Mouldy Melcor Centre in downtown Lethbridge puts workers at risk

The Government of Alberta and Alberta Health Services employees who work at the Melcor Centre in downtown Lethbridge, have been notified by their union that high levels of mould have been detected in the Melcor Centre due to repeated incidents of flooding.

A letter dated September 24th states that air quality tests last January showed one type of mould was found to be at three times the normal level. While this level is below what is considered hazardous by Occupational Health and Safety, the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees is concerned that long term exposure could put their members at risk. AUPE says the province and AHS need to address this problem right away.

AHS and the province are currently in a long term lease with Melcor Centre that cannot be broken. Since 2014 there have been around eight floods, two of which were in May and June of this year.  The Melcor Centre, formerly known as the Lethbridge Centre, was originally built in 1975. The second retail level was added in 1988. 

Jeannette Rocher

Born in Puerto Rico, raised in Minnesota and Manitoba, Jeannette has had the opportunity to live in a variety of places including New York, Arizona, and Nevada. After completing college and a paid internship with CBC Winnipeg, Jeannette embarked on her journalism career by moving overseas to take a job on the island of Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands. While overseas she covered stories in Fiji, Guam and Japan including the 2011 tsunami that hit Japan and its surrounding islands. She covered a mass shooting, an Earth quake, murder cases and other substantial court cases. In 2013 she moved to Alberta where she covered the devastating floods of High River and Medicine Hat for CTV News. She then went on to produce and host Go! Southern Alberta for Shaw TV. She now calls Miracle Channel home. In addition to reporting in the field, you can catch her anchoring daily weather reports, as well as longer interview segments on BCN, and the week-in-review show on BCN Weekends. 

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