Thursday, October 29, 2015

A Mother's Letter to PostMedia New York Shareholders Chairman: Dear Son, I know you can't read very fast so I'm writing this real slow for you

The one liner, from what we remember from sitting on our Great Aunt's knee, from Newfoundland, is of her Mother writing to her Son (Aunt's Step Brother) who was residing in the hinterlands of Victoria, BC.

In the Post Media's Vancouver Sun edition this morning there is a Guest Editorial (No Name Brand) from Ottawa entitled:  Canada Post can't just stick with status quo.  We're not complaining that our delivered-to-our-home-door hard copy of the Vancouver Sun is four paragraphs shorter than the eight paragraph On-line version.  It's almost as if Christy Clark and her Versadex software program has been deleting the essence of the intent of the Editorial Author by one-half.   Is the Guest Editorial aware that he has been hacked in half with paper cuts?

Conclusion of the Guest Editorial on Canada Post home delivery sustainability? how about if his/her logic were applied to PostMedia business sustainability:
propping up this dying business model while maintaining five-day-per-week delivery is unjustifiable

After reading the hard copy, and comparing it to the on-line version (more of an Editorial rant from  New York shareholders promoting, once again, the Conservative Party of Canada) the home delivered version is far superior.

What we did was flip 'Canada Post' out and put in 'Canada PostMedia' in its place.

Everything that is written by the Guest Editor on the Liberals election plank, .... Canada Post's halting the move from door-to-door delivery to a community box model is DOUBLY applicable to Canada PostMedia for over ruling local editors contents, AND instead ran a front full page editorial the last delivery days before the ELECTION if Canadians didn't vote for, heed the fear mongering consequences if the Conservatives are not re-elected.

The closing paragraph blames Justin Trudeau's Liberals TODAY and TOMORROW for wasting Canadian public dollars when the money should be spent on 'crumbling infrastructure, strained health services, inadequate child care, low economic productivity - propping up this dying business model while maintaining five-day-a-week delivery is unjustifiable.

YESTERDAYs Conservatives had ten years to get it right, and they wasted Canadian public dollar that should have been spent on the 'crumbling infrastructures etc.', instead, they rewarded the Oil Companies.

On-line version     Edited (home delivery)

So, Canada Post (Canada PostMedia) has halted the process of moving from door-to-door mail (Newspaper) delivery to a community box (On-line) model. This is a necessary decision on the Crown (Private) corporation’s part in deference to a weak (in an economic sense anyway) plank in the federal Liberal (Shareholders) platform, but so be it. A majority of Canadians (Subscribers), vehemently opposed to higher taxes (Subscription Fees) in principle but ambivalent towards keeping them low in practice, apparently want this — if the polls are to be believed.

In pledging to “stop Stephen Harper’s plan to end door-to-door mail delivery in Canada” however, Justin Trudeau ought to proceed in the most sensible way possible short of continuing with Canada Post’s apparently now obsolete, yet still sound, business decision. If the Liberals Shareholders are insistent on maintaining door-to-door delivery for those who haven’t been switched over yet, Canada Post (Canada PostMedia) should reduce the number of delivery days during the week in order to pay for it.

The facts haven’t changed: Canadians sent 1.2 billion fewer pieces of mail in 2013 than they did in 2006, and that number will continue to fall with each passing year. It stands to reason, then, that current service levels will soon be completely unsustainable (to Canada PostMedia Shareholders).

This is the kind of common sense that appears to elude those critics who argue that the change in policy is, for any number of reasons, dangerous to mail-getters’ (suscription-holders') health (any more than going out to the store?), unfair to people with disabilities (untrue — Canada Post (Canada PostMedia) will continue to deliver to those who can’t get to boxes), and even unconstitutional (we can’t even).

One of those critics, Canadian Union of Postal Workers national president Mike Palecek, ran a victory lap Monday, declaring he and his colleagues were “ecstatic” their stall tactics worked. Not satisfied with that win, however, the CUPW is really reaching for the stars. “We want them to restore home mail (newspaper) delivery to everyone who has lost it,” he declared.

This is ridiculous, and it cannot be allowed to happen. The corporation has already invested a great deal of money installing community boxes (On-line) across the country and countless hours of staffers’ valuable time planning and implementing the transition, and to spend yet more tax (subscription fee) revenue to tear those (On-Line) boxes out and pay people to come up with new plans would be exceedingly wasteful.

And what of the people who’ve been using community boxes (On-Line) for many years, most of whom — if other polls are to be believed — actually support the model? Must we load up the money cannon and blast away at those centralized locations too?

Of all the things Canadians (American) could be spending public (private) dollars on — crumbling infrastructure, strained health services, inadequate child care, low economic productivity — propping up this dying business model while maintaining five-day-per-week (three-day-per-week) delivery is unjustifiable.

Canada PostMedia is about to go from a six day delivery, except Statutory Holidays, to three days: Monday Wednesday Saturday (Vancouver Sun)  Sunday not Saturday (Vancouver Province) AND keep the subscription rates the Same for a Five day home delivery!

Is it possible that the Canadian Auditor General should be looking into Canada Post bottom line because as it stands NOW PostMedia economic brain trust believes the money that should have been spent on crumbling infrastructures, strained health services, inadequate child care, low economic productivity could have was shifted to Canada Post.

Just how much money are we taking about?  Crumbling infrastructure  $40 billion, Strained Health services $100 billion, child care $1, low economic productivity ...  per year

Hell they'll be no different than the thrice weekly North Shore News or the Vancouver Courier!

1 comment:

e.a.f. said...

Nice post. Very funny! Thank you.

Do you think Post Media will get the humour in this??????