Cease & desist

Sep 15 21:09 2017 Print This Article

In the recent past I received a letter from CREA, the mothership of realtors, informing me I could not use the word ‘realtor’ on this site. Expect legal action (leg irons, the rack, car battery on genitals), it intoned, unless I always said REALTOR®. Yup. Capital letters, little ® thingy. No snickering.

The document went on. This pathetic blog was also prohibited, upon pain of indefinite incarceration in a Brad Lamb concrete-walled condo with high strata fees, from saying ‘multiple listing service.’ Nope, it must be MLS®.

Naturally, I ignored it.

All this flooded back to mind when I heard about Shafquat Arefeen, a cool moister financial analyst with a must-read web site who committed the cardinal sin against realtors, and has also been threatened with castration by angry kittens. His crime was to create a gripping visualization of trends in the insane Toronto housing market, showing at a glance how unsustainable and fraught with risk housing has become. He published it. Over thirteen thousand people came to read it. The lawyers moved in.

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Greater Fool

Author, Garth Turner has been a member of the Canadian Parliamant for nine years, serving as Member of Parliament, Cabinet Minister (in charge of Canada Revenue Agency), national leadership contender (Progressive Conservative Party of Canada), House of Commons Standing Committee member and chairman (Consumer and Corporate Affairs, Finance), Special Advisor to the Leader of the Official Opposition. He is a member of the Privy Council of Canada. In addition, Garth is an ambitious entrepreneur – founder and CEO of Canada’s largest independent producer of network television, providing programming to CTV, Global, YTV and others. He founded and successfully operated chain of six community newspapers in Ontario as well as founded and operated eco-tourism and hospitality company aggregating and restoring heritage properties.

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