Case of farmer charged in connection to fish kill adjourned

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SUMMERSIDE — The case of a 58-year-old Mount Royal farmer charged in connection with a fish kill in West Prince in the summer of 2011 has been once again adjourned.

The case was last before the court in December, at which time Warren Ellis’ lawyer requested an adjournment to allow him to review disclosure he had only received earlier that week.

Ellis wasn’t in Summerside provincial court Tuesday morning to answer to charges that he and his company, Warren Ellis Produce Inc., face under the federal Fisheries Act. The charges, under section 40(2) of the act, allege that sometime between July 21 and 23, 2011, near Mount Royal, that Ellis did: “deposit or permit the deposit of a deleterious substance in waters frequented by fish or in any place under any conditions where the deleterious substance may enter such water, to wit, the Trout River Watershed, in violation of section 36.(3) of the Fisheries Act.”

No pleas have been entered on the charges and no facts have been presented.

Ellis’ lawyer requested a further adjournment, citing a family health matter of the Crown attorney in the case as a reason, noting both parties have yet to sort through disclosure.

Judge Jeff Lantz set the matter over until Feb. 12 at 9 a.m.




Organizations: Warren Ellis Produce, Mount Royal

Geographic location: Summerside

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  • poor tax payer
    January 12, 2013 - 13:09

    why buy a dodge if you had trouble with it and had to wate as long to have it fixed as it is taking to get the so called farmer to court it would be rusted out anyway

  • Rose Hicken
    January 09, 2013 - 13:14

    I think our court system should be used to Ellis and his lawyer's constant adjournments. If I were the judge hearing this case I would tell them I had enough of their stalling tactics the last time and insist that there would be no more adjournments. I would also insist that Ellis appear before me, not just his lawyer.

  • don
    January 09, 2013 - 01:05

    what about the other farmer that was charged? oh that's right to he was a ministers hubby his ticket was fixed not to be paid. plus i wonder if the inspector was told never to go to that farm again? patronage.and this guy i would fine him $50,000 fine.

  • Just another hand out
    January 08, 2013 - 21:08

    Everybody should go buy a dodge so he can afford to pay the fine.

    January 08, 2013 - 17:18

    It worked for him last time why not stall again until it is forgotten.