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“People Are Important Safety Partner” Says OPP


(ORILLIA, ON) – With people getting set for what is traditionally one of the busiest long weekends of the year, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is also gearing up for a busy weekend on Ontario roads, trails and waterways this Canada Day Long weekend.    


In particular, the OPP will be keeping a close eye out for people who display aggressive driving behaviour, whether in a motor vehicle, boat or all-terrain vehicle.


The OPP is reminding the public that speeding is not the only form of aggressive driving they will be watching out for over the weekend.  Following vehicles too closely, improper lane changes, weaving in and out of lanes and a general disregard for traffic laws are all forms of aggressive and dangerous driving behaviour that put all road users at risk.   


As they have done in the past, the OPP will be looking to every motorist, boater and trail user to partner with them for a safe and enjoyable weekend.


“People are finally getting the message that they themselves play a far greater role in keeping everyone safe than the OPP does. We may be seeing the results of this positive attitude shift reflected in our fatality statistics this year, with the number of deaths on roads, waterways and trails we police at 110 compared to 173 this time last year,” said Deputy Commissioner Larry Beechey, Provincial Commander, Traffic Safety and Operational Support.


 “We want to see this positive trend continue and one way to make this happen is to have everyone become our number one safety partner and to make road, boating and trail safety the same top priority as we do over busy long weekends and throughout the year at the OPP,” said Chief Superintendent Don Bell, Commander, OPP Highway Safety Division.


Over and above aggressive driving, the OPP will be watching for: seat belt compliance; distracted driving; impaired while driving, boating or off-roading; compliance with Move Over laws; and use of boating safety equipment such as Personal Floatation Devices (PFD).


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(Bancroft, Ontario) – During the week of June 10th – 14th 2013, the Bancroft detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received the report of suspicious phone calls.  Two Bancroft area residents report receiving phone calls in relation to their computer and their computer security.  Fortunately the residents did not provide any information to the persons who called them.


Typically, most computer security frauds involve a company representative calling an individual and advising them that their computer is running slow or has viruses.  The representative will then offer to repair the computer over the internet, which can involve the installation of software or allowing them remote access to the computer.  Variations of this scheme involve pop-up ads online, offering anti-virus software.


Allowing a third party to remotely access a computer or download software carries risks.  Software and key loggers could be installed to capture sensitive data such as online banking, user names, passwords, bank account information and identity information.


You can protect yourself from fraud by:


  • Not      allowing anyone to remotely access you computer who has contacted you.
  • Not      responding to phone calls offering to upgrade you anti-virus software.
  • Do not      reply to any e-mail that requests your personal information.
  • Protect      your computer with spy ware filters, anti-virus software, e-mail filters      and firewall programs. 
  • If you      notice problems with your computer, seek advice in person from a computer      business that you trust.


The public can educate themselves by accessing the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre online at


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Contact:  Susanne Cox

                 Community Service Officer

                 Bancroft OPP


Phone:  613-332-2112




Bancroft Council has unanimously approved the 2013 operating and capital budgets which results in a 1.9% increase in Town expenditures over 2012 budget estimates. When the county and education levies are taken into account the end result is 0% increase for properties which assessments have remained the same when compared to 2012.


The Town of Bancroft keeps 41 cents out of every property tax dollar raised. Policing services accounts for 23 cents, education 20 cents, and Hastings County 16 cents.


Capital road projects in 2013 include the redevelopment of portions of: Chemaushgon Road, Detlor Road, Quarry Road and Bronson Road.


“The Town of Bancroft Council recognizes the need to be competitive” said Mayor Jenkins. “We are committed to growing the tax base by encouraging development to achieve long term sustainability. We also recognize the need to build and sustain partnerships with the Provincial government, Federal government and neighbouring municipalities as well as with our local community organizations. Together as a Council, we are working to continually enhance the quality of life within our community” added Mayor Jenkins.



For further information please contact:

Bernice Jenkins, Mayor

Paul Jenkins, Councillor, Chair of Finance & Administration Committee

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Bancroft Council has unanimously voted to promote current Deputy Clerk & Economic Development Officer Hazel Lambe to the position of Chief Administrative Officer/Clerk effective September 27, 2013.


Ms. Lambe’s 25 years of municipal experience includes: Chair of the North Kawartha Planning Committee, Member of the Kawartha Highlands Signature Site Provincial Park, held the positions of Reeve and Deputy Reeve – Townships of Burleigh & Anstruther, and CAO/Clerk – Townships of Burleigh & Anstruther.


“I’m thrilled to make this announcement and am looking forward to working with Ms. Lambe as our new CAO/Clerk” said Mayor Bernice Jenkins. “Hazel has worked for the Town for the past four years and has proven her abilities during that time. Council has full confidence that this decision will assist the Town of Bancroft in moving forward as we face future challenges” added Mayor Jenkins.


Bancroft has been working with an interim CAO since the end of November last year. This has allowed Council to take the time to review the current organizational structure and determine the leadership skills and abilities necessary for the new permanent CAO to guide the Town administration. The September 27th effective date will allow for a smooth transition and time for the recruitment of a new Deputy Clerk to fill Ms. Lambe’s current responsibilities. The internal/external recruitment for a Deputy Clerk will begin immediately.



For further information please contact:

Bernice Jenkins, Mayor

Charles Mullett, Chair Human Resources Committee

Councillors & Staff Participate in Community Fund Raiser

Councillor Charles Mullett and Perry Kelly Manager of Public Works help supper Experience Summer Camp.



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Bancroft, ON K0L 1C0

Phone: (613) 332-3331
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