TORONTO, July 23, 2012 /CNW/ - The Hon. Paul Bélanger, Commissioner of
the Elliot Lake Inquiry, has announced counsel who will serve on the
independent public inquiry established by the Government of Ontario to
look into the collapse of the Algo Centre Mall in Elliot Lake that
claimed two lives.
They are Peter K. Doody, Bruce Carr-Harris and Mark Wallace. Messrs
Doody and Carr-Harris are partners with the Ottawa branch of the
national firm of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP and Mr. Wallace is a partner
at the Ottawa law firm of Carroll &Wallace.
Mr. Doody has particular expertise in public law, administrative law and
commercial litigation. He appeared as counsel to the Rt. Honourable
Jean Chretien at the Gomery Inquiry and counsel to the Correctional
Investigator at the Arbour Inquiry into events at the at the Prison for
Women in Kingston.
Mr. Carr-Harris practices as general counsel in civil litigation with a
strong emphasis on public law, defamation, construction litigation,
product liability, commercial litigation, professional liability,
intellectual property and commercial litigation, including injunctions,
insurance litigation and franchise disputes. His dispute resolution
practice includes domestic and international arbitrations. He is an
adjunct professor at the University of Ottawa Common Law Faculty.
Mr. Wallace's practice is includes criminal law and administrative law
in connection with police discipline matters. He has served as counsel
to parties with standing at the Arar Inquiry and the Cornwall Public
Inquiry. He has also represented the Canadian Forces Provost Marshall
before the Military Police Complaints Commission during the Public
Interest Hearings concerning the transfer of Afghan detainees by the
Canadian Forces during the conflict in Afghanistan.
The inquiry will examine the events surrounding the collapse of the mall
and look at government policies and procedures related to the mall's
safety and structural integrity. It will also consider the emergency
The Commissioner and staff will make an initial visit to Elliot Lake in
mid-August to meet with officials and the public. Details will be
announced at a later date.
Lucie Aylwin, 37, and Doloris Perizzolo, 74, were killed and 20 other
people were injured after part of the mall's roof crashed into the
shopping centre on June 23.
The Hon. Paul Bélanger, was appointed Commissioner on July 20, 2012. He
has served as Senior Judge for Eastern Ontario, Regional Senior Justice
of the Ontario Court of Justice for the East Region of the Province and
at various times during his judicial career was the Eastern Ontario
representative of the Provincial Court Judges' Association. In 2002, he
was appointed to be the chair of the Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee
of the Court, a position he held until his retirement to part-time
service on September 30, 2008.
SOURCE: Elliot Lake Inquiry
For further information:
For further information or to arrange an interview with Bruce Carr-Harris: Peter Rehak, Media Relations contact for the Inquiry, (416) 992-0679, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org