A Toronto man claims he has been forced to sleep in parks since being evicted from his second-floor apartment. Jeffrey Brodie received an eviction notice because the floor below his apartment was being used as an illegal cannabis store in Toronto. As a result, Brodie will not be allowed to return to his home or collect his possessions, all because of a recent court ruling.
According to Global News, an Ontario judge shot down the 42-year-old’s request to go home after determining that it could result in CAFÉ resuming business, an unlicensed cannabis store that has refused to cooperate with police in the past.
"I recognize that Brodie is in difficult circumstances," Superior Court Justice Peter Cavanagh stated. "However, (he) has failed to discharge his onus.... of satisfying me that if an order is made that entry to the premises cease to be barred, the use to which the premises will be put will not involve resumption of CAFE's illegal business."
Sadly, Brodie, who was not involved in CAFÉ’s illegal activities, is paying the full price of their actions. CTV reported that despite Cavanagh admitting that the tenant did not know about or participate in the illicit business, Brodie was denied re-entry into his own apartment.
Brodie admitted to The Canadian Press that the eviction had forced him to sleep on couches or, under more desperate circumstances, city parks.
The judge empathized with Brodie’s situation and offered to raise the impact of the building closure when his constitutional case is heard. However, he could be stuck without a home until January as a result. Cavanagh argued that the tenant did not make a strong enough case to be allowed back into his home until then.
"The conditions proposed by (Brodie) are not sufficient to satisfy me that, if an order is made that the premises cease to be barred to (him), the use to which the premises will be put will not contravene (the act)," Cavanagh concluded.
According to Times Colonist, Brodie’s lawyer Selwyn Pieters stated that his client plans to appeal Cavanagh’s ruling. Pieters stated that the judge’s decision had put Brodie in an “impossible” position of being a legal tenant forced to police how the rest of the building was being operated.