Screeching and howling about mail: Port councillor

  • Apr. 8, 2009 1:00 p.m.

Canada Post service to the islands continues to be unacceptable, Port Clements council members said Monday night, after reading recent correspondence between Queen Charlotte mayor Carol Kulesha and MP Stockwell Day, the senior regional minister for BC. Mr. Day wrote to Ms Kulesha in mid-February (a letter not received in Queen Charlotte until early March), calling the situation “urgent”, saying that he had asked the minister responsible to look into it, and asking the mayor to keep him informed. Ms Kulesha wrote back last week, saying the problem remains unresolved. Nothing has changed since Canada Post stopped using Air Canada in September and switched to moving mail on and off the islands by ferry. Port Clements council voted to write its own letter to Mr. Day to add to Queen Charlotte’s concerns. “We deserve better than this,” said councillor Cam Traplin. “It took 17 days to get a parcel from Dawson Creek to here.” Mayor Cory Delves said he ordered some vegetable seeds last month which have yet to arrive. Islanders should not resign themselves to substandard service, he said. “We have to keep screeching and howling,” agreed councillor Wally Cheer.