Skip to main content

Tentative guilty plea deal reached in Eastway Tank explosion case

Sign and flower memorial: A memorial sits at the base of the Eastway Tank sign on Merivale Road. (Katie Griffin/CTV Ottawa) Sign and flower memorial: A memorial sits at the base of the Eastway Tank sign on Merivale Road. (Katie Griffin/CTV Ottawa)

A tentative guilty plea deal has been reached in the Eastway Tank explosion case.

On Jan. 13, 2022, an explosion and massive fire broke out at a facility on Merivale Road.

Ottawa police issued a drone photo of Eastway Tank on Merivale Road following Thursday's explosion and fire. (Photo courtesy: Ottawa Police Service)

Rick Bastien, Etienne Mabiala, Danny Beale, Kayla Ferguson, Russell McLellan and Matt Kearney, all employees of the company, were killed by the blast.

The Ontario Ministry of Labour laid Occupational Health and Safety Act charges against Eastway Tank and its owner, Neil Greene, in early 2023.

An email sent to families of the victims on Friday said a guilty plea is expected to be reached.

A trial was slated to begin this month, but the Crown lawyer says trial dates have been vacated. The case will now return to court on April 5 for an anticipated resolution.

The charges under the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act are not criminal charges. Under the Act, the maximum penalties for a corporation are $1.5 million. Individuals charged under the act can face a fine of up to $100,000, up to 12 months in prison, or both.

--with files from CTV News Ottawa's Natalie van Rooy and Josh Pringle. Top Stories


BUDGET 2024 Feds cutting 5,000 public service jobs, looking to turn underused buildings into housing

Five thousand public service jobs will be cut over the next four years, while underused federal office buildings, Canada Post properties and the National Defence Medical Centre in Ottawa could be turned into new housing units, as the federal government looks to find billions of dollars in savings and boost the country's housing portfolio.

Lululemon unveils first summer kit for Canada's Olympic and Paralympic teams

Lululemon showed off its collection for the Summer Olympics and Paralympics on Tuesday at the Liberty Grand entertainment complex. Athletes sported a variety of selections during a fashion show that featured garments to be worn on the podium, during opening and closing ceremonies, media interviews and daily life on the ground in France.

Stay Connected