By Ryan McGreal
Published April 18, 2008
In a ruling passed down today, a Hamilton Justice of the Peace just sentenced a property owner to 135 days in jail for several violations of the Ontario Fire Code.
The building is a lodging house at 11 Greenaway Ave., and its owner, Stephen Birch, is going to jail for the second time - on his fourth conviction for similar offenses in his properties.
Mr. Birch had already been convicted on:
According to a press release by the city of Hamilton's Fire Prevention Division:
Chief Fire Prevention Officer Jim Winn with Hamilton Emergency Services would like to remind all building owners of their obligations and responsibilities to ensure that their buildings are kept safe and in compliance with the Ontario Fire Code at all times. Individuals (including a director of a corporation) convicted of contravening the Ontario Fire Code are liable to a fine of not more than $50,000 or a year in jail or both while a corporation that is convicted of an offence is liable to a fine of not more than $100,000.
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