How safe are wooden structures?
When the fire broke out on Princess Street yesterday, many people said they saw it coming. Long before the blaze, some Kingston residents were calling the student housing complex a tinderbox, and taking their concerns to city council. Mayor Mark Gerretsen says he had misgivings of his own. He and others are raising concerns about the safety of constructing tall buildings out of wood. At the same time, advocates have been pushing for the building code to allow even TALLER wooden buildings. At Queen's Park, there's a private member's bill to increase the height limit from four to six storeys - and it passed second reading last month.
Michael Giroux supports that change to the building code. He's the president of the Canadian Wood Council, which represents Canada's wood products industry, and he joined us with his perspective.
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