West Virginia tells Trump ‘No hate in my holler!’

first_imgThe bigot-in-chief, Donald Trump, attended a “fundraiser” here the evening of July 24 and was met with protests throughout the day.  The event was a $150-a-plate dinner, hosted by coal industry boss Robert Murray.The first rally was organized by members of United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 1112 from nearby Lordstown, Ohio, who had just lost their jobs after the recent closing of the General Motors plant there. Speakers angrily commented that Trump had come to West Virginia to brag about how great jobs are now, but the autoworkers know: “That’s a lie. Things aren’t great.”Autoworkers from Ohio protest Trump’s corporate-friendly economic policies that cost them their jobs.Braylin Rushton, a militant African-American activist within Local 1112, said to the crowd: “Trump came to Lordstown in 2016 and promised more jobs. Since that time, his policies have made it easier for corporations to flourish at the expense of working families. When GM closed, 43,000 people lost their jobs and Trump said, ‘That’s OK.’”Later in the day, another protest of about 100 people was arranged by Marchers Ohio Valley Empowered.  MOVE’s major focus was the racist mistreatment of migrant families. MOVE supplied signs and imagery calling out the current U.S. administration for incarcerating im/migrants in concentration camps. The protest was joined by other community activists, clergy, trade unionists and members of the Industrial Workers of the World.  Also present were education workers who have been fighting against privatization for the last two years. Their historic West Virginia actions ignited a national teacher fightback in 2018. Women represented the majority of those at the rally.An Ohio Valley Pride contingent marched in to join the protest, waving rainbow flags and other flags representing the LGBTQ2S+ community.  Some people had signs calling Trump out for his misogyny, as well as his saber-rattling against Bolivarian Venezuela and the Islamic Republic of Iran.As attendees walked into the ice hockey arena where the fundraiser was being held, the angry crowd chanted: “Little kids need liberation, not your racist deportation” and “Donald Trump, you racist swine, being Muslim is not a crime.”Don Viglio, a Marxist-Leninist-Maoist, told Workers World, “Capitalism-imperialism is destroying the world through colonial plunder. As oppressed people starve, Trump is coming here today to accept an obscene amount of cash from one of the richest coal magnates.”IWW member Michael Mochaidean stated, “While many people here have ideological differences, we are all in solidarity against Trump.”The multinational crowd was energetic in expressing unity with their homemade signs. One read: “Trump made America hate again,” while a woman in sunglasses brandished the slogan: “Don’t be a fossil fool — Let W.Va. shine!” A nearby protester flourished a down-home sign: “No hate in my holler.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Civil Society Can’t Be Ignored In A Democratic Society : Patna HC Urges State To Reconsider Policy Of Not Engaging NGOs For COVID-19 Relief [Read Order]

