EDITORIAL: Troubling news delivered to Kamloops
They seem, in some respects, icons of a bygone era, once-ubiquitous essentials of life now being elbowed aside by technology.
Canada Post and Greyhound are looking at more changes to services that has city council and others concerned about the impact those changes may have on Kamloops.
Canada Post’s union is sounding the alarm on the corporation’s plan to move all local mail sorting to Vancouver from the Dalhousie Drive office in Sahali.
The union is warning of mail delays, especially during the busy Christmas season. Canada Post says not to worry, that most mail sorting is already done in Vancouver and that delivery times will remain unaffected.
Those who still use Canada Post will find out who is right within a few short weeks.
Meanwhile, the union is concerned the Kamloops sorting building may be closed and jobs may be lost.
Greyhound says it is losing millions in B.C. and is looking at reductions in the number of bus trips in and out of Kamloops and smaller towns in the region.
These possible cuts follow the company’s decision, as of Oct. 14, to move the Kamloops dispatch centre to Ontario, eliminating 11 local jobs in the process.
In this day and age of texts, emails, cheaper vehicles and increased regional air service, it is interesting to note two alleged relics from the past — the mail and bus service — still have a profound impact on society, as is evident in the concern their plans have elicited locally.
Sometimes, you don’t know what you might miss until the threat arises that it will be gone.