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Video: Canada Post Richmond BC plant causing major mail delays says union

A $200-million Canada Post processing plant that opened in Richmond, B.C. earlier this year is experiencing technical difficulties with its automated sorting system, creating backlogs and delays in mail delivery services, according to union officials and customers.

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Vancouver Park Board says no mailboxes in city parks

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Canada Post is moving towards community mailboxes as it gets out of the home delivery business.

The question is where are they going put them?

Now, the Vancouver Park Board is making sure that wherever they do go, it won’t be in any of the city’s green spaces.

Read more: Park Board says no mailboxes in city parks | News1130.

Canada Post increases will drive small business away from mail, advocate says

The Canada Post price hikes taking effect next week might do the crown corporation more harm than good, a small business advocate says.

Stamp prices increase from $0.63 to $0.85 on Monday, a raise aimed at helping to make up for the decline in demand for mail delivery. The 22-cent jump (a 12-cent increase to $0.75 for businesses using metered postage) might push more businesses online and away from traditional mail, says Dan Kelly, president and CEO of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.

“Price hikes are actually going to cause further erosion in the usage of Canada Post amongst clients,” Kelly says. “Rather than shoring up its finances, I suspect that it’s going to end up weakening them because customers are going to be motivated to move away from postal services.”

Read more: Canada Post increases will drive small business away from mail, advocate says | Toronto Star.

Tom Mulcair takes aim at Stephen Harper over Canada Post

NDP leader Tom Mulcair last week took aim at the Harper government’s postal policy, saying the only year Canada Post suffered losses was the year “Harper locked out the workers”:

Mulcair was in Windsor for a town hall discussion last week about the phasing out of door-to-door mail delivery by Canada Post. He made it clear that Canada Post was both viable and essential in its current form for Canadians.

“Canada Post has made a profit in 16 of the last 17 years, the only year in which it didn’t make a profit was the year that Stephen Harper locked out the workers,” he said. “If we put an end to home mail delivery in Canada, we will be the only country in the developed world not capable of delivering mail to people’s homes … there’s absolutely no reason for it.”

Read more: NDP leader sets sights on 24 Sussex.

Video: Linns Stamp News Monday Morning Brief for March 17

Watch as Linn’s Stamp News editor Chad Snee discusses a few significant events in the stamp world last week and what to look for in the coming week.

This week’s stories March 17, 2014 include:

• Upright Jenny Invert pane census stands at 15
• Cheryl Ganz joins Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee
• Scott catalogue update on Jamaica
• Scott Trepel on the ‘ultimate’ U.S. 1847 collection

Canada Post: Community and Carriers on the chopping block | Arbitrage Magazine

There has been a lot of outrage, resistance, and debate as Canada Post rolls out its new Five-point Action Plan, which was announced in December 2013. One of the most controversial and talked about points in the plan is the discontinuation of door-to-door mail delivery. The company claims to be taking these precautionary steps to deal with a $20 million drop in the first three quarters of 2013, and insists that they are “aligning postal services with the choices of Canadians.”

But the public’s reaction hasn’t been pretty – even though CEO Deepak Chopra claims Canadians were consulted about the changes before the hammer came down, and that if they read the news they wouldn’t be so surprised. Still, most of the nation seemed to reel in shock. Is nothing sacred? This would be a first (has any other country in the developed world taken away door-to-door mail delivery?), and people seemed genuinely upset, concerned, and/or nostalgic about physical letters and what the postal service means.

Read more: Canada Post: Community and Carriers on the chopping block | Arbitrage Magazine.

Canada Post says sorry for homophobic-flyer delivery

Canada Post is apologizing for delivering an anti-gay pamphlet to thousands of people in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

The eight-page pamphlet was sent from the local post office and arrived in mailboxes in the community last week.

It contains strong language, condemning homosexuality on religious grounds.

In a statement this afternoon, Canada Post said the flyer should not have been accepted for mailing.

Denise Cole with the Labrador Safe Alliance — an LBGT advocacy group, says Canada Post should have exercised more discretion in the first place.

Read more: Canada Post says sorry for homophobic-flyer delivery – Newfoundland & Labrador – CBC News.

‘Challenging’ winter scuttles home mail delivery

Madonna Moxon is among a group of fed-up residents in a stretch of King George Road who have not received mail at their homes for more than a month.

Canada Post informed residents that because addresses between 281 and 303 King George Rd. are along a stretch with no sidewalks, it is considered dangerous in the current snow and inclement weather for mail carriers to deliver there.

Consequently, residents must wait for promised temporary group mailboxes that Canada Post has not yet installed or put on their coats and boots and drive downtown to get their mail.

Read more: ‘Challenging’ winter scuttles home mail delivery | Brantford Expositor.

Canadian business mailers move forward despite “devastating” changes imposed by Canada Post

From the National Association of Major Mail Users:

nammuTuesday February 18, 2014….In the wake of devastating, unforeseen financial and other impairments to be imposed on the commercial users of mail by Canada Post, business users are scrambling to adjust media plans and priorities. Protests continue through appropriate channels but mailers are not leaving themselves open to more surprises. The VAM community is being pushed to accelerate media diversification capabilities; in-house resources are focused on alignment of media cost to existing budgets. As large volume users of Lettermail react to the 15 per cent increase with these tactics and more, SMEs creatively seek alternatives from a smaller menu of options. The short lead time is the second most critical issue next to the magnitude of the increase, followed closely by the uncertainty of consumer behavior with CMBs, particularly for time-sensitive material. There is some hope that concessions may be made on weight and minimum volume specs but lacking any certainty, the industry is moving forward on what has been tabled.

What will the “new normal” look like for mail?


Who Killed Canada Post’s Banking Study?

Canada-Post-OTTAWA, Feb. 10, 2014 /CNW/ – Canada Post Corporation (CPC) conducted a secret four-year study on postal banking, which seems to indicate that getting into financial services would be “a win-win strategy” and a “proven money-maker” for the corporation. CPC’s research study was stopped cold in the fall of 2013, just before the post office announced a five-point plan of massive cuts and steep rate hikes.

Blacklock’s Reporter obtained the internal report, including a management report entitled Banking: A Proven Diversification Strategy, through an Access to Information request. 701 of its 811 pages were redacted.

“Based on what we have learned so far,” says Gayle Bossenberry, 1st National Vice-President of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW), “it seems the report was on track to confirm the recommendations of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA), and vindicate what postal workers have been saying: there’s a great potential here to keep the public postal service self-sufficient. But instead they killed the research and buried the report.”

Other countries like Switzerland, New Zealand, Italy, and France have bolstered the fortunes of their post offices with revenues from postal banking. In these countries, the public enjoys a stable public postal service, and increased access to banking. According to the Blacklock’s article on the report, “profits in Canadian banking averaged 20.5 percent a year”, including President’s Choice and Canadian Tire’s financial services.

John Anderson — author of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternative’s 2013 paper on postal banking — was surprised by the CPC study but not its content: “I think anyone seriously studying the subject would see the same opportunity. With 6500 post offices, Canada Post could have the most extensive financial services infrastructure in the country, right off the bat.”

“If they were looking at postal banking, why did they consistently tell CUPW that it was not an option they would consider?” asked Bossenberry, adding “And who killed the study?”

SOURCE Canadian Union of Postal Workers

Read more: Who Killed Canada Post’s Banking Study? — OTTAWA, Feb. 10, 2014.