11/05/17 – They’re back.
Or, are they?
Their roll-out frozen by Justin Trudeau when his Liberals swept to power two years ago, group mailboxes are starting to pop up again in some areas of London — worrying critics and postal workers alike.
Relax, says Canada Post: It’s only temporary, a short-term safety move and only on streets so riddled by construction that letter carriers can’t make it through pylons and dug-up stuff to get to doorsteps.
But door-to-door delivery advocates aren’t buying it.
“It seems like something sneaky might be going on,” said Wendy Goldsmith, who heads the doorstep delivery group Londoners for Door-Door. “I don’t trust what Canada Post is saying.”
Goldsmith said she was surprised to hear of new community boxes sprouting across the city.
London was in the midst of the installation of community boxes for another 42,000 households, part of a nationwide campaign driven by declining mail volume and higher costs, when the Trudeau Liberals put the brakes to the roll-out. Newer subdivisions have for years had the group delivery boxes.
Canada Post says any new mailboxes in old neighbourhoods are temporary, until roadwork is completed. Read more from The London Free Press