Apparently Canada Post went on strike. When I was a kid, that was a big deal. But since we only check our mailbox once a week now, I really didn’t notice this time. The only effect of the strike is to force the realization that mail is no longer an essential service. The vast majority of real mail is now electronic and couriers do an excellent job with the remnants. Direct marketing is not a government service! Happily, cp notionally operated at a profit last year despite a $250m drop in revenue. Unfortunately they would need a dozen such years to clear the unfunded pension liability that will otherwise come back to taxpayers. Labour practices are appallingly out of touch with reality with seven week vacations, “sick days” having become a euphemism for another three weeks vacation, pension plans and other perks gone from the real work for a decade or more. As revenues continue to plummet we need to aggressively get this non-essential service in sync with 21st century reality!
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