As of July 1, the inspection, compliance and enforcement functions from several provincial government departments will come together under Nova Scotia Environment.
Departments involved in this consolidation include the Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Health and Wellness, the Department of Agriculture, Nova Scotia Environment, and the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture.
For more information, visit novascotia.ca/nse/inspection-compliance-enforcement/
NS Environment Conservation Officers Convictions Update
January 2015 – July 2015
56 year old male from Head of Chezzetcook area was convicted in Provincial Court for offences under the Wildlife Act on October 7, 2014. Offences included hunting with the aid of a light (jacking), hunting during hours not permitted, and careless use of a firearm. The individual has been ordered to pay $5,791.80 in fines, 5 year hunting suspension, 5 year prohibition to possess firearms and ammunition, forfeiture of seized firearms and ammunition and deer meat, 18 months’ probation, and 20 hours community service.
30 year old male from Waverly was fined $233.95 on September 3, 2014 for being impaired in Laurie Provincial Park.
54 year old male from Sydney River was fined $176.45 under the Beaches Act on August 12, 2014 for altering a watercourse, and $233.95 under the Crown Lands Act for failing to comply with the terms of a permit.
18 year old male from Wedgeport was fined $176.45 on July 12, 2014 for fishing without a license.
On June 20, 2014 a male and female were both charged and fined $233.95 under the Provincial Parks Act for failing to comply with signage posted in Dominion Park.
33 year old male from Milford was fined $233.95 on May 18, 2014 under the Forests Act for leaving a fire unattended.
Over 60 convictions this calendar year for offences under the Off-Highway Vehicle Act. Offences include operating an OHV on a highway, not wearing a helmet, no insurance or permit. Fines under the Off-Highway Vehicle Act range from $233.95 - $2,418.95
35 year old male was convicted for an offence under the Wildlife Act in Provincial Court on February 3, 2014. The offence involved discharging a firearm in the Lawrencetown area in an unsafe manner that resulted in a bullet going through a residence causing property damage. The individual was fined $500.00, suspended from hunting for 2 years and ordered to pay $3000.00 restitution.
48 year old male from Sambro was convicted on February 14, 2014 under the Wildlife Act. The individual was fined $2,412.41 for exceeding the bag limit in the Priestville area and suspended from hunting for 2 years.
48 year old male from Lunenburg County was suspended from hunting for 20 years for a violation under the Maintenance Enforcement Act. Individuals who have been found in default of child support payments can receive various penalties including hunting suspensions.