first_imgNews UpdatesCivil Society Can’t Be Ignored In A Democratic Society : Patna HC Urges State To Reconsider Policy Of Not Engaging NGOs For COVID-19 Relief [Read Order] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK20 May 2020 3:36 AMShare This – xIn a notable development, the Patna High Court urged the State Government to reconsider its policy of not engaging with members of civil society in handling the COVID-19 crisis.A division bench comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Karol and Justice S Kumar observed “in a democratic society, the Civil Society cannot be ignored, more so in the times of disaster”.The bench was hearing a PIL filed by…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginIn a notable development, the Patna High Court urged the State Government to reconsider its policy of not engaging with members of civil society in handling the COVID-19 crisis.A division bench comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Karol and Justice S Kumar observed “in a democratic society, the Civil Society cannot be ignored, more so in the times of disaster”.The bench was hearing a PIL filed by Ms. Parul Prasad (AOR) assisted by her research associate Akshat Agrawal (final year, Jindal Global Law School), challenging the refusal of District Magistrates to allow civil society organizations and NGO’s to help and supplement relief mechanisms for the needy people. On May 19,  the court while hearing this petition along with another one filed by one Rajiv Ranjan (Advocate) (regarding the status of quarantine centers), directed the state government to reconsider this issue at the highest level.The bench observed : “Well, we are of the considered view that perhaps it would be in the public interest, as also that of the State, that the Government revisits its earlier policy of not engaging with the members of the civil society, on an individual or organized basis, in dealing with the issue of at least manning the crowds at the Railway Station/Destination or at the quarantine Centre established by the State at different places in Bihar. May be fully manning the quarantine centers. We see no harm in that, particularly when the Civil Society wants to do it on voluntary basis, without claiming any credit for rendering such service. We have already expressed our opinion that in a democratic society, the Civil Society cannot be ignored, more so in times of disaster. We may only observe that under Section 35, Chapter V of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 it is mandatory for the Government to constitute the authorities, be it at the National level, the State level or the District level and the participatory role of the NGO’s stands accepted and acknowledged by the Legislature in the same statute.” The court further went on to cite the SC precedent in the Swaraj Abhiyan (I) v. Union of India case stating that; “The Hon’ble Supreme Court in Swaraj Abhiyan Versus the Union of India and others reported in (2016) 7 SCC 498 while dealing with the issue of drought in the State of Bihar had issued certain directions, one of which we reproduce as under:- “97. Keeping all the factors in mind we issue the following directions: …………… 97.8. Humanitarian factors such as migrations from affected areas, suicides, extreme distress, the plight of women, and children are some of the factors that ought to be kept in mind by the State Governments in matters pertaining to drought and the Government of India in updating and revising the Manual. Availability of adequate food grains and water is certainly of utmost importance but they are not the only factors required to be taken note of.” The Court said that the above directions issued by the SC in the context of disaster caused by drought, would apply, with equal force, in fact, more so, in the current attending circumstances of pandemic COVID- 19. The bench stressed that 1/10th of the population of India lives in Bihar and with almost eight lacs people coming home from different parts of the country, the problem of human management itself, let alone anything else, needs to be addressed immediately for it cannot brook any delay, else it would adversely affect lives of each one residing in Bihar. “The matter needs to be examined with a sense of urgency and seriousness. We are of the considered view that perhaps, the issue of engagement of civil society, more so when it is so desired by the NITI Ayog, needs to be reconsidered at the highest level”, the Court observed.  The Court directed Principal Secretary, Disaster Management Department, Government of Bihar file his personal affidavit on all the issues highlighted before the next date. The matter has been posted to May 22.In the connected matter filed by Advoacte Rajiv Ranjan, the bench directed the Principal Secretary to indicate the mechanism and procedure evolved right from the point of identification of persons intending to return to Bihar upto the point of their housing at the Centres.”Undoubtedly the task is horrendous and the issue is of prime importance. If approximately more than four lakhs persons have already entered the State and are housed at these Patna High Court quarantine centres, with an equal number expected to reach Bihar in the immediate future, the Administration must under all circumstances take measures in ensuring not only their safety and security, but also those who are already residing in the State”, the bench observed while stressing the need of increasing the number of tests to be conducted.Last month, the Madras High Court had allowed political parties, NGOs and individuals to participate in COVID-19 relief work with strict riders.Click here to download OrderRead Order Next Storylast_img read more

