Podcast: The Elliot Lake mall collapse — a tragedy 30 years in the making

Michael Friscolanti talks about his investigation into the collapse of the Elliot Lake mall


 
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Drawing from court documents, property records, inspection reports and dozens of interviews with the people who lived it, Doomed: The Untold Story Behind the Collapse of the Elliot Lake Mall, tells the shocking backstory of a mall that was cursed before it even existed, a star-crossed structure plagued by dreadful timing, dubious decisions and a collective case of wilful blindness.

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Podcast: The Elliot Lake mall collapse — a tragedy 30 years in the making

  1. The major problem, as I saw it, living in EL for 2 years, was that all the buildings left after the mine closed were built to last for, probably, 30 years or so, and I think that shortish term thinking is the basic reason EL is a sort of magnet for trouble – plus their engrained habit of living on government grants. I didn’t have any feeling at all that the place and its leaders really knew what to do for the long term. In my career, I had the opportunity to work with former mining communities and this is not an unusual problem. I think of it as the `mining mindset’.

  2. It can’t be a very good book if Friscolanti doesn’t know the difference between a “widow” and a “widower”. My goodness, where did he go to school?

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