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Sentencing in Toronto propane blast postponed

Sentencing in Toronto propane blast postponedFlames shoot up at the scene of a propane explosion at Sunrise Propane in Toronto as dawn breaks on Sunday Aug. 10, 2008. An Ontario company convicted in a deadly explosion of a Toronto propane plant is expected to be sentenced in court Monday.Sunrise Propane and directors Shay Ben-Moshe and Valery Belahov were found guilty in June of nine provincial offences related to the 2008 blast that killed one man and forced thousands of people from their homes. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Angela Deluce

TORONTO - The sentencing hearing for an Ontario company convicted in a deadly explosion of a Toronto propane plant has been postponed until March 12.

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.

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.

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 Propaneā€™s facilities.

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