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Federal wildlife fines to rise, not much time to comment

On December 15, 2012, Environment Canada published proposed Regulations in the Canada Gazette, Part I for a 30-day comment period:· Regulations Concerning the Designation of Regulatory Provisions for Purposes of Enforcement (Canada Wildlife Act)
· Regulations Concerning the Designation of Regulatory Provisions for Purposes of Enforcement (Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994)
The proposed Regulations designate provisions of regulations made under the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994 and the Canada Wildlife Act that will be subject to mandatory minimum fines and increased maximum fines upon conviction. They form part of Environment Canada’s on-going process of implementing the Environmental Enforcement Act.

The proposed Regulations are available on the Canada Gazette website. Is it coincidental that comments must be submitted by mid January, so that most of the 30-day comment period takes place during the holiday season? Comments may be provided to the contacts provided at the end of the “Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement” following each of the proposed Regulations.

For background information, a description of the Environmental Enforcement Act can be found on Environment Canada’s website.

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