Property Owner Sentenced to 45 Days in Jail for Obstruction of Ministry Provincial Officers
Cayuga court - Mr. Wim Van Ravenswaay was convicted and sentenced to 45 days in jail for obstructing two ministry Provincial Officers in the performance of their duties, contrary to the Environmental Protection Act.
Mr. Van Ravenswaay operates an automotive and scrap metal business at a site on Haldimand Highway in Canfield.
The company specializes in heavy truck sales and repairs, heavy equipment and used truck parts, and also operates a salvage and scrap yard, where scrap metal is purchased from the public, then sorted and resold along with scrap created from its internal operations.
On May 27, 2014, ministry officers attended the site as part of a pro-active inspection program.
Upon learning of the site inspection, Mr.Van Ravenswaay indicated they had no right and when the Officers explained their rights of inspection Mr. Van Ravenswaay became agitated and threatening.
The ministry officers left the site to return on a future date that was to be negotiated, however, Mr. Van Ravenswaay continued to assert that the officers had no right to conduct an inspection and to refuse entry. The ministry eventually obtained a Judicial Entry Inspection Order, which was executed on September 10, 2014, with the assistance of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP).
The matter was referred to the ministry's Investigations and Enforcement Branch. Following an investigation, the defendant was charged and convicted in court on April 26, 2017.
On August 11, 2017 Mr. Van Ravenswaay served the Crown with notice that he intended to appeal his conviction.
On August 14, 2017, Mr. Van Ravenswaay was sentenced to 45 days in jail with the sentence to be served immediately.