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Canada Post is all but obsolete


 

I have regard and sympathy for postal workers. Their mission was once critical to the world, and they have a sense of duty and a code of professional ethics that reflects this. They also have enjoyed all of the security and privilege that comes with performing such a crucial task.

Today, the ideals (and the comforts) remain, but something has changed. The mail just isn’t critical to society anymore. In most cases, it’s an anachronism—overdue for obsolescence, economically and environmentally indefensible. The Canada Post lock-out will help nudge the obsolescence along

I still check my mailbox with great anticipation every day. Not for personal correspondence or periodicals—I get those online. Not for parcels—private couriers handle those. But as a freelancer and contractor, I still get paid through the mail, and that keeps me interested.

But why am I still paid by mail? Why is it taking so long for companies to put in place a direct-deposit system for non-employees? Why is it still so difficult for me to email payment to the people I hire? And why does the government still spend millions mailing out cheques for pension, social security, welfare and unemployment?

Everyone who deposits these cheques has a bank account, so their finances are already part of a digital network. The paper slip is just a note from one computer that tells another computer to change some data. The postal workers and the Canadians who cart these objects around are redundant, fleshy bottlenecks in the process. Why are we still locked into such a wildly expensive and inefficient system?

Entropy, I suspect, and a bizarre sense that removing the last physical artifact of money will somehow melt the brains of anyone over 45.

The Canada Post lock-out will help with the entropy. Organizations have trouble innovating from within, but can become surprisingly nimble when pressured externally. Nothing will force an overdue move to digital transfers like necessity. Then, once the sky fails to fall, what will remain is a much quicker and much cheaper system.

At that point, why will anyone go back to snail mail?


 

Canada Post is all but obsolete

  1. This strike was about the dumbest thing that the Canada Post employees could have done. The threat of a strike might have held some sway, but actually striking is just going to speed up their demise.

    • it’s not a strike. it’s a lockout.

      • it was a strike long before it was a lockout

        • cupw offered to suspend rotating strikes (which had ensured the mail would get through with minor delays) in return for the corporation reinstating the collective agreement and health benefits. cpc refused and instead moved to a full lockout, which was a fairly quick and severe escalation.

          • Regardless the Postal service needs a massive rework. The union has unrealistic demands and a sense od entitlement that most Canadians find unrealistic at best. When they realize that their industry is going the way of the buggy whip they’ll back down. Inevitable.

          • well, cpc has run profits for the past 15 years and are working on their 16th, so it seems the rumors of its death are a bit premature. but i’m curious–which demands are unrealistic?

          • Well, correct me if I’m wrong, but I think that an expectation of a defined benefit pension is unrealistic, especially when there is already a significant unfunded liability and more and more the trend is towards something more manageable. Additionally, there are ample examples of privately run successful postal services around the world although I admit that Canadian rural delivery poses a dilemma. It depends on whether you believe that the rural customer should pay a premium for the added expense of that type of service(eventually they will benefit form increased and more efficient electronic delivery as well. Finally, and not to insult the postal workers, but let me pose the question, is delivering of letter and parcel mail really deserving of a $24/hr wage? Furthermore is it realistic to expect a 7 week vacation benefit? (top of the seniority list I assume, but still). I don’t. The posties, especially the senior ones have a very cosy sinecure and I guess I don’t blame them for wanting to protect it but with seriously declining volumes in an electronic age making snail mail more and more insignificant they can’t realistically expect to continue unchanged or demand that new hires continue under an outdated mode of compensation.

          • whatever. Stop screaming and educate yourself or think about making a considered reply.

          • Get ready to go back to work.

          • If you can’t run a profit when you have a legal monopoly, you’re doing several things wrong.

