CBC – Yukon may be too soft on illegal land use, minister says.

 ‘We are considering legislative changes to increase the penalties,’ said Mines Minister Ranj Pillai

People who violate Yukon land use regulations could soon be facing stiffer penalties, according to the territory’s mines minister. Minister Ranj Pillai was responding to questions in the Legislative Assembly on Tuesday, about an unauthorized 17-kilometre, 3.5-metre wide trail that was built near Carmacks two years ago. In December, a Yukon prospector and a local contractor were each fined $1,200 for building the trail. NDP leader Liz Hanson suggested the punishment was too light, and Pillai acknowledged it was “a very significant situation.”

“We are considering legislative changes to increase the penalties under the Territorial Lands Act,” Pillai said.  “It certainly has been a challenging situation working within the framework that we have in place.”


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