(HEARST, ON) – A Hearst man has been fined a total of $1,500 for offences under the Public Lands Act.
Claude Villeneuve pleaded guilty and was fined $750 for filling shore land without a work permit and $750 for depositing material on public land. He was ordered to restore the land to its natural state and agreed to donate $500 to a local charity.
Court heard that on October 16, 2017, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry officials observed that work had been conducted on the shore land and adjoining public land of Bouts Lake in Casgrain Township and reported it to the ministry’s enforcement branch.
A subsequent investigation by conservation officers determined that between July 25, 2017, and October 16, 2017, Villeneuve had used heavy equipment to create an illegal boat launch by filling in an area of shore land on the lake and depositing material onto the adjoining public land.
Justice of the Peace François Cloutier heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Hearst, on July 10, 2018.
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Source: Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry