Brampton mayor, city showing lack of urgency when it comes to vaccine mandate

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Published August 26, 2021 at 4:34 pm

As vaccination mandates start becoming more prevalent, from the cities of Mississauga and Toronto, to William Osler Health System to private businesses like TD and RBC, the City of Brampton continues to lag behind.

At his weekly news conference Wednesday morning, Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown said the city continues to work with stakeholders, unions and labour groups, as well as consult with health officials, before coming up with a vaccination policy.

“I am glad the City of Mississauga adopted a middle-of-the-road policy that requires vaccination, but doesn’t result in terminations if any employee isn’t vaccinated,” said Brown through a spokesperson when asked for comment.

“Testing in lieu of terminations is a better balance and I applaud Mississauga for finding a reasonable middle ground. This is very similar to what the City of Brampton is working towards. We need to encourage as many people to get vaccinated as possible.”

Brown has indicated the city would take up the issue at its regular council meeting.

The next committee of council meeting is scheduled for Sept. 8 and the next full council meeting is Sept. 15.

Mississauga, however, realizing the urgency of the issue to keep their employees safe, convened a special council meeting yesterday and Mayor Bonnie Crombie announced the decision this morning.

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