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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Popular Inukshuks To Come Down

Goderich | by Vanessa Culbert  

Council votes to take down Inukshuks, woman awarded $68,000 after injury.

The Inukshuks in Goderich come with a big price tag.

In a letter to the town in September, Loreen Ambler on behalf of her mother Frances Cosens -- stated that on September 5th 2015 --   Cosens "lightly touched the Inukshuks whereupon the statue crashed in front of her".

Because of the fall, Cosens received a scraped elbow and fractured hip.

Cosens took legal action against the town and has now been awarded $68,000.

Goderich CAO Larry McCabe says the town shares a $15,000 deductible.

Council also passed a motion unanimously Tuesday night discouraging residents from building new Inukshuks.

McCabe tells Bayshore Broadcasting News concrete blocks will be removed from the shoreline.

He adds existing structures will be removed , along with any new ones created.

McCabe adds those people who organize building Inukshuks could have a liability in the future along with the town.

Council also deferred building a permanent structure of a large Inukshuk in  Rotary Cove to the Waterfront Master Plan discussions.

McCabe says park staff walk the boardwalk daily looking for loose boards and will now be monitoring and removing Inukshuks.

He admits he does not know of any other towns or municipalities that are dealing with an Inukshuk problem .

McCabe says he does know of other places in Ontario that do have a permanent Inukshuk as was deferred.



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