Gas Thieves and Fine Shirkers To Lose Driver’s Licences Motorists who steal gasoline or diesel fuel and people who fail to pay certain court fines will lose their driver’s licences, under legislation introduced today, Oct. 19, by Justice Minister Michael Baker. An Act to Further Discourage the Theft of Gasoline and Diesel Oil requires the Registrar of Motor Vehicles to revoke the licence of a driver convicted under the Criminal Code of stealing gasoline or diesel fuel. The driver could apply to have the licence restored after six months. “This measure will provide another strong deterrent to those who might be tempted to steal fuel, especially during times of higher retail prices,” said Mr. Baker. “Is it worth losing the privilege of being able to drive for half a year? Certainly not.” An Act to Assist in the Enforcement of Court Orders also requires the Registrar of Motor Vehicles to refuse to do business with anyone who is in default on a fine or costs payable to the province, after a conviction under the Criminal Code or other federal law. Staff at registry offices will refuse to provide any service, including renewals for licences or motor vehicle registrations, for any convicted individuals in default on fines or costs. If the payment is still outstanding after 30 days, the person’s driver’s licence could be suspended until the fine or costs are paid. The act would not apply to people registered in a fine options program who are in the process of complying with a court order. “This legislation speaks to a fundamental principle: citizens must respect sentences handed down by our courts,” said Mr. Baker. “People must be accountable when fines or other costs are due.”
The Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute is having a seasonal celebration tomorrow and everyone is welcome.The event will be Thursday, Dec. 9 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Inniskillin Hall. For more information, contact Jennifer Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org or 905-688-5550 x4949.Other seasonal celebrations have been happening around campus. The Office of International Services and Programs Abroad held its annual Christmas banquet recently. Students, faculty and staff rang in the season with a sold-out dinner that included a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.Pictured below are, from left, students Sabrina, Tony, Rina and Gayathri.