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Union welcomes Montreal hearings on elimination of home mail delivery by Canada Post

MONTREAL, Jan. 19, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ – The City of Montreal’s public hearings about the consequences of the elimination of door-to-door delivery are being applauded by postal workers, who have been calling for broader community consultations since Canada Post first announced its cuts.

"Canada Post executives certainly did not consult adequately with Canadians prior to cutting their services," said Denis Lemelin, National President of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, who will be presenting the union’s brief on Tuesday, January 20th.

Alain Duguay, president of CUPW’s Montreal Local will also be presenting on the following evening, Wednesday the 21st.

"We hope these hearings about the impact on the public, especially seniors and people with reduced mobility, will persuade Canada Post to reconsider this disastrous plan," said Duguay.


Safe stolen from Bonshaw PEI post office

BONSHAW – Queens County RCMP are investigating a break and enter and theft at the Bonshaw Canada Post Office.

Some of the items stolen include a large floor safe and its contents, cash, postage stamps and Canadian and U.S. money orders.

It is believed the theft happened sometime between Jan. 10 at 1 p.m. and Jan. 12 at 9:40 a.m.

via Safe stolen from Bonshaw post office – Local – The Journal Pioneer.


Canada Post carrier hurt badly in hit-and-run

A Canada Post worker who says he was run over and left in a pool of blood is recovering in hospital.

Greg Mady suffered a broken knee and three compound fractures in his right leg and one in his left.

Mady said he was working his regular postal route near 127th Avenue and 125th Street in north Edmonton Thursday when he stepped out of his postal truck to make deliveries and was hit by a vehicle he never saw.

He woke up on the ground not able to feel his legs, with crowd of people standing around him, his blood frozen to the pavement.

“I just woke up on the street,” he said. “I got moved to the hospital. Everything is kind of a blur.”

He doesn’t remember the vehicle hitting him, but he was told the the driver left the scene.

Read more: Postie hurt badly in hit-and-run – Edmonton – CBC News.


“Secure” Canada Post community mailboxes breached

BRANDON — A community mailbox was pried open by vandals this week, leaving residents not only inconvenienced but concerned about protecting personal information.

The multi-unit mailboxes are currently being installed throughout Manitoba, replacing postal home delivery. They were initially promoted as being secure from theft.

Officers found Wednesday one group of Brandon boxes had been broken into, while the culprits were unsuccessful in their attempt to force open a second block of boxes.Police say they don’t know if anything was stolen from the mailboxes, located near Cornell Bay.

Read more: Community mailboxes breached – Winnipeg Free Press.


Video: Canada Post Holiday stamps unveiled

Canada Post has unveiled its holiday stamps for the 2014 season and gives us some tips for sending holiday parcels.

Read more: Holiday stamps unveiled | Watch News Videos Online.


Good luck getting your mail from these boxes!

From in North Bay, Ontario:

Found this photo interesting.

It was submitted by Keith Bradford, who is the President of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, Local 576, North Bay.

It shows what Bradford says are active mailboxes blocked by blasting mats.

They were put there temporarily while construction on Ferguson is ongoing.

“I am sure you can appreciate the issues here,” explains Bradford, “which are not just security of the mail, but the public’s health and safety in retrieving their mail, and Canada Post’s obligation to deliver that mail on a daily, and I would say safe manner. This is certainly not meeting either expectation which is clearly laid out in the postal charter.

Read more: Good luck getting your mail from these boxes!.


Canadian firms stamped out of Canada Post community mailbox contract

From the Winnipeg Free Press:

OTTAWA — First, Canada Post announced it was cutting door-to-door service, prompting fierce criticism in defence of the rights of the elderly, infirm and others. Now, it has turned to an American company to supply the new community mailboxes to replace door-to-door mail delivery over the next five years.

The Free Press has learned the Crown corporation chose the same cluster boxes used by the United States Postal Service for at least the first wave of cluster-box installations in 11 cities this fall.

A Kansas company has won the contract for Canada Post’s community mailboxes.

The boxes are only licensed to be manufactured by three American companies. Canadian companies were not even invited to bid on the contract.

Canada Post awarded the contract to Florence Manufacturing in Manhattan, Kan. Canada Post will not say how much it is spending, how many boxes it is ordering from Florence or how long the contract is set to last.

Read more: Canadian firms stamped out – Winnipeg Free Press.


Video: No mail delivery? Get a ferret!

Canadian satirist Rick Mercer demonstrates one possible answer to Canada Post’s move to end home mail delivery

Read more: RMR: The Mailbox Ferret – YouTube.


Video: Canada Post ends home delivery for thousands

Canada Post stopped home delivery to 74,000 addresses in 10 communities across the country on Monday, part of the Crown corporation’s move to end all urban door-to-door mail service to five million Canadians in five years.

People in the affected areas will have to get mail from their local community mailbox.

Canada Post says it is phasing out home delivery, and cutting thousands of jobs, owing to financial losses stemming from falling mail volume and increasing use of digital communication. The corporation says Canadians mailed almost 1.2 billion fewer pieces of mail in 2013 than they did in 2006.

Read more: Canada Post ends home delivery for thousands – CBC News – Latest Canada, World, Entertainment and Business News.


Customer says Canada Post took 4 days to close unlocked mailbox

A Delta man is raising security concerns after a community mailbox was left unlocked and wasn’t fixed for four days.

Resident Roger Meyer said he noticed his mailbox unit was wide open at around 3 p.m. Friday, and even though he immediately contacted Canada Post, it took until Tuesday morning for the mailbox to be closed.

Meyer said when he first called, a Canada Post representative told him the issue was a “high priority” and would be fixed within four hours, but he woke up the next morning to see the mailbox door still ajar.

“I phone back and asked, ‘Would it be okay if I put the mail in a box to keep it safe?’ And I was told ‘No, that would be tampering,’” Meyer said. “I thought, ‘Yeah, I guess it is. I’d better leave it to be tampered with by vandals and bad guys.’”

Read more: Delta man claims Canada Post took 4 days to close unlocked mailbox | CTV Vancouver News.