Thursday, March 23, 2017




The Toronto Fire Captain, Rob Patten, lied in a notice under section 15(1) under the Ontario Fire Prevention and Protection Act, that he also issued to the landlord of the illegal rooming house, on March 21, 2017, in order not to removed the tenants that are on the 2nd floor, of the illegal rooming house. The Toronto fire captain stated in the notice that he issued, that only 9 tenants were occupying the illegal rooming house, instead of 12 tenants. This was a deliberately misstated fact, by the Toronto fire captain, and he did so in order to avoid removing the other 8 remaining tenants, who are also living in the rooming house. There are confirmed reports (including, from other officers in regards to the number of occupants of the illegal rooming house, being 12 tenants), that Captain Rob Patten, was told that 12 tenants currently occupies the illegal rooming house, including, a statement from the landlord, directly. It was recorded that the landlord had stated to the fire captain, Rob Patten, that he has, currently, 12 tenants.  And that 9 of those tenants were "permanent" tenants and that 3 of the other remaining tenants were "temporary"tenants, who according to the owner, were supposed to move out of the rental units, by June 1st.
That means that all twelve tenants were occupying units in the rental property, when he stated in a notice that he has issued on March 21, 2017, under sec. 15(1), to "remove persons..." under the Act, that only 9 tenants were living in the rooming house. He then incorrectly and deliberately, listed in the notice, that 4 tenants (and not the 7 tenants), were living on the second floor, 2 tenants on the main floor and the remaining three tenants in the basement, of the rooming house.  Captain Rob Patten, also knew of this fact regarding the 12 occupants of the building, that all of the tenants were also currently living there, when he also issued the notice under sec.15(1), which stated that only nine tenants were occupying the illegal rooming house. This Blogger, was actually told by an officer who was with Captain Rob Patten, on March 21, 2017 and who has also personally inspected the property, along with the captain, that 4 of the 7 tenants, who were living on the second floor of the rooming house, were also going to be removed. The officer has told this Blogger, that those four tenants, were those tenants on the 2nd floor, who were also occupying the double rooms. And that only the other 3 tenants, that were allowed under the Ontario fire code, would be allowed to stay. This Blogger, has new information that this did not occur. Keep in mind that the Toronto Fire Services, also deemed the property on March 21st, as being unsafe and also an "immediate danger to the lives of the tenants", hence the notice under section 15(1), to removed person from the rooming house.

On March 20, 2017, Captain Rob Patten, had posted an earlier notice, under sec. 15(1), to "eliminate ignition sources" and then proceeded to removed the electrical cords, from two stoves in the two kitchens, on the main floor and also the basement, of the illegal rooming house. Unbelievably, he also reinstated, the "ignition sources" back on again in the building, within less than 24 hours after removing them, The 7 tenants who were not removed from the building, (but who were supposed to have been removed, according to other officers involved in the investigation), were now allowed to use the kitchen again, on the main floor of the house, just 24 hours after Captain Rob Patten, had turned it off, as one of the "ignition source", as noted in the notice that he issued on March 20th. And which was a also pretext, as I have stated in a previous article, since this same Toronto fire captain, Rob Patten, also did not take any actions in regards to public safety, regarding the complaint made to the Toronto Fire Services, concerning the lack of fire code regulations being implemented, by the owner of the illegal rooming house, for a whole week. The captain ignored the complaint, which also directly put the lives of the tenants at risk for a week and did not take any actions, to eliminate that immediate danger, (see the video posted below), during that time.  There was nothing done to the rooming house, to make it any safer, during the 24 hours that the "ignition sources" were turned off and then turned back on, by Captain Rob Patten,. Yet the Toronto fire captain, Rob Patten, who in his eyes, had "removed the immediate source of danger to the lives of the tenants, so that he did not have to remove, all of the tenants from the building

