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« on: June 30, 2016 07:12:18 PM »

I was just informed about this...
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/possible-canada-post-stoppage-this-weekend-prompts-warnings/article30699210/
 
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« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2016 10:47:35 AM »

Tomorrow is the day we find out whether there is a strike, hopefully there is a last minute resolution.  We'll have to figure out options for any Canadian swappers and their partners then, historically strikes haven't gone longer than a month but its always difficult to guess.
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« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2016 06:30:51 AM »

Neither the union or Canada Post filed the papers for the notice by the deadline - still up in the air.  There are alternative options - UPS, Fed Ex, DHL, and there are smaller shipping companies too.  Roving Anarchist pointed out one to me - ChitChat Express, that I may look into for US shipping from now on, even if there is no strike because it is a more economical option.
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« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2016 09:28:02 AM »

So helpful! thanks onyxnox. I am preparing to send to Canada now and wasn't sure of the best route. I will look into some alternative just in case.
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« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2016 12:56:25 PM »

I've not heard of chitchat which may be an urban eastern company, depending on where you are sending most of the larger towns/cities have all the other couriers.  I use Puralator, DHL and Loomis - there is no UPS or FedEx office in my town but I believe they may have agreements with some of the others.
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« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2016 07:18:32 AM »

From what I can see, they are a small company primarily in a couple of locations in BC, Alberta <?>, and more in Southern Ontario.  Looks like they take the packages, cross the border and use USPS.

I will give them a try when I finish making my junk journal.  Roving Anarchist has used it and she said she uses it because her bosses wife does a lot of shipping with it.  If it works out for me, I may do some more of the larger swaps again.  I hated that a few times I used Canada Post and the shipping was more than the package was worth because of the weight or volume.
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« Reply #6 on: July 05, 2016 02:10:06 AM »

Dang - the union issued the 72 hour notice to strike yesterday afternoon - that means they can start striking Friday I think...
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« Reply #7 on: July 05, 2016 06:16:48 AM »

Grrrr!

I'm really ticked off by this. Chit Chat will rescue my outgoing mail, but it still screws up swapping because my partner can't get anything to me.

Then again, if the strike goes on for a while and incoming packages pile up, it'll be like Christmas when everything does arrive. There's something kind of attractive about that idea.  Smiley

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