May 7, 2014 5:45 am

Sentencing hearing scheduled today for Sunrise Propane

Flames shoot up at the scene of a propane explosion at Sunrise Propane in Toronto as dawn breaks on Sunday Aug. 10, 2008.


TORONTO – The sentencing hearing for Sunrise Propane, the Ontario company convicted in a deadly explosion of a Toronto propane plant, is expected to take place today.

Sunrise Propane and its directors Shay Ben-Moshe and Valery Belahov were found guilty in June of nine provincial offences related to the 2008 blast that forced thousands of people from their homes.

The original sentencing hearing date was scheduled for last December but was pushed over twice.

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Twenty-five-year-old employee Parminder Saini died in the blast and a 55-year-old firefighter who responded to the emergency on his day off died of a heart attack.

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The court ruled that Sunrise failed to provide safety training and a safe working environment, discharged a contaminant and contravened a number of provincial orders related to the cleanup after the blast.

The court also found that Ben-Moshe and Belahov failed to take all reasonable care to prevent the company from flouting those orders.

Following the blast, the government shut down all three of Sunrise Propane’s facilities.

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