Also, ‘somebody’ was using the backyard presumably to make money as a parking lot for snowmobiles and commercial trailers. There was also an illegal sea can on the property that needed a permit to stay. All we have seen so far is that the snowmobiles were removed. Our complaint was filed more than a month ago, on January 7th.
We all know that the greed of landlords in Barrie is virtually out of control, but what kind of a monster charges a disabled man $700.00 a month to live in what amounts to a metal and cloth box with no insulation or other protection against the elements?
What is wrong with the system when Disability allows this housing agreement, which the City of Barrie says is illegal, to be processed as a 'rental unit' that is being paid for with taxpayer dollars? Also, the property is visited by multiple caseworkers from various agencies and by officers of the Barrie Police Service fairly frequently, and they said nothing about this inadequate and clearly illegal ‘living’ arrangement.
The Ontario Community Awareness Network / Five Points Media is producing a program about this subject that we will be sharing with the people of Barrie and Simcoe County after a period of respect for Bear’s family.
We cannot allow this kind of shameless greed to continue in our city, which is being committed all too often at the ultimate cost of the poor and vulnerable. Further, if his living conditions are deemed by the coroner to be a contributing factor to Bear’s death, we will be pushing for charges to be laid against the landlord(s). At the very least, Criminal Negligence could apply:
Marginal note: Criminal negligence
219 (1) Every one is criminally negligent who
(a) in doing anything, or
(b) in omitting to do anything that it is his duty to do, shows wanton or reckless disregard for the lives or safety of other persons.
Definition of duty
(2) For the purposes of this section, duty means a duty imposed by law.
R.S., c. C-34, s. 202
Marginal note: Causing death by criminal negligence
220 Every person who by criminal negligence causes death to another person is guilty of an indictable offence and liable
(a) where a firearm is used in the commission of the offence, to imprisonment for life and to a minimum punishment of imprisonment for a term of four years; and
(b) in any other case, to imprisonment for life.
R.S., 1985, c. C-46, s. 2201995, c. 39, s. 141
Marginal note: Causing bodily harm by criminal negligence
221 Every person who by criminal negligence causes bodily harm to another person is guilty of
(a) an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term of not more than 10 years; or
(b) an offence punishable on summary conviction.
R.S., 1985, c. C-46, s. 2212019, c. 25, s. 76