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  •  In Ontario, Canada mandatory Sunday closings (3+ / 0-)
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    Translator, mama jo, arizonablue

    persisted until the 1980s.  Restaurants, gas stations and corner stores, and any kind of entertainment facility opened on Sunday but all other retail establishments were not allowed to open.  It seemed very normal at the time but is unimaginable in our world of 24 hour access.  Banks were only open 6 hours a day, five days a week and if you wanted cash you had to physically go to the bank.

    Back in the 1950s Ontario was a pretty religious place but the time I was in my teens in the 1970s it was a much more cosmopolitan place.  My memory is that the pressure for allowing Sunday shopping was resisted by unions. I do kind of miss the idea of a time in the week when the pace of modern life slows down a bit.

    "We are normal and we want our freedom" - Bonzos

    by matching mole on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 06:55:18 PM PST

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      arizonablue

      Yes, simpler days but not necessarily better ones, just different.

      You make an interesting observation about banks, which are almost devoid of real people now with the rise of the evil ATM.  I like going to the bank, and talking with the people there.  I would much rather cash a check or make a deposit with real people helping me than a damned machine!  I must sound like Dr. McCoy from Star Trek, "Dammit, Jim, the machines are just not human!"

      I do agree with you that a slowdown for individuals is important, but it is not possible for that slowdown to be coordinated with a single day of the week any more.

      Warmest regards,

      Doc

      I would rather die from the acute effects of a broken heart than from the chronic effects of an empty heart. Copyright, Dr. David W. Smith, 2011

      by Translator on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 07:03:31 PM PST

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