Dell Goes Big During National Small Business Week and Beyond

first_imgEntrepreneurs are the engine that drives the economy around the world. More than half of Americans work for or own a small business, and startups and small business account for nearly 70 percent of all the new jobs created!To celebrate and support these small business owners, Dell is hosting a series of Innovation Meetups and launching Technology Labs at WeWork locations across the country during National Small Business Week, May 1 – 7. As part of Dell’s increased investment in and commitment to small businesses we are also offering 35 percent off select business systems with code SAVE35 during the entire month of May! Visit http://www.dell.com/us/p/deals for exclusive savings. We are also deploying a big marketing campaign across key markets in the US so look for us on TV, poly bags of national newspapers, pedi-cabs, bus wraps and more.The Dell Technology Labs will debut at three WeWork locations—New York Penn Station, Chicago Grant Park and Miami Lincoln Road (above) —and will offer members the opportunity to check out the latest and greatest Dell technology, test their apps on Windows devices, borrow equipment for extended periods of time and purchase systems directly. Our best Small Business sales reps and technology experts will be on-site to help support and educate WeWork members on emerging technologies and trends including Windows 10 for business, Virtual Reality development, Cloud transitioning and more.“WeWork is committed to providing our members with the resources and services to do what they love,” said Michael Gross, Vice Chairman, WeWork. “Our partnership with Dell’s tech labs in Miami, New York and Chicago is a novel way for big businesses to test their products and services with the influential WeWork community. Similarly, for our members, this is an opportunity for them to gain access to Dell’s industry-leading products and services. We’re excited for the project and the expanding partnership with Dell.”The Technology Labs will be unveiled during a series of Northside Innovation Small Business Meetups powered by Windows 10 at each of the WeWork locations. If you are in New York, Chicago or Miami please join us! These meetups are part of a series that covers a wide range of tech topics, spanning VC funding to the psychology of marketing to the next wave of branded content.  You can also follow the conversation on social at #SmallBizInsider or on @DellInnovators and @Windows and on the Innovation Insider Content Hub.Dell has always been invested in providing end-to-end technology solutions for small businesses, and we want to support them where they are. Coworking spaces have boomed over the past few years—in fact, the number of coworking spaces globally has doubled each year, and according to the Dell and Intel Evolving Workforce Study, 52 percent of people believe that employees working from home are just as productive as or more productive than in the office. As part of Dell’s Legacy of Good plan, we’re aiming to have half of our employees working remotely by 2020 to enable our employees to work when and where they are most productive and help decrease both operating costs and environmental impact.Recently, Dell released a ranking of the 50 most “Future Ready” cities—economies that are most prepared for the growth of tomorrow, have embraced technology, and have the necessary infrastructure and programs in place.  Though San Jose and San Francisco snagged the top two spots on the list, New York was 11th, Chicago was 17th, and I’m proud to report that Austin ranked 7th! As the largest employer in the Austin area, Dell is actively engaged in how it can enable people and organizations access to new tools and ideas that deliver better connections, better outcomes—and a better world.Additionally, we are partnering with Microsoft to host “Accelerate Your Business” on May 4th in Denver, which ranks as the 8th “Future Ready” city. The event is designed for business owners, company leaders and decision makers seeking ideas and practical technology solutions to promote greater team communication, collaboration and productivity in today’s highly mobile workplace. I will be joining Jordan J. Chrysafidis, Vice President, US OEM Sales & Marketing at Microsoft, to talk about what tomorrow’s business will look like, and what businesses can do today to position themselves for continued success. If you are in Denver, please join us and register here.During National Small Business Week and throughout the year, we’re proud to continue our tradition of enabling entrepreneurs, and can’t wait to see how our Technology Labs at WeWork help small businesses across the country utilize the latest and greatest technology solutions and help grow and scale their business.last_img read more

FairPoint donates $1,250 to Everybody Wins! Vermont

first_imgConsolidated Communications,FairPoint Communications recently donated $1,250 to Everybody Wins! Vermont.  The donation was made to recognize the volunteer efforts of FairPoint employee Beth Fastiggi of Burlington.  Beth began volunteering as a Reading Mentor for Everybody Wins! Vermont in 2003 and currently serves as its Board President.During her six years as a reading mentor, Beth has worked with several children. This year, she has been spending Wednesday morning breakfast with her friend, Teko at J.J. Flynn School in Burlington.  As a board member since 2003, Beth has also been closely involved with the growth and success of  the organization.Everybody Wins! Vermont  is a not-for-profit children s literacy and mentoring organization dedicated to increasing children s prospects for success in school and beyond through one-to-one reading experiences with caring adults. EW! VT s Power Lunch program pairs adult volunteer reading mentors with students at local elementary schools. Pairs meet weekly during lunch or breakfast time at the school to share books and literacy activities and to build positive relationships. These experiences expose children to topics and discussions they might not otherwise have, enhance children s self esteem and expand their possibilities for academic and life success. They also enable adult volunteers to connect with local schools and to experience the rewards of enriching young lives. EW! VT is the only organization in the state that combines the two essential elements of mentoring and literacy.The FairPoint Volunteer Incentive Program recognizes employees’ contribution of time and talent to nonprofit organizations where they live and work.  Under the program, FairPoint employees who volunteer at least 50 hours during the year can request that FairPoint reward the organization with $750. FairPoint Communications has also supported the mission of Everybody Wins! Vermont by matching employee gifts, donating office space in Montpelier and through the sponsorship of the Everybody Wins! Vermont second annual Book Bash in the Fall of 2008.About Everybody Wins! VermontBy creating mentoring relationships that foster a love of reading and language, Everybody Wins! Vermont increases children s prospects for success and engages a diverse range of volunteers in their community schools. As the largest mentoring program in the state, 580 EW! VT volunteer mentors spent more than 10,000 hours of reading time  with elementary school students at 19 schools in the 2009-2010 school year. To learn more, visit www.ewvt.org(link is external).last_img read more