This Blogger then consulted the Toronto Fire Services and Captain Rob Patten, to update the story that she had also published on her Blog and it was that action, that also made the Toronto fire captain to investigate the property, on March 20 and subsequently, also, on March 21st and also in issuing those notices. What he also, conspicuously, did not do, was to lay any kind of charges under the fire code, against the owner of the illegal rooming house.  In fact he did worst, when he actually endangered the lives of the tenants, further, not only in reducing (deliberately),the number of occupants living there at the time, but also in not taking any steps to alleviate any danger from a fire, by  the overcrowded rooming house, by shutting it down and only allowing the legal amount of people, to occupy the building. Since it was originally constructed to house a family of four. All additions to the illegal rooming house, was also made by the landlord, without a building permit and also without fire code regulations, or zoning bylaws. Thus endangering the lives of the tenants living there. What is equally disturbing is the fact that when there is a fire, in that area of congested and illegal rooming houses, the Toronto Fire Services, is also silent on the causes of those fires. They will not even mention any contributing factors, such as overcrowding. Which is the main cause of fires in the area and also the main problem, with all of those townhouses, including the current one, at 27 Four Winds Drive, which is the subject of this article. They are allowed to remain overcrowded, because in the eyes of those corrupt, City of Toronto Fire Services personnel, like Captain Rob Patten, as well as other city divisions,they also seem to meet the needs for the lack of housing, for students attending the university nearby.

Captain Rob Patten, corrupt action in regards to that rooming house, cannot be excuse, because has has put the lives of members of the public at risk, in order to protect a very greedy landlord. You just cannot lie about the number of occupants in a building that has been deemed as unsafe under the fire codes, in order not protect a landlord, who may be losing revenues from the loss of tenants, when his illegal rooming house, is forced to convert back to a single family dwelling. I will be reporting more on this story, to exposed more of those corrupt officials, actions.. If the rooming house has been completely shut down, as I was told that it was going to be, by another official, then I will also report on this fact. In the mean time, not only is it still operating, but I have also learned that one of the tenants in the basement units, who was asked to leave on March 21at, in regards to the notice and was staying temporarily in a hotel nearby, as the landlord also had to house those disperse tenants, who were removed on March 21st, had actually returned to the building, the very next day and was observed to be moving his kitchen items such as pots and pans from the kitchen, that was located in the basement of the townhouse, to the main floor kitchen, that Captain Rob Patten, had also reinstated on March 21st, as well, has now returned to use it. This tenant was seen cooking, as well as moving his property, to the upper main floor. Captain Rob Patten has also ignored my call to his office, yesterday, in regards to this latest development, where the very "ignition source" meaning the stove, that he had turned off in his notice, just a few days earlier, was now subjected to more use, by the tenants, that has also remained in the illegal rooming house.  And until I have absolute proof, that all but the legal number of tenants, that are allowed under the fire code, are living there, I will also continue to exposed those involved in this corruption. It is also the worse kind of corruption, because it involved endangering the lives of the public, by those Toronto Fire Services officers, and also those officers, with the Municipal Licensing Standards, who are in charge of enforcing such factors as overcrowding, and maintenance standards, in rental housing.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Toronto Fire Services Corruption.



Among the charges, or claims, levied against them are:   * breach of public trust
                                                                                           * abuse of power
                                                                                           * endangering the safety of the public
                                                                                           * conspiracy and corruption

The Toronto Fire Services overstepped its jurisdiction in using a clause in the Ontario Fire Protection and Prevention Act, under sec. 15 (1), to take reprisal actions against a tenant who had made a complaint to the Toronto Fire Services, regarding the lack of smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, at the rooming house in North York, illegally housing 12 tenants.

On March 20, 2017, Toronto Fire Captain, Rob Patten, issued a notice to the landlord of the illegal rooming house on Four Winds Drive, in North York, (a suburb of Toronto, where rooming houses are not allowed, under the law). The notice showed (see image below), that the Toronto Fire Captain, Rob Patten, had ticked off, under Sec.15(1), of the Ontario Fire Code, "eliminate ignition sources", thereby preventing any likelihood of a fire starting, from those sources. The sources being the electrical cords to the stoves in the basement and also on the first floor of the rooming house. The tenants on all three floors, were told to use a microwave oven instead, in both kitchens of the rooming house.  

