A Toronto Island ferry passenger says he was concerned for his safety after getting stuck behind a locked gate on his way to Ward’s Island Sunday afternoon. Robert Bernecky, one of many passengers who became stuck on the vessel after the keys to a new lock were mistakenly taken home by a staff member, said, “What if the boat was on fire? What if there’s a maniac with a weapon? What’s going to happen? How are they going to get off? They can’t get off,” continuing, “Passenger lives… and the crew members’ lives are in peril.” City of Toronto spokeswoman Karen Fulcher said that new measures have been put in place to prevent similar situations from reoccurring.
The owner of an illegal rooming house has been fined $75,000 following the 2013 death of a tenant in a fire. A City of Toronto news release states that Konstantin Lysenko, owner of 189 Sheridan Ave., was fined $60,000 plus a $15,000 victim surcharge in the death of 24-year-old tenant Alisha Lamers, who perished in a fire after becoming trapped in the basement unit of Lysenko’s house. A provincial court found Lysenko guilty of multiple fire code violations, including a lack of working smoke alarms and the required two exits per floor. He faces an 18-month probation period.
A Toronto police officer who served as a supervisor at the 2010 G20 Summit has been found guilty. This morning, Superintendent Mark Fenton was convicted on two charges of exercising unlawful or unnecessary authority, and one charge of discreditable conduct. Retired judge John Hamilton said after delivering the verdict: “The decision to order mass arrests demonstrated a lack of understanding of the right to protest.” Fenton is the only upper-command officer to face a police tribunal in relation to the June 2010 weekend arrests, which saw a total of 1,118 people arrested.