Chinese Girl under the hammer

first_imgThe Chinese Girl, with her blue skin and red lips, is one of the most widely reproduced artworks of the 20th century.(Image: Bonhams) The artist in his heyday, surrounded by some of his paintings.(Image: Tretchikoff)MEDIA CONTACTS • Julian RoupBonhams, London+44 20 7468 8259Janine ErasmusThe celebrated Tretchikoff painting Chinese Girl is to go on auction in London on 20 March, but before that the pop culture classic will be exhibited in Johannesburg and New York.The artwork, of an oriental woman with a strange hue to her skin, is said to be the self-taught Tretchikoff’s most recognisable painting, and one that has been reproduced, according to some sources, more often than the Mona Lisa. It’s also known as the Green Lady or the Blue Lady – depending on the quality of the print.Bidding will start at US$471 000 (R4.3-million), says auction house Bonhams, and the painting is expected to bring in as much as $785 000 (R7.1-million). The sale is part of a yearly auction of South African art and will include a special focus on works by William Kentridge.At the 2012 South African sale, held in March, sculptures by Anton van Wouw and Edoardo Villa as well as paintings by Irma Stern, Cecil Skotnes, Walter Battiss and Pierneef, among others, sold for thousands and in some cases, millions of rands. Tretchikoff’s Fighting Zebras changed hands for $92 400 (R838 000).Bonhams also reports that in October 2012, at part two of the South African sale, Tretchikoff’s Portrait of Lenka fetched a new artist’s world record price of $530 000 (R4.8-million). Lenka was Tretchikoff’s muse during World War Two, and he painted her several times.Tretchikoff sold the original Chinese Girl to an American woman during a tour of the US, and it has remained in the family ever since. According to Bonhams, the buyer’s granddaughter is now putting the painting up for auction.The painting will be on view at Johannesburg’s Everard Read Gallery on 23, 25 and 26 February before it’s shipped to London.Mysterious ladyIn a 2011 interview in the South African version of Marie Claire magazine, the identity of the mysterious woman, a puzzle that had art lovers scratching their heads for decades, was revealed. She is Monika Pon, now resident on Gauteng’s East Rand, but in those days she was Monika Sing-Lee and she lived in Cape Town.In 1950, she was just 17 when she encountered the artist in her uncle’s laundromat in the suburb of Sea Point. Tretchikoff asked her to pose for him and some 15 of his pupils at his studio in the inner-city suburb of Gardens.But the young woman didn’t appreciate the significance of the opportunity because, as she said, “he wasn’t famous”. That would only happen during the 1960s and 1970s, when prints of the Chinese Girl began to appear in living rooms, restaurants and on memorabilia all over the world.There are actually two versions of the Chinese Girl – in the well-known one Sing-Lee wears a vibrant gold-coloured tunic and in the lesser-known version she wears a subdued blue top. She was paid the equivalent of $2.2 (R20) for effort.Russian author Boris Gorelik has also made the pilgrimage to visit the subject of what has been described as the world’s most reproduced artwork. Gorelik’s book Incredible Tretchikoff is scheduled for publication in 2013, and he travelled from Moscow to Johannesburg to interview Sing-Lee for the book.The Russian admits in a local newspaper article, published in mid-2011, that he was sceptical at first, but when Sing-Lee opened an album to show him photos of herself that were taken around that time, his doubts vanished.“The girl in the black-and-white snapshots from the fifties was just like the legendary image come to life,” he wrote. “Only, she smiled most of the time and didn’t have that turquoise tint to her face. The visual similarity couldn’t be clearer.”Gorelik maintains that Chinese Girl prints in top condition can bring in hundreds. However, the outrageous Tretchikoff was once widely reviled for the perceived tackiness of his paintings, which lacked subtlety and taste according to the critics, although he always insisted that he was a serious artist.But over the last two decades the art world has had a change of heart and today the pieces are highly sought-after.From Russia to South AfricaVladimir Griegorievich Tretchikoff was born in 1913 in Petropavlovsk, an industrial city in today’s Kazakhstan, into a wealthy family of landowners. He was the youngest of six boys and two girls. In 1917 Russian workers rose up against the Tsarist regime and the family fled to avoid the revolution. They settled in Harbin in Manchuria, northern China.The young Tretchikoff showed a natural artistic talent early on, and soon he was painting backdrops at the Russian opera house in that city. He later moved to Shanghai and worked there until 1934 as a cartoonist at the Shanghai Evening Post.Tretchikoff married a fellow Russian ex-pat and the couple moved to Singapore, where his career continued to develop – until the city was invaded by Japanese forces in 1941. His wife and daughter were evacuated to an unknown destination, and he was captured by the Japanese and spent the rest of the war first in a prison camp in Serang, Java, and later, on parole in Jakarta after he had proved his claim that he was an artist.After the war he was reunited with his wife and child, with the help of the Red Cross – the two had settled in South Africa and the country was to be his home from then on. He held his first solo exhibition in 1943 in the Maskew Miller art gallery, and became the darling of the local art community who liked his disdain of his critics. It wasn’t long before the US, Canada and the UK were also caught up in Tretchi-mania.But still the art critics remained unconvinced, until the late 1990s when Tretchikoff’s paintings started to fetch impressive sums at auction. Sotheby’s in South Africa raised $10 000 for the Zulu Maiden in 1999 while Fruits of Bali fetched a whopping $410 000 (R3.7-million) in Cape Town in 2008. The trend is expected to continue with Chinese Girl.Tretchikoff died in a frail care home in 2006, aged 92, after suffering a stroke a few years before. The Tretchikoff Trust was established in 2008 and keeps his legacy alive by encouraging South Africa’s youngsters to pursue their artistic dreams.last_img read more

