Statement by Minister Yasir Naqvi on Elliot Lake Commission of Inquiry Final Report
Today, Yasir Naqvi, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, made the following statement on the release of the final report of the Elliot Lake Public Inquiry:
"My thoughts are with the entire community of Elliot Lake, and specifically with the family and friends of Doloris Perizzolo and Lucie Aylwin. The collapse of the Algo Centre Mall was a traumatic event for the entire community.
The sorrow and grief of that day will always be felt, but so will the resiliency and determination to ensure this community moves forward.
I want to thank Commissioner Paul Bélanger for his thoughtful recommendations that underscore the need for all levels of government, community partners and individuals to work together.
Our government will begin the work of thoughtfully reviewing the commission's recommendations immediately.
Since the collapse of the Algo Centre Mall, our government has been working to ensure Ontario is better prepared and able to respond to any emergency. The Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management and the Ontario Provincial Police are working to review and strengthen our management of major critical incidents. The province has also modernized its emergency communications and is working to increase its capacity to support municipalities during public safety crises.
I am confident that by working together with our municipal, first responder and other partners, we can improve our capabilities and help ensure that a tragedy like this never happens again.
We owe this to the Perizzolo and Aylwin families, to the people of Elliot Lake and all Ontarians."