Petition urging Canada Post to keep door-to-door delivery gains support
Published Thursday, January 16, 2014 2:15PM EST
Last Updated Thursday, January 16, 2014 3:25PM EST
A Cambridge, Ont. mother has collected nearly 130,000 signatures since launching an online petition urging Canada Post to reconsider its decision to end door-to-door mail delivery in urban areas.
Susan Dixon, a mother of two young boys, started the petition on Dec. 15 because her younger son has cerebral palsy and isn’t able to get around without a walker or a wheelchair.
“In ice and snow, it’s very hard to push a walker, or a stroller, or a wheelchair,” Dixon told CTV News Channel. “And a lot of the times you end up on the road, which is very dangerous.”
Dixon hopes Canada Post will reconsider its decision to phase out home delivery in urban areas, and has proposed reducing daily door-to-door delivery to every other day in order to save money.
Canada Post announced 8,000 job cuts and changes to its operation last month, as a way to deal with a projected annual loss of $1 billion a year by 2020 if it were to continue with door-to-door delivery.
Dixon’s online petition, which was posted to change.org, has received signatures from people around the Canada and even outside the country.
Dixon said she started the petition to draw attention to Canadians living with mobility issues.
“I don’t think people realize just how hard it is for someone with mobility issues to get around,” Dixon told CTV News Channel.
Canada Post spokesperson Jon Hamilton said the organization will monitor the petition’s feedback, but that the “status quo is not going to change.”
Dixon is planning to present the petition to the Minister of Transport Lisa Raitt and Canada Post’s CEO and President Deepak Chopra, with the help of organizers at change.org.
“I’m hoping it will change the situation,” Dixon said. “If not then at least I can say I tried.”
With files from CTV Kitchener’s Meghan Furman and The Canadian Press