County council concerned about cuts to post office hours

Sueann Musick
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PICTOU – The future of rural post offices has county councillors asking what council can do to save this service. 

Coun. Randy Palmer told said at Monday’s meeting that the postmaster in Thorburn recently informed him that mail service would no longer be available on Saturdays.

He said he assumed that would mean her hours would be cut back by three hours a week, but instead the postmaster informed him that she is actually losing 10 hours a week, meaning the post office will be open for fewer hours during the weekdays.

“If they are going to do it in Thorburn, I don’t doubt they will do it in Merigomish, River John and Hopewell,” he said.

Coun. Leonard Fraser said a similar thing happened to the Salt Springs Post office and even though a petition was signed by many residents, the changes still went ahead.

This left councillors wondering if anything could be done to stop the changes to their mail delivery service.

“I agree it's a dire situation and it’s not going to change,” said Coun. Robert Parker.  “We need to focus on stopping the closure of rural post offices by keeping the political pressure on them. We need to keep them open. We should start petitioning MPs to keep the post offices open.”

Geographic location: Thorburn, Merigomish, River John

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