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Happy Canada Day, 2020! You don’t look a day over 153-years-old.


Happy Canada Day!  153 Years Old and looking better than ever!

So blessed to be living in such a great country where we see people for exactly what they are… People.  Not by race, religion, ethnicity, or socio-economic value… Or so we thought. While that is not 100% true, it is mostly correct – nobody is perfect – so we still have room to improve. Having these difficult discussion today about the way we talk about, stereotype and treat our fellow Canadians is going to pay dividends down the road.

One day, we’ll look back in history and say with shock and horror that our ancestors treated ______________ poorly.

Here’s to a kinder, gentler Canada, which values free speech except where that speech becomes hateful, then it gets shut down, for good.

Here’s to a better Canada that can reconcile old, but still open wounds, with many people whom were wronged through racist, sexist and homophobia.

Here’s to a better Canada where people – rather than shitting on the country – take progressive (and legal) steps to make it a better and more inclusive place for everyone..

Happy Canada Day.

Posted in Canada, Guest Blogger, Sports, The Urban Daddy, Toronto

Are we witnessing the end of America’s Past time?


Even though Major League Baseball (MLB) and it’s players were quite far apart on a deal needed to play a season this year, baseball will be played in 2020 and I don’t know why. Between issues with COVID-19, the locations chosen to play the games in, racism, homophobia, and the underlying issues related to owners refusal to budge on monetary issues and players a demanding full pay while playing less than half a season – the game is broken… Very broken.

Regardless of what is actually happening, this very public bickering could be the beginning of the end for America’s past time.

Take a look at the staggering figures below to get an idea what it must be like for owners of team’s must be facing when they look at paying players ever increasing salaries. Taking into consideration the very slight increase in attendance over the past 40-years (the league added more teams during this period), the total league payroll has gone from a quarter billion dollars to 4 billion dollars a year.

With less people attending games, the teams need to make up the revenue somewhere, right? You can only increase ticket prices so much, plus fans in cities with non-competitive teams historically draw fewer fans than cities with competitive teams. But it theoretically takes revenue to build a team, does it not? If fans stop showing up, then teams don’t have the revenue to field better teams. We’ve all been told that, at one point in time.

That might have been true, back in the day, but in present days, teams – even non-competitive teams – turn profits because of their TV deals.

TV deals range from a low of $20 million dollars to the Miami Marlins to $289 million dollars being paid to the LA Dodgers. The average seems to lie around $45 million dollars. With average payrolls of $133 million, and taking out the TV revenue, it still makes for a huge loss for the owners.

But the players want to get paid, and they want a piece of everything the owners make. When you consider the average of 10K fans per game in Miami, $15K in Tampa Bay, and $16K in Baltimore, you have to think how much longer this can go on.

Looking at Miami, for example, with $20 million dollars a year in TV revenue, and total team payroll of $75 million, the team begins the season down $55 million dollars. At 10K fans per game and an average ticket price of $22/game, the Marlins earn $220,000 per game, or $17,820,000 over 81 home games (around $18 million).

This does not include any additional revenues from parking, concessions or products sold, nor does it account for salaries of employees, advertising, rent, property taxes, concessions to be sold, or other costs like taxation.

What makes matters a bit more obscure is that teams drawing below a certain threshold are provided support from other teams, such as the Yankees who exceeded payroll ceiling by $52 million dollars in 2019 and had to pay a luxury tax of $26 million dollars – or 1/3rd of Miami’s payroll.

Throwing all of these numbers together, and staying in the space of averages and previous year’s reported figures, the Miami Marlins made around $250 million in revenue.

How?

See how the players become skeptical of the owners figures?

Without fans, and that gate revenue, a considerable portion of the revenue disappears.

Attendance is dropping. Speculation is that it’s a result of outdated stadiums or a bad product on the field, but truth be told, it’s likely the $10 hot dog, $20 beer and $30 to park a car that has been driving fans away.

