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OPP and MNRF Raise Awareness of Local Bear Activity (Midland, ON) - Members of the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) and Huronia Animal Control have responded to reports of numerous sightings and concerns regarding black bears in Tiny Township and the Town of Penetanguishene area over the last month. Only 2 incidents have been reported where a bear actually caused an issue namely breaking open garbage cans and containers looking for food. The OPP and MNRF would like to remind residents that black bears live in most parts of Ontario. Most human-bear encounters occur when bears are attracted by smells, so removing potential attractants will help avoid unwarranted visitors. Knowing what to do if you come across a bear - and keeping your property free of bear attractants - is being Bear Wise.
Avoid encounters: Make noise when you move through heavily wooded areas, especially if you are near a stream or waterfall, where bears may not hear you.
● Singing, whistling or talking will alert bears to your presence, giving them a chance to avoid you.
● Keep your eyes and ears open for signs of a bear like tracks, claw marks on trees or droppings.
● DO NOT wear headphones.
● Be aware of your surroundings, especially if you are doing activities outside (i.e. hiking, jogging, cycling, gardening, berry picking or camping) where bears may not realize you are there.
●  If you are out with a dog, keep it on a leash. Uncontrolled, untrained dogs may actually lead a bear to you.
Think about safety:
● Carry a whistle or air horn.
● Carry and understand how to use bear spray.
● If you are in "back country" consider carrying a long-handled axe
If you do spot a bear:
● Remain calm and do not run, climb a tree or swim.
● Slowly back away while keeping the bear in sight.
● Watch the bear and wait for it to leave, if it does not leave wave your arms and make noise.
● If you are near a building or vehicle, get inside as precaution
What to do if an encounter results in an attack:
● Use bear spray.
● Fight back with everything you have.
● Do not play dead unless you are sure a mother bear is attacking in defence of her cubs
This time of year sees more bears coming into urban areas in search of food, but not every bear sighting is an emergency situation. MNRF staff work closely with OPP officers by supporting them with training on how to effectively deal with bears.
Call 911 or your local police force if a bear poses an immediate threat to personal safety. In non emergency encounters, call the toll-free Bear Wise Reporting line at  1-866-514-2327 (TTY 705 945-7641) for advice on dealing with bears in the community and to report bear sightings.

Residential Fire on Sunnidale Road
Township of Springwater / July 9, 2018 – At approximately 9:30 am on Saturday, July 7, 2018, a passerby driving along Sunnidale Road noticed smoke coming from a residence and called 9-1-1. No occupants had evacuated the home, so the passerby began knocking on windows and doors to alert them to the fire All four occupants of the home were woken and managed to safely evacuate the residence with their pets before firefighters arrived.
Springwater Fire & Emergency Services responded with four stations and approximately 30 firefighters. Upon arrival, they discovered heavy smoke on the interior of the home. The fire was located in the attic and an aggressive attack was mounted. Firefighters opened the ceiling of the home and vented the roof to contain the fire to the attic. The fire was quickly brought under control with damage limited to $150,000.
The cause of the fire was determined to be an improperly extinguished cigarette and is not considered suspicious.
Springwater Deputy Fire Chief, Jeff French is reminding Springwater residents to always use caution when extinguishing cigarettes or ashes. “Proper disposal of cigarettes and ashes are crucial, especially with the hot, dry temperatures we’ve been experiencing lately. Always dispose of them in a metal container, with a little bit of water, which is stored well away from buildings and combustible materials.”

