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Trailer Park Business and Owner fined $19,000 for Ontario Water Resources Act (OWRA) Violations

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Trailer Park Business and Owner fined $19,000 for Ontario Water Resources Act (OWRA) Violations

Convicted - 1499998 Ontario Inc. and Isaac Berman

Location - Brockville

Description of Offence -  The convictions relate to failing to comply with a Provincial Officer's Order and failing to comply with an Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA).

Date of Offence - On or about January 13, 2015 and ending on or about November 18, 2015

Date of Conviction - March 8, 2018

Penalty Imposed - 1499998 Ontario Inc. was convicted of two offences under the Ontario Water Resources Act (OWRA) and was fined $14,000 plus a Victim Fine Surcharge (VFS) of  $3,500; Isaac Berman was convicted of one offence under the OWRA and was fined $5,000 plus a VFS of $1,250. Both parties were given 15 days to pay.

Additionally, a Section 112 Court Order was issued, ordering the defendants to meet Item No. 1 of the Provincial Officer's Order, and to submit all required approval documents for the sewage system expansion.

Background -  

  • Isaac Berman is the Director of 1499998 Ontario Inc.
  • Mr. Berman and the company operate a mobile home park located on Big Hill Rd. in the Township of Leeds, the Thousand Islands.
  • On June 6, 2014, the ministry became aware that a new trailer lot and a new sewage system had been added to the mobile park. Despite Mr. Berman's insistence that the upgrade had been approved, ministry records indicated that there was no upgrades authorized to the new lot through the company's ECA for the site.
  • Mr. Berman and the company were issued a ministry order requiring that they submit a copy of the ECA approval for the new lot's sewage system, or provide written confirmation that a Qualified Person had been retained to complete an ECA application for the new lot's sewage system. Mr. Berman and the company did not comply with either of the options.
  • In a second matter, on March 30, 2015, an Amended ECA was issued to the company for a proposed expansion to the mobile home park. The Amended ECA required that the owner submit two copies of a completed Certificate of Requirement and a description of the property which could be registered. This was also not complied with by the deadline indicated.
  • The incidents were referred to the ministry's Investigations and Enforcement Branch, resulting in charges and convictions.

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