Mississauga Mayor furious about retirement party at Canada Post facility in Mississauga

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Published May 6, 2021 at 9:03 pm

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Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie had strong words for people who allegedly attended a private retirement party at a Canada Post facility in Mississauga last month. 

“I am extremely disappointed in the workers over at Canada Post. They’ve already been subject to a number of shutdowns and partial closures and we’ve had public health investigating the situation,” Crombie told reporters at a May 5 press conference.  

“This is incredibly irresponsible behaviour. It really, truly disappoints me.”

Crombie was responding to reports that a retirement party was held at Canada Post’s Gateway West facility on April 3.

The facility has experienced severe outbreaks over the course of the pandemic, with over 300 cases recorded between March 2020 and February 2021. 

One employee died of the virus earlier this year. 

The facility was partially closed due to COVID-19 cases as recently as April 28. 

Canada Post spokesperson Phil Legault called the party an “unfortunate isolated incident” and said the company is working with Peel Public Health. 

“Canada Post and its employees have worked hard to follow all public health rules and keep people safe throughout the pandemic. We are aware that a brief gathering was held for a retiring colleague in Gateway West in early April. We simply do not allow gatherings within the facility for any reason. This is an unfortunate and isolated incident,” Legault said in a statement. 

“We have worked closely with Peel Public Health, our unions and employees to ensure we are consistently following all necessary safety measures at the facility. We take this matter seriously and have talked directly to those involved. We have also reminded all employees at the facility of the importance of following safety rules.

At the press conference, Crombie also said she was disappointed that Canada Post had not yet volunteered to run a vaccination clinic for its employees–something that other high-risk workplaces such as Amazon, Maple Lodge Farms and Maple Leaf Foods have already opted to do. 

“I think we should ask them that and why aren’t they offering an employer site to all their employees,” Crombie said. 

“This is incredibly irresponsible.” 

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