Extra, Extra: Sunrise Propane Fines, Bye-Bye Hero Burger, and Even More Media Cuts
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Extra, Extra: Sunrise Propane Fines, Bye-Bye Hero Burger, and Even More Media Cuts

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  • Nearly eight years after the blast that killed one and vacated hundreds of Downsview residents from their homes, an Ontario judge has imposed a $5.1-million fine against Sunrise Propane. In addition, directors Shay Ben-Moshe and Valery Belahov, who were found by the court to have failed to provide safe working conditions at the propane plant, will have three years to pay back charges of $100,000 each. Twenty-five-year-old Sunrise employee Parminder Saini died in the August 10, 2008 explosion.
  • It’s a bad day for burger lovers: Hero Burger, on the corner of Queen and Spadina, officially closed today after 10 years in the historical building. The location was known for 24-hour service and its fragile Scottish stone column that teens threatened to collapse with a brush of their backpacks. Meanwhile, just down the street, owners of American transplant chain Carl’s Jr. apparently failed to pay rent before the store’s closure earlier this month, according to a photo taken by one Toronto Redditor.
  • And it’s also a bad day for journalists. The Guelph Mercury, a publication that has been in print since 1867, will cease printing and move to an online-only edition. Twenty-six people will lose their jobs. And Rogers Media announced today that it will be cutting 200 jobs in TV, radio, and publishing as soon as this February. The jobs, which account for 4 per cent of the corporation’s workforce, are being eliminated to reduce production, procurement, and operations costs. In an email to the Globe and Mail, Rogers spokesperson Andrea Goldstein confirmed the cuts will affect all areas of the company—“except for the Toronto Blue Jays.” You can breathe easy now.

CORRECTION: 6:10 PM This article previously stated that Hero Burger occupied the corner of Queen and Spadina for 21 years, which is incorrect. We regret the error.

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