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Community Mailboxes and Accessibility

Canada Post’s five-point action plan to cut costs involves an important discussion on accessibility. As community mailboxes will replace door-to-door home delivery services, virtually all mail recipients will travel longer distances in order to reach their mailboxes. The question of adequate access then arises. Constitutional lawyer Paul Cavalluzzo challenges, “Can you imagine a disabled person in a wheelchair trying to get over a snowbank in front of a community mailbox? Community mailboxes are not an adequate accommodation.” In order to avoid this potentially drastic disadvantage, Canada Post will provide an extra key for trusted affiliates of individuals with disabilities that prevent mailbox access. Canada Post spokesman Jon Hamilton shares, “With the amount of mail on the decline year after year, we have to make changes in order to secure postal service for all.” The post office will also accommodate with once-a-week home delivery to individuals with disabilities who provide doctor’s notes.

About: Seamus Barton
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Seamus Barton joined Troi Mailing Services in 2014 after graduating from York University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Professional Writing. As a manager of print and direct mail solutions, he sees how words play an important role in personalizing any experience. Seamus’ passion for writing motivates him to provide frequent direct marketing content that supports each Client’s individual needs. Please chat with Seamus about commercial printing and direct mailing campaigns, or about how to marry digital and physical strategies for optimal Smartmail Marketing success.

You can connect with Seamus on LinkedIn or by calling Troi Mailing Services at 1-866-486-0423 or via email at Read his latest article featured in Direct Marketing Magazine on “Dimensional Mail: Marketing’s Buffet Lobster

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