          • so–just to be clear–you’re saying a crown corporation like canada post that is making a profit and paying dividends to the federal government is doing things right? :)

          • Canada Post has been making a profit the last 15 years at an average of 95 million dollars, then during the recession they turned 95 million into 281 millionm dollars…. Tell me where there not making any profits ???? Watch the video on youtube form the Rally in Nelson B.C. June 16th you may learn a few facts of whats really going on. And you know what even at 24$/Hr after we pay our taxes and benefits and pension we in reality only make about $14 / Hr
            Justify this for me, How and why is Deepak getting paid $497,000 a year plus 33% in bonuses ? Justify this for me !!!! And his bonus is paid separate from his salary where our “incentive bonus” is added to our paychecks so were nailed harder on income tax and btw the last “incentive bonus” i saw was $750.00 Justify some of this for me. Unless you can come out and try and do our job not only inside the plant but walk 15-20km average a day in all kinds of weather while carrying a 50lbs to 150lbs. Ill bet you most people cant walk that far in these conditions every single day. And thats not including hills, steps, apartment buildings, business buildings and then dealing with the surroundings. Your barking up the wrong tree unless you have walked in our shoes complaing thinking the Canadian Postal worker gets paid to much for what you obviously have to clue what is entailed with the job…..

        • There is a difference to a strike and a rotating strike. A STRIKE means we will not work. A ROTATING STRIKE means we are still going to work but we can show you that we will fight for our rights and that you know as well as we do without a collective agreement you can lose profit. I think CPC just showed that there not so worried about losing money since during the recession they turned 95 million in profits into 281 million. Listen to the following video i have posted. 

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QEwvr5kC6I 

          THERES A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A STRIKE AND A LOCK OUT…EDUCATE YOURSELF

          • Stop splitting hairs, a strike is a strike. It’s obvious you are one of the strikers so little sense in arguing with you. The point is that Canada post is quickly becoming obsolete, and as such your demands are unrealistic. Sorry private companies can do it much cheaper than $24 bucks an hour and without having to pay 7 weeks vacation. Electronic and technological advances will continue this trend. Your little propaganda film notwithstanding.

          • Have you looked up the definition of what a strike means ?? obviously not because there is a huge difference. As for our demands how are unrealistic where the cost of living has gone up just this year alone 3.3% yet C.U.P.W. was asking fro less then this. The costs of living are going up every year by this 3% at least and i can tell you at what i am making with Canada Post im still barely even living from paycheck to paycheck and i have no dependants , why do you think the average household needs at least at the least 2 full-time incomes just to get by.

            7 Weeks vacation BTW one only can get after 25 years of service. Got to your local post office and talk to some of the workers better yet ask for the local union president whom btw doesn’t get paid for there position of president. They are all volunteers to the union they don’t get any bonuses or what not they still make what the rest of us make and pay the same on there deductions. And can you walk with 50lbs to150lbs of mail 15-20km on average 5 days a week ? in all kinds of weather conditions and thats not including every single houses steps or apartment buildings, business buildings and hills and what not. We have seen so many people come and go because they couldn’t physically do it.

      • Some people are just to ignorant to educate themselves as to what is actually going on and only listen to what the media has to say and at that what ever happened to investigative reporting ????

        Heres a recent video posted on youtube of a rally in Nelson B.C. June 16th,2011 maybe some others will learn something and that we are not on strike.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QEwvr5kC6I&feature=share 

    • (sorry for posting here but for some reason i can’t respond directly to your last post)

      i suppose i have to start by questioning the assertion that letter mail volumes are dwindling or that technology will replace the post office. mail volumes are down about 7% at point of call but there are an increasing number of addresses to which lettermail and parcels are being delivered. and since the corporation continues to make a profit year after year, clearly this system is sustainable. we’ve all heard the claims that email will render letter post obsolete but the last time i tried to either send or receive a package over the internet it got a bit unwieldy.

      i don’t, as it happens, believe that rural customers–the ones you rightly point out would be cut out of privatized mail delivery because they don’t represent enough of a return on investment–should have to pay a premium for postal service, which is why canada’s rural communities are so supportive of their public post office and the services it provides–with or without internet access.

