Just some news to fill in my non-Canadian followers out there… here in Canada, the mail service announced back in December that it would cease home delivery of non-parcel mail within 5 years.
Those who’ve been following for a while probably know that this is of personal import to me. At the least, I should expect some deep job cuts right up the middle of my line of work. In fact, part of the community where I live is one of the first being converted to the new mail super-boxes. The carriers I work with are already worrying and speculating about how many of them will have work to do once this becomes a reality this coming Fall.
For reasons I’ll go into some other post, my family and I will be ok personally. But it still makes me sad.
This is the end of the neighborhood letter-carrier. It may seem antiquated, but I’ve been living it, and can tell you it’s a real thing. You really do feel part of the neighborhood. You really do watch out for the kids and dogs, and whatever else you know belongs on your patch of streets. And you really do provide a little conversation, and a well-meaning watchful eye for some older and more isolated residents that may not have that many people in their lives.
The writing may just be on the wall for this change… though many people I know blame the company (“Canada Post” is an arms’ length corporation owned by the Canadian Government). I reserve judgement as to whether this is really the way things must be, but some of my distaste was summed up best by a guest on the radio-show Q: (paraphrasing)
"We’re cancelling home delivery because it’s not profitable? Is road maintenance profitable? How about Medicare? I mean, maybe The Mail shouldn’t be compared to Medicare, but… I’ve always thought that Canada was a country good at walking in the middle. We care about profit, but we know it isn’t everything. Well, maybe we’ve strayed from that balance when we decide we can’t deliver mail to the homes of seniors and the disabled because it’s not profitable”
In theory, the company and the job I’ve loved could still have a full future, but if I had to bet, I’d bet this is the beginning of a slippery slope to R.I.P. Canada Post. Sad.