Addressing drastic changes by Canada PostSunday, January 19, 2014 by: Darren Taylor
City Council will discuss Canada Post's plans for massive job cuts, changes in service and increased costs for stamps announced in December.
Canada Post's December 11, 2013 announcement of its intention to phase out urban home mail delivery from coast to coast, with a plan to replace that service with the introduction of community mailboxes across the country, has led to no shortage of controversy.
The introduction of community mailboxes (which are already standard in new subdivisions) will mean many of us, with the exception of apartment dwellers, will have to walk down the street to collect our daily mail.
A relatively minor inconvenience to gripe about for those of us who are able-bodied, but an enormous challenge for seniors and others with mobility issues.
The nation-wide community mailbox system (to be established over the next five years), higher postal rates effective March 31, 2014, an increase in the number of franchised post office outlets and a staggering cut of 6,000 to 8,000 jobs over the next five years are measures being taken to address Canada Post’s losses, which were reported at $109 million for the third quarter of 2013.
Canada Post claims that, despite the cut of 6,000 to 8,000 jobs, it expects approximately 15,000 of its employees will leave the company or retire over the next five years.
Canada Post says if the changes are not brought in, it could lose $1 billion annually by 2020.
The changes, Canada Post has stated, are necessary as a result of a huge increase in online communication and an accompanying decline in the amount of regular mail Canada Post delivers.
The corporation expects to save $500 million through the community mailboxes, and $700 million to $900 million per year as a result of all of its changes, with a view to achieving financial stability by 2019.
It is not yet known when the first new community mailboxes will be introduced in Sault Ste. Marie, nor how many Sault mail carriers will lose their jobs.
It is estimated there are approximately 70 mail carriers in the Sault and immediate surrounding area.
The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) is determined to fight Canada Post's decision (some mail carriers across Canada have even handed in their mail bags and quit their jobs, citing low morale among postal workers and not willing to wait for their jobs to be eventually chopped).
Statements from CUPW have scolded Canada Post for not increasing their revenue by introducing extended services, such as banking.
Postal services in the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Switzerland and many other countries have introduced financial services to offset losses in other areas of their operations, CUPW states.
At the local political level, City Councillors Terry Sheehan and Joe Krmpotich made it known at Council's January 6 meeting that they will be calling on Council to urge Canada Post to reverse its decision, underscoring the impact of community mailboxes on seniors and those with disabilities, the devastating effect of job losses, and the impact of increased postal rates on cash-strapped individuals and families, small businesses and not-for-profit organizations.
A letter to Council from Sault Ste. Marie MP Bryan Hayes, dated January 9, 2014, stated the Conservative government supports Canada Post's planned changes to achieve financial stability.
In his letter, Hayes writes that the changes were decided on after extensive consultations between Canada Post and a number of Canadian communities, maintaining: "The overwhelming message was that Canadians do not want to support these services (such as traditional urban home mail delivery) through increased taxes."
While it is not clear what the City of Sault Ste. Marie, through a Council resolution, can do to persuade Canada Post to reverse its decision, and while the letter from Hayes defends Canada Post's decision as financially necessary, a letter from Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce President Mark Barsanti (whose Canadian Tire store houses a Canada Post outlet), dated January 10, 2014, urges Council to bring forward an amended resolution.
Barsanti is calling on Council to allow the Chamber and the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation (SSMEDC) to help Canada Post develop its package freight business by using Sault Ste. Marie's geographic location as a package freight hub, and develop what he calls "pilot programs" to lessen the impact the loss of home mail delivery will have on seniors and the disabled.
Gumby54 1/19/2014 6:54:53 PM Report
While it is admirable that City council will draft a letter to try and Dissuade the Federal Government and Canada Post from proceeding, it is obvious that the deal is done. As taxpayers we can no longer afford to pay for wages and benefits for something that should go way of the Dodo bird. To use the excuse that seniors will be hard done by, that is a little of a red herring. Most senior - me included- are not as computer illiterate as the people against this would have you believe. For the most part, the only mail - if that is what you call the junk mail - in my current community box makes up 90% of my daily mail. Most bills, etc are of the electronic type. Although the mail delivery will go down, the more lucrative parcel system will thrive. Canada Post should now be able to put its efforts into making that portion more efficient. The current Postal workforce is much like the rest of industry; baby boomer's nearing the end of their careers. This is the perfect time for this transition.
