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Extra, Extra: Rob Ford Knows What Women Want, Canada Post Has an American Fan, and Canada Post’s CEO Is Thinking of Seniors

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  • Rob Ford sat down again with Washington’s Junkies—this time, he didn’t have as much to say about how women make football-pool picks, but did have some observations to share about how much women like money. When asked what he’d be giving his wife for Christmas, he answered: “Probably just money. Women love money.” He then added, “You give ‘em a couple thousand bucks, and they’re happy.” And who can put a price on such thoughtfulness?
  • There’s at least one person who’s quite happy that Canada Post is going to be putting an end to home delivery in urban areas—mostly, though, because he’s Darrell Issa, a Republican congressman who would like to make equally dramatic changes to his country’s postal service.
  • And for those who remain concerned about an end to home postal delivery—it appears there’s a bright side. Canada Post CEO Deepak Chopra has pointed out that “seniors want to be living fuller lives” and that phasing out home delivery will allow them to be more “active.” Because there’s nothing like walking to a community mailbox in inclement weather to remind a senior that his or her life is “full.”

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  • CaligulaJones

    “there’s nothing like walking to a community mailbox in inclement weather”

    1) how to they mail OUT their mail in inclement weather?
    2) how do they get groceries in inclement weather?

    • Sean_Marshall

      Nothing wrong with seniors having more active lives (as long as they are mobile) but that’s a very patronizing “advantage” to the end of home delivery in neighbourhoods grandfathered in (pun not intended) when Canada Post first introduced community mailboxes.

      • CaligulaJones

        Oh, I agree, it is incredibly patronizing, and I can imagine the collective gotchies of the CP brass and the Tories were more than slightly soiled.

        But you haven’t really answered my questions, though.

        How do they get their outgoing mail out in inclement weather?

        And how do they get their groceries?

        (I believe this is all academic, so to speak, as I can almost guarantee that the solution will be cutting back to 2 or 3 days of delivery per week…and of course, someone will bitch about THAT too…)

        • vampchick21

          Depends on the person. Some seniors have a family member help them with that, some have a nice neighbour, some have a personal care worker. At least, those seniors with mobility issues who can still live in their own home. Others live in senior residence/nursing homes.

          So, my now 92 year old grandfather had his children and his personal care worker assist in various day to day activities and needs, then his health required that we place him in a nursing home for 24 hour care, so he doesn’t even worry about any of that anymore.

          • Gerlinde Paterson

            Your explanation are patronizing and sound rediculeous. Who do you think you are talking to? Idiots? Folks that can’t think for themselfe. Pleeeeaaaase.

          • vampchick21

            Excuse me? Care to elaborate as to just how I’m being patronizing? Care to tell me exactly what I said that indicates that I think I’m talking to idiots? I answered a question. Can’t help it if you think I’m being nasty.

          • Steveinto

            Middle class shrill. Fewer and fewer people in particular seniors have the resources to get the help they need. The lucky ones live in their own filth while being ‘cared’ for in for- profit homes for seniors.
            If your rich, have a rich family, a family that cares yea your going to be OK

          • OgtheDim

            Got any stats to back up that, or are we doing discussions about societal issues based on media reports……….again?

          • vampchick21

            Wtf? Never mind, I’m recovering from a death plague and have zero patience for this kind of crap. You go ahead and think whatever the hell your crazy brain comes up with, even if it’s not grounded in reality.

          • OgtheDim

            Oh, and its called overly connected shrill in your case.

          • dsmithhfx

            “Who do you think you are talking to? Idiots?”


          • CaligulaJones

            I was just trying to put this into the personal context of my parents (dad 82 recovering from broken hip, mom 80 on oxygen and relatively immobile), who have somehow been able to live without door to door mail for over 40 years.

    • dsmithhfx
      • CaligulaJones

        Are you trying for some Non Sequitor of the Year award or something? Might as well post a video about a cheese eating cat…

        • dsmithhfx

          Dude, I’ve won it. I’m the champion. Go home.

          • CaligulaJones

            That, and a Hyperbolic Cluster with Gold Leaves to go with your Slippery Slope Star.

  • Matt Patterson

    And who would know better about seniors living a fuller life than new age guru Deepak Chopra, author of books such as Ageless Body, Timeless Mind: The Quantum Alternative to Growing Old? How did Canada Post manage to snag him to be their CEO?

    • Gerlinde Paterson

      It’s all about money guy, all about the almighty Dollar.

    • Mg

      It’s not the same guy. The Deepak Chopra who heads Canada Post is an accountant. Unless quarterly reports and the like are counted, I don’t think he’s got much of a background as an author.

  • Gerlinde Paterson

    This argument isn’t even up for discussion , it has been obviously thought out by a right winger that has no use for Senior and probably no use for invalids or the homeless. Just like Hitler. So lets not hope the Republicans lower themselfe one day and follow Hitlers horrible example so they can scoop even more money into their already overflowing pockets. What the heck, they are only old people. Bottom line: ‘It’s all about money, more money for the rich”. Nothing more and nothing less.

    • OgtheDim

      A Troll torque with a Godwin twist.

  • OgtheDim

    Canada Post ain’t gonna follow through on this.

    The amount of money it would cost to set up communal mailbox areas in urban neighbourhoods was not thought through. CP just assumed municipal governments would give them space, for free, like developers of new neighborhoods do.

    • CaligulaJones

      Can’t they just put the boxes right beside the existing outgoing mailboxes?

      • tyrannosaurus_rek

        Great, more clutter.

        Outgoing mailboxes are just a big bin people dump varying amounts of paper into; they don’t need to take up much space because they’re emptied every day. Incoming mail requires a dedicated box for every single address in the area, regardless of how often they receive mail. Given the density of some areas this could mean a wall of mailboxes on each corner of the intersection.

        • CaligulaJones

          Good points.

          I don’t think society should necessarily say “we shouldn’t do this because some people are slobs”, though. We’d have to shut down the subways if that’s the case. (although the TTC is trying with “flying squads” of cleaners during morning rush hours).

    • PlantinMoretus

      The cost of setting up the communal mailboxes and the campaigns to inform people and the change-over hassles must be huge. So this is not a cost-saving measure. Isnèt the ultimate goal to privatize the postal serviceÉ

  • tomwest

    I want to know whether Canaa Post will ensure a maximum walking distance to the new community mailboxes. (Or will they assume everyone will drive to pick up their mail?)