A deal has been brokered between Canada Post and the union representing six Saskatoon letter carriers who are refusing to deliver a graphic anti-abortion flyer.
According to Julee Sanderson, president of Canadian Union of Postal Workers in Saskatoon (CUPW), Canada Post will not force the six letter carriers to deliver the anti-abortion flyers. Instead, three other letter carriers have volunteered to deliver the flyers.
The six letter carriers opposed to delivering the flyers will pick up jobs from the three volunteers instead. Sanderson said Canada Post’s decision to agree to the job sharing is a rare compromise.
“The best case scenario has played itself out, you know, people who had a true issue with the content and the graphic nature of the flyer, were not forced to deliver the flyer,” she said.
OTTAWA – Alice Munro, the recognized master of the exquisitely honed short story and the first Canadian woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, is celebrated on a new stamp that pays homage to elements of her work.
The stamp incorporates a photograph of Munro that was taken by her daughter Sheila, a sample of the author’s handwriting from archival material, and vintage images of Wingham, Ont., the small town in which Munro was born. Many believe that Wingham inspired her fictional town of Jubilee, in which many of her stories are set. The stamp was designed by Marcio Morgado and Paul Haslip of Toronto’s HM&E Design.
“Alice Munro is not only one of Canada’s most critically acclaimed writers but also one of the most popular,” says the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport and responsible for Canada Post. “Her stories have garnered recognition worldwide and this tribute adds to her lifetime of honours.”
“Our stamp program recognizes the achievements of Canadians,” says Deepak Chopra, President and CEO of Canada Post. “As fans of this prolific author know, Ms. Munro’s literary talent, wisdom and humanity, reflected in her stories over several decades, have earned her recognition that few writers in any language or country attain.”
Alice Munro’s early works found their way into Canadian literary journals and CBC Radio’s Anthology. Her first collection, Dance of the Happy Shades, was published in 1968. In the mid-1970s, her short stories began appearing regularly in The New Yorker, bringing her a broader, international audience. She has been awarded three Governor-General’s awards in 1968, 1978 and 1986, Giller prizes in 1998 and 2004, and the Man Booker International Prize for lifetime achievement in 2009.
When she was presented with her Nobel Prize in 2013, a representative of the Nobel Committee for Literature said, “Reading one of her texts is like watching a cat walk across a laid dinner table. … Alice Munro is often able to say more in 30 pages than an ordinary novelist is capable of in 300.”
The stamp’s release date of July 10 marks Munro’s birthday.
About the stamp
The pressure-sensitive stamp – printed by Colour Innovations Inc. on Tullis Russell paper using lithography in five colours – is available in booklets of 10 and measures 26 mm x 32 mm (vertical), with simulated perforations. The Official First Day Cover will be cancelled in Wingham, Ont. To purchase philatelic products, please visit canadapost.ca/shop.
OTTAWA, July 9, 2015 /CNW/ – Canada Post is proposing to increase postage rates in 2016 as declining mail volumes continue to have a significant impact on its financial situation.
Canada Post proposes to increase the postage rate for Domestic LettermailTM items weighing 30 grams or less when purchased in a booklet, coil or pane to $0.90 from the current rate of $0.85. The price of a single stamp would remain$1.00. The rate change would take effect on January 11, 2016 and replace rates that will have been in effect for 21 months.
Lettermail volumes have been declining for almost a decade. In 2014, Canada Post delivered 1.4 billion fewer pieces of Domestic Lettermail than in the peak year of 2006. Some of the biggest declines have occurred in 2015, accelerating the erosion of Canada Post’s core business. As mail volumes fall, the number of addresses served also rises every year, affecting Canada Post’s cost of doing business.
The Corporation is taking every action necessary to secure postal service for all Canadians and to avoid becoming a drain on taxpayers. It is proposing these new postage rates to help achieve its long-standing mandate of remaining financially self-sufficient.
Canada Post estimates the average Canadian household purchases fewer than two stamps a month, while the typical small business purchases fewer than 250 stamps per year.
Canadians can avoid the cost increase by purchasing PermanentTM stamps at the current rate of $0.85 in advance of the proposed rate changes coming into effect. Permanent or “P” stamps always retain their value and are valid postage regardless of when they were purchased.
Canada Post is also proposing to increase rates for other domestic Lettermail, U.S. and international Letter-post items and Domestic Registered MailTM.
The rate changes are one of several actions the Corporation is taking to achieve financial self-sufficiency. In December 2013, Canada Post announced its Five-point Action Plan to transform its business and preserve postal service for all Canadians. As part of the Plan, Canada Post introduced a new tiered pricing structure for Domestic Lettermail that provided discounts to customers who purchase stamps in booklets, coils or panes.
The current proposals will be published July 11, 2015 in the Canada Gazette Part I.
In a July 3 story that broke the very day they were issued, one of five new stamps celebrating UNESCO World Heritage Sites was found to have the wrong image. Canada Post will answer critics by withdrawing and shredding the stamps, and issuing a new stamp with an accurate image.
