Terrible Trio: Kids at Risk = Big Fines

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An unlicensed electrician has been convicted and fined $18,750 for illegal electrical work done on schools in Eastern Ontario.

Martin Laprade pleaded guilty June 9 to two counts of performing electrical work without an electrical contractor’s licence and one count of leaving an unsafe condition. Work had been done at several schools and two homes in the Ottawa, Kingston and Pembroke areas.

Two other parties had been convicted in related cases.

In April, Mario Giroux of Construction “G” was convicted and fined $58,750 for multiple violations related to hiring an unlicensed individual — Mr. Laprade — to do electrical work in several schools. Nick Medewar, of NM Electric, was convicted and fined $7,500 for multiple counts of illegally taking out electrical permits on Laprade’s behalf.

Injury, Death Possible

“The conviction of Mr. Laprade is the final in a series of convictions of a group of individuals working in concert outside of the law,” according to Normand Breton, Electrical Safety Authority (ESA)’s General Manager, Harm Mitigation. He oversees ESA’s electrical contractor licensing system.

“Their actions resulted in public safety – specifically children – being at risk. Through the course of our investigation, we discovered significant electrical hazards at one school that could have seriously injured or killed someone, or caused a fire.”

The fines include a 25 per cent victim fine surcharge as required by the Provincial Offences Act. The surcharge is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.

    Related Information:

    Oakville Contractor Fined $5,750 for Unlicensed Work

    The ESA maintains a searchable database of licensed electricians. Call ESA at 1-877-ESA-SAFE (1-877-372-7233) to report misrepresentations.

    Review a list of convictions obtained after ESA investigations.

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