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January 15, 2019 6:00 PM U.S. postal workers protest in solidarity with Canada Post counterparts

Ottawa passed legislation last November that required striking postal workers to resume their duties, appointing a mediator to arbitrate an end to the Crown corporation’s dispute with members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers. Those efforts, led by Elizabeth MacPherson, former chairwoman of the Canada Industrial Relations Board, broke down in December 767

January 10, 2019 10:14 PM Postmedia’s Paul Godfrey passes baton to Andrew MacLeod, who takes on CEO’s job

TORONTO - Paul Godfrey is stepping down as CEO of Postmedia Network Canada Corp. but will remain as executive chairman of the company, which owns the National Post, other newspapers and digital publications. Andrew MacLeod, who has been Godfrey’s second in command since 2016, becomes Postmedia’s chief executive officer. The announcements came as the owner 176

December 27, 2018 10:16 PM What a difference a year made for Tiger Woods

So far only one Canadian has qualified to be in the Masters field. That’d be Mike Weir, the 2003 winner of the green jacket. But that’s hardly a bellwether for the health of Canadian golf. At October’s Safeway Open, the first tournament of what’s essentially the PGA Tour season that will conclude in 2019, there were eight Canadians in the field — a record 170

December 24, 2018 9:37 PM Still sending mail? Canada Post stamp prices to increase in January

OTTAWA—Unless you really hurry, sending a letter to Santa for next Christmas will cost you a nickel more. Starting Jan. 14, Canada Post says the cost for an individual stamp on a letter sent within Canada will be $1.05, instead of a loonie. Other increases for mail within the country range between a dime and 35 cents depending on the size of the letter 188

December 12, 2018 12:15 PM Why congress can’t cave in to Trump on NAFTA

The best argument for Congress to pass U.S. President Donald Trump’s tweaked version of the North American Free Trade Agreement is also the worst argument for it. It’s the argument from stability. It concedes that the new agreement, labelled the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), may not be a vast improvement over NAFTA, or an improvement at all. But it urges 145

December 11, 2018 6:01 PM Postal union takes Trudeau government to court over back-to-work bill

The union’s lawyer said the back-to-work legislation was passed after Canada Post created a “false emergency” over a backlog of parcels at the Crown corporation’s sorting plants. “The Liberal government’s legislation, just like the previous Conservative’s, unilaterally prohibits any lawful strike,” Paul Cavalluzzo said in a statement. “This legislation 169

November 29, 2018 4:09 AM Federal worker hit by mystery illness in Cuba

In April, 2018, Global Affairs announced that Havana would be designated as an unaccompanied post meaning that diplomatic staff would no longer be accompanied by their dependants. Some of those affected have told the Star that Global Affairs was slow to react to the threat and downplayed the risk to diplomatic staff, a claim that senior managers have rejected 160

November 27, 2018 1:11 PM Business group pleased with back-to-work legislation for postal workers

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers issued a statement declaring it’s “exploring all options to fight the back-to-work legislation.” Negotiations had been underway for nearly a year, but the dispute escalated more recently when CUPW members launched rotating strikes Oct. 22. Those walkouts have led to backlogs of mail and parcel deliveries at the Crown 125

November 26, 2018 11:43 AM Senators to resume debate on postal legislation after taking a day to reflect

Those walkouts have led to backlogs of mail and parcel deliveries at the Crown corporation’s main sorting plants in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal. Picket lines were up Sunday at Canada Post facilities in northern Ontario, as well as in parts of British Columbia. CUPW vowed to continue the walkouts Monday to back its contract demands. The union wants 118

November 26, 2018 10:00 AM Why Canada Post needs an overhaul

A recent analysis shows that European exporters to Canada are making much more use of CETA than Canadian businesses. And the federal finance ministry notes that Canada is far behind its G-7 peers in exports to emerging markets, the world’s fastest-growing economies. The real solution might be federal largesse that is earned only by Canadian firms able to report 120