Pierrefonds protestor wins against Canada Post

by Shuyee Lee, CJAD

A Pierrefonds woman who held a short sit-in to protest the location of her community mailbox says she's won.

Claire-Marie Gagnon called to update the story that CJAD 800 News first brought to you Monday after [email protected] was contacted. She said Canada Post representatives came to see her yesterday to say they would be digging a third hole to move the mailbox but she told them she would have none of that. Gagnon said they changed their minds once she showed them the original spot was not encroaching on her neighbour's property as he had complained, so the mailbox is going back to the original spot a few meters away.

Residents say the current location is dangerous because it's a T-intersection with school bus stops at all three corners and driveways in front of the mailbox.

Workers came by over the weekend to finish the installation of the mailbox. That's when Gagnon plunked herself into the hole in front of the mailbox where workers were going to lay bricks as a form of protest. She said they shovelled some gravel on her and when she still refused to budge, they called police who convinced her to leave after saying they'd arrest her for public mischief.

Gagnon said she doesn't regret her actions.

"Not at all," said Gagnon.

"You don't have to accept everything. You have to stand up for your rights and fight for them."


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