Originally Posted by Ola_
One of our provinces, Nova Scotia, used to have everything closed on Sundays by law. We were quite surprised on our trip a couple of years ago to find that - it was our last day there and we hoped to do a little shopping and get souvenirs. Doh!
I hear that they changed this since then though - not sure if all the retailers are open now that they're allowed to be?
Yes, it changed about 2 years ago now; but since the old law was struck off they haven't passed a new one, so the only mandated holiday is Remembrance Day, since it is a federal law! The change was really controversial among retail workers though.
I think everyone deserves a regular day off that they can predict. There used to be a law here 100 years ago that restricted evening opening. It was designed to ensure that shop clerks got time off.
I don't think that mandated closing on a one-day-a week basis makes much sense now, in most places. We have more religious diversity and more two income families. But I think the issues that are being brought up in this thread are still important, and so perhaps we need to find other ways to address them.
How do we make sure people have time to spend with their families, when everyone can be together? How do we make sure that small businesses can operate competitively (do we even think that is important or do we like Wal-mart?) How can we make it so workers have regular time off to schedule classes, or hobbies? How can we make sure that people get time off to worship according to their religion?
To say that people can just get a job that doesn't operate on their holy day seems a bit naive to me; there are reasons so many Orthodox Jews run their own business or work in an Orthodox run business and time off is one of them.
I also think that the issue of consumerism and instant gratification is one we need to think about. How often do our wants become needs? We have started to have a very fast paced society, and I don't think it always serves us well.