LETTER: Six days for shopping is enough 0
Sunday shopping is a negative for Manitobans' health.
If shopping is eliminated from people's schedule for one day of the week, it forces the populace to do things which are beneficial for them.
Whether the time is spent resting, reading, leisure activities, spending time with friends and family, going to church or enjoying the outdoors, all of these benefit people by creating a balanced life.
This equates to less sickness, less psychological problems and less dysfunctional families, which ultimately results in less drain on our infrastructure.
A seventh day of shopping in the week will cause Sunday to be filled with the hustle and bustle of the other six days and cause people to focus on things they will eventually regret spending too much time on, such as money or work.
If a business is open seven days a week, employees may have to work it whether they want to or not. It is conceivable they could ask for Sundays off, however they have the very real risk of being displaced by someone who will work instead of them.
It will create a very unhealthy work-life environment.
Having come from a province which went to seven-day-a-week shopping over 20 years ago, I've seen the impact that it makes.
It is detrimental to society. It gives people the mindset that they're "too busy" for the people of their community.
God gave a day of rest to His nation and, ironically, they prospered because they had it. Canada experienced the greatest growth in its history while honouring a day of rest.
If it isn't broken, don't fix it! People are more valuable than money, and that is why six days of shopping are enough.