Man charged with setting traps likely to cause bodily harm

A Parry Sound man’s been charged with setting traps likely to cause bodily harm after a search warrant was executed revealing a sizable amount of pot, growing equipment, ammo and weapons.

On November 3rd, members from the West Parry Sound Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), along with members of the OPP Community Drug Action Team, OPP West Parry Sound Crime Unit, the OPP Northeast Region Emergency Response Team (ERT) and the OPP Canine Unit executed a search warrant at a residence in Parry Sound.

During the investigation over 3500 grams of marijuana was seized.

Additionally, growing equipment, ammunition and weapons were also seized.

The estimated street value of the marijuana seized is approximately $12,000.

As a result of the investigation;

Steven Dingman, 47 years of age from Parry Sound was charged with:

  • Produce a Schedule II Substance (cannabis marihuana), contrary to section 7(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA)
  • Possession of a Schedule II  Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking  over 3 kg, contrary to section 5(2) of the CDSA
  • Possession of a Schedule II Substance (cannabis Marihuana) over 30g, contrary to section 4(1) of the CDSA
    • Three counts of Possession of a Firearm or Ammunition contrary to Prohibition Order, contrary to section 117.01(1) of the Criminal Code (CC)


  • Set Traps Likely To Cause Bodily Harm, contrary to section 247(1)(b) of the CC

The accused was held in custody for a bail hearing at the Ontario Court of Justice in Parry Sound, Ontario



Charges laid in Highway 69 fail to remain case

Charges have been laid in a fail to remain case that happened on Highway 69.

On October 30th at 4:30 p.m., members of the West Parry Sound Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were called to a motor vehicle collision involving two vehicles on Highway 69.

Upon arrival, they learned that one of the drivers had fled into the bush.  

Vehicle stolen from Mactier

The police investigation revealed that the vehicle in question had been stolen from a residence in Mactier and as a result, 24 yr old Daniel Ashawasagai from Georgian Bay Township was charged with:

  • Theft of a motor vehicle under $5000, contrary to section 334(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada (CC)
  • Fail to Comply with Probation Order, contrary to section 733.1(1) of the CC
  • Careless Driving, contrary to section 130 of the Highway Traffic Act (HTA)
    • Driving While Under Suspension, contrary to section 53(1) of the HTA X2

      * Fail To Remain, contrary to section 200(1)(a) of the HTA

The accused will appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Parry Sound on December 1st to answer to his charges.


Dallas Smith and the Odds to play CP Holiday Train stops this November

The CP Holiday Train is headed back to Parry Sound and Mactier this year, this time carrying a platinum selling country music star.

As in years past, two trains will operate coast-to-coast under the Holiday Train banner, with approximately 150 shows held in November and December.

Local stops include Mactier on Nov. 29th at the Old CP Station between  3 and 3:20pm with arrival time being 2:50pm and Parry Sound at the Festival Station Gallery, 1 Avenue Road, on the same date – arriving at 4:15pm, with the event happening between 4:30 and 5pm. Dallas Smith and the Odds will perform at both events.

Platinum selling Country star Smith has blazed a path across genres in Canadian music for nearly two decades and fans continue to prove they’ll follow him wherever he wants to go. The Vancouver, BC native has an armful of JUNO and CCMA Award wins and nominations and continues one of the most talked about journeys in Canadian country music.

“Being able to help local food banks across the country is something I’m excited to be a part of. I’ve toured Canada many times but not like this. I can’t wait for this amazing experience to begin.”

The train that operates primarily through the U.S. will launch in the Montreal area on Nov. 25, while the all-Canada train’s first shows will come a day later, also in Montreal. The U.S. train will complete its final shows in Saskatchewan on Dec. 15, and the final show of the tour will take place Dec. 17 at Port Coquitlam, B.C.

“We are very excited about this year’s CP Holiday Train and are encouraging all event attendees to bring healthy, nutritious food items to the shows,” said Pam Jolliffe, Interim Executive Director, Food Banks Canada. “For the last two decades, CP has played an integral role in raising essential food for the holidays and in raising awareness of hunger-related issues.”

Every pound of food and dollar raised at each stop stays with the local food bank to help feed those in need in that community.

(photo via CP Holiday Train FB page)

Five Niagara men fined over $8,000 for unextinguished campsite fire

Five men from Niagara Region have been fined more than $8,000, which includes wildfire firefighting costs, for a fire they didnt extinguish.

Kevin Visser, Kees Post, Chad Travers, Peter Schoon and David Stratton plead guilty to failing to extinguish a fire and ended up being fined $250 each totalling $1,250.

Then they were ordered to pay a total of $6,833.95 in restitution costs.

Court heard that on the 2016 May long weekend, the group were camping on the Mowat Forest Access Road in Mowat Township, Parry Sound.

On May 23rd, they started a fire to burn trash and then left their campsite shortly after.

Local citizens found the campsite ablaze and reported it to the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) 310-FIRE hotline.

The fire burned 0.7 hectares and had to be extinguished by ministry fire fighters.

