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Tuesday March 26th, 2013

Posted at 1:39pm

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The Sandwich Post Office by themactep from the windsoriteDOTca flickr pool

Canada Post has announced that it is closing the Sandwich Towne Post Office permanently effective April 26th, after being in the community for over 100 years.

The facility has been threatened with closure since 2011 and several community rallies have been held in an attempt to keep it open.

Brian Masse M.P. for Windsor West stated “From the very beginning we’ve offered to work with Canada Post to try to develop a solution that addresses their budgetary concerns and maintains an acceptable level of service in the community. They’ve refused our offer of assistance despite the clear and consistent demonstration of support from the community including a formal City Council Resolution to maintain service out of the Sandwich Towne Post Office. Through this process we’ve found Canada Post to be less than forthright with its assessment of the viability of this facility and potentially in non-compliance with their own Service Charter.”

Canada Post indicates that they intend to list the heritage designated building on the open real estate market with no community consultation.

“In addition to the loss of service for the community, an iconic and historic structure is now at risk in a section of the City that is already experiencing challenges with closures of public institutions. Canada Post is continuing to show disrespect to the community by ignoring them in their plan to dispose of the building. After over a 100 year relationship the manner in which the Minister and the leadership at Canada Post has handled and continues to handle this issue is deplorable.” Masse said.

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