|Attorney General John Gerretsen (QMI Agency file photo)
There are far more questions than answers about what went wrong at Elliot Lake’s collapsed Algo Centre Mall.
Attorney General John Gerretsen has announced that Justice Paul R. Belanger will lead the charge in finding those answers.
Belanger has been appointed to head up the independent public inquiry reviewing the events surrounding the collapse of the mall roof last month and the highly criticized official emergency response.
“I am confident that under his leadership we will get the answers we need for the families of Elliot Lake and other Ontarians, as well as learn how to prevent similar tragedies from happening, and respond in the best way possible if they do,” Gerretsen said in a statement released Monday.
Two women — Doloris Perizzolo, 74, and Lucie Aylwin, 37 — were killed after a section of the rooftop parking lot collapsed through two floors of the mall on June 23.
The attempted rescue of the two women was called off within two days and then re-started after the people of the town protested.
A $30-million class-action lawsuit against a number of defendants, including the owner of the mall, has been filed on behalf of victims.
Reports have since surfaced that roof leaks were a problem at the mall.