Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.
- Translation by Prof. George Herbert Palmer Harvard University, from an ancient Greek work of Herodotus.
What weather can’t do, Deepak Chopra, President and CEO of Canada Post is doing. Make no mistake. This Chopra is not the beloved author, public speaker and physician of the same name. The only thing those two share is their name. Chopra, Canada Post CEO, is the man who is destroying Canada’s mail service.
For those of you who haven’t heard, Chopra the CEO is closing down door-to-door delivery of mail in Canada. It is starting today in various sections of Winnipeg, Manitoba;Fort McMurray, Alberta; Calgary, Alberta , and Ottawa, Ontario, and is set to continue until 2020.
Chopra’s reasoning for cutting the service was to reduce Canada Post costs because Canada Post was running a losing game. Not right now. Canada Post is now making a profit according to an August 27, 2014 article titled Canada Post segment reports $53-million profit before tax in second quarter. The source? Canada Post’s website http://www.canadapost.ca/cpo/mc/aboutus/news/pr/2014/2014_Q2_report.jsf
Wake up Mr. Chopra and smell more than the coffee because the outcry to your ridiculous ruling is thunderous.
Many petitions have been created and signed (yes, I signed one). One lady, Susan Dixon, whose son has cerebral palsy and is in a wheelchair started one. Last count it had well over 150,000 signatures and growing. Today, Ms Dixon is taking her petition to the Canadian seat of government in Ottawa. I wish her well. Her original question to Canada Post and the Canadian feds was “Have you ever tried to push a wheelchair through the mud or snow?”
She’s got it right.
CARP, the Canadian seniors advocacy organization (Disclaimer: I am a member) is also working to get this stupid decision stopped (or in some cases where it is already happening – reversed). For example, Mike Lansdown their senior’s advocate and a board member of CARP’s Halton Chapter, is very actively advocating keeping home mail delivery. Today, Mike takes part in a discussion on this situation on Goldhawke Fights Back (Radio 740 a.m. in the Toronto, Canada area. http://www.zoomerradio.ca/category/shows/goldhawk-fights-back.) More info on other CARP actions re Canada Post, see http://www.carp.ca/2014/02/22/canada-post-update-members-join-public-general-outcry-carp-steps/
I have never been an advocate of unions, mainly because they are too aggressive and they go on strike and that affects a third party – we the general public.
But I’ve changed my mind here. The Canadian Union of Postal Workers is taking Canada Post to Federal Court on charges Canada Post is going against the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms because removing door-to-door postal delivery discriminates against seniors and people with mobility challenges. I’m 100 per cent behind this union here. True, many of them will lost their jobs and because of why they will, I support them. See and hear the Toronto Star October 21, 2014 story at http://www.thestar.com/business/2014/10/16/postal_workers_go_to_court_to_save_home_delivery.html
I know that for many years Canada Post has not set up door-to-door mail delivery for any new homes built so some people have no door-to-door delivery. But these people who moved into the new homes knew this before purchasing their homes, so they could decide whether they wanted to live with it.
Not the rest of us. I’m a senior but to date can still get around and walk even though some days my foot conditions cause problems. But I don’t want to “skate” out on ice in winter or get blown to a community mail box to pick up my mail. Why should I – especially as Canada Post also keeps raising the cost of postage. Is this extra cost supposed to pay for all the extra community mail boxes?
Canada has a federal election next year. From what I hear and read, this cutting home delivery of mail is going to be a big issue. I will be watching closely to see which parties, party leaders, and my area candidates decide on this issue. I won’t vote for anyone wanting to cut the service.
As for Mr. Deepak Chopra, Canada Post President and CEO. I wish him a happy retirement – very soon. May he retire to a place called Nowhere, location the middle of nowhere, with no car. I would add mobility issues but that would be an insult to those who have mobility issues.
Sharon A. Crawford
Only Child Writes