Environment Minister Barry Penner has released the first Quarterly Compliance and Enforcement Summary for 2010.
This summary reports on compliance and enforcement actions including orders, administrative sanctions, tickets and court convictions taken across the entire ministry between Jan. 1, 2010 and March 31, 2010.
In the first quarter, there were:
* Five orders to prevent or stop impacts to the environment, human health and safety.
* 59 administrative licensing sanctions taken against individual or commercial hunters or anglers for committing offences.
* 218 tickets.
* Six court convictions.
The compliance and enforcement actions resulted in more than $48,000 in fines.
This is the first quarterly compliance summary to name individuals ticketed under Ministry of Environment legislation, following amendments introduced by Penner in October 2009. This action was taken to strengthen deterrence efforts and to provide more transparency in reporting how environmental laws are being enforced. The inclusion of names responds to public and stakeholders' requests to provide more substance in the reporting of environmental violators.
Only the names of individuals deemed guilty under ministry legislation will be published. This means they have paid their ticket, let it expire, or contested it in court and been found guilty. The summary continues to include the names of corporations issued orders, tickets or convicted in court.
Ensuring compliance with and enforcement of environmental laws and regulations is one of the ministry's key objectives. The aim is to prevent environmental, human-health and safety issues before they occur and serve as a deterrent to violating environmental laws.
The public is encouraged to report environmental violations and human- wildlife conflicts that threaten public safety or result in significant property damage by calling 1 877 952-7277. Information provided to emergency operators is used to identify and respond to high-risk conflicts that threaten public safety.
The Quarterly Compliance and Enforcement Summary is available HERE