Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Former Saskatchewan Cabinet Minister Fined for Environmental Violations

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Former Saskatchewan Cabinet Minister Fined for Environmental Violations

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Ex-cabinet minister fined for environmental violations

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KINDERSLEY, Sask. - A former Saskatchewan cabinet minister has been fined $35,000 for environmental violations involving Crown farmland and the shoreline of a river.

Bill Boyd pleaded guilty in Kindersley provincial court in February to cultivating protected grassland near Eston, Sask., and to changing a section of riverbank along the South Saskatchewan River without a permit.

Two other counts were dropped.

Boyd also has been ordered to fix the damage to the protected grasslands and to the shoreline.

The charges were laid after conservation officers investigated two complaints last summer about potentially illegal land work.

Boyd, who retired from politics last year, served as a Saskatchewan Party cabinet minister from 2007 to 2016 in various portfolios, including energy and resources, immigration and economy. …

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