      as for the $24/hr wage and maxing out at 7 weeks vacation after nearly 3 decades of service, postal workers suffer the second highest rate of on the job injuries (longshoreman are first). why should they not be adequately compensated for the labour-intensive work they do? the high injury rate is also why canada post’s attempt to eliminate a functional sick leave program and replace it with a third party insurance plan is such a prominent issue in these negotiations.

      finally, you should take a look at the ways in which the postal workers have been encouraging canada post to become a more multifaceted organization, providing other services to communities (rural and urban) and taking advantage of the existing national infrastructure. they’re certainly not opposed to change and innovation–they just don’t think it has to come at the expense of the workforce on whose labour canada post’s profits depend. and given that society is increasing inequitable, household debt is at record levels and a new generation of workers is literally being told they have to do more and expect less while paying off student loans, raising kids and looking after aging parents, i don’t think it’s cupw that’s being unrealistic.

      • Again as most journalists i have yet to have seen anyone write about the facts, only to write what they hear by hearsay or whatCPC wants the public to hear. Fact: If it wasn’t for the CUPW no one would have maternity leave, they fought for it back in the early 70’s which since has benefited the general public. maybe check out what other labor laws and regulations have come into effect because of CUPW or any other union. This is just some of the things we fight for and when it comes down to the hourly wage in the end after taxes and paying the benefits and pension we works out to maybe $12 an hour. Maybe also go to a plant near you and watch the letter carriers come out when they come to deliver your mail. Packed down with a double sachel along with another single sachel and if not another single but a cart. That works out to approx 200lbs of mail because CPC refuses to cover open walks or replace retired or long term leave letter carriers. Adding more and more add mail and flyers that usually equals about 10 to 15 sets of flyers alone each day along with the mail, walking on average 15 to 20 km a day in all kinds of weather and not to mention what kind of urban or rural setting they have to deal with.
        Any raises that are being asked for barely even equals to the cost of inflation or cost of living today. Theres a reason we fight for what weight for and one day it becomes beneficial to joe blow working a minimum wage job. Check your facts before you accuse a postal worker of being overpaid or spoiled, If it wasn’t for union workers you wouldn’t have half the rights you have now with the labor board. AND BTW THE CANADIAN POSTAL WORKERS ARE NOT ON STRIKE, ITS CALLED A LOCKOUT. WITH THE ROTATING STRIKE THE MAIL WAS STILL MOVING.

        • “…postal workers suffer the second highest rate of on the job injuries…”

          Evidence?

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QEwvr5kC6I&feature=share  

            Heres a little video you can watch maybe educate yourself a little, follow some of videos that are linked to it…What do you think CPC is claiming to be argueing about all the injured workers ? because they have been ignoring safety for the workers an demanding us to just do it. Now without a collective agreement while in work the supervisors are just pushing postal workers around because we have no recourse  to defend ourselves. Remember alot of the rules and regulations and laws that your employer have to abide by are thanks to union workers such as us.

      • well put esjg, if only the public would educate themselves before thinking we are just a bunch of money hungry spoiled brats as we have been called on the street. stop and realize better yet come work for a week with us and see what is endured by a letter carrier everyday. Has anyone thought of how some of the rules and regulations have come in effect just with the canadian labor board ? anyone ask how everyone has maternity leave rights ? CUPW !! 1971 i do believe it was. Its not just the CUPW union but other unions that have fought for rights that have since become law into the general work force.
        $24/hr ? sure thats what it says besides hourly wage but after we pay our taxes, health benefits and pension in actuality it works out to maybe $12/hr. So how does the general public think were overpaid and that we make loads of money???? we are canadian postal workers ( blue collar) not politicians or CEO’s that line our own pockets with 1000’s of $ in bonuses…. BTW how does CPC justify paying Deepak $497,000 a year and a 33% bonus and say there going broke because of us ? Not to mention hwomany other CEO’s within the corporation getting 1000’s in bonuses wheres my bonus ?wheresmy incentive ? we never asked for any bonuses or bonus incentives and at that is $750 a year for a bonus real incentive?????? i think not and remember i pay tax on that along with my paycheck so really i end up with what $350 ???WOW ican go on that exotic trip every year now with that couldn’t i. I haven’t even left the country let alone my own province when i get my vacation leave.

