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Mobile Home Park fined $4,500 for Ontario Water Resources Act Violation

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Mobile Home Park fined $4,500 for Ontario Water Resources Act Violation

Convicted - Rupert Acres Limited

Court Location - Sault Ste. Marie

Description of Offence -  The conviction relates to failing to comply with a ministry order and failing to comply with ministry approval.

Date of Offence - During the period beginning on or about March 1, 2016 and ending on or about February 6, 2018

Date of Conviction - September 12, 2018

Penalty Imposed - Rupert Acres Ltd. was convicted of two violations under the Ontario Water Resources Act and was fined $4,500 plus a victim fine surcharge of $1,125 and was given 12 months to pay the fine.

Background - 

  • Rupert Acres Limited owns and operates a mobile home park in the District of Algoma and holds a ministry approval for the operation of a domestic sewage works, which services the park. 
  • When the ministry approval was issued it included a condition requiring the company submit a report on cost estimates for Financial Assurance within the following six months. The report was required by February 2016 but the company failed to submit it and was therefore non-compliant with the approval.
  • The approved sewage works was designed to operate with two lagoons and a control gate dividing the two lagoons. However, the company was operating the system without the control gate. As a result, in November 2015, a ministry order was issued that required the company to establish a culvert and control gate structure between the lagoons by June 30, 2016.  The company failed to comply.
  • The ministry's Investigations and Enforcement Branch investigated and laid charges resulting in the conviction.

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