One of Ontario's popular beach destinations has officially closed after careless crowds caused safety concerns. The town of South Bruce Peninsula has shut down all of its beaches, including Ontario's Sauble Beach. In a lengthy and heartfelt Facebook post, the town's mayor outlined the circumstances that led to this difficult decision.
On Monday night, the mayor of South Bruce Peninsula, Janice Jackson, took to Facebook to announce the closure of all of the town's beaches.
According to the post, the town had begun the process of reopening beaches only a few weeks ago, with hopes of being fully running by the long weekend.
However, the last two weekends revealed the "recklessness of beachgoers" and prompted the beaches to be shut down.
Jackson highlights that many locals were following the rules and that it was visitors from out of town that "flagrantly defied our restrictions and took over many parts of the beach."
She also noted that the law enforcement team was overwhelmed as they tried to control crowds.
As the area has not been hit hard by COVID-19, Council was concerned that thousands of visitors would cause an outbreak in the community.
Jackson noted that the sooner the township receives appropriate OPP coverage, the sooner the beaches can reopen.
She still expects to see large crowds during the long weekend but hopes to limit numbers with "pointed messaging to the GTA."
"We know this won’t be a popular decision for many, and it was a very tough decision to make but we stand by it," she said in the Facebook post.
"I would prefer to take criticism for being too cautious than to ignore this problem and watch our community pay the price."
According to the hearing documents, another patient thought she'd only given consent to her voice being used on Dr. Jugenburg's Snapchat videos following multiple procedures with the surgeon. However, the College learned that her before-and-after photos of breast augmentation, tummy tuck, and liposuction were posted twice on his social media.
In addition to this, the documents make note of the extensive use of surveillance cameras throughout his practice without adequate signage.
The College is suspending Dr. Jugenburg's license for six months — at his request, he will have 30 days to deal with tasks at his clinic before the suspension begins. He will also have to pay the College a total of $31,110.
From January to March, Sheppard Avenue East west of Don Mills Road (Don Valley North) stayed on top for the most tickets handed out on one street.
The City says a total of 30,466 tickets were issued in March, with 5,247 (17%) of all tickets handed out at Sheppard alone. In January 6,603 tickets were given out at this location, and 4,618 were handed out in February.
"Sheppard Avenue East west of Don Mills Road is a wide arterial roadway with six lanes of traffic and a significant downhill slope. It is also the ASE site with the highest daily traffic volume from the current round of locations," the City states.