Number One Son 1/19/2014 6:56:11 PM Report
What a idiotic stance and project by our city and the Chamber of Commerce. I worked at CPC for over 30 years, and they are laughing their asses off at projects like this. They will do what they want, when they want. They do give a crap about what a small town local council thinks.
eadiecougs 1/19/2014 6:56:27 PM Report
of course hayes tows the party line
Number One Son 1/19/2014 7:00:23 PM Report
BTW Darren Taylor, .... the terminology is Letter Carrier not mail carrier. They are no other Letter Carriers in the Sault Ste. Marie surrounding area, ... just the Sault. The next closest Letter Carrier is in Elliot Lake,and that is only 6 or 7.
If you are going to do a story, get your facts and terminology straight.
guestwho 1/19/2014 7:07:00 PM Report
I`ve been with the green mail box for 13yrs now,the only change that needs to happen to improve that is,to send the the people that deliver the mail to school and teach them math & english so they can read the names and the addresses properly!!!Amazing how many times your mail goes into the wrong box.So then your at the mercy of your neighbor to be kind enough to forward mail to you.
guard1 1/19/2014 7:31:18 PM Report
All I can say is this is pure grand standing by city council to win the senior citizen votes in this years elections. Even though I am a senior citizen they will not win my vote. When they start to cut costs to ease up on the tax levy is when they will win my vote and I would hope others would think this way also.
Fasten your seat belts folks, budget time is around the corner and I would bet that there will be another tax increase while the senior citizens and pensioners are on a fixed income.
I'm In 1/19/2014 7:53:11 PM Report
This city council is a joke, the changes @ Canada Post are coming whether they like or not. Why don't they try running the municipality which they do a poor job of, after all this is O Joes city what he says goes, not his puppet Amoroso, wake up SSM. And yes you will see a Municipal tax increase in 2014 to keep the status quo at city hall, not like the Federal Government trying to save taxpayers money
Oldie Goldie 1/19/2014 8:03:55 PM Report
When and where were these " consultations " held and with whom.
I don't recall any invitations to attend any meetings with Canada Post.
Canada Post has not even considered things like 3 day delivery for everyone including those who have Community Boxes now.
A spokesman for Canada Post said that many Seniors who now have home delivery would like to walk somewhere to get their mail--but that spokesperson failed to mention how many said that and where did they live.
That statement is not believable.
Most of the people who still get home delivery are older people because Canada Post stop the expansion of home delivery about 20 or more years ago.
Many of those older people now use Canes or Walkers or Wheelchairs---Try doing that on winter sidewalks or roads.
I have recently seen some people using their motorized wheel chairs on the roads to get to where they want to go.
How many more will do this dangerous practice ?
Who will pay for slips and falls as more Seniors try to use the sidewalks and/or roads ?
Who will keep the areas of the Community Boxes clear of snow and fix the frozen locks that won't open.
Canada Post has failed miserably in their attempts to invest the money set aside for Pensions for these workers and the Pension Fund is severely underfunded.
Nobody will buy Canada Post---if it was for sale---with that shortage of Pension Funds.
What this amounts to is more money for Postage--Less Service and many Lay-offs.
Guess who will pick up the tab for that shortfall in the Pension Funds ?
In my opinion Canada Post is out to destroy the Postal Workers Union and all their Employees.
Number One Son 1/19/2014 8:08:56 PM Report
You hit the nail on the head Guard 1 and Oldie Goldie.
Ultra 1/19/2014 8:38:40 PM Report
Yep,the poor mail man is going the way of the milk man. We are going to be so efficient there won't be any way to earn a damn living anymore. Thank god they are legalizing prostitution so at least our daughters and gay sons can have a chance for a decent standard of living. I get so excited when I think of all the opportunities that will arise from the savings.
Notperfect 1/19/2014 8:50:13 PM Report
I am a senior and I agree with Gumby54.
Regular mail has gone the way of the do do bird. The only mail I get is junk mail. Another thought - have mail delivery two days a week. We don't need it every day.
mosquitos 1/19/2014 8:58:05 PM Report
Losing corporations should change or die. Too bad they can't cut the $1.1-billion to the CBC too. Milk and bread delivery died a long time ago, why is it taking so long for Canada Post.
Alystr 1/19/2014 9:27:38 PM Report
Lower you damn prices and quit being so greedy and you might make some money.. Your services are never on time anyways. Pay extra for 2 day delivery and still get it in 4 days lol..
nanajunebug 1/19/2014 9:45:12 PM Report
I agree with mail delivery only two,or three days a week...that is all we get right now...and we live in the "city"...we just never get anything on most Mondays and Fridays and if there is snow..forget that day too...so cutting back the days of delivery really wouldn't affect our neighbourhood anyway...
