May 26, 2015
By Jane Brown
Opposition against Canada Post’s plan to eliminate door-to-door mail delivery will be heard in court today.
The Ontario Superior Court will hear arguments about a new bylaw in the city of Hamilton that requires Canada Post to apply for a permit before each new super mailbox is installed.
The case is one of two lawsuits against Canada Post’s delivery plans. Representatives with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers have also asked the courts to review the decision, saying it infringes on the Charter rights of the disabled and the elderly.
Both cases were prompted by Canada Post’s announcement in 2013 that home mail delivery would be phased out and Canadians would receive their mail in community mailboxes.
CARP – A New Vision of Aging – is adding to the voices opposed to ending home mail delivery. VP of Advocacy Susan Eng says it’s not possible and sometimes unsafe for older Canadians with physical and health issues to visit a super mailbox to get their mail.