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Canada Post’s plans to eliminate door-to-door mail delivery in towns across the country have many community leaders concerned.

One of the latest to voice concerns is Mayor Tom O’Brien of Stephenville, who wants his thoughts brought forward with those of many communities represented by Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador.

His frustrations with Canada Post were evident at the latest Stephenville town council meeting as he noted such decisions will make life miserable for seniors and people with mobility issues.

There is also a real problem with finding space to put in the super mailboxes in areas of town that have been established for many years.

Most of the super mailboxes that already exist in Stephenville were put in as these areas were being developed, so it was easier to purchase the property as they were being established.

It’s not so easy in other parts of town, some of which might have been established even before the town was incorporated. Some of those have homes and fences that are already located too close to the street, so adding a super mailbox location hardly seems an option.

As most of last baby boomers nearing retirement, thanks to Canada Post they can look forward to having to face all kinds of weather and hardship getting their mail.

That can range from having to walk on the road because there are no sidewalks available to walk on in the winter to difficulties getting the mailboxes open in sub-zero temperatures.

It’s time for Canada Post and certainly the federal government to rethink the direction that this Crown corporation is headed and who it affects.

When it comes to no longer providing service for all people it may be heading in the wrong direction.

Organizations: Canada Post

Geographic location: Stephenville

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