Thanks for video-posting your thoughts about the referenda questions, Stefano. Enjoyed hearing your perspective in such a personal format.
I have listened carefully to your comments at least twice. I still have been unable to sort out why going for coffee at Timmie's is such a big deal for Boxing Day since they are open during at least part of the day. Can you find a big deal that was available on Boxing Day at the corporate outlets in North Bay that wasn't available the next day at the same corporate outlet in Sudbury? When we had 18k shift workers at Inco and Falconbridge businesses were closed Wednesday afternoons and all day Sunday but everyone got done what they needed to. If there are so many shift workers needing commercial enterprises outside the close to 100 hrs that presently are available why has Timmie's restructured their open hours? Few if any businesses will open 24/7 even if the referenda are favored - giving them the right to set their own hours may lead them to more cooperation but not likely. Some years ago Sudbury, like many areas, had barbers and hair dressers closed every Monday - I don't know that was a by-law - but each respected the others to do that. Corporate franchisees came in and that disappeared. You are correct in stating it is a complex issue but it is also an issue in which we need to stop thinking about ourselves and see to a healthy community. many people will vote to accept these referenda not because they are needed but rather it doesn't create a problem for them and provides them with more choices. Creates more jobs by being able to open longer hours - please good businesses hire the least they can manage with and belt tightening is the norm today - how about increases opportunities for the criminal element to conduct its business - small staffs = less security. A corporate super market in north Toronto was open until midnight by using stockers to replenish shelves to ensure there were visible staff. They now close at 10 but still have staff shelving - 4 robberies later!
The issue is complex but the "Me" society we live in today will only consider what satisfies them. maybe you should listen a couple of times to your presentation to analyze your own thoughts
As you will know, Stefano, several of the points raised in Charles's post mirror my concerns. One that needs to be emphasized, IMO, is that the jobs created by a wide open hours policy would be part-time *retail* service jobs. With their minimum wages, poor (generally absent) benefits, and general lack of job security, these are NOT the type of jobs that create the "hope" you mention as a benefit.
Logically, owners of any size business loathe high operational costs -- remember how business argued against the very idea of raising the minimum wage? -- so Charles is accurate, I fear, in assuming that reduced staffing (i.e., FEWER employees) will be a likely outcome. (After all, disposable income in the Sudbury area is finite; extended hours just dilute the hourly profit.)
Additionally, as I've mentioned to you before, I doubt that any Ma & Pa stores will be able to match the opening hours of the Big Box guys and gals, whose profits disappear to home offices located far from Sudbury. The last I heard, Boxing Day and the August Civic Holiday are both stat holidays; as a result, staff scheduled on those days earn shift premiums which further eat into a store's profit.
If the playing field consisted of equally weighted players (all locally owned, for example), we spectators might be able to see a modicum of fair play. But the Walmarts, Targets, and Costcos have very, very deep pockets. Our local little merchants don't stand a chance competing against the Big Boxers.
In fact, I've decided to vote NO on all 3 questions, if only to save Sudbury store owners from having to make a punishing decision in order to play the consumer game.
Still, I appreciate your comments and respect your stance. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with constituents.
I think the two comments above was taken out of proportion. To say that other businesses such as cofee shops do not benefit on boxing day is not true. Gas station, food industry, banks are all part of the supply chain of boxing day.
In Toronto experienced had shown that the more you are out in boxing day the more you will spend. Why? Because everything is out for grab almost 50% off. Some even lined up as early as 3am in the morning just to get the early bird deals. Where do those people end up after? Drive around to get food.
This is the purpose of boxing day to create business and this is what Sudbury should promote offer the same deal that you can get in Toronto right to your doorstep so there is more incentive for people to participate.
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