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Letter to the Editor

 

Saving the Woodlot

Dear Editor,

This is in reference to Tyler Mills’ letter April 11, referring to the 400 acre woodlot. I am writing about money saving for SD&G. My origin is Middlesex County, where Lake Huron Pipeline replaced dry wells from a low water table.

One cause of a low water tables is removal of woodlots, bush which act as a reservoir for water. Tree removal is now by permit only. Replanting and wood lot maintenance is ongoing.

Pipeline installations involve millions of dollars of taxpayer money. Plus land owners pay their own installation and for metered water.

Such water pipelines experience shut down, sometimes for day, endangering livestock and personal water use.

In order to pay for maintenance and repairs, metered water increases in price.

SD&G needs rules to stop clear cutting woodlots and thus save the water table by issuing and policing permits for woodlot maintenance only.

To paraphrase the song, “You don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone: clear cut a soy bean plot.

Sincerely, Eileen Webb,

South Mountain.

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South Dundas Spring Home and Trade Show Great Success

 

“No doubt about it,” said South Dundas Chamber of Commerce general manager, Geraldine Fitzsimmons, “the 2012 South Dundas Home and Trade Show has turned out to be the biggest and best show ever.”

Over 80 exhibitors set up displays at the Morrisburg Arena in time for the grand opening of the show April 20. During the two day event, close to 2,000 visitors came through the gates. “And I noticed this year that people stayed right up to the end, right until the show closed,” Fitzsimmons said.

The Trade show seemed to offer something for everyone who dropped in.

“There was great diversity in the exhibits,” Fitzsimmons explained, “and this really kept people’s attention.”

Area artists, food providers and unique demonstrations caught the interest of crowds. People  also took full opportunity to examine products and services and to establish contacts with area businesses. 

“Our exhibitors reported that they were very busy and very pleased. A number have already approached us to book for next year’s show,” Fitzsimmons said. “Many commented on how they were delighted with the warm reception they received here in South Dundas.”

Ten $100 gift certificates, redeemable at local businesses, proved very popular.

“This was a wonderful show,” said Carol Harris, a gift certificate  winner, who came to South Dundas from Ingleside. “I was very impressed with the Trade  Show. We actually went around  the arena three times to be sure we didn’t miss anything. And I won a gift certificate!”

Ed Kingsley emceed the official opening ceremonies held at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 20. Attending the ceremonies, and full of praise for the organizers and participants, were South Dundas mayor Steven Byvelds and councillors Evonne Delegarde, Jim Graham, Archie Mellan and deputy mayor Jim Locke. 

“We’d just like to take this opportunity to thank the Chamber for putting together this Trade Show,” the mayor said. “It just proves how much there is to see and do in South Dundas.”

Warden of the Three Counties, Ian McLeod brought greetings to the crowd as did Eric Duncan, on behalf of MP Guy Lauzon, and Jim McDonell, MPP.

Chuck Barkley, president of the South Dundas Chamber of Commerce, gave his personal thanks to the many volunteers and to the members of the Chamber of Commerce who worked so hard to bring the show about. “We could not have done anything this great without their help,” Barkley said, and invited the crowd to “take time to speak to all our wonderful vendors, and enjoy the 2012 South Dundas Spring Home and Trade Show.”

“This year’s Home and Trade show has definitely generated a lot of excitement and interest in South Dundas,” said Geraldine Fitzsimmons. 

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Letter to the Editor

 

Hospital Hiring

Friends,

My name is Christopher Cameron and I am a Registered Nurse employed full-time at The Ottawa Hospital and casual at Cornwall Community Hospital (CCH). On two separate occasions I was denied full-time employment at CCH because I did not speak advanced French. In addition, I had over seven years of experience and certification in the specialty. The nurses who were awarded the positions spoke advanced French; however had no training or experience in the specialty. The Hospital spent approximately $12,000 to $15,000 on each separate occasion to train both nurses in the specialty. Please take the time to view my You-Tube video: type “Language Discrimination”

Over the past several months, since Dr. Tombler wrote his infamous Letter to the Editor, “Loss of Good Nurses” (Standard Freeholder-Feb.2, 2012)-exposing CCH discriminatory hiring practices, I have been protesting in front of the Hospital.

On March 3, 2012, a rally was called and over 200 people came out to support Equality for All.

