Director Jailed and Companies Fined After Failing to Pay Employees – Ontario Court of Justice

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The Ontario Court of Justice has sentenced Steven Blondin, a director of six Ontario companies, to 90 days in jail for violations of the Employment Standards Act after failing to pay employees.

Between March 2007 and October 2009, 61 employees from six companies, operated by Blondin filed claims with the Ministry of Labour for unpaid wages. An investigation by the ministry found that wages were owed to all 61 employees.

Between February 2008 and April 2010, an employment standards officer issued 113 orders to the six companies and Blondin to pay over $125,000. None of the orders were paid.

Blondin and each company pleaded guilty to failing to comply with the ministry’s orders.

In addition to the jail term and fines totaling $280,000, Blondin and his companies were ordered to pay the wages owing to the employees along with a 25 per cent victim fine surcharge, as required by the Provincial Offences Act.

Protecting workers on the job is part of the McGuinty government’s continued commitment to ensuring all Ontarians are treated fairly, while creating jobs.

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BSMI recalls dehumidifiers 12 diffent brands – Taipei Times #B&Q

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BSMI recalls dehumidifiers – Taipei Times: The Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection (BSMI) yesterday announced that 46 models of dehumidifiers from 12 brands were flawed and likely to spontaneously combust after long-term use. At least 316,000 products already sold are being recalled.

As the humid winter season approaches, many people turn on dehumidifiers. However, in an effort to prevent consumers from using problematic products, the bureau yesterday re-announced the recall of 46 types of flawed dehumidifiers and urged consumers to check the model type of their humidifiers.

The 46 products included products from 12 different brands; Tatung, Sanyo, Teco, Sampo, Westinghouse, Gibson, Frigidaire, Kolin, Whirlpool, Widetech, B&Q (Airforce) and Fujimaru.

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Explosion rocks Phoenix gas station | azfamily.com Phoenix

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Explosion rocks Phoenix gas station | azfamily.com Phoenix: PHOENIX — An explosion rocked a north Phoenix gas station, sending a hot air balloon pilot to the hospital Wednesday. The fireball went up just before 11 a.m. at 19th Avenue and Rose Garden Lane north of Loop 101.

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Explosion Rips Through Dutch Electrabel Power Plant; No One Hurt | Fox Business

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Explosion Rips Through Dutch Electrabel Power Plant; No One Hurt | Fox Business: PARIS/AMSTERDAM–An explosion early Thursday at a 600-megawatt-capacity power plant in Nijmegen, Eastern Netherlands, prompted police to briefly warn the public to remain indoors with windows and doors closed, but GDF Suez SA (GSZ.FR) said no one was injured.

The coal- and biomass-fired plant belongs to the French utility’s subsidiary Electrabel, which shut it down while Electrabel and the fire department began investigating the cause of the blast, police spokesman Frank de Valk said.

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AFP: French Socialist leader charged over asbestos deaths

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AFP: French Socialist leader charged over asbestos deaths: PARIS — Martine Aubry, the former leader of France’s governing Socialist Party, has been charged with manslaughter in a probe into whether state negligence contributed to thousands of deaths caused by asbestos exposure.The charges against Aubry relate to her time as a senior official in the ministry of social affairs, before she became a major figure in French politics.

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More safety violations at Maldonado family farm

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More safety violations at Maldonado family farm: Since Abel Maldonado announced his plans to run for congress, his 6,000-acre farm in Santa Maria has had three Cal/OSHA citations for issues regarding employee safety.

Since the 1990s, Agro-Jal has accumulated dozens of Cal/OSHA violations and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines while Maldonado served as the farm’s controller.

In early 2011, Maldonado’s family business was cited for allowing farm equipment to work the fields with no driver at the wheel. In 2010, Cal/OSHA cited Agro-Jal four times for running unmanned tractors and for failing to provide adequate access to shade or water for employees.

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Linkin Park Show Marred By Scaffolding Collapse | Contactmusic.com

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Linkin Park | Linkin Park Show Marred By Scaffolding Collapse | Contactmusic.com: Linkin Park Show Marred By Scaffolding Collapse
Linkin Park have offered their condolences after a fan died before their show in Cape Town, South Africa on Wednesday (07Nov12) when scaffolding collapsed.As well as the fatality, 20 others were injured outside the Cape Town Stadium when an advertising structure fell. Reports suggest the majority of those hurt were women carrying out promotional work.

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Takeaway boss may be jailed for hygiene breach (From The Bolton News)

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Takeaway boss may be jailed for hygiene breach (From The Bolton News): A TAKEAWAY boss has been told he could face jail after hygiene inspectors found a catalogue of problems at his town centre restaurant.

The court heard that The Nile, in Bradshawgate, had two onion bhajis “deemed unfit for human consumption” on display, while inspectors also found mouldy meat being stored at the fast food joint.

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West Wickham Christmas spirit ‘killed’ by Transport for London rules (From This Is Local London)

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West Wickham Christmas spirit ‘killed’ by Transport for London rules (From This Is Local London): HEALTH and safety killjoys have been accused of destroying Christmas in West Wickham.

Transport for London (TfL) has told the West Wickham Town Centre Association it needs to pay for test certificates to ensure lampposts are strong enough to support Christmas lights.

Traders fear the new licence could cost up to �4,000 and will stop the High Street from being treated to festive illuminations for the first time in 20 years.

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