2013 Eviction Procedures

2013 Jurisdictional Scan: Eviction Procedures
Does your jurisdiction evict persons from the park where alcohol has been a factor? What is your policy/procedure in regards to your answer?
JURISDICTIONREPLIEDYES/NOCONTACT NAME
B.C PARKSSOMEWHATBrian Bawtinheimer
COMMENTS: 1. Do you evict persons from the park where alcohol has been a factor? If yes, what is your policy and/or procedural direction on how to carry out the eviction? If no, what is your policy and/or procedural direction on how to manage the campsite in such circumstances? BC Park Rangers and Park Facility Operators (third party contractors) have the authority to evict parties from Provincial Parks. If alcohol is involved or suspected, the direction to staff and contractors is to establish that there is a driver capable of driving. If in any doubt, the direction is to delay the eviction until the morning, or advise police and request their assistance. 2. Do you utilize Breath Screening Devices as part of your enforcement efforts? If yes, in what capacity? We do not utilize Breath Screening Devices in any capacity in BC Parks.   We are currently in the process of updating our eviction policy so I can forward a copy once it’s complete if you wish. Please let me know if you require any further details.
ALBERTA PARKSX  
SASKATCHEWAN PARKSX  
MANITOBA PARKSX  
ONTARIO PARKSInquiring Jurisdiction Bruce Vanstaallduinen
Original Email: Here at Ontario Parks we are currently reviewing our Breath Screening Device policy which has extended to a review of our procedure as it relates to the involvement of alcohol during an eviction. We typically evict 3,000 to 4,000 campers each season. In Ontario Parks Park Wardens are the staff who perform enforcement duties and evictions. Park Wardens have all the power and authority of a member of the Ontario Provincial Police.   We have for many years used a Breath Screening Device at approximately 10 provincial parks to determine sobriety of an individual before a party leaves the park by motor vehicle. The Ontario Provincial Police and legal staff have advised us that we are at risk when evicting persons from the park where alcohol is involved. We have used the Breath Screening Device at a few provincial parks as a tool during eviction; however, use of the device in this manner is not supported by the Criminal Code of Canada.   We would like to canvass your park agency to learn what policies and procedures you may have in place for similar occurrences. In particular, we are interested in the following: Do you evict persons from the park where alcohol has been a factor? If yes, what is your policy and/or procedural direction on how to carry out the eviction? If no, what is your policy and/or procedural direction on how to manage the campsite in such circumstances? Do you utilize Breath Screening Devices as part of your enforcement efforts? If yes, in what capacity?   Any copies of existing policies/procedures would be appreciated. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and assistance.
SEPAQ (QUEBEC)X  
NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR PARKSX  
NOVA SCOTIA PARKSX  
PARKS NEW BRUNSWICKX  
P.E.I PARKSX  
GOVERNMENT OF NORTHWEST TERRITORIES PARKSX  
NUNAVUT PARKSX  
YUKON PARKSX  
PARKS CANADAX  

Response Rate: 1/13 for 8%

Key Findings:

  • Not enough information to make valuable insights

Future Questions to Ask:

  • Revisit the question of alcohol related evictions in the future to capture more responses

Links to Resources:

  • None