Residents struggle to cope with move by Canada Post decision cutting delivery

By Jeremy Fraser
Jan. 23, 2015

Edward MacPhail had knee surgery recently and he doesn’t know what’s going to happen when door-to-door mail delivery ends.

It couldn’t come at a worse time for the man who lives on George Street in New Waterford.

“I have health problems and there is no way I will be able to walk from my house to the community mailbox down the road.”

It seems like Canada Post never thought of the customer when they made the decision, said MacPhail.

“They made the decision without thinking of the older residents in the country. It doesn’t make sense.”

He’s not alone.

Statistics Canada reports in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia 18 per cent of the people are 65 or over.

Mark Eyking is a Liberal MP for Sydney-Victoria. It’s unfortunate the service will come to an end, he said.

“Residents in my riding and across Canada deserve to have the service.

“Speaking to residents, I know it’s a major issue for them, which I’m sure will be brought up again.”

In December, 2013, Canada Post announced the corporation would stop its daily door-to-door delivery in urban communities.

The decision also affects P.E.I.

Statistics Canada reports 16 per cent of the population in the province are 65 or older.

Wayne Easter is a Liberal MP for Malpeque. The service is necessary for Island residents, he said.

“Canadians deserve to have their mail delivered to their front door daily.”

Door-to-door delivery will never stop in the United States, he said.

“They see it as a service to the people of the country. Canada Post sees it as a business.”

Roger Noseworthy is a mailman in North Sydney, N.S. He is also the chairman of a group of mailmen trying to save the service. He isn’t happy with the decision.

“We all see what’s happening. They’re finding ways to save money, but cutting the door-to-door delivery service is not one of them.”

Letters have been sent to Canada Post president Deepak Chopra, he said.

“They were sent almost a year ago, and we still have not heard anything from Canada Post.”

Chopra was appointed president and chief executive officer for Canada Post in January of 2011.

The group will continue to fight to get the service back, said Noseworthy.

“It’s an uphill battle, but it’s not over just yet.”