Whereas consultations on the future of the 5751 Sherbrooke West and 4944 Decarie Boulevard post offices in are underway until February 15th;
Whereas Canada Post plans to close the two branches .
Whereas the closure of these post offices deprive the population of a popular local service which is highly frequented by residents, which, moreover, is an important part of community life, easily accessible on foot or by public transport.
Whereas a post office is a magnet for other shops, small businesses and often plays an important role in economic and community development of a neighbourhood.
Whereas Sherbrooke Street is a major commercial sector of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce and its vitality is important for the district. The borough’s chapter of the Urban Master Plan says it hopes to “promote the consolidation of the most dynamic commercial components” as well as “promote the commercial continuity of ground floor businesses and promote a diversity of activities.”
Whereas the borough’s chapter of the Urban Master Plan wants Decarie to be mixed commercial and aims in order to “Consolidate the commercial streets in tight collaboration with shop owners and other intervenants in the area.”
Whereas a post office closure deprives residents of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce and Snowdon of personalized customer service and of vital corporate services for neighbourhood businesses especially those who do e-commerce.
Whereas these buildings are architectural monuments emblematic of their era (post art deco in the case of the Sherbrooke post office -1934 and 50s style for the Decarie post office – 1957).
Whereas Canada Post has a corporate social responsibility and to “meet the needs of regions and neighbourhoods and communities” and that “The Canada Post Corporation was created to provide a level of postal service that meets the needs of the Canadian. population.
Whereas Canada Post should respect the postal service protocol established in 2009 to provide convenient access to postal services as well as community-based approach to serve the community;
It was moved by Peter McQueen
Be it resolved that:
The Borough of Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce opposes closing of Canada Post outlets on Sherbrooke and Decarie and participates in the consultations;
The Borough of Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce ask Minister Stephen Fletcher, Minister of Transport and responsible for crown corporations, the Minister Denis Lebel Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, as well as MPs Marc Garneau, Isabelle Morin and Irwin Cotler to intervene to prevent this bad decision and instruct Canada Post to maintain and improve its network of post offices;
A copy of this correspondence to be sent to the Council Montreal City Council, Montreal Agglomeration Council, and the neighbourhood community councils concerned by this decision and the employee’s union of CUPW.