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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Canadian postal workers condemn “vultures circling” over end of home mail delivery

cupw_logoOTTAWA, Oct. 6, 2014 /CNW/ – The union representing postal workers strongly condemns a move by the private company "You Have Mail," accusing it of exploiting the recent Canada Post decision to end door-to-door delivery for over five million Canadian households by offering to pick up mail and deliver it to the door – for a fee, of course.

"The Harper government is trying to kill Canada’s postal service and the vultures are circling," said Denis Lemelin, National President of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.

"Canada Post is mandated to be financially self-sufficient and has been so for most of the past two decades. In fact, last quarter, it reported a profit. So why should Canadians have to pay $20 or $30 or $60 to have their mail delivered to the door?"

The union has been pushing for expanded services such as postal banking to address the decline in traditional mail.

"Privatization is not the solution," said Lemelin. "Mail delivery must remain a public service, not a for-profit business."

Read more: Canadian Union of Postal Workers | CUPW Condemns "Vultures Circling" Over End of Home Mail Delivery.

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You Have Mail a for-profit alternative to Canada Post home delivery

A new privately owned company called You Have Mail is preparing to fill the niche of home delivery once Canada Post stops delivering mail to individual homes.

“Continue to receive your mail at home,” promises the website of the Canadian upstart. "We know that with busy schedules, retrieving mail is the last thing you want to worry about, and we can help."

The company will start its service on Oct. 20 — the same day several urban communities start losing door delivery, as per Canada Post’s five-year transition plan.

With You Have Mail, you can pay $20 to have mail delivered twice a week (Monday and Wednesday), or $30 for three deliveries per week.

Read more: You Have Mail a for-profit alternative to Canada Post home delivery – Montreal – CBC News.

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Best excuse for not delivering a package: “Bear at Door”

A Vancouver area man recently found an attempted delivery notice in his mailbox that gave an interesting reason for the failed delivery:

M Fane on Twitter: "Ok, fair enough @canadapostcorp that’s a decent reason to not drop the package off at my door. http://t.co/ykAldpWpEP".

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Canada Post honors Canadian comedians with stamp series

403949145OTTAWA (Ont.) – Today Canada Post is honouring Great Canadian Comedians by issuing a series of stamps featuring them and some of their most memorable roles. The stamps honour the work of Jim Carrey, Olivier Guimond, Mike Myers, Catherine O’Hara and Martin Short, all chosen for their talent in entertaining and making us laugh.

“Canada is the birthplace of some of the world’s most successful comedians and our series is about some of the many Canadian comedians who keep us laughing,” says Jim Phillips, Director of Stamp Services at Canada Post.

  • Jim Carrey: Born in Newmarket (Ontario), Carrey was a natural entertainer, giving his first stand-up performance at the age of 14. It wasn’t long after Carrey became a staple on Toronto’s comedy circuit. He then moved to Los Angeles where he appeared on An Evening at the Improv and The Tonight Show and as a regular on the sketch comedy series In Living Color. Carrey then starred in some of the most successful movies of all time, including Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Mask, Dumb and Dumber, Liar, Liar, The Truman Show, Bruce Almighty and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
  • Olivier Guimond: Rising to fame on Quebec’s burlesque scene, Guimond continued to shine at the Théâtre National, the Théâtre des Variétés, the Théâtre Odéon-Mercier, the Comédie-Canadienne and Place des Arts. Guimond starred on the popular TV series Cré Basile and appeared on the well-known Radio-Canada comedy review Bye Bye. He will always be remembered for his portrayal of Basile Lebrun on Télé-Métropole, which stands as one of Guimond’s greatest achievements.
  • Mike Myers: Born in Scarborough (Ontario), he learned to love Monty Python and Benny Hill from his father. In the early 80s, he joined Toronto’s Second City ensemble before making his mark as a cast member of Saturday Night Live, where some of his characters vaulted from the TV sketch to the big screen. He also created memorable characters, from Wayne Campbell in Wayne’s World to Austin Powers/Dr. Evil and voiced the green ogre in the Shrek movies. In 2013, he made his directorial debut with Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon.
  • Catherine O’Hara: O’Hara’s first appearance on stage was with Toronto’s Second City troupe. She moved on to television on the SCTV show, where she is remembered for playing a range of hilarious characters. Her film career took off with After Hours followed by Beetlejuice. She was memorable in the Home Alone movies, and lent her comedic talent as a voice actor in The Nightmare Before Christmas, Chicken Little, Over the Hedge and Frankenweenie.
  • Martin Short: A native of Hamilton (Ontario), Short’s comedic career kicked off by joining Toronto’s Second City troupe. He moved on to the SCTV show, creating several memorable characters that would later reappear in The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley and I, Martin Short, Goes Home. When SCTV ended, he jumped to the big screen, co-starring in Three Amigos. He also lent his voice to hit animated movies, including Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius and more recently, Frankenweenie.

