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NHL's Dallas Stars owner Tom Gaglardi to be Sentenced for Damaging Fish Habitat in Kamloops

Written by; Chad Simco / TCCN Staff Writer
Added on: Tue Nov 04 2014

  


Tom Gaglardi, the owner of the NHL's Dallas Stars and the WHL's Kamloops Blazers will face sentencing next month for damaging a fish habitat while having his vacation property renovated in Kamloops, BC. The court date is scheduled on December 12th, 2014.

Gaglardi and his company, Northland Properties, were both convicted back in August of this year with 2 counts of "harmful alteration of a fish habitat" -- over 2,400 square metres of shoreline located on Kamloops Lake.

The damage to the fish habitat occurred back in 2010 while the property was undergoing renovations and without building permits for Gaglardi's 5 bedroom home which involved a 50 car parking lot, extensive landscaping and a boat launch.

Earlier last month, Crown lawyer Digby Kier stated to a sentencing hearing that Gaglardi and his company should be ordered to pay a fine of $300,000 for damages to the habitat, which is the maximum fine allowed under law.

Kier stated that Gaglardi's decisions were the "blatant actions of a privileged family", and added that Gaglardi's approach to renovations was to "build first and ask questions later."

Gaglardi's defense lawyer, Rob Bruneau, called for a lesser fine ranging from $50,000 to $75,000 (CAD), adding that Gaglardi "should not be penalized for being wealthy."

An employee of Northland Properties, Jim Parks, testified during the trial that he was ordered to throw his computer in the lake when federal authorities began looking into the alleged environmental infractions, and he was told to remove Northland logos from the project's blueprint.

  

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