Canada Post should consult on new mailboxes, says Dartmouth man
Communities can consult on mailbox locations but Canada Post has the final say
A proposal for another large community mailbox has a Dartmouth man concerned about losing the green space in his community.
A new batch of community mailboxes will begin soon and be installed by this fall.
Terry Rowell says he wasn’t impressed when he noticed people scouting out the green space at the start of a walking trail near his home in Dartmouth for a new community mailbox.
“It's like having a nice garden and then putting some sort of a structure in front of it so you can't see it,” he said.
Rowell says he could think of better places for the mailboxes.
“There's been no survey to my knowledge, nobody's asked where do you think this could go over.”
He says he is contacting his local councillor for help to find an alternative location.
However Canada Post will have the last say. The federal agency started installing community mailboxes earlier this year in Bedford and Lower Sackville.
“They don't need our approval. Under the Canada Post Corporation Act, they have the authority,” said Lower Sackville Coun. Steve Craig.
Canada Post’s mail volumes have dropped dramatically, and are expected to go down another 25 per cent in the next seven years, according to a report by the Conference Board of Canada released in April 2013.