About the stamps

The stamps measure 40 mm x 26 mm and are available in booklets of 10. The five separate Official First Day Covers measure 191 mm x 113 mm and the souvenir sheet featuring all five comedians measures 130 mm x 95 mm. The stamps were printed by the Canadian Bank Note. Kosta Tsetsekas, Mike Savage and John Belisle of the Signals design group designed the stamps. The Official First Day Cover cancellation sites are: Jim Carrey, Newmarket, Ont.; Olivier Guimond, Montréal, Que.; Mike Myers and Catherine O’Hara, Toronto, Ont. and Martin Short, Hamilton, Ont. To download images of the stamps or to purchase philatelic products, please visit canadapost.ca/shop.

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Cuts to Canada Post hit rural areas in the Peace Region hard

In Tomslake, there isn’t much besides the post office. “That’s basically the main service now. We don’t have a cafe or anything,” said Linda Fister, a resident of the rural 350-strong hamlet southeast of Dawson Creek.

And like many rural communities across Canada, Tomslake is beginning to feel the impacts of the federal government’s cuts to Canada Post services.

Elsewhere in the Peace Region, hours are slated to be cut at rural post offices in Clayhurst, Buick, Wonowon, Prophet River, Rose Prairie and Sunset Prairie.

The Canadian Postmasters and Assistants Association, the union that represents Canada Post workers, recently informed Tomslake residents of the extent of the cuts in a letter.

According to the union, Canada Post is proposing to cut hours at the Tomslake post office. The office, which is staffed by a single employee, will soon only operate for five hours a day Monday to Friday – from 10 a.m. to noon, and between 1 and 3 p.m.
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Read more: Cuts to Canada Post hit rural areas in the Peace Region hard – Local – Alaska Highway News.

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CUPW: Canada Post $62 million profit proves cuts are unnecessary

cupw_logoOTTAWA, Aug. 27, 2014 /CNW/ – Canada Post’s latest profits prove what postal workers have been saying all along: alternatives to cutting postal service should not be dismissed.

“When our post office has been profitable for most of the last two decades, the types of cuts that Canada Post and the Conservatives are trying to impose on us are completely unnecessary,” said Denis Lemelin, National President of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.

“We need to do what the rest of the world is doing and make the post office a better service, not a lack of service.”

Canada Post’s case for cutting has rested on a 2013 Conference Board report that claimed traditional mail volumes would plummet, spelling disaster. Instead, the Crown Corporation has posted higher-than-expected mail volumes and significantly lower-than-predicted losses since the report was issued, including a profit in 2012.

Notably, the Conference Board report predicted Canada Post would lose $400 million in 2014 rather than showing a profit

“That ‘$1 billion by 2020′ figure the Conservatives toss around as an excuse to attack our public post office is from a report that has failed to predict anything accurately so far,” said Lemelin.

“According to Canada Post’s own annual reports, the Conference Board was wrong about 2012, they were wrong about 2013 and now they’re wrong about 2014. The report is discredited, the Conservatives are wrong and Canada Post management is wrong.”

CUPW has been pushing for postal banking, an idea steadily gaining traction in the United States, as a way to keep the postal system viable while offering much-needed financial services to underbanked Canadians.

The union points out that the upcoming anniversary of the Canadian Postal Charter provides the government with a real opportunity to consult with the public on any changes to the post office.

SOURCE Canadian Union of Postal Workers

Read more: Canadian Union of Postal Workers | Canada Post $62 million profit proves cuts are unnecessary.