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Hamilton in court over placement of super mailboxes

By Don Peat, City Hall Bureau Chief

Canada Post is phasing out door-to-door mail delivery. While no changes have been made in downtown Toronto, residents will eventually rely on community mailboxes. (Toronto Sun files)

Canada Post is phasing out door-to-door mail delivery. While no changes have been made in downtown Toronto, residents will eventually rely on community mailboxes. (Toronto Sun files)

It’s a super court battle over super mailboxes.

The City of Hamilton will face off with Canada Post in court next week as the Crown corporation pushes to phase out door-to-door mail delivery and install community mailboxes.

Canada Post first announced the changes to door-to-door mail delivery in December 2013 and hopes to have occupants in an additional 5 million households across the country collecting their mail from large community mailboxes by 2019.

In Hamilton, Canada Post is in the process of converting 36,000 households to community mailbox delivery but city council has pushed back in a bid to have a say over where the boxes are located within the community.

Canada Post last month took the city to court after council adopted a bylaw to slap conditions on the super mailboxes and issued an order to stop their installation.

Canada Post spokesman Jon Hamilton stressed the process around ending door-to-door mail delivery started last June and “we’ve had very productive discussions at the front porches and in the living rooms.

“Unfortunately, we haven’t had a lot of success with the municipality,” Hamilton said. “We’re continuing with our plan to transition from door-to-door delivery to community mailboxes. We have a court date at the end of the month on a bylaw that is about where and how the boxes are placed — not about door-to-door delivery.”

Canada Post contends the city’s bylaw is invalid and is “directly in conflict with the Canada Post Corporation Act.”

Toronto residents are expected to be some of the last to have their door-to-door mail delivery scrapped.

Councillor Janet Davis and other councillors have raised concerns about ending door-to-door mail delivery in Toronto neighbourhoods.

Last week, Councillor David Shiner led the planning committee in asking the city’s chief planner to report back in June on “the impact of Canada Post’s community mailboxes on the urban environment, future developments, the public realm and urban design.”

don.peat@sunmedia.ca


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