Postage stamps in some respects represent a vestige of a past age. But these portraits in miniature can still serve as a powerful reminder of who we are as a people -- and whom we treasure. Gord Downie is proof positive of that.
Technological innovations may be reducing our reliance on old-fashioned mailing services, but the European experience shows that postal operators can adapt without forcing consumers to shoulder greater burdens. However, this is contingent on a process of liberalization, privatization and increased competition.
I read articles and the comments sections are filled with angry people who think that we are worthless, thankless, and overpaid for an essentially easy job. Truthfully, they are entitled to their opinions, but the actual amount of sheer misinformation surprises me. So allow me, your humble mail carrier, to clarify some things.
As early as this Thursday, we might stop receiving mail. The negotiations between Canada Post and Canada Union of Postal Workers have failed. The disruption will affect thousands of businesses and millions of Canadians. The disruptive strike could be avoided if one were to seek David Dingwall's advice on successful negotiations.
James Doohan was more than just an actor and a Star Trek crew member -- he was a real-life war hero and was also central to shaping elements of the series itself. In the Second World War he was a pilot and took part in the D-Day invasion of Normandy (and was hit by six rounds).
At a time when the U.S. Postal Service is losing $5 billion a year, Canada Post has returned to profitability under his stewardship, and one would think you would want to keep a steady hand on the Canada Post tiller at a time when Liberal Finance Minister Bill Morneau is staring a $10 billion deficit in the face.
Oct. 17, 2014, I walked into the courthouse and obtained my divorce, all by myself. I felt it was fitting, since I had felt like I was alone in the ma...
The truth is that the more I read, the more I realize that many of the guiding principles written in these books are not really teaching you what is going to make you fulfilled. Your happiness is not always one size fits all.
Canada does not follow the U.S. in spending astronomical amounts of funds to develop and purchase weapons and use them in wars. Our health care expense is way lower than that of the U.S. The U.S. spends about 17 per cent of its GDP on health care, whereas the Canada medical share is around 11 per cent. So where has the Canadian government's money gone?
Canada has plentiful natural resources and a relatively small population of 35 million. Yet our government always claims it is short of money. Middle East countries are rich because of oil, but Canada has many other valuable natural resources. Why is our government so poor?
I was surprised to receive an envelope in the mail from Canada Post informing me that our neighborhood would be converting to so-called community mailboxes next year. Having read the odd news item about their latest plan, I guess I shouldn't have been surprised but maybe I was simply in denial. Maybe I couldn't believe that Canada Post would do something this outrageous and arbitrary.
Citizens in London are proving once again that the only way to get any respect from the Harper Conservatives is to talk directly to the voters. The issue is the proposed elimination of door-to-door postal delivery, an ideological gambit by the Harper government that has always seemed politically risky, if somebody were to work to make it so.
Queen Elizabeth did not want to be the last monarch of Scotland, Lyndon Johnson did not want to be the first president to lose a war, ergo the postmaster general that has door to door mail eliminated during his tenure will go down in history as the worst to hold the position. If mail delivery to Canadian homes is eradicated on his watch, the postmaster general should be forced to resign.
Since their overall objective should be to find ways to deliver better services more efficiently to Canadians, and given their remarkable record of success, shouldn't Canada forge ahead with a stronger agenda for more Private-Public Partnerships?
According to neo-con politicians, union bosses and their minions, as well as public servants, and public institutions, are the causes of our economic woes, even as these are some of the few remaining polities that mitigate the damages caused by predator capitalism. Two of Canada's "emblematic" institutions, currently being undermined so that they can be replaced by inferior models, are "universal" health care, and Canada Post.
Hidden among all of those Facebook posts of dogs, cats and kids -- which are really only important to their owners -- are the ever-increasing 'feel sorry for me' posts. These often contain messages designed to attract a bevy of comments.