February 20 2014

Postal service cuts in Rosemère

Like neighbouring Lorraine and Bois-des-Filion, it was only in the afternoon of Wednesday, February 19 that Rosemère mayor Madeleine Leduc learned that, this coming fall, Canada Post will be ceasing door-to-door mail delivery to most of the town’s territory. Only businesses on Labelle Boulevard and Grande-Côte as well as apartment complexes and condominiums with centralized mailboxes in their lobbies will see no change to their current service.

"Our main regret is that the Town was only apprised of this news the day before it was made public, depriving us of the time needed to reflect and react, despite the fact that it affects 3,350 homes in our community,” said Madeleine Leduc.   It should be noted, in passing, that the sectors affected by this change are primarily the older ones, since the more recent sectors are already served by community mailboxes.  

At the end of yesterday’s meeting with Canada Post, Mayor Leduc stated that she understood the financial difficulties faced by the Corporation and recognized that changes had become necessary. Still, she was disappointed that the population will be directly affected by this cut in service. "We fear that many vulnerable seniors and citizens with reduced mobility will find it difficult to receive their mail,” she said rather thoughtfully, adding that the average age of Rosemerites is 44, which is two years higher than the provincial average.  

Well aware that the Town has little choice where Canada Post’s unilateral decision is concerned, Ms. Leduc did appreciate the openness of the crown corporation’s representatives with regards to the size and placement of the community mailboxes that will dot the landscape. "We shared with them our concerns relating to the accessibility of these boxes for our senior citizens as well as their harmonious integration in the country character of our town. They assured us that they would work closely with us to come up with solutions that will satisfy both parties and meet the needs of our citizens,” she asserted. 

In closing, Mayor Leduc assured residents that the Town will collaborate with Canada Post for the sole purpose of keeping the negative impacts of this change to a minimum.

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Source:
Town of Rosemère 

For information:
Michel Girouard
Director of Communications
Tel.: 450 621-3500, ext. 1243
Email: mgirouard@ville.rosemere.qc.ca

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