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Ice Breaking Mission in Midland Bay
Monday April 8 2019
The safety of mariners is a top priority of the Canadian Coast Guard.
There is one commercial vessel safely at the dock at Midland Harbour awaiting icebreaker assistance.
The Canadian Coast Guard Ship Pierre Radisson, a medium icebreaker from Quebec City, attempted to create a track through the ice for this vessel.
However, constant winds from the northwest and below-average temperatures this past winter have created exceptionally large ice ridges in the area north of Hope Island. An ice specialist on board the Pierre Radisson estimates the ice thickness in this area at 6 metres (19.6 feet).
This creates safety issues for any commercial ship even when transiting behind an icebreaker.
Therefore the Coast Guard will return to the area for more icebreaking once conditions improve.
We will advise the public when the next icebreaking mission to Midland is scheduled.
The Canadian Coast Guard is committed to providing icebreaking support, ship escorts and ice management to ensure the safe and efficient movement of ships and goods in the Great Lakes. On the Great Lakes the Canadian Coast Guard has assisted commercial vessels 165 times so far this icebreaking season.
At all levels, the Canadian Coast Guard and the United States Coast Guards work closely together and have developed a longstanding partnership to provide icebreaking services in the Great Lakes. Details on the Canadian/U.S. Coast Guard icebreaking partnership can be viewed here
CCGS Pierre Radisson is now heading to McGregor Bay on northeastern Manitoulin Island to break out the Lafarge cement dock for shipping.
See attached photograph of ice conditions-
Monday April 8 2019 - The view from the bridge of the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Pierre Radisson, 2 nautical miles (3.7 kilometres) north of Hope Island (above Christian Island). Ice ridges in the area are estimated at
6 metres (19.6 feet). Photo credit: Guillaume Paradis, Ice Services Specialist, Environment and Climate Change Canada
OPP remind all ice surface users that no ice is safe ice!
DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO IS MISSING?
Share Information during Missing Person Awareness Day, April 17, 2019
(AKWESASNE, ON) - The community of Akwesasne, the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), and the Akwesasne Community Justice Program are inviting you to join them on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 for Missing Person Awareness Day. Missing Person Awareness Days are the result of funding provided by the Indigenous Justice Division of the Ministry of the Attorney General.
The all-day event will be held at the A`nowara`ko:wa Arena - Turtle Room in Akwesasne, starting at 9:00 a.m. It will be an opportunity for the community and police to work together and remove barriers to reporting a missing person and help find or identify a loved one. There will also be a presentation from the OPP Anti-Human Trafficking Coordination Team to increase awareness regarding human trafficking, accessing community based programs and online safety for children.
Those attending will gain insight into the importance of reporting a person missing and will have the chance to provide information on unreported missing persons. There will also be an opportunity to collect DNA samples from family members of missing persons for identification purposes, if required.
While missing persons are usually reported to police by family members, you do not have to be a relative to report a person missing. There is also no time limit - all missing person investigations remain open until they are resolved. Even information about a person who went missing 30 years ago could provide important evidence to resolve an active case today.
Akwesasne Community Justice Program Ietsiiatahónhsatat Victim Services, Victim/Witness Assistance Program, Victim Service of SDG & A, and Wholistic Health and Wellness Program will be attending to provide services. Resources from the Canadian Centre for Child Protection regarding child safety will be shared at the event.
If you have information about a missing person or need help to find a loved one and have not contacted the police, then Missing Person Awareness Day is your chance to do so. The information that you possess may help find or identify a missing person and bring a resolution to their family members and friends.
“Missing Person Awareness Days provide the police with an opportunity to work with communities to share information about missing persons and child safety. We are proud to partner with the community of Akwesasne, the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Services, and the Akwesasne Community Justice Program in delivering this event. Our goal is to raise awareness of the importance of reporting a missing person as soon as possible. Any information shared could provide critical support to help find or identify a missing person and bring resolution to their families and friends.”
- Deputy Commissioner Rick Barnum, Ontario Provincial Police.
Canadian Coast Guard Ice Breaking Scheduled for Georgian Bay and McGregor Bay Ontario
Sarnia, On - The Canadian Coast Guard will be icebreaking at Killarney Ontario on Georgian Bay and on McGregor Bay (for the Whitefish River Lafarge cement terminal) on northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands on or about Wednesday April 17. This icebreaking service is for commercial ships.
Following this activity, the Canadian Coast Guard will return to southeastern Georgian Bay on or about Thursday April 18. Exceptionally large ice ridges north of Hope Island on the route to Midland have prevented icebreakers from reaching Midland Harbour this month. The Canadian Coast Guard Ship Pierre Radisson will once again work to establish tracks to the Harbour.
The dates are subject to change depending on operational requirements or weather conditions. All ice surface users should plan their ice activities carefully, use caution on the ice and avoid the shipping lanes and icebreaking operations. Even though there may be cold temperatures, the ice can be expected to be deteriorating naturally due to spring conditions and the effects of the sun. Extreme caution must be exercised should anyone venture out onto the ice.
OPP Seeking Assistance in Midland Robbery
(Midland, ON) - On April 13, 2019 at 11:54 pm members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Southern Georgian Bay detachment were dispatched to a King Street Midland Motel after the OPP Communications Centre received a 911 call reporting that a robbery had just occurred.
Attending officers learned that a male staying at the motel being visited by a female guest had been assaulted by two unknown males in his room. The assault continued outside at which time the victim was disrobed and assaulted again and a black gym bag containing his wallet and personnel effects was taken by force from him by the male suspects. The male suspects fled the scene in a dark coloured sedan.
Investigators are asking for assistance from the public in identifying the 2 male suspects who were wearing masks and operating a dark coloured sedan at the time of the occurrence.
Anyone who may have walked along or driven along the south end of King Street, Midland near Galloway Boulevard between 11:00 pm April 13 until 12:30 am April 14, 2019 and noticed any suspicious activity is asked to please contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122. or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
You can submit your information online at www.p3tips.