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General News · 30th April 2012
Paul Brewer
Mezzanine is an intermediate floor between main floors of a building, and therefore typically not counted among the overall floors of a building. Often, a mezzanine is low-ceilinged and projects in the form of a balcony. In short, a mezzanine floor and the floor below it share the same ceiling.

The Cortes Library is NOT a mezzanine. It was leased to VIRL as a library. VIRL performed an engineering survey on the space over two years ago and, while the floor did not meet their stringent load requirements, they were quite happy to allow its continued use. On April 27, 2012, without any warning to the community, two high-ranking VIRL bureaucrats, without the authority of the Board of Trustees, unilaterally removed part of the heart of the island’s community. The WorkSafeBC Hazard Alert was posted on April 28, 2012. To review the document, follow this link:

http://www2.worksafebc.com/i/posters/2012/ha2012-01_mezzanine_collapse.html

You can see that this alert has no relevance to the Cortes Library. The space is perfectly adequate to continue its service until a new library can be built. The News Release is a sad tactic by VIRL to avoid the embarrassment created by the disrespectful & uncaring actions of its employees.