Several Azkals without clubs after national team stint

first_imgThe Philippine Azkals were readying for a key match against Kyrgyzstan at press time. —CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/DENNIS MALLARIDUBAI—It’s not just Phil and James Younghusband whose club careers were uncertain before they joined the national team in the AFC Asian Cup here.Defensive stalwart Alvaro Silva is also playing for the Azkals without even knowing where he will continue his club career next season.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Silva, who has played in Spain, South Korea, Azerbaijan, Vietnam and most recently, Malaysia, said he remained focused on the Azkals and would decide on his future only after the team’s stint was finished here.Phil and James Younghusband are also without clubs after Davao Aguilas decided it won’t field a professional team next season. Another teammate of the Younghusband brothers at Davao, Adam Reed, is also here with the national team and came on as a sub against South Korea.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I want to focus on the team because we still need to win and reach the knockout stage,” said the 34-year-old Silva, who was set to start for coach Sven-Goran Eriksson against Kyryzstan in the Azkals’ final group C match at Rashid Stadium here.A strong physical presence with the ability to read danger before it happens, Silva is one of the primary reasons why the Azkals held South Korea for long periods, before conceding a goal in the second half in a 0-1 defeat. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Chief Justice Peralta vows to lead by example, bares 10-point program PLAY LIST 02:02Chief Justice Peralta vows to lead by example, bares 10-point program04:04‘Quiel’ now a severe tropical storm – Pagasa00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Pacquiao larger than life for Broner SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View commentslast_img read more

10 months agoAC Milan coach Gattuso: My brief is to qualify for the Champions League

first_imgAC Milan coach Gattuso: My brief is to qualify for the Champions Leagueby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan coach Rino Gattuso admits his brief is to qualify for the Champions League.Gattuso admits their midweek draw with Bologna was a setback.He said, “We could’ve strengthened our grip on fourth at Bologna but didn’t. We played like schoolboys and didn’t play.“We weren’t good technically, whereas they all sat back. I worry about the heads of my players as we’ve struggled in our last few games.“Since my first day here, the club have asked me to qualify for the Champions League. It’s difficult, but we’re fourth at the moment.“We must make as little mistakes as possible, but there’s no problem on my part. I’m not thinking about being hunted.“I’m calm and I just think about working. The exit from Europe was a blow and we all expected more at Bologna, but we must analyse the situation with clarity and only think about working to improve.“I have to keep improving the team. Everything else is just hot air for me.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoPhilippe Sandler delighted with Man City debut

first_imgPhilippe Sandler delighted with Man City debutby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePhilippe Sandler was delighted to make his debut for Manchester City in yesterday’s FA Cup win over Rotherham.The Dutch defender, who was played at centre-half, featured as a second-half substitute for the 7-0 thumping.Sandler said, “I always play there. Honestly, I have never been in the midfield. Why now? I stood there during the training session. Sending passes. Since I’ve been here, I try to develop as a central defender. “Vincent Kompany helps me enormously. I learn a lot from him. “I do not know if I will get another chance again soon. I especially want to be completely fit first.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Tis the season for doorstep stealing Shoppers vent about delivery security

