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You won't see these two anymore (photo)

Monday, December 02, 2013   by: Darren Taylor

Beginning today, the familiar sets of two side-by-side outgoing mailboxes we see across the city, one for local mail and the other for mail sent to all other destinations, will be reduced to one outgoing mailbox.

This comes as a result of changes at Canada Post.

All outgoing mail will now be sent to Canada Post’s South Central mail processing facility in Toronto.

Canada Post says its Toronto facility, which already handles all outgoing mail addressed to areas outside the Sault, has the ability to handle additional Sault mail using equipment that processes up to 30,000 letters per hour.

Other Northern Ontario communities, including Sudbury and Timmins, will experience this change.

While the change has many locals concerned, a message sent to Sault Ste. Marie Mayor Debbie Amaroso in October by London, Ontario-based Canada Post Communications Officer Tom Creech, states: “For Sault residents and businesses this change will have minimal impact.”

It is expected by Canada Post that outgoing mail sent to all addresses with postal codes that begin with “P” will be sent to Toronto, processed and sent back to the Sault by air and delivered by local mail carriers, with the usual two-day delivery standard largely unchanged.

Canada Post says that more correspondence is being sent by email, and that without the change in processing, it could lose $1 billion over the next few years.

What effect will the processing change have on Sault mail jobs?

While Creech’s message to Mayor Amaroso did not specifically refer to that, the message states: “Let me assure you that our regular full-time and part-time employees have job security and will be re-assigned to other duties as a result of this change.”    

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sportsfan17 12/2/2013 10:15:43 AM Report

This just seems.. counter-productive?
crashed13 12/2/2013 10:25:09 AM Report

I think I have seen those things around.
Always wonder what they were , I thought they were for clothes donations.
bounder 12/2/2013 10:31:03 AM Report

So if I send a letter to my neighbour , it goes to Toronto and back . How frigging stupid can they get??????????
bounder 12/2/2013 10:31:42 AM Report

So if I send a letter to my neighbour , it goes to Toronto and back . How frigging stupid can they get??????????
Just Curious 12/2/2013 10:34:43 AM Report

And I suppose the cost of stamps will go up to offset the cost of trucking mail to TO and back????
Ski-Dude 12/2/2013 10:43:35 AM Report

All apart of the CP cost savings and structure changes.....in other words, yes, stamp prices will rise. Also you will see more and more community mail boxes replacing carriers.
Greeky3 12/2/2013 10:52:47 AM Report

Just one more big corporation going by the wayside because of poor management.....
whooligun 12/2/2013 10:56:57 AM Report

Probably not a bonus for the environment either.
thera 12/2/2013 11:30:37 AM Report

"Canada Post says its Toronto facility, which already handles all outgoing mail addressed to areas outside the Sault"

That's untrue, the Sault processes (well, did process) the mail going all the way up to Thunder Bay.

Funny how Canada Post says that they are losing letter mail to email, but they build these $$ billion central facilities to process letter mail. Something is wrong here.
KFM 12/2/2013 11:44:03 AM Report

Looks like Canada Post is as blind to the fact that there are people north of Barrie just as the Ontario Government including our so called represenative from the Sault!
Sam C 12/2/2013 12:17:15 PM Report

"The usual two-day standard." Anyone else remember when the "standard" was one-day?
Bendilin 12/2/2013 12:42:23 PM Report

So what this article is basically saying is to not use the Canadian Post any more for anything local, and to just hand deliver it yourself.

Got ya.
Tag33&1/3rd 12/2/2013 1:21:20 PM Report

Stupid
thumbs4208 12/2/2013 1:38:31 PM Report

agreed Stupid
watchingfrom afar 12/2/2013 2:16:20 PM Report

Think about it. They are losing billions due to employing unionized workforce that do the job a 10 year old can do. Read an address...stick it in a mailbox. Realy...shut the whole thing down already
jojo12345 12/2/2013 2:41:06 PM Report

no one send letter anymore it is all texting
buddyjewel 12/2/2013 3:12:04 PM Report

I sent a letter to the east coast two years ago and it still hasn't arrived. It must still be in Toronto. hmmmmm
Newsjunkie 12/2/2013 3:16:59 PM Report