The two Toronto Fire Services captains, Rob Patten and Captain Paul Fortuna, who are in charged of the North Command region in Ward 8, in North York, are also responsible for the disturbing and illegal illegal phenomena in the area, near the York University campus, involving the illegal rooming houses. Kind of like how the CIA runs the drug trade operations in the US. Captain Rob Patten has told this Blogger, directly, that he "knows of the fact that there are many illegal rooming houses, in that area". To which he also does nothing and even when it is exposed.  But his actions and especially those that endangers public safety, are more than just ignoring this fact. The fire captain has directly contributed to this, through his personal corruption, in investigating those illegal rooming houses, which all breaks the fire code.  For instance, after investigating the illegal rooming house at 27 Four Winds Drive, Unit 1, in North York and located in the Keele and Finch area, which is under his command, the Toronto Fire Captain, later did a number of shocking things to which he has also broken the law. Among his actions include a breach of public trust, by reducing the number of tenants in the illegal rooming house, from 12 tenants, to 9 tenants. Captain Rob Patten did so in order to avoid removing the other 7 tenants who are all living on the second floor of the rooming house.
 He did not issue any charges against the landlord, nor gave any indications that he was going to.  In fact, the very opposite. Instead of shutting down all of the rooming house as he should have done, or to reduced the number of tenants to the legal limit of only four tenants, under the fire code, if he also believed that there was an immediate danger to their lives due to a fire, then that also did not occur. The Toronto fire captain, Rob Patten, had told the landlord that he was going to issue an order against him, if he did not ask one of the tenants on the main floor, (according to the statement of the landlord) who had made the complaint about the fire code violations to cooperate and to leave immediately, due to an immediate danger posed by a fire.(A "danger" that he was still undecided about, at that time and was willing to leave the matter still undecided, "until the next day, or the next day" he had also stated. Captain Rob Patten, chose to use a section of the Ontario Fire Prevention and Protection Act, under sec. 15(1), to try to evict one of the tenants (there are two) on the main floor of the rooming house, (as well as the three tenants in the basement of the house), who had made the complaint to the Toronto Fire Services, over the fire code violations, by the landlord. Captain Rob Patten, who also ignored the complaint for a week, believed that there was an immediate danger to the lives to those four tenants, of the illegal rooming house, but also chose to ignore the other tenant on the main floor of the rooming house. (The Toronto Municipal Licensing Standards officers, who attended the property afterwards, later declared that both tenants on the main floor of the rooming house, were in the same predicament, since their rooms were made of dry wall and later turned into a "room", by the landlord. And for the fire captain to want to remove only one of those tenants, did not make any sense, they had declared). In fact the MLS officers also indicated that the fire captain, Rob Patten, has the responsibility to removed all of the tenants of the illegal rooming house, if there was an immediate danger to their lives from a fire. Including, those tenants on the second floor of the rooming house, with the double occupancy rooms. At the very least, only four tenants are allowed to remain at the rooming house, under the Ontario fire code regulations. WHAT IS GLARING HYOCRITICAL AND ALSO CORRUPT, ABOUT CAPTAIN ROB PATTEN'S ACTIONS, IN DECLARING WHICH TENANTS SHOULD BE REMOVED, UNDER SECTION 15 (1) OF THE FIRE CODE, WHICH HE ALSO INSTRUCTED THE OWNER, THAT HE WAS "THINKING" OF ISSUING AN ORDER ABOUT, ON MARCH 21, 2017, BECAUSE HE ALSO BELIEVED THAT THERE WAS AN "IMMEDIATE DANGER" TO THE LIVES OF "SOME OF THE TENANTS (NOT ALL OF THEM), FROM A FIRE, (AND WE ARE ALSO TALKING ABOUT OVERCROWDING HERE, WHERE THE NUMEBER OF TENANTS IN THE ILLEGAL ROOMING HOUSE ARE 12), IS THE FACT THAT THE THOUGHT FOR ANY OF THEIR SAFETY, ALSO DID NOT OCCUR TO HIM, DURING THE TIME THAT HE HAS SUPPRESSED THE REPORT OF THE COMPLAINT, AGAINST THE LANDLORD AND DID NOT ACT UPON IT FOR AN WHOLE WEEK! WAS THE DANGER TO THEIR LIVES ALSO NOT PRESENT TO THOSE TENANTS, DURING THAT TIME AS WELL?
The Toronto Fire Captain also chose to ignore the other eight remaining tenants on the second floor of the rooming house, (in his thinking). With some of the rooms holding two tenants at a time, or double occupancy. And this is the part where the corruption and a lack of concern for the safety of all of the tenants of the illegal rooming house, REALLY comes in. THE FIRE CAPTAIN, ROB PATTEN, SHOULD HAVE REMOVED ALL OF THE 12 TENANTS, FROM THE ROOMING HOUSE, ON MARCH 21, 2017. IF HE HAD THOUGHT THAT THERE WAS A DANGER FROM FIRE. THE CORRUPT TORONTO FIRE CAPTAIN, IN THE NOTICE ISSUED TO THE LANDLORD, JUST FOCUSED ON ONLY FOUR TENANTS AND THAT WOULD HAVE ALSO LEFT A REMAINING 7 TENANTS, STILL OCCUPYING THE ILLEGAL ROOMING HOUSE, AT THE TIME OF ANY FIRE! The Ontario fire code stipulates that the landlord is allowed to have four tenants legally (and under the Ontario municipal zoning bylaws, that number is only two tenants, legally). AND AGAIN, If the Toronto Fire captain, Rob Patten, was really concerned about the danger to the lives of the tenants, on March 20, 2017,why did he wait for one week to respond to the complaints, about the rooming house?. And over such a thing as a lack of smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, in the rooming house. Did not his delay of a week, also further endangers the lives of the tenants, during that time?. Obviously. The fire captain, Rob Patten,  also reportedly made it clear that "he was not shutting down the illegal basements units", which has no windows and also housed three tenants.  Nor was he also shutting the entire rooming house down, due to an immediate danger from a fire, to the tenants. He was only asking four of those tenants to immediately leave, pending an order that he has told the landlord that he would be back to the premises on March 21st, after "having a meeting with the Toronto Fire Services Divisional Chief, Larry Koon and also The Toronto Fire Chief Jim Stoops. Do you think that a responsible fire chief and also a divisional chief would also agree to issuing an order immediately removing only four of the tenants from the rooming house and instead of all twelve tenants?. Due to the immediate dangers to their lives?. I wonder what they were also doing this past week thinking about all of this?. Captain Rob Patten had also stated to the owner of the illegal rooming house, that he was using section 15(1) of the Act to displace the four tenants, due to an immediate risk to their lives. Yet, he also waited for one week prior to this by not even taking any actions at all. And what about the eight other tenants on the 2nd floor of the illegal rooming house?. The Toronto fire captain Rob Patten, did not see an immediate danger to their lives, yet they all occupied the same dwelling. According to inspectors from the Municipal Licensing Standards Department, who also showed up at the property to investigate, the Toronto fire captain Rob Patten, should have also removed all of the tenants in that situation, they said. If under their jurisdiction only four tenants can remain in the rooming house, then eight tenants should be removed, the inspectors said. But where will they also be relocated?.

