The Margaret Atwood anti-sprawl Midhurst petition challenge is shattered!!

March 30, 2014

It will be a pleasure to welcome Ms. Atwood and perhaps some of her friends to our nearly 200 year old community.

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Midhurst Community Hall, Midhurst Ratepayers’ Association Annual General Meeting, January 26, 2014.

The cancer-like urban sprawl plan threatens farmland, the Minesing Wetlands,  Springwater Park, forced hook-ups for sewer and water for all Midhurst and out-of-sight tax bills for all Springwater Township residents for decades into the future.

As reported by AWARE Simcoe on March 26th, Yes! Midhurst petiton tops 5.000:

Final push joined by Atwood in Twitter feed
Today, the 5,000th person signed the petition to save the village of Midhurst (population 3,500), preserve the 756 hectares of surrounding farmland and stop the proposed effluent discharge into the Willow Creek and the internationally treasured Minesing Wetlands.

And the count of those opposed to the Midhurst Secondary Plan, which would expand the Midhurst population to 28,000, continues to rise.

The final Twitter push from Save Midhurst Now proclaiming that only 13 signatures were needed was re-tweeted in the early hours today by author Margaret Atwood, who has pledged to visit Midhurst and do a workshop at a nearby high school if 5,000 people sign the petition.

The Midhurst residents’ group has unveiled a new video and song in support of the cause. Click here to view it.

Sign the petition

Congratulations to everyone, especially Margaret Prophet and all her crack public relations associates at the Midhurst Ratepayers’ Association.

Posted on SpringwaterParkcc.org and iLoveMidhurst.ca.


I like it when people follow my writing, especially Springwater Township senior staff officers using their taxpayer-funded email address, hardware and salary.

March 6, 2014

Find below a message I received at 1:48 pm today from WordPress.com showing (presumably) that Mr. Brad Sokach is now receiving each of my posts on voteLesStewart.ca by email.

Brad Sokach 2

The last business card that I have for Mr. Sokach P.Eng., his position and duties is here:

Brad Sokach business card

The  6 weblogs/wikis that I have solely written on  since February 2008 have had 1,893,461 views.

Disclosure: I am a candidate for Deputy Mayor in the township Oct 27, 2014 municipal election.

Posted on WikidFranchise.org, FranchiseBanker.ca, SpringwaterParkcc.org, iLoveMidhurst.ca, and voteLesStewart.ca.


Tony Martin: Why 100,000 CDN franchisee families should keep his family in their thoughts.

February 17, 2014

The Arthur Wishart Act (Franchise Disclosure) Act, 2000 exists because of Martin. He draws people together is a way only an Irish immigrant could.
Tony Martin

I would suggest ALL franchisees, everywhere, who know enough to value the legal protections that “good faith, fair dealings and commercially reasonable” might give to their life, recognize this, faith-filled parliamentarian’s fearless role in not managing but eradicating  predatory industry practices, starting in 1996.

As reported in the Sault Star, NDP colleagues offer words of support after Tony Martin hospitalized after suffering stroke:

The longtime NDP politician and anti-poverty activist reportedly suffered the stroke Sunday.

Bud Wildman, former provincial cabinet minister and a close friend, said doctors are hopeful Martin, 65, will recover.

He said Martin’s family is by his side.

“I’m concerned for my friend. He’s a strong person. I’m hoping he’ll make a full recovery,” said Wildman.

My thoughts are with Bud, Madge, Karen and Jacques and especially Anna and their children.


Les Stewart to receive Lifetime Achievement Award by the franchise industry.

November 29, 2013

As unaccustomed as I am to public speaking…

Cross-posted on WikidFranchise.org, FranchiseBanker.caSpringwaterParkcc.org and iLoveMidhurst.ca.

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Your quest for franchisee justice will lead you to a “white knight” lawyer who will betray you.

September 2, 2013

The franchise bar appears to 1st time user franchisees as fundamentally fair, adversarial and zero sumThat is a dangerous myth.

