Seniors Fish Humber With Officers

By Constable Shane Beaudoin,
Toronto Police Service
Published: 12:59 p.m. October 2, 2014
Updated: 1:01 p.m. October 2, 2014

Police and Anglers sometimes share a similar tale about the one that got away.

Two people walk along a riverbank with two towers, one under construction, in the distance
Participants edge their way along the Humber river, an urban oasis in the city's west end
  • Two people walk along a riverbank with two towers, one under construction, in the distance
  • A group of three people along a riverbank, two holding fishing rods
  • A hooked fish along a river being held up by a hand holding pliers
  • A man looks at a river holding a fishing rod

Neighbourhood Resource Officers Adam Collyer and Shane Beaudoin attempted to catch the big one, with the help of Dave Clark from Toronto Urban Fishing Ambassadors, and some local seniors from Toronto Community Housing as part of the Humber Seniors Fishing Club. While the salmon were jumping, officers were eluded by the spawning fish. 

“There is a sense of connection to the river if you can catch fish in your neighbourhood,” says Dave Clark, who has been running community fishing events in Toronto for the last three years. He spoke to the officers and other attendees about the importance of urban fishing and the protection of the local watersheds throughout the GTA. The Toronto Urban Fishing Ambassadors had just finished a shoreline cleanup on the Don River and explained how encouraging residents to try their hand at fishing the local rivers can lead to increased protection for the waterways.

While officers were unable to land any fish, one of the Ambassadors managed to catch at least one fish to make the trip a success. 

The group attended an area of the Humber River near Scarlett Road and Eglinton Avenue West. 

Dave explained that in addition to salmon, this portion of the Humber River is home to various species of trout, which are also swimming upstream to spawn. 

12 Division Neighborhood Resource Officers are assigned to the Jane Street and Woolner Avenue area, and also the Humber Boulevard community. The officers work with area residents, building management, and other local agencies in an effort to create safer communities and neighborhoods. 

The Humber Seniors Fishing Club is a new initiative that promotes exercise, interaction with police and a chance to finally catch the one that got away for local seniors. 

You can follow the Neighborhood Resource Officers on Twitter @D12NRO or check out the Toronto Urban Fishing Ambassadors website.

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