It’s time to buy Canadian

The Toronto Star – the givers of my weekly paycheque and numerous migraines – have a story today about Health Canada recalling 42,000 ‘toxic’ toys from store shelves.

Yes, that’s 42,000 toys that contain dangerous amounts of lead.

The recall includes 7,000 toy guns and 35,000 packages of charms that snap into popular Croc shoes. Both products were sold in dollar stores nationwide.

In fact, the 35,000 lead-heavy charms are said to be so dangerous a child can die from ingesting just one of the penny-sized items.

Y’know what, I’ve had enough of this crap. Everything we buy comes from China or India, where they could care less about safety, while Canadians – specifically Ontarians – are losing their jobs at an insane rate as shareholders of American and Canadian companies chase the almighty dollar and move their companies to Mexico, China, and India, while blue collar families here suffer.

And the result?

Toys with lead from thriving overseas economies with no health standards.

A continuing spike in unemployment in Canada.

A rise in welfare recipients, and more usage of food banks.

House foreclosures.

Broken families.

And all so corporations can keep making their mega-millions while not giving a fuck about the people who made them rich in the first place.

So if you haven’t done your Christmas shopping yet, take a look at the label of the toys you’re buying and try to support Canadian manufacturers.

What’s left of ’em, anyway.

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6 Responses to It’s time to buy Canadian

  1. Mr Lady says:

    Word to your mutha. I totally buy canadian and American. Back off, I’m a yank. China can kiss my booty.

  2. 1sttimedad says:

    Don’t worry, I’m a hypocrite. After I wrote this, I took a look at some labels of toys/books The Boss has purchased for Christmas … and oops! But if I did the Christmas shopping …

  3. 1sttimedad says:

    (the above statement should by no means be considered as asking for the responsibility of doing the Christmas shopping — in no way whatsoever)

  4. Alicia says:

    “It’s so hard to find Canadian made anymore….it’s time for that to change. I think it’s very good times for the entrepenuer to get into Canadian toys, clothes…anything, manufacturing. I’d gladly pay more if I was supporting our economy at the grass roots level…not the middlemen, and I think alot of Canadians feel the same way. Especially when it becomes a matter of our childrens health. We’ve personally done our best to boycott China, but it becomes really difficult at christmas time. Try to find a Spiderman or Superman toy that’s not ‘Made in China’!

  5. Derek says:

    See…no one gets it though.

    You all shop at Walmart for your cheap deals…how do you think the stuff is so cheap?!?

    You can’t have it both ways.

    e.g. Low taxes and good government funding of valuable entities.

    You want both…but you can’t have it.

    Everyone needs to wake up and stop thinking 2 feet in front of their face. Or 2 minutes down the road.

    If you cared you would make a point of NOT buying Johnny that Spiderman.

    peace

  6. Jeremy says:

    Usually mostly in agreement with your rants, but gotta say, I’m almost in dead agreement with your(cousin?) on this one. I’m a borderline cynic though (I tend to claim I’m a realist).

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