‘Please don’t take the (mail) service away,’ Charlottetown senior

Madrine Ferris of Charlottetown does a weather check as she gets her mail. Jerry Laird photo
Madrine Ferris of Charlottetown does a weather check as she gets her mail.
Jerry Laird photo
By Jerry Laird
Jan. 20, 2015

Madrine Farris is 83, visually impaired and has mobility issues. She lives independently but cannot go out side without assistance.
Canada Post recently delivered notices to customers telling their door-to-door delivery will be replaced with community mailboxes.
It said security and accessibility issues would be considered during the transition.
“ I’m not sure how I would get my mail,” Ferris said.
A Canada Post representative said special arrangements could be made for people with special needs. Mail will be delivered to their home once a week, she said.
Ferris said that is not good enough. She said the mail person is like a first responder.
“If the mail piles up they know something is wrong.”
Charlottetown city councillor Mitchel Tweel said community mailboxes will take away from the historic look of the downtown.
Tweel said at a Charlottetown council meeting over a year ago, he brought forward a motion to meet with federal members of parliament to have Charlottetown exempt from the loss of door-to-door mail delivery.
The community mailboxes reduce property values; it’s not just the look but also the litter, said Tweel.
“The flyers are just thrown on the ground. Who is responsible to clean them up?”
Tweel said having adequate lighting is an issue. People need to see to get in the box and to feel safe.
”Who is responsible for the lighting?”
Canada Post said the boxes would be located close to existing lighting, if possible.
“Converting door-to-door delivery customers to community mailboxes is an important part of securing the future of postal service for all Canadians.”
Ferris isn’t buying it.
“Please don’t take the service away,” Ferris said.