Even the postmen think -40C is to damn cold to be delivering mail.
OTTAWA (Reuters) - Ten Canadian letter carriers who refused to deliver the mail in temperatures hovering around minus 40 degrees Celsius (minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit) could be disciplined, officials said on Friday.
Canada Post said it was probing why the employees in the city of Hull, in Quebec, had decided conditions were unbearable when other letter carriers around the country had coped with even worse temperatures.
"They decided it was too cold and didn't work so we're investigating to see if they followed all the procedures or not," said spokesman John Caines.
"We've experienced extreme cold right across the country this year. Of all of our letter carriers -- and there are more than 20,000 -- these are the only 10 who have refused to work."
Caines said letter carriers were given training on how to deal with the cold and were given special boots, hats and winter coats. Carriers who could not find somewhere to warm up could request a delivery van to take shelter in, he added.