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In its pricing, logistics and financial controls, Canada Post is running like a top.

The Canada Post Group of Companies, as it’s formally known, is consistently profitable. Net income in its latest year was $144 million, a near-doubling over the previous year. The United States Postal Service (USPS), by sharp contrast, reported a loss of almost $4 billion (U.S.) in the fiscal 2018 results it released Nov. 14 – the USPS’s 12th straight year of losses.

The Canada Post Group of Companies, as it’s formally known, is consistently profitable. Net income in its latest year was $144 million, a near-doubling over the previous year.
The Canada Post Group of Companies, as it’s formally known, is consistently profitable. Net income in its latest year was $144 million, a near-doubling over the previous year.  (Darren Calabrese / THE CANADIAN PRESS FILE PHOTO)

In a transformation for the record books, Canada Post reinvented itself, cutting its reliance on a lettermail business that the Internet has been killing off, and becoming a parcel-delivery service tailor-made for the new world of e-commerce.

Unfortunately, there was no parallel reinvention of Canada Post’s labour-relations practices.

In recent years I’ve spoken with about 20 postal workers, mostly letter-carriers and truck drivers. And about 20 of them have brushed off my thanks for their excellent service to complain of stress from overwork, lack of job security, and meddlesome, insensitive supervisors.

There is a cure for this, short of another round of rotating strikes. Canada Post needs a new board chair and a new CEO and top management team focused on building a harmonious workplace.

What we’ve learned in the latest dispute is that even the greatest expertise in logistics, automation efficiencies and financial controls is insufficient to prevent an otherwise estimable enterprise from grinding to a halt because of chronic and widespread disrespectful treatment of employees.

Will Canadian business ever kick its U.S. addiction?

Canada might just be more committed to global trade than any other country, in striking contrast with a Canadian business sector that is perhaps the least intrepid among its world peers.

It’s worth noting that the Americans who cracked global markets were the likes of IBM Corp., Coca-Cola Co., Procter & Gamble Co., Microsoft Corp. and most recently Facebook Inc. and Amazon.com Inc.

Their Canadian counterparts in that role have been politicians: Lester Pearson (the 1965 Auto Pact), Pierre Trudeau (the first “Team Canada” trade missions to China), Brian Mulroney and Jean Chrétien (the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement and its successor, the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA) and Stephen Harper and Justin Trudeau (the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, or CETA; the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, or CPTPP; and a renegotiated NAFTA, the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA).

In last week’s federal mini-budget, Ottawa is yet again striving to help Canadian business strengthen and widen its export prowess. The feds are spending $14 billion on accelerated corporate investment writeoffs, and more than $1 billion to upgrade Canadian transportation infrastructure to get Canadian goods to export markets beyond the U.S.

Yet it’s reasonable to wonder if that will do any good.

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 that more than 30 per cent of their exports are to non-U.S. markets.

Stunning fall of a corporate superstar

The downfall of Carlos Ghosn is a reminder that reputation is fleeting.

A brilliant industrial strategist with an iron gut for risk, Ghosn revived one major automaker, Renault S.A., and rescued another, Nissan Motor Co., that had one foot in the grave.

Ghosn was also an empire builder: The enterprise from which he retired, last year, combined Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors Corp.

But on Nov. 19, Ghosn was detained by Japanese authorities on suspicions that Ghosn had for years understated his compensation in regulatory filings. That’s a polite way of describing an alleged tax cheat.

It has since been revealed that Ghosn raided Nissan’s treasury to buy at least five homes.

Though he has not been convicted of anything, Ghosn’s reputation is already in ruins. A Japanese press that long fawned over him now dismisses Ghosn as having gone from “hero to zero.”

At the height of his renown, Ghosn was a populist hero in Japan, an exemplar of continued Japanese industrial strength in the shadow of a rising China. He was routinely mobbed for autographs during plant tours, and starred in a series of manga comic books.

But today, Ghosn is a symbol of the widespread moral rot in Japanese industry, notably the auto sector, source of the deadly exploding air bag (Takata Corp.), a quality scandal at Mitsubishi, and the recall last year of 1.2 million Nissan vehicles whose quality approval for years had been conducted by unqualified inspectors.

The global auto industry has lost two giants this year. But the late Sergio Marchionne, who died in July after turning around Fiat SpA and Chrysler Corp., did not leave in disgrace as Ghosn has.

David Olive is a business columnist based in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter: @TheGrtRecession



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These US entities partnered with the Wuhan Institute of Virology — time for a criminal investigation?

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(Natural News) The Wuhan Institute of Virology from which the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) is believed to have “escaped” has a number of questionable partnerships that are worth looking into in light of the pandemic.

Most of them are universities, including the University of Alabama, the University of North Texas, and Harvard University. There is also the EcoHealth Alliance, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the National Wildlife Federation.

While the relationships between these entities and the Wuhan Institute of Virology may be completely innocent, there is no way to really say for sure without a proper investigation. And this is exactly what Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is calling for, as is the nation of Australia.

Pompeo and the folks down under, along with millions of Americans, would really like to know the true origins of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19). An increasing number of people simply are not buying the narrative that the novel virus originated in bat soup at a Chinese wet market, and this even includes mainstream media outlets like Fox News.

The only way to really determine what was going on at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and who else might have been involved. is to open the place up for an international investigation. But communist China is against this, of course, accusing Australia of “petty tricks” and collusion with the United States.

“Overnight, I saw comments from the Chinese Foreign Ministry talking about a course of activity with respect to Australia who had the temerity to ask for investigation,” Pompeo is quoted as saying in response to China’s aggression against a proposed investigation.