Southern Georgian Bay OPP Weekend Traffic Notes of Interest
(MIDLAND, ON) -Members of the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) investigated numerous traffic related incidents over the July 6-8, 2018 period.
R.I.D.E. Check Stops:
Officers conducted 4 R.I.D.E. check stop locations throughout the Detachment patrol area stopping over 170 vehicles resulting in no criminal drinking and driving charges and one 3 day Administrative Drivers Licence Suspension (ADLS) for registering a “warn” on the Roadside Screening Device (ASD).
Complaints and Collisions
Officers investigated 20 driving complaints called into the OPP Communications Centre and investigated 9 minor collisions within the patrol area.
Please view the following links for more information.
https://www.thinkinsure.ca/insurance-help-centre/car-accident-reporting-in-ontario.html
https://www.fsco.gov.on.ca/en/auto/brochures/pages/brochure_accidents.aspx
Impaired Driving Investigations
On July 6, 2018 at 7:46 pm police received a call from the public of a female driver who was parked after striking the wall in the drive through of a local fast food restaurant. Officers attended and spoke to the lone female driver and entered into a drinking and driving investigation. The female was transported to Southern Georgian Bay Detachment for further investigation. As a result of this investigation, Irene RAYNARD 57 years of Midland has been charged with Care or Control While Impaired (Alcohol) contrary to section 253(1)(a) and further Care or Control Over 80 mgs. contrary to section 253(1)(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada. Her vehicle has been impounded for 7 days and her drivers licence has been suspended for 90 days under the Administrative Drivers Licence Suspension (ADLS) She was released will appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Midland on July 19, 2018.
On July 8, 2018 at 1:24 am officers were dispatched after the OPP Communications Center received a report of a suspicious parked vehicle on Rumney Road in Tay Township. Attending officers located the lone female occupant and after speaking with her entered into a drinking and driving investigation. As a result of this investigation Angela Lee PEARSON 47 years of Marmora has been charged with Driving While Ability Impaired- motor vehicle (Alcohol) contrary to section 253(1)(a), Care or Control Over 80 mgs. contrary to section 253(1)(b) and further Obstruct Peace Officer contrary to section CC 129(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada. Her vehicle has been impounded for 7 days and her drivers licence has been suspended for 90 days under the Administrative Drivers Licence Suspension (ADLS) She was released will appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Midland on July 26, 2018.
Police remind motorists that an essential part of the enforcement job is to save lives and reduce injuries on our trails, roadways and waterways. Educating the public about safe driving practices is a priority.

BREAK, ENTER & THEFT OF RESIDENTIAL DOOR
(SPRINGWATER TOWNSHIP, ON.) - The members of the Huronia West Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are asking the public for their assistance in solving this crime.
On June 27, 2018, between the hours of 3:00 am & 1:00 pm, unknown suspect(s) cut a fence and gained entry into a mini storage business located at 1489 Snow Valley Road in Springwater Township. The suspect(s) entered several units by cutting off pad locks on the overhead doors. The only property reported stolen was a custom manufactured front residential door worth approximately $15,000.
If you have any information in regards to this crime please contact the Huronia West O.P.P. at (705) 429-3575 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (1-800-222-8477) or submit your information online at www.crimestopperssdm.com
Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display, you will remain anonymous. Being anonymous, you will not testify in court and your information may lead to a cash reward of up to $2,000.00.
For safety and crime prevention tips, please visit our website at www.opp.ca.
Members of the Huronia West Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police are committed to public safety, delivering proactive and innovative policing in partnership with our communities. Officers value your contribution to building safe communities.

FIREWORKS SAFETY
CLEARVIEW & SPRINGWATER TOWNSHIPS AND WASAGA BEACH, ON.) - The use of fireworks during a long weekends is a common occurrence; however there is a proper safe way to use them and a dangerous way to use them. As such, the members of the Huronia West Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police would like to offer the following safety tips with hopes of increasing both the safety and enjoyment of using fireworks:
1) Never mix alcohol or drugs and fireworks! The explosion that occurs could send you or someone else to the hospital.
2) Appoint a responsible person to be in charge. Only adults who are aware of the hazards and essential safety precautions should handle and discharge fireworks.
3) Do not smoke around fireworks. Keep fireworks away from open flames, including cigarettes.
4) Carefully read and follow the label directions on fireworks packaging.
5) Do not light fireworks in crowded areas.
6) Keep onlookers a safe distance away, upwind from the area where fireworks are discharged.
7) Keep sparklers away from children. Sparklers burn extremely hot and can ignite clothing, cause blindness and result in severe burns. As the sparkler wire remains hot for some minutes after burnout, it should be immediately soaked in water to avoid injury.
8) Discharge fireworks well away from combustible materials like buildings, trees and dry grass.
9) When lighting fireworks, consider the direction of the wind and wind speed. Never light fireworks if the wind is too strong.
10) Shoot fireworks one at a time, never try to light several fuses at one time.
11) Keep a bucket of water or a hose nearby to extinguish fires.
12) Do not buy generic fireworks that do not have labels identifying the manufacturer. All consumer fireworks should be clearly labeled.
13) Know and obey the local fireworks By-laws in your community.
14) Fireworks can spook your pet! Keep them indoors in a safe place. This will help reduce the noise level of the fireworks and reduce the risk of your pet running away.
15) If someone gets burned, run cool water over the wound for three to five minutes and seek medical attention, if necessary.
Fireworks Safety Tips Resources:
1) The Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services:www.mcscs.jus.gov.on.ca/english/FireMarshal/FireSafetyandPublicEducation/PublicFireSafetyInformation/FireworksSafety/OFM_fireworks_safety_tips.html
2) Edmonton Journal: www.edmontonjournal.com/life/Safety+tips+follow+plan+Canada+backyard+fireworks/8597658/story.html
3) The Fireworks Alliance: www.fireworksalliance.org/cgi-bin/viewpage.pl?p=safety

