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Canada Post Workers In Mississauga Threw Illegal On-Site Party Weeks Before Outbreak

Mayor Bonnie Crombie called out the "incredibly irresponsible behaviour."

Just weeks before a workplace outbreak of COVID-19 forced a partial shutdown of the facility, Canada Post workers at Mississauga's Gateway facility threw an illegal on-site party.

In a statement emailed to Narcity by Canada Post, the company confirmed that "a brief gathering was held for a retiring colleague in Gateway West in early April," calling the incident "unfortunate and isolated" — the Crown corporation says they have "talked directly to those involved."

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On April 17, Peel Public Health ordered the facility's afternoon shift to shut down after 12 workers tested positive for COVID-19.

During a press conference on Wednesday, Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie addressed the gathering, saying it was "incredibly irresponsible behaviour" and that she was "extremely disappointed in the workers over at Canada Post."

In January, the Gateway West facility experienced an outbreak that saw several hundred employees test positive for COVID-19. One employee at a Canada Post processing plant died of COVID-19 following a separate outbreak in April.

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