June 21, 2017
The Toronto Star
Councillor Josh Matlow said he hopes to learn more on why fire inspection reports aren’t publicly available. (Bernard Weil / Toronto Star file photo)
Councillor Josh Matlow has expressed concern over a lack of transparency around fire investigations and questions why fire inspection reports are not publicly accessible. The city has responded stating that all fire investigation reports are available to the public if a freedom of information requests is submitted. However, for individuals, filing such a request can be time-consuming and cumbersome.
It has been pointed out that the city already releases inspection reports regarding restaurants and spas to the public and that, therefore, there is an existing model that could likely be used in the case of fire investigations.
The importance of residential fire safety cannot be understated and the rise in concern comes in the wake of the tragic Grenfell Tower fire in London, England this past month.
Matlow recently pushed for a bylaw that would require the results of inspections for problems such as waste and pests to be publicly posted in lobbies.