Half of Tim Hortons franchisees in Canada join unsanctioned group

Less than a year after it was created, a group looking to raise Tim Hortons franchisees’ concerns over the chain’s management has recruited half of all of Tim Hortons Canadian franchisees into its ranks.The Great White North Franchisee Association president David Hughes said in a letter sent to all franchisees that half of the chain’s franchisees have shown they support the significant issues the group publicizes.The association incorporated in March to raise franchisee concerns, including the use of advertising funds and cost-cutting measures that it says impact quality.Hughes said the GWNFA has decided to defer fee payments over a six-month period to give struggling store owners the chance to join, noting that many do so anonymously.The president encouraged franchisees to join the growing group, and said the association hopes to hold elections for a new board of directors in January 2018.The GWNFA and parent company Restaurant Brands International (TSX:QSR) have been at odds since its formation, and have initiated legal actions against each other.The GWNFA filed a $500-million lawsuit in June alleging RBI improperly used money from a national advertising fund. The allegations have not been proven in court and RBI has said it vehemently disagrees with and denies the allegations.In September, RBI subsidiary TDL Group Corp. served default notices to the association’s board members, including Hughes. The company accused them of providing confidential information to Tim Hortons former CEO Don Schroeder, who then allegedly gave it to a Canadian newspaper. Schroeder and the GWNFA have denied these claims.The association then filed a lawsuit alleging RBI, its subsidiary and several executives continually subvert their right to associate. None of the claims have been proven in court and Tim Hortons has called the lawsuit unfounded.Hughes told franchisees in the letter that the association’s efforts have helped bring about significant changes.“But we still have many issues still to tackle in order to bring profitability and sustainability to each of you.” read more

UN notes Lanka at an important stage in its post war recovery

The Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide to UN Secretary General Ban ki-moon, Adama Dieng, says Sri Lanka is at an important stage in its post war recovery.He told the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, during the ongoing 31st session, that Sri Lanka has a chance to make things right by investing in reconciliation and an impartial accountability process that would restore confidence and reduce the risk of recurrence of the past violence. He told a daily briefing at the UN Headquarters in New York that the UN is trying to encourage an effort to get to the bottom of what happened in the end of the conflict. “Well, you’ll have seen what we’ve been saying about the [Maithripala] Sirisena Government and its efforts to investigate.  We’re trying to encourage an effort to get to the bottom of what happened in the end of the conflict with the Tamils.  And we want to make sure that there’s an actual good‑faith effort by the Government of Sri Lanka to do that, and we’ll keep pressing on that,” he said.Adama Dieng, meanwhile, told the UN Human Rights Council that the increasing and alarming disregard for international human rights and humanitarian law in many situations of conflict around the world was making atrocity crimes a systematic occurrence rather than an exception. Meanwhile, UN Deputy Spokesman Farhan Haq said that the UN wants to make sure that there is an actual good‑faith effort by the Government of Sri Lanka when investigating incidents related to the war. “The international community had betrayed the high expectations generated by the adoption of the Geneva Conventions in 1949. I feel that human life has lost its value,” he said, adding that the international community was struggling to find ways to hold armed non-State actors accountable.He also reviewed situations around the world of extreme violence against civilians, noting that in Afghanistan and Yemen, medical facilities had been targeted, and in the Central African Republic, children had been targeted because of their religion or community affiliation, shot or hacked to death with machetes, and raped, at times even by United Nations peacekeepers. (Colombo Gazette) read more

UN and Tokyo 2020 leverage power of Olympic Games in global sustainable

Signing a Letter of Intent, on Wednesday, Alison Smale, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications, said that the understanding will enable the two bodies to focus not only the accomplishments of the athletes, but also on how the event is managed, in innovative and responsible ways. Tokyo 2020 Chief Executive, Toshiro Muto signed on behalf of the organizers.“This is a great opportunity to leverage our platforms to begin conversations about the contributions of Tokyo 2020 to the implementation of SDGs and the power of the Olympic Games to promote peace and development worldwide,” she highlighted.The UN and organizers of Tokyo 2020 will work together to increase public awareness of the mutually beneficial links between the SDGs, sport and sporting events in Japan and in other countries, as well as focus on tangible efforts for specific Goals. read more