Super Mailboxes with Skinny Mouths

In Canada the mail is delivered by Canada Post. And Canada Post has been moving towards making everyone use a community mailbox of some sort so they can cut out the mail carriers. Meaning instead of mail being delivered to your home you have to walk over to a community mailbox cluster and fetch it from a box in a grid of other boxes.

This is quite controversial with various people pointing at the lack of security for self standing public boxes and the hardship of senior citizens having to make that trek in inclement weather conditions like snow.

This evening I watched a CTV television news piece on the latest wrinkle in this plan: One version of these Super Boxes are so skinny that some people cannot get their hands far enough into the box to fetch mail that is at the back. So some are resorting to using tongs … I couldn’t resist.


My apologies on the French. I used Google translate to get it and have no idea if it’s correct Quebecois or not …

You can read about it here

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The cost of mailing a letter went up so I started delivering.

A short while ago Canada Post raised the cost to mail a letter. If you’re buying a single stamp it now costs a dollar! In bulk they are 85 cents. How much did they jump? The price went from 63 cents to 85 cents in one jump … about a 33% increase. Yikes!

So what you say? You use email right?

Well what if you have a small business? That means when you send out the monthly statements (bills) to your customers you’re now paying 33% more each month! Think about that – the costs of operating a business are borne by the owners and the customers. And we keep getting told that small businesses are the backbone of this country’s economy … that back gets awfully compressed when charges beyond their control jump by a third.

And it’s not like you have any choice for delivering your mail …or do you?

Here’s something you might want to consider: If your business is in a small town (or a lot of your customers are close by) and you have a friend of family member with time on their hands then you might ask them for help. My friend has a small business and we live in a small town. A lot of the businesses that she has to send monthly mailings to are within the downtown area and it’s easy to walk of cycle to all of them. So that’s what I’ve done for two months now. And I’ve made a statement about it each time … below you will see them.

NOTE: I’m not setting myself up in business. I’m not delivering for anyone but my friend and I’m not charging her anything to do this. The only money involved is the money that Canada Post loses because we’re not buying as many stamps. This reaction may or may not have been what they thought would happen when they increased their rates. They said they had to do this because the costs had risen so they were losing money. Well they’re losing money alright …