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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Free Pass For Underage Drinking Party With No Adult Supervision At The Taxpayers Expense At Prime Minister's Home?

Paramedics called to 24 Sussex, reportedly after Harper son’s 18th bday By Laura Stone Global News
Video: An ambulance was called to the Prime Minister’s residence on Saturday night to treat an 18-year-old for alcohol poisoning. Vassy Kapelos has the details.
OTTAWA – Paramedics were called to Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s official residence last weekend, reportedly to attend to an 18-year-old female with suspected alcohol poisoning.
The RCMP confirmed that Ottawa Paramedic Services were called to 24 Sussex Dr. on the weekend, but provided no other details.
According to Jenna Zeisig, whose cousin was at the residence, there was an 18th birthday party for Harper’s son, Ben, at 24 Sussex on Saturday.
“She said (the party) was really big,” Zeisig said.
Quebec’s Cogeco News reported Wednesday that the woman suffered from what was suspected to be alcohol poisoning after attending a party at the residence and was transported to hospital.
A spokesman for the paramedics said they responded to a call on Sussex Drive early Sunday morning. “Due to confidentiality reasons we cannot comment further on the specifics of the call,” spokesman J.P Trottier wrote in an email.
The RCMP said the call was not related to anyone in the Harper family.
“The RCMP’s role is to ensure the personal protection of the Prime Minister and his family. The RCMP is also responsible for security at their official residence,” spokeswoman Cpl. Lucy Shorey wrote in an email.
“This was a medical call and not a police matter. It did not involve any of our protectees.”
A spokesman for the prime minister’s office said he had nothing to add to the story.
Harper’s son, Ben, is a student at a downtown Ottawa high school.
The legal drinking age in Ontario is 19.
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The People's Rep Speaks Out On Mississauga Industrial Fire

Danny Downey

The City of Mississauga is investigating whether the business or property owner had obtained an occupancy permit for the warehouse, Mayor Hazel McCallion said in the below video, McCallion is quoted as saying that:
The most recent inspection of the building she’s aware of was done a year ago and at the time it was empty.
 99% chance she is right, it only takes a 2 minutes to confirm this with the zoning office, if something was at that address.  Let me explain how I helped a consumer get a full refund for a purchase and how it relates to the problem facing Cities and the Government of Ontario.

In the Same City of Mississauga, a lady had contacted me because she had a consumer complaint and felt after other attempts with Government and Social Agencies she would get me to assist her, I felt happy to freely assist her at no charge.


Here's the the story:

A lady buys a bedroom set from a furniture store set up in Mississauga and  paid in full for her purchase. Her receipt says no refunds and only exchanges. It also says they can change the delivery date for delivery. The problem: 3 or 4 months later she still has no bedroom set. She was told a month or so after the purchase, she could have a refund and after showing up, they refused and offered an exchange. She waited and waited still no delivery. She contacted me for help.

I send a letter and outlined a case for full refund that I would seek in Small Claims Court if we had to go. When you say that the delivery date can be changed, I would imagine any judge would agree that means at a reasonable time frame and with good reason. If that was the case people can say soon it will be delivered and it could be expensive cars and be scamming all kinds of people by offering cheap prices for expensive cars. On the first and second day I waited for an answer while doing a little investigating on this company. I called the Zoning office in Mississauga and spoke with a very nice gentleman who was very helpful who I thank for doing a great job. I wanted to know who owed this company, I needed a name of someone to serve court papers to after I explained the story. To my surprise, the Zoning office was not aware of a furniture store being at that location. 

It's not really known what the actual laws are in regards to setting up a business and when you occupy property for business purposes, I'm still looking for answers for many clients in Toronto. People seem to be under the influence that unless you are selling food, smokes, cutting hair, selling pets, and things of that nature you do not have to consult most Cities in Ontario to get permit. Things like opening up a furniture store, a book store, ad agency, things of that nature where no need for public health need to be involved, people seem to be under the influence you just need to have you business licence from the Government of Ontario and your good to go.

I'm not sure if in this case if the space where today's fire happened in Mississauga was for operating a business or just storage. I do know however, for operating a business, under law you can not in any way advertise a business via signs or printing pf any material with a business name unless that business is registered in some legal form (sole-proprietorship, partnership, Incorporated company and so on.) with the Government of Ontario. In the case I wrote about above. I came to realize no operating licence was on file for that specific address of the furniture company operating in Mississauga. There was however a Inc Company with a similar name not exactly as their sign or receipt issued business name. That Inc company was located in small town Ontario. Does not make a difference if you have a INC. Company, you still need to have an operating licence from the Government of Ontario for the location you are conducting business.

