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must link:

Nova Scotia finally allows Sunday Shopping

(via Spacemonkeypants)

Posted bythemikestand at 4:15 PM  

21 stepped up to the mike:

FrozenExtremities said... 4:38 PM, October 04, 2006  

Man I'm glad I don't work retail anymore....

SRH said... 5:35 PM, October 04, 2006  

Sweet Googly Moogly! I thought that Alabama was in the dark ages for non-grocery store retail closing at 6. Wow.

Christine said... 7:22 PM, October 04, 2006  

but nova scotia was SUPPOSED TO BE quaint!

canadian sadie said... 7:31 PM, October 04, 2006  

I used to like you.

If I see you in my store on Sunday? I'm going to start spamming. Take this as your final warning. :)

themikestand said... 7:54 PM, October 04, 2006  

frozen: The laws are coming which will protect workers from being forced to work Sundays. Also, highschoolers and university kids (especially those from Ontario, the majority of kids in Uni in NS) will rejoice at the news of this. Mark my words.

Sadie: If I walk by your storefront (which may happen daily, since I don't know where your store is or what it sells) and it's not open on a Sunday, I promise not to judge. Seriously. Are you feeling compelled to open just because it's "legal" to do so and your competitors (whoever they are) might/will?

chrstine: yeah, there's a fine line between 'quaint' and 'debilitating'. Sure, we can buy a Butterball turkey at 4AM on a Tuesday, but not on a Sunday. Pishaw.

SRH: We're now enlightened. Or, as the Alabamans might say, "enlightamacated".

FrozenExtremities said... 9:07 PM, October 04, 2006  

Oh, I know, but I was management, we shared sucky shifts.
Anyway, not my issue anymore. I never shopped on Sundays much to begin with, and I figure shopping Sunday will be like shopping on Saturday, which I don't do either.
Now if the NSLC opens, that'll be another story... ;)

stolidmortified said... 6:26 AM, October 05, 2006  

Wait. I'll be over on a Sunday. Excellent. Do you have Urban Outfitters in HFX?
There had better be a special edition entry covering my visit.

Anonymous said... 12:18 PM, October 05, 2006  

So I followed the link...it says we are now able to open on HOLIDAYS too? what? does that mean people will be opening shop on Christmas? Boxing Day? that's just heartless. and dont give me that bologna about "laws to protect the employee". BOLOGNA!
if an employee is asked to work sundays or HOLIDAYS and continues to say no...I'm sure there will repercussions..."you are always unavailable when asked to work extra shifts...blah blah blah"

sween said... 12:47 PM, October 05, 2006  

And somehow, the rest of the country managed not to disintegrate into a flaming ball of immorality and discrimination when every other province started Sunday shopping.

But, of course, NS will be the exception. Employees will be discriminated against... indiscriminately! Families will drift apart! Churches will close! Locusts! Rain of toads! Run away! Run away! AAAAAAaaaaaaaa.....

Dustin said... 6:30 PM, October 05, 2006  

WHAT!?!?!? Canada isn't protecting the sabbath!!?!? Somewhere baby Jesus is crying and telling the pope to ex-communicate everything north of Michigan.

P.S. Is Earthcore any good?

themikestand said... 8:08 PM, October 05, 2006  

Dustin: Never assume that Nova Scotia speaks for "Canada".

And Earthcore is very good, though TLW wasn't excited about the ending. I liked it :)

Mrs. Flinger said... 4:15 AM, October 06, 2006  

That's it! I can now officially move!! I always new I'd live in NS one day...

Anonymous said... 11:23 AM, October 06, 2006  

what happened to democracy? I believe there was a vote in NS for this...with the majority being No.

interesting that "they" can just overturn that.

what was the point in asking the public, if their opinion is swept under the rug?

Anonymous said... 11:28 AM, October 06, 2006  

Sween: Perhaps families wont be torn apart by this new shopping law but those who have to work it, and believe me there are those who feel they HAVE to work it, may miss out on family time. I'm not completely against the idea of sunday shopping - holidays I'm not so big on. Plus like someone else pointed out Nova Scotians said they didnt want it.

themikestand said... 11:39 AM, October 06, 2006  

Anonymous #1: There was a vote. It is a democracy. However, when you vote on something and then the government tries to illegally implement subsequent regulations to cover up their past gaffs, they're going to get taken to task (and to court) on it.

If the "plebiscite" had been carried out in a provincial election (rather than the municipal election), I believe the results would have been different. Plus, 51% or 53% to me barely identifies as a majority on such a public issue. But that's my opinion. I trust you'll accept that I'm entitled to mine, just as I accept you're entitled to yours.

Anonymous #2: Society will adjust, and adapt. Nova Scotians are a strong, stubborn breed.

Anonymous #1 said... 1:28 PM, October 06, 2006  

okay so wait. if the public voted, and said no..shouldnt the court..after taking away the governments right to add those subsequent regulations to cover up their past gaffs...put things back to the results of the public vote? I'm just trying to stick up for the "people".
and regardless of whether or not YOU think 51 or 53% is a majority..the fact remains that 51 or 53 beats out 49 or 47!

but you are entitled to your opinion :)

themikestand said... 1:37 PM, October 06, 2006  

Anonymous #1: The courts can't order a public vote. The government -can-. But won't. Frankly, this was handled so badly (the whole "Pete's Frootique vs. Big Grocery" shmozzle) that it's apparent the government wanted to lose the court challenge so they could claim to their electorate that they "did all they could".

I spoke too soon when I claimed I had a different opinion of what a majority was. While I do believe the ballot was poorly structured and the vehicle badly organized (re; the municipal election skewing the results in favour of the "no" side), the rules indicated that 50%+1 would be a majority, not open to discussion.

I take issue with the fact that people claim "Nova Scotians" don't want Sunday shopping. Actually, just under half do, according to the official plebiscite -- not according to current polls.

And the court didn't take away the government's right to make regs regarding that particular Act; the government learned that it had made mistakes in the past (in granting exceptions) and couldn't seal their own loophole. The government could have enacted new, tighter legislation and put it through the legislature; they chose not to do that.

themikestand said... 1:38 PM, October 06, 2006  
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Anonymous said... 5:11 PM, October 06, 2006  

hhmmm...you're a pretty smart fella.

i just thought since ns already voted a no, the court could say 'respect the vote' or something like that.

I dont mean to put all nova scotians into the category of not wanting sunday shopping...just meant the vote of nova scotia as a whole came up with a 'majority' of no.

Anonymous said... 10:33 AM, October 07, 2006  

Thanks to Mr. Frootique for paving the way through this debacle. Now I no longer have to drive to Bedford to pay $7 for a pineapple because now I can get it at my local Supermarket! Gosh! I hope it doesn't hurt his business, much.
Oh wait!!! both my Dh and I need to find Day care and work out transportation next Sunday because we now work on our day off!
Thanks Pete!

Anonymous said... 11:31 AM, October 11, 2006  

Ohhhh. No more Saturday night shopping? I wonder why?
Pretty telling really. Perhaps the sales traffic can't be sustained for 7 day a week shopping ?

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