A public inquiry into the Elliot Lake mall collapse that claimed the lives of two women is set to begin Monday.
Some revelations about the mall’s safety and construction are already coming to light, however, before the inquiry gets underway.
An investigative report in Maclean’s Magazine raises concerns about the safety of the Algo Centre Mall well before the collapse last summer.
The author of the investigation found that the engineer overseeing the project botched so many jobs that he was later stripped of his credentials.
“He had his licence revoked for a series of projects, and they actually ordered an inspection on ten of his projects, and it was a disaster,” said writer Michael Friscolanti.
The report also found the architect had concerns about the parking lot on the roof, but that concern was nixed by the developer.
Thousands of documents, meanwhile, have been submitted to the commission for the public inquiry.
It will review relevant legislation, regulations, bylaws, policies and procedures with respect to the structural integrity of the mall.
Many residents of the community still feel not enough was done to save the lives of the two victims.
Seventeen days have been set aside for the public inquiry.