Mail delivery a “challenge” at points this winter due to snow, cold

 

 

Despite heavier than usual snow this year and snow getting pushed near mailboxes, Canada Post is reporting very little mail is getting returned.

Despite heavier than usual snow this year and snow getting pushed near mailboxes, Canada Post is reporting very little mail is getting returned.

By Ron Giofu

 

The persistent winter that this region has been dealing with is also presenting challenges to those who deliver the mail.

Canada Post has faced “challenges” in both this area and across the country this winter due to snow and cold conditions but attempts are made daily to get the mail out to residents.

“We are absolutely going out and making attempts on delivery every day,” said Kevin Payne, superintendent at the Amherstburg post office. “(Carriers) have made an attempt every day to try and make sure people get their mail as quickly as possible.”

Payne reminds people to clear snow and ice away from their mailboxes and sidewalks. In rural areas, it can be more challenging to get to a mailbox due not only to the weather but snow piled up along roadsides near mailboxes.

Payne noted they have seen the number of cars that go into ditches when road conditions are poor and Canada Post wants to try and avoid that same fate for their employees.

“The health and safety of our employees is the number one concern for us,” he said.

Despite the harsher conditions this winter, Payne said the amount of mail that has to be returned to the post office due to undeliverable conditions has been low.

“It’s very, very little we have to bring back,” said Payne.

Eugene Knapik, spokesperson with Canada Post, said snow and cold have presented challenges not just in the Windsor-Essex County area, but across the country as well this winter. In different areas of the country, there have been days where it has been “literally impossible to deliver the mail on occasional days.”

Knapik said employees are outfitted with layers of clothing to try and protect them from the elements. However, carriers can still face challenges using their hands if delivery of certain items of mail cause them to have to remove gloves frequently.

“Sometimes it takes us longer to be able to deliver a route,” he said.

A measure Canada Post is using to try and alleviate the situation is the use of small, white vans instead of grey, relay boxes so that employees can use the van as a relay box and stay warm at the same time.

Knapik said Canada Post delivers to roughly 15 million addresses daily but stated this winter has been more severe than recent years so it has been difficult at points.

“Canada has been hit this year with a really challenging winter,” he said. “We depend on our fantastic employees to get the mail through.”

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