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Court upholds illegal-dumping finding, orders White Rock woman to pay $250

White Rock resident Joy Davies shows her court summons and the city
White Rock resident Joy Davies shows her court summons and the city's surveillance photos of her leaving a vacuum at the Keil Street works yard last fall.
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A White Rock woman who fought a fine for illegal dumping has been found guilty of the offence.

Joy Davies said she was ordered in Surrey Provincial Court last week (June 10) to pay $250 – half of the $500 outlined for a first offence under city rules – after "I was not able to make a case to the court's satisfaction."

Davies was ticketed by the city after leaving a working vacuum at the Keil Street works yard last October.

In March, she described the policy – introduced early last year – as "heavy-handed and mean-spirited."

The fine jumps to $1,000 for a second offence and $2,000 for a third. Later that same month, council gave final reading to amendments that reduce the fine substantially – to $175, $600 and $1,000 – if paid within 10 days.

Davies said five other citizens were in court with her last week, and that each pleaded guilty and were fined $150.

She said she was given until June 10, 2015 to pay the fine, and that the judge encouraged her to continue lobbying the city for change.

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