Sentencing phase in Calypso Waterpark trial

LIMOGES, Ont. – Calypso Waterpark will find out next month how much it will have to pay in fines after being found guilty on six of 11 safety-related charges.

The Crown and defence laid out their case today (Friday) in an Ottawa courtroom.

The Crown is asking for $850,000, suggesting the waterpark put profit before safety.

The lawyer for Calypso, Lawrence Greenspon, believed an appropriate fine would be in the order of $125,000 to $150,000, arguing the public exposure of the case has already punished the entertainment venue by damaging the park’s bottom line and its profitability.

According to the Ottawa Citizen, Greenspon also accused the Crown of causing direct financial harm with its “damaging hyperbole.”

The Ontario Technical Standards and Safety Authority charged Calypso in 2013 after a series of injuries on a ride called The Steamer as well as the Orange Bobsleigh.

A decision on fines will be handed down July 27.

Adding to the sting of this latest case, Calypso was fined $100,000 last week over a couple chlorine leaks in a wave pool three years ago.

Twenty people – many of them children – were sickened in the incident.

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