Ask the People — Canada Post cuts

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Published on December 13, 2013

Jeff (Spook) Bellows
Corner Brook

"Not going to affect me a whole lot, but it is going to affect three of my friends who deliver mail, obviously. It’s not going to be easy for some older people to walk to a community box. They’re doing it just to cut corners."

Published on December 13, 2013

Victor Barrett
Happy Valley-Goose Bay

"I grew up in a small town that had a community box and we have one where I live now, so it won’t affect me much. It will affect the older generation who can’t get out much and like to get their mail delivered to their home."

Published on December 13, 2013

Charlene Gabriel

"I get my mail delivered now, but it won’t affect me because I have a car if it’s not within walking distance. It might mean more security for seniors with cheques but it could make them targets too. There are pros and cons."

Published on December 13, 2013

Jordan Alexander
Labrador City

"We get our mail now at the post office, which is a five-minute drive away, so it won’t affect me. I think it will affect people without vehicles if it’s too far away for them and the elderly, especially in winter conditions."

Published on December 13, 2013

Lem Maynard

"It won’t affect us that much. We have no trouble getting around. Older people would be more affected by it. Stamps are going up and they are cutting out service, so they are going to make more money and provide less service."

Canada Post was one of the top national newsmakers of the past week when it announced a five-point plan that included the eventual elimination of home delivery of regular mail and the increase in the cost of a postage stamp to $1. While only one-third of the population still gets mail delivered to their doorsteps, many people have been crying afoul of the plan to eliminate the service.

We asked: Will you be affected by the loss of home mail delivery? Who will?

Organizations: Canada Post

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Recent comments

  • George Alteen
    December 16, 2013 - 18:36

    Canada post has been downgrading the letter service for years.It is almost impossible to pay mastercard or visa bills before the interest date.Sometimes it takes 14 days to send a letter to central Canada and almost 5 days to St.Johns.You could walk faster.I pay everything on line.Most of the mail that comes to my house and business is junk mail anyway.

  • L
    December 16, 2013 - 18:27

    I think it's a smart, cost effective move. It's not a big deal to pick up your mail at a neighbourhood mailbox. Practically everything is electronic anyways. Grandmas birthday cards and pizza flyers are pretty much the only thing in the mail anyways. Mail carriers are grossly overpaid and if they don't get their wages, raises and benefits they go on strike. This is a sensible option.

  • Christine Martin
    December 16, 2013 - 12:17

    Poor management of funds and inexperienced management has caused a lot of wasted funds. I,ve been told by a reliable source that CP has pulled all the P stamps so the general public can,t even try to save money by purchasing them before the price increase takes effect. O well, what can you expect at this time when everything else is collapsing around us.

  • Dayna
    December 15, 2013 - 11:04

    Yes I would most defiantly be affected by this. Mail to the doors is what gives a lot of people their jobs, so why change something that's been the same for many of years!!!