Northern Ontario

Nipigon OPP – Drug Trafficking Charges Laid

During the month of May 2022, officers from the Nipigon Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) conducted an investigation into complaints of drug trafficking in the town of Nipigon. As a result of this investigation, Samuel John Esquega, 56 years old, of Nipigon, was arrested and charged with 2 counts of: Trafficking in Schedule 1 Substance – Cocaine, contrary ...

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Confederation College Continues to Offer Personal Support Worker Accelerated Program

Confederation College today announced it is expanding its Personal Support Worker (PSW) program offerings this spring. The PSW Accelerated program will enable learners to complete the program in just six months with no tuition fee, alongside funding support for expenses such as textbooks and a paid work placement. “This Personal Support Worker Accelerated program adds an important pathway for students ...

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NOWW 24th Annual Writing Contest Winners Announced

The Northwestern Ontario Writers Workshop is pleased to announce the winners of the 24th Annual Writing Contest. The contest was judged this year by Casey Plett, Billy-Ray Belcourt, Sierra Skye Gemma, John Elizabeth Stintzi, and Chelene Knight. Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s contest. Short Fiction – Judged by Casey Plett Ellie Sawatzky – “Majestic” August C. ...

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Hwy 560 Closed at Westree – Shining Tree Residents Evacuate

On May 14, 2022 at approximately 3:43 p.m., members of the South Porcupine Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) assisted the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) by advising residents living in Shining Tree to evacuate their homes due to a dangerously close active forest fire in the area. The MNRF has implemented this mandatory evacuation and there are ...

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Nipigon Detachment Promotes Sgt Dave Moscall to Detachment Commander

Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) North West Region is thrilled to announce that Sergeant Dave Moscall, Thunder Bay (Shabaqua) Detachment, is promoted to Staff Sergeant and becomes Commander, Nipigon Detachment. Staff Sergeant Moscall has been Acting in this role since 2021. Staff Sergeant Moscall started his career with the OPP in 1997 at Thunder Bay Detachment. He has worked in various ...

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Tbaytel releases 2021 community report

Tbaytel provided its annual shareholder report to City Council on Monday, April 25 and released Forward Together: 2021 Report to the Community. The report highlights key accomplishments from the past year, Tbaytel’s strategic direction and summarizes financial information. It also highlights a number of new products and services and how Tbaytel along with its authorized dealers throughout northern Ontario continued ...

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Marathon OPP – Investigation continues in Collision

On April 23, 2022 at 5:44 p.m. members of the Marathon Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a report of a single motor vehicle collision on Highway 17, Township of Coldwell. Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and the Marathon Fire Department were on scene to assist with the collision. Investigation revealed that a westbound motor vehicle left the ...

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TBay OPP – 611 Per Cent Increase in Seatbelt-Related Charges

This weekend’s seatbelt safety campaign proves that not wearing a seatbelt continues to be a serious problem on our roads. There was a 611 per cent increase in seatbelt-related charges year over year. Across North Western Ontario, 329 seatbelt-related charges were laid over the Easter long weekend compared to 37 in 2021. This includes charges for driver and passenger non-compliance, ...

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Thunder Bay OPP – Driver stopped doing 170km/hr

On April 16, 2022, just after 12:00 a.m., an officer from the Thunder Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) was patrolling Highway 11/17 between Oliver and John Street and observed a vehicle speeding at 170 km/hr. A 35-year-old male driver with 2 other passengers was stopped. Police determined the driver had been drinking and a roadside test to ...

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Ontario Government Boosts Experimental Lakes Area Research

The Ontario government is investing $9.5 million to support vital research in the Experimental Lakes Area—the only freshwater research facility of its kind in the world. “The Experimental Lakes Area is the world’s most important freshwater research facility,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry. “The area is a living laboratory for critical research and ...

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Nipigon and Schreiber OPP Detachments – Beware of fraudulent emails and telephone calls

The Nipigon and Schreiber Detachments of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are warning the public to beware of fraudulent emails and telephone calls. The OPP recommends to confirm who you are dealing with before sending any money or sharing personal information over the internet or the telephone. Scammers are increasingly using email, telephone calls and other online social media applications ...

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2022 Ontario Conservation Officer of the Year

The Ontario Conservation Officers Association (OCOA) is pleased to announce that Jeff Milloy has been selected as the 2022 Conservation Officer of the Year. Jeff is a part of the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry (NDMNRF) Kenora Enforcement Unit working out of the Kenora office. Jeff started his career with the Ministry in 1995 and has ...

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Great Lakes Community Organizes Around Water Quality for the Next Fifty Years

The Great Lakes Ecoregion Network (GLEN) is a new initiative to engage members of the basin-wide Great Lakes environmental community on issues related to the binational Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA). As the 50th anniversary of the signing of the GLWQA is celebrated later this week, we call on the US and Canadian federal governments to renew and strengthen ...

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Nipigon OPP – Driver charged after Traffic Stop

On April 10, 2022 at approximately 9:09 a.m. an officer from the Nipigon Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) conducted a traffic stop in the Township of Nipigon. While speaking with the driver, it was determined that they had been consuming alcohol. The officer made a demand for an approved screening device breath sample. The driver failed, was placed under ...

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Reinstating Passenger Rail Service between Timmins and Toronto

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The Ontario government is investing $75 million to bring passenger rail service back to Northeastern Ontario, restoring a key transportation option that was previously cancelled in 2012. Service will be reinstated between Timmins and Toronto, helping to connect Northern Ontario as the government invests in unlocking the full economic potential of northern industries, resources and minerals. “The previous government chose ...

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