WHO ARE ONTARIO’S BIGGEST SPEEDING/STREET RACING OFFENDERS?
(ORILLIA, ON) - The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) laid close to 213,000 speeding charges and more than 4,800 street racing charges against Ontario drivers last year (2017).
As the OPP gears up for its Canada Day Long Weekend Aggressive Driving Campaign, officers will be watching for drivers who speed and engage in other forms of aggression.
With 75 people dying in speed-related collisions on OPP-patrolled roads in 2017 (a five-year high), the OPP is revealing who their biggest speeding offenders were last year.
Among last year’s speeding charges, close to 148,000 were issued to male drivers, with female drivers drawing over 65,000 charges. Below are the top three male/female age group offenders:
Speeding charges (males by age group):
25 to 34 years: 37,498 charges
35 to 44 years: 27,959 charges
45 to 54 years: 26,212 charges
Speeding charges (females by age group):
25 to 34 years: 17,433 charges
35 to 44 years: 12,817 charges
45 to 54 years: 11,541 charges
The youngest male age group (16 to 20 years) accounted for 5,939 charges while their female counterparts drew 2,699 charges.
Among the street racing charges (for driving more than 50 kilometres per hour over the posted speed limit), males drew more than 4,100 charges, while close to 760 were issued to females. Below are the top three male/female age group offenders:
Street racing charges (males by age group):
25 to 34 years: 1,382 charges
21 to 24 years: 968 charges
35 to 44 years: 622 charges
Street racing charges (females by age group):
25 to 34 years: 260 charges
21 to 24 years: 155 charges
35 to 44 years: 130 charges
Among the youngest age group, 447 street racing charges went to 16 to 20 year-old males, compared to 91 charges laid against females in the same age group.
“When you speed, follow too closely, fail to yield right-of-way or engage in road rage behaviour, you are not just breaking the law. You are contributing to preventable road deaths on OPP-patrolled roads every year that are linked to these aggressive driving behaviors. We are urging all drivers to be mindful of this over the Canada Day Long Weekend and throughout the year.”
- OPP Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair, Provincial Commander of Traffic Safety and Operational Support.
Over and above ground patrols, the OPP will be deploying its fixed-winged aircraft and helicopter resources over the weekend, giving them a bird’s eye view of OPP-patrolled roads, waterways and trails. The OPP is counting on Ontarians and tourists to do their part to help make it a zero fatality/injury Canada Day Long Weekend.

CANADA DAY WEEKEND “STAT UPDATE” Huronia West
(CLEARVIEW TOWNSHIP, SPRINGWATER TOWNSHIP & WASAGA BEACH, ON.) - Between 00:01 a.m. on June 29th and 11:59 p.m. on July 2nd, 2018, members of the Huronia West Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police were kept busy on and off the roads during the Canada Day Holiday weekend. Police responded to 329 calls for service (CFS), and laid several charges addressing poor driving behaviours, these include the following:
Speeding - 52
Racing Charges - 3
Seatbelt Charges - 11
Distracted Driving Charges - 2
Hazardous Moving Violations - 13
Other HTA Charges - 17
LLA Charges - 27
CAIA Charges - 3
Traffic Complaints - 27
Impaired Charges- Alcohol - 2
Other CC Driving Offences - 1
Other Provincial States Charges - 7
During this same time period 7 individuals spent some time in our cells for being intoxicated in a public place.
Members of the Huronia West Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police are committed to public safety, delivering proactive and innovative policing in partnership with our communities. Officers value your contribution to building safe communities.

