Since releasing two stories yesterday, SaultOnline has been asked why Sault Police Services named seven individuals charged under the EMCPA, but not the separate individual who held a gathering on April 2, 2021.
SaultOnline reached out to Sault Police Services Communications Manager Lincoln Louttit for comment.
“Violations under the EMCPA are provincial offences, similar to a Highway Traffic Act (HTA) offence. We do not release the name of someone issued a HTA offence, such as being a suspended driver or speeding, unless they are also charged criminally, for example impaired driving,” said Louttit.
“The seven people who are referencing were charged criminally as a result of an investigation, while the one person issued a provincial offences notice (PON) for a gathering, was not charged criminally.”
The minimum fine, if convicted under the EMCPA for this charge is $750, according to their release yesterday.
Sault Ste. Marie Police Services was not involved in the investigation of the Garden River gathering earlier this year, where individuals were named and charged. Algoma Public Health leaves enforcement to the local police services and in this case it was the Anishinabek Police Services who named persons involved and an address.
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