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Secret plans being made to lower Canada Post’s deficit

The post office reported a pre-tax loss of $779 million last year. Almost half its 6,026 outlets operated at a deficit, according to its annual report tabled in Parliament.

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The Liberals are working with Canada Post directors on a secret plan to lower the corporation’s massive deficit, Public Works Minister Anita Anand said Wednesday.

Blacklock’s Reporter said the Commons government operations committee was told the report cannot be made public.

“We have been in close communication with the board of directors of Canada Post regarding its path to financial sustainability,” said Anand.

“We are all working very hard.”

The post office reported a pre-tax loss of $779 million last year. Almost half its 6,026 outlets operated at a deficit, according to its annual report tabled in Parliament.

Canada Post lost $153 million in 2019 and $276 million the year before that. The losses followed combined pre-tax profits of $388 million in the period from 2014 to 2017.

“Canada Post has lost $1.1 billion over the last couple of years,” said Conservative MP Kelly McCauley (Edmonton West).

“The Canada Post Corporation Act requires that it operate at a self-sustaining basis financially.”

“What is the plan going forward to ensure fiscal sustainability? We have been in very close touch with the board,” replied Anand.

“Has the board of directors, as you mention you have been in close contact with them, submitted their corporate plan to you?” asked McCauley. The Minister did not reply. The post office last tabled a corporate plan in Parliament on April 18, 2019.

“We have been in touch with Canada Post,” said Bill Matthews, deputy minister of public works.

“They’ve submitted documents and it’s being finalized, but obviously COVID is having an impact on the corporate plan, so it takes some extra time to work through it.”

“So we did not have a plan the year before COVID and we still don’t have a plan, is what you’re saying,” said McCauley.

Management, in the annual report, said it must “meet changing business and consumer needs” to regain profitability.

“We have more retail locations than any other business in Canada,” said the report.

“Of these almost 3,700 of our locations are corporately owned and over 2,300 are operated by private dealers.

“Canada Post is piloting community hub concepts for a wide range of services in rural Canada including improved financial services and potentially new government and community services.”

Plans for 2021 included proposals to “introduce new or expanded retail financial products and services to provide better access to Canadians in urban and rural Canada.”

The post office said it did see unprecedented deliveries of parcels last year, more than a million a day from April to December. Parcel revenues were $3.4 billion, an increase of $613 million from the previous year.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard and the Vice-President: News Division of Western Standard New Media Corp. He has served as the City Editor of the Calgary Sun and has covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years. dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. Mark Golding

    June 4, 2021 at 9:44 am

    Canada Post has been profitable for years. The only time it has lost money was when it refused to negotiate contracts with its CUPW unionized members, and during a pandemic. When they wouldnt get a contract done and relied on the government to bail them out with back to work legislation and mediated contracts, the public refused to use the institution due to uncertainty.
    Most businesses lost money due to the pandemic. Canada post took huge financial losses with having workers off and many office workers not in the offices. Work from home has caused most businesses to see a drop in productively and that means losses.
    But there has been a push to bring in postal banking for the past ten years or so. There are many banks closing their offices in communities, not because its unprofitable, bit because it not a high enough profit. And banks continue to turn huge profits.
    With more postal outlets that Tim Hortons outlets in Canada, postal banking has the physical infrastructure ready to go, and would put banking facilities in many indigenous communities and other rural communities that the major bank dont want to service.
    This proposal was investigated. Canada posts own study showed it would be extreamly profitable and sustainable. But the major banks and the conservative government of Stephen Harper buried that report and instead raised prices of postage, reduce service speed, and reduced door to door delivery. Their five point plan was introduced after Mr Harpers government left for break so as to try to slide it by without controversy.
    The post office can and will again become profitable. Through greening of the post office to reduce costs, and offering new services like government services and postal banking, it could become the highest revenue grossing and profit producing arm of the government.
    It just requires and government and managment that is gutsy enough to take that step.

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Penticton joins list of cities cancelling Canada Day celebtations

The mayor reached out to Chief Greg Gabriel of the Penticton Indian Band, to ask how council could support the local First Nations community following the Kamloops discovery.

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The city of Penticton has become the second municipality in BC to cancel Canada Day festivites.

Celebrating Canada Day has been called into question across the country after the discovery of the gravesites of 215 undocumented children at a Kamloops residential school.

“When we heard what happened in Kamloops and they found the 215 unmarked graves of those children, we thought it was appropriate to hold back and wait to see what the federal government was going to announce,” Mayor John Vassilaki told CBC.

The mayor reached out to Chief Greg Gabriel of the Penticton Indian Band, to ask how council could support the local First Nations community following the Kamloops discovery.

“The Chief also made a note that if we were to cool down the celebrations this year, it would be greatly appreciated by the Penticton Indian Band,” said Vassilaki. 

“And we wanted to show respect and reconciliation with what happened in Kamloops.”

St. Albert this weekend became the first city in Alberta to cancel celebrations.

“In respect of our community members who have experienced and continue to experience the effects of intergenerational trauma due to the residential school system, the City of St. Albert will not be hosting its annual Canada Day fireworks display this year,” it said in a tweet.

The city of Victoria was the first out of the block when they cancelled their Canada Day programing last week.