Tenants do have rights under the Residential Tenancies Act, and if the Toronto Fire Services, is going to removed tenants from a residential dwelling, due to a fire code regulation, under sec. 15(1), then it must also advised the landlord, that those tenants also has to have an alternative accommodation, provided by the landlord and during this time. Tenants cannot just be removed from their homes, by the Toronto fire services and not be relocated, to suitable accommodation, while a building is deemed unsafe by the fire services officers. And while captain Rob Patten had suggested that the landlord of the illegal rooming house provides hotel accommodations, for the three tenants in the basement of the illegal rooming house, that he wanted removed, under the Act, he also made no suggestions about one of the tenants on the main floor of the rooming house, that he also had included, in that order. Though, based on his actions he cared nothing about the tenant who had made the complaint, the fire captain also failed to mention to the landlord, that he had to take care of an alternative accommodation, for that tenant as well. That is perhaps why he is also "thinking" of issuing the order, on the "next day, or the "next day". And believe me, an imminent danger of fire to the lives of those tenants, from the date of the inspection of the dwelling, would not permit such a delay. There was either an immediate danger, or there wasn't. (Again, the said fire captain had waited one week, already, in regards to that "immediate" danger to the tenants, while he had considered acting upon the complaint). And nothing had happened to the tenants during that time. Something could have happened, but nothing did. Besides, if the entire building is unsafe as the fire captain also claimed, then all of the tenants would need to be evacuated and not just some.

