What about the “negatives” regarding 24/7 shopping? Who will be shopping at 3 a.m. at your nearest grocery store?
In addition to a very small handful of shift workers, stores increasingly will have to deal with inebriated and high people, as well as a good number of shoplifters.
Incidents such as these may require store security, and police presence would probably need to be beefed up throughout the city. This will be a significant burden upon the police services budget.
What about our bus service in this city? Sunday is arguably the biggest retail day of the week, and yet the bus service on this day is quite substandard, to say the least.
How is a single mom working two low-paying jobs supposed to get across town to go to work if there is not better service on Sundays, let alone late on a weeknight?
I wonder if anyone is in favour of increasing property taxes to help our police force and to dramatically improve Sudbury’s bus service?
And yet, if I think it is such a terrible inconvenience not to be able to shop at 4 a.m. on a Tuesday, shouldn’t I be willing to “man up” and pay more in taxes so those less fortunate can work low-paying jobs at all hours of the night?
Most grocery stores are open 80 to 90 hours a week. Isn’t this sufficient?
What about all the alleged business we are losing to North Bay on Boxing Day? No. 1: It is not clear that Boxing Day really represents that much business. No. 2: Is consumerism in society so important that there never can be any days off throughout the year? No. 3: Even from a purely economic standpoint, 24/7 shopping is of minimal to no significance.
I wonder sometimes if city hall stresses this minor issue so much to distract people from real issues: new infrastructure spending (i.e. Maley Drive extension, widening major road arteries), overly inflated municipal salaries, major bus service expansion, etc.
Sudbury is quite well diversified now economically. We have the potential to create a world-class small city, and instead we are spending all this time and energy on a very minor issue.
It is rather like deciding what colour to paint one’s kitchen whilst the house is burning down. Some major new road projects in Greater Sudbury would be extremely expensive.
But perhaps such expenditures would be well worth it. Wouldn’t we all benefit from such a vision? The debate over 24/7 shopping is a joke in comparison.