Police Warning Facebook Users to Screen New Friend Requests

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Police are urging Facebook users to be cautious when accepting new friend requests from persons they don’t know.

There have been several recent reports of Facebook users accepting friend requests from persons of the opposite gender. The new friend will then engage in on-line conversation with a goal of moving the conversation to a video chat using Skype.

Once on Skype, the new friend will engage the user in conversation of a sexual nature and ultimately have the user display themselves nude which the new friend records without the users’ knowledge. The recording will then be used to extort money from the Facebook user as the new friend will threaten to post it on all of the users friends’ accounts and on YouTube unless the user pays them a sum of money.

Anyone who has encountered this scenario is encouraged to report it to your local police AND the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre by phone at 1-888-495-8501, fax at 1-888-654-9426 or online at http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/english/reportit-howtoreportfraud.html

You can protect yourself by carefully screening new friend requests, especially ones from the opposite gender.

If you do accept new friends where the conversation turns to one of a sexual nature and you are asked to do a video chat, you are being set up to be extorted. Should this occur, you are encouraged cease all communication with that user, unfriend them and report the account to Facebook.

Posted: Mar. 31, 2015 Under: Halton Region Permanent Link to this Article

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Emergency Planning Exercise

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As part of the Town of Halton Hills’ annual compliance requirements to the Ontario Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act the Town will be holding an emergency planning exercise on March 30th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m..

The emergency exercise will be a simulation of a multi-car train derailment occurring on the rail corridor running through Georgetown that causes a leak of dangerous goods.The event will be a combination live and tabletop exercise. The live portion will take place on Halton Hills Drive across from the Gallery residences and the tabletop portion at the Emergency Operation Center located at fire department headquarters.

Responding emergency personnel will have to deal with containing the leaking product, rescue victims and mitigate numerous issues that would affect our community in a real life situation. Along with the Town’s Emergency Control Group and support staff, outside agencies also participating include, CN Rail, Halton Regional Police, Halton Emergency Medical Services, Georgetown Hospital, schools, Halton Region Emergency Planning staff and Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management Ontario.

Halton Hills has a busy rail corridor where trains transport various commodities every day through our municipality. In light of a number of recent rail emergencies that have occurred in Canada and North America it is important that Halton Hills conduct an exercise to show our readiness to respond should such an emergency occur in our municipality.

Mayor Bonnette adds, “The Town is prepared to deal with such an emergency with emergency response plans already in place and emergency planning staff conducting annual emergency exercises testing our ability to respond to the many risks that could affect our community. This is just another example of how the Town of Halton Hills ensures an effective emergency management program particularly related to rail safety.”

During this event Halton Hills Drive will be cordoned off down to one lane while the exercise is in progress. During the exercise there will be no danger to the public in the vicinity of the event and residents are asked to refrain from attending the event as space is limited and for safety concerns.

Posted: Mar. 30, 2015 Under: Halton Hills - Georgetown Permanent Link to this Article

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Halton Region promotes STOP smoking cessation program – deadline to register is March 31, 2015

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Halton Region and our partners at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) are encouraging smokers in Halton to kick the habit by participating in the STOP (Smoking Treatment for Ontario Patients) program.

The STOP Program workshop offers eligible participants in Halton Region five weeks of cost-free nicotine replacement therapy and smoking cessation information to help them in their quit attempt. The next STOP workshop will be held on March 31 from 6-9 p.m. in Georgetown.

“The single best thing you can do for your health is to quit smoking,” said Regional Chair Gary Carr. “If you want to quit, programs like STOP provide the invaluable supports that can help increase any smoker’s chances of becoming tobacco-free.”

Nicotine replacement therapy has been shown to effectively help people quit smoking by easing withdrawal symptoms. Workshop participants also receive educational material with quit smoking and relapse prevention strategies, along with information to address other unhealthy lifestyle factors that are known to accompany smoking.

For more information, to see if you are eligible to participate, and to register for the workshop, call Halton Region by dialing 311 by March 31, 2015.

Posted: Mar. 28, 2015 Under: Halton Region Permanent Link to this Article

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Halton Regional Police Participate in Earth Hour 2015 in Non-Essential Areas

Earth Hour is a global lights-out initiative created by the World Wildlife Fund to encourage each and every community member, be it an individual, business and/or government around the world to take ownership in supporting our ecological future.

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Ideas for celebrating Earth Hour 2015

Earth Hour is fast approaching. On Saturday, March 28, 2015 between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Earth Hour will be celebrated around the world. The objective of Earth Hour is to increase public awareness of the need to decrease energy use and to take action against climate change. Earth Hour is no longer just about turning the lights off for an hour. Instead, it is an opportunity to promote year round conservation and long-lasting actions that benefit the health of our planet. Earth Hour participation is voluntary, fun and informative.

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Residents and organizations throw support behind Community Sustainability Strategy

Residents are demonstrating a willingness to help implement the Town’s Community Sustainability Strategy – Imagine Halton Hills. The Community Sustainability Strategy, which outlines a long-term vision for our community to the year 2060, has also been endorsed by Council.

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Retirement of Deputy Chief Andrew Fletcher

At this time the Halton Regional Police Services Board and Chief Stephen J. Tanner are announcing the retirement of Deputy Chief Fletcher from the Halton Regional Police Service – effective on or about June 1, 2015.

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Drug Impaired Driver Charged in Georgetown Friday March 20, 2015

On Friday March 20, 2015 at 1:00am, an officer from the District Response Unit was conducting proactive patrol along Guelph Street, Georgetown in the Town of Halton Hills.

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Drug Arrests in Halton Hills March 18th 2015

On March 18th 2015, the Halton Regional Police Service concluded a drug investigation that resulted in the arrest of three (3) males and the seizure of cocaine, oxycodone, hydro-morphine, brass knuckles and currency.

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Regional Councillor Clark Somerville joins FCM Board in its call for federal parties to build Canada's economy through its municipalities

Last week Regional Councillor Clark Somerville Halton Region’s representative and Second Vice President for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) participated in one of the final FCM board meetings before the federal election. One hundred municipal leaders spent three days in Burnaby, British Columbia to develop the FCM election platform which outlines the solutions that will help solve the greatest challenges facing the country. The FCM Board of Directors was adamant that all federal parties should make a deliberate commitment to work with cities and communities to strengthen Canada’s economy through its municipalities.

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