City to review its list of fines with an eye on increases

Many fines were found to be inadequate, so Parksville staff are reviewing them

In looking at establishing a bylaw prohibiting deer feeding, city staff found many fines to be inadequate and will look at updating their municipal ticket information bylaw.

A report from staff points out the highest fine is $1,000 for cutting down a protected tree without a permit, while other infractions, particularly involving health and safety, could be considered equally, if not more serious.

The proposed updates would increase several fines by double or more, including things like possessing liquor in a park from $100 to $150, damage to park property from $100 to $250 and the biggest increase, discharge of explosives or starting a fire in a park from $100 to $500. It would also add a new $500 fine for obstructing city employee or officer.

Both bylaws will come forward for the first of three readings at the March 5 city council meeting.