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Judge’s ruling now in February

A judge’s ruling on whether the City of Guelph is guilty of charges related to the 2009 death of a 14-year-old girl in a south end park washroom has been delayed until February.

Justice Michael Epstein was scheduled to issue his ruling Dec. 19, but the ruling was instead delayed to Feb. 12.

The trial of the city on charges laid by the provincial Ministry of Labour under the Occupational Health and Safety Act concluded in September.

The trial related to the death of Isabel Warren, a Grade 9 student at Bishop Macdonell high school who died on June 16, 2009, after a cinder block wall in a city-owned washroom at the South End Community Park collapsed on her. It happened at about 12:30 p.m. during a break from a phys-ed class on the last regular day of classes. She was rushed to hospital but succumbed to her injuries.

A year after her death, the provincial Ministry of Labour charged the city with failing to ensure that every part of the washroom structure could resist all loads it was subject to – three charges were laid against the city under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

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