Dryden Ontario is currently looking at around 2,000 residents switching from door-to-door service to community mailboxes, with more planned to switch over the course of the 10 to 12 months process which is reportedly due to Canada Post wanting to make sure there is a smooth transition. Dryden is on route to be the first northern-Ontario community with shared mailboxes, expecting them to start to appearing in 2016. Craig Nuttal, the city’s mayor, is very concerned however for the shift, according to CBC.
“It’s pretty well going to be rammed down our throat that we’re going to get them whether you like it or not,” said Mr. Nuttall, with the placement of the mailboxes, maintenance, and snow-clearing being among his primary concerns. Most of all, he’s worried about how it will affect the senior citizens.
“I’m very concerned, how are they going to get their mail? It’s going to be difficult for them.”
Nuttal said he intents to keep an eye on Hamilton as well, where the city is currently locked in a dispute against Canada Post over how much input local government should have in terms of installing community mailboxes. Reportedly the Canadian Crown corporation is not respecting regulations, and the city has since taken the conflict to court.
A Canada Post spokesperson says they are making sure to take every procedure necessary to hear out citizens’ concerns, with Annik Losier adding that they’re going to accommodate residents with mobility issues. “We have a team that’s dedicated to their cases so that it can work directly with each individual in finding the best possible way to get the mail to them,” she said, “We know that ultimately this is a huge change for everybody and we want to make sure that we walk them through the process.”
Some people are criticizing Canada Post for making things more difficult than they need to be, but they seem to maintain it won’t be a problem. What do you think? Are you for or against this transition? Do you think there’s more controversy than necessary?