A man Stittsville was sentenced to fines totaling $ 10,000 after being found guilty of offenses under the Public Lands Act and the Aggregate Resources Act .

Michel Tremblay pled guilty to charges of backfilled coastline, deposited material in the water, operated an aggregate pit without a license and failing to comply with the orders of an inspector.He was fined $ 1 500, $ 1 500, $ 2000 and $ 5000 respectively.

The court heard that in spring 2013, the North Bay District Office of the Department Natural Resources and Forestry received a complaint concerning the excavation did not receive the required authorizations near the Ottawa River, the Mattawa area. An investigation revealed that between March 8 and May 14, 2013, Mr. Tremblay removed aggregates of a well that had no license and used them to tie a landing, improve an access road and create a launching area along the Ottawa river. An Aggregate Inspector has ordered him to stop extracting aggregates, but it has not complied.

The Ruby Beck magistrate heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice in North Bay , April 5, 2017.

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