Head Of Canadian Post Offices Says Satirical Top 10 List Is Libel

from the oh-please dept

Rob Hyndman writes in to let us know about yet another person trying to use libel laws to get content taken down that isn’t libelous at all. Apparently, the head of the Canadian postal service, Moya Greene, got upset at a satirical blog post on the blog of the postal workers’ union making fun of Greene for joining the board of directors of Tim Hortons, the well-known doughnut shop. The union blog post put together a mildly amusing “Top 10” list of reasons why Greene had joined the board, including such things as “So she (or her driver) doesn?t have to get in line to get her morning coffee.” Har har. So, it’s not all that funny. But, it’s difficult to see how it’s libel. And, of course, by invoking The Streisand Effect, it seems like all Greene has done is suggest that she doesn’t have much of a sense of humor.

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Cynic says:

So let’s analyze this. She wins the lawsuit and maybe or maybe not gets enough to make it all worth while. But win or lose the next time she goes for a job or appointment, might it seem to the person or persons making the decision: “no sense of humor, poor public relations skills and possible distraction from duties of the next job if she gets involved in another law suit…hmmmmm…”?

General Streisand says:

Sad day for Canadian Culture

Tim Hortons? No way! This is sad! I used to make conversation all the time with call centers based in Canada. Conversations circled around Canadian Culture, including topics about Tim Horton’s.

So calling a nameless outsourced call center 100 times a month… Chatting about Canadian culture was the best part of the day. It was either Tim Horton’s or the joke about “Going on top of the roof to drink a Molson”.

Thankfully, Molson now has a US interest, so there’s still something to make smalltalk with outsourced Canadian call centers about.


Joe Smith says:


For those not in the know, Tim Hortons, affectionately known as Timmy’s, is the largest fast food chain in Canada with enormous amounts of goodwill from the general public. It is iconic in a way that Starbucks can only dream about.

On the other hand the post office, its workers and its management, while it is better now, went through decades of being despised (partly for a one hundred year history of completely dysfunctional labor relations.)

The Union and the management should recognize that the general public would see appointment to the board of Tim Hortons as a mark of success and respect.

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