“As First Nations mourn and in light of the challenging moment we are in as a Canadian nation following the discovery of the remains of 215 children at a former Kamloops Residential School, Council has decided to take the time to explore new possibilities, instead of the previously planned virtual Canada Day broadcast,” said Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps in a media statement.

City council, who voted unanimously to change its plans for July 1, noted everyone will celebrate Canada Day in their own way.

“The City of Victoria aims to take leadership and provide an opportunity for thoughtful reflection and examination of what it means to be Canadian in light of recent events and what we already know from our past,” says the City of Victoria in a release.

Helps also made headlines in 2018 when she had a statue of Sir John A. Macdonald – one of the central figures involved in bringing residential schools into Canada – removed from the front of Victoria City Hall.

An estimated 150,000 First Nations, Inuit and Métis children attended residential schools between the 1860s and 1996, according to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

The Kamloops Industrial School (later known as the Kamloops Indian Residential School) was opened under Roman Catholic administration in 1890 before growing into the largest school in the Indian Affairs residential school system.

While several Catholic bishops across Canada have apologized and requested the release of documents in response to the discovery in Kamloops, the Vatican has yet to issue an apology or release documents.

As for the Canadian government, 15 tons of paper documents related to the residential school system between 1936 and 1944, including 200,000 Indian Affairs files, were destroyed by Liberal Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King’s government, according to the Truth and Reconciliation Final Report.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

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St. Albert cancels Canada Day fireworks

Celebrating Canada Day has been called into question across the country after the discovery of the gravesites of 215 undocumented children at a Kamloops residential school.

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The city of St. Albert has become the first municipality in Alberta to cancel some Canada Day celebrations.

“In respect of our community members who have experienced and continue to experience the effects of intergenerational trauma due to the residential school system, the City of St. Albert will not be hosting its annual Canada Day fireworks display this year,” it said in a tweet.

Celebrating Canada Day has been called into question across the country after the discovery of the gravesites of 215 undocumented children at a Kamloops residential school.

The city of Victoria was the first out of the block when they cancelled their Canada Day programing last week.

“As First Nations mourn and in light of the challenging moment we are in as a Canadian nation following the discovery of the remains of 215 children at a former Kamloops Residential School, Council has decided to take the time to explore new possibilities, instead of the previously planned virtual Canada Day broadcast,” said Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps in a media statement.

City council, who voted unanimously to change its plans for July 1, noted everyone will celebrate Canada Day in their own way.

“The City of Victoria aims to take leadership and provide an opportunity for thoughtful reflection and examination of what it means to be Canadian in light of recent events and what we already know from our past,” says the City of Victoria in a release.

Helps also made headlines in 2018 when she had a statue of Sir John A. Macdonald – one of the central figures involved in bringing residential schools into Canada – removed from the front of Victoria City Hall.

An estimated 150,000 First Nations, Inuit and Métis children attended residential schools between the 1860s and 1996, according to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

The Kamloops Industrial School (later known as the Kamloops Indian Residential School) was opened under Roman Catholic administration in 1890 before growing into the largest school in the Indian Affairs residential school system.

While several Catholic bishops across Canada have apologized and requested the release of documents in response to the discovery in Kamloops, the Vatican has yet to issue an apology or release documents.

As for the Canadian government, 15 tons of paper documents related to the residential school system between 1936 and 1944, including 200,000 Indian Affairs files, were destroyed by Liberal Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King’s government, according to the Truth and Reconciliation Final Report.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

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BREAKING: Alberta to drop all COVID restrictions on Canada Day

Premier Jason Kenney announced Friday the province has reached the targets to launch Stage 3 which was a vaccination rate of 70.2% in the province.

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It’s all systems go for Alberta to launch into Stage 3 of its COVID-19 recovery plan.

Premier Jason Kenney announced Friday the province has reached the targets to launch Stage 3, which included a vaccination rate of 70.2% in the province.

He said Alberta will drop all COVID-19 regulations on July 1 and “our lives will get back to normal.”

That means:

  • All restrictions lifted, including ban on indoor social gatherings
  • Isolation requirements for confirmed cases of COVID-19 and some protective measures in continuing care settings remain

“This is a great day for Alberta! Thanks to the diligence of Albertans and the decision of 2.7 million folks to get vaccinated, we are now just two weeks away from getting our lives back to normal,” said Kenney at a Friday press conference.

“This is an important milestone and a great achievement, but we will not stop here. We will keep administering first and second doses as quickly as possible so we’re not just open for summer, but open for good.”

Kenney said the general indoor provincial mask mandate will be lifted, but masking may still be required in limited and specific settings.

And the mayors of Calgary and Edmonton have said they may continue with their municipal mask bylaws.

“With more than 70% of eligible Albertans now vaccinated with a first dose and more receiving second doses every day, the end of this pandemic is near,” said Health Minister Tyler Shandro.

“Thank you to the Albertans who have rolled up their sleeves to get protected. For those who are still thinking about getting a shot, you have only one week to get your shot before we draw for $1 million and other great prizes.”

Anyone in Alberta aged 18 and over can still enter the first Open for Summer Lottery draw for a chance to win $1 million. Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on June 24 and proof of vaccination will be required to claim the prize. The winner will be announced on July 1.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

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