A federal department responsible for the country's building code has formed a task force to review upcoming changes to the use of wired glass, which is set to lose its safety designation at the end of the month.
Traditional wired glass was phased out of new construction of schools in 2003 in the U.S. In Canada however, it’s still allowed by provincial building codes based on a standard that hasn't been updated in 25 years.
On Sept. 11, 2001, 14-year-old Jason Hubben kicked a door and bled to death after wired glass severed the artery behind his knee. Despite the incident and other injuries involving wired glass, the so-called safety glass is still used in many Edmonton schools.
A construction crew sat on the planters and steps in front of Epcor Tower last week, laughing and eating their lunches in the sunshine as they finished the final granite work on the new downtown building.