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Canada Post's plan panned at meeting

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If the mood at Maples Collegiate Wednesday night was any indication, the fight over residential mail delivery is far from over.

More than 350 people packed a town-hall meeting in the school's gym to protest Canada Post's decision to eliminate service to parts of 11 communities across the country, including the R2V and R2P area codes in Winnipeg.

Longtime resident Susan Shell is furious she might have to pick up her letters at a community mailbox.

"I have health issues, I live alone, and there is no backup in case I can't get to my mailbox," she said.

"It's up to us to say, 'This is our Canada.' I'm a citizen and I pay taxes through the yin-yang. The fact they didn't give me a chance to speak on this before they made the decision for me is despicable."

Another resident, Michelle Peters, doesn't believe Canada Post's plan will save the Crown corporation money.

"They're going to have to buy all these mailboxes, figure out places to put them and deal with traffic and snow-clearing issues. I'm also concerned about damage, vandalism and safety and accessibility for people who aren't easily able to go and get their mail," she said.

"I've heard a lot of people say (community mailboxes) are a done deal, but I hope that it isn't."

 

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 15, 2014 A5

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