Retreaded 1/19/2014 10:04:18 PM Report
As a senior I am in favour of doing away with mail delivery. It is something we can no longer afford . I can see in the not too distant future that there will be no daily delivery of the local paper either. Getting the news on line will grow and grow. Now if we could just stop those Jehovah's from coming to the door.
Meow 1/19/2014 10:20:36 PM Report
We can't afford to lose anymore jobs in this City!
Moonshiner 1/19/2014 10:28:54 PM Report
Life goes on.....
Koolaid 1/19/2014 10:47:22 PM Report
Is it possible that you could blame the unions for getting too greedy , for this action by the government. Because a Mailperson is just a glorified paperboy, who makes $25.00 /hr.
Voxboy876 1/19/2014 11:23:07 PM Report
Glorified paper boy. A couple weeks ago when it was -30, the mail man delivered my mail.....not his mother
ShawnM 1/19/2014 11:30:59 PM Report
Personally I have already noticed a change in service already with most things being sent to Toronto now. Packages that used to take 1 or 2 days to deliver are now taking 3 or 4. From a business stand point our business now suffers because it takes even longer to get the customer their package. Only problems with going one of the other routes like Purolator, Fedex or UPS is that they cost even more and don't always have a local pickup office if the customer misses delivery.
right wing 1/20/2014 8:23:01 AM Report
Door to door mail delivery is going to be history.
Those folks that already have boxes, 2/3 thirds of Canadians, really don't understand what some of you are crying about.
Dead End Kid 1/20/2014 8:31:31 AM Report
Citizens who don't want any junk mail should be able to register to have it discontinued. This would lighten up the load considerably and as a result there would be fewer days a week mail delivery.
Slim Shady 1/20/2014 8:32:23 AM Report
What I would like to know or understand is the following:
1.) Did Canada Post always loose money in mail delivery? How was it like in the 1950s? 1960s? 1970s? If it broke even then why can’t they now? If it is mail volume, then services need to increase in cost and decrease in delivery time (ie. 3 day a week delivery).
2.) If they were always hemorrhaging this much money, why did it take them 20 years to address the situation? (ie. break even or turn a profit?)
Times have changed and unfortunately no one likes to see people loose their jobs, however email/internet has replaced the large volume of mail that used to be delivered. Any service or company cannot continue forever losing money. I must admit I was shocked at the increase in postal rates, especially charging $1.00 per stamp if you didn’t buy a book of stamps. However, I do not mail that much per year, I too use the internet for most of my communication needs. We I need to ship a package, that is the time I go to the post office or a commercial courier like UPS.
I spent most of my life on community or rural mailboxes and people (including seniors) adapted. People have to stop using seniors as an excuse to carry on the system. In reality, in the old days people relied on family and friends to assist them when they grew old and less mobile. Yes there are some that have nobody…. Or do they? It is a sad society where a neighbour of a senior can not extend their time or compassion to help their fellow man in their time of need? I clean the driveway of my senior neighbours and I expect nothing for it. I’d get their mail or pick up their prescription if they needed it to. People need to get more involved with their community and stop being so self-centred. I also remember as a kid when neighbourhood parents cared about each other’s kids and felt like extended family. As kids we shoveled their driveways. As a teenager I drove my neighbour (who was legally blind) to his doctor appointments and errands on a weekly basis (for free… he did pay me for cutting his grass etc.). Where and why has this all disappeared?
Sometimes one issue is caused by many issues; we are constantly changing and adapting to circumstances daily whether we realize it or not.
Me Myself an I 1/20/2014 8:47:51 AM Report
Seeing as 90% of my mail is flyers or junk I have no issue with delivery even once a week.
Also our carrier seems to have a problem reading numbers on the mail, We get the mail for our neighbor on our right all the time and our neighbor to the left gets ours, so anything like a community box that will help out this poor illiterate carrier would be apreciated
OMGWTF 1/20/2014 9:13:16 AM Report
Canada Post has made a profit 16 out of the last 17 years. The issue is the future and with increased use of internet billing, payment and correspondence regular mail is going the way of the Dodo, extinct due to human incompetence and interference. My father delivered mail for 35 years and my brother works for Canada Post so it hits home but they understand that this dinosaur needs to adapt or die
ShawnM 1/20/2014 9:18:30 AM Report
They will probably never give you an option to stop junk mail, it would be stupid from their side if they did.
