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Trailer Park company in Brant fined $11,000 for Ontario Water Resources Act (OWRA) violation

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Trailer Park company in Brant fined $11,000 for Ontario Water Resources Act (OWRA) violation

Convicted - Crestwood Lake Limited and Percy St. Pierre

Location - Brantford

Description of Offence - The convictions relate to failing to comply with a ministry order, and failing to take all reasonable care to prevent the corporation from contravening an order.

Date of Offence - Between October 1, 2015 and January 16, 2017

Date of Conviction - January 10, 2018

Penalty Imposed - Crestwood Lake Limited was fined $8,500 plus a victim fine surcharge (VFS) of $2,125. Percy St. Pierre was fined $2,500 plus a VFS of $625. All fines were paid on the date of conviction.

Background -

  • Crestwood Lake Limited is an Ontario corporation which, at the times relevant to these offences, operated a family trailer park on approximately 18 hectares of land located on 4th Concession, Cathcart, in the County of Brant.
  • Percy St. Pierre is the owner as well as an officer and a director of Crestwood. The trailer park is currently owned and operated by a different corporation.
  • On May 11, 2012 the ministry issued Crestwood an Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA) for an on-site sewage collection, treatment and subsurface disposal system.
  • On September 8, 2015 the ministry issued a Provincial Officer's Order (the Order) to Crestwood requiring the company to complete a series of action items in order to comply with the ECA and the OWRA. The Order was issued as a result of several unsuccessful attempts at obtaining voluntary compliance from Crestwood and its owner, Mr. St. Pierre. The ministry received no request for review of the Order.
  • Subsequently, a referral was forwarded to the ministry's Investigations and Enforcement Branch. Following an investigation, Crestwood Lake Limited was convicted of two offences under the OWRA and Percy St. Pierre was convicted of two offences under the OWRA.

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