While College Councillor Rick Chiarelli and his staff get blasted by phone calls from angry residents who are finding Canada Post super mailbox locations chosen with little or no consultation in his ward, many municipalities are going to the courts to stop this action because of citizen concern and high costs.
In typical Ottawa fashion, the mailboxes are being erected by Canada Post in conjunction with the municipal planning department in the most quiet of ways probably because Mayor Jim Watson, city bureaucrats (of the planning variety) and Canada Post are terrified of debate.
But the mailbox issue is big news across the rest of Canada. People are very concerned in many communities and in Ottawa as well but the city and Canada Post are keeping the issue under wraps locally.
Here’s what’s occurring nationally:
- Four Montreal area municipalities including Montreal proper are joining a Canadian Union of Postal Workers lawsuit in Federal Court;
- Canada Post is taking the City of Hamilton to court because the municipality is charging $200 per mailbox site. Hamilton bylaw officers have fined Canada Post eight times and if the Crown corporation doesn’t comply, it can be taken to provincial court;
- In London, Ont. a massive petition is being created to step up the mailbox fight;
- In York Region, a councillor has tabled a motion to charge Canada Post for the mailbox locations as Hamilton is doing;
- In B.C., 4,800 complaints have been filed to Canada Post.
The Bulldog first broke the story locally on March 31 but, for the most part, the reaction from the media here has been crickets.
The response from Ottawa residents where the mailboxes are being implement is fury.
Perhaps the best way of fighting Canada Post’s high-handed locating of super mailboxes is to boycott its products. Hit them in the pocketbook where it hurts.
But then the public has been doing that since the invention of email and companies such as UPS and FedEx.
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