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Appeal Court rules mail must go through

Thursday, November 10, 2016 @ 7:00 PM | By Kim Arnott

Canada Post’s authority to install mailboxes trumps the municipal power to regulate the road allowance, Ontario’s highest court has ruled.

Citing the doctrine of paramountcy, the Court of Appeal struck down a section of a City of Hamilton bylaw attempting to govern where the postal service could place its controversial community mailboxes (CMBs).

The bylaw “conflicts with federal legislation and is therefore inoperative under the doctrine of paramountcy to the extent it applies to Canada Post,” wrote Justice Bradley Miller on behalf of an unanimous court...