Many Hospital staff, over the last few months, have expressed their own stories of discrimination and the stories of others who are too afraid to speak up. One staff member was so distraught about the bullying and abuse she has encountered from administration that she broke down in tears.  How does a public entity condone bullying behaviour towards staff whose main objective is to care for others?

Since this peaceful protest started, I have met many wonderful and supportive people in our community, but it’s not all good. Hospital administration has called the police three times, complaining about me stopping traffic at the hospital entrance. When in fact, I was called over by drivers to sign our petition asking for the Provincial Government to assess CCH’s discriminatory hiring practices. 

I have been called many things, including–bigot, hillbilly, thug, KKK and Anglo-Saxon extremist…I have gotten many honks and a few “birds”. One retired nurse protester’s life was even threatened by a group of young men. Local media groups have even been approached by some groups to stop printing “Hospital Protest” stories. Furthermore, Francophone interest groups and associations have decided to get involved and divide our community.

The fact of the matter is all this never had to happen if CCH administration had really cared about the community it serves. When the two English Hospitals–Cornwall General and Hotel Dieu amalgamated in 2004, CCH applied for the FLSA (French Language Service Act). Since the FLSA’s implementation, countless people have been discriminated against either because they did not speak French or did not speak French well enough. 

The Administration has the ability to change the French requirement from mandatory to asset, but is unwilling to budge. This does not serve our community or our patients’ best interests when language trumps education and experience.

Chris Cameron RN

Long Sault, ON

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Smoke-free policy for South Dundas

 

At the April 17th South Dundas council meeting, recreation program coordinator Ben Macpherson recommended that council “vote to implement a smoke-free by-law for all playing fields and parks in South Dundas.” 

Council, following a lengthy discussion, agreed to the implementation of a smoke-free policy rather than a by-law.

Macpherson’s presentation to council included support from Melanie Fournier, health educator and promoter for the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) who handed out “Play, Live, Be… Tobacco-Free” booklets to each council member.

The booklets described the meaning behind the movement: “everyone taking part in a sport or recreational activity does not use tobacco industry products. It means participants, parents, coaches, spectators and leaders do not smoke, snuff, dip, or chew tobacco while engaged in sport and recreation.”

According to Fournier, “smoke-free outdoor spaces have been implemented in several places in Ontario.”

“In 2011, the Township of North Dundas implemented a Tobacco-free Sports and Recreation Spaces policy where tobacco-use is prohibited within nine meters of playing or recreation fields,” Macpherson reported to council.

Fournier, in agreement with Macpherson’s report, told council that “we believe this would be a great initiative to go with the charter that was just passed.”

“The Smoke-free Ontario Act covers 100 per cent indoors,” she continued, “but it doesn’t cover outdoors. This would push the envelope for us… everywhere is smoke-free. Once people see it, often it becomes normalized.”

“Removing that negative influence will really decrease the number of future smokers.”

Keeping it simple, Macpherson pointed out that “what we’re trying to do here is reduce second hand smoke inhallation.”

He told council that “there are approximately 1,812 children under the age of 14 living in the Township of South Dundas,” which he pointed out is 17.2 per cent of the population. 

“All children using the parks and recreation fields, along with the hundreds of children from visiting teams would benefit greatly from this protection,” he reported.

Re-iterating what Fournier said, Macpherson’s report stated that “the by-law would reflect the vision and goals of the recently adopted Charter for Active Living.”

“The Charter,” he continued, “is a commitment to the health and well being of the residents of the Township of South Dundas.”

“Reducing the risk of second-hand smoke inhalation as well as the exposure of children to smoking would echo the commitment of the township.”

“As a reformed smoker of 25 years,” said councillor Jim Graham, “I support it wholeheartedly. I support it 100 per cent.”

Councillor Evonne Delegarde had several questions concerning the geographic parameters involved as well as the issue of policing the by-law.

She was concerned about areas like the Iroquois campsite where some people ‘live’ in the summer. 

Councillor Archie Mellan,  an admitted smoker, said “I want to commend you Ben. It’s a great idea.” He did, however, have  questions concerning the scope of the smoke-free zone and how it might be policed.

Mellan pointed out that “in some cases, you could be on a public road and still be within 25 meters” of a smoke-free park.

He also inquired about allowances for the “festivals and events in the parks that are adult-oriented, like Antiquefest, Harvestfest, or the Tubies.”

Macpherson assured both councillors that “we can look at how we write the policy.”

