Newmarket roofer fined $9,000



    TORONTO, April 2 /CNW/ - An investigation by the Consumer Protection
Branch of the Ministry of Small Business and Consumer Services has resulted in
a fine of $9,000 against a Newmarket company. Provincial Offences Court in
Newmarket levied the fines against Gerard Nadeau, operator of Nadeau's Design
& Reno on March 26, 2009. The fine of $9,000 is in addition to the required
payment of $4,650 in refunds to consumers for six violations under the
Consumer Protection Act.
    The Consumer Protection Branch stepped in to investigate Mr. Nadeau after
consumers complained in the summer of 2006 of losing large deposits with no
work being done. Nadeau's contracts lacked basic information about consumer
rights and other content required by law. Nadeau ignored customers' requests
for refunds, which is considered an infraction under the legislation.
    The court put Nadeau on two years probation with several conditions,
including an order that he cannot accept any deposits for work before the
completion of a job. He must report to a probation officer and inform
authorities of any change of address within 48 hours of moving.
    The Consumer Protection Act imposes fines of up to $250,000 for
corporations and $50,000 for individuals convicted of infractions. It also
provides for jail terms of two years less a day on each offence. The act also
empowers courts to order offenders to pay compensation or make restitution to
victims.
    The Consumer Protection Branch can be reached at (416) 326-8800 in the
GTA, toll-free at 1-800-889-9768, online at www.ontario.ca/consumerprotection
or via e-mail at consumer@ontario.ca.

    
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