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Whole Foods picks a fight with Canadian veterans

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In Canada a large part of how we mark Remembrance Day on Nov. 11 is to wear a small poppy pin. It is nearly universal. Whole Foods, which apparently has stores in Canada has unwisely decided to ban it's employees from wearing them. Something about it's uniform code. This has prompted an immediate and large scale uproar with talk of a boycott and a promise from the Ontario premier to introduce legislation. Right now. I'm sure it will pass unanimously if it comes to that. Meanwhile the House of Commons has already adopted by unanimous consent a resolution condemning the action.

So far Whole Foods in it's "corporate wisdom" has doubled down. I am expecting a reversal before the end of the day. Canadians will not tolerate this.

From a news report:

Members of the House of Commons unanimously condemned the ban on Friday, adopting a motion “to condemn Whole Foods and its owner Jeff Bezos for banning its employees from wearing poppies on their uniform, and demand that the policy be reversed immediately.”

They also adopted another motion unanimously inviting John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods, to appear before the House of Commons veterans affairs committee within the next two weeks.

The order means that Mackey, an American, either must appear voluntarily or else run the risk that the committee will issue a formal summons to be delivered by bailiff next time he sets foot in Canada.

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15 minutes ago, gowlerk said:

In Canada a large part of how we mark Remembrance Day on Nov. 11 is to wear a small poppy pin. It is nearly universal. Whole Foods, which apparently has stores in Canada has unwisely decided to ban it's employees from wearing them. Something about it's uniform code. This has prompted an immediate and large scale uproar with talk of a boycott and a promise from the Ontario premier to introduce legislation. Right now. I'm sure it will pass unanimously if it comes to that. Meanwhile the House of Commons has already adopted by unanimous consent a resolution condemning the action.

So far Whole Foods in it's "corporate wisdom" has doubled down. I am expecting a reversal before the end of the day. Canadians will not tolerate this.

From a news report:

Members of the House of Commons unanimously condemned the ban on Friday, adopting a motion “to condemn Whole Foods and its owner Jeff Bezos for banning its employees from wearing poppies on their uniform, and demand that the policy be reversed immediately.”

They also adopted another motion unanimously inviting John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods, to appear before the House of Commons veterans affairs committee within the next two weeks.

The order means that Mackey, an American, either must appear voluntarily or else run the risk that the committee will issue a formal summons to be delivered by bailiff next time he sets foot in Canada.

Hi Ken,

Re:  'So far Whole Foods in it's "corporate wisdom" has doubled down.'

Everyone makes mistakes.  The above quote is the really stupid part.

Jerry Baumchen

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4 minutes ago, SkyDekker said:

Really is a stupid stance to take for Whole Foods, lacking any nuance or thought.

After doing a little research I think they must not be in tune with the culture here. They miscalculated because they believe that wearing a poppy is a political statement of some kind. They were involved in a controversy this year over not allowing BLM masks to be worn by employees. They took a stand that they would not allow their employees to make any such statements while on the job. They don't understand that wearing a poppy at this time of year is normal here and that not wearing one is more likely to be making a statement.

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2 minutes ago, gowlerk said:

After doing a little research I think they must not be in tune with the culture here. They miscalculated because they believe that wearing a poppy is a political statement of some kind. They were involved in a controversy this year over not allowing BLM masks to be worn by employees. They took a stand that they would not allow their employees to make any such statements while on the job. They don't understand that wearing a poppy at this time of year is normal here and that not wearing one is more likely to be making a statement.

Yup, hence the comment about lacking nuance and thought. It is the typical "all or nothing" stance taken to try and avoid any form of critical thinking. It allows the corporation to blame a policy and with that try to appeal to multiple sides.

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53 minutes ago, gowlerk said:

They used to fight nazis. Without waiting for Japan to attack first. Unlike “America firsters”.

Hi Ken,

When I started jumping ( 1964 ) there was a guy, jumper/pilot, who went to Canada & joined your armed forces to fight the Germans before the US got into the war.

Jerry Baumchen

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10 hours ago, gowlerk said:

They used to fight nazis. Without waiting for Japan to attack first. Unlike “America firsters”.

Don't ignore the fact that Canadian troops comprise a large percentage of UN peacekeeping forces.

'Cuz you darned Canucks are such nice fellas, Eh.

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3 hours ago, ScottishJohn said:

Im pretty sure they had troops in Bush's Gulf War

Canada said “thanks, but no thanks” to participating in the neo-con effort to transform Iraq. We were all in for the more justified Afghanistan war.

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5 hours ago, ScottishJohn said:

Im pretty sure they had troops in Bush's Gulf War

Apparently not.

Lots and lots of UN operations. Many folks think the UN is just a big clusterfuck (and there's a fair amount of justification for that), but there are a LOT of places that have UN troops in place to monitor peace agreements.
As I noted above, Canadian troops have played a pretty big part in that for a while.

One good reason is because many of the places they are deployed to have a long history of the military being used by the government to oppress the locals. 

Or the troops exploiting and abusing the locals in lieu of actual pay.

Wiki list (OIF is not included):
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Canadian_military_operations

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