It’s really quite amusing to see the Toronto Star teeing up criticism such as this opinion piece of Tim Hortons franchise owners for actions they took in dealing with the too-much, too-fast rise in the minimum wage from $11.60 to $14 an hour that took effect in Ontario Jan. 1, with another hike to $15 scheduled to take place a year later. What such columns do is present the minimum wage debate as being about corporate greed and ignore small business owners who shouldn’t be operating if they can’t make a big profit according to some. Perhaps, those small business owners should do as the Star – which also presents itself as compassionate and representative of Canadian values as they see them – did along with other media outlets and go to the federal government to fund its business in an era of well-documented challenges to traditional sources of news. Then, it would be about corporate welfare over corporate greed and that would be okay … One of the common themes of those who are critical of Tim Hortons franchise owners is that they would be happy to pay more for a coffee or donut if it helped implement it. Golf, specifically, has been criticized for not being affordable and has venom spit its way as a result. That poison would only become more toxic if golf operations only used price increases as a way of dealing with the rise in minimum wage …
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The pre-PGA Merchandise Show launches continue. Callaway is teasing the arrival of a new product with the Jailbreak technology that went into last year’s successful Epic driver. That announcement will take place next week … Of course, we’ve already reported that the PING G400 Max driver has appeared on the USGA list of conforming drivers and is making it’s PGA Tour debut at this week’s Sony Open in Hawaii. Count on an official announcement in the days leading up to the show, which takes place Jan 24-26 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando … The Web.com Tour’s season opener gets underway on Saturday at the Bahamas Great Exuma Classic, where Albin Choi, Seann Harlingten, Stuart MacDonald, Roger Sloan and Adam Svensson are in the field … This week’s GNN Poll asks readers if they’re concerned with how the golf course where they work/play will come through a brutal winter in many parts of the country this year. As of this writing, 54 per cent of respondents said no, 12 per cent voted yes and 34 per cent said it’s too early to tell. If you haven’t already, you can cast your vote on the GNN home page.