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May 16, 2007
Safety order issued against First Canadian Place
The City of Toronto has issued a work order against First Canadian Place to remedy unsafe situations after a marble panel on its exterior wall fell yesterday afternoon. To ensure public safety, the Toronto Police Service closed streets adjacent to the building including King, Bay and Adelaide.

The City, police and First Canadian Place are coordinating efforts to ensure the public safety of pedestrians and people traveling by vehicle on neighbouring streets. Based on information from engineers retained by the property owner to survey panels, Bay and Adelaide streets will re-open this afternoon. King St., however, will remain closed until engineers, following further assessments, are satisfied that the panels on the southwest corner are safe.

Building owners are responsible for ensuring that their buildings are safe, and the City issues work orders against those where conditions are considered to be unsafe.

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Media contacts:
Jim Laughlin, Director/Deputy Chief Building Official 416-392-7961;
Ann Borooah, Chief Building Official 416-397-4446



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