Well, let's see how this works. I mail a letter at 3pm today. It doesn't get put on a truck until tomorrow morning, drives all the way to Toronto (an 8 hour drive), gets sorted sometime on Wednesday and sent Back on Thursday's Truck (another 8 hour drive) to be delivered on Friday. I can't see how a '2 day standard' could possibly be maintained with this system. The only way my local mail is likely to be delivered in the same WEEK is if I mail it on a Monday! May as well go put it in the mailbox across town myself.
harry dick 12/2/2013 3:40:54 PM Report

The part that I cannot understand about the Post Office proposed savings is at $6.00 a gallon for gasoline , with trucks running to and from Toronto every day , where will they be saving money? It is getting very expensive to truck anything these days , due to gasoline prices. For $6.00 an hour both ways and the equipment that is in the Sault Post Office already, I believe the Post Office could be showing a loss , instead of a profit.
buddyjewel 12/2/2013 3:48:48 PM Report

TORONTO?
TORONTO?
IS SOMEBODY SMOKING CRACK?
B Boy 12/2/2013 4:20:52 PM Report

Out of curiosity, how many of the respondents to this article actually regularly send letters to other people in Sault Ste. Marie, Christmas cards notwithstanding?

GotRotties 12/2/2013 4:38:23 PM Report

Too bad they didn't post this story earlier and then I would have posted my mail this morning at 630 am when I went to Macs milk and discovered only one box...it says local on it...I had no idea if one was stolen, or perhaps "other destinations" were in other destinations...thanks a lot Canada post...now I will have to make another trip to post the same letter.
ssmrental 12/2/2013 5:11:58 PM Report

I believe that mail was never sorted here in the first place didnt it always go to sudbury before then back here even if it was just to your neighbour across the road?

we need someone that works for canada post to confirm this but I think this is true
I'm In 12/2/2013 5:42:14 PM Report

watchingfrom afar how come you don't work there, you post like a 10 year old, it is because of unions you don't pay for your healthcare wake up.
doggs 12/2/2013 6:01:07 PM Report

Yes Ths Government ...His spending tax payers Dollars with no Thought behind their MADNESS'''
Stugatzu 12/2/2013 6:14:46 PM Report

The mail doesn't go by truck to Toronto, it's loaded onto an airplane and is delivered to TO's sorting facility.

Not trying to nitpick.. but that's the process.


Same thing happens for mail coming from TO to SSM -- it arrives here by airplane, and is the sorted and delivered.
Lleoy 12/2/2013 6:32:37 PM Report

Ya, ask Stugatzu, he doesn't know his ass from a hole in the ground.
Stugatzu 12/2/2013 7:08:58 PM Report

Talk about being childish -- you still have sour grapes over being identified as a thief -- so now, you're pathetically trying to make this personal.


thera 12/2/2013 8:04:45 PM Report

Mail does not come from or to a plane. No, local mail was never sorted in Sudbury, the "P" red letter boxes have been worked locally. About 15 years back, they tried doing this and it didn't work. We will see what happens this time around.
Stugatzu 12/2/2013 8:25:55 PM Report

Care to explain that to a family member who happens to work for Canada Post as a POST MASTER who explained that mail headed for Toronto to be sorted/delivered, or coming from Toronto to be sorted/delivered -- arrives at its respective location via airplane.

Mail arriving in Toronto, arrives at Pearson, in Mississauga.


But, I digress... you seem to know a lot more than myself and a Canada Post Post Master on the subject.
guestwho 12/2/2013 11:16:18 PM Report

what`s a billion dollars,politicians piss that away all the time,but we don`t get rid of them!!
nursescare 12/2/2013 11:54:28 PM Report

Perhaps all who have responded to this story that DO NOT work for Canada Post should actually find out what the facts are, before you offer up your thoughts!

The local mail was picked up, sorted and delivered usually next day in Sault Ste Marie, until today.

If you think a 10 year old can do this job, as there is no skill required, then you really are out of touch with reality! We are out in EVERY weather condition possible, rain, extreme heat, snow storms, walking up driveways that we don not know how they are maintained, have to be aware of dogs that are not properly restrained (yes, I have been bitten walking down the sidewalk, minding my own business) we walk for sometimes 6 hours, 5 days a week. So come on, follow in my footsteps and then see what you think...
thera 12/3/2013 12:21:13 PM Report

@ Stugatzu
Yes, I work at the local post office, and I really don't care if you are a post master in southern ontario. I see it with my own eyes: a transport truck comes with the mail in the morning and leaves with all the mail to be processed out of town in the evening.
I have no doubt you receive mail in southern ontario that was on an airplane, but it didn't come from the Sault.
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