Canada Day Weekend Southern Georgian Bay OPP Marine Patrol Notes
(MIDLAND, ON) -Members of the Marine Patrol attached to the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were busy checking area boaters for proper vessel equipment and driver sobriety while on patrol aboard the OPP patrol vessel 24’ Boston Whaler over the Canada Day weekend of June 29-July 2, 2018. Officers stopped and checked 50 vessels during their 35 hours of patrol on Georgian Bay resulting in 8 charges under the Canada Shipping Act. 3 of those charges were issued for insufficient life jackets to kayakers paddling along the Tiny Township shoreline. Another 2 charges were issued to vessel operators under the Liquor Licence Act one being near Beckwith Island and the other in Penetanguishene Bay to the operator of a pontoon boat with 8 persons aboard. The operators of these vessels were also given Alcohol Screening Device (ASD) tests to check their sobriety.
CALLS FOR SERVICE
Marine officers assisted the Joint Rescue Coordination Center (JRCC) on June 28, 2018 at 9:14 am along with the Anishinabek Police Service (APS) searching for an possible missing person who was last scene on June 27, 2018 paddling a canoe between Cedar Point and Christian Island after an overturned canoe was located adrift in that area. The male canoeist was located in good health.
False 911 call lead marine officers at 10:42 pm 29 June 2018 to a marine access only cottage on Baxter Lake Georgian Bay Township only to be sent to another false 911 call on Beausoleil Island National Park at 12:26 am June 30, 2018 consuming valuable marine night time patrol hours.
On June 30, 2018 officers responded to two complaints of personal water craft (PWC) chasing water fowl, one at 9:42 am in Penetanguishene Bay and the second at 7:40pm in White’s Bay, Gloucester Pool resulting in charges under the Canada Shipping Act to be issued.
Officers responded in the afternoon of June 30,2018 to reports of careless operation of (PWC’s) and excessive noise by power boaters in Fairlane Lake, Tiny Township.
Officers did stop a vessel at 12:20 am on July 1, 2018 in the area of Deer Island Channel, waters of Georgian Bay for a Canada Shipping Act violation. The vessel operator was spoken to by the officers and a drinking and driving investigation was commenced resulting in the 2 passengers being transported safely to shore and the male operator being transported to the Midland Town Dock and further onto Southern Georgian Bay Detachment for further investigation. As a result of this investigation Cameron McKNIGHT 20 years of New Tecumseth has been charged with the following - Operate Vessel with more than 80 mgs of Alcohol in Blood contrary to section 253(1)(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada, Failing to exhibit masthead light forward on power-driven vessel underway contrary to section CR 23(a)(i) of the Canada Shipping Act 2001, Failing to exhibit sidelights on power-driven vessel underway contrary to section CR 23(a)(iii) of the Canada Shipping Act 2001,Operating pleasure craft without copy of licence on board contrary to section 101(b)(a) of the Small Vessel Regulations as set out in the Canada Shipping Act 2001. His driving privileges have been suspended for 90 days under the Administrative Drivers Licence Suspension (ADLS). He was released from police custody on a recognizance to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Midland on July 12, 2018.
Officers crewing the OPP patrol vessel’s remind all vessel operators that they are checking for vessel equipment and for liquor offences which they are vigorously enforcing in an effort to reduce injuries and fatalities on our area waterways this summer. For more information on safe vessel operation and equipment please view the following web sites.
https://www.boatsmartexam.com/know-the-facts-about-drinking-and-boating-in-canada/
http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/marinesafety/debs-obs-menu-1362.htm
http://www.tc.gc.ca/fra/securitemaritime/desn-bsn-menu-1362.htm
Police remind motorists that an essential part of the enforcement job is to save lives and reduce injuries on our trails, roadways and waterways. Educating the public about safe driving practices is a priority.

