Toronto mayor questions cuts by Canada Post

The mayor of Canada’s biggest city has jumped on the bandwagon in opposing efforts by Canada Post to drop door-to-door mail delivery.

“They’re going to have difficultly doing what they want to do,”  the mayor replied in a response to a call from  a Canadian Union of Postal Workers’ (CUPW) representative during a call-in show on CP24.

“In the downtown neighbourhoods, where are they going to put the super mailboxes?” he was reported in the media.

He was referring to the outdoor community boxes that are expected to replace door-to-door delivery for about five million addresses nationwide.

“What are they going to do about seniors, frail seniors who aren’t able to go to the super mailbox to get their mail?” he added.

Mayor Tory said that he would rather see Canada Post reduce the number of days they deliver mail door-to-door than to have it cut altogether.

Canada Post says the shift to community mailboxes will save the crown corporation between $400 million and $500 million annually.

CUPW has launched a constitutional challenge in federal court over the change, saying the plan violates the rights of senior citizens and people living with disabilities.

With files from CTV and Canadian Press.

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