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History of Canadian postal service

2011-06-20

Queen’s University sociology professor emeritus Robert Pike is available to talk about the history of postal service in Canada.

With a looming Canada Post strike, some people are reflecting on the need for a postal service in the age of electronic communication. Dr. Pike, who has studied and written about Canadian postal history, says mail delivery was a fundamental and cheap means of long-distance communication up until the 1960s.

"Mail delivery was very important for national development," says Dr. Pike. “Before the 1960s, postal service was vital for settlers in remote communities to receive newspapers from outside and keep in contact with loved ones in other parts of Canada. People still use the postal service for mail, such as bills, but its use as a personal means of communication is limited now to special occasions, such as Christmas, when people send cards. Internet and cheaper telephone costs have largely replaced the mail.”

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