Canada Post has insisted many rural mailboxes be moved to new, often awkward locations. Tell us your story.
Canada Post has insisted many rural mailboxes be moved to new, often awkward locations – on the grounds of carrier safety.
HAS your mailbox MOVED?
How does this affect the safety and convenience of homeowners?
Is this the first step in eliminating door-to-door rural delivery?
Please tell us your thoughts!
Signe Ball, Publisher/Editor of the print edition of In the Hills, tells her own story. Tell us yours (in the box at the bottom of the page).
When the little yellow flag popped up 40 yards north of our current mailbox, and the note arrived from Canada Post telling us to move our mailbox accordingly, I was all for a little civil disobedience – driving up and down the lines and pulling out and trashing all those annoying little flags.
Like most rural mailboxes, ours was at the end of our driveway. We drove up, grabbed the mail and turned left into our laneway. At the new location, we have four choices: pick up the mail then back up to the laneway; pick up the mail and make a U-turn on the crest of the hill; pick up the mail and drive a couple of miles around the concession block; or park the car in the laneway and walk the 80-yard return trip to the mailbox.
For the most part, we have chosen the last option. It’s not such a long walk – in the summer, with the shoulders clear, for those in good health. And the fact that every member of the family stops on their way in to check the mail is also not such a big deal – in the summer… etc.
I’m all for the carrier safety Canada Post claims is the reason for the imposed changes. But there was nothing dangerous about our mailbox location for an attentive driver, and it is now the residents’ safety that is at risk.
Most rural post offices have slowly disappeared over time. Those that remained in Caledon were closed a couple of years ago and delivery centralized out of Brampton – followed by mail delivery chaos that is only finally, though not fully, settling down.
This latest $300 million exercise (yes, you read that number right!) in downgrading the quality of rural mail service comes at time when the future of rural economic development (much touted by the federal government) depends increasingly on home-based businesses. And – message to Canada Post! – those businesses depend on regular and convenient mail delivery.
My husband restrained me from ripping up the flags, and like most rural residents, we stalled and grumbled and then complied. When we called Canada Post to tell them we had moved the darn thing and they could start delivering our mail again, the nice, anonymous man at the other end of the line delivered the coup de grâce.
“Thank you for choosing Canada Post,” he said.
If you have a complaint about the “Rural Mail Safety Assessment Program,” call 1-866-501-1669. You’ll get patted on the head and told nothing can be done – but do register your complaint anyway, not only with Canada Post, but with MP David Tilson, 519-941-1832 (Orangeville constituency office), 1-613-995-7813 (Ottawa office), [email protected].
For more information, read Canada Post’s frequently asked questions about rural mail delivery at http://www.canadapost.ca/cpo/mc/aboutus/corporate/rural/faqs.jsf.
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