Local mail to be sorted in Halifax

John Brannen
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Local letters, parcels and packages mailed in and to Pictou County destinations will first have to go to Halifax to be sorted. Canada Post says the move will bring lower costs and more efficient mail delivery. John Brannen – The News

NEW GLASGOW – Local mail will no longer be sorted in local post offices as Canada Post aims for lower costs and more efficient mail delivery.

John Caines, a spokesman for Canada Post, says this is not unique to Pictou County. “This is something that is being done all across the country,” he says.

The changes will see all local mail for the county sorted in Halifax then returned for delivery.

While the thought of dropping a local letter in a local street letter box only to have it sent to Halifax for sorting seems less efficient, Caines says it makes business sense. “We want to take advantage of the capacity and modern equipment we have [in Halifax].”

“The process will be more efficient in terms of cost and turnaround time.”

According to Caines, moving the sorting from local post offices to Halifax will not mean fewer jobs or a loss of jobs for workers in the county. “[Canada Post] employees will continue to have job security.”

The most tangible part of this move is the reduction of two red street letterboxes to one that takes all local and other mail. Most of these boxes have been changed already.

Caines says these changes are in line with standards set by the Canada Post Corporation Act of 1985. Under regulations, section 12.2 of the Act, says, “The rates of postage prescribed… shall be fair and reasonable and consistent…”

The move to sort local mail in larger regional sorting centres has been gradual but steady and Canada Post will be continuing to move in this direction.

Organizations: Canada Post Corporation

Geographic location: Halifax, NEW GLASGOW, Pictou County

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  • Kevin
    January 26, 2013 - 15:59

    "According to Caines, moving the sorting from local post offices to Halifax will not mean fewer jobs or a loss of jobs for workers in the county. “[Canada Post] employees will continue to have job security.” " Mr Caines should check the head count at the New Glasgow post office where there is now one less worker as a result of this move. Seems to me that that means fewer jobs in Pictou County.

  • art carnie
    January 04, 2013 - 14:20

    dont care.dont use the mail now for the last five years .pay all the house hold bills by the web.and shop on line and get it delievered right to my door.so they can take my mail box on the side of the road and give it to someone else.

  • Robert
    January 04, 2013 - 08:58

    Well this is the straw that breaks the camels back. First alot of us had to move our mailboxes couple inches /feet or not get mail now if I mail a letter to someone in Stellarton and I live in New Glasgow its more efiicent to send to Halifax to be sorted I must have missed something along the way reading the map as Stellarton is next to New Glasgow but they seem to think that Halifax is in the middle. What a bunch of overpaid lost bureaucrats we have running this Crown corporation. Oh yes no jobs lost. If they have no mail to sort nothing much else to do

  • Anonymous
    January 04, 2013 - 08:27

    The statement “The process will be more efficient in terms of cost and turnaround time.” defies logic. You would need less staff locally & more in Halifax. You would have to increase the transport capacity too. How is it possible that mail sent to Halifax would take less time when the mail has to be delivered to the same post office. There is mail that is generated in local towns that has to be delivered in the same town. Because of internet the mail volume is constantly dropping. Smaller staff at post offices is required. Because of constant rise in online sales the parcel business is constantly rising. Canada post does a horrible job. It takes longer to receive packages plus in case signature is not required you have to pick up the parcel at the post office. Private Courier companies are eating their lunch.

  • Johnny smoke
    January 04, 2013 - 08:25

    I just hope that the new bus service is not as backassward as Canada Post. Get on the bus for Antigonish, first you have to go to Truro, change buses, then come back to New Glasgow, Change buses again then proceed to Antigonish, ya that will work, and just think all the beautiful scenery is included in the price.Someone should have though of this before. Meanwhile more will be hired in HRM to look after this overflow, more will be reduced in the hinterland,because the hinterland does not count anymore.

  • Suzanne
    January 04, 2013 - 08:21

    So, did I read this right or am I confused.... If I am mailing something from Pictou to New Glasgow - it is going to take a trip to Halifax in between? Nothing efficient about that!

  • Sally
    January 04, 2013 - 08:05

    Ridiculous. I'd sooner hand deliver my own mail before sending it an extra 300 km! How much longer will it take to have a letter delivered? I thought it was bad enough already.

  • Marie
    January 04, 2013 - 06:18

    Any they wonder why people don't bother using "mail" services as much any more??? Shameful!!!

  • mel
    January 04, 2013 - 06:18

    I think this move to have sorting of mail done in Halifax is a step backwards,I think its going to create a lot of headaches for everyone,but it seems that the top brass at Canada Post is calling the shots,just wondering if they asked the local employees what there thoughts were,I dought it?

  • EdmundGerber
    January 03, 2013 - 21:10

    And we continue to get less and less for our tax dollar, while the rich get bailed out time and time again. Time to plan the revolution...