Justice of the Peace Cornelia Mews heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice in Parry Sound, on October 4th.

The ministry is reminding the public that all forest fires are investigated to determine cause. A person can be held responsible for the costs of extinguishing a forest fire, as well as for any property damage incurred and anyone who starts a fire has to keep it under control at all times and extinguish it properly before leaving the area.

If you see a forest fire, call the 310-FIRE hotline. If you have information about a forest fire, call the MNRF TIPS line at 1-877-847-7667 toll-free any time or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

54 year old Parry Sound man charged with careless driving

A 54 year old Parry Sound man has been charged with careless driving after a collision on Highway 518 near Blackwater Road.

On October 4th at 12:39p.m., members of the West Parry Sound Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Seguin Fire Department and Parry Sound Emergency Medical Services (EMS) responded to the single motor vehicle collision.

The OPP investigation determined th vehicle had been travelling eastbound on Highway 518 when it left the roadway. The occupant sustained non-life threatening injuries and was transported to the West Parry Sound Health Centre.

As a result of the investigation, Gregory Gillespie, 54 years of age from Parry Sound, was charged with Careless Driving, contrary to section 130 the Highway Traffic Act of Ontario

The OPP Technical Traffic Collision Investigators were called in to assist with the investigation.

Highway 518 remained closed from Seguin Estates Road to Blackwater Lake Road as the investigation continues.

Two people charged with possession of cannabis

Two Parry Sound residents face charges after police searched a vehicle on Bowes Street last night.

On Tuesday at 7:53pm, an officer with the West Parry Sound Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) conducted a traffic stop on Bowes Street in Parry Sound.

During the stop, the officer observed a male passenger known to be wanted by police for failing to comply with his recognizance. During the interaction the officer observed Cannabis Marihuana and as such, both males were taken into custody and the vehicle was searched.

As a result of the investigation, Bradey RICHARDS, 18 years of age from Parry Sound was charged with:

Possession of Schedule II Substance – Cannabis Marihuana Under 30 grams contrary to section 4(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA)
Fail to Comply with Recognizance, contrary to section 145(3) of the Criminal Code (CC)
Possess unmarked cigarettes, contrary to section 29(2) of the Tobacco Tax Act (TTA)
He was held in custody pending a bail hearing.

Kenneth MALLETTE, 53 years of age from Parry Sound was charged with:

Possession of Schedule II Substance – Cannabis Marihuana Under 30 grams contrary to section 4(1) of the CDSA
Possession of Schedule I Substance, contrary to section 4(1) of the CDSA
Possess unmarked cigarettes, contrary to section 29(2) of the TTA

MALLETTE will appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Parry Sound on October 20, 2016 to answer to his charges.

Coffee, obscenities hurled at man in Parry Sound parking lot

Police say obscenities and coffee were hurled recently at a man in Parry Sound.

On September 16th, at 11:13am, members of the West Parry Sound Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a disturbance that took place at a parking lot on Joseph Street in the Town of Parry Sound.

The OPP investigation determined that one male began yelling obscenities at another male in the parking lot. The male that was yelling then threw a cup containing coffee at the victim.

As a result of the investigation, Shaun Arnold, 30 years of age from Carling Township was arrested and charged with:

Assault, contrary to section 266 of the Criminal Code (CC)
Mischief under $5000, contrary to section 430(4) of the CC.

The accused will appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Parry Sound on October 20, 2016 to answer to his charges.


Resident tased in Parry Sound after police get call for help

OPP in Parry Sound say they tased a man after receiving calls for help from a local apartment building.

On Friday, members of the West Parry Sound Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were dispatched to a 9-1-1 call for help to an apartment building on Railway Avenue in Parry Sound.

Police knocked on the door and checked the windows. They say furniture was knocked over and garbage was all over the floor.

Police then kicked in the door where they say they were confronted with a man holding a hand gun. Police deployed a Conductive Energy Weapon (Taser) and disarmed the man.

The handgun appeared to be a Glock was in fact a gas powered pellet gun.

45 yr old David O’HAGAN of Parry Sound was arrested and charged with:

· Pointing a Firearm contrary to the Criminal Code (CC).

· Careless use of Firearm, Weapon, Prohibited device or ammunition contrary to the CC.

The accused will appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Parry Sound on October 20th, 2016 to answer to his charges.

Natural food sources for bears in short supply

Parts of Ontario are experiencing shortages of natural food sources for bears.

Parry Sound and Muskoka areas are experiencing berry crop failure and shortages in nut crops.

Human-bear activity is directly related to the availability of natural foods. Given the current food situation, Parry Sound District is seeing an increase in reports of problem bears as bears search for alternate sources of food.

