In the face of continuing labour uncertainty at Canada Post, small Island business that rely on the mail are scrambling for solutions.
Late Sunday afternoon, the corporation backed away from a threatened lockout that could have started as early as Monday morning, while talks continue with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.
The Canadian Press reported that the company had withdrawn its 72-hour lockout notice issued Friday.
But Saanich’s Caron Somers has already switched her business’s delivery service from Canada Post to Purolator in the face of a possible mail stoppage that has been looming for weeks.
“It’s hard for small business because its our lifeline, its our highway, that’s what we use to move our goods across borders, [and] across Canada,” she said. “And if its shut down now what?”
Somers and her sister have run their business Two Blooms selling handmade cosmetic and soap online for 14 years.
Somers says for their company moving to a courier means having to swallow an additional $5-per-package cost.
But Somers also co-ordinates a group of 400 Island-based Etsy sellers. She says many of them, especially ones selling lighter goods like jewelry, have been left with no choice but to stop selling.
“There’s panic, [for] a lot of people its their livelihood. Some people make a lot of money on their stores, and now what they do?”