On Wednesday, December 11th, Canada Post announced a series of changes which included cutting staff, phasing out door-to-door mail delivery to urban residents, and a new pricing system, among others. Here's a round-up of some of our work related to this hot topic:
- Cutting Canada Post: It’s About More Than Mail, by Erika Shaker (disponible en français)
- Canada Post's vow to 'protect taxpayers' needs a reality check, by Armine Yalnizyan
- Canada Post or Canada Past?, by Trish Hennessy
- Canada Post: A Billion-Dollar Boondoggle?, by Erin Weir
- John Anderson on CBC Kitchener-Waterloo (radio): CCPA research associate John Anderson discusses how turning Canada Post into a Postal Bank could save the Crown corporation and even make the country some cash.
- Armine Yalnizyan on CBC's Lang & O'Leary Exchange (video): Armine discusses the impact of the Canada Post changes on the Big Picture Panel.
- Armine Yalnizyan on CBC Toronto's Metro Morning (radio): Armine argues against the notion that Canada Post is becoming a financial drain on the taxpayer and necessitates service cuts. Instead, she says, Canada Post needs to address the deficit in its pension fund, and focus on expanding its services.
- John Anderson (on behalf of the CCPA) was among the witnesses invited to to testify on the Canada Post cuts at an emergency session of the House of Commons Transport Committee. You can read about the proceedings here.
- Why Canada Needs Postal Banking (report): Rather than radical cuts and restructuring, the report we published in October suggested that Canada Post expand its service to deliver banking and financial services. The report finds that postal banking could help improve and stabilize Canada Post's services and revenues—and would also address the needs of many underserved Canadians. Ce rapport est aussi disponible en français: Pourquoi le Canada a besoin de services bancaires postaux.