Nova Scotia

Mail delivery change vexes paraplegic

A paraplegic woman in Yarmouth County says a move by Canada Post to protect its workers is actually putting her at risk.

A paraplegic woman in Yarmouth County says a move by Canada Post to protect its workers is actually putting her at risk.

Lorraine Scott-Bain is locked in a battle with the postal service over mail delivery to her home in Plymouth.

Canada Post has installed community boxes in the area. This means after 30 years, she no longer just wheels down to the end of her driveway to pick up her mail.

"Now I have to go out on the highway down a side road, which is nothing but rocks and dirt, wheel to the mailbox and try to get my mail out of the community mailbox," she told CBC News.

The Crown corporation says Scott-Bain's mailbox is a risk to the driver because it's too close to a stop sign.

The postal service is in the midst of assessing how many rural mailboxes pose a safety risk to drivers. Between 15 and 30 per cent could soon be replaced with banks of community mailboxes.

"We've had 150 accidents and tragically three of our employees have died. For us this is a huge safety issue," said Denise Corra, spokeswoman for Canada Post in the region.

Canada Post says Scott-Bain can avoid the 20-minute trip to the community mailboxes if she agrees to home delivery one day a week.

Scott-Bain, who lives alone, isn't prepared to do that.

"The handicapped people and the seniors, what we look forward to each and every day is our mail," she said.

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