TORONTO, Ont., May 10, 2010 – Toronto City Council will likely vote Wednesday on a proposal to allow retailers to remain open 365 days a year, including Christmas Day, New Year’s, Good Friday, and other statutory holidays. While it’s impossible to predict how many would avail themselves of this choice, the move to end the very few common holidays still permitted to retail employees should be opposed. We have already seen how Sunday shopping moved from a limited option to an almost universal practice, disrupting religious and family time, creating traffic problems and in practice giving little choice to employees and businesses. If you live in the Toronto area, please express your concerns to your local councilor and to the mayor.

Letter from His Grace Archbishop Collins about the holiday shopping proposal

Bah, humbug: Toronto looks at eliminating Christmas, New Years for retailers, LifeSite News, May 10, 2010

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