A new survey suggests Tim Hortons has fallen out of favour with Canadians, plummeting 25 points and dropping more than 40 spots from 2017 in an annual corporate reputation ranking.The coffee-and-doughnut chain dropped from fourth place to 50th on a ranking of 100 companies Canadians most admire in a study conducted by Leger and National Public Relations.National’s managing partner Rick Murray says in the report that Tim Hortons was “a perennial top five brand that we’ve previously believed impervious to issue, but has fallen mightily in the court of public opinion.”Tim Hortons recently faced an onslaught of negative publicity as some of its Ontario franchisees clawed back employee benefits, like paid breaks, to help offset the province’s minimum wage hike, claiming their corporate parent did not provide assistance. The move sparked nationwide protests and prompted some consumers to boycott the chain.However, the survey shows it’s possible for Tim Hortons to move back up in the standings next year. Samsung went from 24th place to fifth this year after fixing issues with some of its smartphones overheating and catching fire.About 2,100 respondents 18 years and older assessed each company in the online study between Dec. 19, 2017 and Jan. 29, 2018.The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the population.
If it detects a fall, the robot could come over to assist, and ask some basic questions to judge whether or not they are okay.“If necessary, it could even Skype emergency services. This is all very easy to do.”Not only does potientially allow years of independent living, it could even provide someone living at home with companionship like a pet, McGuinn said.Some soldiers who have worked with robots used to disarm bombs have reported to have actually missed the robot after returning to civilian life.RelationshipHowever, this kind of relationship is basically unheard of right now, and something that people might even consider it weird.McGuinn said that these robots are not meant to replace people, and that it is a different kind of relationship.He and his team last week demonstrated a prototype robot designed for Joanne O’Riordan, an 18-year-old was born with a rare condition known as Total Amelia which means she has no limbs.The device took €50,000 and three months to build.Watch: Here’s the life-changing robot designed for Joanne O’Riordan in action >Read more: Trinity College engineers have built Joanne O’Riordan a robot > THE WORLD IS going to need a lot more robots in future to care for older generations, the chief engineer behind a potentially life-changing robot designed for Joanne O’Riordan believes.Speaking last week at the unveiling of the device, Conor McGinn said that the western world is “going to face a huge problem in about forty years”.“You’re going to have all these old people and very few young people to look after them,” he told TheJournal.ie.Personal assistantMcGuinn noted that personal assistant robots could be available to assist people in their homes to alleviate this problem.“Most people would be very apprehensive of the concept, but change will happen”Not only could a robot help them by picking up items or by doing simple chores, it could also keep them safe.“An older person living at home could wear an accelerometer watch”, he said.