“Who in the world wouldn’t want an investigation of how this happened to the world?” he added.

As the U.S. aims to get back on track economically speaking, Pompeo believes that now is the time to hold communist China, the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and whoever else may have been involved accountable for unleashing this pandemic on the world.

“Not only American wealth, but the global economy’s devastation as a result of this virus,” Pompeo further stated. “There will be a time for this. We will get that timing right.”

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New U.S. analysis finds that lab in Wuhan, China was “most likely” origin of coronavirus release

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(Natural News) While American Leftists and most of the Democrat Party continue to serve as apologists for the Chinese Communist regime over its role in creating and then perpetuating the coronavirus pandemic, a new U.S. government analysis concludes that COVID-19 “most likely” escaped from a lab near Wuhan city.

The Washington Times reports that the analysis cataloged evidence linking the outbreak to the Wuhan lab and has found that other explanations for the origins of the virus are not as credible.

The paper reported:

The document, compiled from open sources and not a finished product, says there is no smoking gun to blame the virus on either the Wuhan Institute of Virology or the Wuhan branch of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, both located in the city where the first outbreaks were reported.

However, “there is circumstantial evidence to suggest such may be the case,” the paper says.

“All other possible places of the virus’ origin have been proven to be highly unlikely,” said the report, a copy of which was obtained by the Times.

ChiCom officials have claimed that the virus’ origin is unknown. However, Beijing initially stated that coronavirus came from animals at a “wet market” in Wuhan where exotic meats are butchered and sold in disgusting conditions.

Chinese officials claim that COVID-19 went from bats to animals sold in the market last year, then infected humans.

U.S. intelligence officials have increasingly dismissed that explanation, however, as attention has begun to focus on evidence suggesting that Chinese medical researchers were working with coronavirus in the country’s only Level 4 facility, which is in Wuhan.

U.S. Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has said that intelligence agencies are investigating whether the virus escaped from a lab or was the result of a naturally occurring outbreak, but that analysts have ruled out reports that COVID-19 was manmade.

‘The most logical place to investigate the virus origin has been completely sealed off’

“At this point, it’s inconclusive, although the weight of evidence seems to indicate natural,” the general said on April 14, “but we don’t know for certain.”

The analysis said that the wet market explanation does not ring true because the first human diagnosis of coronavirus was made in someone who had no connection to the wet market in question. And according to Chinese reports, no bats were sold at that particular market.

At the same time, several questionable actions and a growing paper trail provide clues that the virus actually escaped from a lab, even as China begins to clamp down on those information streams.

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The biggest media lies about the coronavirus: Origins, treatments and vaccines

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(Natural News) If there is one thing that most everyone can agree on concerning the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it is the fact that there is no shortage of conflicting information out there about the nature of it. And the mainstream media is certainly doing its part to steer the narrative as part of a larger agenda, using plenty of misinformation along the way.

The following are among the most commonly parroted lies about the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) that aim to distort the facts and deceive you into believing falsehoods about this pandemic:

Media LIE: The virus is not man-made

From the very beginning of this thing, the official narrative was that the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) came from a Chinese wet market where bats and other “exotic” animals are sold as meat. But the world later learned that it actually more than likely “escaped” from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

The mainstream media and social media platforms went nuts trying to censor this information and even called it  “fake news.” But eventually it became undeniable that bat soup was not responsible for spreading the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) around Wuhan and eventually to the rest of the world – hence why we continue to call it the Wuhan coronavirus rather than just COVID-19.

We have even seen attempts by the media machine at making the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) a racial issue because there are supposedly more “people of color” coming down with it than people with fair skin, which further detracts attention away from the source of this virus.

Media LIE: Hydroxychloroquine is extremely dangerous and doesn’t work

The minute that President Donald Trump announced that hydroxychloroquine may be an effective, and very inexpensive, remedy for the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19), the mainstream media immediately began decrying this claim as fake news, even though Anthony Fauci himself praised hydroxychloroquine back in 2013 under Barack Obama as being some type of “miracle cure” for SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome).

There have even been studies conducted that were designed to intentionally smear the drug as both ineffective and dangerous, though one in particular purposely left out zinc, which appears to be a critical co-factor in supporting the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine – in other words, politics as usual.

Media LIE: Only a vaccine can save us from coronavirus

Many politicians and public health officials are parroting the lie that the only way America can come out of lockdown and go back to “normal” is to get vaccinated with some future vaccine for the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) that does not even yet exist. A vaccine, we are repeatedly told, is the only thing, or perhaps some new “blockbuster” antiviral drug, that can cure the world of this scourge and make everything happy and wonderful once again.

Meanwhile, not a peep is being made about things like intravenous (IV) high-dose vitamin C, which is being successfully used in other countries to stem the tide of infections without the need for new drugs and vaccines.

By omission, nutrition is pointless

Speaking of natural approaches to overcoming the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) that are being systematically ignored by the mainstream media and most in politics, have you heard anyone mention the importance of nutrition in all of this? We did not think so, and this is intentional.

Regular readers of this site over the years should know by now that the single-most important thing you need to do to stay healthy besides exercising regularly is to feed your body the nutrition it needs to naturally ward off illnesses, including those associated with the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19).

Research compiled by the Lewin Group reveals that nutritional remedies such as calcium, vitamin D, folate, omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zeaxanthin, and more all play a critical role in fortifying the immune system, which, if properly nourished, should have little problem fending off disease.

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