BRAMPTON, Ontario – On August 21, 2018, Collingwood Prime Realty Holdings Corp. and its director, Issa El-Hinn, were sentenced in the Ontario Court of Justice for offences under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 related to contraventions of the PCB Regulations.
The court sentenced El-Hinn to a 45-day jail term, which will be served on weekends, for failing to comply with an environmental protection compliance order. The Court also sentenced the corporation and El-Hinn to pay a combined penalty of $420,000 to be directed to the federal Environmental Damages Fund.
On April 30, 2015, Environment and Climate Change Canada enforcement officers launched an investigation following the company’s failure to comply with an environmental protection compliance order. The investigation revealed that two electrical transformers and eight electrical capacitors contained higher-than-allowable PCB levels and that the equipment had not been sent for destruction to an authorized facility.
The defendants pleaded guilty on September 26, 2017, to ten counts of contravening the PCB Regulations made pursuant to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999, and one count of failing to comply with an environmental protection compliance order. An environmental protection compliance order is an order that enforcement officers can issue to stop a violation of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999; prevent a violation from occurring in the first place; or require an action be taken to correct a violation.
As a result of this conviction, the company’s name will be added to the Environmental Offenders Registry. The Environmental Offenders Registry contains information on convictions of corporations registered for offences committed under certain federal environmental laws.