The Timmins Police has charged two persons for breaching the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act while responding to a “wellness check” call for service during the noon hour yesterday (April 21st) at a Cedar Street North address.

While confirming the wellbeing of a tenant at the residence in question, Timmins Police officers had occasion to locate and interview two guests in the building who are both from the Toronto area.

Neither of the two individuals located by the Timmins Police share a legitimate address, as one is from Toronto, while the other is from North York.

Further investigation determined that each of the occupants was in breach of Covid protocols defined under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA).

Each person found to be in violation of the EMCPA, one male aged 18 and the other male aged 17, was served with a Provincial Offence Notice outlining their offence as described under the EMCPA, O. Reg 11/21, section 7.0.11(1).

Each offence carries a set fine of $880.00 upon conviction or indicated plea of guilt.

This marks the second instance where the Timmins Police Service has found it necessary to lay formal charges as the offence in question was an overt and intentional violation of the applicable statute.

As stated in previous public notices, the educational approach and generous use of discretion originally adopted by the Timmins Police has come to an end, especially in light of recent distressing numbers related to Covid positivity in our area.

The Timmins Police has adopted a firmer approach when confronting such violations as it is deemed to be necessary and appropriate to do so in order to better protect people from their own lack of good judgement and the indulgence in unsafe behaviors.