Category Archives: Wildlife and Endangered Species

New Rules to Fight Invasive Species

Ontario is prohibiting and restricting 19 invasive species to prevent their arrival and control their spread in the province and protect the environment. New regulations under the Invasive Species Act, now in effect, ban the import, breeding, purchase and sale … Continue reading

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Turning turtle: seafood supplier pleads guilty to illegal importation of protected turtles

Environment Canada reports that Mr. Jie Hua Shen, of Toronto, Ontario, owner of Marine Seafood Inc., was ordered to pay $25,000 in the Ontario Court of Justice, after pleading guilty on March 24, 2016, to the illegal importation of Florida … Continue reading

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Fine and probation for smuggler caught with turtles strapped to his legs

Environment and Climate Change Canada reports that Mr. Dong Yan of Windsor, Ontario, was convicted in the Provincial Offences Court on February 17, 2016, for illegally importing reptiles into Canada that were transported in contravention of a foreign state’s law. The … Continue reading

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Endangered species conviction for unlawful import of exotic leather goods

Environment Canada reports that Mr. Khoa Tran Boa Le, of North York, Ontario, was fined $10,000 during proceedings at the Ontario Provincial courthouse in Mississauga on February 3, 2016. Mr. Le was found guilty of importing, without a permit, leather products … Continue reading

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Alaskan outfitter faces bans, $20,000 fine and forfeiture of trophies

Environment Canada reports that, on May 8, 2015, an outfitter was fined $20,000 in Yukon Territorial Court after pleading guilty to illegally importing and exporting wildlife, which are offences under the Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial … Continue reading

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Largest penalty ever imposed for environmental infractions in Canada

Bloom Lake General Partner Limited was ordered to pay $7.5 million in the Criminal and Penal Division of the Court of Quebec in Montreal today, after pleading guilty to 45 charges under the Fisheries Act, resulting from several incidents including … Continue reading

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Ontario Re-Introducing Invasive Species Legislation

November 5, 2014 9:00 A.M. Ontario will re-introduce Bill 167, the proposed Invasive Species Act, 2014 into the Ontario legislature today. (see our post dated February 26, 2014: Ontario Proposes New Legislation to Take Action Against Invasive Species) The Act is … Continue reading

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Mining company ordered to pay $220,712 for violating federal Fisheries Act and Metal Mining Effluent Regulations

March 17, 2014 – Val-d’Or, Quebec The Century Mining Corporation (Sigma-Lamaque mines) in Val-d’Or, Quebec, was found guilty of violating the Fisheries Act and ordered to pay 220,712 dollars on March 10, 2014. This amount represents a fine of 129,000 dollars and additional … Continue reading

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March 14, 2013 – Dozens of Endangered Species Given New Trade Protections by CITES

March 14, 2013 – HONG KONG — The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) has reached agreement to extend protections for dozens of animal and plant species — including five types of sharks — that have come under … Continue reading

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