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Flights continue despite Air Canada strikeAir Canada is faced with its first major strike in nearly 13 years after the country’s largest carrier failed to reach a new labour pact with 3,800 of its sales and service agents by their strike deadline midnight Monday.However, there were few lineups, delays, or cancellations at Pearson International in Toronto Tuesday morning as managers filled in for the striking workers.Online and self-serve check-in also spiked Tuesday as customers heeded warnings that there may be long lineups at airports.But overall lineups remained fluid through the busy morning rush despite a large and vocal group of picketers, said Peter Fitzpatrick, Air Canada spokesman.Photo: Air Canada customer service agents protest outside of Terminal 1 at Toronto Pearson International Airport on June 14, 2011. (Matthew Sherwood for National Post)

Flights continue despite Air Canada strike
Air Canada is faced with its first major strike in nearly 13 years after the country’s largest carrier failed to reach a new labour pact with 3,800 of its sales and service agents by their strike deadline midnight Monday.

However, there were few lineups, delays, or cancellations at Pearson International in Toronto Tuesday morning as managers filled in for the striking workers.

Online and self-serve check-in also spiked Tuesday as customers heeded warnings that there may be long lineups at airports.

But overall lineups remained fluid through the busy morning rush despite a large and vocal group of picketers, said Peter Fitzpatrick, Air Canada spokesman.

Photo: Air Canada customer service agents protest outside of Terminal 1 at Toronto Pearson International Airport on June 14, 2011. (Matthew Sherwood for National Post)

Canada Post Strike: Will we even notice?“Every possible need for sending or receiving anything at the moment can be met online, except for physical items,” said Dan Zen, professor of interactive multimedia at Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning. “It is to the point now that I have no idea how much stamps cost. I never go to the post office. I never mail anything.”Electronic substitution, the digitizing and sending of information — letters, cards and invitations; music, movies and photographs; banking, catalogues and advertisements — through a computer, has destroyed the importance of the post office.“Consumers have, by and large, deserted them. Who the hell writes letters today? We do email and texting,” said Ian Lee, a professor at Carleton University’s Sprott School of Business whose PhD thesis was on the postal service.“They are a physical company in a world that is increasingly virtual and electronic. They are competing against a technology that they cannot beat. The post office goes on strike, it is expensive, it’s slow. So it has all the disadvantages but no real advantages in a digital world.“We are witnessing the long-term decline and eventual death of the post office.”

Canada Post Strike: Will we even notice?
“Every possible need for sending or receiving anything at the moment can be met online, except for physical items,” said Dan Zen, professor of interactive multimedia at Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning. “It is to the point now that I have no idea how much stamps cost. I never go to the post office. I never mail anything.”

Electronic substitution, the digitizing and sending of information — letters, cards and invitations; music, movies and photographs; banking, catalogues and advertisements — through a computer, has destroyed the importance of the post office.

“Consumers have, by and large, deserted them. Who the hell writes letters today? We do email and texting,” said Ian Lee, a professor at Carleton University’s Sprott School of Business whose PhD thesis was on the postal service.

“They are a physical company in a world that is increasingly virtual and electronic. They are competing against a technology that they cannot beat. The post office goes on strike, it is expensive, it’s slow. So it has all the disadvantages but no real advantages in a digital world.

“We are witnessing the long-term decline and eventual death of the post office.”