Mayors not keen on Canada Post proposal

Andrew Robinson
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The mayors for two communities that may be affectedby a Canada Post proposal to reduce hours of operations for rural post offices do not want the national mail carrier to act on the proposal.

Canada Post may eliminate Saturday hours for post offices in Paradise, Topsail, Bay Roberts, Clarke’s Beach and Placentia, among others, according to the Newfoundland and Labrador branch of the Canadian Postmasters and Assistants Association (CPAA).

A spokeswoman for Canada Post says a proposal has been made to CPAA, but no decision will be made until consultations take place with the association and the affected communities. She said people are sending fewer letters and receiving more parcels and that reviewing operations in rural communities is necessary to make sure its service remains “viable and strong.”

According to Rob Richards, who was picking up mail from the post office in Topsail Friday, residents of the community are already receiving surveys from Canada Post.

Paradise Mayor Ralph Wiseman said the issue came up in Tuesday’s council meeting.

“We certainly don’t want to see the post office closed on Saturdays here in the town of Paradise,” said Wiseman. “Paradise is a working town and a lot of people do business with the post office.”

He said Saturday is the only day some residents of the community can make it to the post office. If it was closed that day, Wiseman said, it would become more difficult for them to use it.

Conception Bay South Mayor Woodrow French said closing the post office in Topsail on Saturdays would inconvenience residents.

“People who worked all week and had to do things on the weekend with regards to sending mail, paying bills, instead of doing it (Saturday), they’d be inconvenienced having to find a way to do it on Monday,” he said. “It’s just another downgrading of services.”

Both councils intend to voice their objections to the proposed move with Canada Post, according to the two mayors. French said his council has been in regular contact with Canada Post on a variety of matters.

“It just doesn’t seem like it gets anywhere or that they want to listen,” he said. “They just make up what they think is in the best interest of the residents of Conception Bay South. And then they go ahead and do it.”

 With files from The Compass

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Organizations: Canada Post

Geographic location: Paradise, Topsail, Bay Roberts Placentia Newfoundland and Labrador Conception Bay South

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Recent comments

  • c.williams
    March 04, 2012 - 15:05

    as a canada post employee it is vitial to keep and support your Postal outlets.yes there is a decline in mail because of the internet but many people and businesses still depend on mail services.however the amount of people using canada post for recieving and sending parcels.with such sites as ebay people want to get the parcels safely.if there is no safe means to get parcels then next thing people will recieve there parcels on the door step and with NL weather that would not be a good outcome.We are not just a letter service ....we provide other services such as moneygrams,faxes,student loan drop offs,reset pins for credit cards/ debuts,etc.

  • mom
    February 26, 2012 - 21:54

    This will be very bad in rural areas. Some seniors can only get to the post office on Saturday when their family is available to take them. A lot of seniors still use mail to pay bills and even write letters! We need more better paying jobs here not less! It is time to get away from the minimum wage is good enough mentality, especially when the cost of living is increasing so much.

  • jaydee
    February 26, 2012 - 14:11

    Poor putup residents of Paradise. Can't they drive to the post office at the Lawtons Building to do their business?? A lot of communities have no post office and have to drive to do their business.

  • chris
    February 26, 2012 - 13:18

    What you are seeing here is a lean towards oursourcing Lawtons in Paradise has a postal outlet that is open 7 days a week Postal workers make $22+/hr Lawtons workers make $10+/hr you will see many corporate owned and run post offices close and outsourcing become a greater presense Otherwise a stamp will cost $2 in years to come

    February 26, 2012 - 11:52


  • Paradise Wants In
    February 26, 2012 - 06:15

    There you go. The Mayor says that Paradiseis just a bedroom community as no one is home in the town Monday to Frieday so they need the Post Office on Saturday. In other words, this confirms that Paradise only exists because people can leave town to go to work in St. John's. About time they amalgamate to pay their fair share of St. John's pulic resources they use.

  • hmmmm
    February 25, 2012 - 21:19

    looks like canada post is trying to elimate jobs, reduce costs, salraries etc. those people working in the post office make $24 an hour, the employees in shoppers make minimum wage.

  • Lorena Rockwood
    February 25, 2012 - 19:23

    If they agree to close up Canada Post Paradise on Saturday ... People can always go to Lawtons in Paradise, they have a Post Office there open from 9am to 9:30 pm, as do Shoppers in Manuel's