Two shores of lakes north of Toronto were closed to visitors after broken glass bottles, nails, and needles were found strewn about. Some bottles were buried in the ground with the jagged edges deliberately facing up.
Muskokaregion (h/t Richard S) A letter, claiming to be from a group called the Islamic Revolutionary Force, threatens to destroy beaches from Toronto to North Bay.
The letter writer suggests beaches were destroyed over the winter months with snowmobiles, “easily and effectively making them unsafe and all but unusable.”
The letter (below) arrived at the Metroland community newspaper’s office with the mail late Thursday, opened by an office employee who passed it on to the editor-in-chief. Police picked up the letter at the Forester office in Huntsville on Friday morning, using gloves and putting it into a bag.
Metroland newsroom staff forwarded a copy of the letter to both Gravenhurst and Bracebridge municipal offices. Beaches in those communities were recently vandalized, with reports of hazardous materials found on several area beaches in late April. In response to the materials found, beaches were temporarily closed and cleanup of the hazardous materials took place in both municipalities. There is no clear indication whether the letter and the recent vandalism are related.
The letter was also forwarded to the District of Muskoka.
According to Michael Duben, District of Muskoka CAO, “The district has not received any threats of any kind nor have we seen any suspicious behaviour in and around any of our facilities. We have been in touch with the OPP and have been advised that appropriately trained law enforcement individuals are investigating this letter and similar letters received in other media outlets. We will rely on the OPP to advise us whether or not the letter constitutes an actionable threat and stand ready to take appropriate steps at that time.”
As a result of the hazardous material being found, the towns have implemented enhanced inspections of the beaches within the two communities.