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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.

Organizations: Canada Post

Geographic location: Canada

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  • Jeremy Hodder
    January 17, 2014 - 15:24

    Reality check? More like out to lunch. Canada post has recorded profits every year except when they strikes. Your words will come back to haunt you that day you get over 60 and injure yourself. Have you no compassion for seniors or the disabled? Clearly not. Please go back to America where greed and self-centered attitudes are celebrated. We don't want your kind here anymore.

  • jodi12
    December 30, 2013 - 22:04

    Canada Post Deepak has no consideration for others nor logic. What business gives people a free alternative to letter mail, epost, advertises it to paying customers and to the general public to use for free and then complains that letter mail volumes are down. That does not compute!

  • Paul Coupland
    December 24, 2013 - 11:20

    It is time for improvements at Canada Post, not just rhetoric! In addition to reducing Canada Post’s operational mail delivery costs & services, particular effort should be aimed at significantly reducing the obvious excess of Corporate Executives. Each unnecessary Corporate Officer in the executive suite is an unnecessary drain on the Corporation’s profitability. Significant effort should also be made to improve the current Canada Post internal protocols respecting their interaction with customers. For example, Canada Post should: 1 Recognize all postal outlets convenient to the customer (Corporate & Third Party Retail), instead of only recognizing Third Party Retail outlets when recarding items for pick-up by customers. For example, my wife & I live within a half block of the main Canada Post in our City, from which we buy postage, mail letters & parcels etc. Recently we missed the delivery of a heavy Christmas parcel by a few minutes, and this package was reshipped to a Third Party Retail Post Office several miles away from our home - instead of being recarded to the main Post Office’s Retail Outlet (virtually) next door! 2 Each customer should be given advance notice by the Post Office of the date & time frame that Canada Post intends to deliver a package to their residence (as well as the sender’s name), so that the customer can plan accordingly. The current system of surprising the customer with an unexpected delivery is particularly distasteful when the customer has already prepaid the shipping charges, then end up having to trudge through the snow drifts to whatever postal outlet has been assigned to receive their parcel just because they were out for a moment! 3 Each customer should be able to choose the Postal Outlet that their package is going to be shipped to, so that they can select the most convenient location. Each of us have busy schedules & want to manage our time and other resources effectively. Respectfully, Paul Coupland

  • don
    December 24, 2013 - 05:39

    i just looked up the board of directors of Canada post. little wonder check it out yourself. it just shows a group of heartless Canadians to me they are NO Canadians they will have to remember this old age is coming to them and i hope they enjoy going to the mail box.if i could i would put them all in a wheel chair tie there legs so the can't get up. and say now go out in the snow and the rain etc and get your mail. and if you do not you do not get your BIG pay. and see how they like it. they are a DISGRACE to canada.

    • reality check
      December 24, 2013 - 10:29

      Are we really complaining about having to walk to a mail box? Perhaps the service has been cut because we can no longer afford the service. The sooner we acknowledge this fact, the sooner we can tackle our budget issues properly, and perhaps reinstate the service we have now lost. Remember how concerned you are the next time you elect a government that pays for new services and more government hirings by borrowing money we cannot afford to pay back.