A landlord puts a smoke detector on the 2nd floor
of an illegal rooming house, at 27 Four Winds Drive,
 unite 1, in North York, and near to the York University
campus, while two Toronto Fire Services officers watched.
 Captain Rob Patten, (shown in this video), also took one week to
respond to the complaint, of the illegal rooming house. And only
after this Blogger, had contacted him on March 20th, to do an update
 to the previous article, that she had posted on the matter.

On March 20th the fire captain, Rob Patten, attended the illegal rooming house, twice and on the first visit during the day, he chose to advised the landlord, that he was only supposed to have four tenants maximum, under the fire code. He also issued no notices or orders during his first inspection of the rooming house, earlier in the day. Among the disturbing questions that should be asked, why did he not do so, since there were obviously fire code violations, which he then later issued a notice to the landlord for.
Toronto Fire Captain, Rob Patten, has also issued no orders against the landlord of the illegal rooming house to shut it down. Nor did he proceed with any charges against him, either. Please remember, that in that area, this is also a regular occurrence. Which the Toronto Fire Services has also overlooked most of the time. And was also prepared to do the same in this case as well. Yet only two years ago, two tenants died in a fire, again in the same vicinity. All of this all under the jurisdiction of Captain Rob Patten. Viewing from the occurrence that I have described in this article, Captain Rob Patten, IS capable of sitting on such a complaint and do absolutely nothing. In wanting to "evict" some of the tenants of the illegal rooming house, (including the one who had complained, and also immediately, but the tenant had also asked the Toronto Fire Captain, what was the "immediate" danger, since he had also taken a week to respond to the complaint and thought of no danger to the lives of the tenants during that time. Coupled, with the fact that the landlord of the rooming house, had also claimed that the Toronto Fire Captain Rob Patten had "pressured" him, into asking some of the tenants to "cooperate" with an order he was going to make under sec.15(1) of the fire code, to removed only four of the tenants (including the "troublemaker" tenant), immediately, due to a danger to their lives. But the danger  from a fire and from the overcrowding had existed for all of the tenants of the rooming house, for a whole week prior to this decision. So was it an act of reprisal from the Toronto Fire Captain, to target the tenant who had complained in the first place?. The captain also told the landlord of the rooming house, that, "it was not definitive, has yet", if he was going to make the actual order on March 21st. (This Blogger has in her possession a copy of the actual statements and or actions, of the Toronto fire captain, Rob Patten, to be published at a later time).

Thursday, March 16, 2017




A lack of working smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, are safety concerns that usually garner an immediate response from fire officials, but in this case the Toronto Fire Captain Paul Fortuna, from Ward 8, located in North York, a Toronto suburb, took no immediate actions to investigate the complaint. A lack of smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are serious fire code violations. How much more so, than in an illegally maintained and overcrowded rooming house, housing a dozen tenants or more.

The Toronto Fire Captain, Paul Fortuna, knew of the unsafe conditions involving numerous fire code violations, involving a Toronto landlord, Yingguo Ai, and took no immediate steps to ensure public safety.  It was reported to the fire captain that no working smoke detectors, or carbon monoxide detectors were installed in the rooming house, located at 27 Four Winds Drive, in North York and near to the York University campus, where just a few years ago two other houses had burned down, when a fire housing students who attended the university, had spread to the house next to it and destroying both houses.

The current house located at 27 Four Winds Drive, that is part of a complex of condominium townhouses in the area and less than half a mile from where the other houses had burned down, did not get an immediate  response from the Toronto Fire Services Captain, 24 hours after it was reported to the Toronto Fire Services, that there were no working smoke detectors, or carbon monoxide detectors installed, at the illegal rooming house in North York.  Captain Paul Fortuna took no immediate steps, to investigate the complaint. Other serious violations also existed, including overcrowding, with about a dozen tenants, some of whom are students attending the university nearby, living there.  One woman who is also a student at York University, who lived in the basement of the townhouse, which has no windows, along with the two other tenants, who are also students at the university and which like the other townhouses of the complex, has no windows and is basically an underground cellar, that the greedy owner had turned into three rental units, said that she knew of no other houses in the area with so many tenants.  She says that her friends who also attended the university, has rented other houses nearby, with four or five tenants maximum.  But that she had never seen a house with 12 tenants, among the townhouses in the area.  She also pointed out that the rooms were also rented for $500.00 or more and that no rooms in the rooming house, were rented for any reasonable rents, such as $400.00 per month.  Every tenant pays above that she says.  Both students and other tenants lived in the illegal rooming house. With another nine tenants living on the first and second floors of the townhouse. The woman has also been living there for three years she said.  The tenants either seem to not know their rights, or afraid to enforced it, over the landlord's blatant violations of the city bylaws, including, the fire code violations and others under the Toronto Municipal Code.

