Monday, May 4, 2015

Media Release: From: Councillor Terry Whitehead – Ward 8 City of Hamilton

On April 23rd in response to a question from Hamilton MP Chris Charlton, Minister of Transport Lisa Raitt made the following statement. “…in sighting these community mailboxes Mr Speaker Canada Post must work with the communities and they must follow all rules and regulations”

Unfortunately here in Hamilton, Canada Post is doing the exact opposite. Instead of working with the municipality to find safe and convenient locations for these boxes by going through our newly developed permit process, we have mailboxes being installed in the drip lines of trees, at busy corners, and entrances to sub divisions. Boxes are even being installed in one instance inside a resident’s new driveway.

These actions show that Canada Post is clearly not obeying our local rules and regulations and as such I’ve sent a letter to the Minister asking her to direct Canada Post to do just that.

See the full letter here. 


  1. AnonymousMay 04, 2015

    Typo. Should read: "...in siting these community mailboxes".

  2. AnonymousMay 04, 2015

    Another error. Should have said "...Unfortunately Canada Post has made the decision to disregard the bylaw passed by the democratically elected oligarchy"

  3. AnonymousMay 05, 2015

    I agree with Whiutehead but I am wondering why the Mayor is not writing the letter. Here we have another example where the Mayor seems to be by-passed. Eisenberger may be easy going (which is probably his downfall), but why is he letting a councillor right to another level of government directly? Makes us look bad.

  4. M Adrian BrassingtonMay 05, 2015

    Funny what passes for 'action' at Council.

    I can imagine what the next phases of Canada Post's morph will be.

    Monday, Wednesday and Friday delivery.


    In the end, a plain-and-simple courier company.

    It's funny how we embrace new technologies so quickly, such as the Internet, social media tablets and smartphones. This stuff usually gets introduced in a (relative) flash, and people fall in love with it. But when it comes to letting go of some things, such as cherished institutions, we balk.

    The reality with Canada Post is that while the world has changed, CP hasn't adjusted as much as a truly private corporation would have: there's no need for daily deliveries, no matter the standard argument that 'Not everyone has Internet access!', usually proffered by the elderly.

    Canada, the US and the UK all used to have twice-a-day and Saturday deliveries. Over time, they were curtailed. The same kind of common sense needs to be invoked here: there should be a long-term plan to wind down the current levels of service. As it stands right now, I believe the overwhelming majority of items delivered are 'junk mail'. Or, non-essential. So we have businesses, et cetera, paying Canada Post to have their crap delivered. So crap is keeping our daily deliveries going.

    I'd venture a guess that the Postal union will fight this to the bitter end. But anyone who feels they're entitled to a guaranteed job for life needs to have a reality check.

    I'm not anti-union, nor am I anti-Canada Post. I'd just like to see a little common sense at play, instead of what we're currently viewing.

    1. I agree in general. But we do need to think about people who will never have the internet, for their own reasons. Maybe have a m,ail service once a week just for them,? Also, if you make the mail based onm internet delivery, ISPs wont want to be responsible if the system goes down and someone misses or loses a piece of mail.



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