Update: CBC News reports that a Canada Post spokesman has denied that the corporation has changed its plans, and that delivery conversions will continue as scheduled
OTTAWA- Canada Post’s plan to end door-to-door delivery on Hamilton Mountain has apparently been put on “indefinite hold,” according to the union representing postal workers. While this decision has yet to be confirmed in writing by Canada Post Corporation, postal workers were cautiously optimistic.
“At this point, we can only speculate, but we think the actions of Hamilton residents have had an impact,” said Terry Langley, President of the Hamilton local of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW).
Hamilton postal workers were informed yesterday by Canada Post managers that no new date for the end of door-to-door delivery would be scheduled at this time.
Since Canada Post’s cuts were announced in 2013, almost 600 municipalities and municipal organizations, including the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Big City Mayors Caucus, have raised concerns about the elimination of door-to-door delivery. Hamilton city staff estimated that mailbox conversion would cost the city at least $2 million in administrative costs alone.
Many Hamilton residents have fiercely opposed the removal of their home delivery. One retiree, Henry Evans-Tenbrinke, occupied his mailbox installation site for days, making international headlines.
“We can and should insist that our profitable post office consult with us before cutting services,” said Mike Palecek, National President of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.
The union says that postal cuts will remain a federal election issue for the Conservative government.
A couple of dozen people showed up from Hamilton and elsewhere, waving flags and “Save door-to-door” signs outside the John Sopinka Courthouse in downtown Hamilton Tuesday.
They were there to lend their support to the city’s fight against Canada Post’s plans to install community mailboxes and phase out door-to-door mail delivery. It’s a case being watched around the country for its implications on other municipalities unhappy about the Crown corporation’s planned changes to mail delivery.
But upstairs, the afternoon court hearing — which will resume Wednesday at 9 a.m. — opened with a warning from from the judge:
“This is not a political exercise,” said Justice Alan Whitten.
“This is not an exercise [for the city] to impose their political will about whether there is door-to-door delivery.”
He said the case is focused on a much narrower slice of jurisdiction: Who has the right to control where mailboxes for carrying out federally mandated postal delivery should go?
It’ll be a historic day in Hamilton courts on Tuesday as Canada Post faces off against the city over where it can put super mailboxes.
Canada Post is installing community mailboxes across Hamilton Mountain as part of a nationwide plan to phase out urban door-to-door mail delivery.
But the city wants a say in how they do it and has gone to court to assert those rights. Canada Post rejects this notion, saying federal legislation gives it a mandate to deliver the mail, and that trumps municipal powers.
The fight is being watched by many other municipalities across the country, all of which are facing similar plans from the postal service to install super mailboxes.
Canada Post is already facing a lawsuit from a union representing postal workers that wants the Federal Court to declare the cancellation of home delivery unconstitutional. And a group of Montreal-area mayors last week said they were considering joining the action, accusing Canada Post of ignoring their concerns.
In the face of declining traditional mail volumes, Canada Post announced a plan in December 2013 to end door-to-door delivery and gave itself five years to implement the move to community mailboxes.
Canada Post is refusing to disclose any information related to complaints about mail delivery last year or the end of door-to-door home delivery.
The Star filed two separate requests under the federal Access to Information Act and despite months of wrangling over the wording of the requests Canada Post flatly rejected the requests and is keeping all records secret.
The Star asked for aggregate data and a summary of the types of complaints related to both mail delivery in 2014 and the switch to community mailboxes.
In response to the Star’s requests, the Crown corporation, which only became subject to Access to the Information Act in 2007, said it is keeping the information secret because disclosure of the information “could reasonably be expected to prejudice the competitive position of a government institution or to interfere with contractual or other negotiations of a government institution.”
As well, it said the information being sought “contains trade secrets, or of financial, commercial, scientific or technical information” that belongs to and has consistently been treated as confidential by Canada Post.
This position is in contrast to that taken by other public institutions, including the Toronto Transit Commission and the Toronto Public Library, which regularly disclose complaints when asked.
Michel Drapeau, a law professor at the University of Ottawa who specializes in access to information laws, noted Canada Post has a monopoly on mail delivery in Canada, so it can hardly argue its economic interests could be prejudiced if complaint information is revealed.
“Canada Post is, to my mind, beyond the pale,” Drapeau said. “They really don’t care. It’s as if they consider themselves above and beyond.”
Canada Post’s decision to end home mail delivery faces a revolt in the cities.
When the plan was first announced two years ago, many Canadians were indifferent.
Postal workers objected. But that was to be expected. Letter carriers’ jobs are on the line.
Groups representing seniors and the disabled also took to task Canada Post — and the Conservative government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
They argued that in Canada’s densely populated cities, the elderly and inform would find a daily trek to the community mailbox particularly difficult.
Canada Post said it would try to accommodate them.
Now the Crown corporation is running into an entirely different kind of buzz saw. Residents of older cities like Toronto and Montreal are beginning to realize that once home delivery is eliminated, large, unsightly community mailboxes will have be erected in their areas — possibly right in their front yards.