Ever since I can remember I've heard the comment that there is "no difference" between Canadians and Americans. I respectfully beg to differ as there is a difference on so many levels! We have unique Canadian culture consisting of Canadianisms, a Canadian perspective on world events, Canadian cuisine as well as products and foods only available in Canada. This blog is dedicated to celebrating all things Canadian from "my perspective" as a Canadian. Please enjoy your visit and be sure to visit often.

Garden Gnome
Americans should never underestimate the constant pressure on Canada which the mere presence of the United States has produced. We're different people from you and we're different people because of you. Living next to you is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly and even-tempered is the beast, if I can call it that, one is effected by every twitch and grunt. It should not therefore be expected that this kind of nation, this Canada, should project itself as a mirror image of the United States.
- Pierre Trudeau

Monday, June 13, 2011

The Canadian Postal Strike

Canada Post is officially on strike citing lowered mail volume as the causing factor of the strike.  They want to reduce mail delivery to Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday.  Workers have been holding rotating strikes in larger cities since June 8.  Denis Lemelin, President of CUPW claims they have evidence the mail volume is still there and that this is a tactic being taken by Canada Post to force the workers to go out on strike.  He indicated the workers would be seeking legislation to prevent a general strike.

From this Canadian's perspective, Canada Post is out of touch with reality.  On the heels of a recession and a forced federal election, no one other than the postal workers cares about whether or not Canada Post goes on strike.  It is no longer an essential service.  As more turn to online services (ebills, online banking, greeting cards, email) the vast majority of Canadians can easily continue as normal withour being inconvenienced by a postal strike.  Store flyers are available online and they will gladly email them to you.  Magazines are available online as well.  Going paperless is being encouraged because it is eco-friendly.  The  municipal, provincial and federal governments no longer rely on Canada Post with most services being available online.  Even my husband's office does not rely on Canada Post for communication.  Documents can easily get from point A to point B via email and fax AND these methods are immediate and less expensnsive than Canada Post.

We have seen postal rates increase to the point of being rediculous.  We live in a rural location so when away our former neighbours would collect our mail for us so it would not sit in the mailbox.  They moved last December so before leaving for our winter vacation, I put a hold on our mail.  It cost $60 and the worst part was when we collected our mail upon returning home there was less than ten pieces of mail.  Had I thought about it, I should have taken the mailbox off the post then they would have had no choice but to hold our mail.  We spend about three months of the year outside of Canada and I am certainly not going to pay $60 each time I want the mail held.  While away in December I went online and changed anything I could to be received via email to eliminate as much physical mail as possible.  Before our spring vacation I put a forward on our mail to go to my husband's office.  That cost me another $40 but effectively eliminates any mail coming to house, not that I expect to get more than an occasional piece of junk mail.  We are in the process of selling our house and have decided the new house will not have mail service.  I'm sure Canada Post won't like that but too bad.  I am not going to give them one more red cent!  So go ahead, Canada Post...go on strike.  I don't care and I doubt the general public will care either.


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