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Received a parcel from the UK today, but still waiting on items shipped from within Canada at roughly the same time. I don't understand what is going on the past two weeks.

Item from Victoria to GTA: 12 days and counting
Item from Calgary to GTA: 8 days and counting
Item from GTA to GTA: 8 days and counting (!)

...as well as one shipped from the east coast (can't remember where) that's at 6 days and counting. All are small packets, regular mail. Pretty awful overall IMO. I can't be expected to believe that a couple of frigid days a week ago slowed things down THIS much.
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i thought it was that china s hit you ordered...as that takes a while,,but i see its within canada
Progatron wrote: Received a parcel from the UK today, but still waiting on items shipped from within Canada at roughly the same time. I don't understand what is going on the past two weeks.

Item from Victoria to GTA: 12 days and counting
Item from Calgary to GTA: 8 days and counting
Item from GTA to GTA: 8 days and counting (!)

...as well as one shipped from the east coast (can't remember where) that's at 6 days and counting. All are small packets, regular mail. Pretty awful overall IMO. I can't be expected to believe that a couple of frigid days a week ago slowed things down THIS much.
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your best bet wrote: i thought it was that china s hit you ordered...as that takes a while,,but i see its within canada
No, I've never ordered anything from China. I tend to stick to Europe/UK and North America. And I give some leeway, but when it's within the country like this and the delays are going on over a week, especially when one was shipped 20 minutes away, that's when I begin to get a little angry at the sight of the empty mailbox.
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Progatron wrote: Received a parcel from the UK today, but still waiting on items shipped from within Canada at roughly the same time. I don't understand what is going on the past two weeks.

Item from Victoria to GTA: 12 days and counting
Item from Calgary to GTA: 8 days and counting
Item from GTA to GTA: 8 days and counting (!)

...as well as one shipped from the east coast (can't remember where) that's at 6 days and counting. All are small packets, regular mail. Pretty awful overall IMO. I can't be expected to believe that a couple of frigid days a week ago slowed things down THIS much.
What does the tracking information say? Ie, where is it at?
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VanMailMan wrote: Questions about transfers:
If you have applied to transfer to a different zone and have to move there before you have a position, what are your options?
I've been told you can take unpaid leave of absence, but for how long?
Spousal transfer leave probably wouldn't apply in my case.
While you are on leave are you allowed to take a different job outside CP temporarily?
These are questions I have asked management and my local but neither have been able to give me answers
Thanks!
During the approved leave, you may accept employment outside the Corporation provided such employment:
is not with any third party, subsidiary or affiliated company; and,
meets CPC Conflict of Interest guidelines or of any subsidiary or affiliated company. Such outside employment must not be with a competitor.

yes, you can take another job outside when you are on leave as long as you're not working for a competitor. check the additional information in the following link

https://extranet.canadapost.ca/html/bra ... ng-e.shtml
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Progatron wrote: No, I've never ordered anything from China. I tend to stick to Europe/UK and North America. And I give some leeway, but when it's within the country like this and the delays are going on over a week, especially when one was shipped 20 minutes away, that's when I begin to get a little angry at the sight of the empty mailbox.
It's called snail-mail for a reason I guess...
If you don't want to get angry, stop ordering so many small packets and stop checking your mailbox every 15 minutes. They'll eventually get there, life goes on. Or just pay for tracking, which will also speed up the process. If you don't want to wait at all, just go physically buy whatever it is you're ordering so much of.
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fishscale4sale wrote: It's called snail-mail for a reason I guess...
If you don't want to get angry, stop ordering so many small packets and stop checking your mailbox every 15 minutes. They'll eventually get there, life goes on. Or just pay for tracking, which will also speed up the process. If you don't want to wait at all, just go physically buy whatever it is you're ordering so much of.
Worthless response. Your advice is not to use the mail system then? Way to champion your own profession. I check my mailbox once a day, like most people I would assume. If you think it's acceptable that something mailed from 20 minutes away should already be 8 days, then you and I do not view things the same way. But by all means, continue to provide me with some more of your lightbulb-moment suggestions, because I ain't too smart and never woulda thunk to do them things thar.
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Progatron wrote: Worthless response. Your advice is not to use the mail system then? Way to champion your own profession. I check my mailbox once a day, like most people I would assume. If you think it's acceptable that something mailed from 20 minutes away should already be 8 days, then you and I do not view things the same way. But by all means, continue to provide me with some more of your lightbulb-moment suggestions, because I ain't too smart and never woulda thunk to do them things thar.
Too many posties are allergic to work, we need more business not less. Letter mail will always be there, but less and less meaning parcels are the future for us.
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stalbert1 wrote: Letter mail will always be there, but less and less meaning parcels are the future for us.
Yeah, no doubt. And I don't mean to imply that I think small packets with cheap shipping from international origins should be arriving quickly. Mine are Canada-only - and there was a time not long ago when items mailed via Canada Post TO a Canadian location arrived in a couple of days. I guess I'm simultaneously lamenting and railing against the fact that they now take so long.

