Poaching Is A Crime
On Tuesday September 9th, 2003, at 10:30 a.m., in the Great Hall of the York Region Administrative Centre located at 17250 Yonge St, Newmarket, Crime Stoppers of York Region launched the "Poaching is a Crime" highway sign initiative.
""Poaching is a Crime" is a partnership between Crime Stoppers of York Region, the Ministry of Natural Resources Aurora District, and the Federation of Anglers and Hunters Zone "G".
At this event Regional Chair and CEO, Bill Fisch, Vice-Chair, Police Services Board, Ricky Chan, York Regional Police Chief, Armand La Barge, Manager of Strategic Enforcement and Liaison with the Ministry of Natural Resources Enforcement Branch, Ed Vervoort, David Plant, Vice Chair of Crime Stoppers of York Region, and the Federation of Anglers and Hunters Zone "G", attended to unveil these new signs.
Also on hand was the Mayor of Georgina, Jeffrey Holec, Mayor of Aurora, Tim Jones, Mayor of East Gwillimbury, James Young, Stouffville Councillor, Mark Carroll, members of the York Regional Police Marine Unit and the Ministry of Natural Resources Aurora District.
The Ontario Association of Crime Stoppers and the Ministry of Natural Resources have been working in partnership since 1989. In July 2001, Crime Stoppers of York Region separated from Toronto and Regional Crime Stoppers and continues to maintain a strong relationship with the Ministry of Natural Resources.
Ed Vervoort from the Ministry of Natural Resources says" These signs will promote the Ministry of Natural Resources involvement with Crime Stoppers and encourage members of the public to call in or go on-line with anonymous reports of illegal activity to Crime Stoppers. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Crime Stoppers are asking the public to assist Conservation Officers in dealing not only with illegal harvest of fish and wildlife but the protection of other natural resources we have in York Region. Ontario's natural resources belong to all of us and it is important that we all help protect them."
Chief Armand LaBarge says "this is one of the unique initiatives that we have undertaken with other agencies to ensure the safety of our communities and to ensure the protection and conservation of our natural environment".
David Plant, Vice Chair of Crime Stoppers of York Region says" These highway signs represent strong partnership that exist in York Region. The Ministry of Transportation has provided space at the Petro Canada site located northbound on Hwy 400, in the Township of King, and Regional Roads will install the second sign on Woodbine Ave in the Town of Georgina. As a proactive program, Crime Stoppers is a leader in providing an opportunity for the public, through anonymity, to take a more responsible role in reporting crime. "