I don’t usually have much positive to say about Government ministries, usually because the bureaucracies waste astounding amounts of money with a shrug. I came across these pages recently while doing “do diligence” on some properties up north.
Kudos to the front line officers at the MNR, not often I can say my money is well spent. Now all that needs to happen is the punishment to fit the crime. Thats the Politicians not showing any leadership or backbone. Possibly some Judges being a little to forgiving, I understand this with an individual, but when a commercial operation is slapped with a fine that’s less than 1% of the value of a contract, well maybe the internal decision makers at the business should also be getting fined as well.
That said, I can still remember as a teenager being given a $57 fine for having a Pudding Cup tin in Algonquin Park. From our campsite into the forest over a hill revealed a logging road, which would put most township roads to shame. There was debris scattered everywhere (some toxic), and great stacks of cut trees. Where’s the justice in that.
Follow the links below, makes for entertaining and sometimes disturbing reading.
$10,000 in Fines For Possessing And Listing For Sale Spiny Softshell Turtles (Mar 25, 2013)
Deer Hunters Fined $5,000 for Trespassing (Feb 13, 2013)
$53,000 in Fines for Damaging Endangered Species Habitat (Oct 31, 2012)
$50,000 Fine For Importing Live Asian Carp (Jun 22, 2012)
$5,000 Fine For Killing Flock Of Geese (August 27, 2010)
Interested in more? Check current and past enforcementreports at MNR Enforcement