage, even now, as their union has a locked in agreement which disregards BC minimum wage laws.

They push out people who have been working there for years with enticing buyouts so they can justify paying their new workers nothing. Remember that this is why the items you’re buying are so cheap, and why sometimes the items are damaged etc, as people aren’t paid enough to care. I love the people I know that work here but it is unfair that they are treated so poorly.

https://goo.gl/maps/ruzcraezSxK2

Amazon

Super not a fan of Amazon, I could always find whatever item elsewhere or the original site for half the shipping or less cost. **Examples**

I also hate the idea of signing up for a membership to have someone else have automated services push their crap on me. Automated helpful things SURE, but automated marketing drives me right up a wall!

And now to top it all off, looks like they’ve been playing my all-time favorite pet peeve – inflating stock with drama!

Headlines read –

“These cities are finishing strong as Amazon narrows down choice for new headquarters”

  • Amazon could narrow the finalists as soon as this month for the new headquarters and the 50,000 jobs it says will go with it.
  • Data from CNBC’s latest study on competitiveness suggests Austin and Dallas could have a strong shot at Amazon’s $5 billion project.
  • Atlanta, Boston, Denver, Miami, Nashville and Northern Virginia are also strong contenders.

The problem with this is, there was only 1 prize to begin with. This article below elegantly explains why this is just so underhanded.

Amazon’s HQ2 Spectacle Isn’t Just Shameful — It Should Be Illegal” by Derek Thompson 

CONTENA – UNDERHANDED MARKETING PRACTICES

The below email is a sample of the emails I’ve been receiving asking to join CONTENA, a place where writers are supposedly able to make a career off using. 

Sarah,

There are certain points during our lives when a single positive action or decision can reward us for many years to come. 
 
In January we did some skiing while working remotely from Snowmass Colorado and many decisions needed to be made! 

I can actually trace the beginning of Contena to a single action I took on April 20th, 2015.

I was sitting in my living room, decided to open up a text editor, and began to outline a new service that would make it easier to find remote work.  

The document I created was 2 – 3 paragraphs max.

That single action, led to other actions, which eventually led to me launching a site that has now helped thousands of people land amazing clients and work from anywhere.

Deciding to take that first step or action was the second BEST DECISION I’ve ever made. (The first was marrying my wonderful wife, of course).

So now it’s time for YOU to make a decision.

Maybe you want to build a great remote business that gives you the freedom and flexibility to work from anywhere like Cristee:
Maybe you want to be earning $3,000+ per month on the side from freelance writing a few months from now.

Maybe for you, it’s not about working from an exotic location, or earning a specific dollar amount, but about pushing yourself to try something new and proactively building a future that you control. 

Whatever the motivation, there is no “ideal time” to take action, there is just now.

Waiting for the “perfect time” or the stars to align is just an excuse we make to ourselves which prevents us from taking action and making any real progress.  

Just click the button below, and join us. You can have your business up and running by this time next week.  Think about that for a second…
 I’m ready to build a GREAT writing business with ContenaRemember – Contena is more than just a service that helps you to launch your remote writing business. When you join Contena you are making a commitment  to yourself and to your future. 

So do yourself a favor and take that first step.  

Once you do that, we are here to help with the rest.  

Kevin

PS… At a fundamental level, Contena works because we show which actions will have the biggest impacts and where you *need* to be focusing your time and energy.  We all wake up with a finite amount of hours and energy in the day, so it’s important to focus on actions that will yield the greatest results. 

Let’s say you search for clients 3 times a week and with Contena you save 30 minutes on each of these searches.  Over the course of a year – this is almost 78 HOURS of time recovered.

Almost two full work weeks!  

This isn’t taking into account the value of what you learn from our courses etc.. that is just the time saved from doing what many writers consider to be the most tedious task when it comes to freelancing!
 Yes, I’m ready to get started with Contena!

But after finally receiving an limited time offer email saying there was room, I was disappointed to see the price was not what it had said before. So I decided to hold off. But I was then bombarded with emails saying ‘Last chance!!!’ from October 1st to November 2nd, so I replied as per below.

“I’m really getting tired of these emails. You wouldn’t let me sign up a few months ago. So when I saw your email saying Contena is ready for writers I was extremely excited. But then, the price had been raised, the price of joining, which had super unclear charges – either way making it not feasible for me to join. Then you send emails stating last chance blah blah – which was total BULLSHIT LIES because you KEEP emailing stating that it’s my last chance. This is false marketing and I will be making a post about your underhanded dealings.”

Life gets in the way, and I find myself writing this post almost a month later to me replying to their email. Since then however, I have received no response, yet no end in the ever incoming stream of emails, an additional 9 emails, making this a total of 45 emails received since Sept 18th. I’ve included screenshots to show titles to of these emails, my favorites being ‘Contena Closes Tonight!’ followed by an email 6 days later like nothing had happened.

But what really got me going was the texts I received yesterday.

I don’t remember having to give my phone number,  and when I went into the account settings to remove my private information, (greeted by their latest marketing scheme below) it’s not an option! 

I’m super disturbed with their underhanded practices and lack of actual human communication, which makes me question is my information truly safe? Will anyone return my email? 

Dakota Boots

Hey construction friends,

Did you know that Dakota Boots are made by a different company than Dakota Outerwear?

In the past four years my boyfriend Todd has gone through three pairs of $250 quad-comfort Dakota’s, and all three have had the sole separate from the rest of the boot. He wears Dakota jackets and rain-gear purchased four years ago that are are in great condition (besides one broken zipper due to him shoving a nail-bar in a pocket that isn’t meant for nail-bars).

It was news to both of us to find out that Dakota boots are not made by the same company. After Todd couldn’t find a website for the maker of the boots, and upon further investigation, it seems that they are made by Mark’s Work Warehouse to break about a month after their 100 day warranty is up.

Only bright side I see is go ‘Lease’ yourself a pair of these puppies, and bring them back in before the 100 day warranty!

Costco Using Different Burrito Supplier Replaced with Nasty Knock-Off

I grew up eating Costco Burritos as ‘treats’ when we had to time to cook, those were dad’s easy lunches and we knew keeping for him was vital in ensuring some days when there was no leftovers, dad still got a decent lunch.

After moving out, I kept the tradition of having some easy meals on hand, but about three years my favorite kind of burrito, the hot ones, disappeared, and was replaced with more bean and cheese and beef and bean. It also appears that the quality of the burrito has gone downhill, as the tortillas don’t have those little brown spots that show they’ve been crisped up. Instead they were white powdery, the contents were dry, and seemed like half of it had dissapeared.

I went to Independent Grocer two weeks ago, (Loblaws) and they had no name burritos – WITH THE HOT ONES!!!! Curious to see if they were any good, as they were also 3 bucks cheaper, they ARE THE OLD ONES. Delicious, full of beans and chunks of meat, with enough sauce to chase away dryness!

I’ve been eating these for 20 years, trust me when I say Costco must have changed supplier and no name picked up their business.

So once again, Costco is buying products from companies using inferior ingredients and selling it at previous cost. (See my previous article regarding inferior ingredients in their ‘Organic cream of mushroom soup’, they really mean almost half potato!)

I’d also like to point out I’ve stopped buying most produce there, as well as milk, as within a few days it’s gone bad.

Costco used to be the go to for large families, a trustworthy place to get nutritious food, but if they continue replacing their products with low quality SHIT, I won’t be recommending them.