Assessment notices snagged by mail service

  • Jan. 21, 2011 6:00 p.m.

by Heather Ramsay-Canada Post’s slow service strikes again. This time, the BC Assessment notices have taken two weeks to arrive in islanders’ mail boxes. Residents in Sandspit expressed concern over the slow service at the recent Moresby Island Management Committee meeting on Jan. 12. According to Carol Wagner, very few people had received their assessments by Jan. 12 and the next mail wasn’t coming until Jan. 14 She said people only have until Jan. 31 to appeal their assessment, so time is wasting. According to postmasters in Queen Charlotte and Sandspit, the assessments arrived on the islands on Jan. 14. Alvilda Diebold in Sandspit said a tag found in her bag noted the documents were processed in Vancouver on Jan. 9. When the Observer called BC Assessment, assessor Colleen McCombe said the assessments for the entire province were put in the mail on Dec. 31 through a central processing facility (she did not know where this was). Ms McCombe said when she lived in the city, she’d often receive them on Jan. 1. Meanwhile, she said that islanders have plenty of time to appeal if that is what they wish to do. Also, if they have concerns about not receiving their assessments in time, they can call the Terrace office and speak with her or ask to receive their information by email. The issue of poor service from Canada Post also came up at the community open dialogue session in Sandspit on Jan. 6. According to the minutes from that meeting, Robert Ells said he was worried that local governments were losing momentum in their campaign to reinstate airmail service to Haida Gwaii. At the meeting, a recommendation was made that MIMC write letters to the regional district, the Council of the Haida Nation and the band councils asking them to more actively join the campaign for air mail service. On Jan. 14, MIMC members passed a motion agreeing to do this. They also agreed to write MP Nathan Cullen and find out what has happened with the petition that was delivered to Parliament in March 2010 and to follow up on the letter the committee sent to Prime Minister Stephen Harper about the issue in the summer of 2010.