Attendance Avg Game Attendance League Payroll Avg Team Payroll
2019 68,494,752 28,198 $3,999,827,072 $133,327,569
2018 69,671,272 28,659 $3,964,096,903 $132,136,563
2017 72,678,797 29,908 $3,983,892,634 $132,796,421
2016 73,159,044 30,131 $3,761,011,880 $125,367,062
2015 73,719,340 30,349 $3,680,887,206 $122,696,240
2014 73,739,622 30,345 $3,398,869,156 $113,295,638
2013 74,027,037 30,451 $3,150,727,861 $105,024,262
2012 74,859,268 30,806 $2,950,092,506 $98,336,416
2011 73,425,667 30,228 $2,872,256,542 $95,741,884
2010 73,061,763 30,066 $2,757,480,197 $91,916,006
2009 73,430,580 30,218 $2,791,645,244 $93,054,841
2008 78,624,315 32,382 $2,694,090,063 $89,803,002
2007 79,484,718 32,696 $2,499,198,987 $83,306,632
2006 76,043,902 31,306 $2,337,874,617 $77,929,153
2005 74,915,268 30,816 $2,189,013,398 $72,967,113
2004 73,022,972 30,075 $2,078,657,943 $69,288,598
2003 67,630,052 27,831 $2,128,862,128 $70,962,070
2002 67,944,389 28,006 $2,028,877,522 $67,629,250
2001 72,581,101 29,881 $1,969,086,313 $65,636,210
2000 71,358,907 29,377 $1,685,767,602 $56,192,253
1999 70,139,380 28,887 $1,503,589,250 $50,119,641
1998 70,601,147 29,030 $1,285,345,371 $42,844,845
1997 63,168,689 27,876 $1,127,440,885 $40,265,745
1996 60,097,381 26,509 $958,715,050 $34,239,823
1995 50,469,236 25,021 $951,698,367 $33,989,227
1994 50,010,016 31,256 $928,257,287 $33,152,045
1993 70,257,938 30,964 $903,115,234 $32,254,115
1992 55,870,466 26,529 $803,497,323 $30,903,743
1991 56,813,760 27,002 $613,253,418 $23,586,669
1990 54,823,768 26,044 $460,267,193 $17,702,584
1989 55,173,096 26,198 $375,490,540 $14,441,943
1988 52,998,904 25,237 $319,514,557 $12,289,021
1987 52,011,506 24,708 $304,799,122 $11,723,043
1986 47,506,203 22,589 $309,189,518 $11,891,904
1985 46,824,379 22,265 $264,965,530 $10,190,981

 

With players now opting out of the 2020 season and citing issues related to negotiations, racism, sexism, cheating (yes you, Astros and likely Red Sox), it’s not putting the sport of baseball in such a good light. Certainly these cannot result in increased attendance, unless significant changes are made. MLB could lead the way and lure fans back to the stadiums in drove, if they took a back to basics approach, lowered ticket prices, and concession prices, kept people safe and put a diverse product on the field.

Or, they could fight over millions and billions of dollars while North Americans struggle with earning income, racism, sexism, and intolerance, and a general lack of respect for each others lives.

The ball is in your field, MLB… Batter Up!

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Pick a Urinal… Any Urinal: Just wash your hands and stay out of pee


Caution: Blog Post about Pee.

I found this half written blog post in my draft folder and wanted to finish it off and post it because it’s a gem. A real classic. Or a giant waste of time, but it’s about pee, so it should get some reaction aside from giggle children).

Apparently there was a major study perform a few years ago surrounding the urinal that men (and boys) subconsciously choose when entering a restroom. Who knew?

A lot of it has to do with positioning of urinals, the number of urinals and whether any of said urinals were occupied at the time – according to experts. I recalled that study and remember walking into restrooms for the next, I don’t know, 5-years, trying to see what made me choose the urinal for wet waste disposal, and which urinals I directed my boys to.

It’s taken me wayyyy to long, but I can say now with certainty that there are other, much more significant factors which were taken into consideration, such as the size of puddle on the floor – can we straddle it, or would we have to stand right on it – which spots are available, and how close we would be to people. From there, we quickly size up the people to see if we want to pee beside them. Will they mind their business or do they peek – do they stand 5 feet away from the urinal and splatter or do they talk to themselves. Do they look like they might live in one of the stalls or do they look as uncomfortable and weirded out as the rest of us.

These are all important traits to teach out kids as they begin going into bathrooms on their own.

I’d much rather my kids go to the spot they feel safest than to make them feel that tehy should avoid the first stall because that stall is the most commonly used, so they should use the second one, or maybe the 5th one because men don’t often use the 5th one…

All I can say is this…

Try not to stand in pee.

Try not to splash others pee back on you.

Always flush the urinal if its not automatic.

Always wash your hands thoroughly, especially if you’re the type of kid who is going to have you fingers near your face, or in your mouth at any point in the next day.

Please don’t look at other people – stare at the wall if you have to.

If someone is looking at you, finish up as quickly as possible and then tell someone. But always wash your hands.

 

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Father’s Day is Here (Father’s Day is every day!)


