With thousands of people — including seniors and persons with disabilities — about to be affected by Canada Post’s decision announced last month to cease door-to-door mail delivery service, the Non-Partisan Association (NPA) isn’t doing much to stop it.
NPA Coun. George Affleck’s Notice of Motion titled Impact of Postal Delivery Changes to Residents of Vancouver will come before Council this Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. This motion only recommends that staff report back with “potential options to mitigate the impacts of this new Canada Post policy.”
Tim Louis, spokesperson for the Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE), said the NPA are spinning their wheels on the issue.
“The motion does not go far enough. A COPE City Council would take away Canada Post’s legal ability to install community mailboxes on municipal property,” said Louis, adding that Vancouver City Council needs a legal opinion from its law departments on how best to implement such a bylaw ASAP.
“City Council needs to take strong action now. We need to stand up for our citizens who rely on daily door-to-door service,” he said.
Citizens aren’t the only ones who will be suffering — up to 8,000 letter carriers are expected to lose their jobs as part of the federal postal entity’s “five-point action plan” intended to cut costs.