Businesses pay to send out bulk mail, this in turn generates money for them. Why would they shoot themselves in the foot by trying to reduce a service that is making them money.
Gotmilk 1/20/2014 10:25:16 AM Report
Magazines are next to go, you can't compete with the internet.
Number One Son 1/20/2014 10:30:26 AM Report
I am retired from Canada Post, but I worked there for over 33 years. They did not make a profit for 16 of the last 17 years, but very close to it. You cannot compare the 50's to the early 80's to what is happening now because CPC became a Crown Corporation in the mid 80's which changed everything.
The Canada Post Act created at this time did not demand that Canada Post pay a dividend from their profits to the Canadian Government each year, but that is what happened "voluntarily", .... to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars each year, in some years. This money went directly into the Canadian tax coffers, when in fact Canada Post could have kept it to improve infrastructure and have money available for bad times like now. Poor management by CPC.
The current problem is largely based on the pension obligation of CPC. They will have a pension deficit of over a billion dollars very soon if they don't act on this now. That will mean a government bail out if CPC doesn't act now, .... bail out with money CPC has already given the Canadian Government in the form of unwarranted dividends.
The problem with going to a 3 or 4 day delivery schedule is that CPC cannot control the mail volumes. If a couple of customers decide to do a large mailing on a day when they are shut down,an instant backlog would be created that would require unnecessary manpower and cause disgruntled customers. Less service means, less customers, means less income, .... and so it spirals. Also employees that would loss their jobs because of this would now be a taxing commodity on the social systems.
The people here that state that 90% of their mail is junk mail are stating a lie. Much closer to 50%, but it is a significant amount. You can have CPC stop delivery of "junk mail" (which is actually referred to as "admail") by simply taping a notice on your mailbox stating "no admail here". The letter carrier will stop delivering admail to your box. Simple as that.
Th problem is not the unions,but the upper management of CPC. The very day the Deepak Chopra was fielding questions about his statement of seniors wanting to walk for exercise to get their mail, he accepted a performance bonus of several hundred thousand dollars for the "good work" he was doing a CEO of Canada Post. There is definitely something wrong with that fact.
inferno 1/20/2014 10:34:08 AM Report
provide less service and charge more money.....thats a brilliant idea. why not deliver mail every second or third day?
pruden 1/20/2014 11:04:24 AM Report
Last year, the mail person delivered my pension cheque to someone in the next street. Now I have direct deposit.
When the mail has been delivered, after sorting out the puc bill/gas bill envelopes = the rest of the stuff goes into the garbage; I don't even look through it especially Hayes generic news letter.
This MP is not interested in his community only in his future career - why do they say our 'representative' - what exactly has he done for the Sault? The closure of the EI office is under his jurisdiction and did we hear from him when that disappeared? NO! Sadly, he is just spouting off the reformers/cpc pmo's form letter and so it will be. Watch out Canada Pension these greedy little B's will be after that too. As for fiscal responsibility, Harper has just promised $66 million to the Palestian Authority - we need to get rid of these reformers from running our Country.
pruden 1/20/2014 11:10:38 AM Report
No. 1 Son - good response.
As for 'magazines' are next to go, Rogers is forever sending me free magazines hoping I'll purchase a year's supply.
NB113 1/20/2014 12:02:33 PM Report
Here is one reason CPC cannot afford mail delivery any longer:
Our business pays for a PO Box downtown as we do not want delivery to our door. We feel it is quicker to go down to the Post Office to pick up our mail. However we have no control as to how customers address mail to us. If the customer includes a physical address as well as the PO Box and the physical address is listed first on the envelope, then the mail is delivered by carrier. So half our mail is dropped in the box & half is delivered. What boggles my mind though is when the carrier is dropped off at our address by taxi because they have determined that it is too dangerous for the carrier to walk to our location because of all the traffic & the snow.
Dictionary 1/20/2014 12:04:22 PM Report
the conservatives are trying to deconstruct our government as they realize they are on their way out. burning books, destroying our postal service...
not too mention all the jobs they continue to destroy.
seems the only way they'll be happen is if the entire nation works in fort mac.
also, what's with canada post making a profit 17 of the last 18 years, the lone exception being the year they locked out postal carriers...
are they really in a cash crunch, or is this just typical conservative small government mentality.
CPC is a crown corporation, not a private business entity.
