Law & Order

Manitoulin OPP lays assault with a weapon charge

On Saturday, May 4, members of the Manitoulin Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a report of a domestic dispute in the Town of Gore Bay.

Officers attended the residence and as a result of the investigation, a 50-year-old-male from Gore Bay has been charged with assault with a weapon – spousal, contrary to section 267(a) of the Criminal Code.

The accused is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Gore Bay on May 29.

In order to protect the identity of the victim, the name of the accused is not being released.

Victims of domestic assaults are not alone. If you have been assaulted by an intimate partner or know someone that has, there are local resources here to help. You can visit the Manitoulin Family Resources website at 

mfresources.net for assistance. A toll free call can also be placed to the Assaulted Women’s Helpline at 1-866-863-0511 where your information will remain anonymous and confidential. If you are in an immediate crisis, dial 9-1-1.

Manitoulin OPP remind drivers of proper cannabis storage

On Saturday, April 27, an officer from the Manitoulin Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) was conducting traffic enforcement on Highway 17 in Baldwin Township.

At approximately 7:24 pm, the officer observed a traffic violation and conducted a traffic stop. After speaking with the driver, the officer observed cannabis within reach of the driver.

As a result of the investigation, a 19-year-old female from Sudbury was issued two provincial offences notices for: speeding 1-49 km/h over posted limit, contrary to section 128 of the Highway Traffic Act and drive vehicle or boat with cannabis readily available, contrary to section 12(1) of the Cannabis Control Act 2017.

The OPP would like to remind the public that although cannabis is now legal to possess and consume, it is not legal to have cannabis in a vehicle or boat unless one or both of the following conditions are met: cannabis is in its original packaging and has not been opened; or cannabis is packed in baggage that is fastened closed or is not otherwise readily available to any person in the vehicle or boat. 

For more information, please visit opp.ca/cannabis

Understanding domestic violence

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) North East Region is dedicated to providing support for domestic violence survivors. Understanding domestic violence is a complex issue. Domestic violence is a pattern of control, coercion or manipulation with one partner over another. How do you answer these questions?

Are you happy in your relationship? 

Are you respected? 

Are you safe in your relationship? 

Is your relationship healthy? 

Does your spouse hurt you? 

We want you to know the cycle of abuse so that you can recognize it in your relationships and in others. 

The cycle of violence always begins as a fairy tale where the relationship seems to be perfect. This is the “honeymoon” stage. 

Then it suddenly changes and becomes a relationship that causes you to question their love for you. You seem to be “walking on eggshells.” No matter what you do, you can’t please the other person. Nothing appears to be good enough. The abuser begins to control you. This phase can be described as the “tension building” stage. 

At times, the abuser may become physically violent or sexually abusive. However, not all abusers are physically violent. They may use other types of abuse, such as emotional abuse, to make you feel bad about yourself. This stage is referred to as the “battering” or “explosive” stage.  

At times, the abuser may become physically violent or sexually abusive. However, not all abusers are physically violent. They may use other types of abuse, such as emotional abuse, to make you feel bad about yourself. This stage is referred to as the “battering” or “explosive” stage. Victims of domestic assaults are not alone. If you have been assaulted by an intimate partner or know someone that has, there are local resources that can help. Contact your local family resource centre, shelter or victim services. A toll free call can also be placed to the Assaulted Women’s Helpline at 1-866-863-0511 where your information will remain anonymous and confidential. If you are in an immediate crisis, dial 9-1-1. 

After the abuser releases this tension with physical or verbal aggression, the abuser apologizes to you and promises that they will never say or do it again. The cycle continues until you decide to leave or end this abuse.