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Judgement 2

Judgement 2

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2011BCSC142TimberwolfLogTradingLtd.v.BritishColumbiaPage1of14
INTHESUPREMECOURTOFBRITISHCOLUMBIA
Citation:
TimberwolfLogTradingLtd.v.BritishColumbia,
2011BCSC142Date:20110207Docket:S103985Registry:VancouverIntheMatterofthePetitionforReliefintheNatureof
Certiorari
andAidintheMatterofSearchwarrantstoSearchExecutedintheProvinceofBritishColumbiaBetween:
TimberwolflogTradingltd.
PetitionerAnd
HerMajestytheQueenintheRightoftheProvinceofBritishColumbia
RespondentBefore:TheHonourableMadamJusticeGropper
ReasonsforJudgment
CounselforthePetitioner:P.A.SpencerA.MizrahiCounselfortheRespondent:A.H.DalmynAppearingonhisownbehalf:DonGood,PrincipleofBCLogInventoryServicesLtd.PlaceandDateofHearing:Vancouver,B.C.December1and2,2010PlaceandDateofJudgment:Vancouver,B.C.February7,2011
5116/2012
 
2011BCSC142TimberwolfLogTradingLtd.v.BritishColumbiaPage2of14
NatureoftheApplication
[1]Thisisanpetitionunderthe
JudicialReviewProcedureAct,
R.S.B.C.1996,c.241
(JRPA),
byTimberwolfLogTradingLtd.(Timberwolf)toquashtelewarrants(or"searchwarrants")issuedbyaJudicialJusticeofthePeace(JJP)oftheProvincialCourtofBritishColumbiatoMr.DanielSmallacombe,anemployeewiththeComplianceandEnforcementBranchoftheMinistryofForestsandRange(MOFR).Therewerefourtelewarrantsgranted,threeonJuly22,2008andoneonAugust22,2008,againstscalersand/orrelatedcontractors,PioneerScalingandInventoryManagementLtd.(PioneerScaling),BCLogInventoryServicesLtd.(BCLog)andJamesSimon.ThetelewarrantswerenotissuedagainstTimberwolf.[2]TimberwolfarguesthattheJJPhadnojurisdictiontoissuethetelewarrants,onthebasisthatMr.Smallacombehadnoauthoritytoobtaintelewarrantsunderthe
CriminalCode,
R.S.C.1985,c.C-46;Mr.Smallacombeactedoutsidehislegislativeauthorityinobtainingthesearchwarrants;Mr.SmallacombefailedtomakereasonableeffortstolocateaJJPinpersonbeforeapplyingforatelewarrant,ortoexplainwhyitwasimpracticabletoappearinpersonbeforeaJJP;andMr.Smallacombefailedtomakefullandfrankdisclosureintheinformationtoobtain(ITO)thetelewarrants.[3]TherespondentProvincearguesthatTimberwolfhasnostandingtobringthisapplication;Timberwolfhasnotbroughttheapplicationwithintherequisitetimelimits;andthetelewarrantsarevalid.[4]Timberwolfisnotseekingthereturnoftherecordsthataredescribedinthesearchwarrant,norisitaskingtheCourttoconsidertheadmissibilityofthoserecordsinanyotherproceedingatthistime.
Issues
[5]Thefollowingissuesariseinthisapplication:1.DoesTimberwolfhavestandingtobringthispetition?2.Isthispetitionbroughtwithintherequisitetimelimits?3.Whatisthescopeofreview?4.Werethesearchwarrantsvalidlyissued?5.Shouldthesearchwarrantsbequashed?
StatutoryFramework
 
2011BCSC142TimberwolfLogTradingLtd.v.BritishColumbiaPage3of14
[6]MadamJusticeWedgeconsideredtherelevantstatutoryframeworktothismatterinarelatedproceeding:
TimberwolfLogTradingLtd.v.BritishColumbia(ForestsandRange),
2010BCSC500.Referringtotheprovisionsofthe
ForestAct,
R.S.B.C.1996,c.157(theuAcf'),sheprovidedthefollowingsummary:
[8]Timberwolfisalogbrokerwhosebusinessinvolvestheacquisitionandsaleofharvestedlogs.UndertheAct,theCrowngrantsTimberSaleLicenceswhichprovidetherighttoharvesttimberonspecificareasofCrownland.TimberSaleLicencesareawardedonbidortender.TimberwolfpurchasestimberfromseveralLicencees.[9]TheMinistryofFinanceandRevenue(UMFOR")openscertainareasofCrownlandfortimbercutting,releasesinformationtotheindustry,andinvitesbids.MFORhas,andmakesavailable,informationnotedonatimbercruise(orsurvey)ofthestandingtimber.Thetimbercruiseisconductedbyqualifiedtimbercruisers.Thetimbercruisedataisanestimateofthegrade,speciesandvolumeoftimberontheland.[10]TimbercruisedataprovidesthebasisforestimatingstumpagepayabletotheCrownwhentheapplicableratesareknownandnootherreliableinformationwithgreateraccuracyisavailable.[11]Stumpageisaroyaltysetbyabiddingprocess,payabletotheCrownwhenthetimberiscut(Act,s.104(1)).Stumpageratesaredeterminedbybidsfromqualifiedoperators:harvestingrightsareawardedtothesuccessfulbidderunderaLicence,withstumpagepayableatthebidrate.[12]Theamountofstumpagepayabledependsonthevolumeandqualityofthetimber,andiscalculatedinaccordancewithPart7oftheAct.ThestumpageratesetbytheLicenceisbasedonapriceofseveraldollarspercubicmeter.Thereisonerateforgoodqualityconiferoustimber,andamuchlowerrate($0.25percubicmeter)forall"X"and"Y"gradetimberand"U"gradehemlockandbalsam.[13]Stumpageisdeterminedbyscaling.Scalingisperformedbylicensedscalersatauthorizedsites.ScalingisgovernedbyPart6oftheAct.Therelevantinformationandmeasurementsforeachlogarerecordedonhandheldcomputerdevicesusedbythescalers,andcopiedontoothercomputersthattransmitthedataintotheMinistryofForestsandRange("MOFR")systemknownastheHarvestBillingSystem("HBS").TheHBSissuesinvoicestothepartiesresponsibleforpayingthestumpagefees.[14]Section97(1)oftheActprovidesthatanypersonowningthetimber,owningoroperatingthescalesite,orperformingthescalemustensurethatthescaledetailsarerecordedinanapprovedformandkeptatthescalesite.Thescalereturnsmustalsobecompletedanddeliveredwithinaprescribedtime.Subsection(2)providesthatfailuretoremitscalereturnswillresultinapenalty.[15]Unders.99,MOFRisentitledtohavetimberscaledagainandasecondscalereturnprepared.Ifthevolumeorvalueofthetimbercalculatedfromthesecondscalereturnvariesbymorethanaprescribedpercentagefromtheoriginalscalereturn,therescalegovernsforallpurposes.[16]Thelicenseeisliabletopaythestumpage(Act,s.104(1)).Inaddition,anypersonwhoacquiresordealsintimberonwhichstumpageisowingmustreporttheacquisitionordealing,andpaytotheCrownallstumpagefeespayableinrespectofthetimber(Act,s.131).[17]StumpageinvoicesarecalculatedattheappropriatelicenceratesonthebasisofthescaledataenteredintoHBS.StumpageinvoicesareissuedbyMOFRtothelicenseeandareusuallycopiedtothescalesite.[18]Thescaledataisexpectedtobeaccurateandcurrent.Electronicrecordsareto
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