Law & Order

Vehicle in ditch leads to arrest and charges

On Tuesday, March 3 at 6:10 pm, the Manitoulin Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) was dispatched to a vehicle in the ditch on Gore Street in the Town of Gore Bay. Upon arrival, police located the driver and determined there were no injuries.

As a result of the investigation the driver, a 59-year-old male of Gore Bay, was arrested and charged with impaired operation of a motor vehicle and failing to provide a breath sample, both contrary to the Criminal Code (CC).

The accused was released on a promise to appear to attend before the Ontario Court of Justice in Gore Bay on Monday, April 13 to answer to his charges.


OPP not soliciting funds for its Community Bear Program

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is very proud to have a number of key partnerships in place throughout the Province of Ontario that benefit the communities policed by the OPP.

Recently, the Norfolk County OPP Detachment received a number of inquiries from residents asking about police related organizations calling to solicit funds for teddy bears.

While many OPP officers are involved in worthy charities on their personal time, the OPP is advising the public that it does not solicit funds from members of the public for its Community Bear Program or any other OPP program. The OPP’s Community Bear Program is sponsored by Aviva Canada Inc.

Through the sponsorship, Aviva Canada Inc. provides OPP officers with black and white teddy bears which OPP officers give to traumatized children they encounter when they respond to incidents such as motor vehicle collisions.

The OPP is reminding people to verify the legitimacy of any organization that calls to solicit funds from the public.

For information on how to spot a scam and make sure you do not become a victim, please go to and click on Fraud Prevention on the Resources page.

For information on the OPP Community Bear Program, go to and click on Community Bear Program on the Resources page.

The public is also reminded that any concerns regarding aggressive or inappropriate conduct by persons attempting to solicit funds in any fashion can also be reported to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre by dialing 1-888-495-8801 or through their website at


OPP reminds of the importance of snowmobile safety

North East Region Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has had three snowmobile fatalities so far this winter season compared to five for the 2013/14 winter season. Although our fatalities are lower, we have responded to more than 20 motorized snow vehicle (MSV) collisions across the region compared to 15 for the entire 2013/14 season.

As the season comes to a close, the OPP reminds snowmobile enthusiasts of their responsibilities and due diligence when venturing out. Speed and alcohol remain contributing factors in the majority of collisions involving MSVs.

  • Never mix drinking or drugs with operating a MSV.
  • Reduce your speed for the conditions you encounter and keep in mind the level of riding experience of your group.
  • Ensure that you wear protective gear including a helmet that fits you.
  • Always tell someone what your travel/trail plans are and carry a cell phone for emergencies.
  • Remember ‘no ice is safe ice.’ If you go through the ice, remember the 1-10-1 rule. You have one minute to gain your composure, to get your breath. You have 10 minutes to get out of the water and you have less than one hour to get yourself warm.
  • Visibility can change in an instant as well as obstacles can appear before you can react—reduce your speed and don’t override what you can see.

“Our officers will continue to conduct MSV patrol across the region to ensure that the snowmobile trails are safe and operators are obeying speed limits and operating their MSVs responsibly. Let’s continue to ride safe for the remainder of the snowmobile season!” states Inspector Mark Andrews, Unit Commander for the North East Region Highway Safety Division.