      • You equate profitability with entitlement for CUPW.  This is a fallacy.  Especially in light of the fact that part of the new-found profitability of the Canada Post comes from the privatization of their retail outlets.

        • further.  The $3+B liability in Canada Post pension fund means the profits they do make aren’t ‘real’.   So, if you feel more concessions are there to be had simply because of annual profitability, then Canada Post can use the same line of argument to crush your concessions on the basis that things can’t be improved (in fact, they must be cut!) until the pension liability issue is resolved.

        • actually, ron, i don’t believe i used the word “entitlement,” nor did i say that a fair collective agreement for present and future workers is or should be dependent on the profitability of the corporation. i referenced the 15 years of profits (which i wouldn’t define as “new-found”) because of the original assertion that the organization was failing. i’m assuming your implication is that some privatization (retail outlets) has added to cpc’s profits–although i’d be interesting in seeing any evidence you may have to back up your claim (keeping in mind of course that while franchises are privatized the network of corporate retail outlets are not). Regardless, it certainly doesn’t address the point (made in an earlier exchange) of how broader privatization will negatively impact rural addresses.

        • ACTUALLY IT DOESNT, THERE PROFITABILITY HAS COME AND GROWN BECAUSE OF THE LETTER CARRIER AND POSTAL CLERKS WHO HAVE TO PUSH OUT 10 TO 15 SETS OF FLYERS A DAY NOT TO MENTION THE ADD MAIL.  

          WATCH THIS VIDEO

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QEwvr5kC6I 

    • Keep on talking Mr Omen…every time you do it verifies just how much you are unaware of the facts.  Canada Post employees didn’t choose to go on strike! 

      membershopd

      • Really? Canada Post employees were FORCED to go on strike?! What world do you live in?

        • YES!! The union decides to strike – not the membership.  Ask any Canada Post employee if they had an opportunity to say yes or no to strike.  What world

          • As a union member, you get to vote. Stop lying.

        • FYI Canada Post employees are not on strike!!!!!  We were locked out there is a difference and if we were on strike our signs we carry would say C.U.P.W ON STRIKE…. BUT IT SAYS “LOCKED OUT” There is a difference, BTW if we were on strike do you think that anyone expecting to get there child tax credit would have gotten it today ? Because they did….. And you know what really bugs me is you dont educate yourself on the matter either. Watch the following video of a rally in Nelson B.C. June 16, 2011 maybe you will learn something you never knew.

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QEwvr5kC6I&feature=share 

          • The CUPW started the rolling strikes, and Canada Post then locked you out, I understand that. You guys started the strike.

          • We starting a rotating strike as to get negotiations moving along since the corporation had 8 months and yet they have continuously thrown anything the union has proposed and continuously claimed they have lost money yet check out there profits every year. Watch the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QEwvr5kC6I 

  2. There’s a banner above CUPW’s front door on Bank Street that claims it’s only fair that every dime of public funds saved or cut from CP’s operating budget be paid to union members, as a reward for their efficiency.

    I already had no sympathy, but wow, that’s just monstrous. 

    • i walk by cupw’s headquarters every day and i’ve never seen that banner. where exactly is it?

      • I may be paraphrasing liberally, but in the second-floor window directly overlooking the bus stop.

        • Surprised to hear you admit to doing something liberally.

          • Bazinga.

          • so on my walk to work this morning i satisfied my curiousity, and while i didn’t see anything in the second floor window, i believe the quote to which you’re referring is as follows:

            “canada post wants to use all the productivity gains it gets from modernizing our post office to cut 7,000 jobs and save $250 million annually. we think management should share the benefits of modernization with postal workers and the public–the people who own canada post–by preserving public postal service and jobs.”

            but since it’s so different in tone and message to what you seem to have interpreted, can you confirm that’s what you were talking about when you paraphrased?

