The Vancouver Scrum

On the move!

Agh! You’re still here? My new site and weblog, is now up and running; new posts are building up over there, never to be mirrored here. Go! What are you waiting for? All the stuff worth keeping has been migrated over to the new server, and I don’t anticipate making any more posts here.

Bloggers and webmasters: Update your links! Simply replace with in your blogrolls or bookmarks to point to the new site. Old posts will remain on this server for as long as the people at Blogger/Google allow them to remain; unfortunately, I’m not going to bother to come up with any way of converting permalinks on this blog to their corresponding posts on the new site. Yes, I plead laziness. I also realize the irony of switching away from Blogger just it starts to add features that the demanding blog nerds insist upon.

Thanks for reading and linking, and see you over at!

—Ian King, December 13, 2004

Wednesday, August 07, 2002

Chapter 11 goes postal

Canada Post is being sued by UPS for delivering the mail. Here's the question, then: could Canada Post sue the U.S. Postal Service under NAFTA chapter 11? After all, they're a monopoly, and are directly taxpayer-subsidized. Unlike Canada Post, which at least breaks even since it was spun off from the government, the U.S. Postal Service has to go begging to Congress every year for a handout.

Here's the Council of Canadians' take on the issue, albeit from an ardently anti-free-trade group. I'll see if I can find some dope on this from UPS, I'll put it up here later.

Meanwhile, Geoff Olson's column above mentions that the press in this town is more interested in reporting on FedEx suing a mail-order ferret retailer known as "Ferret Express." With all due respect to the big delivery companies, your names may be similar, but your businesses are quite different. The name "Apple" is used by a record label, a computer company, and an auto glass repair shop, and they all seem to co-exist nicely.

Addendum: The website for Ferret Express is apparently no more. I guess that they've caved in to pressure from the courier giant. Here's the story as reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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