Stamp it ‘de­layed’

Char­lot­te­town asks that Canada Post put off move to switch some ad­dresses over to su­per mail­boxes

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - PROVINCE - THE GUARDIAN dstew­art@the­guardian.pe.ca Twit­ter.com/DveSte­wart

Char­lot­te­town city coun­cil is ask­ing Canada Post to wait a bit longer be­fore mov­ing to su­per mail­boxes.

Coun­cil re­cently passed a res­o­lu­tion ask­ing the fed­eral gov­ern­ment wait un­til af­ter the fed­eral elec­tion later this year, which is sched­uled for Oc­to­ber.

“There are a lot of peo­ple in this city who sim­ply are not in favour of the elim­i­na­tion of the door-to-door mail de­liv­ery ser­vice,’’ said Coun. Mitchell Tweel, who moved the res­o­lu­tion. The res­o­lu­tion passed 7-2 with coun­cil­lors Terry Bernard and Melissa Hil­ton op­posed.

Canada Post plans to re­place door-to-door de­liv­ery with su­per mail­boxes in Char­lot­te­town and Stratford later this year, a move that will af­fect al­most 10,000 mail ad­dresses.

The change does not af­fect se­niors’ res­i­dences, apart­ments or con­dos where mail is de­liv­ered to the lobby. There is also no change for busi­nesses within busi­ness cor­ri­dors or with high vol­umes of mail.

Char­lot­te­town isn’t the only mu­nic­i­pal­ity try­ing to fight Canada Post.

The City of Hamil­ton plans to spend $75,000 to ap­peal a re­cent court de­ci­sion in favour of Canada Post. The On­tario city says the Crown cor­po­ra­tion should fol­low mu­nic­i­pal rules when plac­ing com­mu­nity mail­boxes on city land while one judge dis­agreed.

Closer to home, Bernard points out that the City of Char­lot­te­town sent a writ­ten let­ter to the fed­eral min­is­ter re­spon­si­ble for Canada Post op­pos­ing the change and that didn’t work. He added that plans for the change are al­ready un­der­way.

“I just think it’s false hope, that’s all,’’ Bernard said.

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