The Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled against Hamilton in it’s attempt to block Canada Post from installing those Super Mail Box locations instead of door to door delivery.
The Court ruled that Hamilton or any other city is well within their rights to enact a bylaw about what can be constructed on the road allowance in those neighbourhoods, but, and it’s a big ‘but’, federal law trumps municipal law, so Canada Post can do what they want.
Council could , I suppose , choose to continue the fight and take the argument to a higher court, but I don’t think that’s a good idea.
The City has already spent over $70,000 in legal fees and taking it to the next level is likely a waste of time and money.
Besides, it’s been some time since the mail boxes have been installed in neighbourhoods in the upper city and, even though some people just don’t like the mail boxes and the ‘inconvenience’ of having to pick up their mail, for the most part, people have become accustomed to them.
It’s time for Council to close the book on this anti-mail box crusade and move on; clearly, we have much bigger issues to deal with .