Emily Carr University arson suspect pleads guilty to starting fire that caused damage to institution

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      A man arrested for a fire that damaged an arts post-secondary institution in Vancouver one year ago will face sentencing.

      The Vancouver Police Department (VPD) announced today (October 9) that 41-year-old Nathan Macleod pled guilty to deliberately setting a fire at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design (ECU) on October 5, 2019.

      A few days later, police arrested Macleod on October 11 and he was charged with two counts of breaking and entering and one count of arson.

      Although there weren’t any injuries, the facility sustained fire and smoke damage, including damage to electrical and communication infrastructure, as well as water damage to archival materials. Consequently, classes were cancelled for 10 days as crews worked to restore the building.

      The VPD stated that Macleod’s sentencing will take place in December or January.

      He is next scheduled to appear in Vancouver provincial court on December 16.

      Meanwhile in other recent news, TransLink announced on September 17 that the SkyTrain station, as part of the Broadway Subway Project, that will be located next to ECU's campus at Great Northern Way will be named Great Northern Way–Emily Carr in honour of the internationally renowned B.C. painter.

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