Sean O'Shea of Global TV put on notice for trespassing.
Sean O'Shea thinks he's above the law.
Like he's some kind of holy crusader doing God's work so trespassing laws are for us little people. Since when are characters like Sean O'Shea entitled to a free pass?
On May 15th, WLGO was contacted by Alvin Yu, an employee of Global TV that works for Sean O'Shea on Global's Consumer SOS show.
Yu requested information, some of which included a request for an on-camera interview from, among other people, representatives of WLGO.
WLGO agreed to answer Mr Yu's questions, but made it very clear to Mr. Yu that WLGO would not consent to an on-camera interview.
Mr Yu acknowledged the exchange and sent through his questions.
The next day, May 16th, 2019, without notice or consent, Sean O'Shea and a Global TV camera crew barged into WLGO's offices uninvited, with full knowledge that they were specifically notified in writing that they were not welcome on premises and that WLGO did NOT consent to an on-camera interview.
Despite prior written notice, Sean O'Shea and his camera crew trespassed onto private property which included 2300 Yonge St., and specifically, suite 1100, the suite which is occupied by WLGO.
The Global TV crew did not obtain consent from the security desk at 2300 Yonge St to film on their private property, did not sign in as required, and surreptitiously snuck up the elevator to the 11th floor when no one was looking.
Once on the 11th floor, Sean O'Shea and his camera crew loitered at WLGO's front door. Once given the opportunity, O'Shea disrupted WLGO's quiet enjoyment of their premises by shouting, causing a disturbance and chasing an employee down a hallway until he was able to take refuge in a washroom where after Sean O'Shea and his camera crew shouted taunts and accusatory, disparaging remarks.
The law in Ontario holds that Trespassing is an offence.
Trespass an offence
2 (1) Every person who is not acting under a right or authority conferred by law and who,
(a) without the express permission of the occupier, the proof of which rests on the defendant,
(i) enters on premises when entry is prohibited under this Act, or
(ii) engages in an activity on premises when the activity is prohibited under this Act; or
(b) does not leave the premises immediately after he or she is directed to do so by the occupier of the premises or a person authorized by the occupier,
is guilty of an offence and on conviction is liable to a fine of not more than $10,000. R.S.O. 1990, c. T.21, s. 2 (1); 2016, c. 8, Sched. 6, s. 1.
The act goes on to say that there are means upon which to notify persons that they are not permitted to enter onto your private property:
Method of giving notice
5 (1) A notice under this Act may be given,
(a) orally or in writing;
(b) by means of signs posted so that a sign is clearly visible in daylight under normal conditions from the approach to each ordinary point of access to the premises to which it applies; or
(c) by means of the marking system set out in section 7. R.S.O. 1990, c. T.21, s. 5 (1).
Sean O'Shea and his camera crew knew, or should have known, that they were not welcome at our office and to barge in uninvited was a violation of the act.
We notified Sean O'Shea's employee, Alvin Yu, in writing that an interview would only be granted by email and that WLGO did NOT consent to an on-camera interview.
Sean O'Shea trespassed into the building at 2300 Yonge and more specifically, into our private office knowing at all times that he was breaking the law.
O'Shea's conduct is egregious and inexcusable. O'Shea has experience regarding the rules of law that govern his profession, but still chose to blatantly disregard them.
O'Shea knew at all times that he was not invited, that we did not consent to an on-camera interview and that he was trespassing when he barged into our office. (He did so by lurking at the front door until an employee entered and O'Shea moved in by following the employee)
Our representative ordered Sean O'Shea to leave our office upon which he said that he was not going to leave.
Our representative said he would call the police if he did not leave upon which O'Shea said to go ahead, he was not going to leave unless the police came.
Our representative returned to his office to call building security and by the time he returned O'Shea and his crew were gone.
Nothing forgives or excuses Sean O'Shea's unwelcome intrusion into our office. He knew at all times that he was notified not to visit with his camera crew.
That kind of belligerent, obnoxious, self-important conduct is not acceptable.
We will be filing a formal complaint.
We understand that Mr O'Shea, Global TV and / or their counsel are monitoring these pages.
As such, please accept this posting as good and proper notice of our intent to file a complaint against Mr O'Shea for trespassing and to seek any legal redress permitted by law.
We will send notice in writing as well.