Law & Order

Manitoulin OPP investigates theft from Gore Bay Arena

On January 25, officers from the Manitoulin Detachment of the OPP responded to a theft occurrence on Highway 540 in the Township of Burpee and Mills.

Officers responded to the scene and found a person of interest with their vehicle stuck in the snow. As a result of the investigation, a 55-year-old woman from Burpee and Mills has been charged with theft under $5,000.

The accused is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Gore Bay on February 19.

Ten years of data reveal poor behaviours behind majority of snowmobile fatalities

With Snowmobile Safety Week just past, the OPP has released a 10-year data report on snowmobile fatalities, which officers hope will encourage snowmobilers to avoid the recurring behaviours that contributed to the majority of the incidents over the past decade. 

During the past 10 snowmobile seasons (2009-2019), the OPP has investigated 175 snowmobile fatalities throughout the province. Among the findings in the report, excessive speed, loss of control, driving too fast for the conditions and ability impaired by alcohol were listed as the top contributing factors. In fact, alcohol was involved in almost half (45 percent) of the deaths. 

Another compelling fact is that almost half (45 percent) of the snowmobilers who died were travelling on frozen lakes or rivers at the time of the incident. The circumstances that led to the deaths include intentionally driving onto open water (puddle jumping/water skipping), breaking through the ice and collisions with other snowmobiles and natural landmarks. 

“Whether you are a beginner or seasoned snowmobiler, it is important to avoid all manner of risk while enjoying the thousands of kilometres of diverse, scenic snowmobile trails Ontario has to offer,” said Vijay Thanigasalam, parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Transportation. “Maintaining control of your snowmobile at all times and never making alcohol or drugs part of your ride will go a long way to keeping snowmobilers and their passengers safe this season.”  

“Our OFSC Interactive Trail Guide is an excellent tool for keeping snowmobilers well-informed about the status of trails throughout Ontario,” said Andrew Walasek, director, stakeholder relations, OFSC. “The OFSC, in partnership with the OPP, is counting on all snowmobilers to take full responsibility for their own safety as well as the safety of their passengers and fellow riders this season.” 

The OPP is reminding operators that no ice is safe ice. All riders should ensure they use proper safety equipment in addition to wearing appropriate outerwear for the environmental conditions they may encounter.

Anti-fraud presentation

Manitoulin Detachment OPP Community Services Officer Constable Marie Ford will be hosting an anti-fraud presentation at the Tehkummah Triangle Club seniors’ hall, 468 Highway 542A, on Tuesday, February 18 at 1:30 pm. All are welcome. To RSVP please email Constable Ford at