Something I feel the need to draw the world’s attention to: Canada’s politicians are currently locked in a heated debate over whether or not Santa Claus is Canadian. They’re wasting their time, he’s obviously British. But we’ll come to that later.
Canada Post has suspended its sale of permanent stamps, in advance of hiking the cost to send letter mail. As of March 31 a single stamp will cost one dollar, up from 63 cents. If purchased as a pack, stamps will cost 85 cents each.
In the interests of full transparency and journalistic disclosure, I’m going to level with you, readers. Try though I might (and I did, I swear) to put together a definitive list on what your MPs accomplished this fall, I just couldn’t come up with much in the way of concrete (or even ephemeral) parliamentary achievements. […]
Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz says he needs to keep interest rates at historically low levels to head off the risk of a deflationary trap that would have dire consequences for the Canadian economy. The central banker told a business audience at the Canadian Club in Montreal on Thursday that it may take a […]Read More
Environment Canada is aiming to “improve” how it communicates in the wake of a report alleging that the federal government is muzzling its scientists. But in a message sent to its employees this week, the federal department said it had denied interviews with scientists in 22 per cent of the 316 media requests received since […]Read More
Mayor Rob Ford would have a tough time beating almost anyone in the next election, a new poll reveals. A Forum Research poll provided exclusively to the Toronto Sun on Wednesday tested Ford against several possible mayoral contenders and found, depending on the match-up, he’d be in a statistical tie with TTC chair Karen Stintz, […]Read More
A committee of MPs who imposed lifetime gag orders on political staff may revisit their decision — but they have no plans to make it easier for employees to whistleblow, a spokesperson said Wednesday. NDP MP Nycole Turmel, who speaks on behalf of the Board of Internal Economy, told The Huffington Post Canada the lifetime […]Read More
Canada Post president and CEO Deepak Chopra is a board member of the organization that highlighted the financial plight facing the Crown corporation and suggested eliminating door-to-door delivery as a way for it to save money. In announcing Wednesday a five-point restructuring plan that includes ending door-to-door residential mail delivery in urban areas, Canada Post […]Read More
The union representing postal workers issued a call to Canadians to fight to save door-to-door mail delivery, thousands of jobs and prevent what it predicts will be Canada Post’s “downward spiral.” Denis Lemelin, national president of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, said he’s confident that Canadians will join the union’s campaign to stop Canada […]Read More
Stephen Harper has cut the social safety net into tiny little pieces and flushed them down the drain. We know this because the anti-poverty lobby and the seniors’ lobby, child-care advocates, rights advocates, environmentalists, opposition parties and the Toronto Star all tell us so. According to a Page 1 series in this week’s Star, the […]
The year 2013 was the one, you might say, that brought clarity, that crystallized the record. On the plus side, it established the Stephen Harper government as a strong and arguably successful one in conservative policy terms. On the downside it furthered the suspicion that this is one of the most ethically depraved administrations the […]
The key to understanding Canada Post’s latest strategic masterstroke — henceforth, the post office will charge you nearly twice as much to deliver a letter half the way — is to understand the logic of monopoly. Only in a world entirely insulated from competitive reality would the appropriate response to declining demand be … higher […]
We’ve known for a while that we are all going to have to pay to dig Canada Post out of a financial hole that is expected to see it record an operating loss of $1-billion a year by 2020. But, to paraphrase Richard Nixon, Wednesday was the day we discovered the exact length, width and […]
Is this the final nail in the coffin for Canada Post? Or is it the change that will turn the struggling company around? It could go either way. On Wednesday, Canada Post announced a series of changes: cutting staff; increasing technological efficiency; more franchised post offices; a new pricing system. None will be easy, but […]
The postage stamp, as we think of it today, was invented by the private sector. There is absolutely no reason why it shouldn’t return there. There is nothing sacred, or even particularly rational, about a Crown monopoly on letter mail. Other forms of communication are a mix of public and private — private trucks on […]
Canadians were shocked, upset and mortified with Wednesday’s bombshell announcement that Canada Post will eliminate home delivery in urban areas within five years. As one of those urbanites who will be affected, let me summarize my feelings in one simple sentence: Stop whining about it, and grow up. The sense of entitlement some Canadians feel […]
Canada Post revealed Wednesday it has a plan to save itself by cutting mail delivery services to Canadians and dramatically hiking prices, in a desperate bid to stem its growing financial losses. The main way it plans to cut services is to eliminate door-to-door mail delivery over five years, starting in 2014, from the one-third […]
Sweetheart hirings, obscene pensions, bloated bonuses, skyrocketing salaries: You don’t need to be a rocket scientist — or an auditor — to know the numbers don’t add up at OPG. Surely a nuclear engineer could do the math? Like Tom Mitchell, the handsomely paid CEO of Ontario Power Generation? Mitchell’s a smart guy who doesn’t […]
Just two years ago, Ontario’s Liberal government gloated about its partnership with cereal giant Kellogg. “Kellogg’s investment is a vote of confidence in the skills and knowledge of Ontario workers,” then premier Dalton McGuinty said as he toured the company’s a taxpayer-subsidized factory in Belleville. The very existence of the Belleville plant, he crowed, demonstrated […]
The Liberal Party of Ontario is worse than Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. As a long time supporter of Ford, I have been forced to conclude he cannot lead the city; and I am the guy who wrote in this paper I would rather have Ford drunk and stoned than former premier Dalton McGuinty or former […]Read More
Rachael Ray’s elderly aunt collapsed and died in freezing cold temperatures while house-sitting upstate for the TV chef’s mom — sparking an ugly family fight over her passing. Geraldine Dominica Scuderi, 77, accidentally locked herself outside in the bone-chilling cold on Nov. 29 and died outdoors, authorities said Wednesday.