In the fall of 2004, there was a terrible garbage fire at a
grossly overloaded waste transfer site on Keele Street in Vaughan,
Ontario. The fire burned for days, sending choking smoke
through neighbouring residences and schools. Huge amounts of public
and private money were spent to fight the fire and to clean up the
mess, and legal proceedings have dragged on ever since.
310 Waste Ltd., 2020700 Ontario Inc., 2020780 Ontario Inc. and
Rail Cycle Incorporated were involved in the processing and
transfer site for solid non-hazardous industrial and commercial
waste. Robert Sansone and Edmon Hanna were in charge of overall
waste disposal operations at the site and Guido Titton was the
on-site operations manager. Edomon Hanna was also a Director of
2020700 Ontario Inc. and 2020780 Ontario Inc.
They were all convicted of a series of environmental offences
following a trial in 2008, but appealed their convictions and were
granted a new trial.
In June 2011, following the new trial, the companies and
individuals were again convicted of causing or permitting the
discharge of contaminants, namely smoke and odour, into the
environment, as a result of the fire. Sentencing has dragged on
ever since. In August 2012, 310 Waste Ltd., 2020700 Ontario
Inc., 2020780 Ontario Inc. and Rail Cycle Incorporated were fined a
total of $1,100,000 plus the victim fine surcharges of $275,000.
They were given 60 days to pay the fines, but probably haven't
Last month, Mr. Hanna, Mr. Sansone and Mr. Titton were fined a
total of $47,000 plus the victim fine surcharges of $11,750 and
were given 15 days to pay the fines. All three individuals were
also sentenced to 11 days in jail.
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