This is huge, huge news for Canadians who always like to get the heck out of Canada during the winter to go to sunny Mexico.
Soon, Tim Hortons will be in Mexico! The news came today that they are working with a group of investors who will bring the brand to that Latin American country.
I understand the company is also looking at expansion as well to the UK and the Philippines, and they already have a fairly sizable and expanding presence in the UAE and other Gulf countries.
I know lots of Canadians have been wanting Tim Hortons to show up in Mexico for a long, long time. When those first Mexican franchises open, expect lineups of Canadians right down the street. They’ve absolutely got to set up in the tourist areas, that is where all the Canadians are. If Tims’ first locations in Mexico are anywhere other than Cancun, Puerto Vallarta or Los Cabos, then they’re stupid.
While the news is great for snowbirds going to Mexico, it does run the risk of making Mexico seem not all that much different from the place they’re all trying to get away from. Personally, though, I also think Tims will have to do far better with the types of coffee they have in their selection down there, because Latin American coffee generally has Canadian coffee all beat.
Needless to say, Mexico president Enrique Pena Nieto is not happy with this latest “wall” nonsense, he has cancelled his planned visit with President Trump. And he should, because this is insulting treatment towards his country from the United States.
If I were an American I wouldn’t be too happy either, because it’s US consumers who will ultimately be paying through the nose for Trump’s “Great Wall of America” with this proposal. The price of all goods coming in from Mexico will automatically be hiked 20 percent!!
Tomorrow marks one full week in office for Pres. Trump. Somehow it feels like it’s been longer.
It was a big day for sports in the NBA and NFL this Christmas Day, but down in Mexico the stakes were even higher as Tigres beat Club America on penalties 3-0, after their two-game series finished with each team scoring a goal each.
The soccer action is, of course, not over. Monday is Boxing Day and that means a traditional full slate of Premier League action. Obviously, I will be tuning in to that, and then I’ll go to the mall to try and spend some of my gift cards on Boxing Day sales.
Oh, and in other unrelated news, RIP pop artist George Michael.
I still have my recent trip to Mexico on the brain in this edition of News from Nowhere.
Of course, the main news that broke while I was in Cancun had nothing to do with Mexico. It was all about Cuba and the death of Fidel Castro. I am listening to his funeral coverage right now.
There were all sorts of reactions to this news from all the usual world leaders. The big story, though, was the unbelievable reaction of Canada’s out-to-lunch Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, who issued his gushing statement praising and eulogizing Castro as if he had been some great humanitarian, instead of the tyrannical dictator he was for so many years.
“Fidel Castro was a larger than life leader who served his people for almost half a century. A legendary revolutionary and orator, Mr. Castro made significant improvements to the education and healthcare of his island nation.”
That prompted a barrage of outrage and ridicule, all of which was well deserved. The best online reaction, though, came on Twitter from Florida Senator Marco Rubio:
“Is this a real statement or a parody? Because if this is a real statement from the PM of Canada it is shameful & embarrassing.”
Anyway, the bloom is definitely off the Trudeau rose now, as he goes “from cool to laughing stock” as Maclean’s puts it. In fairness, though, his comments are nothing compared to the praise being heaped on Castro tonight by world leaders at his public memorial. Everyone speaking there, including President Jacob Zuma of South Africa and others, is making this Castro character out to be this great statesman. Anyway, enough of that.
As for my trip to Cancun, it was great, with sunny weather for a whole week. Far better than my Cuba trip of a year ago, the place really puts Varadero to shame. Obviously, it’s also a good thing I didn’t go to Cuba on vacation this year, because the tourists there are having a hard time of it right now.
While in Cancun, I tuned in plenty of sports. But as it turned out, I never did tune in to as many NBA games as I had hoped to. Oh, I did tune in a few games on the radio from Florida and Texas stations, but mainly I watched NFL football and endless soccer games on the TV. Basically, you had no other choice, that was what dominated the main Mexican sports channels — Fox Sports and tDN — last week.
On Tuesday, it was UEFA Champions League all day. Wednesday, same thing, except it was Liga Bancomer MX playoffs at night. Thursday, it was Thanksgiving NFL football and more Liga Bancomer MX playoffs.
But ESPN also had a feed that night from the Copa Sudamericana semi-final game between Atletico Nacional of Colombia and Cerro Porteno of Paraguay, and I actually tuned into that contest last week to see what it was about.
The game was played in Medellin, and Atletico ended up advancing to the final after a nil-nil draw. They were going to take on the Brazilian first-division club Chapecoense in the finals for the Cup.
Well, you may have heard the terrible news today. The plane carrying the Chapecoense team crashed in Colombia overnight, and pretty much the entire team was killed. The finals have been suspended and Atletico is saying Chapecoense should be awarded the Cup in memory of those who died in the crash.
Moreover, several journalists including six Fox Sports TV employees from Brazil were killed as well, and that is just a horrible thing for those organizations and for sports fans in that country. It’s just a really terrible situation all around.
That is all for the time being.
It has taken a while, but you have to admit the Donald Trump presidential campaign is starting to do some smart things.
His surprise trip to Mexico, meeting with President Enrique Pena Nieto sure made the evening newscasts tonight, didn’t it?
It sort of reminded me of the Ronald Reagan meetings with Mikhail Gorbachev in the Eighties. There was Reagan, this big Cold Warrior who talked tough about the Soviets and about Communism, but he nevertheless got down to business with the Soviet leadership on arms control. Trump gave off the same vibe today. Maybe that’s exactly what Trump and his people had in mind: make it look like he was the next Reagan. Anyway, it was a smart move, overall, what he did today with this visit to Mexico. I’m guessing this impressed a lot of people.
Tonight, Trump returns to the USA for his big immigration address in Arizona. That should be interesting, and also a good opportunity for Trump to completely reverse any and all of his momentum yet again. As for Hillary Clinton, she was pretty dismissive about Donald’s whole visit to Mexico, saying “that is not how it works.”
Well, the news is that former Mexico president Vicente Fox went on Fusion and declared “I’m not going to pay for that f–king wall!” To which Donald Trump at tonight’s CNN debate in Houston declared “the wall just got ten feet higher.”
Anyway, here is the rundown on the rest of what went on tonight. Sounds like it was a total bloodbath.
We have heard of El Niño producing a milder winter in Canada than usual. Well, that’s good, because it looks like we will not be going to Puerto Vallarta for a winter getaway vacation this year. And it’s not just because we can’t afford it because our dollar is so low right now.
Cat. 5 Hurricane Patricia is coming in from the Pacific and is all ready to sock Puerto Vallarta and the rest of the state of Jalisco. It’s expected to make landfall tonight, and the full impact is expected by tomorrow.
Winds have been clocked at 200 mph. It is the strongest Pacific hurricane on record. Yikes!!
Of course, hurricanes are nothing new to resort communities in Mexico. Cancun has been hit before by hurricanes, and last year it was Los Cabos who got hit. Of course, Los Cabos managed to clean up pretty quickly, but it still made a huge mess and made for a difficult time getting tourists out of there. But those weren’t Cat. 5 storms. This is!!!
Today, everyone in Puerto Vallarta is freaking out and the tourists are getting the H out of there. But Manzanillo is also under threat and the situation could end up being even worse for them. It really is looking like a scary situation for Mexico.
Anyway, this is all useful information in planning winter getaway vacations — or, for those in Canada, in planning not to have them. We’ll keep you updated.