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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

City Hall Celebration Postponed

In the wake of the tragedy in which a Grade 9 student was killed when a washroom wall collapsed in a south end park yesterday, the City has called off it Grand Opening ceremonies for the New City Hall this Saturday.


Guelph mourns Bishop Macdonell student; City postpones City Hall grand opening celebration

GUELPH, ON, June 17, 2009 – The City of Guelph joins the Wellington Catholic District School Board and the community in its mourning of a student who was fatally injured after a partial wall in a public washroom in Southend Community Park collapsed yesterday.

"This is a terrible tragedy for the family, Bishop Macdonell High School, and our entire community," said Guelph's mayor, Karen Farbridge. "The City of Guelph extends its heartfelt condolences to the family, who are undoubtedly suffering at this time."

In respect for the family, the City will postpone its City Hall grand opening celebration, originally
scheduled for this Saturday, June 20. The City is in the process of contacting everyone involved in Saturday's event. At this time, the cause of the collapse is unknown. The washroom building has been secured by the Guelph Police Service, who are investigating along with the Ministry of Labour. The City is working with Guelph Police Services to assist in any and every way possible. The washroom building will remain closed until a structural review is conducted.

The City wishes to reassure the public that City facilities are inspected regularly, and that it is committed to safe, healthy public spaces. The City awaits the results of the investigation so as to understand what happened.

The City is also working closely with the Wellington Catholic District School Board. The City and the School Board were in touch with various ministries yesterday, including the Ministry of Labour and the Ministry of Education, to inform them of the incident.

From what I understand, the official grand opening will now not happen until September. And of course, I offer my own deepest condolences to the family and friends of that young girl. This is truly one of those freak accidents; one of those things that blindside you at 4 pm on some idle Tuesday, as Mary Schmich once observed.

Check back here for more information as it develops.

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