Also, he told Mellan that the “minimum is nine meters.”

Both Fournier and Macpherson assured council members that policing of the by-law wasn’t usually necessary. As Fournier pointed out, “it’s self-regulated. People are very respectful. It doesn’t require much work.”

Graham agreed saying that council should “allow a period of time for people to get used to the idea.”

After hearing everyone’s comments, mayor Steven Byvelds weighed in on the debate: “I had some reservations when Ottawa put theirs in place. I thought it was pretty high-handed.”

“I’m sensing a policy rather than a by-law,” he added.

Addressing an earlier comment about changing regulations for events without children, Byvelds said, “I really don’t want to sit beside (someone) when he’s having a cigarette. Consider the adults too.”

In opening the discussion of a by-law versus a policy, Graham pointed out that “creating a by-law infers that we have to enforce it.”

Together, and with Macpherson’s agreement, council decided to change the original recommendation from a smoke-free by-law to a smoke-free policy for all playing fields and parks in South Dundas. The vote for the policy was unanimous.

“I think it’s a good start,” said Byvelds, “I think there’s going to be some challenges.”

In terms of how this might affect council’s budget, Macpherson reported that the sole cost would be the purchasing of signs for the relevant outdoor sites, which could “come out of my budget or the Park Reserve Fund.”

He also pointed out, however,  that free signs are available through the province provided council has no issue with them being bilingual.

On April 23rd, Macpherson provided the following: “Nothing has been set in stone at this point. There will eventually be a policy put in place that will set distinct guidelines for playing fields and public areas that prohibit smoking.”

“What happens now is that I write up a draft policy outlining all of the locations affected as well as the distances for signage and limits to how close smokers can stand,” explained Macpherson. “The draft will then go to council where we will work on these points and pass a policy that we are all happy with.”     

   “Once this is all settled then I, along with Melanie Fournier of the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, will begin to educate and create awareness of the policy within South Dundas,” he continued.

“We are hoping that the policy and signage will be in place before July and that the public will be aware of the restrictions at the same time.”

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9/11 Flowers of Courage

 

…“I’ll never forget you. I hope I make you proud. Keep me in your thoughts, you will always be in mine.”

These are some of the words that are written on a brightly illustrated small package of sunflower seeds.  

They were written by children who lost a parent on September 11, 2001.

When the Twin Towers came down on the sunny, terrible morning of September 11, the entire world changed. Each of us became, in a sense, the long term victims of terrorism. For one group, however, the impact of that cruel day 11 years ago was far more immediate. 

They were the children who saw a father or mother go out on a bright fall day and never come home again.

They are the children born after September 11, who never had the chance to be held by that lost parent. 

They are part of the living legacy of 9/11.

During the 10th anniversary memorial of the attack, Jeff Arsenault, with the Upper Canada District School Board, explained how moved he was and how he thought hard about a way of helping these children to know that people still cared. 

As a gardener, he instinctively turned to nature for inspiration.

“I thought of sunflowers,” Arsenault said. “I thought of these tall, beautiful flowers reaching to the sun, and of how incredibly resilient they are. Sun flowers rise above the harshest environment.” 

He thought that sunflower seeds, prepared and packed by the children of Canada and children in the United States, in honour of the children of 9/11, might remind those families that caring never stops.

The most difficult thing  for Arsenault was to contact families in Canada who had lost a parent in the tragedy. Twenty-four Canadians died that day.

Many families  responded to his idea warmly.

The widowed mother of one particular family took her children to Ground Zero in New York City, where they quietly listened to the names of the lost, including their father’s, and saw the memorials. Those children came up with the idea of the Flowers of Courage.

Other families described how the news of the sunflower project allowed their children to talk about and remember a lost parent. Children were able to share stories about the colours, the flowers, the plants a father once loved.

The Flowers of Courage packet which holds the sunflower seeds was completely designed by the children of 9/11. The message it bears was written by them.

The packets became available Easter Weekend, 2012. A little over a week later some 10,000 have already been sent to schools across North America. 

Teachers and students have eagerly requested them and the seeds to fill them. President Obama and Prime Minister Harper have also been asked to fill a packet.

The Mckenzie Seed Company of Brandon, Manitoba, donated all the seeds, grown in California, and the printer/graphic designer  to fit the pictures done by the children on to the small packets. 

Bill Barclay and Beavers Dental (the Brister Group) paid for the mailing. 

