End of door-to-door mail hardest on elderly, disabled

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.

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  1. markR posted on 12/19/2013 02:41 PM
    How was Mr. Chopra assigned to this position?? Was he promoted from within or was he a Harper appointed puppet? If he was appointed from within, he should have had the forsight to keep Canada Post afloat (that's why they give you the big bucks!!)and put in place alternate revenue generating ideas (ie look at how Bell Canada reinvented itself). Whereas if he's a Harper puppet, we all know who not to vote for come next federal election and run his useless political party out and mail them the last paycheck to their community mailbox.
  2. clint posted on 12/19/2013 03:19 PM
    Oh Canada Post.....you are going to concentrate on delivering packages instead of home deliveries huh......FYI 3d printers are about to make shipping packages obsolete in the very near future.....you need a plan "C" now.
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