May 06, 2002

Two companies plead guilty to charges of violating York Region Tree Bylaw

NEWMARKET York Major Holdings Inc. and Eagle's Nest Golf Club Inc. each have plead guilty before the Ontario Court of Justice to 432 charges of violating the Regional Municipality of York Regional Tree Bylaw.

The Region of York laid the charges earlier this year under section 3 of the tree bylaw, which restricts and regulates the destruction of trees in York Region. The charges relate to logging that occurred in December 2001 at the Eagle's Nest Golf Course development in the City of Vaughan.

The Eagle's Nest Golf Course development is situated on the west side of Dufferin Street, north of Major Mackenzie Drive, adjacent to the Keele Valley Landfill in Maple.

The guilty defendants will together pay a total fine of $100,008, with $82,728 paid to the Region and $17,280 to the Province of Ontario pursuant to the Victim Surcharge under the Provincial Offences Act. York Region will recommend all money received from the fine be directed to the Region's Greening Strategy. The program reflects the Region's environmental priorities and is a key component of Vision 2026, the 25-year strategic plan for the Region.

In addition, the guilty defendants have agreed to spend a minimum of $125,000 toward a replanting plan that is acceptable to the Region. York Major Holdings Inc. and Eagle's Nest Golf Club Inc. will provide 14.5 acres of plantings near the cut location, including some buffer plantings along the edge of the cut area itself. The 14.5 acres of new plantings will connect a further 7.7 acres of existing treed area back to the environmentally sensitive area forest.

In an agreed statement of facts entered before the Ontario Court of Justice, York Region has acknowledged the co-operation of the guilty defendants, who have accepted full responsibility for their actions and have worked to prepare a replanting plan. The Regional Municipality of York withdrew all charges against the project co-ordinator and on-site supervisor for Eagle's Nest Golf Club Inc., and the logging firm involved.

For more information on the Regional Municipality of York, the Greening Strategy and Vision 2026 and links to our nine area municipalities please visit our Web site at

The Regional Municipality of York is committed to providing cost-effective, quality services that respond to the needs of our rapidly growing communities.  York Region is comprised of the following nine area municipalities:  Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan and Whitchurch-Stouffville.  For more information, visit our Web site at:

Contact: Patrick Casey, Senior Media Relations Specialist, York Region

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