With Special Guest: Alexandra Mendès, M.P., Vice Chair of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts
Rob Oliphant, M.P for Don Valley West, hosted a Canada Post consultation on Wednesday, August 17th at the Anglican Church of St. Augustine of Canterbury on Bayview Avenue. The meeting lasted ninety minutes and included opening remarks by special guest Alexandra Mendès, M.P. as well as questions and comments from the audience.
Many constituents suggested reducing the number of days per week Canada Post delivers to households rather than installing community boxes. They stated that much of mail is not time sensitive, so waiting a few days to receive mail would be acceptable. However, other participants recognized the challenges associated with this option such as storage of larger amounts of mail and losing business to competition that offers one-day and everyday delivery. This was largely argued by postal workers who were in the audience.
One suggestion was to modify delivery methods and frequency based on geographic region, demographics, and seasons. As a result, neighbourhoods with seniors would receive home delivery, especially in winter, for ease and accessibility. The majority of the attendees were in favour of expanding services provided by Canada Post, such as introducing postal banking. The example of Portugal was given, where highway fees are paid at the postal office. Also suggested was the potential sale and distribution of savings bonds by the postal service as a Canadian tradition from the wartime era.
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