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The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

It has been over 30 years since the murder of 14 young women at Polytechnique Montréal (December 6, 1989). This act of violent misogyny shook our country and led Parliament to designate December 6 as The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.
On December 6, we remember:

• Geneviève Bergeron
• Hélène Colgan
• Nathalie Croteau
• Barbara Daigneault
• Anne-Marie Edward
• Maud Haviernick
• Maryse Laganière
• Maryse Leclair
• Anne-Marie Lemay
• Sonia Pelletier
• Michèle Richard
• Annie St-Arneault
• Annie Turcotte
• Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz

As we mourn their loss and remember their lives, we reaffirm our commitment to fight the hatred that led to this tragedy, and the misogyny that still exists today. In Canada and around the world, women, girls, 2SLGBTQQIA+ (two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, plus) and gender diverse individuals face unacceptable violence and discrimination.

Gender-based violence in Canada has been magnified and amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic. There have been reports from police services, shelters, and local organization of an increase in calls related to gender-based violence across Canada during the pandemic.

The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women is about remembering those who have experienced gender-based violence and those who we have lost to it. It is also a time to take action. Achieving a Canada free from gender-based violence requires everyone living in this country to educate themselves and their families and communities on gender-based violence, centre the voices of survivors in our actions and speak up against harmful behaviours.

December 6 falls within the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. Add your voice to the conversation between November 25 and December 10 and share the ways you are being part of the solution to end gender-based violence using the hashtag #16Days.

The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

Crime Prevention Week 2021 - November 7 to 13 2021

The Penetanguishene Police Services Board celebrates "Crime Prevention Week" the week of November 7 to 13, 2021.  Crime prevention week provides an opportunity to showcase the successful collaborative efforts between police services and community organizations as they work towards the common goal of preventing crime and creating safe resilient communities across Ontario.

The Penetanguishene Police Services Board will utilize Crime Prevention week to promote public safety, well-being and a collaborative response to local crime.


National day of Truth and Reconciliation, September 30, 2021

The Penetanguishene Police Services Board acknowledges the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day.  We recognize and reflect on the tragic history of residential schools.  We honour First Nations, Inuit and Metis residential school survivors, their families and communities.


International Overdose Awareness Day - Town of Penetanguishene Flag Raising


International Overdose Awareness Day - Town of Penetanguishene Flag Raising

FROM/DE:   Southern Georgian Bay OPP Detachment                      DATE: August 31, 2021

International Overdose Awareness Day in North Simcoe

If You Suspect an Overdose, Please Stay and Make That 911 Call for Emergency Assistance

(MIDLAND, ON)- August 31, 2021 marks the date for International Overdose Awareness Day that was remembered locally in North Simcoe with flag raisings at the town halls of Midland, Penetanguishene and Tiny Township. Lori St Amant and Angela Vos have worked diligently to raise awareness locally after losing family members to overdoses, hoping to prevent the same from happening to other families.

The flag raisings were attended by mayors, municipal staff, supporters and Southern Georgian Bay OPP Detachment Commander Joseph Evans, who spoke in support of St Amant and Vos in their effort to prevent more tragedies by raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of overdoses. (See attached photographs)

An overdose is preventable. Knowing the real facts about drugs and what to do when you see someone experiencing an overdose DOES save lives. "The opioid crisis does not discriminate and affects people from all walks of life in our communities. If you witness an overdose - do not hesitate to call 9-1-1 in fear of legal repercussions, please stay and make that 911 call for emergency assistance" - Inspector Joseph Evans, Detachment Commander, Southern Georgian Bay OPP.

For more information please review the the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act (GSDOA) and www.opp.ca/overdose and links from our community partners, Simcoe Muskoka Health Unit, www.canada.ca/opioids , Administering Naloxone Nasal Spray


Media Contact - Provincial Constable David Hobson




Photo of Inspector Joseph Evans

FROM:   Southern Georgian Bay OPP Detachment                  DATE: August 23, 2021   


(TOWNS OF MIDLAND, PENETANGUISHENE, TOWNSHIPS OF TINY, TAY, GEORGIAN BAY,ON)- The Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is pleased to formally announce that Inspector Joseph (Joe) Evans has been appointed as the Detachment Commander. Inspector Evans has served our community since October 2019, as the interim Detachment Commander and after a thorough selection was successful and confirmed on August 16, 2021.

Inspector Evans has been a serving member of the Ontario Provincial Police since 1999 while rising through the ranks after retiring as a Warrant Officer from the Canadian Armed Forces Battle School at CFB Borden. During Inspector Evans' OPP career, he has worked in various roles in a variety of investigations, speciality services, along with administrative duties, personnel training and supervisory leadership duties throughout the Province. In addition, Inspector Evans is a graduate of the FBI Leadership Academy, the OPP Parade Commander and also an Aide-de-Camp to the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.

Inspector Evans and his family reside, work and enjoy recreational sports and activities in the community serviced by the Detachment. He has developed the support and respect of community leaders and partners, while being an active community member.

Area community elected officials are very pleased of the appointment of Inspector Evans and share their comments of support.

"Midland is very fortunate to have Inspector Joseph Evans as the Detachment Commander for Southern Georgian Bay OPP Detachment. An individual who, in the short time he has been here, has remodeled portions of the Detachment to effectively help with street issues and drug crime. Significant drug arrests have occurred since Inspector Evans' arrival. Increased foot patrols by regular uniformed officers have reduced citizen complaints about aggressive panhandling and harassment in the Downtown and have resulted in a reduction in break and enters. To be perfectly frank, we would like to recognize his outstanding leadership and appreciate Inspector Evans' continued presence in our community." - Mayor Stewart Strathearn, Town of Midland.

 "Myself and Members of Council are extremely happy to learn of the appointment of Inspector Evans as the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment Commander. His appointment is good news for Council and residents alike. Inspector Evans has been responsive, helpful and action-oriented in all aspects of policing in our Township. I look forward to his continued contributions in this new position." - Mayor Ted Walker, Tay Township.

 "We are indeed privileged in having [Inspector Evans] as our new Detachment Commander and I look forward to working with him in the future." - Thom Lackie, Vice Chair, Penetanguishene Police Services Board.

 "I am very pleased to be formally appointed as the Detachment Commander of the Southern Georgian Bay OPP and I will continue to enhance the safety of our community by promoting the OPP's Vision of 'Safe Communities, A Secure Ontario.'" - Inspector Joe Evans, Southern Georgian Bay OPP Detachment Commander.


Media Officer - Provincial Constable David Hobson

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