After repeated denials from the Conservative government that their service cuts and rate hikes at Canada Post have anything to do with privatization, we now know the opposite to be true. An access to information request by Blacklock’s Reporter reveals that the Prime Minister’s Office conducted a secret study into privatization only months before Canada Post announced their five-point plan to cut services, jobs and increase prices. It would appear the government has deliberately misled the public.
The Canadian Union of Postal Workers has released a preliminary list of where community mailboxes will be installed in Winnipeg this summer and fall.
Two parts of northwest Winnipeg, specifically homes whose postal codes start with R2P and R2V will be among the first in the country to switch from door-to-door deliver to community mailboxes in the fall.
Ben Zorn, the CUPW’s local president in Winnipeg, said the union received the addresses as part of a much larger document, and they worked to extract the points.
“This is the information that Canada Post has provided to the union for the purposes of identifying letter carrier routes so presumably these would be the places,” he said. “What we see the most is that particularly in the older grid neighbourhoods is that they are on side streets along the sides of people’s properties.”
OTTAWA, June 4, 2014 /CNW/ – A study of banks and payday lending companies in the United States and Canada shows a real need for a postal bank exists, especially in areas where post offices abound but few banks offer their services. The paper, presented at the 22nd Rutgers University Conference on Postal and Delivery Economics, argues that restoring postal banking in the 21st century would help support post offices while offering much-needed financial services and jobs. Read More
Please note that there will be no mail delivery in Moncton today (Thursday, June 5). Corporate post offices in downtown Moncton and Riverview will be closed for the day as will the postal oulets in the following locations:
Jean Coutu (404, St. George St., Moncton)
Shoppers Drug Mart (1633 Mountain Rd, Moncton)
Jean Coutu location (438 Coverdale St., Riverview)
Cities across the country have launched an effort to preserve door-to-door mail delivery, even as the first cuts loom this fall.
Canada Post announced last December it would begin phasing out door-to-door delivery for the one-third of Canadian homes that still have the service, replacing it with community mailboxes. Since then, over 70 municipalities have joined together in opposing the measure, which Canada Post says would save $500-million per year.
OTTAWA – Canada Post’s plan to cut door-to-door delivery is getting the thumbs down from most Canadians, a new poll has found.
60% of respondents to a Stratcom survey* oppose Canada Post’s plan to replace door-to-door delivery with delivery to a community mailbox.
‘The public outcry began the moment these cuts were announced by Canada Post and approved by the Conservatives,’ said Denis Lemelin, National President of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers. ”Lawn signs are going up all across the country. People are organizing. Municipalities are taking action.’
To date, 61 municipalities – close to 30% of the population –have passed resolutions or sent letters in support of door-to-door delivery or opposing the cuts. **
In addition, 6 municipal bodies or organizations have voiced concerns, including the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Big City Mayors’ Caucus, representing 22 of the largest cities in Canada and 65% of the country’s population.
‘It’s time for the Conservatives to start listening to people or face the consequences in the upcoming election,’ said Lemelin, noting that the Conservatives won the 2011 election with just 39.6 % of the popular vote.
A Winnipeg city councillor says Canada Post’s plans for its new community mail box program is fraught with problems and unworkable for seniors and those with disabilities.
Coun. Ross Eadie said Canada Post appears prepared to erect the mail boxes on almost every block across a wide swath of north Winnipeg, north of Inkster Boulevard from the Red River to the CPR Arborg rail line.
“This won’t work,” Eadie said. “People won’t be able to get to them, it’s going to cause parking and litter problems and eventually the city will be expected to fix the problems this creates.”
The community mailbox program is Canada Post’s alternative to home delivery. The Crown agency announced in December it will phase out home delivery of mail over a five-year period and replace it with community mailboxes, similar to those that exist in new suburbs.