Chopra offers heartless arguments to back radical corporation changes
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Where do we find people like Canada Post’s chief executive Deepak Chopra? First he announces the phasing out of urban mail delivery and the elimination of 8,000 postal carrier jobs two weeks before Christmas. This was done without any consideration for seniors, shut-ins and the disabled, or any consultation with unions.
Then he says the loss of urban carriers will be a good thing for seniors because it will force them outdoors and the exercise will be beneficial for them.
It’s for their own good that seniors must battle snow drifts and extreme cold. If they survive the treacherous trek to a community mailbox without falling, freezing or fracturing, then the exercise and fresh air will do them a world of good. What kind of convoluted logic is this?
It’s just another loss of service to those Canadians most in need, for those with mobility issues, for those trying to remain independent for as long as they can.
After this thoughtless observation, the Canada Post leader decided to wax on about the potential benefits of drone delivery of mail. Imagine Fido snoozing on the front steps when a drone descends on top of the sleeping pooch. You might find him in the next county.
But even he reluctantly agrees the technology is still decades away from use. By that time, there won’t be a Canada Post to worry about if the president keeps on his inane path.
This government apparently doesn’t believe that public services should be available equally to all members of the public, or it doesn’t believe government should provide public services at all because business is there to do it. Mr. Chopra seems to be the perfect pick to move Canada Post on the path to full privatization.
Festival of good will ( - from Dec. 24, 1963)
(The editorial below appeared in The Guardian 50 years ago this week:)
Critics tell us that the essential spirit of Christmas is in danger of dying out altogether. What should be a time for simple joys, they say, has been turned into a mania of buying and selling, with all the distractions which accompany the process. And indeed there is a growing tendency to pervert the sacred symbols to utilitarian uses, to submerge the Christ Child under the sentimentality of Santa Claus. It is a disturbing symptom of our commercialized age; but we do not believe it is as bad as it appears on the surface.
Under all the glitter, the tinsel and the show, there is still alive and urgent the spiritual quality which sets Christmas apart from all the days of the calendar. Somehow the meaning, the promise and the hopes are not forgotten. The kindness and goodness of the human heart, too often latent and unused, fills up and overflows at this blessed season. Neglected friends are remembered, and thoughtless discourtesies remedied. We are warmed at discovering within us a personal thought and prayer for the poor, the sick, the unfortunate.
The pageantry of Christmas is but an attempt to re-dramatize the song of the angels, telling of the heavenly gift of peace on earth and good-will toward men.
But the abiding joy and glory of Christmas is that for most of us, at some hour or moment of the day, the trappings fall away and we discover that our hearts and souls can respond to the old, old story. It is then that we are seized with the fact that the most obvious truth of the universe is the one we sometimes mistake for a cliché: It Is more blessed to give than to receive.
Here in Canada, in this abundantly favored land, let us pause to thank God that we are so happily placed at this Christmastide. And let us also reverently unite our prayers with the millions of devoted souls the earth around – that the peace of which the angels sang will come again, through the Prince of Peace whose birth we celebrate so joyously.