Let­ter sent across town makes 330-km trip

Waterloo Region Record - - LOCAL - The Cana­dian Press

WYN­YARD, SASK. — A woman in an east­ern Saskatchewan com­mu­nity wasn’t im­pressed re­cently when a let­ter she sent to a home just blocks from hers took over a week to ar­rive.

Jan­ice Be­lak says she went to her post of­fice in Wyn­yard to find out what the prob­lem was and to voice her dis­plea­sure.

She says she was told her let­ter was first sent to York­ton, about 130 kilo­me­tres to the south­east, and then back west and even fur­ther south to a sort­ing cen­tre in Regina.

The let­ter was fi­nally sent back to Wyn­yard to be scanned and sorted for de­liv­ery.

Be­lak says it added up to a 330-kilo­me­tre trip for a let­ter sent to a house in a town of about 2,000 peo­ple.

Canada Post con­firmed to CTV News that most lo­cal mail must be shipped to a provin­cial sort­ing cen­tre be­fore it is sent to its fi­nal des­ti­na­tion.

“This en­sures that all mail, re­gard­less of the ad­dress or des­ti­na­tion, is han­dled and pro­cessed in the same way, and that all of our cus­tomers re­ceive the same level of ser­vice,” the postal ser­vice said in a writ­ten state­ment.

Canada Post also said mail is al­ways en­ter­ing and leav­ing small towns, and trucks that nor­mally pick up and drop off lo­cal mail are driving the longer routes any­way.

Tak­ing the mail to sort­ing ma­chines in the city is eas­ier than hir­ing some­one to do it by hand lo­cally, it told CTV.

Canada Post said the sys­tem is used by large ship­ping com­pa­nies across the coun­try, even if pack­ages take a longer jour­ney than orig­i­nally in­tended.

Be­lak would like to see mail in smaller com­mu­ni­ties stay closer to home.

“(It’s) cre­at­ing more waste by wast­ing fuel. Peo­ple these days are very con­cerned about emis­sions,” she said. “The cost of our postage keeps go­ing up.”

CANA­DIAN PRESS FILE PHOTO

A Wyn­yard, Sask., woman is rais­ing con­cerns about the path her mail takes to get to her door.

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