Petition update

Canada Post Full Response

Colton Kaufman
London, Canada

Feb 28, 2021 — 

Based on advice from our postal worker allies and the below advice from Canada Post, I recommend all signatories place a "No Admail" sticker on their mailbox. This will prevent further editions of The Epoch Times from arriving and save on resources. This will, however, also prevent you from receiving any promotions, coupons, or advertising that is sent through Canada Post's advertising service.

One of our specific requests was "Tangible steps you have taken against bigotry and misinformation being mailed out, unsolicited, through your advertising program to residents of Canada." It would be preferable if Canada Post took an active role in combating racism and misinformation, but they are deferring to lawmakers. We are waiting on official stances from all parties on how they plan to combat misinformation and right wing extremism being dropped into residents' mailboxes.

Please see below for the full Canada Post response:

"Dear Mr. Kaufman:

Thank you for your emails to Canada Post, sharing your perspective about our delivery of The Epoch Times and attaching a petition signed by many likeminded Canadians. As Chief Customer and Marketing Officer, I am accountable for ensuring our postal services meet the ever-changing needs of our customers and, as such, your message was entrusted to me for reply. I apologize for the delay in responding.

At the outset, I recognize your strong sentiments about this publication. In light of recent world events, taking a stand against social injustice is indeed critical. To this end, we are wholly committed to building a culture of diversity, inclusivity and respect everywhere at Canada Post.

Differentiating us from private sector companies, as Canada’s postal administration, we are obligated by law to deliver any mail that is properly prepared and paid for, unless, as you noted, it is considered non-mailable pursuant to postal regulations. Canada Post, in its decision to accept or not a mail item for delivery, is subject to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The courts have told Canada Post that its role is not to act as the censor of mail or to determine the extent of freedom of expression in Canada.

If you would like to opt out of receiving this publication in the future, simply place a note in your mailbox stating “No admail,” or sign up for our Consumer’s Choice program online or by calling our Customer Service team at 1-800-267-1177. Please note, making this adjustment would also stop the delivery of all unaddressed mail, including advertising mail, an affordable way for small local businesses to reach customers in your neighborhood.

Thank you again for writing. I truly appreciate your feedback and your conviction. Please stay safe and well.

Yours sincerely,

Rod Hart

Chief Customer and Marketing Officer

Canada Post"

Thank you to the thousands of people that have signed, and please know myself and the other advocates I've worked with will continue to push to make Canada a safer, more inclusive place.

Image: https://www.360virtualtourscanada.ca/2014/06/do-you-want-cleaner-mailbox-canada-post.html


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