Here in Morrisburg, teacher Nancy Beavers’ class of grade ones at Morrisburg Public School filled some of the special packets.Each child counted out exactly 11 seeds, then carefully sealed the packet for shipping to Jeff Arsenault at Winchester Public School. 

As news of the Flowers of Courage project has spread, it has allowed teachers across North America to touch on the tragedy of 9/11: it has also allowed them to find a positive and gentle way for children to show their support for others.

The filled seed packets are all being returned to Arsenault: he will then divide them into four lots destined for Ground Zero, the Pentagon memorial, the plane crash memorial in Pennsylvania, and the Canadian Memorial at Beechwood. 

On the September 11, 2012, memorial day the sunflowers will be distributed by the children of 9/11. 

This May 16, there will be a formal ceremony held at Arsenault’s home school in Winchester: it will be broadcast by internet to schools all across North America, including  two special schools in Toronto, attended by Canadian children of 9/11. 

The seed packets will be delivered to schools by Brinks Security, Canada, which also lost an employee in the Towers. 

Members of the R.C.M.P., the O.P.P., firefighters, officials from the United States Embassy, Max Keeping, and the families of 9/11 victims including Maureen Basnicki, whose husband Ken was lost, are all coming to the ceremony. Governor General David Johnston and Defense Minister Peter MacKay have been invited. 

“We all feel the losses of 9/11,” Arsenault said. “These flowers are a way to show these children that we still care. We remember them daily. We don’t forget.”

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Perspectives by Rev. Duncan Perry

 

Life Discipline

Maybe you’ve seen the Dempster’s commercial in which two scenes are played simultaneously. One scene is of a farmer who rises early to prepare his fields to sew seed that will produce grain that in turn makes the very best bread. The other scene is of Sidney Crosby, who also rises early and is at the arena practicing while it’s still dark because he wants to be the very best hockey players.

Many today, despite his injuries, would say that he is, without a doubt, the best hockey player in the world, even better than “the great one”.

Truth is, whether your aim is to make the best loaf of bread or be the best hockey players, neither of these will just happen. Much work is involved in attaining anything that is of any great worth.

Discipline became not just a word to be talked about, but a life style to be lived.

I read that Patrick Chan, one of the world’s premier athletes, denies himself certain pleasures because of his passion to be the best. He takes a life of discipline very seriously. He watches everything he eats, how he sleeps, even the water he drinks.

Why do I refer to all of this? Well, I want to make a point.

In Christian circles, we have a word that means the same as discipline. It’s a word that no one seems to want to talk about anymore. It’s a word that conjures up all kinds of negative thoughts in people’s minds, maybe because it has never been rightly understood, or maybe because some people presented a false understanding of what it really is.

What is that word? Well, it’s “Holiness”. It is really having a passion  for Jesus, desiring to be like Him and Living a life that is pleasing to Him.

It’s not about a list of do’s or don’t’s, that only leads to a life of legalism, which God hates by the way.

So a Christian who wants to live a life that is pleasing to God is going to say “No” to some things because, like athletes, they are willing to discipline their lives to be true witnesses for the Lord, Jesus Christ.

Holiness is not a word that we should take out of the vocabulary if we are born again believers. It is really through living a life of discipline that we announce to the world that we have a passion to be like Jesus and to present Him to the world as the Hope for Humanity.

May I encourage you to pursue a life of Holiness for, “Without holiness no person shall see the Lord”. Heb. 12:14.

Rev. Duncan Perry,

Morrisburg Pentecostal Tabernacle

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Last Spin of 2012 for Morrisburg Figure Skaters

 

It was a night to recall a great season at the Morrisburg and District Figure Skating Club.

 It was also a night dedicated to honouring the young skaters who put in the hours and months of hard work and practice necessary to hone their skills.

On Sunday, April 22, the executive of the Skating Club, coaches, parents and skaters gathered at the Morrisburg Legion for their year end awards  banquet. There was also the additional treat for guests of a DVD highlighting the year’s events.

President of the Morrisburg and District Skating Club, Julie VanHoof, welcomed the guests and thanked them for their participation.

“There are many challenges in running a successful club,” she said, “but with the support of the executive, the board, committee chairs, coaches and parents, we had another year to be proud of.”

She singled out the efforts of volunteers, who “came through when needed to help with carnival, or to donate food. Your dedication is much appreciated.”

