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Elliot Lake inquiry to hold public event

July 23, 2012, Toronto – The inquiry into the collapse of the Algo Centre Mall is expected to hold its first public event in Elliot Lake, Ont., in the middle of next month.

July 23, 2012
By The Canadian Press

July 23, 2012, Toronto – The inquiry into the collapse of the Algo Centre Mall is expected to hold its first public event in Elliot Lake, Ont., in the middle of next month.

The aim is to give people in the town a chance to meet Commissioner Paul Belanger, who will also meet privately with those directly affected by last month's tragedy.

Belanger has named three lawyers from Ottawa _ Peter Doody, Bruce Carr-Harris, and Mark Wallace _ to act as counsel to the commission.

The inquiry has a maximum of 18 months to investigate and report back on events surrounding the collapse, the deaths and injuries that occurred, and the emergency management and response.

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It will also delve into relevant provincial and municipal legislation and policies related to the mall's structural integrity and the response to the tragedy.

Two people were killed and 20 others were hurt when part of the mall's roof crashed into the shopping centre on June 23.