Number One Son 1/20/2014 1:48:51 PM Report
NB 113, .... quit belly-aching over your own problems. It is a two way street. You are the one that has the responsibility to inform your correspondents your proper mailing address. It is your responsibility to inform them to send all mail to your PO Box, not your street address. Canada Post's policy has always been to deliver to the first address presented on the item, .... they are not mind readers.
As for the taxi dropping off the letter Carrier because of safety concerns, .... this is not a policy of Canada Post. I think the carrier who customarily takes a taxi out to their route is having the taxi drop them at your location simply out of convenience. Obviously you have not properly addressed your first concern over the PO Box, so I doubt you have properly researched this beef of yours as well.
Mayday? 1/20/2014 1:51:39 PM Report
Great comments,you know who you are!
!@# 1/20/2014 2:46:20 PM Report
Get ready for this one....those claiming Union Busting....hahaha....are the ones who can't read and delivering the wrong mail...hahahaha....and we can't get rid of them.....on a serious side...Union Busting....I HOPE SO!!!!! The demise of our society as we know it!!
watchingfrom afar 1/20/2014 2:48:40 PM Report
Finally, gov't services dramatically over-priced by stupid, greedy and lazy unions, are facing their due. Cut back, yes! And keep cutting back. Paying someone thousands and thousands of dollars for a job someone in grade 6 could do after school...read an address on an envelope, stick it in a mailbox...really. Cops, firefighters, teachers, nurses...all coming due here folks...these outlandish wages, pensions, etc. cannot be afforded any longer by the average taxpayer. When these salaries/pensions exceed that of the average taxpayer, who is supposed to be funding it?
!@# 1/20/2014 2:52:28 PM Report
ease up watching from afar....most of those groups ie. teachers....pay their own pension! ever see a teacher paycheck!! 1/3 of it is pension deductions....savings yes....but get facts straight!!
watchingfrom afar 1/20/2014 2:56:48 PM Report
Hey !#@, the groups I mentioned are paid WITH taxes from others, that earn much less than them and have far less pension plans...who is supposed to continue pay for all this unsupervised greed by these unions that are paid WITH taxes from others' pockets?
!@# 1/20/2014 3:05:09 PM Report
Taxes from others.....enlightenment!! the world runs on taxes from others!! This thought that only civil servants are paid from government is Neanderthal thinking...it's all government money...or do you think private industry gets their money from a private stash?? here I go again...hahahaha...you are funny!! Analogy: I am a civil servant paid for by the government (tax payer dollars)...then I buy something from let's say IBM (private company)...don't you see bright one....it came from tax payer money...all of it!!
thera 1/20/2014 3:46:30 PM Report
All you guys see is the end result "reading an address and putting it in a box." True, but there is a lot more to it than that, mail has to be sorted, put into bundles, put into bags, and all put into sequence according to how you walk your 10 to 15 km route everyday.
There are situations where the person sorting the mail isn't the person delivering it, and this can lead to more sorting errors. These people are dealing with hundreds of letters and magazines while under time constraints to get the mail out to those grey relay stops on their route.
Tell me, has no one ever made a mistake at work? Why is it that apparently letter carriers must be perfect 100% of the time?
Gumby54 1/20/2014 4:04:28 PM Report
A quick question or 2. The routes have been developed over the years and remain somewhat static for the Mail-person?
Letters, magazines and ad mail are received, put in pigeon holes of some type? These individual pigeon holes make up sections of a route and are bundled together in some fashion and hopefully numbered in sequence of how the route rolls out? These bundles are then placed in bags and delivered to the grey boxes on the street based on where one part of a route ends and another begins? This would seem how it should be laid out. If a mail person decides to do their route backwards today for what ever reason, then he/she should have spoken to the Inside sorter to bundle the mail in that fashion. No one is suggesting that mistakes aren't made in every other work situation, but the jist of this news article is that CP has not - for what ever reason - kept up with technology. Either they adjust by what ever means, or they go Bankrupt. As a taxpayer, I am not willing to pay ever more taxes to keep them afloat. Chose a niche in the letter/parcel market where they can make money or get out of the business.
thera 1/20/2014 7:12:43 PM Report
Essentially, you are correct. The reason I brought that all up is because some people think a 12 year old could do this job (in this weather, etc), like a part-time paper route. I was trying to point out, it's a little more complicated than that. Yes, you can get the person to lay out the route differently, but when you are sorting the route as well as delivering it, there is a much lower chance of error - simply for the fact it is the same person is handling the mail from the beginning of the process to the end.
