Amanda Brown, President of the Perth local for the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, spoke at the Perth Committee of the Whole (CoW) meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 17.
She explained that four years ago Canada Post embarked on a program to remove door-to-door delivery from all residential addresses across Canada. By the 2015 federal election, 830,000 addresses lost home-mail delivery. That number raised ire and consternation and almost 600 municipalities passed resolutions condemning the cuts.
Subsequently, the Standing Committee on Government Operations held hearings and developed 45 recommendations, five of which Brown spoke to at CoW:
- to continue the moratorium on community mailbox conversions and re-instate door-to-door delivery;
- before implementing local versus centralized processing, to review the impact on efficiency;
- to provide more services in all types of communities;
- for post offices to act as community hubs and respond to local needs; and for Canada Post to preserve its post offices even where there are franchise postal outlets.
Her appeal to CoW was to ask councillors to send a letter to the Honourable Minister Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement “to retain, enhance and expand postal services, including door-to-door delivery.”
Mayor John Fenik commented it wasn’t council’s “job to pick sides” but agreed to a motion to send a letter to endorse and encourage “innovative ways,” adding that one of the value-added aspects to door-to-door delivery is the “safety check” for seniors or stay-at-homes.
The motion will go to council Jan. 23.