As the universal soap-box that is the Internet continues to grow, it seems easier and easier to get a rise out of people these days. On top of that, with the rising number of university-educated Canadians, a well-formulated argument against something becomes increasingly hard to ignore.

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TL;DR Canadians sounded-off on the Internet this week about everything from Tim Horton's lids to Christmas songs. 

If someone comes forward with an articulate explanation for why an advertisement, speech, or even song is offensive or harmful, it's next to impossible for a company, artist, or political figure to hold fast to any good intentions they may have had.

The public loudly demands apologies and retractions, and the public usually gets what they want. That is generally a good thing. This kind of critical attention keeps our leaders and celebrities accountable to their language and audiences.

Often demeaned as "cultural sensitivity," people's desire to demand alterations to anything they deem wrong, inappropriate, or offensive is everywhere. 

Here are five things Canadians felt outraged about this week:

1. Trespassers Will Be Eaten

On Thursday, the CTV reported that parents in Winnipeg were offended and even called for an apology after a sign was posted outside the parking lot of a business adjacent to the local school.

The sign reads: "THIS IS NOT A DROPOFF ZONE. CHILDREN LEFT HERE WILL BE EATEN."

Evidently an attempt at a humorous deterrent, the sign was not at all well-recieved. Parents urged the business to take it down, and one even took to the time to put tape over the word "children." Their complaints obviously worked, as CTV followed up to say the sign will be removed

2. Parlez pas en anglais, s'il vous plaît

Montrealers spoke out against their mayor this week after she delivered a speech entirely in English. While the speech was meant to "announce and celebrate" the opening of British businesses in the Montreal area, Montreal citizens still felt the choice was the wrong one.

Across Twitter, Canadians expressed their disappointment in the Mayor for delivering a speech that was not accessible to many of her constituents. For many, this choice hit too close to home after Doug Ford's cuts to Francophone services in Ontario earlier this month. 

3. Leaf the Lids Alone, Timmies

It wouldn't be Canada without Tim Hortons in the news. While the company was bought by an American company in 2014, it has never ceased to be a Canadian icon, and Canadians still take their Timmies very seriously.

In a recent attempt to fix the leakage and spillage of their old lids, Tim Horton's ended up annoying some of their customers.

The new lid features a cute little maple leaf on top, but, some claim, it has done nothing to mitigate the spilling or leaking of coffee, which has, apparently, long been a problem.

4. Baby, Don't Be Bold Outside

If you are used to flicking on the CBC to get your Christmas tunes throughout the holidays, don't expect to hear "Baby, It's Cold Outside." After Rogers Media and Bell Media both decided the pull the song from their holiday broadcasting, the CBC followed suit.

Chuck Thompson from CBC Music acknowledged both sides of the issue but inevitably said, "while we consider both points of view, and in light of the times we are living in, we have chosen to remove the song, for the time being, from two of our holiday music streams."

The other camp has taken the time to express their disappointment in the wildfire-like spead of song bashing on Twitter, too.

Honestly, I'm still surpsied we still hear Christmas songs on the radio at all.

5.  PETA, "Taking the Flower by the Thorns"

Earlier in the week, animal rights group PETA spoke out about common sayings that they feel are "speciesist" in their use of oft-implied animal cruelty.

While PETA does speak for some other animal rights activists, and voiceless animals, many humans are considering this request from PETA to be hilarious and maybe a bit too much.

The request left the door wide open for jokes, puns, and creative uses of the phrases they had just asked humans to stop using. 

One Twitter user was even clever enough to respond with a Rickyism, a term coined to describe the Canadian comedy Trailer Park Boys.

That's what Canadians were outraged about this week! Did I miss anything? Are you outraged about something new?


 

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