Save Our Community Mailboxes!

“On the streets of Montreal, 100,000 residents marched banging pots and pans to draw attention to the removal of door-to-door mail delivery in their neighbourhoods”

IMG_1553web___Content.jpgI am sure you remember the above headline well – No?  - Perhaps because the above event never happened.  During the election campaign we heard about jobs, the economy, C51 and many other topics; but not in any debate, did anyone mention Canada Post. Of course there was the “Save Canada Post” campaign (with signs) but that of course was organized by the ‘Canadian Union of Postal Workers’ hardly an impartial body.

Now don’t get me wrong, I totally understand the loss when learning that you will lose door-to-door delivery. In 1994, I Immigrated to Canada and got to experience Canada Post for the first time as opposed to the Royal Mail (the English equivalent). Disappointing enough to learn that the Queen was no longer delivering my mail; I was shocked to find that I didn’t get door-to-door delivery twice a day; that I didn’t get deliveries on Saturdays; that mail wasn’t picked up at least 3 times a day from the mailbox; and that I couldn’t mail a letter at 5pm on Monday and expect it would be on someone’s doorstep by 9am Tuesday. Trust me, I went through all the steps of loss, Immobilization, Anger, Denial, Depression – You name it, I experienced it.

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Draw The Lines – Let's Show Leadership!

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Last week Toronto City Council voted against asking the province to allow for the use of Ranked Ballots (a decidedly less than positive vote for fair democratic representation). There is however good news on the fair representation front, with a second round of consultation taking place with the public for the Toronto Ward Boundary Review (TWBR).

The TWBR looks at the 44 wards that make up today's Toronto City Council with a view to redistributing the wards to allow for fairer representation; with a final decision to be made by May 2016.

The TWBR team has put together a comprehensive document for review, which includes considering components of ‘effective representation’ and five potential options.  The document brings a lot of value to the discussion but also raises some points for further consideration and this is what I will address in this the first of many new blog posts.  My comments here are both from a general standpoint looking across the city and also in particular to the redrawing of boundaries that contain the St. Lawrence neighbourhood (currently part of Ward 28).

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