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Update (September 2, 2014)

Inquiry Report to be released at 11 a.m., Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Commissioner of the Elliot Lake Inquiry, the Honourable Paul Bélanger, announced today that he will release his final Report at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, October 15, 2014, in Elliot Lake.

The release will take place at the Lester B. Pearson Centre, Highway 108. The release will be open to the public and to media. The Commissioner will make a statement but will not answer questions. Commission counsel will be available to respond to questions in English and French. The event will not be webcast.

A limited number of printed copies will be available in Elliot Lake. The Report will be available online at www.elliotlakeinquiry.ca.

A media lockup will precede the public release beginning at 8:30 a.m. Media wishing to attend should contact the Commission’s media relations officer, Peter Rehak, at peter.rehak@elliotlakeinquiry.ca.



Update (July 28, 2014)

The Commissioner today released his ruling on the application by Robert Wood to delay the public release of sections of the Report relating to him until the charges brought against him under the Criminal Code are dealt with. The Commissioner rejected the application. The application was heard on June 20, 2014, in Ottawa. Additional information is available on the Legal Information page.


Update (July 2, 2014)

A transcript of the proceedings on June 20. 2014, pertinent to the application by Robert Wood to delay the public release of parts of the Commission’s Report has been posted. Mr. Wood applied for a delay in the release of sections relating to him until the process relating to the criminal charges brought against him under the Criminal Code is completed.

The application was heard in Ottawa. The written submission is here.

The Commissioner’s ruling will be posted when it becomes available.



Update (June 4, 2014)

On May 8, 2014, the Commission received an anonymous letter and documents entitled “Deterioration of Parking Structures,” dated July 1988. The documents had not been produced at the Inquiry. On May 12, 2014, the Commissioner issued Procedural Order No. 9, asking the government of Ontario whether the documents were authentic and, if so, what steps had been taken to address the issues raised. On May 30, 2014, the Government confirmed the authenticity of the Report and provided further details. The Government’s response and documentation have been posted under the Legal Information button in a new section, titled “Deterioration of Parking Structures, July 1988 Report.”   Additional information and an appendix have been added to the ministry's earlier response on June 4.


Update (December 12, 2013)

At the Commission's request, the Province of Ontario has extended the time for delivery of the final report to 31 October, 2014.

The length and complexity of the hearings and the round tables of experts along with the slow production of a huge volume of materials requiring sorting and analysis made the request necessary.

The Commission anticipates delivering its report within current budget on or before that date.

The Commission's evidentiary hearings began on March 4, 2013, and ended on October 9, 2013. All were heard in Elliot Lake.

Closing oral submissions for Part I were heard on August 12, 13 and 14 and are available on the transcripts page. Written submissions are available here.

Closing submissions for Part II were heard in Elliot Lake on November 12, 2013 and are also available on the transcripts page. The participants' written submissions are here.



The Elliot Lake Inquiry

The Elliot Lake Inquiry was established on July 19, 2012 by the Government of Ontario under the Public Inquiries Act, 2009. Its mandate is to inquire into and report on events surrounding the collapse on June 23, 2012, of the Algo Centre Mall in Elliot Lake, the deaths of Lucie Aylwin and Doloris Perizzolo and the injuries to other individuals as well as the emergency management and response.

The Commissioner has designated the events and relevant legislation, regulations and bylaws, policies processes and procedures of provincial and municipal governments and other parties with respect to the structural integrity of the Algo Centre Mall leading up to the collapse as "Part I". He designated the events and relevant legislation, regulations and bylaws, policies processes and procedures of provincial and municipal governments and other parties in respect of the emergency management and response as "Part 2".

After the evidence is heard in respect of these facts, the Commission will engage in a less formal process to review these policies and explore recommendations which could be made for the future.

The Honourable Paul R. Bélanger was appointed Commissioner.

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