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December 8, 2008
City successfully prosecutes marijuana grow operation
On November 26, 2008, the City of Toronto prosecuted and obtained convictions under the Fire Protection and Prevention Act and the Ontario Fire Code (Ont.Reg.213/07) in relation to unsafe conditions created by a marijuana grow operation.

The illegal activities were investigated by Toronto Fire Services, working in co-operation with the Toronto Police Service. Toronto Fire Services attended a one-storey two-bedroom single family dwelling in Toronto’s east end where a marijuana grow operation had been discovered.

This conviction represents a deterrent to persons who engage in grow-op activities as these fines are in addition to any criminal convictions.

The Ontario Fire Code violations and fines are as follows:

Hazardous Activity (B.
The marijuana grow operation created a hazard that was not permitted in the original design of the building. This resulted in a $20,000 fine.

Electrical Hazards (B.
The use of non-approved wiring methods, extension cords and electrical devices, created a fire hazard in the building. This resulted in a $5,000 fine.

Smoke Alarm (B.
Failure to provide and install a working smoke alarm in the hallway between each sleeping area. This resulted in a $5,000 fine.

Toronto Fire Services cannot stress enough the serious dangers these unlawful practices pose to occupants, emergency service personnel and the community at large.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and livability for all its residents.

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Toronto Fire Services Media Line, 416-338-0763



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