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Media advisory,
Thursday, May 17, 2018, 9:30 a.m.,
TPS Marine Unit, 259 Queens Quay West,
Kick-off to Safe Boating Awareness Week and Media Day

Broadcast time: 13:58
Wednesday, May 16, 2018


On Thursday, May 17, 2018, from 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., at 259 Queens Quay West, the Toronto Police Service Marine Unit and the Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC) will host a media event to kick-off Safe Boating Awareness Week 2018.

Individual media will be taken onto one of the police launches for demonstrations of new types of inflatable lifejackets. Reboarding demonstrations will emphasize the importance of having a way to get back onto the boat, unaided, before cold incapacitation sets in. Drysuits are also available to those media wishing to experience, first-hand, their effectiveness as a deterrent to hypothermia.

The expectation for the legalization of recreational cannabis this summer, along with the longstanding issues around drinking and boating, necessitate extra emphasis during the campaign on the importance of boating sober. To this end, a media conference will be held at 10 a.m., with police representatives from the OPP, Toronto, Halton, Peel, and South Simcoe Regions. This will be an opportunity to elaborate on the need to refrain from such substances in advance of being on, and while on, the water.

Please contact Ian Gilson, Director of the Canadian Safe Boating Council at 905-719-5152, to schedule your attendance and we will facilitate individual attention as and where possible.

The Victoria Day long weekend is considered by many as the unofficial start of summer. The goal of this event and Safe Boating Awareness Week is to decrease the number of boating fatalities by educating the public. It is timed for the beginning of the season so that watercraft operators may all proceed with the knowledge and key boating safety tips to help ensure that every trip is a round trip.

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Constable Allyson Douglas-Cook, Corporate Communications, for Constable Richard Baker, Marine Unit