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Friday May 22 2015
12:05 PM EDT
2014-02-21 at 14:37

Area evacuated

Emergency crews were on scene at Victoriaville investigating a possible gas leak Friday morning.
Jamie Smith,
Emergency crews were on scene at Victoriaville investigating a possible gas leak Friday morning.
By Jamie Smith,

Victoriaville was closed Friday as crews investigated a possible gas leak.

Firefighters with Thunder Bay Fire Rescue, officers with the Thunder Bay Police Service and and Union Gas officials responded to reports of a possible gas leak at the mall Friday morning.

The mall, along with some of the surrounding businesses, were evacuated as officials investigated.

Thunder Bay Fire Rescue deputy chief Greg Hankkio said after an investigation the problem was possibly from a regulator on a heating appliance.

The mall was re-opened, but city offices there remain closed for the rest of the day.

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passlake says:
occupational health and safety act probably plays into this. employees can't penalized for refusing to work. taking away wages is penalization.
2/24/2014 10:21:33 AM
hadenough says:
Evacuated before puck drop too.
2/21/2014 5:55:52 PM
Molly says:
Evacuating Victoriaville umm was that 10 people
2/21/2014 4:26:57 PM
tsb says:
About 250 or so, and probably another 50 in surrounding buildings. Keep in mind there are 4 office buildings and a large call centre that are part of this complex, the hallway on top of Victoria Avenue is a very minor part of the entire building.
2/21/2014 7:53:53 PM
mystified says:
Thank you for submitting the only sensible comment to this news article.
2/22/2014 10:22:44 AM
unknowncronik says:
Betcha the call centre peeps weren't paid for their day off...
2/22/2014 2:14:38 PM
Synical says:
Because they didn't GET a day off. The call center employees evacuated to a building across the street, then went back to work.

You really should check on these things before you post.
2/23/2014 12:55:22 AM
The Cougar says:
It was later discovered that the hot air was actually coming from down the street at the Mayor's Office.
2/21/2014 4:09:48 PM
sickandtired says:
Someone should have tossed in a match ........ and of course the city employees took the day off with pay! That's a given!
2/21/2014 3:49:44 PM
Twocents says:
What should they have done? Taken a vacation day?
2/22/2014 7:16:18 AM
unknowncronik says:
Not a vacation day, but hours missing off their next cheque!

Many places pay you for your time @ work, nothing more, so if you miss hours during the day, it should reflect on your next cheque.

Unsure if it is true, but why they should be paid for not being there?

2/22/2014 2:13:06 PM
humnchuck says:
Unknowncronik, loving the 1880 labour law approach to workplace safety.
2/23/2014 8:57:12 AM
unknowncronik says:
lol, 1880's approach?

Many places WONT PAY YOU IF YOUR NOT @ WORK regardless of the reasoning.

You honestly think any of the tradesmen(if there were tradesmen working on site) that were sent home got paid?
No trade union will pay $40 an hour if your not @ work working.

Give yer head a shake!
2/23/2014 12:54:57 PM
unknowncronik says:
if anything, trade union workers would get 2 or 3 hours pay as per the union agreement they work under, that's it! If your not working on site, YOU WONT GET PAID!
2/24/2014 4:23:26 AM
animiki says:
When someone shows up at work to work their scheduled hours in good faith, and an event beyond their control and their employer's control forces them out of the workplace, I don't think it's unreasonable to keep them on the clock. If the problem persists beyond that day then, yeah, it might be necessary to tell people to take some vacation time, or set up an alternate workplace, or work from home if that's possible; in an extreme case, people might have to be laid off. But for a single day? No.

I know there are certainly some employers, mainly in the private sector, who would dock their employees' pay for something like this, but that doesn't make it right.
2/23/2014 9:07:16 AM
mostlyharmless says:
This city employee didn't have a day off without pay. We worked until we were told to leave, which was about 10:00am.

The work from Friday didn't disappear. It's still sitting on my desk, and it needs to be done. I can't answer for the rest of my co-workers, but I can say that most of the people in my area got to work early, skipped coffee, and took short lunches in order to plow through the backlog.
2/24/2014 9:53:55 PM
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