April 24, 2018 - Four southern Ontario residents have been fined a total of $11,000
for damaging species at risk habitat and operating a motor vehicle within a conservation
Joby Bernard of Hamilton, Alexandra Filice of Hannon, Derek Byckalo of Binbrook
and Ian Thomson of Burlington pleaded guilty and were each fined $2,500 under the
Endangered Species Act for unlawfully damaging or destroying habitat and $250 for
unlawfully operating a motor vehicle within a conservation reserve contrary to the
Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves Act.
Court heard that on May 13, 2017, conservation officers were conducting a patrol
in St. Williams Conservation Reserve in Norfolk County when they heard off-road
vehicles in an area of the reserve where access is prohibited to unauthorized motor
vehicles. Officers located four dirt bikes being operated by Bernard, Filice, Byckalo
and Thomson in an area that is protected species at risk habitat.
Justice of the Peace Brett A. Kelly heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice,
Simcoe, on April 16, 2018.
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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). And
visit Ontario.ca/mnrftips to view an interactive, searchable map of unsolved cases.
You may be able to provide information that will help solve a case.