City of Corner Brook Opposing Changes to Mail Delivery
Written by Administrator on August 8, 2015
Over the past several weeks, members of City Council and city staff have met with representatives of Canada Post and CUPW Local 039 to discuss the future of mail delivery in Corner Brook. Canada Post is planning to phase out door-to-door mail delivery and replace the service with community mailboxes. According to Mayor Charles Pender, “Council is opposed to the elimination of the door to door mail delivery for several reasons. The decision by Canada Post to eliminate door to door mail delivery will result in the loss of up to 30 full time and part time federal jobs in our community. Over the past decade we have seen too many federal government jobs eliminated in our community. The decision by Canada Post to eliminate home delivery will result in further job losses and a downgrading of service and that is unacceptable.”
“We are also concerned that conversion to the community mailboxes will pose a hardship for some people in the community. In particular many of our seniors, persons with disabilities, and individuals with mobility limitations will find it difficult to access the community mailbox system especially during the winter months when we receive large amounts of snow. Corner Brook’s hilly terrain will also make it challenging to access the mail boxes and identify suitable locations for installation of the mail boxes.”
“We believe further consultation with the general public is required before a final decision is made on the future of the postal service, said Mayor Pender. “The Community Mailbox System is already implemented in some cities across the country and many problems have been identified by municipalities including poor placement of mailboxes, inadequate snow removal around the mailboxes, issues with litter, as well as theft and vandalism. All of these issues need to be resolved before any further changes are made to mail delivery.”
While the City of Corner Brook understands the financial issues that Canada Post is facing, we also believe that citizens have a right to have a say in how government services are run. Canada Post has not made any effort to consult with residents in this community on the elimination of carrier service, which makes it difficult for the City of Corner Brook to gauge the opinion of residents on this issue.
The City of Corner Brook is willing to work with Canada Post, residents and those employees whose jobs are affected by these proposed changes however we believe Canada Post has an obligation to consult with residents prior to implementing these changes