(c) Walker Art Gallery; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

The economic incentives for the “franchisee-friendly attorneys” are to give the pretence of a fair fight (definition: an attempt to make something that is not the case appear true OED) since your being sold-out can be easily explained. Franchisee stupidity and shortsightedness is the most cited, least reality-based reason given.

Answer:

Your franchisee attorney will defect on 100% of all large cases because the franchise industry is effectively a single-payer industry for legal services (franchisors: +95%). As in other human waste treatment systems, the franchise bar functions to let pass the little cases go to trial (to keep the payers fearful and motivated) but skims off the large chunks for the elite 2 firms.

Question:

Why would any franchisor pay out 100% of a massive claim to a group of franchisees for multi-year bad faith dealings when they could cut two cheques (1. their own lawyers and 2. your attorney) to manage the case to a “satisfactory conclusion”? Would 10 per cent of what franchisees are owed be a reasonably figure?

If you were a rational, profit-maximizing multi-decade career Big Franchising professional (who has their own very high sunk costs invested in the status quo industry practices and structure, btw), Wouldn’t YOU just keep your mouth shut, turn a blind eye and play along, too?

There are ways to deal with these perfectly explainable and rational, multiple-level credence good dangers but you may need to start serving legitimate authority instead of the posers that scatter when the light switch goes on the industry.

Sir Galahad:The Quest of the Holy Grail,  Arthur Hughes, 1870.


Comments on franchising articles are often the most honest part of the article.

August 27, 2013

The public gets franchising.

Ron Joyce

The comments prove it.

Please see an article on Ron Joyce of Tim Hortons called Tim Hortons billionaire Ron Joyce selling his yacht for $19.9 million:

Ron Joyce made a lot of money on coffee and doughnuts.

But he’s sailed into choppy waters when it comes to his 49-metre luxury super yacht.

The former owner of Tim Hortons has put his yacht Destination Fox Harb’r Too up for sale. And it looks like he 82-year-old billionaire is prepared to take a bit of a bath on it — at least $10 million.

The comment I chose to highlight when I entered it into WikidFranchis.org:

2. Barnsy
Wow!! 20 million – that’s a lot of donuts and coffee. Too bad Tim Horton wasn’t able to enjoy any of those spoils.

The franchising part of the business was bitter-sweet for Tim’s family also. And maybe Jim Charade’s?


Serruya family buys Kahala, Cold Stone and others

August 23, 2013

Multi-tradename franchisors often are (how should I say this) the least sensitive to franchisees’ investment concerns,

BMM Cold stone

A very good article on Blue MauMau by Janet Sparks, Kahala Acquired in Auction by Serruya Family:

TORONTO – The Serruya family today announced that they have acquired a controlling interest in Kahala Corp., owner of Cold Stone Creamery and many other franchised brands. The transaction was completed on Monday.

The Serruya family brings substantial experience in franchising to Kahala. They are planning for growth of Kahala brands in both international and North American markets.

The new franchisors seem to have to prove something to knowledgeable franchisee advocates.

Former Cold Stone franchisee Cecil Rolle, who has been engaged in litigation with the franchisor said, “I’m hoping the acquisition of Kahala Corp by the Serruya Family is a watershed moment for Cold Stone Creamery franchisee profitability and the harmonization of the franchisor to franchisee relationship, which has been as contentious as they come. The Serruya Family will have to prove to me they are serious about the concerns of the franchisees and their families. Rolle has been an advocate for current franchisees, assisting them in profitability and other issues.

Some of the comments about the buyers from a related Globe and Mail article are speak to all the franchisees might be in for:

10. Sniktaw
Have to agree with the general thrust of the other posts here. These scumbags are right up there with Marc Tellier re ability to engineer massive shareholder value destruction whilst at the same time garnering obscene riches for themselves.
11. 911c2
i also got creamed owning their stock. Also, rode up the swisher stock that coolbrands turned into. That stock was jacked up to $10 now its at $1 again!! I will run away from anything that they are selling. No more stocks from them. won’t even try yogurtys since they r involved. Are they still doiong business deals with Jack Banqueseus aka Jack Banks who had four public shell stocks?
this post is all in my humble opinion

Franchisees have much, much less protection against opportunism than do owners of publicly traded stock.


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