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Four men fined for building cabin illegally


Four men from the Fort Frances area have been convicted of constructing a cabin on Crown land without a work permit.

Don Roth, 46, of Fort Frances, Marvin Smith, 53, of Devlin, Gary Gushulak, 50, of Dryden, and Alan Eide, 47, of Fort Frances were each fined $1,500 plus a victim fine surcharge.

They also were ordered to remove the cabin from Crown land within 60 days.

During the trial, the defendants claimed they built the cabin—located near the Penassi River north of Fort Frances—for a friend. But court heard evidence the four were the main users of it.

They chose the location, and supplied most of the materials and labour, but did not apply for a work permit as required by the Public Lands Act.

By requiring people to get a permit in advance, the Ministry of Natural Resources ensures the proposed work does not conflict with environmental values, tourism, and other activities on Crown land.

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