Bears rely on berry, acorn and beech nut crops to fatten up for hibernation and will travel great distances to find alternate sources of food when natural foods are poor or unavailable.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is urging residents and cottagers in Parry Sound District to take extra care to not attract bears to their neighborhood and reminds the public that the majority of bear encounters can be prevented. Please remove all birdfeeders including humming bird feeders. Safely store garbage until pickup day, clean barbecues, don’t leave coolers out, keep pet food indoors and feed birds only in winter.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry also encourages food service operations, such as restaurants or businesses with commercial dumpsters, to:
▪ Empty garbage and grease/fat containers frequently.
▪ Remove fruits and berries from trees as they ripen and do not leave them on the ground and bushes to rot.
▪ Use bear-resistant containers whenever possible.
▪ Lock dumpster lids every night.
▪ Avoid stockpiling garbage or grease/fat.
▪ Clean garbage containers frequently and thoroughly, using a strong disinfectant to eliminate odors.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry would like to thank the many people who are already eliminating attractants. It takes only one property where attractants are not managed carefully to draw bears to a neighbourhood. Everyone must work together to keep bears in the wild where they belong.

▪ If a bear poses an immediate threat to public safety by exhibiting threatening or aggressive behaviour, call 911 or your local police 705-746-4225 of OPP Parry Sound Detachment.
▪ For advice on reducing bear attractants, call the ministry’s Bear Wise reporting line toll-free at 1-866-514-2327; Hearing Impaired (TTY) 1-705-945-7641. You will be connected directly with a live operator during bear season (April 1-Nov. 30).
▪ Find out more about what to do in emergency and non-emergency situations.
▪ Visit for more information on bears.

Muskoka locations streaming the Tragically Hip farewell concert

The Tragically Hip Live from Kingston concert is being streamed at several locations throughout Muskoka and surrounding areas this evening. The concert airs at 8:30pm but people should arrive earlier to get a good spot.

Here’s the list of locations that will be streaming the concert:

Bracebridge at Annie Williams Park
Huntsville’s River Mill Park
The Huntsville Legion
800 Degrees in Orillia – 99 Mississauga Street
The Stockey Centre in Parry Sound
The Muskoka Drive In – Gravenhurst
Sawdust City Brewing Co – Gravenhurst

*A Tribute to the Tragically Hip is also happening at Clear Lake Resort in Torrance near Bala between 4pm and midnight which includes live bands, food and then the airing of the Hip concert on an outdoor movie screen. All proceeds to local charities. Free shuttle ride home. Tickets are available at PIE Muskoka

Somebody’s breaking public toilets and sinks in Parry Sound

Vandals are breaking public sinks and toilets in Parry Sound.

OPP there say that throughout June, several acts of vandalism took place in the Town’s public washrooms and that five acts of vandalism range from breaking toilets and sinks to breaking doors and stealing toilet paper.

Police say this type of vandalism has the potential to cause serious injury should someone slip and fall. Defacing property is a crime under the Criminal Code (Public Mischief).  These acts of vandalism are costly in terms of time and money.

Anybody with information regarding the person(s) responsible for this incident are asked to immediately contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or their nearest police authority.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit information online at where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2000.


Miller seeks to ease Bill 100 trail closure concerns

Parry Sound-Muskoka MPP Norm Miller has sought to allay trail closure concerns this week by addressing the changes that Bill 100 will bring if passed into law. He did so in the following letter to the editor (see below).

To the Editor,

With the passage of Bill 100 through second reading, there has been renewed interest at my office regarding the Supporting Ontario’s Trails Act. I would like to take this opportunity to provide some insight as to where Bill 100 stands in the legislative process, as well as potential implications as it moves forward.

As of April 14th, 2016, Bill 100 has passed 2nd reading and is currently before the Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly.

First off, I would like to say that we are fortunate to have some of the best trails in the Province of Ontario. Every year, thousands of outdoor enthusiasts travel to Parry Sound – Muskoka to hike, bike, ski, ride, and snowmobile. For decades, this network of trails has been maintained and grown through relationships between trails organizations and private landowners. I would like to thank the private landowners that allow trail use across their property.

These personal and often informal agreements to allow for trail access across private property are part of the local success story. These agreements will not be affected by the passage of Bill 100.
Even though the snowmobile trail season has ended for this winter, there is already concern that misinformation about the easement section (12) of Bill 100 could lead to trail closures next year.

I have spoken personally with Minister of Tourism, Culture, and Sport, Michael Coteau on this and he has provided in writing that: “An easement pursuant to Bill 100, if passed, would be a voluntary agreement between a landowner and an eligible body or bodies. No property owner would be compelled to provide an easement unless they agreed to do so”. During my allotted time to speak to Bill 100 at second reading I specifically asked that this statement be put into the Bill as landowners have requested.

To be clear, this is all voluntary. No property owner will be compelled to provide an easement unless they agree to. Also, Landowner rights are strengthened in Bill 100 with the following changes:

Maximum fines for trespassing are increased from $2000 to $10,000, and the current $1000 cap on damages caused by trespassing is eliminated thus allowing for greater fines when warranted. There is also a reduction and clarification of liability for the property owner.

If there are any questions regarding the progress of Bill 100 or if you have any individual concerns to add, please do not hesitate to contact my office. The full text of my remarks during 2nd reading debate of this bill can be found at

Norm Miller, MPP Parry Sound – Muskoka