Always a fascinating (and often depressing) read, the OCOA news briefs can turn up some interesting items:
Falls under "what was he thinking?"
August 17, 2005
LOCAL MAN FINED $1,000 FOR CARELESS DRIVING
IGNACE - An Atikokan man, who intentionally drove his speeding snowmobile at Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) officers, has been fined $1,000 for careless driving and has apologized to officers.
Donald Thorson, 37, is on probation for one year and is banned from driving any motor vehicle for one year except to get to or from work. He must also pay $3,000 to a local charity.
Court heard that on April 3, 2004, MNR conservation officers were on aircraft patrol checking ice anglers on Dibble Lake north of Atikokan. While the officers were on the ice collecting evidence, Thorson repeatedly drove his snow machine at high speed close to both the officers and the plane. Later the same day, as the officers were landing the plane to check another group of anglers, Thorson drove his snow machine at the plane as it rolled to a stop on the ice.
Provincial Court Judge Peter Bishop heard the case in the Criminal Division of Provincial Court, Ignace, on August 10, 2005.
Sorry, officer, didn't think you had any "real" authority
July 14, 2005
FAILING TO STOP FOR CONSERVATION OFFICERS PROVES COSTLY FOR LANARK MAN
PERTH - A Lanark man has been fined $230 for failing to stop for a Ministry of Natural Resources conservation officer and ignoring a road closure sign.
Michael Majore, 29, who pleaded guilty, kept driving when conservation officers put on their red vehicle lights in the early hours of April 17 this year. When he was finally stopped, Majore admitted driving on a forest access road near Park Lake. The road was closed during the spring between sunset and sunrise to protect spawning walleye.
Justice of the Peace Clayton McKechnie heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Perth on July 12, 2005.
But what happened to the paying customers?
July 12, 2005
FINED FOR FLYING INTO PARK WITHOUT AUTHORITY
RED LAKE - A Manitoba man has been fined $1,100 for landing a plane in Woodland Caribou Provincial Park without permission.
William Mowat, 47, and Wamair Services & Outfitting Inc., of Matheson Island, were found guilty after a trial.
Court heard that on July 12, 2004, three aircraft from Wamair landed on Artery Lake to drop off clients, gear and canoes. A park warden met them on the shore and the pilots were unable to produce landing authority or day use permits as required by the Provincial Parks Act.
An application for landing authority is sent to Mowatt every spring as a reminder to obtain permits. None were applied for.
Justice of the Peace Marj Pasloski heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Red Lake, on July 8, 2005.
This one's for Erhard
July 12, 2005
CONSERVATION OFFICERS URGE RESPONSIBLE USE OF ATV'S AROUND WATER
Destruction Of Fish Habitat Is A Violation Of The Federal Fisheries Act
HEARST - Responding to complaints from the public, conservation officers from the Ministry of Natural Resources Hearst district are warning all-terrain vehicle drivers to act responsibly around waterways.
The complaints concerned racing and irresponsible use of all-terrain vehicles along the shores of Lake Kennedy, an important fish habitat.
Under the Federal Fisheries Act, no one may carry out any work or undertaking that harms fish habitat without authorization. The act also states that no one may deposit harmful substances into water containing fish. This includes the silt or soil that may be kicked up by all-terrain vehicles running along shorelines. Responsible use of ATVs, and all other activities around fish habitat, are necessary to ensure that fish populations are sustained for future generations.
Anyone caught violating the act may be heavily fined or even jailed.
For further information on fish habitat issues, contact your local Ministry of Natural Resources district office.
Deterrent sentencing at work...not
July 5, 2005
FOREST COMPANY FINED AGAIN FOR ILLEGAL LOGGING
TEMISKAMING SHORES - A logging firm has been fined for illegally harvesting Crown timber for a second time.
Timmins Forest Products Ltd. was fined $12,500 for failing to comply with a licence to harvest Crown trees on private land.
Court heard that in the summer of 2004, the company cut a road right-of-way through the forest, across land belonging to the City of Temiskaming Shores. The company had authority to harvest trees on an adjacent property, but had no approval from the municipality or a licence from the Ministry of Natural Resources to harvest Crown trees on the new right-of-way.
The timber was seized, measured and then released to the company after Crown dues were paid.
Justice of the Peace Mike Kitlar heard the case in Haileybury Provincial Court on June 23, 2005.
To report a natural resources violation, contact your local ministry office or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-22-TIPS (8477).
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