Keep Trick-Or-Treaters Safe this Halloween: Be Aware and Follow the Rules of the Road


Ontario is reminding drivers and pedestrians to stay safe and be aware while ghouls, goblins and ghosts celebrate this Halloween.

To help protect excited trick-or-treaters who are on the streets after dark, drivers are reminded to:

  • Slow down and stay alert, especially near stopped vehicles who may be dropping off children
  • Always yield to crossing pedestrians, be aware of your surroundings and watch out for children darting onto the street
  • Avoid any distractions – keep your eyes on the road and hands on the wheel
  • Always communicate clearly with pedestrians and other drivers on the road, and use your turn signals
  • Always drive sober

Parents and trick-or-treaters are encouraged to review safety precautions before heading out, including pedestrian and traffic safety rules, and are reminded to:

  • Be seen — there are many ways to make it easier for drivers to see you, like wearing costumes with bright fabrics or reflective material and carrying a flashlight
  • Be alert and cautious of surroundings, especially on roadways
  • Look both ways when crossing the street and make eye contact with drivers
  • Always walk — do not run from house to house
  • Walk on the sidewalks whenever possible and always cross at pedestrian crossovers, crosswalks or marked intersections
  • If a sidewalk is unavailable, walk on the left side of the street facing traffic
  • Ensure children under the age of 12 have proper supervision
  • Trick-or-treat in familiar areas that are well lit

Quick Facts

  • Motor vehicle collisions are a leading cause of death for Canadian children.
  • On average, one person is killed on Ontario’s roads every 17 hours. In 2014, pedestrians and cyclists made up approximately 25 per cent of Ontario’s road fatalities.
  • In May, Ontario passed legislation to protect the most vulnerable such as pedestrians and cyclists, by giving municipalities more tools to address speeding. These tools include the ability to set reduced default speed limits and use automated speed-enforcement systems on roads with speed limits below 80 km/h that are designated as community safety zones or in school zones.
  • In June 2015, Ontario passed legislation to toughen penalties for offences such as distracted driving.
  • In September, Ontario announced that it will propose legislation that, if passed, would help protect pedestrians and cyclists, and reduce the number of people killed or injured by impaired, distracted and dangerous drivers.

Additional Resources

Source: Ontario government


$4,105 digital grant for Coe Hill library from Ontario government

COE HILL — The Wollaston Public Library has received a $4,105 grant from the Ontario Government, to enhance its digital services.

The Bancroft Public Library received $4,876.

It was part of  $3 million in grants allocated to 307 libraries and library organizations across the province, as part of Ontario Library Week October 15-21.

Ontario is increasing access to technology, digital services and training opportunities at public libraries in towns, cities and Indigenous communities across the province, says a press release.

Funding is helping libraries offer more technology in their communities, such as wireless internet connections, new computers, and e-books, as well as classes on topics like social media and computer literacy.



Rural poverty is a growing crisis in Eastern Ontario, coalition says

There’s a growing crisis of rural poverty in eastern Ontario, says a coalition of community and social service groups.

The October 2017 report Invest in Rural Resiliency: Address Poverty highlights the challenges facing residents of rural areas who rely on seasonal income from tourism and cottagers, while local industry disappears. People have to leave the area to find work.  If they stay, there’s little work to be had and local government is starved of revenue to maintain support systems — like public transit — that urban residents expect to have available.

The report wants to make the basics of life available to all, and calls on the province to make immediate investments:

  • Raise social assistance rates to at least the Basic Income pilot level, and index them to the real cost of living as experienced by poor people.
  • Stop the claw backs as people pursue self-employment opportunities
  • Subsidize housing and housing repair.
  • Increase subsidies for utilities (electricity, heat and water).
  • Fund rural transportation.
  • Fund community agencies to improve services to rural people—including food security, mental
  • health and addiction treatment services.
  • Engage rural communities in developing vibrant, healthy and sustainable communities that meet the needs of local residents—as well as seasonal residents and visitors.

The statement was created by these groups:



Man charged after OPP seize marijuana plants in Faraday Township home

opp logoBancroft, ON – On October 12, 2017 officers of the Bancroft Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), OPP Community Street Crime Unit, and OPP Emergency Response Team executed a drug warrant in the Township of Faraday on Bay Lake Road.
Officers entered a residence and seized marijuana plants, harvesting material and other items relating to the offences committed.
As per the investigation, 38-year-old man from of Cambridge Ontario was arrested on a warrant and charged with:
– Produce a Schedule II Substance
–  Possession of a Schedule II substance for the purpose of Trafficking
The accused was held for a bail hearing at the Ontario Court of Justice in Belleville
on October 19, 2017.
Anyone with information about this drug offence is asked to please contact the Bancroft
OPP at 1-888-310-1122, report it to the OPP online at, by cellphone (*677 (*OPP)) or through Crime
Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) at if you wish to
remain anonymous.

source: Bancroft OPP



Woman dies after motorcycle crash west of Coe Hill

COE HILL — A woman from Carlo-Mayo Township died Thursday after a motorcycle hit a guardrail along Wollaston Township Road 620 west of Coe Hill.opp logo

Dayle Martin, 60, died after the collision, reported at 2:40 p.m., says the Bancroft detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police.

Paramedics, Wollaston firefighters and police found her without any vital signs.

OPP say she lost control of her motorcycle and struck the guardrail on a corner along the former provincial Highway 620.


Wollaston 620 was closed by police between Hubert Road/Gravel Point Lane and Peterborough County Road 504 for the investigation.

Car broken into during Coe Hill Fair

In the evening on August 26, 2017 officers of the Bancroft Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), responded to a theft complaint at the Coe Hill Fair in Wollaston Township.

coe hill fair ferris wheel

Ferris Wheel at the Coe Hill Fair .

Officers arrived and spoke with the owners of a vehicle, who upon return to their vehicle, found it to have been broken into by the window being broken.
Items stolen were listed as a Camouflaged lunch bag, Realtree purse containing cigarettes and other medication.
Anyone with information about this theft is asked to please contact the Bancroft OPP at 1-888-310-1122, report it to the OPP online at, by cellphone (*677 (*OPP)) or through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) at if you wish to remain anonymous.