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September 04, 2013 edition of the Campbell River Mirror

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    WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2013 www.campbellrivermirror.com Newsstand 85

    1710 Island Hwy, Campbell River250-286-6132

    Epic journey: Shelagh Germyn set to

    run 100 miles Page 25

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    WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2013 www.campbellrivermirror.com Newsstand 85

    Paul RudanCampbell RiveR miRRoR

    The consensus is in from the very first public group to walk the new Station View Trail.

    The big hill will be known as Cardiac Climb.BC Hydros new 1.7-kilometre trail a detour on

    the popular Canyon View Trail officially opened Friday as hikers huffed and puffed their way up the first leg of the climb to the ridge top.

    A sturdy new bench is at the end of Cardiac for those who need a breather, and then its more uphill although not as steep to the top of the ridge where the station view becomes clear.

    From this vantage point, well above the John Hart Generating Station, hikers have a great view of the massive construction project that will take place over the next five years.

    BC Hydro will spend nearly $1 billion to replace the

    Paul RudanCampbell RiveR miRRoR

    A Campbell River man will pay a $10,000 fine for cutting down an eagle tree.

    Gordon Knight agreed to pay the fine which will go to the Habi-tat Conservation Trust to be used to rehabilitate injured birds or to improve avian habitant on North-ern Vancouver Island. The 63-year-old automotive dealer appeared in provincial court Friday after earlier pleading guilty to destroying a bald eagles nest under the Wildlife Act.

    Your honour, I take ownership of the treeI dont blame anyone else, he told Judge Brian Saunderson.

    Knight lives on the Island Highway near Rockland Road and has several old growth trees on his property. One of those Douglas firs had a large eagles nest which was registered as an eagle tree with local govern-ment.

    Knight knew the eagles nest was there and had, at one time, asked a faller for an estimate to fall some trees on the property. The faller informed Knight the eagle tree was registered and was not prepared to cut it down.

    Then, on Feb. 20, 2012, Knight brought in another faller to get an estimate. Five days later, the faller returned and cut down the eagle tree while Knight was away from home.

    The downed tree, which contained a large bald eagles nest, was reported to the citys environmental co-ordi-nator, Terry Martin, who then con-tacted Conservation Officers.

    According to federal Crown pros-ecutor John Blackmon, theres a real concern for the viability of local eagle populations which is why trees with nests are registered for protec-tion. He said the charge of destroy-ing a nest is seldom laid. The last case Blackmon recalled prosecuting was in 2000 and the guilty man paid the maximum fine of $5,000.

    Since then the maximum penalty has increased to $100,000 and one year in jail. Blackmon noted that Knights fine is at the low-end of the spectrum, but is still substantial.

    The fine was presented as a joint submission by the Crown and the defence to Judge Saunderson who accepted the proposal and gave Knight 18 months to pay.

    The fine and the payment is sig-nificant and appropriate given the circumstances, said defence lawyer Brian Dybawd. The seriousness and the gravity of the situation is not lost on Mr. Knightit is his hope this raises awareness because of this action.

    The long-time car dealer and grandfather never disputed the fact he was responsible for the tree and nest coming down, and said hes learned a lot.

    Man fined $10K for cutting down eagle nest tree

    New trail will keep you fit

    Continued on Pg. 4

    Paul Rudan/The MiRRoR

    Trail project foreman Bill Wright leads the way up Cardiac Climb as the new Station View Trail detour route opened Friday.

    Epic journey: Shelagh Germyn set to

    run 100 miles Page 25

    ADVANCEDREALTY

    7x2.5PROCESS

    ASSOCIATED TIRE

    2X1.5

    PROCESS

    Enter to Win!campbellrivermirror.com/contests

    WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2013 www.campbellrivermirror.com Newsstand 85

    Paul RudanCampbell RiveR miRRoR

    The consensus is in from the very first public group to walk the new Station View Trail.

    The big hill will be known as Cardiac Climb.BC Hydros new 1.7-kilometre trail a detour on

    the popular Canyon View Trail officially opened Friday as hikers huffed and puffed their way up the first leg of the climb to the ridge top.

