April 29, 2014 5:30 pm

Charged engineer wants parts of Elliot Lake mall-collapse judicial report kept secret

Engineer Robert (Bob) Wood is shown at the mall-collapse inquiry in Elliot Lake, Ont., on June 6, 2013.


TORONTO – The discredited engineer charged in the collapse of a northern Ontario mall is asking for a judicial inquiry into the disaster to keep secret some of its report, expected in October, until the criminal proceedings against him are over.

In an unusual move, Bob Wood notified the commission of his intent to bring a formal application for the redactions of any material in the final report relating to him.

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In response, Commissioner Paul Belanger on Tuesday ordered Wood to provide the commission details of his arguments, including any legal justification, for the secrecy request by May 16.

Belanger said he would make the application and its supporting materials public.

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In January, provincial police charged Wood with two counts of criminal negligence causing death and one of causing bodily harm.

Evidence before the inquiry was that he had declared the crumbling Algo Centre Mall in Elliot Lake to be structurally sound just weeks before part of its roof-deck parking lot caved in in June 2012. Two women died in the collapse.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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