Oct.  23: Changes Proposed to Mining Law to Extend Investigation Time

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The government tabled amendments to the Mines Act to ensure there’s more time available, if required, to conduct thorough investigations into violations of the act and for a decision by Crown counsel on whether to pursue charges. Currently, the province has six months to one year to pursue charges, depending on the nature of the offence. The amendment would increase this limit to three years from when the chief inspector of mines first learns of the incident. The changes will take effect retrospectively as of Aug. 1, 2014, and apply to all ongoing investigations, including the investigation into the breach at Mount Polley.