Fraudulent CERB Over-payment Calls

Neyaashiinigmiing Police have issued a warning about a new telephone fraud scam:

CERB Over-Payment Fraudulent Calls

There have been recent reports of fraudulent callers, advising people that they have received a Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) over-payment. The caller may immediately ask you to “confirm” your name, as these are random calls and they do not know the identity of who they are calling. The caller will strategically use the victim to self-disclose identifying information.

In these cases the callers may make attempts to immediately retrieve all or partial payment of a fictitious over-payment amount. In some cases the fraudster may offer you a “reduced” payment amount if you respond immediately.

This is a common tactic of fraudsters, to entice you to act immediately through threat of negative consequences or stated benefit.

If you receive any such calls, hang up immediately. Do not provide any personal information. If you have any doubts about the validity of the call, contact a verified Canada Revenue Agency website or phone number.

Respectfully,
Vince Wurfel- Supervisor
Neyaashiinigmiing Police

Neyaashiinigmiing Police Update

SOCIAL GATHERINGS
We are all experiencing unprecedented times and uncertainty in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of us continue to miss the personal contact with family, friends and loved ones. This is understandable, though these sacrifices are helping keep you, your family and the community safe from a COVID-19 outbreak and have contributed to seeing an encouraging downward trend in new cases across the province.

With the Spring weather and holiday weekend upon us, it becomes more tempting to engage in social gatherings. While there has been short-term positive progress in the fight against this pandemic, we all must remain diligent with physical distancing and personal protective practices in order to continue this positive trend and avoid a secondary spike in COVID-19 cases.

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AND CIVIL PROTECTION ACT
Under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) the province has implemented many emergency orders for the purpose of controlling the spread of COVID-19 in communities. These orders remain in effect until at least May 19th, 2020 at which time the province may elect to extend some or all of these orders further.

While the province has recently amended some restrictions to essential services and retail outlets, an order under the EMCPA continues to prohibit public or social gatherings of greater than 5 persons. This does not apply to five or more persons who reside in the same household. This order applies to social gatherings on either public or private property. The Neyaashiinigmiing Police will take all reasonable and appropriate steps to achieve voluntary compliance through education. However, any person who fails or refuses to comply with this order is subject to a $750.00 fine under the EMCPA.

Let’s continue to protect and respect the most vulnerable in our community and get through this pandemic safely and in good health.

Respectfully,
Vince Wurfel- Supervisor
Neyaashiinigmiing Police

Driving Safety

Driving Safety

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, most of us have experienced changes in our daily routines. We are all working hard to reduce our health risks. Let us not forget about our traffic safety risks.

There is a noticeable decrease in vehicle traffic, both within and outside of our community. This should not be viewed as a licence to drive faster. More than ever, road safety should be a priority. Children are not in school during the week as we are accustomed to. They are walking, cycling and playing at all times and days of the week. Children can be carefree and not always thinking of their safety. With the arrival of warmer Spring weather, there will be an increase of pedestrians of all ages on our roadways, including elders using slow moving mobility scooters. Slow down. For you. For them.

Speeding. What’s It Worth To You?

Even modest speed decreases can significantly reduce your risk of a collision or loss of control. It is estimated that the required stopping distance at 60 km/h is 12-14 metres longer than at 50 km/h. Your stopping distance increases with higher speeds and poor road conditions such as snow, rain or even gravel. Speeding also hits your pocketbook. It increases your fuel consumption, brake and tire wear, as well as other mechanical components of your vehicle.

The Highway Traffic Act of Ontario governs the rules of the road, including speeding, and is enforceable within Neyaashiinigmiing. Our police officers will be conducting increased radar enforcement within the community, in an effort to reduce speeding and increase the safety of our roadways. A speeding ticket fine for going 20 km/h over the speed limit is $95.00, plus three demerit points and a probable increase in your auto insurance rate. All of this in addition to increased safety risks, while saving less time than you think by speeding.

It is especially important to reduce speeds in poor road and lighting conditions. Be mindful of pedestrians walking along the roadway who can be difficult to see. Cyclist and pedestrians are encouraged to wear bright clothing or reflective markings after dark.

Let’s all make an effort to be respectful and courteous of everyone using the roadways. Responsible driving starts with you. Slow down and be safe.

Vince Wurfel
Supervisor
Neyaashiinigmiing First Nation Police

A statement from the Neyaashiinigmiing First Nation Police

Vincent Wurfel, Neyaashiinigmiing FN Police Supervisor, issued the following statement for the members:

PUBLIC NOTICE
COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS

The Neyaashiinigmiing First Nation Police are committed to the safety of our members and the community. We request that you only attend the Police Office if necessary.

For emergencies, please call 911.

For any non-urgent concerns/questions, please call the office during regular business hours at 519-534-1233 (Option #1 for Administrative Assistant & On-Duty Officer or Option #2 for Sgt. Vince Wurfel). For non-urgent matters, you can also email the Administrative Assistant, Cindy Nadjiwon at cynthia.nadjiwon@opp.ca.

We will be limiting the processing of record checks. They will only be conducted to facilitate employment & volunteer for essential services. Please call ahead if you require a record check.