Panel: Ms. J. Lee – Chair, Mr. G. Robinson and Ms. J. Rysavy
West Fraser Timber Company Ltd. held two permits authorising the burning of waste wood. They were amended to expire after certain dates and West Fraser was given 21 days to appeal the amendments, which it did not do. Some time later West Fraser applied for an extension on the time to appeal, stating that it had just realised the implications of the amendments. The Deputy Director refused to allow an extension, and West Fraser appealed to the Board.
The Board noted that there was “virtually no evidence … giving any reason for the delays”. Court decisions granting extensions involved “unusual facts, or circumstances, or changes in the law … such that there was an obvious injustice,” factors which were not present in this case. The appeal was dismissed.