Father’s day makes me realize a few things.

  1. I Love being a father
  2. I miss my father – he would have loved my kids – had he been alive to meet them – and they would have loved him.
  3. Considering the traditional role that mother’s play in the raising of children, I believe in being an involved father, being there as much as possible – supporting your children, and you wife, girlfriend, partner, baby-mother, etc. It’s nice to have a day to recognize what it means to be a father, but every day is father’s day… Or should be.

If you’re a father and not involved with your kids by your choice, then snap into it and realize that it’s not about you. It’s about the way your kids grow up, treat others and expect from adults. You’re setting them up for potential failure. Having a relationship with your children is a privilege and to stubbornly walk away from them because you’re feelings are hurt is a reflection on your character – which your kids pay the price for – and will have to deal with long after you’re gone.

That being said, my friends at Dad Things Social, have provided me with this cool infographic for Father’s Day.

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And their blog: https://dadthings.ca/

Posted in Canada, Community, family, Food, Life, The Urban Daddy, Toronto

Returning This Summer: PC Insiders Report (YAY!)


I opened my email this morning and saw a teaser from Loblaws CEO Galen Weston, that an old favourite was returning.

My mind immediately began to race to PC products which I loved, that have gone by the wayside, and couldn’t wait to see what was coming back – hoping that it was something that we could actually use.

The email read like this:
“I hope you’re keeping well as we hold the course with our physical distancing measures. Most of my updates over these past months have been focused on logistics – the work we’ve done to help keep our colleagues and communities safe. But as the urgency has eased somewhat and I take a wider view of the situation, I have some thoughts I’d like to share.

Billions of people have been asked to stop, to stay inside. And as our worlds have gotten smaller, interesting things are happening out there. You may have seen pictures of mountain goats and monkeys roaming empty streets. Or images of cleaner waterways and side-by-side comparisons of skies over Los Angeles, New Delhi and Barcelona – grey and smoggy pre-pandemic, crisp blue today. Experts say this quieting of human activity has resulted in less seismic noise – that is, the planet is not vibrating as much as usual. Some have joked the birds must be singing much louder. But it may just be that we can hear them better now.

This large-scale slowdown can give us new perspective. We can imagine what we might do differently or better once this all passes. Many of us have become more focused on what we’re eating – what’s essential, what we could do without, or do with a little less of. In my case, I’m a bit of a carnivore, and I’m trying to eat less meat and more vegetables. I know many of you are too.

This movement toward flexitarianism – eating mainly vegetables, fruit, beans and grains, meat only occasionally – is growing. People are curious about the benefits, they want more information and options.

And it’s gotten me thinking: how can our team at President’s Choice do what it does best, keep Canadians up-to-date on the latest product innovations and inspirational meal ideas, while also going deeper on big food issues, like flexitarianism and sustainability? The team reminded me that the PC Insiders Report publication used to do all that.

So, this summer, we’re bringing it back.

For those of you who remember it, in the ‘80s, the Insider’s Report booklet was the kickoff to the big seasons, the highlight of summer and holiday grocery shopping. For those who don’t remember: it really was. This new, fully digital version will give you a taste of the latest trends, fresh recipes for BBQ season, and dozens of new and amazing PC products. And it will have more: I’m going to work with our team on thoughtful stories about larger food issues that Canadians are curious about.

Our team has worked hard to help you get the most out of summer. Every product and every story has been crafted with care, passion and ultimately the love of food in mind. The idea is that we can have both: joy in the food we want, and the information we need to help us eat better and live better. For me these days, that means more big salads. And several PC® Ice Cream Shop Banana Split Mini Ice Cream Bars.”

Let’s have a good summer.

Galen Weston

 
Loblaws, Real Canadian Superstore, Shoppers Drug Mart, PC Optimum™

Can I tell you, if you do not remember the Insider Report, just how amazing it was… It provide a snapshot of new PC products that were coming down the pipeline, soon to be in stores. It was always a big hit in my family, and I have such fond memories of looking at all the different food options and choices, which we wanted to purchase.

The Blue Menu was one of the game changers that I remember seeing because there were many foods which we wanted to try but were traditionally too high in fat or salt, but the blue menu took a lot of those, cleaned them up, and made them available and affordable.

Around the holidays, I remember the fancy ice creams and desserts which we used to drool over, but never buy.

Rather than walk into a grocery store and search aisle by aisle, this report highlights the newest products and cuts down the wander time in stores, which make a ton of sense in this day and age.

Thank you, Galen!

Can’t wait!!!