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Letter lost in the mail arrives after 17 years

Post When the envelope began its journey Aug. 22, 1992, Brian Mulroneywas prime minister, the Barenaked Ladies were wishing for a milliondollars and the Toronto Blue Jays were soon to be World Series champs.It was 17 years ago, less a few days.

Post When the envelope began its journey Aug. 22, 1992, Brian Mulroney was prime minister, the Barenaked Ladies were wishing for a million dollars and the Toronto Blue Jays were soon to be World Series champs. It was 17 years ago, less a few days.

So when the same envelope arrived in the Thornhill mailbox of Ghulam Sajan last Thursday, he was understandably confused.

It was addressed to 45 Harris Way, Thornhill, but included only the first part of the postal code: L3T. The rest, it seems, took 17 years to be filled in.

The envelope, bearing a 42-cent stamp, carried a donation receipt for aid to Bosnia, sent from a mosque less than a kilometre from Sajan’s house.

Sajan was president of that mosque when the letter was sent, and he was overseeing the donation committee that mailed it. An old friend had made the donation, but the committee didn’t have his address, so they sent it to Sajan.

Albert Lee, communications manager for Canada Post, called the saga “extremely rare.” He said mail is delivered within a standard period more than 96 per cent of the time. So where did the letter languish for all those years?

Lee said the most likely scenario is that with an incomplete postal code, it was delivered to the wrong house, and there it sat until someone decided to pop it back in the mail.

Sajan said he plans to give the envelope to someone to pass along to his old friend, who probably isn’t expecting it anymore. “It can’t even be claimed for income tax,” Sajan said. “Too late.”

 
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