Billboard targets contraband cigarettes
Domestic disputes keep police busy Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry Ontario Provincial Police officers responded to a num- ber of domestic disputes over the last few days. August 19, at approximately 3 p.m. officers responded to a report of a domestic inci- dent on County Road 13, North Stormont Township. The investigation revealed that a male and his 21-year-old girlfriend were involved in an altercation that resulted in the female assaulting the male. She was arrested and faces charges of assault and breach of probation. She is scheduled to appear September 11 in Cornwall court. The same day, officers responded to a report of a domestic incident on Cornwall Cen- ter Road, South Stormont Township. The investigation revealed that a female and her ex-boyfriend became involved in an altercation that resulted in the male assaulting her and a male friend. The 29-year-old accused faces charges of assault, assault with a weapon, uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm, trespassing and mischief. A 38-year-old man was charged August 18 when police responded to a report of a domestic incident on Willy Allen Road, South Stormont Township. Following an inci- dent involving his wife, he was charged with two counts of assault and one count of uttering threats. A 17-year-old was charged with assault August 17 after a fight broke out at a Baker Road, North Dundas Township residence where the accused allegedly attacked anoth- er family member. He was also charged with mischief and uttering threats to damage property. Break and enter SD&G OPP officers recently responded to a report of a break and enter on County Road 2, South Dundas Township around 7 a.m. Thursday. The investigation revealed that sometime overnight unknown suspect(s) attended a local business and gained entry by prying open a door to the building. Once inside the culprits broke into a number of coin operated machines and re- moved an undisclosed amount of cash. The investigation is ongoing. Drugs and obstruct police A Cornwall woman faces five charges after she was accused of misleading police dur- ing a drug investigation on June 7. Police say that Judy Delorme, 46, was found to be in possession of controlled sub- stances believed to be fentanyl and oxycodone on June 7. She was arrested by police on Aug. 14. It is also alleged that she misled police during the investigation. She was charged with two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, two counts of possession of controlled substance and obstructing a police officer. She was released to appear in court on Sept. 18. Family disputes A 38-year-old North Stormont woman faces assault charges after two incidents with- in two days on Sixth Road.. The investigation revealed that a man and his common-law wife were involved in a verbal altercation that resulted in the woman assaulting the man on Aug. 15. Further investigation revealed that the woman had assaulted another member of the family the previous morning. The woman was arrested and faces charges of assault and assault with a weapon. She is scheduled to appear Sept. 11 in Cornwall court. Drugs and obstruct police A Cornwall woman faces five charges after she was accused of misleading police dur- ing a drug investigation on June 7. Police say that Judy Delorme, 46, was found to be in possession of controlled sub- stances believed to be fentanyl and oxycodone on June 7. She was arrested by police on Aug. 14. It is also alleged that she misled police during the investigation. She was charged with two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, two counts of possession of controlled substance and obstructing a police officer. She was released to appear in court on Sept. 18.
Catharines, Kingston and Toronto. “Governments have told us that educa- tion was a key tool in the war on illegal ciga- rettes,” said Dave Bryans, CEO of the Ontario Convenience Stores Association. “Our goal with these billboards is to educate the pub- lic and draw their attention to the fact that contraband tobacco is illegal and comes in many forms.” “Illegal tobacco not only harms small businesses, it harms the community by bypassing the tough regulation and age- checks designed to prevent minors from getting access to tobacco.” Contraband smokes, manufactured in Canada illegally or smuggled from the Unit- ed States, rob the government of millions of dollars in tax revenue, according to the OCSA.
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The Ontario Convenience Store Associa- tion is taking its protest against contra- band tobacco to the streets. The association has erected a billboard along Ninth Street near Brookdale Avenue, one of the city’s main arteries, warning passersby not to be taken in by the lure of the cheap illegal smokes. “Don’t be fooled!,” the billboard reads. “Il- legal smokes come in baggies …and packs. If you’re caught, you will be fined.” Punctuating the warning is an OCSA logo next to the message: “Buying contraband is illegal and harms the community.” The 10-week bill- board campaign
As many as one-third of cigarettes smoked in Ontario are contra- band and the Ontario government estimates contraband smokes are costing it $500 mil- lion annually in lost tax revenue, according to the OCSA. The RCMP has
“Don’t be fooled (...) illegal smokes come in baggies... and packs.” The 10-week billboard campaign aims to educate smokers about the fines they face if caught with contraband smokes and the harm that illegal cigarettes cause to the community.
aims to educate smokers about the fines they face if caught with contra- band smokes and the harm that ille- gal cigarettes cause to the community. The OCSA is run- ning two different billboards – one
warned profits from il- legal smokes are often being used by criminal organizations to finance other criminal op- erations. The RCMP figures indicate at least 175 or- ganized crime groups are using contraband smuggling to fund other criminal enterpris- es such as drug and weapons trafficking, ac- cording to OCSA.
the many forms, including traditional ciga- rette packaging and plastic bags, of illegal smokes, the second billboard highlights the fines people face if they purchase contra- band tobacco. Other Ontario communities targeted in the billboard campaign are Niagara Falls, St.
Classes resume September 4, with or without deal
BROCKVILLE | Bad news for students who think labour strife may prolong their sum- mer break. The Upper Canada District School Board wants all of its students and their parents to know that schools will be open on Tuesday, September 4 for the beginning of the new school year. September 4 is also the first day of classes for students attending schools adminis- tered by the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario. “Some people may believe that schools won’t be open because we don’t have col- lective agreements with our teachers, and that is simply not true,” says UCDSB Direc- tor of Education David K. Thomas. “We con- tinue to follow the legal process by bargain-
ing with all of our employee unions and that negotiation will continue for several months before we reach a final contract.” The comments were made as the Ontario government ended M.P.P.s’ summer recess early, recalling the legislature for Monday so it can deal with a proposed bill to force a wage freeze on teachers. The government wants a deal with the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Associa- tion, which has accepted a pay freeze, to serve as a “road map” for other unions. The largest teachers unions, the Elemen- tary Teachers Federation of Ontario and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’Federa- tion, say they want to continue negotiating with school boards.
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