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How Canada Post plans for the weather

Natalie Thomas, reporter
February 15, 2012 — Weather can have a big impact on mail delivery in Canada. The Weather Network helps Canada Post plan for various conditions.

Letter carriers have be prepared for all kinds of weather in Canada
Letter carriers have be prepared for all kinds of weather in Canada

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.

This service creed may have been written back in 1912, but mail carriers with Canada Post are more prepared for the weather now than ever before. 

"Letter carriers, we provide them with all the tools they need. Could be anything from warm clothing, a parka, gloves to ice cleats. In the summer, there's sunscreen," says Shawn Callahan, Manager of Canada Post's National Control Centre.

Canada Post's entire operation is managed through the National Control Centre in Ottawa, where they monitor and adapt to active weather. 

"Ice is a big challenge, but we're also impacted by fog, which can delay flights at airports. And, also, lightning. When there's lightning at the airport we're not allowed to load our flights. Of course, in the summertime, heat and UV rays are a concern," says Callahan.

Snow and ice can lead to mail delays
Snow and ice can lead to mail delays

Over the last few years, The Weather Network has assisted Canada Post with some customized weather tools. 

"With our new relationship, we're getting more and more detailed information in a more timely manner than we did years ago. It really enables us to be much more proactive than reactive, as we were in the past. And it allows us to prepare ahead of time, plan ahead of time, and change our modes of transportation to avoid weather," says Callahan.

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