Mailed to the cross: Canada Post kills rural postal service
As someone who grew up in and around the "unsafe" roads and areas that receive mail in rural boxes, I initially viewed this piece with anger--once again, the government aims to divert services from the more isolated areas of Canada and Canadians who need it.
So far, about 14,000 rural Canadian residents, mostly in Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes, have lost their roadside mailboxes because Canada Post has decided it's too hazardous to deliver their mail.
That represents 30 per cent of the roughly 47,000 boxes that have come under scrutiny as Canada Post begins applying a new assessment tool to determine the safety of each and every one of the 843,000 rural mailboxes it serves.
operated both by provincial crowns and the federal Crown, as a means to pursue economic, social and political objectives.
Not to be cynical--I'm all for conserving resources in some cases--but to me it seems suspicious that a system that's been in place for nearly a hundred years (and before which was done by pony, for pete's sake) can all of a sudden be more difficult. My gut reaction, as one of those rural-raised, hard-skinned people that Canada Post intends to sideline (if, in fact, this isn't about money)? Suck it up, princess postal worker! Think I should be more understanding? Consider this:
Carriers are also worried about repetitive-strain injury from leaning out vehicle windows to stuff the mail into roadside boxes.