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Thunder Bay Residents fined $4,500 for Pesticides Act Violations

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Thunder Bay Residents fined $4,500 for Pesticides Act Violations

Ignace - Paul Poschmann and Paul Kiiskila pleaded guilty to one offence each and were fined a total of $4,500 for using and storing a pesticide without the required licence, contrary to the Pesticides Act.

Paul Kiiskila and Paul Poschmann own cottages on Savoy Lake in Kenora.

In August 2015, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) received a complaint that pesticides had been applied along the road system in the Savoy Lake area.

MNRF staff attended the area and observed dead and damaged vegetation along approximately nine kilometers of the road system.

On August 17, 2015, staff from the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (ministry) attended the Savoy Lake area and observed dead and damaged vegetation indicative of spot-spraying of pesticides.

A pesticide sprayer and a container of pesticide were found on the property owned by Mr. Kiiskila. 

On August 24, 2015, Mr. Kiiskila informed ministry staff that pesticides and a pesticide sprayer had been stored on his cottage property.

On August 24, 2015, Mr. Poschmann informed ministry staff that he had acquired a pesticide commonly used for forestry applications and that he and Mr. Kiiskila had applied the pesticide along the road system during the Civic Holiday weekend in August 2015.

The matter was referred to the Ministry's Investigations and Enforcement Branch and following an investigation charges were laid.

On November 22, 2016, Paul Poschmann was convicted of one offence, was fined $2,500 plus a victim fine surcharge of $625 and was given 30 days to pay the fine. On the same date, Paul Kiiskila was convicted of one offence, was fined $2,000 plus a victim fine surcharge of $500 and was given 30 days to pay the fine.

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