The sight of the rubble which once was part of the Elliott Lake Mall is extremely sobering to say the least. 2 lives were lost and countless other lives were changed forever on a sunny June afternoon in 2012.
Commissioner Paul Belanger determined that human error and not merely material failure were the culprit. “Apathy, neglect and indifference through mediocrity…” were his exact words according to the Global News reporter. I think greed most likely played a large factor as well. When the ROI is weak, the first thing to be cut from the budget is maintenance from my experience…and Mr. Belanger made a point to attempt to avoid this scenario in the future.
“In all, the report makes 71 recommendations. They include setting minimum maintenance standards for buildings, beefed-up inspections, and an expanded emergency response capability.”