Mail delivery a luxury

AV News editor Susie Quinn ponders what will happen to her letter carrier after Canada Post cuts 8,000 jobs and ceases home mail delivery

I really like my mail carrier. I confess that I haven’t asked her name, despite the fact she always has a smile and a “Good morning!” for me if I happen to see her.

I feel bad for her when she walks up our long walkway with just a pizza flyer, but she waves it off—it’s her job.

For me, door-to-door mail delivery is a luxury. I spent many years with a post office box at the Courtenay depot or a community mailbox at the end of my rural road. So going back to a community box once Canada Post makes its changes won’t be a big deal for me. But I do worry about my mail carrier and what will happen to her.

Canada Post says most of the estimated 8,000 jobs it will downsize will be lost to attrition. But what about the others? That’s a lot of people retiring, only to discover they will have to go pick up their own mail.