Canadian Court Cases of Note
Court cases we're watching...and how they might affect YOU.

Court Cases We're Watching...

YORK FIRE PROTECTION - TORONTO, ON

In February of 2019, York Fire Protection of Toronto was fined $67,500 in court and forbidden to perform fire alarm inspections for two years for not performing inspections in compliance with the Ontario Fire Code. 

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/fire-protection-services-companies-conviction-fines-ontario-fire-code-violations-1.5006451

“Fire and life safety systems are required in buildings to protect both the occupants and responding fire fighters. Companies and people that intentionally do not test and maintain these systems place both occupants and responding fire fighters at risk,” Jessop said in the release. Toronto Fire Services is monitoring all fire protection companies that are hired by owners to protect buildings across the city, he added.


PREMIUM FIRE PROTECTION - CALGARY, AB

In late July 2019, Premium Fire Protection of Calgary has been charged with non-compliance of the Alberta Fire Code. This case is due in court in September 2019. This case also charges employees of the company but more importantly also charges some building owners that hired the service company to perform the testing and inspecting of the buildings. 

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/fire-code-violations-charges-premium-protection-calgary-1.5228924

“It’s the first time, as far as we’re aware, that these types of charges have been laid in the province of Alberta for the operation of a company in this manner,” city prosecutor Paul Frank said during a media briefing Monday. Several large retail stores that hired the company to install safety systems were handed 15 fines under the provincial act...


Premium Fire Update November 28 2019
Two employees have been fined $4,600 and $5,750 in the Premium Fire Protection case of non compliance with the Alberta Fire Code. Building owners and Premium Fire will be facing the judge in 2020. Stay tuned. 

https://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/employees-say-premium-fire-forced-workers-to-violate-safety-rules/wcm/1c964c10-c016-40f6-94a6-223f4dfa472d


Premium Fire Update April 20, 2021
It was whistle-blowers that alerted the Calgary fire department to the alleged use of uncertified workers servicing and maintaining sprinkler systems, fire alarms special fire suppression systems and fire extinguishers by an Okotoks business.

https://www.okotokstoday.ca/local-news/premium-fire-protection-trial-underway-3649298?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=Email


ECONO LODGE FIRE - PRINCE GEORGE, BC

The owners of a Prince George motel that was the scene of a deadly fire this summer have filed a response to a class action lawsuit, saying they took all reasonable care to ensure its fire safety systems were in working order prior to the blaze breaking out.

https://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/news/local-news/motel-owners-deny-blame-for-fatal-fire-1.24255673

Full history for this story:

July 10, 2020 - Initial Report - Fatal fire 'was like the sun hitting your face'
https://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/news/fatal-fire-was-like-the-sun-hitting-your-face-1.24168391

July 14, 2020 - RCMP make arrest in fatal motel fire
https://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/news/local-news/rcmp-make-arrest-in-fatal-motel-fire-1.24170178

July 16, 2020 - Motel passed inspection two days before deadly fire
https://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/news/local-news/motel-passed-inspection-two-days-before-deadly-fire-1.24171595

September 1, 2020 - Econo Lodge fire yields class action lawsuit
https://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/news/local-news/econo-lodge-fire-yields-class-action-lawsuit-1.24196130


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