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Inquests scheduled for three Ontario construction site deaths

Inquests scheduled for three Ontario construction site deaths

TORONTO — Three inquests into deaths that occurred on construction sites in Ontario have been announced.

Dr. Kenneth Peckham, regional supervising coroner for central region, central west office, announced the date for the inquest into the death of Ricardo Soares, 32, who died on Nov. 17, 2017 from injuries sustained while working at a construction site in Oakville.

The inquest will start at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, July 25. Bonnie Goldberg will be the presiding officer and Jai Dhar will be inquest counsel. The inquest is expected to last four days and hear from approximately seven witnesses.

Dr. Louise McNaughton-Filion, regional supervising coroner for east region, Ottawa office, announced a date has been scheduled for the death of Olivier Bruneau.

Bruneau, 24, died in hospital on March 23, 2016, from injuries sustained while working at a construction site in Ottawa.

The inquest is expected to last five days and hear from approximately 17 witnesses. It will start at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, July 25 at the Holiday Inn and Suites Kanata, 101 Kanata Ave. If needed, continuation dates are tentatively booked for Oct. 11 to 14. Dr. Geoffrey Bond will be the presiding officer and Mark Holmes will be inquest counsel.

Dr. Jennifer Dmetrichuk, regional supervising coroner for central region, Toronto east office, also recently scheduled a date for the inquest into the death of Metti Yonan, 66, who died in hospital on Nov. 28, 2014, after he was injured on a site in Brampton.

The inquest will start at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, July 18 at the Forensic Services and Coroners Complex, Courtroom A, 25 Morton Shulman Ave., Toronto. Dr. Geoffrey Bond will be the presiding officer and Kim Motyl will be inquest counsel. The inquest is expected to last two days and hear from one witness.

An inquest into all three deaths is mandatory under the Coroners Act. The purpose is to examine the circumstances surrounding the death of the victims.

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