Calvin Gordon is back on the tools and scheduled to return to court
Contractor with several prior convictions now operates north of Toronto
October 1, 2018 by John Bleasby
As reported in Canadian Contractor in October 2015, Calvin Gordon, operating as Home-Tek Exteriors, was convicted under Ontario’s Consumer Protection Act (Court docket 4560-999-14-3061-01). A provincial court in the Niagara region found that Calvin Gordon along with a co-accused had, “entered into consumer agreements with 11 consumers for home exterior renovations,” according to a Consumer Protection Ontario (CPO) media release issued at the time. “Each consumer provided a monetary deposit. In some cases, only the materials were provided. In other cases, the consumers received nothing in return for their deposits. In every instance, the work was not completed and refunds were not provided.”
Gordon was placed on probation for two years, and ordered to pay a total of $11,200 in client restitution. During this probation period, he was, “prohibited from owning, operating or acting as an officer or director in any company that provides home renovation services or other home residential products and services,” according to Consumer Protection Ontario. “He was ordered to have no association or communication with his co-accused, the consumers, or their families.” At that point, Gordon seemed to fall off the map.
Prior criminal convictions, fines and jail time
This was not Gordon’s first run-in with the law, however. On November 14, 2014, he was convicted in St. Catharines, Ontario under 355 (section b) of the Criminal Code for Possession under $5,000, and under Section 385 (subsection 1) for uttering forged documents (Court docket 2111-998-14-N3834). Gordon was sentenced to 71 days in jail, placed on three years’ probation, ordered to pay $368 in restitution and assessed a fine of $1.30. The $1.30 fine remains outstanding.
New company, new location, new complaints
Canadian Contractor recently learned that when his probation period expired, Calvin Gordon formed a new sole proprietorship under the operating name “More For Less”. He is now working in the Orillia, Ontario area, focusing on trailer home estate parks. Not everyone is happy with Gordon and his new company, however. In fact, one very disgruntled couple has started legal proceedings.
Fergus Hill Estate residents, Dave Beeston and his wife Margaret Gomez, have hired legal counsel and filed an action against Gordon and his company, with damages totaling the $25,000 maximum allowed under Ontario’s Small Claims Court. There is a settlement conference, as prescribed under the Small Claims Court rules, scheduled for November 22, 2018 in Orillia. At that time, Beeston and Gomez will meet with Gordon face-to-face in court.
For his part, Gordon adamantly denies any wrong doing on his part. “It’s all B.S.,” he told Canadian Contractor over the phone recently. “Every person I’ve done work for, I have complete sheets saying everybody’s happy… I can take you to every house in Fergus Hill Estates and every house at Big Cedar Estates that I have worked on, and they will tell you that I’ve done a good job.”
Claims against Gordon to be detailed in a settlement conference
For those contractors not familiar with actions launched through Small Claims Court, they operate a little differently. A settlement conference precedes any trial. As described in the Ontario Small Claims Court rules, “The purposes of a settlement conference are, (a) to resolve or narrow the issues in the action; (b) to expedite the disposition of the action; (c) to encourage settlement of the action; (d) to assist the parties in effective preparation for trial; and (e) to provide full disclosure between the parties of the relevant facts and evidence.”
The allegations made in Beeston and Gomez’s filing have not yet been proven in court. However, Canadian Contractor has visited the couple’s home and taken dozens of photographs of the work said to have been undertaken by Gordon and his company. Canadian Contractor has also obtained a copy of the couple’s 51-page, 64-item claim document — the list of deficiencies is long and detailed. Beeston and Gomez are expected to call numerous witnesses to support their numerous allegations, should the case go to trial.
It should be pointed out that Canadian Contractor’s inquiries with Ontario Consumer Protection this past spring confirmed that Gordon was in the clear as far as their records indicated. We were informed that his 2015 court-ordered probation had expired and that full restitution had been made to those victimized in the past. The pending legal action being taken against him notwithstanding, there are no outstanding or current complaints filed with Ontario Consumer Protection against Gordon or “More For Less”.
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