Of course, raising an issue here immediately draws the ire of those who prefer to respond with condescending tones, as though I'm some sort of whiner who doesn't have a legitimate gripe. All the while deflecting from the real issue raised. As you can see from the simpleton who posted above (who didn't even disagree - he just suggested to use the mail system less). Employee of the month award coming right up!
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Comrade Palecek is an avowed socialist. So there's a bit of "keep out of other people's affairs" (regarding the US's past heavy involvement in the region) and a bit of "let the democratic process decide" (since they're considering deposing an elected leader through a coup). Unfortunately there's a heavy dose of ignorance all wrapped in a tinfoil hat. The entire election process is questioned and they "elected" a dictator. They also openly support Palestine, Cuba and other political hotpots which we have no business having an opinion over.

@Progatron It's taking so long because addressed oversized letters take a different route than regular lettermail. We've invested so much into automated infrastructure which can scan, route and sequence lettermail with minimal human assistance that when something comes through that requires manual sortation it takes a long time to get processed. Unmachinable mail (anything thicker than a coin or anything with something other than paper inside) regularly gets chewed up and destroyed by the tines in the machines so they go into a manual pile. Unfortunately, almost every account statement for tax season also goes into that pile. There will be a heavy backlog in the domestic AO section of every plant and depot until April 30th.
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Thank you for that answer Mike, that really makes things a lot clearer - much appreciated. I did wonder if slightly larger items were treated differently than thin lettermail, and it seems my suspicions were correct.
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mikebc wrote: Comrade Palecek is an avowed socialist. So there's a bit of "keep out of other people's affairs" (regarding the US's past heavy involvement in the region) and a bit of "let the democratic process decide" (since they're considering deposing an elected leader through a coup). Unfortunately there's a heavy dose of ignorance all wrapped in a tinfoil hat. The entire election process is questioned and they "elected" a dictator. They also openly support Palestine, Cuba and other political hotpots which we have no business having an opinion over.

Are open protests like this part of the Union mandate? Genuinely curious about this one. I just want to know where my union dues are being spent.
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Making a statement doesn't really chew up union dues, but you'll see CUPW often compared to a burgeoning leftist party because they talk like they have political aspirations. They may throw some donations, attend a convention or put on a potluck but most of our money is squandered domestically, there's not much left otherwise. You'll hear about the infamous multi million dollar CUPW annual conventions and the $100,000 party bus quite a bit.
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mikebc wrote: Making a statement doesn't really chew up union dues, but you'll see CUPW often compared to a burgeoning leftist party because they talk like they have political aspirations. They may throw some donations, attend a convention or put on a potluck but most of our money is squandered domestically, there's not much left otherwise. You'll hear about the infamous multi million dollar CUPW annual conventions and the $100,000 party bus quite a bit.
Some may say a union spending a red cent on protesting the governments foreign policy is too much. I really have no thoughts on the matter at the present time.
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Progatron wrote: Yeah, no doubt. And I don't mean to imply that I think small packets with cheap shipping from international origins should be arriving quickly. Mine are Canada-only - and there was a time not long ago when items mailed via Canada Post TO a Canadian location arrived in a couple of days. I guess I'm simultaneously lamenting and railing against the fact that they now take so long.

Of course, raising an issue here immediately draws the ire of those who prefer to respond with condescending tones, as though I'm some sort of whiner who doesn't have a legitimate gripe. All the while deflecting from the real issue raised. As you can see from the simpleton who posted above (who didn't even disagree - he just suggested to use the mail system less). Employee of the month award coming right up!
Maybe if you weren't such a dick your letter carrier would deliver to you faster
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tarjet wrote: Maybe if you weren't such a dick your letter carrier would deliver to you faster
Not sure where you get that idea from, but you're of course welcome to your opinion.
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Progatron wrote: Yeah, no doubt. And I don't mean to imply that I think small packets with cheap shipping from international origins should be arriving quickly. Mine are Canada-only - and there was a time not long ago when items mailed via Canada Post TO a Canadian location arrived in a couple of days. I guess I'm simultaneously lamenting and railing against the fact that they now take so long.

Of course, raising an issue here immediately draws the ire of those who prefer to respond with condescending tones, as though I'm some sort of whiner who doesn't have a legitimate gripe. All the while deflecting from the real issue raised. As you can see from the simpleton who posted above (who didn't even disagree - he just suggested to use the mail system less). Employee of the month award coming right up!
I am not saying that this is what is happening in your case, but there can be a lot of reasons that don't necessarily all belong to Canada Post. I have gone through many instances where the "shipper" lied, knowingly or unknowingly. Maybe they say that they "shipped it" but only actually have pickups twice a week or otherwise sitting on their end for some reason. I am reminded of a dude that harassed me for literally weeks about a cheque that was supposed to come from an insurance company. He assured me that they said that the cheque was sent out. Well you know how some letters have that "ink stamp" on them instead of an actual stamp? When the cheque finally came, I showed him the ink stamp that also had the date stamped on it. We got it to him within 2 days of when that thing was stamped, and who knows when they actually put it in the mail system. Needless to say, the color drained from his face when I showed him that, after the harassing he gave me.....
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