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Actually, Canada Post, I'm phasing you out

Man, I'm sad today that Canada Post has announced that, over the next five years, it will end door-to-door home delivery in urban areas.

Instead, mail will be delivered to community mailboxes, much like they already are in newer subdivisions.

They're framing it as not that big of a deal. According to Canada Post, some two-thirds of households are already picking up their mail from community boxes.

I'm not the first to note the contrast between Canada Post's plans to end home delivery, and the recent Amazon announcement that it wants to ramp up their home delivery — using drones.

Setting aside the very real roadblocks to drone delivery, there's an obvious difference in attitude and in ambition there.

As the "web guy" at a print newspaper, I'm well aware of the challenges that face legacy businesses as they navigate the disruption caused by the Internet. It's happening in every industry, one by one, starting with the music industry and rippling through.

Canada Post, obviously, is not immune.

But I'm going to miss my local mailman.

Last year, he found my iPhone in the snow, where it had slipped out of my jacket pocket while I was scraping my windshield. He went really far out of his way to both track me down and to get the phone back to me.

But the fact is, I barely get any real mail anymore.

Aside from the rare "official" missive like a wedding invite or the odd Christmas card, by far the bulk of my mail is unaddressed admail. Junk mail. Flyers.

When my girlfriend and I were in Europe last year, we sent postcards home, but only as a fun souvenir. We did our real communicating online.

These days, pre-Christmas, I'm getting a few delivery slips from packages that are delivered when I'm not home. I'm already picking those up at either the (far away) Purolator depot or the (fairly close) Canada Post outlet. I presume package delivery and courier delivery will still be direct-to-door, even if it's just the slip.

Much of the mail that is actually addressed to me, and delivered to my home, is bills.

And every single one of those also comes with a note inside exhorting me to sign up for paperless billing or e-bills.

So, sorry, Canada Post, but I ain't walking a block and a half in January to the community mailbox so I can wrestle with a frosty lock to pick up bills and flyers.

When door-to-door delivery ends in a few years, that's when I'm very likely to finally heed those calls, and switch to a paperless e-bill.

And, as I tweeted out when I first heard the news, I don't mind Canada Post no longer doing door-to-door delivery, but at the same time, I'm revoking my permission to have them deliver unwanted flyers.

Maybe, in fact, I can opt-out entirely of having a mailing address? After all, I don't have a fax number, either.

I'll miss it.

But judging by my mailbox lately, I won't be missing much.

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