Sunday 17 January 2016

Those dratted CPUs make the news again!

Update: Here is a new problem! You turn up at your mailbox unit and it isn't there!

Community mailbox mystery solved

Residents couldn't figure out where their CPU had gone! Canada Post spokeswoman Anick Losier confirmed the mailbox was taken out by a car that spun out of control overnight Saturday and slammed into the mailbox, “practically ripping it out of the ground.” Police had no record of the collision, though it is possible the accident went unreported.

They have ordered this in bulk, and they are very poor quality. You can see they are very different from the original ones, placed in the new attempt to eliminate all letter carriers.

Canada Post, wishing to pop these suckers into Canadian communities, well before their time, have ordered them in bulk from an American company. New communities, as they develop, have been getting these Community Postal Units (CPUs). The not-so-brilliant Canada Post, influenced by the previous Conservative government to cut costs at all costs, has ordered these cheap mailboxes in bulk. Previously, the mailboxes have been introduced slowly, with, presumably, good, solid boxes.

Canada Post Corporation, and its affiliate Purolator Courier Ltd.,:(2006 article)
  • collected, processed and delivered 9.23 billion pieces of mail and parcels during the 1997-98 fiscal year 
  • serves 35 million Canadians, 
  • served 900 000+ businesses and public institutions, 
  • delivers an average of 37 million pieces of mail,
  • processes through 22 major plants to over 12.7 million addresses in Canada.
We've seen these boxes in suburban areas quite a bit, but the huge turnover from door-to-door by Canada Post Corp., has been terrible. About one third of Canadians still get door-to-door.
The majority of us wanted reduced delivery, not getting converted to those dreaded CPUs. It doesn't bother some of the young people, with email, Twitter and electronic devices, but many of us cannot depend upon technology. Ours goes out in a storm. And, what happens when a spouse dies? The mail doesn't come to our door, and family must figure out how to access the electronics.

Those of us in rural settings still have our mailboxes. They are prone to poisonous Wild Parsnip, ice, snow ploughs and wind, and young men with baseball bats.

What's wrong with the new CPUs?

They’ve tried hot water, wood alcohol, heated keys and de-icing solutions, but some frustrated Ottawa residents still can’t get into their community mailboxes frozen shut by last week’s freezing rain. The Citizen reports the same difficulties in Charlottetown, PEI; Saguenay, Quebec, and Oakville, in southern Ontario.

Robert Bowen of Solva Drive in Nepean said he has twice been frozen out of his mailbox this year, and has used lock de-icer purchased from Canadian Tire to liberate his mail.

Canada Post in modern day

What's wrong with them? Those who are physically disabled, frail, or people working nights, are colliding with neighbours as they attempt to access their mailboxes. They've been installed in stupid places, in crowded city streets, blocking the view, or clocking traffic patterns.
  • They don't survive Canadian winters.
  • There were many incidents of theft over Christmas.
  • They are putting many people out of work.
  • They are built for USA winters.
  • They have outsourced to the US, when Canadians need work.

I worked for Canada Post in the summer. It was during my high school years, grades 10 - 13 (1972 - 1975). They introduced the modern Postal Code in 1971. It was in Pay and Services, firstly in the Scarborough Postal Plant in Toronto.

The History of Canada Post Corporation


Nancy J said...

Down here, the locked boxes are always in a building, I cannot understand why they would be put out in the open. Frozen shut, that would happen so easily and so often. Love your stats figures. Take care, and I hope your mail gets in your box today, at your front driveway ??

William Kendall said...

My dad worked for Canada Post up to retirement. Looks like he got out in time.

Powell River Books said...

I bet they replace our condo bank of mail boxes with one outside in the elements. Maybe with the change in leadership there will be a reprieve. I love that collection of rural boxes. - Margy

Red said...

It all boils down to orders from above to do with less. Managers then make short sighted decisions to save the amount of money requested. I'm also one of those who doesn't want daily mail delivery. Twice a week is lots. In the Arctic I went 6 weeks fall and spring without mail.

Crafty Green Poet said...

They certainly don't look like a good idea!

Ohmydearests said...

I love those old-school boxes! Especially the one with deer horns! Our postal services are also in a shambles in South Africa...