This situation didn't happen by accident. In fact, we have had to work hard to eliminate all reliance on Canada Post. In Canada we've become, what is respectively if not lovingly, known as 'snow birds'. Since we began early retirement in 2014, we spend months away from Canada, even though in an average January, we're much more likely to be rained upon than snowed on. For this reason, we walk away from our Lower Mainland apartment for five months a year.
Canada Post does not offer regular, mail forwarding. We never plan on heading due south and probably wouldn't want anything to try to catch up with us anyway. So, we simply empty our mailbox on the day we leave and hope for the best. The first year, after a winter in Mexico, it'd have been nearly impossible to shoehorn one more postcard in our box when we returned. We immediately took a number of steps mentioned in my previous blog post entitled, Post Mortem.
So, now we find our box empty most every day. It seems a bit ironic that there's currently a countdown to a strike by Canada Post. We've been through this before, but now no longer count on their services much at all. I hope the union and management are able to keep postal workers more relevant than an AT&T telephone operator is nowadays.