S.M. 1985-86, c. 41

An Act to amend The Ecological Reserves Act

(Assented to July 11, 1985)

HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, enacts as follows:

Sec. 9.1 added.


The Ecological Reserves Act, being chapter 24 of the Statutes of Manitoba, 1980-81 (chapter E5 of the Continuing Consolidation of the Statutes of Manitoba), is amended by adding thereto, immediately after section 9 thereof, the following section:

"Officer" defined.


In this section, "officer" means a person appointed as an officer under subsection (2) or under The Wildlife Act.

Appointment of officers.


The minister may appoint any person as an officer for the purpose of enforcing this Act and the regulations.

Temporary officers.


An officer, while engaged in the enforcement of this Act or the regulations, may call upon any person for assistance and that person, while giving the assistance, is an officer for the purposes of this Act.

Authority of officers.


For the purposes of this Act, an officer is, and has and may exercise the powers and authority of, a police officer, police constable or peace officer.

Powers of arrest.


An officer, upon witnessing the commission of an offence under this Act or the regulations, may arrest the person committing the offence and shall forthwith bring the person so arrested before a court of competent jurisdiction to be dealt with according to law.

Powers of seizure.


An officer may seize any property found within a reserve that the officer believes, on reasonable and probable grounds, is being used or has been used in the commission of an offence under this Act or the regulations, or will afford evidence of the commission of such an offence, and shall forthwith bring the property before a justice to be dealt with according to law.

No Crown liability.


No liability attaches to the Crown or the minister or any officer for loss or damage arising from the seizure of any property under subsection (6), in good faith and without negligence.

Commencement of Act.


This Act comes into force on the day it receives the royal assent.