UNSM concerned with Canada Post plan to phase out home delivery: Corkum

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Kentville Mayor Dave Corkum

The Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities (UNSM) is concerned with Canada Post's recent decision to phase out home delivery of mail in favour of community mailboxes over the next five years.

"We are particularly concerned with our seniors and disabled who may not be able to physically access a community mailbox or who may not have the financial capacity to hire someone to get their mail in a timely manner," said UNSM President Mayor David Corkum, who is also mayor of Kentville.

Read about Canada Post's decision here.  

When Canada Post announced in 2009 a gradual changeover in rural areas to community mailboxes, the UNSM passed a number of resolutions supported unanimously by the membership to halt this process. This did not change the process, however. 

While Corkum says the UNSM recognizes the financial challenges facing Canada Post with a shift to online correspondence and bill payments, the federal government still has a social responsibility to ensure that the physically challenged are able to receive their mail in a timely fashion.

"Given the clear mandate of Canada Post to phase out home delivery of mail, we would strongly suggest that the Federal Government initiate a fully funded program that would enable those physically challenged to hire a person to retrieve their mail," Corkum said.

The  UNSM will continue efforts with its members, other municipal associations and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to lobby for a federal program that will ensure timely mail delivery for seniors and the disabled community.

Organizations: Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities, Canada Post, Federal Government Federation of Canadian Municipalities

Geographic location: Kentville

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  • Anonymous
    December 27, 2013 - 10:58

    This is nothing but yet another theft of taxpayer dollars ($500 million dollars in your paid taxes!) and yet another renege of the services those tax dollars have already paid for. Lies, lies and more lies is all these scum bags know how to deliver. Meanwhile, they'll push to charge taxpayers exorbitant prices for package deliveries they've already paid for and milk even more free money off the backs of hard working Canadians. Without shame, without sense, without integrity... that's all these blatant thieves are "good" for.