Protesters rally in St. John's against Canada Post cuts
A group of people rallied outside the Canada Post location on Kenmount Road in St. John's on Saturday to protest the phasing out of door-to-door delivery service, increased postage prices, and the possible loss of thousands of jobs.
The phasing out of the door-to-door service that was announced in December is expected to take place over the next five years, with the system making the transition to community mailboxes.
Union leaders in the province were at the event, but the event organizer said he's a concerned citizen speaking out for his fellow Canadians.
Matthew Della Valle said the protest is to show support for residents and postal workers, while sending a strong message to the federal government that people are not happy with the impending changes.
"Enough is enough, I've had it. I can't sit by idly at home anymore and watch this happen to our country and watch everybody in this country suffer because of cuts, cuts, cuts, cuts," he said.
"How much more cutting are we going to do here?"
Protester Alisha Della Valle said the cancellation of home mail delivery presents exceptional challenges for her, as well as vulnerable members of the population.
"I don't like it because I'm disabled. How am I supposed to get out to these postal boxes that they want to put out there?" she said.
"What are we supposed to do, depend on someone else to do it for us? We don't want that, that's our independence. I just feel they are just taking things away from people that shouldn't have to be taken away from them."
Union leaders and protesters at the event said this is the first of many more similar protests aimed at reversing the Crown corporation's plans.