She also had great praise for “our wonderful and amazing coaches. We are very fortunate to have such dedicated and caring coaches working with our young skaters to help them to achieve their goals.’

VanHoof also thanked the parents for their encouragement and support.

She concluded her address with these words to the skaters.

“Every skater has different goals and each of you has worked hard to reach your personal goals. Tonight we are proud to be rewarding you for your accomplishments and achievements.

Next year many changes to our programs will be implemented through Skate Canada, but the continued support of everyone here makes no doubt that Morrisburg and District Skating Club will continue to grow and to be successful.”

Special good-byes and best wishes were extended to long time skaters Jessica Thompson and Katherine Lee, who leave for university in the fall. 

The Morrisburg Club was particularly proud this year to present gold skills and gold free skate honours to Alyssa MacMillan and to Alisha VanHoof. Gold represents success at the highest levels of testing and  notes singular achievement on the part of the young recipients.

The 2011-12 CanSkater of the Year was Marin Morrow, while  CanSkate Spirit Awards were given to Sarah Stewart and to Ella Mallett-Seymour.

Awards in preliminary dance went to Reagan Belanger, Trina Dykstra-MacPherson and Erika Jordan.

The CanSkate Program Assistant award was presented to Brenna German.

Jr. Bronze Dance was presented to Kendra Buter, Abigail Jordan, Kathleen Nicolaassen and Kaitlyn Stewart.

Jr. Silver Dance was awarded to Alisha VanHoof.

Preliminary Skills were presented to Reagan Belanger, Cameryn Broad, Alice Cameron an Abigail Jordan, while Bronze Skills were given to Alexis Engwarda, Abby MacMillan, Tayler Pilon and Kaitlyn Stewart.

Introductive interpretive honours were presented to Jessica Bass, Katherine Lee and Kathleen Nicolaassen. Katherine Lee and Alisha VanHoof took awards in bronze interpretive.

Preliminary Free Skate saw Kendra Buter, Trina Dykstra-McPerson and Abigail Jordan awarded. In Jr.Bronze Free Skate, Alexis Engwarda, Abby MacMillan and Kristyn VanHoof  were honoured. 

Gillian Beatson took Sr. Silver Free Skate. 

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Residents happy ‘400’ is now safe

 

Although local residents have succeeded in stopping the sale of the ‘400’, they may have incidentally created barriers to its future usage.

On April 18th, South Dundas clerk Brenda Brunt sent out the following statement to the papers: “Council passed a resolution last night to decline the offers on the 397 acre parcel of land. They have asked for a report from staff with other options for the land.”

This statement followed the April 17th South Dundas council meeting where council chambers overflowed with concerned residents opposed to the sale of the land on County Road 8, opposite the Williamsburg Landfill site.

South Dundas resident Sara Dillabough presented council with a petition last Tuesday night in an effort to save the land from being sold. “I live on Weegar Road,” said Dillabough, “and I’m here on behalf of the people of South Dundas.”

She told council she had a petition with 606 signatures “asking you, council, to reconsider the sale of the ‘400’.”

“We are disturbed that council has plans to change this. We want to make council aware of how valuable the land is,” she said.

“Many here tonight have taken full advantage of what this land has to offer. We pride ourselves on being a vibrant rural community.”

She finished with a plea for council to “take into consideration the feelings of constituents.”

Following Dillabough’s address to council, mayor Steven Byvelds revealed “why council looked at selling this property.”

“Some time ago,” he said, “council instructed staff to look at all surplus land. We felt that it was an opportunity to put these properties back into the hands of the public.”

“Council was already aware that people were interested in buying that property for hunting. We took that opportunity to put it on the market.”

He assured the assembled residents that there was “no intention of any councillor to have that property used for farming.”

He then commented on the fact that both he and Brunt had recently been “bombarded with emails and phone calls.”

“We will,” he stated, “take this under advisement. Council is now aware of what you, the public, desire for that land.”

With that said, Byvelds addressed the many activities the land has been used for past and present, referring to many as “liabilities. “We will have to look into all of the challenges that property represents.”

Councillor Jim Graham told the audience that “I’ve never heard of this property as a recreational site. We are now aware of what it’s being used for… the liabilities.”

“We have to take responsibility for what’s taking place on that property now that we do know,” said Councillor Evonne Delegarde, referring to a concern about the hunting, in particular.

