(Chicoutimi) "You have saved my life." It is in these words that a 76 year old man thanked the mail carrier Isabelle Côté. December 23, when she began its morning rounds in downtown Chicoutimi, a client collapsed on the floor. The rapid response of the mail carrier and his colleague from Canada Post could have saved the life of this seventies.
"I was starting my day when my colleague (truck) shouts to me that one of my customers fainted. She panicked and could not find his cell. And my client fell near the door, which made it difficult to return. I immediately contacted the 911 with my cell. I managed to get my hand in the door and push the man's legs, allowing me to go, "says Côté.
The man finally regains consciousness and asks the mail carrier to cancel the ambulance, believing that his discomfort was only minor. Isabelle Côté insisted and he was transported to the hospital.
"He told me he felt bad since this morning. So I told him we would take care of him in hospital. Before leaving, while paramedics were taking care of him, I gave him a kiss on the cheek and I told him "you're in good hands now, worry no more." He looked at me and said '' it's a chance that you were there", describes the mail carrier.
The man's wife was away for several more hours and he had no cell phone. Isabelle Côté has taken the trouble to write a message to reassure her and leave her phone number for more information.
A few days later, having been discharged from the hospital, the man thanked the lady with two dozen roses and a bottle of champagne. It was at this time that the mail carrier realized the importance of his intervention.
"His discomfort was a heart attack. And when he told me that I had saved his life, that's when I realized that my gesture was not commonplace. I did not sleep that night, too much emotion, "says Côté.
She's not at its first intervention with Canada Post's customers. This summer, she heard the smoke alarm in a home whose owners were absent. "I saw the smoke. I called the fire department and they broke down the door and limited the damage, "said the letter carrier.
Another time, at an elderly lady house, she noticed smoke through a window. The resident had fallen asleep while she was heating oil on the oven. The mail carrier was able to wake up the lady and firefighters were called to the scene.
Events that make Côté even more proud to be a mail carrier at home. A profession will disappear with the imminent end of the postal service by the door-to-door.
"It is more than delivering mail. I know my clients, many of whom are elderly. And when I'm worried about not seeing them, I make sure they are there. Some are also fearful of seeing the service disappear, "says Isabelle Côté, arguing in favor of maintaining the home-delivery service.
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Mayor John Tory says Canada Post’s plan to phase out door-to-door mail delivery isn’t practical and he would rather not see it happen.
The mayor made the remarks while responding to a question from a Canadian Union of Postal Workers’ (CUPW) representative during a call-in show on CP24.
“They’re going to have difficultly doing what they want to do,” he said of Canada Post.
“In the downtown neighbourhoods, where are they going to put the super mailboxes?” he said. He was referring to the outdoor community boxes that are expected to replace door-to-door delivery for about five million addresses nationwide.
“What are they going to do about seniors, frail seniors who aren’t able to go to the super mailbox to get their mail?” he added.
Mayor Tory said that he would rather see Canada Post reduce the number of days they deliver mail door-to-door than to have it cut altogether.
CUPW has launched a constitutional challenge in federal court over the change, saying the plan violates the rights of senior citizens and people living with disabilities.
Credit: Josh Dehaas, CTV Toronto
THUNDER BAY, ON – The Canadian Union of Postal Workers has learned that a large number of “community” mailboxes were broken into over the weekend, resulting in
stolen mail for more than one hundred residents of Thunder Bay.
“They’re a one-stop shop for thieves,” said Joanne Nowosad, president of the Thunder Bay Local of CUPW. “Home delivery is better and safer for people.” Canada Post announced one year ago that it would be ending home delivery, forcing all Canadians to switch to “community” mailboxes (CMBs), which were originally intended as a temporary measure and only for newer developments when they were first introduced.
Since the announcement of the cuts, 423 municipalities have passed resolutions or sent letters in support of door-to-door delivery, or calling for a halt to
delivery changes until there is proper consultation, or expressing opposition to Canada Post and Conservative plans.
“Canada Post’s new made-in-the-USA mailboxes will be just as easy to break into,” said Nowosad.
