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Green energy police: Is that a beer fridge in your basement?
Posted: March 05, 2009, 7:24 PM by NP Editor
Green Energy Act Ontario’s Green Energy Act, as proposed by the McGuinty government, would give the province new powers of search and seizure. Under a section dealing with “Mandatory conservation and energy efficiency practices,” the act aims to enforce energy- and water-use efficiency standards. To aid enforcement, a section of the act deals with the methods to be used. Here are some excerpts: Part IV: Inspections, Enforcement and Penalties Inspectors 15.
(1) The Deputy Minister may designate in writing any person as an inspector for the purposes of Parts I and III. Powers, Part III
(3) For the purposes of Part III and the regulations, an inspector designated under subsection (1), (a) at any reasonable time, may enter any place where an appliance or product to which Part III applies is manufactured, offered for sale, sold or leased; (b) may request the production for inspection of documents or things that may be relevant to the carrying out of an inspection or test on an appliance or product to which Part III applies; (c) upon giving a receipt for it, may remove from a place documents or things produced pursuant to a request under clause (b) for the purpose of making copies or extracts and shall promptly return them to the person who produced them; (d) may inspect and test any appliance or product to which
Part III applies to ensure that the appliance or product complies with the Part and the regulations; and (e) may require any person to co-operate in and assist with an inspection or test. Entry of dwelling (4) A person shall not exercise a power of entry conferred by this Part to enter a place that is being used as a dwelling without the consent of the occupier except under the authority of a warrant issued under this section. Search warrant (5) Upon application made without notice by an inspector, a justice of the peace may issue a warrant, if he or she is satisfied on information under oath that there is reasonable ground for believing that, (a) a person has contravened or is contravening Part I or III or the regulations; and (b) there is, (i) in any building, dwelling, receptacle or place anything relating to the contravention of Part I or III or the regulations, or (ii) information or evidence relating to the contravention of Part I or III or the regulations that may be obtained through the use of an investigative technique or procedure or the doing of anything described in the warrant.
Powers under warrant (6) Subject to any conditions contained in it, a warrant obtained under subsection (5) authorizes an inspector, (a) to enter or access the building, dwelling, receptacle or place specified in the warrant and examine and seize anything described in the warrant; (b) to use any data storage, processing or retrieval device or system in order to produce information or evidence described in the warrant, in any form;
Entry of dwelling (7) Despite subsection (6), an inspector shall not exercise the power under a warrant to enter a place, or part of a place, used as a dwelling, unless, (a) the justice of the peace is informed that the warrant is being sought to authorize entry into a dwelling; and (b) the justice of the peace authorizes the entry into the dwelling. Time of execution (10) An entry or access under a warrant issued under this section shall be made between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m., unless the warrant specifies otherwise… Penalty 16.
(1) Every person who contravenes any provision of Part I, Part III or this Part or the regulations is guilty of an offence and on conviction is liable to a fine of not more than $10,000 or, if the person is a body corporate, to a fine of not more than $25,000.
(2) Where a body corporate contravenes any provision of Part I, Part III or this Part or the regulations, every director or officer of the body corporate who authorizes, permits or acquiesces in the contravention is a party to and guilty of an offence and on conviction is liable to the penalty provided for in the offence whether or not the body corporate has been prosecuted or convicted.