The decision by Canada Post to phase out door-to-door mail service in large urban centres isn't sitting well with many Canadians, particularly for the elderly and those with disabilities — those who will have the hardest time getting to one of those large neighborhood superboxes.
On Wednesday, the chairman of the postal service, Deepak Chopra, raised some eyebrows when he suggested walking to the big superboxes would be a good form of exercise, in response to a question about whether the cancellation of the traditional door-to-door mail service would hurt seniors.
“Seniors are telling me that ‘I want to be healthy, I want to be active in my life,’” Chopra said.
Laurie Beachall, the president of the Council of Canadians with disabilities, says the issue goes a lot deeper than that.
"For many people with mobility impairments, or for the elderly...they would become more dependent on family and neighbors and friends," he says. "All of our work is to promote the independence of people with disabilities, and these mailboxes that take a service that's accessible, and makes it possibly inaccesible for a number of people."
Chopra told a House of Commons transport committee Wednesday that the post office needs to implement its long-term austerity plan immediately, or risk losing millions of dollars a day.
Aside from cancelling door-to-door mail service, there will be big hikes in the price of stamps.