I think this is a terrible idea!
- Kanata resident, Hazeldean mall shopper
The leafletting, conducted in part at the Hazeldean Mall on Eagleson Road, attracted significant interest from Kanata residents concerned about the proposal to eliminate their home delivery. Certain postal code districts of Kanata are among the first in the country to see their direct home mail deilvery terminated completely, with residents being forced to use so-called "Community Mail Boxes" (CMBs) instead. These CMBs are this month being dropped off onto a number of sites in the area.
"I think this is a terrible idea," said one resident, a local senior. "Many people rely on this service, and want it to continue."
Others asked aloud whether it was too late to have the decision reversed. Campaigners pointed out that opposition to the plan - which is planned to roll out over the coming five years - is growing, and over 70 municipalities have now passed resolutions expressing opposition to the Canada Post plan. Surprisingly, the City of Ottawa is one of the few larger cities in the country to have not passed such a resolution, despite clear opposition to the plan from local residents.
The Kanata Town Hall this coming Wednesday will have several speakers on a panel, including Trevor Haché, a Kanata-based community activist who is slated to lose home delivery, and Geoff Bickerton, the Director of Research for CUPW, the trade union representing postal workers. A representative of the low income community organization ACORN will also speak.
"I will definitely be there!" said one shopper, who promised to share the leaflet and the notice of the event with friends and neighbours.
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