YOW Yoga Studio Charged With Operating As An Unregistered Agent

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

The Travel Industry Council of Ontario (TICO) has charged Pure Yoga Ottawa Inc. and Pure Yoga Ottawa (Bank Street) Inc. with one count each of operating as a travel agent without being registered.

TICO also charged Todd A. Brown with two counts of being an Officer and Director of a Corporation and failing to take reasonable care to prevent the Corporation from committing an offence -- in this case, for operating without TICO registration.

It is alleged that between 1MAY, 2018 and 30OCT, 2019, Pure Yoga Ottawa Inc. and Pure Yoga Ottawa (Bank Street) Inc. held themselves out as available to sell yoga retreats to consumers in Ontario to various destinations around the world, with accommodations included.

TICO notes that there are businesses and studios that wish to bring like-minded individuals together (e.g., photography, yoga, scuba diving, etc.). If those businesses wish to organize travel for their customers, TICO encourages them to read its Guidelines for Special Interest Travel Bulletin to ensure they are in compliance with the Travel Industry Act, 2002.

Brown will appear in court at 100 Constellation Drive in Ottawa, Ontario on Thursday, 16JAN, 2020.

Bruce Parkinson

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An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.