Friday, August 15, 2008

Tempers flare as residents question asbestos levels

What started as an afternoon press conference quickly descended into a shouting match between city officials and angry residents yesterday, peaking when Councillor Maria Augimeri told a man to "shut up."

Ms. Augimeri (Ward 9, York Centre) was among several speakers updating reporters outside a command post on Murray Road, near the site of an explosion that displaced 12,000 residents on Sunday and resulted in the deaths of two people.

Officials revealed that asbestos, thought to have been released from the explosion site and found only within a tight radius, had also been discovered at the Ancaster Community Centre in a park two blocks away that hadn't been closed on Monday and Tuesday. Children had played there since the explosion and were exposed to asbestos, which was discovered there late Tuesday night.

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