Deja vu. It has happened once again.
Early this morning around 5am ET an emergency alert was issued by the Sudbury Police for a missing 3-year old boy named William Gooden, with the suspect being his mother, Breana Gooden. The call for help was sent to all mobile devices in Ontario and other forms of media such as TV and radio.
Gooden and William have been located in Toronto by the Fort York Blvd and Lake Shore Avenue West area.
As has become expected with Amber Alerts, many once again took to social media to complain about the potentially life-saving notifications. The Toronto Police also received a high volume of calls from Ontario residents complaining about the notification.
A similar experience happened back in February.
Once again our Communications Centre has been receiving a number of calls from citizens using it as a platform to complain about being awaken by the Amber Alert.
9-1-1 is for EMERGENCIES ONLY. Please help us to keep our phone lines free for real emergencies. Thanks^adc
— Toronto Police OPS (@TPSOperations) May 14, 2019
I really need to get into the habbit of hitting the mute switch and enabling do not disturb when sleeping. Hopefully that will make Alert Ready/EAS shut the hell up!
— Adam MacLeod (@adam457) May 14, 2019
Can I file a lawsuit against @CRTCeng for undue stress there #AlertReady is causing. An Amber Alert from a city 5 hours away while I'm sleeping should not be a must carry. It should be an option like every other country.
— Blooregard Skotch (@djblooregard) May 14, 2019
Seriously, this system is going to make everyone ignore the notifications and It’ll prove to be a faulty system for when real life threatening emergencies come in.. #AlertReady
— Chris Lacombe (@ChrisLacombe5) May 14, 2019
All wireless carriers are mandated to provide this service and the tests are in place to help Canadians become more familiar with mobile public alert messages, which notify you of imminent threats such as fires, tornadoes, floods and Amber Alerts. Carriers are legally required to support the transmission of these alerts through their networks since April 6th, 2018.