The Montreal Commission’s report contains the following six recommendations:
1. That the City of Montreal and the Urban agglomeration of Montreal consider all possible avenues of recourse and exert pressure on the federal government and Canada Post to stop the implementation of new community mailboxes within their territory.
2. That the City of Montreal and the Urban agglomeration of Montreal reject Canada Post’s FivePoint Action Plan on behalf of the citizens they represent and urge the Crown corporation to maintain door-to-door postal service in urban communities.
3. That the City of Montreal and the Urban agglomeration of Montreal file a motion calling on the Federal Court to intervene and that they remain apprised of developments in the court challenge that has been brought by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW), DisAbled Women’s Network Canada, the Alberta Network for Mental Health, the ARCH Disability Law Centre, the Confédération des organismes de personnes handicapées du Québec, the National Pensioners Federation and the Congress of Union Retirees of Canada as well as Patricia Israel and Susan Dixon.
4. That the City of Montreal and the Urban agglomeration of Montreal call on Canada Post to provide: • A study assessing the direct and indirect economic consequences arising from the loss of its employees’ jobs; • A study on the risk that properties located close to community mailboxes will suffer a loss of residential property value.
5. That the City of Montreal and the Urban agglomeration of Montreal draw the federal government’s and Canada Post’s attention to the anticipated or predicted financial and operational consequences of implementing the Five-Point Action Plan with regard to their regulatory and other areas of jurisdiction, in particular from the standpoint of urban planning, public land use management, safety and security and universal accessibility.
6. That the City of Montreal and the Urban agglomeration of Montreal draw the federal government’s and Canada Post’s attention to the failures with regard to the implementation of community mailboxes, in particular violation of the guidelines, benchmarks and standards on which the Five-Point Action Plan is based.
The report and its recommendations were reviewed by the Montreal City Council and the Agglomeration Council. So far, the City of Montreal's Executive Committee has decided to ask its Legal Department to “file a motion to obtain intervener status in the court challenge that has been brought by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers and others before the Federal Court to challenge Canada Post’s decision to end door-to-door mail delivery.”
The remaining recommendations have been forwarded to the director of the borough of Ville-Marie. He will formulate responses to these recommendations and refer them back to the City of Montreal’s Executive Committee. Like Montreal, many cities want to maintain home mail delivery and are adamantly opposed to downloading the costs of CMBs on municipalities, including increased requirements for snow and litter removal, managing municipal land and rights-of-way, infrastructure such as paving and lighting, and policing related to traffic, vandalism, graffiti and mail theft. So far, over 500 municipalities have passed resolutions opposing the end of home mail delivery or calling for a halt to this cut until there is proper consultation. In addition, all federal political parties, except the Conservatives have promised to stop or put a moratorium on this cut, if elected. We think this means our chances of maintaining door-to-door delivery are very good, especially if people and cities continue to resist the end of home mail delivery and speak out about the many problems associated with this massive change to public postal service.
London's mayor Matt Brown received this report a member of the "Big CIty Mayors' Caucus" of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. Will he recommend that our Council take action on these recommendations? Will Council take a stand, as over 510 other municipal councils across Canada already have done?