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This Is How We Do It: Man Wearing "Drunk as S***" T-shirt Caught Drunk Driving

Posted By: John Downs · 4/4/2014 8:51:00 PM

*WARNING: Explicit language on shirt*

Here's a picture of the shirt!  


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Another reason to feel guilty with every swipe

Posted By: John Downs · 4/2/2014 6:09:00 PM

If you thought you were doing your local baker or butcher a favour just by patronizing their establishment, you're wrong.

I often don't mind paying a slight premium to buy from neighbourhood businesses. These shops are what help define our communities. But my latest trip to the butcher came with a request in the form of a little sticker beside the cash register. It advertised something called "Credit Free Friday." I immediately knew what was behind the campaign, but I also immediately wanted to go online to find out how they’re going to sell this to consumers.

On, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business insist they're saving us from ourselves. "Excessive use of credit cards, especially premium credit cards, contributes to escalating consumer debt," the site reads. But that's certainly not the case if you're one of the millions of Canadians who credit cards responsibly.

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About Friendly Fire

John Downs has been an award-winning radio reporter and personality in news and talk radio in Toronto since 1998, primarily covering Toronto City Hall. His individual work has been recognized by the Radio and Television News Directors Association of Canada, including the Sam Ross Award for Best National Commentary in 2007.

He is currently co-hosting Friendly Fire alongside Ryan Doyle in the evenings 7pm – 10pm on NEWSTALK 1010. Prior to joining NEWSTALK 1010 Downs hosted the John Downs Show, a news-based talk program on CFMJ AM640 in Toronto.  Some of Downs' higher profile assignments have included, SARS, blackouts, pope-wrangling, and most recently, rubber bullet dodging at G20 protests.