Unlicensed retirement domestic closed as operator faces prison


An Ontario court has ruled that an unlicensed retirement home run by a lady dealing with a probable prison sentence has to shut down. Its residents have moved to licensed centers.

In a unique decision, the Superior Court of Justice rejected Elaine Lindo’s arguments to keep her illegal Toronto facility operational.

“There is adequate evidence of damage and a risk of further harm if (Lindo is) authorized to maintain to operate,” Justice Sandra Nishikawa said in her ruling.

The provincial Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority and courts have repeatedly rapped Lindo, owner of In Touch Retirement Living, for her two-story residence. She offers accommodation and care to between 10 and 15 human beings. Most citizens are over 65, suffer from critical cognitive impairments, and need to assist with non-public care.

As evidence of a threat, Nishikawa referred to one resident with dementia who wandered away earlier this year and was discovered useless several days later. The home has a bed-malicious program infestation, and there’s no sprinkler device in case of fire.


After the authority grew to become her down for a license in 2012 amid worries about resident remedy and safety regulations, Lindo said she turned into changing the home into a rooming residence. However, numerous subsequent inspections concluded she turned into operating a retirement home illegally, undeterred by expenses, prison time, $30,000 in fines, and probation orders.

“At every inspection, Ms. Lindo denied operating a retirement domestic,” Nishikawa stated.

Lindo, who says she’s broke, now faces feasible prison while sentenced next week following a January conviction for illegally running a retirement domestic and breaching probation.

Concerned about the resident’s destiny if she is incarcerated, the authority asked the court to shut down the power—the first such contested request under regulation enacted in 2017—and permit it to transport the residents to safety. Nishikawa had little hesitation in agreeing.

Nishikawa rejected Lindo’s notion that punishing her might violate her constitutional rights to freedom of faith because her spiritual beliefs had caused her to help people experiencing homelessness. She additionally located no advantage to her declaration of racial discrimination.

“The last-minute charter argument strikes me as the cutting-edge in a succession of unconvincing, after-the-reality excuses to justify a history of non-compliance and dismiss of the applicable regulation,” Nishikawa stated. “Ms. Lindo has no constitution-blanketed right to maintain to perform an unlicensed retirement home.”

The court heard that the son of 1 resident believed Lindo was trying to do something public and that it might be more beneficial to help her comply with the rules instead of prosecuting her and closing down In Touch. However, the argument could not justify rejecting the affiliation’s request.

A Toronto Star research that started in 2010 observed In Touch seniors dwelling in deplorable conditions.