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Seniors and non-profits worried about Canada Post changes

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Some Prince George community groups are worried about changes to Canada Post.

Lola Dawn Fennel is the general manager of the Prince George Council of Seniors. She says the end of door-to-door delivery will have an adverse effect on seniors.

"If people have to go out to a central place to pick up their mail they will be challenged," she says. "It will make it more difficult for seniors to keep track of bills and different things."

Meanwhile, Tim Bennett of Prince George Big Brothers and Sisters says a rise in the price of stamps will affect non-profit organizations that still use mail for much of their correspondence.

"Things like paying bills that require to signatures to pay, we still deal with physical cheques and physical invoices," he says.

Bennett estimates the change will cost up to $300 extra a year. He also points out there have  been increases to MSP and BC Hydro rates recently.

Joanne McNeish an assi stant professor of marketing at Ryerson University. She thinks that Canada Post is actually moving in the opposite direction of what it should be doing, and would like to see it partner with delivery services ranging from Amazon to local grocery stores.

"Canada Post is actually flying in the face of what most organizations are doing- more service, more convenience. Consumers are time compressed. That's the solution they need to be looking at."

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