Ironically, three of the four ways you can protest Canada Post's plans to eliminate home mail delivery don't involve mailing a letter.
"If you want to protest Canada Post's plans, contact our MP, Ron Cannan," said David Klappe, the grievance officer with the Kelowna Local 760 of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW).
Cannan, the Conservative MP for Kelowna-Lake Country, is most quickly reached by emailing him at
, filling out the form on his website, Cannan.ca, or calling 250-470-5075.
Or, you can mail a letter to his constituency office (no stamp required when corresponding with your MP): Ron Cannan, MP, 114-1835 Gordon Drive, Capri Mall, Kelowna, B.C., V1Y 3H4.
Canada Post late last year announced plans to eliminate home mail delivery over the next five years.
Cannan voted with his party to shoot down an NDP motion asking that Canada Post stop plans to eliminate home delivery.
The reason the Conservatives want to axe home delivery? Canada Post loses money and people hardly mail letters anymore, preferring to email, text or phone.
"But Canada Post is profitable," said Klappe.
"The government is using the first three quarters of 2013 to say there's a loss. Everyone knows you need to include the fourth quarter, with all the Christmas parcels and mail, to show the profit."
To outline ways Canada Post can be stopped from eliminating home delivery, the CUPW local held a town hall meeting Saturday at Central School in Kelowna.
Union members showed up, but so did members of the public who don't want to see home mail delivery become extinct.
"I think the government is bending the truth (when it says home delivery is no longer viable)," said Mike Porteous.
"I have home delivery and I don't want to see it stop."
Ron Dunn, from Glenrosa, doesn't have home delivery.
"We have those super mailboxes, and I can't stand it," he said.
If door-to-door delivery is eliminated in many urban areas as proposed, mail will be delivered to centrally located community mailboxes in neighbourhoods and people will have to walk or drive to pick up their mail from locked boxes assigned to them.
While Canada Post has presented the elimination of home delivery as a done deal, Klappe said: "Absolutely, we have time to stop this."
That's why town hall meetings like the one in Kelowna are being held across the country and people are being told to contact their members of Parliament.
"There's no reason to eliminate door-to-door (delivery) in Kelowna," said Klappe's wife, Dawn, president of CUPW Local 760.
"There are ways for Canada Post to make more money and maintain service."
For instance, Dawn Klappe said postal banking in Canada would be successful.
The more than 6,000 postal outlets across the country could also offer basic banking services, such as savings and chequing accounts, to diversify and increase revenues.
Postal services in New Zealand, Japan and Switzerland do so.
CUPW Local 760 has 250 members, about 150 of whom are door-to-door mail carriers.
If Canada Post is successful in phasing out home delivery, the 150 unionized mail carriers would be transferred to other other jobs, possibly out of town.