Poem: ‘It’s How You Say It’


Minimum wage goes up.

Tim Hortons

sends a letter to employees,

cancelling paid breaks,

cutting health benefits.


Some say

that’s not the Canadian way.


I read the letter carefully.


It starts with

“It is with great regret”;

a different way of saying

“We are sorry”.


What’s more Canadian?


(Editor’s note: poet Shai Ben-Shalom, an Israeli-born biologist, writes for Blacklock’s each and every Sunday)

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