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May 2017

‘Still work to do’ housing vulnerable

May 14th, 2017|

The face of the controversy has been sent to jail, and London has responded with a tough new bylaw.

But the question remains: Has housing become that much better for vulnerable adults in London?

“We still have work to do,” said Steven Harrison, executive director of Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Middlesex. “Housing makes or breaks […]

April 2017

Charles jailed for fire-safety infractions

April 24th, 2017|

Keith Charles: Not a question of if, but when, a tragedy would happen on London group home operator’s watch, justice of the peace says

When Keith Charles was sentenced to 20 days in jail, the memory of David MacPherson was on the mind of London’s chief fire-prevention officer.

Wendy Cowdrey was in court Monday when Charles, […]

March 2017

Group home case sentencing adjourned

March 20th, 2017|

Group home fire violation case sentencing adjourned for pre-sentencing report – London

Keith Charles’s request for a pre-sentence report was granted on Monday, at what would have been his sentencing hearing at a courthouse in London.

The group home operator was found guilty of 12 fire code violations related to a fire in November 2014 at […]

Group home operator found guilty

March 13th, 2017|

Controversial group home operator Keith Charles is facing an enormous financial penalty after being found guilty Friday morning of 12 fire code infractions.

The prosecution is seeking $60,000 in fines – $5,000 for each count – for the 12 convictions at 1452 Oxford St. that stretch from April 7 to November 3, 2014, when resident […]

November 2015

Change Is Slow A Year After Fatal Fire

November 3rd, 2015|

Change Is Slow A Year After Fatal Fire Prompts Concern Over Unregulated Group Homes

One year after a fatal fire highlighted the plight of those living in unregulated group homes, local officials admit change is slow.

A fire broke out on November 3rd, 2014 inside a building later condemned as an illegal group home operated by Keith […]

Local Canadian Mental Health Association Chapter Calls For Inquest After Deadly Oxford St. Fire

November 6th, 2014|

On the heels of a rare ‘Order to Close’ being issued by the Ontario Fire Marshall following a deadly blaze on Oxford Street East, an official with the Canadian Mental Health Association is speaking out.

Monday’s fire, which broke out at a three-storey walk up building, housed those struggling with addiction or mental health issues.

On […]

One Person Dies Following Oxford Street Apartment Fire

November 5th, 2014|

One person has died as a result of Monday’s apartment fire across from Fanshawe College.

The blaze broke out around 11:15 a.m. at 1451 Oxford St. East, at the corner of Ayreswood Avenue. The fire started in a rear unit on the second floor.

Fire crews were forced to rescue two people from the building as […]

Fire Near Fanshawe College Seriously Injures Two People, Displaces 29

November 3rd, 2014|

Over two dozen people have been forced out of their homes and two people were sent to hospital after a serious fire ripped through a second floor unit of an apartment building across from Fanshawe College.

The first 911 call came in at 11:17 a.m. Monday of a fire at 1451 Oxford St. East, at […]