April 15, 2015

Quebec man erects fence to prevent community mailbox from being installed on city property, says it's too close to his home

Rebel Staff

A Dorval, Quebec man doesn't want a community mailbox from being installed near his home.

Hans Dybka says he dumped '10 cubic yards of black earth' where the mailbox is supposed to go. He then installed a steel fence around it reports CTV.

In addition, he put 47 'Save door-to-door' signs on his yard. That's one for every home set to be part of the community mailbox.

Dybka says the location of the mailbox would generate too much traffic and would be in invasion of property. He also says his primary concern is a loss of property value.

“There's no way you're going to put that community mailbox on my property,” he told CTV News.

However, the mailbox wouldn't technically go on his property and it belongs to the city.

In 2013, Canada Post said it would phase out regular door-to-door delivery in urban locations after struggling with revenue loss.

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commented 2015-04-16 10:34:43 -0400
Community mailboxes are going up everywhere. Does this guy think he is exempt. It’s not like the box is going on his property and people have to go through his gate to pick up the mail. I wonder if this guy is related to the man from Quebec who complained that the neighborhood Hockey rink caused him " Visual Harm ". What a crock.. That rink served the whole neighborhood young and old alike. This mailbox guy is causing himself undue stress. The community mailboxes are here to stay.
commented 2015-04-16 06:45:07 -0400
My bet is that there is a union and tax exempt dues behind this joker! Clean up the mess, install a video camera to capture future vandalism and send him the bill!
commented 2015-04-16 04:48:35 -0400
HEY !!! good on him > car doors opening and closing – music playing – people talking- dogs peein and poopin..loud exhausts, squealing tires, litter, garbage, people gauking at you, neighbours having conversations, thieves standing on the boxes looking in your yard.. fumes from vehicles…etc.. etc.. It only happens 6 ft. from your fence… vandalizing of your property – more more more…. If I wuz him I’d buy a 4×4 with a big bumper and knock them over..again and again… (EVIL)
commented 2015-04-16 01:15:48 -0400
I think he’s thinking about the common law concept of adverse possession. It’s a common idea, a lot of people think they own right up to the sidewalk, and think that because they’ve acted like they owned it for so long, and no one objected, they can claim some right over it. I don’t know how Quebec deals with adverse possession but I’m certain it doesn’t apply to roads.
I’m less certain this guy truly believes any of the things he’s saying. I think he just wants door to door service.
commented 2015-04-15 23:48:59 -0400
George, when I owned a country lot in Ontario, a neighboring farmer cut down trees on my property so he could access his farm from the road by driving across my lot. My lawyer informed me that if I let him away with that, after a certain period of time, he could claim he owned my land because he was using it. I had to issue him a lawyer’s letter to protect my ownership under the law.
commented 2015-04-15 23:43:20 -0400
I don’t want door-to-door nor do I want postal workers checking on my well-being as has been suggested they get paid to do. It’s bad enough this past winter that Canada Post delivered packages to the wrong address and when I complained, told me to make an insurance claim. I contacted CEO Deepak Chopra and the Minister and finally the postal worker got my packages back from the wrong address. I felt it was a scam, quite frankly, an insurance fraud. Then, during the municipal election, the NDP candidate was my postal carrier and he stopped delivering my mail to my box and instead began knocking on my door and soliciting my vote while hanging onto my mail. Not to mention how, last summer, my letter carrier scribbled all over my mail and when I complained, Deepak Chopra said postal workers were upset they might lose their jobs and some took it out on customers. I was supposed to feel sorry for the idiot defacing my mail. I told Deepak Chopra CUPW workers only deface mail of people they consider low-hanging fruit. They’d never deface the mail of Thomas Mulcair or Justin Trudeau.

Can’t bring community boxes to my community fast enough.
commented 2015-04-15 23:32:05 -0400
I find it funny that he is quoted saying "I’ve been cutting the grass here, I consider it to be my property,”….lol, with his way of thinking if I cut the grass in a vacant lot next to mine then I now own that property….lol
commented 2015-04-15 19:48:20 -0400
I get all my bills over the net and transfer then to my bank for payment. It wasn’t that easy to do but when done 10 years ago I now laugh at such stories. Today all banks have bill payer setups.
Try explaining cranking your car over to start it and the kids mouth drops open. They think I’m a caveman. I can have fun with that. Hunting season and lighting the first BBQ of the year should get some attention. I have too much time on my hand.
commented 2015-04-15 16:50:37 -0400
Hans Dybka needs an email account.
commented 2015-04-15 15:10:13 -0400
Canada Post is not struggling with revenue loss.
It’s facing enormous payouts in the form of pensions to its employees, promised to them way back.
commented 2015-04-15 14:53:09 -0400
Sounds hilarious. So what is he being charged with?
commented 2015-04-15 14:15:54 -0400
We had more than 47 mailboxes in our community box in Calgary and most everyone walked over at their leisure to get their mail or picked it up on their way by if they were going somewhere by vehicle. My question for Mr. Dybka? Are you employed by Canada Post?
commented 2015-04-15 14:10:02 -0400
A person who does something like that is not likely to be reasoned with so fine him for destruction of public property and for the clean up of the dirt and fence. If he damages the box when it is installed, that is a criminal offense.