Sunday, February 23, 2014


The Canadian Government betrayed the citizens of Canada when it sold out the national postal service to Canada Post.
When I was a kid, we had two postal deliveries at home, Monday to Friday, and one delivery on Saturday morning. Stamps cost three or four cents.
Now we get one delivery a day, weekdays, and none on Saturdays, and the price of stamps keeps going up. More and more cost for less and less service. That's Canada Post. And the Government of Canada just shrugs its conservative shoulders because it doesn't give a damn about the Canadian people - except on election day.
Profit for the already ultra-rich comes before the needs of common folks. 
Profit comes before the needs of the elderly and the handicapped. 
Profit comes before the needs of the postal workers.
In fact, "Canada Post" serves the interests of Big Bucks and not the needs of the Canadian people.
So, what are we going to do about it?
Phyllis Carter

Canada Post says it will replace home delivery with community mailboxes

Vancouverites speak out against Canada Post's end of home mail delivery

The postal service says it is tackling a projected $1B dollar deficit, and will be installing new community mailboxes to replace home delivery over the next five years in a bid to cut costs.

On Saturday, NDP MPs Libby Davies and Don Davies hosted a town hall meeting in East Vancouver for people to share their concerns with the plan.

Daisy Phillips, one of around 100 local residents who attended, said she was worried new community mailboxes will be too difficult for her to access.

"I have a heart condition and everything, and pacemaker, I can't be travelling all over. I have a hard enough time already getting around."

Others at the forum said Canada Post should innovate and find ways to grow its business instead of cutting back on services.  

Canada Post is phasing out door-to-door delivery of regular mail to urban residents and increasing the cost of stamps in a major move to try to reduce significant, regular losses. The Crown corporation announced its plans in a news release on Dec. 11, saying urban home delivery will be phased out over the next five years. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)

MP for Vancouver Kingsway Don Davies said an overwhelming majority of residents he encountered feel the same — and have questions about accessibility in addition to concerns over mailbox break-ins.

"I would say 90 per cent of the people I hear from are extremely concerned about ending of this service from a number of perspectives," Davies said.

Vancouver City Coun. Geoff Meggs said municipal governments like his are also concerned about finding sidewalk and parking space to accommodate super-boxes in urban areas.

"We started from the urban planning standpoint and asked ourselves how neighbourhoods that were built when when home delivery was taken for granted would somehow be retrofitted for huge community mailboxes where parking is already an issue, [and] where traffic would be generated," he said.

CBC News Posted: Feb 23, 2014

With files from the CBC's Bal Brach

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1 comment:

Phyllis Carter said...

Has anyone considered the elderly, the sick and the handicapped? Just picture us dragging ourselves on our canes, walkers and wheelchairs through snow and sleet to pick up our telephone bills, letters from our grandchildren, tax forms. Does anyone in this conservative government give a damn about us?