So armed with this information, I made the company blink and issue a full refund to a tune of over a thousand bucks for the woman. I still don't know the owners of the company after paying a fee to find out. I have filed a complaint to the Government of Ontario Companies branch because under law a business operating at a location must have a licence for a space they rent operating a business. 

In this case of the fire at this industrial complex, i'm not sure if they we're operating a business or just storing goods. In either case, the need to be held to account for what has happened. Like it was reported Fire Fighters should have known what was on the premises. What does it take, next time we will have a death? You might even go as far as saying this was  criminal negligence causing harm. The officials of Mississauga need to send a clear message and really small fines for not following bylaws simply will not do.

This is what Mississauga and other Cities need:

They need to have clarification for what is needed for people who are interested in setting up a business in Ontario and who are seeking to rent a premise to carry out business at that address. 
Cities like Mississauga need more inspection of what is being carried out in their cities. 
Most of all there needs to be more penalties and they must be harsh, especially in this case of today's fire to send a clear message for people who do not follow the rules.

I send my get well soon and best wishes to the firefighters and their families and loved ones in Mississauga and hope the Government of Ontario and Cities/Towns in Ontario can get their act together that will not only help firefighters responding to a call but as well as assist consumers who have issues with companies and businesses in Ontario.



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3 firefighters injured in Mississauga blaze

MISSISSAUGA - Three firefighters suffered serious injuries when they battered by debris from an explosion at a storage facility early Wednesday.
Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services responded around 4:45 a.m. to what was initially thought to be just alarms going off at the industrial building on Thamesgate Dr., southwest of Airport Rd. and Steeles Ave.
But the call quickly became anything but routine.
“They were just entering the building when the explosion happened,” Chief John McDougall said Wednesday.
He said the unexpected blast sent the three firefighters flying backward through the air and the trio was hit by bricks, concrete blocks and other building materials.
One firefighter, who was rushed to St. Mike’s hospital in Toronto, was initially listed in critical condition but has since been upgraded to serious condition, McDougall said.
“He’s conscious and talking, so that’s good news,” the chief said, adding the firefighter will likely need surgery to repair broken bones.
Platoon Chief Mark Ormond and other firefighters were at St. Mike’s Wednesday to “support” their badly injured colleague.
“It’s stressful for everybody involved, that’s for sure,” he said.
McDougall said the other two injured firefighters, who are in Etobicoke and Brampton hospitals, are also surrounded by colleagues and all three have all been in touch with their families.
One was undergoing surgery late Wednesday morning to repair a broken femur.
The chief visited the third firefighter and said he was in a lot of pain and undergoing tests to determine what bones are broken.
“He told me he was blown back by the explosion, but he had no idea how far,” McDougall said.
The blast also “demolished” a fire truck.
"The windows were all smashed out and it looks like it has been in a war,” the chief said. “If it did that to a fire truck, you can imagine what it did to the firefighters.”
He said all three firefighters are expected to survive, but they each have a long road to recovery ahead.
A fourth firefighter suffered smoke inhalation while rushing to the rescue of his three fallen comrades. McDougall said he’ll be fine.
Area residents who were awakened by the blast say the explosion was one of many that erupted over several hours.
Caspar Schiweck, 35, ran outside to see what was happening and said, “It looked like my backyard was on fire.”
He lives just east of Airport Rd., so the fire was actually across the street.
“It was just a massive inferno,” Schiweck said. “The flames were just way above the power lines.”
“There were explosions and big balls of fire were erupting as well,” he added.
The fire chief said one of those balls of fire is thought to have sparked a secondary fire at an industrial building “down the street.”
It took firefighters a couple of hours to get the blaze at the storage facility under control. But they continued to dump water on the still smouldering ruins of the building, which housed butane lighters and aerosol cans, possibly containing bug spray, among an assortment of other items.
A warning was issued notifying area residents to keep their windows closed “as a precaution” even though there was initially no concern about toxicity.
Ministry of the Environment workers at the scene said the water that was dumped on the burning building is now being pumped out of area sewers.
Hydro crews are also at the scene because of the close proximity of power lines to the storage facility.
The cause of the fire has not yet been determined but investigators from the Ontario Fire Marshal’ office are at the scene waiting to get in and poke around the charred remnants of the building.
“We’re still putting water on it and it will be a while before it cools down enough for anyone to get in there and have a look,” McDougall said.
A section of Airport Rd., from Morning Star dr. to Steeles Ave. E., remains closed off.
Meanwhile, Mississauga’s mayor has issued a statement saying the city’s “thoughts and prayers are with the firefighters and their families.”
“We are grateful for all emergency services personnel who are on site,” Hazel McCallion said.
— With files from Maryam Shah
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