Hamilton’s court challenge highlights problems posed by Canada Post’s cancellation of home delivery

Just as municipalities across Canada warned more than a year ago, Canada Post’s proposed cancellation of home delivery is causing plenty of problems in cities like Hamilton, which has launched a court challenge of the switch to community mail boxes.

According to Hamilton’s court filings, the new community boxes are sometimes inaccessible, have blocked a driveway and interfered with utilities. Then there are the lighting problems, safety issues and privacy concerns.

City manager Penny Ballem told council last month that Canada Post has not rolled out the program in Vancouver, but city staff have warned they are “not enthusiastic” about the idea and are urging  Canada Post to be “strategic and innovative.”

If Hamilton wins its case, Canada Post will not have a choice.