Man fined for in­stalling sep­tic sys­tem with­out a li­cence

Al­lan Em­mett Mac­Don­ald said he didn’t have Grade 12 ed­u­ca­tion so he couldn’t take nec­es­sary li­cens­ing course

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND - Ryan.Ross@the­guardian.pe.ca Twit­ter.com/ryan­r­ross BY RYAN ROSS

A 65-year-old man who said he couldn’t take a nec­es­sary li­cens­ing course af­ter he lost a foot in an ac­ci­dent was fined $500 Mon­day for in­stalling a sep­tic sys­tem with­out a li­cence.

Al­lan Em­mett Mac­Don­ald ap­peared be­fore Chief Judge Nancy Orr in pro­vin­cial court in Char­lot­te­town where he pleaded guilty to the vi­o­la­tion of the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Act.

The court heard Mac­Don­ald was charged af­ter a con­ser­va­tion of­fi­cer got an anony­mous tip that the con­trac­tor who in­stalled a sep­tic sys­tem at a cot­tage in Rocky Point did not have a li­cence.

Mac­Don­ald ad­mit­ted to in­stalling the sys­tem and that he didn’t have a li­cence.

He told the court he had been in the sep­tic tank busi­ness for 40 years and used to have a li­cence, but he stopped work­ing for a while af­ter los­ing a foot in an ac­ci­dent.

Mac­Don­ald said he needed to take a course to get a new li­cence but couldn’t be­cause he didn’t have a Grade 12 ed­u­ca­tion.

The court also heard he had more than $7,000 out­stand­ing in un­paid fines, in­clud­ing $200 for the same of­fence in 2016.

Orr said it was hard to give him a fine with so much left un­paid.

“It’s not much of a de­ter­rent, is it?”

She also asked him why he ac­cepted work with­out a li­cence.

Mac­Don­ald re­sponded that some­one asked him to do it and he made a mis­take by say­ing yes.

“I’ve just got to learn to say no,” he said.

Orr ended up fin­ing Mac­Don­ald $500 and putting him on pro­ba­tion for two years with a con­di­tion he not in­stall sewage sys­tems un­less he has a proper li­cence.

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