Scratch ticket scam returns to region, warn police

Police briefs

Police are warning of an old scam, which has resurfaced in area mailboxes this week.

Appearing to be a “Match 3” scratch ticket, the cards are actually linked to a high pressure sales scam.

“This is a scam. This company clearly preys on people by misrepresenting themselves,” said Sergeant Mike Golding, OPP. “The tickets do NOT make clear that they are not a real lottery and they do NOT clearly identify the “scratch tickets” as promotional / marketing material only. They are used to lure people into listening to their high pressure sales pitch and then bully them into purchasing high end ‘home care’ products.”

The public is being cautioned to not call the phone number on the ticket, or engage with the company in any way.

Veterans services

(ORILLIA, ON) – From November 5-11, Veterans’ Week, we honour those who have served Canada, past and present, in times of war, military conflict and peace. As we remember and reflect on the past, we also look to our future. The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is partnering with the Toronto Police Service (TPS), Royal Canadian Legion and Veteran Affairs Canada to educate police members on how to identify and respectfully engage a homeless veteran.

This includes knowing what to look for with respect to a veteran’s clothing, tattoos, medals, memorabilia, uniforms and photographs. It also includes what type of questions to ask a veteran and understanding military culture.

When a homeless veteran is identified, the police member will complete a Request for Assistance form. It is then sent to Veteran Affairs Canada and to the Royal Canadian Legion to verify the veteran’s service to better understand their present situation. Once complete, the Legion will determine the immediate needs of the veteran and take the appropriate action to meet those needs such as food, clothing and shelter.

This program is referred to as Operation: Leave the Streets Behind. It was developed in 2009 by The Royal Canadian Legion in partnership with Veteran Affairs Canada to assist homeless veterans and those at risk of homelessness. As of September 2020, since the beginning of the program’s inception, more than 893 homeless veterans have been identified in 173 towns.

Fatal collision

(NIPIGON, ON) – On November 8, 2020 at approximately 7:00 pm officers from the Nipigon Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a motor vehicle collision on Highway 11-17, in Nipigon Township, near the OPP Detachment.

Initial investigation indicates an eastbound passenger car and westbound tractor trailer collided. The lone occupant of the car was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver and passenger of the tractor trailer were uninjured. The deceased has been identified as Brian Joseph Saude, 34 years old of Mississauga, Ontario.

The Nipigon Volunteer Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) from Superior North EMS were on scene to assist with the collision.

The OPP Technical Traffic Collision Investigation (TTCI) unit attended the scene to conduct their investigation. Highway 11-17 was closed for several hours before re opening at 2:16 am.


(ATIKOKAN, ON) – Shortly after 11:30 pm on Nov 5, 2020 Members of the Rainy River District Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were dispatched to a mischief at a Cedar Cres address in Atikokan.

The OPP is requesting assistance in this investigation. The item used to perpetrate this mischief was weightlifting equipment in the form of an arm curl weight bar.

Did you see anyone carrying a weight bar on the evening of November 5, 2020?

If you have any information that would assist this investigation, please contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122. You can remain anonymous by contacting Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS). Crime Stoppers tips can also be submitted on-line at

Cannabis arrest

(DRYDEN, ON) – On Wednesday November 4th, 2020 members of the Dryden Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU) and Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau (OCEB) executed a search warrant in Southworth Township (East of Dryden.)

As a result of the search of the residence, police located and seized approximately 406 Cannabis plants. In addition, 19 firearms were seized from a related investigation.

As a result a 48 year old Dinorwic man has been charged with the following offences: Propagate or harvest a cannabis plant that is from seed or plant material that is illicit cannabis and Cultivate, propagate or harvest more than four cannabis plants.

The accused was released from custody and will appear in the Ontario Court of Justice- Dryden on December 7, 2020 to answer to this charge.

K-9 Calendar sale

(ORILLIA, ON) – With more than 1,700 calls for support service so far this year, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Canine Unit is dedicated to community safety. Even with the COVID-19 pandemic affecting training, the OPP Canine Unit duties have not changed. Amongst providing support for search and rescue, tracking wanted persons, detecting narcotics and searching for firearms, explosives and physical evidence, Canine Unit members managed to take time to strike a pose for charity.

The fifth annual OPP Canine Unit Calendar showcases the highly-trained canines that work to keep Ontario safe. Each month features an OPP Canine from across the province with a write-up identifying their specialty and home location. All proceeds from the 2021 OPP Canine Unit Calendar go to the OPP Youth Foundation and the Friends of The OPP Museum. The charities thank everyone for their generosity as last year’s calendar sales raised $25,309.64 for these worthy causes.

Each calendar costs $10 and can be purchased at the OPP Off Duty Shop at

Additional footage of OPP Canines attached to this media release.