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Frustration continues for local postal workers

'It is not being maintained in the proper fashion on a regular basis and some people are not getting their mail every day and that is really frustrating for us'
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The postal worker may need more than a shovel to get into this box on McKeown Avenue. Photo by Chris Dawson.

Keith Bradford is frustrated about snow removal in the city of North Bay.  

Bradford is the president of North Bay Local 576 with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.    

He says this has been an awful year for snow removal and it isn’t in just one area of the city.  

That has made postal service difficult.   

“It is not being maintained in the proper fashion on a regular basis and some people are not getting their mail every day and that is really frustrating for us,” said Bradford.  

“It is not just one area of the city it is everywhere. I am getting reports from carriers all over the city, they are bringing mail back. They cannot even walk down the streets, the streets are not being done, the sidewalks are not being done for days after it snows.”

Messages sent to Chris Mayne, the Vice Chair of Public Works and Engineering were unreturned at publication time.  

“Our postal workers have never seen the city so ill kept, we live in North Bay, we live in the North, we know how to shovel snow,” said Bradford. 

“Certainly this is not news to anybody.”

Canada Post told BayToday.ca, that winter has been very challenging across Ontario.   

“Since mid-December, Canada Post has issued 14 Yellow Service Alerts in Ontario alone (posted on our website and social media),” stated Phil Legault, Media Relations with Canada Post via email to BayToday.ca.  

“A yellow alert indicates that while every effort is being made, delivery of the mail may be delayed because of the weather.”

Bradford hopes coming forward will help get sidewalks and roads cleared more efficiently and pave the way for better access to North Bay homes.   

“We keep picking away at it and bringing it to people’s attention and hopefully more people start talking about it, realizing and acknowledging the fact that we can do better, we should do better as taxpayers, I would be outraged.”  




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