Canada Post re­duc­ing ser­vices in Pla­cen­tia area

The Compass - - NEWS - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON editor@CBN­com­pass.ca

The Town of Pla­cen­tia is not happy about Canada Post’s plans to fur­ther re­duce lo­cal ser­vices.

Ac­cord­ing to Mayor Wayne Power Jr., weekday lunch-hour oper­a­tions from 12-1 p.m. will be elim­i­nated as of Aug. 17 at the Dunville post of­fice. This, he said, is due to the crown cor­po­ra­tion’s de­ci­sion not to re­place a re­tir­ing part-time worker.

Last fall, Canada Post scrapped Satur­day oper­a­tions at the same post of­fice, and it ap- pears sim­i­lar plans are in the works for Fresh­wa­ter’s post of­fice.

“They’re still do­ing their con­sul­ta­tion with the em­ployee union, but I mean, they’ve done the same steps now … in Dunville,” said the mayor. “So the writ­ing is on the wall, and if that takes ef­fect, it will prob­a­bly be some time this sum­mer.”

Canada Post is in the process of mak­ing sweep­ing changes to how it serves com­mu­ni­ties across the coun­try, cit­ing the de­clin­ing vol­ume of mail it han­dles. Over­all vol­ume de­clined 14 per cent from 2010 to 2014 — from 10.6 bil­lion pieces of mail in 2010 to 9.1 bil­lion last year. Do­mes­tic parcels have shown some growth, with a 9.2 per cent in­crease in vol­ume ex­pe­ri­enced in 2014 in com­par­i­son to 2013.

Ac­cord­ing to Power, Canada Post has found that not many peo­ple drop by the Dunville post of­fice dur­ing the lunch hour. How­ever, the mayor be­lieves this is a crit­i­cal time of day to have some­one avail­able at the counter to serve cus­tomers.

“(I)f they have a pack­age, they won’t be able to run to the counter. Or if they need to buy a stamp, they won’t be able to run to the counter dur­ing that lunch-hour time pe­riod.”

Power said one lo­cal Canada Post em­ployee told him Dunville res­i­dents who used to visit their lo­cal post of­fice on a Satur­day now go to the Fresh­wa­ter post of­fice on the week­end. If Satur­day hours are elim­i­nated in Fresh­wa­ter, the mayor ex­pects more peo­ple will be forced to visit the Pla­cen­tia post of­fice.

“It’s the ero­sion of a fed­eral ser­vice in the com­mu­nity, and it’s un­ac­cept­able to see a ser­vice like that slowly eroded.”

Power said the town has al­ready raised these con­cerns with Canada Post and elected of­fi­cials, in­clud­ing Avalon MP Scott An­drews.

COM­PASS FILE PHOTO

Pla­cen­tia Mayor Wayne Power Jr.

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