Terrace

Terrace, B.C. council backs call for postal service continuation

Postal workers fear disparity between rural and urban deliveries

Council voted in favour of supporting postal workers in their bid to stop cutbacks to home mail delivery and ensure the continuation of postal service.

The federal government is conducting a review of Canada Post with an independent task force committee which is currently conducting an online survey and public consultations and will make recommendations to the government.

CUPW, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, is asking municipalities to fill out the online survey, to encourage residents to do the same and to attend public consultations across the country.

Councillor Michael Prevost said an amendment needed to be made to change the first part to encourage the mayor and individual council members to fill out the survey themselves instead of just giving it to city staff to do.

“I don’t feel it’s proper for council to leave it on staff to do when they do not have time to consult us,” he said, adding that he had looked at the survey and it took about 20 minutes to fill out.

Councillor Stacey Tyers said it was incredibly important for us to support it.

“..especially for our neighbouring rural communities that are struggling. Dease Lake has probably written four letters now to save its rural post office and keep consistent service,” she told council.

“Essentially posties are fighting for equity between urban and rural carriers and they need the support of people in the community and locals in the region to get paid the same as anyone else in the city.

“We have an equal cost of living and probably more difficult terrain than Vancouver. It’s more important for door to door service for seniors and people with disabilities to stay in place.”

Mayor Carol Leclerc confirmed that council was dropping the second item about attending public consultations.

The only public consultation in B.C. is in Surrey.