Canada Post reducing services in Placentia area
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.
Placentia Mayor Wayne Power Jr.