TRUR0 - The Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities (UNSM) is expressing concern with Canada Post's recent decision to phase out home mail delivery favour of community mailboxes.
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Canada Post mail delivery phase out
"We are particularly concerned with our seniors and disabled who may not be able to physically access a community mailbox or who may not have the financial capacity to hire someone to get their mail in a timely manner", UNSM President Mayor David Corkum said in a news release Thursday morning.
Canada Post last week said it plans to phase out home delivery in urban areas over five years.
When Canada Post announced in 2009 a gradual changeover in rural areas to community mailboxes, the UNSM passed a number of resolutions supported unanimously by the membership to halt this process, Corkum said. “Unfortunately this fell on deaf ears.”
Corkum said while the UNSM recognizes the financial challenges facing Canada Post because of a shift to online correspondence and bill payments, the federal government still has a social responsibility to ensure that the physically challenged are able to receive their mail in a timely fashion.
"Given the clear mandate of Canada Post to phase out home delivery of mail, we would strongly suggest that the Federal Government initiate a fully funded program that would enable those physically challenged to hire a person to retrieve their mail," Corkum said.
He said the UNSM will continue efforts with its members, other municipal associations and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to lobby for a federal program that will ensure timely mail delivery for seniors and the disabled community.