As It Happens

Dorval resident goes to extreme measures to keep Canada Post mailboxes off his lawn

As Canada Post begins phasing out door-to-door mail delivery service, new community mailboxes are being placed in neighbourhoods. Three big, beige boxes are set to land on the public part of Hans Dybka's front lawn in the Montreal suburb of Dorval -- and he's not happy about it.
Dorval resident Hans Dybka's is fighting Canada Post's plans to place a community mailbox on his property. (Courtesy of Hans Dybka)

As Canada Post begins phasing out door-to-door mail delivery service, new community mailboxes are being placed into neighbourhoods. Three of the big, beige boxes are set to land on the public part of Hans Dybka's front lawn in the Montreal suburb of Dorval -- and he's not happy about it.

"When [Canada Post] first announced it to me back in December, I told them I didn't want it [there]," Dybka tells As It Happens host Carol Off. ​"I'm not against [community] boxes, but not on my front lawn."

In response, Dybka has gone to extreme measures to keep the community mailboxes off of his property. He's placed a large mound of dirt and a fence around the exact spot where they would go.

"I went a little bit further and I went to the city and got a construction permit," he adds. "I'm gonna build a new driveway, basically right where the box [would be]. Since I have the right to do construction on my property -- build, add, modify, driveways."

An example of Canada Post's community mailboxes. (Jill Coubrough/CBC)

The city of Dorval does have a right to place the mailbox on his property, but Dybka believes the box should be placed on a nearby street corner or park instead.

He's also circulating a petition opposing the mailbox's current location, which is signed by all 47 households that would be served by the mailboxes.

Canada Post has yet to make its decision on whether it will move them.

"We're going to need to look at it and see if we need to move it much farther, which means that not only this particular resident, but all residents may be penalized and have to travel farther to get their mail, unfortunately," Canada Post spokeswoman Annick Losier told CBC News.

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