    • N, I didn’t get that thing you sent me. You should’ve used FedEx instead of Canada Post. ;-)

    •  I understand that you would find this outrageous!  You might be surprised that as a CUPW member and firm supporter of the Union I find this a ridiculous and stupid statement.  I am quite proud of the fact that as an employee of  a crown corporation that we have returned over 1.2 Billion to your pocket sir!  I also believe that it should continue to be returned to your pocket!  However,  I do not feel that it is wrong that the benefits that I have be protected from a company that is trying to raid its pension plan and is expecting its workers to pay for the mistakes of upper management! 

  3. Why we need cheques?  Because not everybody is as well off.  Some don’t have money for computers, and some on Canada’s reserves live without clean water.

    I think affluence has blinded us to assume everyone in Canada makes the same amount of money as we do.  Some people are poorer, and there are many different reasons for that, such as disability, age (inability to get a job).

    I fear that Canadians have lost touch with the diversity of life around them.  There are more struggles some Canadians undergo each day than how to send their kids to hockey tryouts.  Some parents worry about their kids joining the local gangs or being forced into prostitution, some families worry about their children drinking clean water, and many other pressing issues.

    Instead of feeling bad because of my response, that is a waste of time.  My intention is to wake people up so they can stop just accepting injustice and do something about it.  It doesn’t matter what class you are in, we all have the ability to make a difference, sign a petition (such as the Manitoba Chief’s clean water for aboriginals postcard petition), donate money (there are many organizations, such as easter seals and war amps that could use help), or volunteer (such as habitat for humanity).  Each of us can make a difference, all we have to do is choose to.

    We can’t change the past, but the future is still undecided.  Let’s change things for the better!

    • The first point is a valid one – at least to the extent that use of basic banking infrastructure isn’t universal, and it should be – but you copied and pasted three paragraphs too many from your manifesto, dear. 

    • “I fear that Canadians have lost touch with the diversity of life around them.”

      I agree. People too focused on themselves, few see or care what’s occurring in their neighbourhood/city/country if it doesn’t directly affect them. 

  4. Small businesses have a problem

     http://www.ottawacitizen.com/business/businesses+mail+still+pays/4961493/story.html#ixzz1PXwKE596

    • And so does Amazon.  They use CP because the couriers don’t deliver everywhere – PO boxes, rural areas and the north. They are using an alternative now but are unable to deliver to some addresses,  Turns out, no everyone lives in the GTA. Canadians are now spending upwards of 15 billion a year shopping online – so to argue that everything can be digitally transferred is just not true.

  5. Now I can’t receive my zip.ca disks. However, I think highly subsidized Canada Post keeps prices of other currier services down (a bit). What I feel is reasonable is that Canada Post must switch to the same schedule garbage collection switched over the years. About 12 years it was picked up twice a week now it is picked up every two weeks. Same with mail, I’m fine to have a single mail day per week or even bi-weekly. However, I bet, Unions will not like this solution… Btw, why do I still have to get my movies via snail mail? Because in 2011 we have oligopoly in ISP business and no digital economy strategy.

    Also banking system in Canada is as ancient. I can’t believe I can’t transfer money online from one bank account to another with just entering proper banking details. These cheques are driving me crazy – they are such an ancient form of payment and also allows banks to keep your money locked for several days without releasing them to your account. In my world there would be a government directive on modernisation of banking system – where cheques, money orders, etc must be made illegal form of money transfer and only direct bank transfers allowed, but banks must offer free accounts where you pay per transaction a minimal fee – anyone will be able to afford this since you already pay 60c for each of those cheques to be mailed.

    And finally to address concerns of poor people, Internet Connection should be a human right in a civilized country like Canada, I wonder how much it will cost to subsidize a netbook or even a tablet for each household with income below certain level. Factory Direct sells Android 7″ tablet for less than 99$…

    • You know about email money transfers, right?

