Justice For Crystal Mirogho

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On November 11, 2019 an innocent toddler by the name of Crystal Mirogho was tragically killed as a result of an air conditioning unit which fell on her from the 8th floor of the building where she lived at 3847 Lawrence Ave. East in Scarborough.  It is a Toronto Community Housing Corporation building.

As a result of that incident, the Toronto Police Service (“TPS”) launched a criminal investigation into the facts and circumstances surrounding this event to determine if any criminal charges would be laid.  The public learned through the media that the TPS concluded their investigation within 48 hours of the incident. 

Since the conclusion of their investigation, documents have been uncovered that reveal the TCHC knew of the dangers associated with potentially falling air conditioning units since 2007.  It was revealed in that study that the recommendation was made to the TCHC that they “must” replace all window units with much safer portable units.

It was also revealed after the conclusion of the current police investigation, that on July 10, 2017 there was a public meeting at the TCHC, wherein the TCHC disclosed that the Municipal Licensing and Standards Unit (“MLS”) had issued Orders against the TCHC related to the installation and removal of unsafe AC units.  Two years later, it appears from this incident that unsafe window units continued to plague the TCHC and that they did not take the necessary measures to protect the public that were first recommended in 2007 and then again in 2017.  Given the fact that there appear to be several orders issued against the TCHC on this exact issue, how could the police have completed a fulsome investigation unless they reviewed all of these orders and prior complaints and/or investigations?  It is unlikely that the police had any of these documents in their possession at the time of their investigation.

It is for these reasons that as concerned citizens of the GTA, we are asking Chief Saunders to reopen this investigation, so as to ensure that the public will have trust and confidence that a full investigation was conducted after reviewing all of the relevant material.  We believe this needs to be an open and transparent investigation since this is both a public safety issue and a human rights issue.

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