Secondly, I don't know where people get this idea that the taxpayers pay for Canada Post. It is quite the opposite in reality - every year, Canada Post pays the government millions, plus a dividend.
thera 1/20/2014 7:17:56 PM Report
And yes, Canada Post IS keeping up with technology. If they hadn't, they would have been done a long time ago. Just think, how long has the internet been around? I believe it was the early 80s, and in the past 18 years, Canada Post has posted record profits for the past 17 of them. Guess which year they had a loss, yup the year they locked Canada Post workers out.
judoka 1/20/2014 7:59:57 PM Report
Yet, nobody seems to be asking why this Idiot " Deepak Chopra " got a huge bonus last year? Usually bonuses are for those that do something rather well and make the company money. Yet this moron ( and his 29 vice presidents ) got bonuses last year. So WTF? Perhaps if these top heavy government official idiots, yes idiots.....would do their job, we might not be at this stage of the game. Lying cheating idiots with no morales, lining their pockets......then bailing and saying to shut it down. Thanks morons. You did real good. Now get the hell out. Im sure the seniors appreciate your concern for their welfare. Yea, im being sarcastic!!!
Oldie Goldie 1/20/2014 9:16:28 PM Report
Delivery of Mail is a NECESSITY---So said Harper when he ordered the Postal Workers back to work last year after Canada Post locked them out.
If Postal workers don't deliver it then who ?
Building Community Boxes---Buying or renting land to place them--Hiring Contractors to deliver the mail--Making disabled Seniors go through the snow and cold weather--possibly getting hurt---all this will not save money for Canada Post.
If someone slips on the ice and breaks a hip or a leg will cause Law Suits---Who do they sue ?
If the City is sued up goes our taxes--Canada Post will not be responsible for that--even though they caused it.
This is not a well thought out plan on the part of Canada Post.
Oldie Goldie 1/20/2014 9:27:20 PM Report
By the way---what Poster wants a Community Mail Box in their front yard ?
If Canada Post cannot negotiate spots for their string of boxes then the Government will confiscate what land they need !
Who picks up the garbage junk mail that users will toss aside ?
Who will clear the snow from the boxes ?
Who will unfreeze the frozen locks in our winters ?
Who will deliver the mail to the right person if it is put in the wrong box ?
These answers are not yet known but you can bet that Canada Post will not do it once the mail is delivered.
Me Myself an I 1/21/2014 8:14:23 AM Report
@Number One Son how do you know what comes out of my mail box? If I say 90% of what I get is junk mail, then that is what I get.
guestwho 1/21/2014 8:43:07 AM Report
Who will unfreeze the frozen locks in our winters ?
you will ,everyone has their own locks
Gumby54 1/21/2014 11:02:06 AM Report
1. If we are all responsible then there will be no junk mail on the ground in front of you or your neighbours house. Common courtesy should prevail Or dump it back in the box for outbound mail on the unit like most of us that have this do now.
2.The snow will be cleared by a contractor - who also cleans in front of the red boxes now. From the Profits of this method as opposed to home delivery.
3. In all 14 years of using my box, I have never had a frozen lock. If I did, I am sure just like the lock on your car door, a little methyl alcohol will cure the problem. Any damage is fixed just like all damaged green boxes.
4.When you get someone else's mail in your home box today what do you do? In these community boxes there is a spot for outgoing mail. So when you open your slot and see someone else's mail you have 2 options. Bring it to your neighbour or put it in outbound and it will be resorted. Simple.
5.If you walk on the street today and slip and fall - who do you sue? This is the same, you are responsible for your own safety.
Remember the mail will still need to be sorted and bundled for routes, that portion of the delivery will not decrease. The mail person will now ride from box to box and deliver the mail. With declining people due to retirements, the impact on employment will not be as horrendous as some might suggest. Will there be a decrease in employment - YES. But any technological change has and always will reduce manual labour.
Years ago in the Package sorting facility (Gateway) in Mississauga, we used 2 people per station to process packages. Labour intensive. With the advent of Bar Coding etc the flow rate has increased and only 1 person is required per station.
The same can be said for Mail sorting. There are machines that read not only bar codes but also the postal code and has reduced the manual sort and distribution. Does the local facility have this capability? I myself don't know; but automated systems are more efficient and cost effective.
Do you use a computer, cell phone or cable TV? Maybe we should still have party lines cuz we had operators who manually plugged us into our destined call. Progress - progress - progress.