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March 20, 2001
Restaurants convicted for failure to post inspection notices
  
Toronto Public Health --- Two restaurants were convicted yesterday in
provincial court for failure to post inspection notices issued by Toronto
Public Health. In both cases the owners pleaded guilty. One was fined $5,000
and the other was ordered to close for three days and was fined $500.

These are the first food premises prosecuted on charges related to the posting
of inspection notices since the City's new restaurant inspection and disclosure
program began on January 8, 2001.

Dr. Sheela Basrur, Toronto's Medical Officer of Health, said the charges
resulted from isolated incidents. "We have inspected more than 4,000
restaurants since the start of the program, and virtually all operators are
co-operating fully. These convictions clearly demonstrate that refusing to
post, or obstructing, an inspection notice is a serious offence and will be
treated as such by the courts."

Under provisions of the Municipal Act, restaurants may be ordered to close for
up to two years and the maximum fine for a corporation is $50,000 per offence.
If the premises are owned by an individual, the maximum fine is $25,000 per
offence.

Saigon Le Lai Restaurant, 434 Dundas Street West, 2nd floor, was charged for
failure to post its yellow conditional pass notice on January 17. The
restaurant was fined $500 and ordered to close for three days.

New Ho King Restaurant, 416 Spadina Avenue, was issued a yellow conditional
pass on February 5. The notice was posted but it was obstructed behind another
sign and was not clearly visible to the public. The owner was fined $5,000.

Four other premises have been charged with similar offences related to the
posting of inspection notices. Results on all charges will be posted on the DineSafe Web site.


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