“Liability is going to be the issue,” agreed Councillor Archie Mellan.

Byvelds indicated to the residents in attendance that “there are some options available.”

He assured them that “there was no intent to do any malicious damage in this.”

At this point in the meeting, Byvelds allowed a few comments and questions from members of the audience, one of whom made the following plea, “don’t give away what we’ve got in this township.”

Another, addressing Delegarde’s concern over the hunting issue, said that many or most of those who use the property belong to the Ontario Hunter and Anglers Association. “They’re covered up to $5 million,” he said. “You can avoid the liability. There’s always a way around it.”

“It’s always about the money,” said one woman. “My family has used the ‘400’ more than any other service you offer.”

Another man told council that he had “actually walked the ‘400’ tonight. I’m a forester. Most of it is forested… some trees are over 100 years old… in the middle is the Huckleberry marsh, loaded with water, moose and deer.” He finished his short speech offering council a guided tour of the land, if they wished.

Byvelds ended the topic saying “council will take all of this into consideration… we get an issue that people take to heart… you show pride in your municipality. Once in a while we hit something we’re not ready for.”

“It’s a democracy in the end,” he reminded residents, “we will make the decision that’s best for the township… for everyone.”

The motion to receive the petition was passed. Council discussed the issue in closed session later in the evening. 

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Don’t be fooled!

 

“Due to our recent security updates and several fraud attempts in April (month of fraud prevention), we find it necessary that you should verify your account details that we have on file to ensure that your online banking service is not interrupted. We request you to confirm and update your information today by following the link below:”

This is an excerpt from an email that I received from “*Canadian.Imperial.Bank.of.Commerce*” and in case you haven’t figured it out yet… it wasn’t actually from the CIBC at all. In fact, this is just one of three emails I received in less than two days. The other two were “from” RBC and BMO. And, about five minutes ago, I received yet another warning email from Scotiabank.

Having seen these types of scams before and knowing that my bank – and I’m sure the ones listed here as well – does NOT ever ask you for you banking or personal information via email or the phone, I knew immediately this was a scam to gain access to funds.

The criminals who send the emails or make the phone calls try to trick unsuspecting victims into giving out key information by pretending they’re from reputable companies. The trick for the average would-be victim is to think first AND, more importantly, contact your bank or credit card company right away. Don’t be a victim. 

My intention for sharing this information with you is to ensure that no one in our readership falls prey to these scams.  The “BMO” email threatened deactivation of my account, however they didn’t have my name, contact information or account number… so just how were they planning on deactivating my account? As for my accounts with RBC, Scotiabank, and CIBC… I don’t have any.   

This banking scam is just one of the many ways these creative but lazy criminal types have thought up to try to “earn a living.” 

There are phone scams asking to help with credit card debt… this is a scam focussed on getting your credit card information so they can help create more credit card debt for you. There are phone scams about problems with your computer, which are basically an attempt to access your computer remotely or get you to buy unnecessary software at exorbitant prices. Don’t be fooled!

My advice to the lazy criminal types: Get a REAL job!   S.C.

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Safety without borders

 

From April 6th to the 9th, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), East Region Traffic Teams and participating detachments conducted a highly visible traffic safety enforcement initiative along Highway 401 that was simultaneously mirrored by the New York State Police(NYSP) and the Sûreté du Québec to emphasize the shared goal of safe roadways. 

OPP Detachments included Grenville County, Leeds County, Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry (SDG) and the OPP East Region Highway Enforcement Team (HET).

Officers concentrated on the offences that result in the greatest contribution to serious and sometimes fatal collisions, with particular attention to impaired driving, aggressive driving, distracted driving and improper seat belt use. Officers also focussed on violators who do not move over for emergency vehicles that have their lights flashing.  

OPP officers in East Region stopped 2,634 vehicles with the following results:

• 682 provincial offence notices issued

• 648 speeding charges

• 23 seatbelt charges

• 2 distracted driving charges

• 1 impaired driving charge

• 7 suspended driver charges

• 15 commercial motor vehicle charges

• 108 move over charges

Section 159 of the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) was created to keep emergency workers safe while stopped on our roadways. OPP officers issued 108 tickets to those drivers that failed to do so.

This is unacceptable. Emergency services workers need your help in providing a safe environment to respond to emergencies. Slow down and move away from the emergency services vehicles with its light flashing. We are here to help you… please help us!

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