Senior Citizen in Edmonton Fights Against Canada Post

Ken Pudetz is staging a sit-in against Canada Post.

Alone. In his own front yard.

The 76-year old is upset – he says he’s too old to get angry – about a decision to put a community mailbox in front of his Mill Woods home.

On Saturday, he went out for groceries and came home to find a huge hole dug by an excavator. On either side of the hole, there were mounds of dirt.

Canada Post plans to install the mailbox within three weeks.

Pudetz plans to fight back.

It took him five hours to shovel the dirt back into the hole. He spread cardboard over top, calling the hole a safety hazard. 

Pudetz said he phoned the mayor and someone there told him: “Well, gee whiz, we can’t do anything. Because Canada Post has special exemptions from the law.

“I voted for the mayor and the councilmen to represent me in this city,” he said, “to protect my rights from bullies.”

He admits he doesn’t actually own the piece of property where the mailbox will go. That first few feet off the sidewalk belong to the city.

But he’s the one who will have to shovel the snow so people can get their mail.

  • The Butterfly

    “The public response to the rainbow crosswalks was overwhelmingly positive and anyone who had an overwhelmingly negative response I am not really interested in their point of view.” — Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson said he is glad the crosswalks will stay.

    • New Centurion

      Yes he represents the usual gang of whiners: activists, artists, cyclists, environmentalists and wealthy drug store owners … yes he represents everyone, except those that don’t agree with him.

      • Clausewitz

        You mean the “Majority” of the taxpayers?

    • Justin St.Denis

      Ah, you should try Toronto. Some activist genius thought screwing white-painted metal poles along some city streets to create bicycle lanes. Every driving tourist I spoke to this summer asked me whether municipal authorities were intentionally trying to make those poles invisible. You will note how very many have been struck by vehicles as you drive along downtown Toronto. Few stand perfectly straight they way they were installed. On overcast/rainy days, they virtually disappear.

      To see stupid on a grand scale, Toronto should be at the top of your list. The ladies tend to be on the hefty/lumpy side, however. 😐

  • Frances

    “But he’s the one who will have to shovel the snow…” – and pick up the garbage left behind by the other residents ditching “junk mail”.

    • Justin St.Denis

      That is precisely what I was thinking. I (unfortunately) owned a house in Toronto when a new bus stop magically appeared right in front of my property overnight. Jean-Paul Sartre was correct – Hell indeed IS other people, or can be.

  • mauser 98

    Canada post charged me 92$ to forward mail from my mothers house to mine… moved her to retirement home

  • Oil and beef

    He forgets all the strikes by inside workers, then outside workers, and inside workers, then outside…..
    Can’t think of anyone back then who liked the posties

  • Edubeat

    Another Headline from CowboyVille: A West Edmonton Mall spa tried to demote a former general manager because she wasn’t Muslim, the Human Rights Tribunal of Alberta has ruled.