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Safety on minds of WCB one year after standoff

On Oct. 21, 2009, Patrick Clayton, 39, allegedly held nine people hostage at gunpoint at the Workers’ Compensation Board building on 107 Street and 99 Avenue.

On Oct. 21, 2009, Patrick Clayton, 39, allegedly held nine people hostage at gunpoint at the Workers’ Compensation Board building on 107 Street and 99 Avenue.

A year later, WCB CEO Guy Kerr sent an email out to his employees on Wednesday, reassuring them that they are the company’s top priority.

“Staff here are really close,” said Jennifer Dagsvik, a WCB spokesperson.

“Guy has always taken a very personal approach. He was right there a year ago, in the building helping people. So he wrote an email just to reinforce that he was privileged to work with people.”

Dagsvik said WCB has enhanced security in a number of different areas since the incident.

“We’ve hired more personnel, we’re doing more monitoring and we’re in the midst of making some physical changes to the building,” she said.

Clayton is facing charges including nine counts of unlawful confinement. His trail begins in January.

 
 
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