Does anyone know for sure what those curved yellow enclosings at the side of of a row of parked cars are there for? If it indicates that it is part of the private property of the goodlife fitness center then was the parking enforcement officer wrong in issueing me a $250 fine for parking in a fire route? Are they allowed to issue parking tickets in private properties without the owners consent?
They don't, especially not in a parking lot. You weren't in a parking space, therefore you were encroaching on the fire route. Same as if you parked on the sidewalk in front of a fire route - just because you are out of the "roadway" does not mean you are not blocking a fire route.
i would check to see if that strip is a designated fire route, by looking at that city's by-law
i worked at 103 The Queensway, and they have Fire Route signs erected in many places but MLEOs couldn't issue the $100 fine, they could only do the $30 Private Parking fine... because City Council hadn't amended the by-law to designate that location as a Fire Route
having said that, i guess fire trucks would just rear-end vehicles out of the way if they needed to
your defence that the sign was not visible sounds like it might valid; make sure you go through the proper procedure of taking & submitting pictures; maybe even schedule a first-attendance meeting and show the crown what you have and avoid trial altogether