Canada Post Aban­don­ing Ru­ral Post Of­fices and the Com­mu­ni­ties on which they de­pend

Stanstead Journal - - FROM PAGE ONE -

CNW/ - Canada Post has shut down over 1700 ru­ral post of­fices since the 1980s. In spite of a 1994 mora­to­rium on ru­ral clo­sures, the shut­downs are con­tin­u­ing right up to the present. A new sur­vey of 1635 may­ors, reeves and band chiefs, where a post of­fice has been closed, documents the ef­fects on com­mu­ni­ties. While some com­mu­ni­ties saw their fed­er­ally run post of­fice re­placed with a fran­chise out­let, 53% of com­mu­ni­ties have no postal out­let of any kind. The clo­sures of post of­fices are sig­nalled out by many re­spon­dents as “an­other nail in the cof­fin of ru­ral Canada”. Some 24% of com­mu­ni­ties ex­pressed very high lev­els of dis­sat­is­fac­tion with present postal ser­vice.

In the In­ter­net era, where send­ing and re­ceiv­ing parcels has grown, and where many small busi­ness de­pend even more on rea­son­ably priced, re­li­able, lo­cal postal ser­vice, the clos­ing or cut­ting back on postal ser­vices is hurt­ing the de­vel­op­ment of ru­ral Canada. The sur­vey study rec­om­mends an end to all postal out­let clo­sures and set­ting up na­tional and provin­cial pan­els to ex­am­ine postal ser­vice needs.

The sur­vey study is avail­able for free down­load in English and French at http://cpaa-acmpa.ca/pub/ . The sur­vey was car­ried out by John An­der­son of An­der­son Con­sult­ing for the Cana­dian Post­mas­ters and As­sis­tants As­so­ci­a­tion (CPAA). CPAA , founded in 1902, is a na­tional as­so­ci­a­tion rep­re­sent­ing more than 10,000 mem­bers con­sist­ing of 5,651 full and part-time em­ploy­ees and 4,558 term em­ploy­ees of Canada Post, par­tic­u­larly in ru­ral ar­eas.

CPAA, with An­der­son Con­sult­ing, will be hold­ing a press con­fer­ence at 281 Queen Mary St., Ot­tawa, ON K1K 1X1 on Wed­nes­day April 9 at 11 AM. Quotes: «The clo­sure of the post of­fice has taken away the per­sonal touch from the com­mu­nity. It is hard to talk to a metal box.... Bring back our post of­fice! We have lost our iden­tity.» David Shulist, Mayor of Wilno, On­tario

«The clo­sure of a post of­fice in a mu­nic­i­pal­ity al­ways has a neg­a­tive ef­fect and it is the whole pop­u­la­tion which feels it... Po­ten­tial new res­i­dents are lit­tle in­clined to set­tle in a mu­nic­i­pal­ity which of­fers few ser­vices.»

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