Law & Order

Young driver charged with alcohol related offence

On Saturday, April 14, an officer from the Manitoulin-Espanola Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) was conducting traffic patrols on Highway 551 in M’Chigeeng First Nation.

At approximately 10:14 pm, the officer observed a traffic violation. With the assistance of the United Chiefs and Councils of Manitoulin (UCCM) Anishnaabe Police, a traffic stop was conducted. Investigation revealed that the driver had been consuming alcohol.

As a result, a 19-year-old male of Burpee Township has been charged with: young driver, blood alcohol concentration (BAC) above zero (adult) contrary to section 44.1(5) of the Highway Traffic Act (HTA).

All drivers who are 21 and under, regardless of licence class, must have a BAC level of zero when operating a motor vehicle.

Are you interested in an auxiliary position with the OPP?

The Manitoulin-Espanola Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is currently seeking qualified applicants for their auxiliary unit.

The auxiliary program is a highly structured environment and members are expected to maintain the same high standards of the OPP.

Auxiliary members are volunteers and as part of their role, may assist regular OPP officers with a number of duties.

Applicants must be able to commit the time and effort required of the program which is a minimum 10 hours per month of patrol with a regular officer and six hours of in-service training per month.

Minimum qualifications of applicants: be at least 18 years of age and be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident; hold a valid driver’s licence; have no criminal record; have completed the Ontario secondary school diploma program or equivalent; have completed CPR and first aid certification; and be of good moral character and mentally and physically able to carry out the duties of an auxiliary position.

Interested persons can print out the application from the OPP website at and return them to the Manitoulin-Espanola detachment marked “Auxiliary Application.”

Help stop frauds and scams!

The Manitoulin-Espanola Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to remind everyone to be suspicious, cautious, and regimented when dealing with telemarketers. Current technologies and communication devices have opened up a whole new world in relation to convenience and accessibility. 

However, while several telemarketing agencies are legitimate, we are surrounded by those who fraudulently use modern technology to steal our money and identity. These fraudsters will contact you through e-mail, telephone and messaging applications. They will promise free gifts, cash and deals too good to be true. A few tips to protect yourself: Be cautious of an overly friendly or aggressive salesperson; do not supply personal information (banking, address or date of birth etc.); insist on a name, address and local telephone number; don’t make hasty purchases or offer payment; don’t be rushed, feel pressured or out of control; and if it sounds suspicious, hang up!

Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it is! More importantly, these fraudsters and thieves will target vulnerable people who are somewhat unfamiliar with modern technologies. Please, if you have a loved one or friend that could fall victim to these thieves, take a few moments and check in with them. Collectively, we can lessen this crime!

If you believe that someone is posing as a fraudster, hang up. You can file a complaint through the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.  If you want to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit a tip online at You could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.

Watch for wildlife on the roads

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is reminding motorists to be extra cautious on Ontario’s roads at this time of year when more wildlife is on the move.

Moose, elk and deer are particularly active along roadways in the spring, especially at dawn and dusk. Deer rarely travel alone, so when motorists see one there are likely more nearby.

Drivers who see these animals along the road should slow down and sound their horns in a series of short bursts. 

Animals can run onto the road when disoriented by headlights. At night, motorists should blink their headlights to warn the animals and give them a chance to move out of the way.

Motorists should take extra care where roads cross creeks or rivers, in wooded corridors, or where field edges run perpendicular to the road. They should also be cautious where fences meet roads and where deer and moose crossing signs are posted.

If you want to keep a dead wild animal (white-tailed deer, moose, elk, black bear, hawk, eagle, owl, furbearing mammal) that has been killed or found on a roadway, you are required to submit a Notice of Possession promptly upon acquiring the dead animal. (Note: special rules apply to endangered or threatened species). 

Motorists should take extra care where: roads cross creeks or rivers; there are wooded corridors; field edges run at a right angle to the road; fences meet roads; wildlife crossing signs are posted.

Watch your speed when driving at night. Slowing down will give you more time to respond.

Brake firmly if an animal is standing on or crossing the road, stopping if necessary. Avoid swerving; it may result in loss of control and a more serious collision.