Tim Bousquet demonstrates the Shawinigan Handshake to satirist Matt Brand

This week, local humourist Matt Brand learned that you shouldn’t poke fun at businesses with high-priced legal teams. By posting a satirical story on his website, Brand raised the ire of the Steele Auto Group, prompting them to send a sharply-worded letter to the writer and stay-at-home father.

They then threatened to demolish his home and replace it with a parking lot purely out of spite.

(Okay, no they didn’t. That’s something that we in the industry call a ‘joke.’ Please don’t sue us, but if you must send a ‘cease-and-desist’ letter, our email address is: Matt.Whitman@Halifax.ca)

Also, noted hater of history Waye Mason suggested maybe kinda sorta having a discussion about Edward Cornwallis, Halifax’s ‘founder.’ Fortunately, the majority of city council recognized that nothing good has ever come from talking and wisely defeated his motion. And just a few scant blocks away, the statue of Cornwallis cried real tears.

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  1. The Shawinigan Handshake can only be legally administered by current or former members of parliament during an encounter with a citizen. As neither individual holds these credentials, you must cease and desist.

  2. I am pretty sure the “Shawinigan Handshake” is administered facing the lucky recipients, so that one can look the reprobates in the eye while physically “reading to them from the Book”. A time honoured, if not socially acceptable, method to definitively deliver a non-verbal rebuke.

    1. You are correct, John. Tim, however, was demonstrating a lesser-known American variation known as the Chico Chokehold.