Southern Georgian Bay OPP Canada Day Weekend Traffic Notes of Interest
(MIDLAND, ON) -Members of the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were kept busy with numerous traffic related incidents over the Canada Day Weekend of June 28- July 2, 2018 period.
R.I.D.E. Check Stops:
Officers conducted 8 R.I.D.E. check stop locations throughout the Detachment patrol area stopping over 450 vehicles resulting in no criminal drinking and driving charges.
http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/safety/impaired-driving.shtml
http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/french/safety/impaired-driving.shtml
Highway Traffic Act Enforcement;
Officers issued 141 offence notices to drivers for speeding on local detachment patrolled roadways. 12 Drivers were ticketed for failing to wear a complete seat belt assembly or ensure that all occupants in were wearing a seat belt. 2 Distracted drivers were reminded of the offence with a $490.00 ticket and 24 other drivers were stopped and charged with various offences under the Highway Traffic Act. 9 Drivers were summoned to Provincial Court for failing to have insurance on their vehicles while being operated on area roadways. 2 Drivers were summoned to Provincial Offences court for driving while their driver’s licence was under suspension.
Please view the following links for more information.
https://www.ontario.ca/document/official-mto-drivers-handbook/vehicle-insurance-and-registration
https://www.ontario.ca/fr/document/guide-officiel-de-lautomobiliste/immatriculation-et-assurance-des-vehicules
Alcohol and Drugs
Officers on patrol issued 17 Provincial Offence notices to drivers who were stopped and found to have open alcohol in their vehicles while underway.
On June 28, 2018 at 11:09 am police received a call from the public of a male passed out behind the steering wheel of his vehicle in the Huronia Mall parking lot in the town of Midland. Attending officers spoke with the lone male occupant and entered into an investigation under the Controlled Drug and Substances Act (CDSA). As a result of the investigation who were assisted by the OPP Central Region K-9 Unit, investigators have charged Simon M. VEALE 44 years of Bradford with Poss of a Schedule II substance- Cannabis Marihuana - under 30grams contrary to section 4(1), Poss of a Schedule I Substance- Cocaine contrary to section 4(1) and further Poss of a Schedule I Substance - Heroin contrary to section 4(1) of the Controlled Drug and Substances Act. He was released will appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Midland on July 19, 2018.
Impaired Driving Investigations;
On June 29, 2018 at 8:52 pm, two officer’s on patrol stopped a vehicle for a traffic offence investigation on King Street in the Town of Midland. The officer’s spoke with the driver and entered into a drinking and driving investigation resulting in Christopher BORLAND 52 years of Tiny Township being charged with Driving While Ability Impaired- motor vehicle (Alcohol) contrary to section 253(1)(a) and further Driving with More than 80 mgs. of Alcohol in Blood Care or Control While Impaired (Alcohol and Drug)contrary to section 253(1)(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada. He was also charged with Drive motor vehicle on a highway while using a hand-held wireless communication device contrary to section 78.1(1) of the Highway Traffic Act of Ontario. His vehicle was towed and impounded for 7 days and his driver’s licence was suspended for 90 days Administrative Drivers Licence Suspension (ADLS) and he was released to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Midland on July 12, 2018.
On June 30, 2018 at 8:19 pm, officer’s responded to a report of an male passed out behind the steering wheel of his vehicle at an area provincial park camp ground in Georgian Bay Township. The attending officer’s spoke with the male and entered into a drinking and driving Investigation which resulted in Richard SCOTT 33 years of Weston being charged with Care or Control Over 80 mgs. contrary to section 253(1)(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada. His vehicle was towed and impounded for 7 days and his driver’s licence was suspended for 90 days Administrative Drivers Licence Suspension (ADLS) and he was released to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Midland on July 12, 2018.
On July 1, 2018 at 3:12 am two officer’s were on patrol when they stopped a west bound vehicle on Highway 12 in Tay Township for a traffic offence investigation. The officer’s spoke with the male driver and entered into a drinking and driving investigation. As a result of this investigation Taylor Robert WEAVER 24 years of Midland has been charged with Driving While Ability Impaired- motor vehicle (Alcohol) contrary to section 253(1)(a) and further Care or Control Over 80 mgs. contrary to section 253(1)(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada. He was also summoned to Provincial Court for the Offence of Drive Under Suspension contrary to section 53 of the Highway Traffic Act of Ontario. His vehicle was towed and impounded for 7 days and his driver’s licence was suspended for 90 days Administrative Drivers Licence Suspension (ADLS) and he was released to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Midland on July 12, 2018.
On July 2, 2018 at 9:09 pm as a result of a concerned citizen reporting a possible impaired driver leaving a local eatery, officers observed for a motorcycle matching the provided description. A short while later officers located the suspect motorcyclist on Vinden Street in the Town of Midland and spoke to the male driver. After speaking with the driver, officer’s entered into a drinking and driving investigation resulting in Roger DESROCHERS 62 years of Tiny Township being charged with Driving While Ability Impaired - motor vehicle (Alcohol and Drug) contrary to section 253(1)(a) and further Driving with More than 80 mgs. of Alcohol in Blood contrary to section 253(1)(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada. His motorcycle was towed and impounded for 7 days and his driver’s licence was suspended for 90 days Administrative Drivers Licence Suspension (ADLS) and he was released to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Midland on July 19, 2018.
http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/safety/impaired-driving.shtml
http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/french/safety/impaired-driving.shtml
Collision’s and Traffic Complaints:
Officers were dispatched and investigated 13 collisions on roadways in the detachment patrol area. They also investigated 29 traffic complaints from the public who called into the OPP Communications Centre to report a driving hazard
Summer time drivers are reminded to keep a sharp watch for pedestrians, cyclists, wildlife traffic and motorcycle traffic on area roadways.
http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/safety/pedestrian-safety.shtml
http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/french/safety/pedestrian-safety.shtml
Police remind motorists that an essential part of the enforcement job is to save lives and reduce injuries on our trails, roadways and waterways. Educating the public about safe driving practices is a priority.

