By Amy Woolvett
THE COAST GUARD
The first thing 84-year-old Mary Locke does when anyone comes to her door is to ask the person …friend or stranger …to pick up her mail for her.
It is the only resort for Locke, after Canada Post moved her mailbox 1.6 km away from her Jordan Bay home.
“I gave up driving because I can’t see well,” said Locke. “I cant…I can’t…there is no way in the world I can get my mail myself.”
Walking is out of the question but even if she could her vision makes venturing any distance a hazard.
“I’m like a hen on ice,” she joked.
She said Canada Post sent a letter telling her and her neighbours it was unsafe to continue delivering mail outside their homes.
“After 60 years of having my mail delivered here it was an awful slap in the face,” said Locke.
She said most of her neighbours are in the same predicament, many are seniors ranging in age from 75 to 92.
“They never discussed anything with me,” she said. “They just sent a letter saying they were doing it.”
Locke called the number to try to see if there were any other options open to her.
“They never called back,” she said. “So I gave up.”
She said she questioned the corporation’s call on deeming her road unsafe.
“Our route is open …it’s not blind,” she said. “We are so far up we hardly see anybody…only our own people.”
For now, she is trying to get as many people to bring in her mail for her without being a burden to them.
“Right now I can get it about once a week,” she said. “Sometimes more, I miss getting it outside my house...but you can’t fight the government.”