“Canada Post is on track for another profitable year. It should use its profits to improve services by expanding home delivery so we won’t have to put up with these break-ins.”
For more information, please contact Joanne Nowosad at 807-627-2819 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or Aalya Ahmad at 613-327-1177.
Many actions and solidarity in the holiday season across the country.
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HEAR HEAR ...
In St-Jean-sur-Richelieu postal workers held a festive event.
On site, participants were able to meet Santa Claus (which still deliver homes to homes!) And dancing their anger at the sound of legendary folk music group " le rêve du diable".
Thank you to the local chapter of St.-Jean, Michel Côté, Alain Robitaille, Alain Duguay and all our sisters and brothers present for this beautiful day.
11 December 2014
"Thank you to you all for your participation in the event this morning at the Youville branch.
Several people spoke with Daniel Boyer (FTQ president), Eric Demers (political attaché of Alexandre Boulerice, official spokesperson in the workplace and in the campaign dossier "Save Canada Post"), Christian Martel (CUPW representative to the Executive Office of the FTQ), Guillaume Lavoie (city councilor for Rosemont and representative of Project Montreal) and Alain Duguay (president of Local of CUPW Montreal) Unfortunately, because of the temperature, Linda Gauthier (activists Coalition for inclusion in Quebec), could not be present, but she still sent a message of solidarity that was read.
Thank you again and Solidarity !!"
This Dec. 8, Eastern Townships letter carriers came request that Coaticook adopt a resolution for the maintenance of home delivery.
To recall, the mayor Bertrand Lamoureux said itself not very moved by the so-called job losses. « Me, I pay my bills electronically and the City we even think to send our tax bills electronically. »
The president of the local chapter of Sherbrooke Pierre Avard came expose the city council the facts about the situation at Canada Post and remind the mayor that its citizens are attached and value their postal service.
This Nov. 29 as part of the mega-event "Refuse The Austerity" more than 125,000 people gathered in Montreal and Quebec City.
Letter carriers in Quebec were there! The austerity it means more than 50% of job losses in localities having lost home delivery!
Whether the Couillard Quebec government or the Harper government in Ottawa, it needs against our refusal to this ideological austerity.
On November 18, Canada Post held its annual public meeting. The national office joined with the Ottawa Local to demonstrate in front of Canada Post headquarters. Some 30 members, along with allies such as the CPAA and CBC workers, reminded Canada Post that we will not give up the fight and will go all out to keep a quality public postal service.
A Federal Court Challenge to fight the elimination of door-to-door delivery was filed on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 by our Union as well as:
• The DisAbled Women’s Network (DAWN-RAFH)
• The Alberta Network for Mental Health (ANMH)
• ARCH Disability Law Centre (ARCH)
• Confédération des organismes de personnes handicapées du Québec (COPHAN)
• The National Pensioners Federation (NPF)
• The Congress of Union Retirees of Canada (CURC)
• Patricia Israel (North York, Ontario)
• Susan Dixon (Cambridge, Ontario)
Paul Cavalluzzo, one of Canada's foremost constitutional lawyers, will be arguing the case. The challenge is based on the principle that such a drastic decision exceeds Canada Post's jurisdiction and should be made by the Parliament of Canada.
The Notice of Application asks the court to declare that CPC's elimination of mail delivery to homes is contrary to the Canada Post Corporation Act ss. 15 (1) and Section 1 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms as well as the Canadian Human Rights Act, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the Canadian Postal Service Charter and Canada's Universal Service Obligation. As such, the court is asked to order Canada Post to stop implementing its decision to eliminate home mail delivery.
At this time, all applicants are preparing their affidavits for the Court.
Our Struggle Continues
Canada Post, backed by the Conservatives, announced its decision with little to no consultation or accountability last December 11, 2013. Since then, a massive groundswell of opposition has been steadily growing. CUPW members have worked hard and successfully to keep the issue in the spotlight and to rally public support.
Our Court Challenge is a major part of our struggle against the attack on public postal service and decent jobs. We will keep you informed as the matter proceeds.