    A sturdy new bench is at the end of Cardiac for those who need a breather, and then its more uphill although not as steep to the top of the ridge where the station view becomes clear.

    From this vantage point, well above the John Hart Generating Station, hikers have a great view of the massive construction project that will take place over the next five years.

    BC Hydro will spend nearly $1 billion to replace the

    Paul RudanCampbell RiveR miRRoR

    A Campbell River man will pay a $10,000 fine for cutting down an eagle tree.

    Gordon Knight agreed to pay the fine which will go to the Habi-tat Conservation Trust to be used to rehabilitate injured birds or to improve avian habitant on North-ern Vancouver Island. The 63-year-old automotive dealer appeared in provincial court Friday after earlier pleading guilty to destroying a bald eagles nest under the Wildlife Act.

    Your honour, I take ownership of the treeI dont blame anyone else, he told Judge Brian Saunderson.

    Knight lives on the Island Highway near Rockland Road and has several old growth trees on his property. One of those Douglas firs had a large eagles nest which was registered as an eagle tree with local govern-ment.

    Knight knew the eagles nest was there and had, at one time, asked a faller for an estimate to fall some trees on the property. The faller informed Knight the eagle tree was registered and was not prepared to cut it down.

    Then, on Feb. 20, 2012, Knight brought in another faller to get an estimate. Five days later, the faller returned and cut down the eagle tree while Knight was away from home.

    The downed tree, which contained a large bald eagles nest, was reported to the citys environmental co-ordi-nator, Terry Martin, who then con-tacted Conservation Officers.

    According to federal Crown pros-ecutor John Blackmon, theres a real concern for the viability of local eagle populations which is why trees with nests are registered for protec-tion. He said the charge of destroy-ing a nest is seldom laid. The last case Blackmon recalled prosecuting was in 2000 and the guilty man paid the maximum fine of $5,000.

    Since then the maximum penalty has increased to $100,000 and one year in jail. Blackmon noted that Knights fine is at the low-end of the spectrum, but is still substantial.

    The fine was presented as a joint submission by the Crown and the defence to Judge Saunderson who accepted the proposal and gave Knight 18 months to pay.

    The fine and the payment is sig-nificant and appropriate given the circumstances, said defence lawyer Brian Dybawd. The seriousness and the gravity of the situation is not lost on Mr. Knightit is his hope this raises awareness because of this action.

    The long-time car dealer and grandfather never disputed the fact he was responsible for the tree and nest coming down, and said hes learned a lot.

    Man fined $10K for cutting down eagle nest tree

    New trail will keep you fit

    Continued on Pg. 4

    Paul Rudan/The MiRRoR

    Trail project foreman Bill Wright leads the way up Cardiac Climb as the new Station View Trail detour route opened Friday.

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    Strathcona Toyota

    DOGWOODPET MART

    Campbell Rivers FavouritePet Food & Supply Store

    GOLD PLUS GOLD

    SILVER

    BRONZE

    Supporting Sponsors

    Sunday, September 8, 2013 Nunns Creek Park9:30 am Registration 11:00 am 4KM Walk

    Balloons N More Party Shop Campbell River Dog Fanciers CR Salmon FestivalJim Lilburn Local Businesses Veterinarians Pet Stores

    Thanks to our Sponsors, Participants and Volunteers Making a Difference Together

    Sunday, September 8, 2013Nunns Creek Park

    9:30am Registration 11:00am 4 KM Walk250.287.2427 www.rhprinting.ca

    Strathcona Toyota

    DOGWOODPET MART

    Campbell Rivers FavouritePet Food & Supply Store

    GOLD PLUS GOLD

    SILVER

    BRONZE

    Supporting Sponsors

    Sunday, September 8, 2013 Nunns Creek Park9:30 am Registration 11:00 am 4KM Walk

    Balloons N More Party Shop Campbell River Dog Fanciers CR Salmon Fest