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People In This Ontario Town Are Pissed After Their Beloved Inukshuks Were Removed

"No common sense and every one pays."

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Canadians might know Goderich, Ontario, as the site of a devastating tornado in 2011. But as they've rebuilt, a sign of resiliency has been collecting on the shores of Lake Huron in the form of inukshuks.

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Inukshuks are traditionally built by Inuit peoples out of stacked rocks in the north. At Goderich's Cove Beach, locals and tourists alike have built hundreds of them by using pieces of concrete left on the beach to prevent erosion.

They've become a local landmark and tourist draw, but now they're coming down after a woman was injured by one.

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Last September, an elderly woman leaned against one of the structures and broke her hip when it then came crashing down. She took legal action against Goderich and was awarded $68,000, according to Bayshore Broadcasting.

On Tuesday, the council voted unanimously to remove the inukshuks and asked residents to stop building them.

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Larry McCabe, the town's chief administrative officer, also warned residents that anyone who organizes a rebuild could find themselves liable.


Many residents, meanwhile, are upset the familiar sight on the shoreline is now no more.

Take your final inukshuk photos, #Goderich people. Council says they're coming down!

Locals shared their disappointment on the council's Facebook page. Joy Kemble wrote that although she feels sorry for the woman who was hurt, the figures "were such an inspiring sight and likely brought in thousands of dollars in tourism."

"Leaning on a temporary structure that clearly was not designed to support weight is an error in judgement and an accident, not something to sue for," she added.

"That's our typical society today. No common sense and every one pays. Sad but true," wrote Darlene Wheeler.

Lauren Strapagiel is Managing Editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto, Canada.

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