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December inquest date set on 2015 death of Detour Lake mine worker

Inquest expected to last seven days, hear from 15 witnesses
Kirkland Lake Gold Detour pit (haul trucks)
Detour Lake Mine (supplied)

An inquest into the 2015 death of millwright Denis Millette at the Detour Gold Mine has been set for Dec. 12.

Dr. Harry Voogjarv, Regional Supervising Coroner for North Region, Sudbury Office, has announced the hearing date today.

Millette, 52, died on June 3, 2015, while working at the Detour Gold Mine, 185 kilometres by road northeast of Cochrane.

An inquest into his death is mandatory under the Coroners Act.

The inquest will examine the circumstances surrounding Mr. Millette’s death. The jury may make recommendations aimed at preventing future deaths in similar circumstances. The inquest is expected to last seven days and hear from approximately 15 witnesses.

The inquest will start at 10 a.m. on Monday, Dec.12.. Dr. David Eden will be the presiding officer. David Kirk and Caitlin Tolley will be inquest counsel.

The inquest will be conducted by video conference. Members of the public who wish to view the proceedings can do so live at the link provided below.

https://firstclassfacilitation.ca/office-of-the-chief-coroner/inquest-touching-on-the-death-of-denis-millette/

The company, then-known as Detour Lake Gold, was charged by the OPP with criminal negligence in April 2016. The company pleaded guilty in 2017 and was ordered to pay a $1.4-million fine. The open-pit operation is now run by Agnico Eagle Mines.

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