Ministry of the Ministère de
For Immediate Release
December 5, 2007
GORDON WILLIAM PARKER AND DAVID GASKELL FINED $5,000 EACH FOR
FAILING TO REPORT ADVERSE DRINKING WATER TEST RESULTS
ST. CATHARINES — Gordon William Parker and David Gaskell have been fined $5,000 each,
plus a victim fine surcharge, after pleading guilty to violations under the Safe Drinking Water
The Regional Municipality of Niagara owns and operates a water treatment plant located at 300
Rosehill Road near the Town of Fort Erie. Gordon William Parker and David Gaskell are
employed as operators at this treatment plant.
The Court heard that on the morning of May 23, 2006, the Ministry of the Environment received
notification of adverse drinking water test results obtained at the plant during the previous 24
hours. These results indicated that water in the plant exceeded its turbidity limit. Mr. Parker and
Mr. Gaskell were operating the plant when these incidents occurred. Both operators took action
to correct the problems, but neither reported the incidents to the Ministry of the Environment and
the local Medical Officer of Health as required.
Gordon William Parker and David Gaskell were charged following an investigation by the
Ministry of the Environment’s Investigations and Enforcement Branch.
Gordon William Parker and David Gaskell each pleaded guilty to one count of violating the Safe
Drinking Water Act. The men were fined $5,000 each, plus a victim fine surcharge. Gordon
William Parker was given three months to pay the fine, and David Gaskell was given one year to
pay the fine.
Justice of the Peace T. Froese heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice in St. Catharines,
Ontario, and imposed sentence on November 16, 2007.
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