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Elliot Lake Mall chronology: from birth to death — and beyond

A chronology of events related to the 2012 collapse of the Algo Centre Mall in Elliot Lake, Ont.
The public inquiry report looking into the mall roof collapse in Elliot Lake was released Oct. 15. (Megan Thomas/CBC)

A chronology of events related to the 2012 collapse of the Algo Centre Mall in Elliot Lake, Ont.

1976: Algoma Central Properties asks architect James Keywan to design new mall.

1979: Construction starts on $12-million Algo Centre Mall with John Kadlec as structural engineer.

1980: First tenants occupy completed mall. Leaking soon occurs.

June 1999: Mall sold to Elliot Lake Retirement Living.

August 2005: Bob Nazarian, under name Eastwood Mall Inc., buys the mall for $6.2 million.

December 2009: Fireproofing applied to steel beam with weld that ultimately failed, but rust not reported.

March 2012: Mall management pleads guilty to two fire-code infractions. Fined $5,000.

April 2012: Inspection report by engineer Bob Wood sounds no structural alarm.

June 23, 2012: Rooftop garage caves in, killing Lucie Aylwin, 37, Doloris Perizzolo, 74, and injuring several other people.

June 24, 2012: Heavy Urban Search and Rescue Team arrives from Toronto.

June 25, 2012: Searchers call off rescue effort hours after detecting signs of life in rubble. It resumed after then-Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty phoned search team commander Bill Neadles.

June 27, 2012: Bodies of the two victims are recovered.

July 20, 2012: Province announces inquiry into the tragedy under Commissioner Paul Belanger.

March 4, 2013: Public inquiry begins hearings.

Oct. 10, 2013: Former premier Dalton McGuinty is final witness.

Oct. 15, 2014: Commissioner Paul Belanger releases final report.

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