Weekend OPP Marine Report
(MIDLAND, ON) -Members of the Marine Patrol attached to the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) patrolled- Little Lake in Midland, McCrea Lake and Georgian Bay in Georgian Bay Township checking boaters for proper vessel equipment and driver sobriety while on patrol aboard the OPP patrol vessels- Thomas P. Coffin, 24’ Boston Whaler and a 14’ aluminum patrol boat over the weekend of July 4-8, 2018. Officers stopped and checked 54 vessels during their 38 hours of patrol on Georgian Bay resulting in 12 charges under the Canada Shipping Act (CSA). These CSA charges include failing to have, navigation lights, vessel registration and 4 of those charges were issued for insufficient life jackets to persons operating water craft under 16’ in length. 1 charge was issued to a vessel operator under the Liquor Licence Act who provided a “warn” result on the Alcohol Screening Device (ASD) tests to check blood/alcohol concentration and had his driving privileges suspended for 3 days.
CALLS FOR SERVICE
Marine officers assisted the Joint Rescue Coordination Center (JRCC) on July 7, 2018 at 7:25 pm along with the Anishinabek Police Service (APS) marine unit and Tiny Township Fire Service locating and assisting the lone male occupant of a 26’ sailboat which caught fire between Beckwith Island and Thunder Beach. The vessel was a total loss due to the fire and the occupant escaped with no injuries.
Power boat operators especially jet powered vessels are reminded to be mindful of your distance to the shoreline at speeds greater than 10 Km/hr as per the Vessel Operation Restriction Regulations. Please view the following link for more information- https://www.boat-ed.com/canada/studyGuide/Province-Wide-Shoreline-Speed-Restrictions-as-of-2013/10119901_700165940/
Officers crewing the OPP patrol vessel’s remind all vessel operators that they are checking for vessel equipment and for liquor offences which they are vigorously enforcing in an effort to reduce injuries and fatalities on our area waterways this summer. For more information on safe vessel operation and equipment please view the following web sites.
https://www.boatsmartexam.com/know-the-facts-about-drinking-and-boating-in-canada/
http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/marinesafety/debs-obs-menu-1362.htm
http://www.tc.gc.ca/fra/securitemaritime/desn-bsn-menu-1362.htm
Police remind motorists that an essential part of the enforcement job is to save lives and reduce injuries on our trails, roadways and waterways. Educating the public about safe driving practices is a priority.

