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Canada: P.E.I. Potato Board chairman appeals environmental charge

Potato farmer Alex Docherty says “principle’’ is driving his long, stubborn fight after being charged with violating the Environmental Protection Act in 2012. Both Docherty and his brother-in-law Blake MacDonald lost their case in provincial court when Judge Nancy Orr found the pair guilty in September 2013 for cultivating a row crop on land that had a slope greater than nine per cent. The men were each fined $3,150. Earlier this year, P.E.I. Supreme Court Judge Wayne Cheverie dismissed appeals from Docherty and MacDonald. But that wasn’t enough to thwart Docherty, who is winding up his one-year term as chairman of the P.E.I. Potato Board. More

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