Target: Deepak Chopra, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canada Post
Goal: Find an alternative to phasing out home postal delivery services
Canada’s postal service has recently announced that it will switch to community mailboxes in urban areas in the next five years. These mailboxes will see frequent vandalism and mail theft, and can be inaccessible to disabled and senior citizens. Home delivery mail services will be phased out in favor of public mailboxes, cutting nearly 8,000 jobs.
Canada Post has received nearly 5,000 reports of incidents with community mailboxes in the past five years. Arson and vandalism are not uncommon, while some areas report a mass theft of mail nearly every year. Mail theft, particularly around tax season, can lead to identity theft and lost money, as well as the inconvenience of ordering new credit cards and identification.
Senior and disabled citizens as well as those with limited mobility were not considered a factor in Canada Post’s decision. Particularly in the colder months, the mailboxes can become inaccessible to those without a helping hand, causing them to fall behind on bills and communications.
As many suburbs already receive their mail in community or apartment boxes, it is older and more established neighborhoods that will take the biggest hit. According to demographics, some of these neighborhoods have mostly elderly residents.
Canada’s postal service has seen a decrease in revenue corresponding with a decrease in mail, likely due to the growing popularity of electronic communications. Though currently operating in a deficit, there are far more sensible options that could be explored. Demand that the Canadian government seek alternatives to ending home services in urban areas.
Dear Deepak Chopra, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canada Post,
Recently, Canada Post announced its plans to phase out home delivery services in favor of community mailboxes. These mailboxes can be subject to arson, vandalism, and theft, resulting in stolen identities and lost money, particularly during tax season. In five years, there were nearly 5,000 such incidents reported.
Those with limited mobility such as seniors and the disabled may not be able to access these mailboxes without help. Especially in the winter months, this could cause some to fall behind on important bills and communications.
It is imperative that an alternative be found to cutting home mail service, which will affect millions of Canadians. I ask that cost-cutting measures be found that do not have such a profound effect on customers.
[Your Name Here]
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