Canada Post strike: will we notice?

Adrian Humphreys of The Globe and Mail makes the case that the impending strike at Canada Post may not be as troublesome as some may think. It is contended that “Every possible need for sending or receiving anything at the moment can be met online, except for physical items”. Humphreys says that electronic substitution, the digitizing and sending of information — letters, cards and invitations; music, movies and photographs; banking, catalogues and advertisements — through a computer, has destroyed the importance of the post office. If we are witnessing the long term decline and eventual doom of the post office, will this strike only hasten the process? These points may be valid to some extent, but rural areas – such as those in Newfoundland and Labrador – may feel the sting of a strike much more pronounced than those in urban centres.

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