      • Wrong :) It is limited 1500 so unless you are working at Tim Hortons your pay cheque will have to be split. Also there is pretty high transaction fee.

        • Wow, wait till I tell my boss he pays worse than Tim Hortons.  And I’m paid semi-monthly for a full-time, professional job.  Must be nice to live in your world :)  The transaction fee is a good point, but I’m just looking at transaction fees at banks other than mine own, and you’d probably come out even when the ‘per transaction, POS fee, cheque image fee, cheque ordering fee’, etc. etc. is taken into consideration.

        • See ½å¤Í ª÷ above:  “I think affluence has blinded us to assume everyone in Canada makes the same amount of money as we do.”

  6. If Canada Post is no longer needed I guess so is your magazine that they deliver

    • You know about Zinio online magazine reader software, right?

    • Agree – especially magazines owned by media oligopolies like Rogers.

    • OK. There are a lot of comments in this thread that basically say this same thing as this, but I’ve picked on this one because it is the most succinct:

      The service of delivering physical things to people’s homes is not completely obsolete.

      The business model and service standards of Canada Post are obsolete.

      The monopoly enforcing legislation needs to be changed to allow other providers into the market.

      The government might have to come up with some solution to provide a very basic level of service to remote communities. Beyond that, Coyne’s argument for privatization (another article) is the best solution.

  7. A mail and parcel delivery company is obsolete?  What world are you living in?  Online shopping is going up year after year.  How do you think an Ipod get delivered…electronically?  By moving more towards parcel delivery, Canada Post provides a much better service than its competitors.  If you miss a UPS delivery at home, you often have to drive miles and miles to pick it up.  There is a Canada Post office in your neighbourhood. And Canada Post is competitive while still making a profit and paying taxes and dividends to the Government. 

  8. I’ve already switched my business to billing via PayPal – no more ‘The cheque is in the mail.’  Goodbye Canada Post. 

    • Paypal was hacked today.

      • Mail Fraud has been going on more than 100 years.  Do you have a point?

  9. As a small business owner whose shop is online, no – Canada Post is not obsolete. I mail small packages to the US, Canada and overseas 3-5 times per week all via Canada Post which actually has provided decent service at a decent price. Most of my packages to the US cost under $2.50 to send and arrive in as little as four days (with most arriving in about 7 days). Without this service, my business wouldn’t exist. My family relies on the money from my business.

    Canada Post is not obsolete.

    • So the Canadian tax-payer is indirectly subsidizing your small business. Fair, perhaps, given all the other things they are also subsidizing; but that is still what is happening.

  10. Again as most journalists i have yet to have seen anyone write about the facts, only to write what they hear by hearsay or whatCPC wants the public to hear. Fact: If it wasn’t for the CUPW no one would have maternity leave, they fought for it back in the early 70’s which since has benefited the general public. maybe check out what other labor laws and regulations have come into effect because of CUPW or any other union. This is just some of the things we fight for and when it comes down to the hourly wage in the end after taxes and paying the benefits and pension we works out to maybe $12 an hour. Maybe also go to a plant near you and watch the letter carriers come out when they come to deliver your mail. Packed down with a double sachel along with another single sachel and if not another single but a cart. That works out to approx 200lbs of mail because CPC refuses to cover open walks or replace retired or long term leave letter carriers. Adding more and more add mail and flyers that usually equals about 10 to 15 sets of flyers alone each day along with the mail, walking on average 15 to 20 km a day in all kinds of weather and not to mention what kind of urban or rural setting they have to deal with.
    Any raises that are being asked for barely even equals to the cost of inflation or cost of living today. Theres a reason we fight for what weight for and one day it becomes beneficial to joe blow working a minimum wage job. Check your facts before you accuse a postal worker of being overpaid or spoiled, If it wasn’t for union workers you wouldn’t have half the rights you have now with the labor board. AND BTW THE CANADIAN POSTAL WORKERS ARE NOT ON STRIKE, ITS CALLED A LOCKOUT. WITH THE ROTATING STRIKE THE MAIL WAS STILL MOVING.

