Nelson council opposes Canada Post replacing all door-to-door mail service with community mailbox delivery.

Nelson council to write Canada Post opposing shift to community mailboxes

Councillor Robin Cherbo said letter carriers keep an eye on senior residents while dropping of their mail

Nelson council agreed to send a letter to Canada Post objecting to the phasing out of home delivery mail service.

The suggestion was brought forward by councillor Robin Cherbo, the senior’s advocate on council, who said letter carriers keep an eye on senior residents while dropping of their mail on weekdays.

“If they notice the mail piling up, they’ll realize something’s not right,” Cherbo said.

Canada Post announced in December that it plans to replace all door-to-door mail service with community mailbox delivery within five years, as a cost saving measure.

Councillor Paula Kiss suggested an exception should be made for compact communities like Nelson, especially given concerns about carbon emissions and the number of vehicles on the roads.

“Instead of having one person delivering the mail on foot, we’re going to have a lot of people driving to pickup their mail from a community mailbox,” Kiss said.

Cherbo added that many seniors have mobility concerns and walking is difficult with Nelson’s steep terrain.

“Especially in wintertime, I think there will be a lot of people who won’t be able to walk safely to pickup their own mail,” he said.

Several councillors also cited concerns about the loss of well paid jobs for carriers in Nelson and the lack of consultation with rural communities. Though they were fairly sure their letter wouldn’t stop Canada Post from moving forward with it’s decision, they wanted to formally express their opposition.

“Let’s speak out in opposition now, but also keep our eye on what we can do moving forward to make it better,” councillor Donna Macdonald said, explaining that council could play a role in determining the best locations for the community mailboxes and find ways to reduce the impact on seniors.

“It seems clear that Canada Post is on that path and they’re going to do it, whether we like it or not,”  Macdonald said.

Last summer, Nelson got behind a different issue to support local postal workers when it sent a letter to the federal Minister in charge of Canada Post asking for more consultation on a proposal to open a second postal franchise a few blocks from the public post office.

Just Posted

10 RDCK incumbents seek re-election

Most rural directors want another term

Slocan Valley added to communities on flooding evac alert

Kootenay Lake is expected to reach flooding level in Nelson by Friday

Police searching for Nelson man

Brent Mickelson hasn’t been heard from since February

UPDATED: Hwy 3 west of Creston remains closed due to mudslide

A detour is available on the Kootenay Lake Ferry, but commuters could see wait times

Local police recognized for work

Eight officers were honoured for removing impaired drivers

VIDEO: Canadian Forces help flood-ravaged Grand Forks residents heal

Sgt. Bradley Lowes says the military is used to dealing with traumatic times

Chilliwack Chiefs make history with first RBC Cup win

In front of a huge and noisy crowd, the Chiefs claimed their first-ever national junior A title.

UPDATED: Majority of flood evacuees in Kootenay-Boundary allowed to return home

Officials hope to have all 3,000 people back in their homes by Monday night

B.C. Lions bring back 6-time all-star offensive lineman Jovan Olafioye

He was acquired by the Montreal Alouettes last year.

Whitecaps rally for 2-2 draw with FC Dallas

Vancouver climbed out of a two-nil hole to tie FC Dallas 2-2

B.C. VIEWS: Making sense of climate policy

Flood and fire predictions have poor track record so far

Chilliwack Chiefs moving on to RBC Cup final after thrilling win over Ottawa

Kaden Pickering scored the winning goal in the 3rd period as Chilliwack won their semi-final 3-2.

VIDEO: As floodwaters recede, crews assess the damage to Grand Forks’ downtown

More than four dozen firefighters and building inspectors came out to help

Wellington Dukes pull off epic upset of Wenatchee at RBC Cup

The Dukes are off to the championship game after downing the Wild 2-1 Saturday at Prospera Centre.

Most Read