Imagine that a corporation is charged, convicted and fined for destroying your local stream. Now imagine that they don't pay the fine. Imagine that more money has to be spent to hassle them through collection agencies and legal demand letters to pay the fine, but that the fine remains unpaid. The reality is that 40% of court ordered environmental fines in British Columbia are not being paid.The good news is that the Ministry of Environment is working to improve the situation, but we believe that they should go further.
Imagine that your local stream is being polluted by a corporation. Imagine that corporation is one of the very small number of polluters actually charged with violating the Environmental Management Act. Imagine that they go to court and, after spending taxpayer dollars on a trial, are ordered to pay a fine (a fine could be up to a maximum of $1,000,000). That fine won’t restore the stream, but at least there’s a consequence for polluting your stream.