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A group of people left a local town hall meeting determined to do whatever they can to fight Canada Post’s plans to eliminate door to door mail delivery.

About 40 people gathered at the Truro branch of the Royal Canadian Legion Friday evening to voice their concerns to a panel consisting of Truro CUPW President Bobbi Jo Mattinson, MP Scott Armstrong, Truro Mayor Bill Mills, Colchester County Mayor Bob Taylor and MLA Lenore Zann. Canada Post was invited to send a representative but did not do so.

“CUPW opposes the elimination of door to door delivery service,” said Mattinson. “The effects of this would include job losses and difficulties for seniors and differently abled people.”

She stressed that Canadians need to make sure their voices are heard on this issue and encouraged people to write letters to MPs, create and sign petitions, call officials and put signs in their windows.

“If people aren’t saying they don’t want to lose door to door service they’re going to bowl over us,” she said.

County Councillor Lloyd Gibbs said he was concerned about seniors falling while trying to get their mail at community boxes and mentioned the comment made by Canada Post CEO Deepak Chopra about seniors getting exercise while getting mail.

“That was an unfair comment,” he said. “I’m here to speak for these people and I think Canada Post is very wrong.”

His remarks were cheered by those in attendance.

MP Scott Armstrong said Canada Post has a mandate from the government to provide postal service without a deficit.

“Across the world there is far less mail being sent now than before,” he stated. “People are using digital means to communicate.”

He added that he is concerned about seniors and disabled people and will work with everyone to see they get the best service they can but changes have to be made and he believes door to door service will cease.

CUPE Nova Scotia President Danny Cavanagh pointed out that the number of parcels being shipped through Canada Post has increased significantly and that the organization’s pension plan is only in a deficit if it ceases operations.

“Senior executives are making huge salaries and there’s no talk of cutting there,” he said. “This is about privatization.”

Toni MacAfee, a local postal worker, said Canada Post is trying to decrease the volume of mail by taking steps such as moving the post office from the downtown area and advertising e-post on their vehicles.

“Canadians are not going to fall for this BS of a manufactured crisis,” she added. “We can fight this.”

Scott Armstrong said the most effective ways for citizens to make their wishes known to government are through letter writing and petitions (Which can be presented in the House of Commons if done in the correct format.).

Mattinson said another meeting will be held in the local area at a future date.



Organizations: Canada Post, Royal Canadian Legion, House of Commons

Geographic location: Colchester County, Nova Scotia

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Recent comments

  • Dar Hartley
    January 15, 2014 - 17:38

    Canada Post states that only one third of Canadians receive their mail at the door. According to Dr. Norman Spector, former chief of staff to a former prime minister and deputy minister to a former B.C. premier, in a conversation on Vancouver's radio station, CKNW, another 25 per cent of the Canadian population living in apartments receive their mail in the lobby of their apartment buildings and do not have to brave the weather and infirmity to access their mail in a community mail box. This proposed cut is disgusting and shameful. If implemented Canada becomes the first G-7 country to drop home mail delivery. The present governemnt of Canda should be looking at engaging a top notch company such as DHL to attend to all mail delivery including home mail as they have done in Germany reportedly with very good results. To make matters worse the Canada Post CEO got a huge bonus for steering a sinking ship. Something is extremely rotten, not in Denmark, in CANADA.

  • Poorcountryfolk
    January 12, 2014 - 18:56

    Where were all these people when CP did away with door to door in the country for some? It is working just fine and if it means saving my tax dollars give everyone a community mailbox. And you will not this is a digital message not a letter sent to the the paper using a stamp. Move into this century folks!!

  • Sherry
    January 11, 2014 - 10:45

    We as a community needs to pull together and fight to keep our door to door service , contact the town mayor or contact your local rep and voice your opinion , sign a petition everything you can to save our service.

  • Bandit2004
    January 11, 2014 - 07:12

    We are seniors living in a rural area. We have been picking up our mail for 15+ years now at a community mailbox with no problem. The community mailboxes eliminate the need to maintain our own mailbox and keep our front walkway shovelled. If Canada Post is doing door to way for some, shouldn't they do it for everyone? To refer to seniors and disabled needing this service, there are also people with challenges in the county doing just fine. Personally I feel that there is no problem with the level of service. Time to do away with door-to-door and concentrate on parcel delivery.