SERIOUS ATV COLLISION Huronia West
(SPRINGWATER TWP) On July 5th, 2018 members of the Huronia West OPP, Springwater Fire Department and Simcoe County Paramedics responded to a single motor vehicle collision that occurred off George Johnson in Springwater Township. An All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) and a lone occupant were involved in the collision. The male was then transported to Hospital in Toronto with serious injuries.
The investigation into this motor vehicle collision is ongoing with the assistance of OPP Central Region Technical Traffic Collision Investigation (TTCI) Unit.
The police investigation is continuing.

OPP Investigate Stolen Boat & Motor and Trailer in Honey Harbour Southern Georgian Bay
(GEORGIAN BAY TOWNSHIP)- Members of the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police were dispatched on July 4,2018 to a report of an overnight theft of a boat & motor with trailer from Village Marina in Honey Harbour, Georgian Bay Township.
The boat is described as a 14’ Lund black in colour with a silver hull with a registration of ON3824730 with a 25 HP Mercury outboard black in colour with a serial number of OR685588.
Trailer is described as an Easy Loader Tandem silver in colour with a serial number of 1AEAAKMB7FA014142 and registered with an Ontario licence plate L1298Z
Anyone having knowledge of the whereabouts of this boat & motor and trailer is asked to please contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122. or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). You can submit your information online at www.p3tips.com or if you have any information on this crime or any other crime. Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display and you will remain anonymous. Being anonymous, you will not testify in court and your information may lead to a cash reward of up to $2,000.00. You can follow Crime Stoppers of Simcoe Dufferin Muskoka on Twitter or Facebook.

DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO PULL A FIRE TRUCK? $914 Donated to Tanner Steffler Foundation
(HURON COUNTY, ON) - The Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Youth Advisory Council (YAC) EMS “Pulling Event” turned out to be an overwhelming success. This inaugural event was held on June 15, 2018 under sunny skies at the Clinton Raceway. It featured first responder teams battling it out in a good old fashioned “pull off”. It was pretty clear, even to the casual onlookers, these first responders needed to dig deep to find their inner strength and determination to get the heavy vehicles moving along.
The five person teams were challenged to see how quickly they could pull a fire truck, ambulance and police cruiser each a distance of 25 metres down the horse track. With the support from a large cheering section of students from Central Huron Secondary School (CHSS) the teams pulled with all of their might and were successful in getting the vehicles to the finish line.
In a closely contested match the combined team from the North Huron and Central Huron Fire Department came out on top with the lowest cumulative time. Huron County Paramedic Services finished second, leaving the two Huron OPP teams in third and fourth place.
The true winner though was the Tanner Steffler Foundation. A total of $914 was donated to the Tanner Steffler Foundation from the proceeds of this event. The Tanner Steffler Foundation remains committed to promoting awareness and creating a culture of change in mental health, addiction and wellness services for youth and families in Huron County.

OPP Marine Unit and Canadian Coast Guard Vessels Search for and Locate Overdue Vessel
(GEORGIAN BAY TOWNSHIP, ON) -Members of the Marine Patrol attached to the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were dispatched at 7:31 pm July 5, 2018 to a report of an overdue vessel from it’s home port of Port McNicoll, Tay Township. Due to the high winds and heavy rain conditions the 32’ OPP patrol vessel Thomas P. Coffin along with the 24’ Boston Whaler OPP patrol vessel were joined by the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary patrol vessel “Thunder Spirit’ and the Canadian Coast Guard rescue vessel “Rescue 1000’ who were dispatched and assigned a search area by the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (J.R.C.C.) out of Trenton. The vessels searched an area from Port McNicoll to Midland Point and over to Beausoleil Island before confirming the location of the 26’ sailing vessel and it’s lone crew member safe and secure in “Oak Bay” Georgian Bay Township at 11:12 pm July 5, 2018.
Members of the OPP Marine Unit and The Canadian Coast Guard remind vessel operators to always talk to family members of their navigation plan and check all communication devices prior to heading out on the water.
Please view the following link for more safety information.
https://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/marinesafety/tp-tp14525-menu-1085.htm
https://www.tc.gc.ca/fra/securitemaritime/tp-tp14525-menu-1085.htm
Police remind marine operators that an essential part of marine policing is to save lives and reduce injuries on our waterways. Educating the public about safe operating practices is a priority.