first_imgTodd Bailey is fed up with delivery companies that drop his online purchases at his door.A few years ago, the Grande Prairie, Alta., resident was at the hospital for the birth of his child when a big-screen TV he had ordered was left on his front stoop.Bailey figures the enormous box, a target for would-be thieves, was there nearly 24 hours. The frequent online shopper has been repeatedly frustrated that expensive purchases have been left unattended rather than transported to a safe location like a post office.“It’s not the first time but it still surprises me when you come home and there’s a big package on your doorstep out there for everyone to see,” Bailey says.“I think the assumption is it’s being delivered to a person and not to an address. The assumption is it’s being delivered to go inside the house.”For some shoppers, having a package left at their home — especially if it’s placed in an inconspicuous spot — is preferable to trekking to a faraway depot that’s always busy.But Facebook neighbourhood groups and local news broadcasts are now frequently reporting on thieves caught on home security cameras stealing packages left outside.On Thursday, Bailey tweeted a photo to Purolator of a box left against his door. It was a Christmas gift from his mother for his seven-year-old son.“It’s almost too easy (for a thief),” he says. “It just boggles your mind.”In response to his tweet, a customer service representative for Purolator replied: “Our delivery service requires a signature however if the sender selects the signature-not-required service, and there’s no risk of it being stolen or damaged, we’ll honour it.”There are no easy answers for consumers who are victims of theft.In an email, a Purolator spokeswoman said “the receiver should notify local authorities. They can also file a claim with Purolator.”Meanwhile, Canada Post and UPS Canada both say shoppers should contact the retailer. FedEx Canada did not respond to an interview request but a page on its website invites customers to file a claim if a package is lost.Amazon.ca shoppers are told — if they read the legalese in the site’s conditions of use — that “risk of loss and title for items purchased from Amazon.ca pass to you upon our delivery to the carrier or, if such items must cross an international border, then risk of loss and title pass to you when they clear customs.”Amazon added in a statement that “the vast majority of deliveries make it to customers without issue. In the rare case something occurs, we work with customers directly to make it right.”The Seattle-based company thinks it’s solved the problem with its new Amazon Key product, which allows a customer’s door to be wirelessly unlocked to accomodate a delivery. A camera records the drop-off to protect against anything inappropriate and the door locks as soon as the delivery is complete. The service is not yet available in Canada.Canada Post spokesman Jon Hamilton agrees that package theft is still “a small issue that gets a lot of attention,” but could not provide any figures on how many complaints the organization receives.While he acknowledged it does happen, he notes the volume of parcel deliveries is at an all-time high.“What we have right now with (holiday) online shopping is we’re delivering over one million parcels a day across the country,” says Hamilton, noting the postal service hit that daily marker 60 times this year.He invites shoppers that are afraid of theft to use Canada Post’s FlexDelivery service, which allows online purchases to be directed to a post office for pickup.But some Canada Post locations have been overloaded by packages being stored for online shoppers. On Friday, there were six across the country that were jammed full and unable to accept any new deliveries.“The one part of the process we can’t control if a parcel goes to a post office is when people will pick it up. About 80 per cent of the parcels that are dropped off at a post office get picked up within three days and there’s about 20 per cent that will linger,” Hamilton says.“And at this time of year when more and more parcels are arriving every day with online shopping, that can add up.”He added that one major retailer’s recent sale on the Instant Pot wrecked havoc with Canada Post’s network, given how large the cooking devices are.“(We) were chock-a-block with Instant Pots … so you can imagine how that could eat up a lot of space in a short period of time.”Bruce Cran, president of the Consumers’ Association of Canada, says e-commerce is still in its relative infancy so it’s not surprising that there are inefficiencies in the delivery process.He also believes that on a percentage basis, the number of packages being stolen is small.“Consumers love the convenience and at the moment, I don’t think there’s an immense danger in people looking to take deliveries,” Cran said.“I don’t get the impression at the moment that it’s anywhere near the quantity that would prevent us from utilizing these services. We value being able to order on Thursday night and maybe get it on Friday morning.”last_img read more