Beaver Dam Destroyed – Company Fined

First Nations Representation on Ontario Juries

First Nations Representation on Ontario JuriesTHUNDER BAY – Tearing down a beaver dam proved costly for an Alberta company. Pacific Iron Ore Corporation of Calgary pleaded guilty was fined $1,500 for unlawfully destroying a beaver dam. Perry Heatherington of Baden pleaded guilty and was fined $1,750 for failing to update his Ontario Resident Outdoors Card information.

The Alberta company and one of its employees have been fined for natural resource violations.

Court heard that on October 10, 2013, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry conservation officers contacted Heatherington during a patrol on Six Mile Lake Road, near Savant Lake.

Heatherington had contracted an excavating company on behalf of his employer, Pacific Iron Ore Corporation, to remove a beaver dam, so the company could drill in the area.

The removal of the beaver dam caused Six Mile Lake Road to flood.

Heatherington also told officers he lived in Kenora. Upon investigation, officers discovered Heatherington had moved from Ontario to British Columbia after receiving his Ontario Resident Outdoors Card, but failed to provide his new address to the ministry. Heatherington has since moved back to Ontario.

Justice of the Peace Danalyn J. MacKinnon heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Ignace, on December 9, 2014.

To report a natural resource violation, call the MNRF TIPS line at 1-877-847-7667 toll-free any time or contact your local ministry office during regular business hours. You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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