Aside from the fact that, rooming houses are also illegal in North York and for which the owner, also cannot obtain a license for, the issues of public safety in regards to the over crowding conditions and also the fire code violations, is also an immediate public safety concern. Over crowding and a lack of smoke detectors, or carbon monoxide detectors, are to be blamed for other such houses, being on fire and also claiming lives. There have been several deaths at rooming houses in Toronto and all are due to smoke and fire related issues.  The landlords were never penalized by the courts, over those deaths, other than to pay a fine.  No wrongful death lawsuits were ever filed against those greedy landlords. None ever went to jail over their actions.  Most know how to get around the issues, involving multiple tenants, in a single family dwelling.  Yingguo Ai, the owner of the rooming house, at 27 Four Winds Drive, in North York, is one such greedy landlord. He has extended the number of tenants that is legally allowed, under the current city bylaws, by more than ten tenants. Not only that he has also now been allowed to endanger their safety, by not following the safety codes, under the municipal by laws, such as the Toronto Fire Code, for the lack of working smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, and also those under the zoning bylaws, in regards to the illegal basement units, he has also rented out and without any windows. Not to mention the fact that the townhouse itself, should not have been turned into a rooming house, in the first place. In the former city of North York, which has now been amalgamated with the rest of the city of Toronto, that has never been allowed. Not then, or now. So how did he get away with it so far?.
And why would a Toronto fire captain, Paul Fortuna, who should also know better than to endanger the lives of the public, by his actions, also turns a blind eye to it? Why should he protect this landlord, who is clearly involved, in endangering the safety of the public?

It is the Toronto Fire Services, and specifically, Captain Paul Fortuna, of the Toronto Fire Services, which is to be blamed for the danger that he has posed to the tenants and also to the public, over those fire safety violations. I also see some corruption, being involved in this situation, as well.  Why then would a Toronto fire captain, such as Captain Paul Fortuna, not investigate immediately, when there are such serious fire code violations, like a lack of smoke detectors and carbon monoxide at a rooming house? And that for twenty four hours afterwards, the tenants of the rooming house, are still waiting for the Toronto Fire Services to attend and to deal with the problem.  When will this Toronto Fire Captain, Paul Fortuna, also get around to having this landlord, Yingguo Ai, installed those safety devices, as he should have already done, and to charge him, also, under the Fire Code Act, for endangering the safety of the public, by his actions?.  Should it have taken a public article on the matter, to get him to act.  And which he has yet to get around doing?. I hope that reading this article will also get the public involved in the matter. Contact the Captain directly, or the Toronto Fire Services and expressed your outrage, at the actions of this Toronto Fire Services captain. It is beyond incompetence and is clearly indicating that corruption is also involved as well.  Also contact your local MPP for Ward 8, Anthony Perruzza at 416 338-5335, and ask him what he is doing to get this Toronto Fire Captain, Paul Fortuna, to do his job and to protect the safety of the public. As well as the other city divisions, such as the Municipal Licensing Standards, which are also supposed to investigate illegal rooming houses in North York, and to charge the landlords who are doing it.  And why a rooming house with twelve tenants and no working fire alarm system, including smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, are allowed to operate in  Ward 8, under his jurisdiction?. And why this landlord, Yingguo Ai,  has never been charged before, for violating the Municipal Code Act, for those violations.

The Toronto Fire Service, general telephone number is: 416 338-9050, and for the North York and Ward 8, telephone number is: 416 338-9150
Fire Captain, Paul Fortuna's telephone number is: 416 338-9158.