  11. Jesse:

    Please email me a 1 kg parcel, with delivery by the end of business Friday.

  12. Canada Post is to a large degree simply a victim of changing technology. Add to this being saddled with a union that at one time could bring this country to a grinding halt and who is for the most part unwilling to change at the pace required and the writing is on the wall.

    Everyday we see advance in technology that makes snail mail doomed, sadly for Canada Post these  advances will only continue and at a faster pace.

  13. Why use snail mail?  Couriers do not have the contract to deliver letters, for one.  In terms of parcels, and as far as couriers go, the only decent one is Purolator.  The rest of them don’t give parcels the attention and care they need.  Courier companies think nothing of leaving a parcel with a neighbour.  If I am not at home during delivery, I want my parcel to remain with the company where I can later go and pick it up myself.  With Canada Post, that happens.  Canada Post is still viable, and it’s not surprising to see people on a website yammering about the benefits of e-transactions, etc.     

    • FYI Purolator is owned by Canada Post.

      • I know that. 

    • canada post does not leave any parcels with neighbors thats why you are left a card to go to your local outlet to pick it up when you are home. And YES BTW Canada Post owns i do believe 75% or more of Purolator. And another argument i had was Fed Ex guess wha they do not deliver everywhere and guess where there parcels or letters end up ??? Canada Post…

  14. Because not everyone has a computer, or even the internet. Ask anyone who lives in a rural are, northern Ontario.

    Pretty condescending article, to think that just because he still gets his money in the mail nobody else needs it. Doesn’t being a journalist require you to do some research? Maybe you’d learn something!

  15. A “wildly inefficient and expensive system” is it?  Canada Post has been a profitable crown corporation since its inception – “snail mail” has been and still is making money (to the tune of multi-millions!!) for our federal government.  Canada Post’s plan to decrease wages and cut pension plan options for new employees is dangerous ground to be walking on…what kind of letter carriers are you going to get for $12/hour?  Yes, people will always need jobs, but be prepared to install revolving doors in every Canada Post building – no one will ever stay or have pride in their work for that kind of money. 

  16. For me, emails in my inbox will never be as good as letters in my mailbox.  Living in Australia, there is nothing more exciting for me than to recieve letters, presents and ‘care packages’ from my family in Canada.  Maybe I’m sentimental or old fashioned, but sending and recieving birthday and Christmas cards, letters and packages is a special tradition… one that I am teaching my children to appreciate as they recieve birthday cards from their Great Grandparents, and send thank you cards after Christmas.
    I realise that I don’t understand this situation fully, but it’s my opinion that marginalizing Canada Post as an obsolete service is terribly obtuse.  Snail mail is like using film in a camera; and waiting for something good is a healthy practice in this day and age of instant everything. 

  17. I think everyone needs to watch the following video of a recent rally in Nelson B.C. June 16th,2011 Maybe just maybe some canadians and hey maybe some of those politicians may have an eye opener….

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QEwvr5kC6I&feature=share 

  18. Emailing money to Canadians is actually pretty easy… Interac email money transfer is pretty awesome and has been supported by major banks for some time.

  19. Our mail system will be necessary for a long time yet. Two reasons spring to mind:

    1. Other countries have postal systems. If we don’t, suddenly we drop off the “snail mail network” and anything put into another country’s postal system, addressed to a Canadian address, has nowhere to go. Will the federal government contract with a private firm to handle incoming international mail? What sense does that make?

    2. Right now the private couriers are fine within a country, but as soon as a package crosses a border in their hands they charge usurious rates for the trouble. I’ve had packages arrive laden with UPS service charges that equalled the value of the package! When ordering things from the US I ensure that it gets sent US Postal Service so that when it crosses the border it goes into the hands of Canada Post: then my package arrives with a knock, a smile, and a “here you go” with no fees.

    Private couriers have their place, but they’re no replacement for a government-backed, subsidised postal service that does the job with minimal friction and maximal convenience.