Rural post offices safe for now

  • Jul. 15, 2005 1:00 p.m.

It looks like our islands’ post offices are safe from closure – for now, anyway – according to one union representative.
Sonja Lemay, the president of the BC & Yukon branch of the Canadian Postmasters and Assistants Association, said that they have “heard no more rumblings” about post office closures since Canada Post replaced former CEO André Ouellet with a new one, who has made a commitment to honouring a moratorium on closing rural post offices. Canada Post is trying to improve their image, she added.
“We’ve got our fingers crossed,” said Ms Lemay, “but as of yet, it looks good.”
Both the Juskatla and Tlell post offices were posted on the National Union of Public and General Employees website as part of a list of hundreds of ‘threatened’ post offices across rural western Canada. Some recent good news for the union was the re-opening of the Barkerville post office, which had been shut down.
“Things can really turn around,” she said. “Our stance is that if people choose to live in a rural area, it doesn’t mean they should be denied their rights to mail on a regular basis.”