Full Moon Memory Walk for Missing/Murdered Anishinabe & Metis Women
THUNDER BAY, ON ---- September 10, 2014 ---10th Annual Full Moon Memory Walk - A community effort to raise awareness, to bring comfort to families and to bring about positive change.
The Full Moon Memory Walk for Missing/Murdered Anishinabe & Metis Women was held Tuesday to call attention to the disproportionate number of Anishinabe and Metis women who die or go missing as a result of violence against women and girls, the Full Moon Memory Walk brings together families of missing and murdered Anishinabe women in a spirit of love, acknowledgement and support.
“These are families who have suffered losses and who have never achieved closure because these cases remain unsolved and, as a community, we come together to acknowledge their loss and to support them by walking with them as a show of support,” said event organizer and founder Sharon Johnson, noting that the walk is deliberately held on a full moon in observation of the traditional teaching of Grandmother Moon’s power and her cleansing tears, the rain. read more......>
IT’S TIME TO RALLY TO END THE VIOLENCE
THUNDER BAY, ON ------ September 4, 2014Boshcoff vows to call town hall meeting to address violence in the community,
within one week after election.
Since records have been kept by Police no year has ever exceeded the first 8 months for murders as 2014.
You will surely agree that even one homicide is too many. With 4 months to go I share your frustration and your fears about the
direction in which these statistics are heading. Because we all know they are more than numbers. People are dying right in our
neighbourhoods and parks.
Since I have last written about crime and violence I am as shocked as you are that it continues so steadily.
Many of you have called, written, or talked to me when I am out in the community about what can be done.
This matter has become top of mind for everyone in the community. I cannot promise as others have that I can end crime, but I
am certainly willing to work with anybody or any group that REALLY is willing to commit to dealing with this head-on.
MDPV-Bath Salts Discovered in Police Raid
THUNDER BAY, ON ----- April 27, 2013 ------ On April 24, 2013 2012 Drug Enforcement Officers assisted by officers with the Guns and Gangs Unit and Community Response Team executed a Controlled Drug and Substances Act search warrant on a residence situated in the 100 block of Heron Street Thunder Bay.
Police advise that this is the first known seizure of Bath Salts in the City of Thunder Bay. Bath Salts are a Schedule 1 drug as defined in the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. It is a very dangerous street drug and may have contributed to two (2) known deaths locally
Search of the residence resulted in the arrest of a 32 year old Hamilton Ontario male. Search of the residence also resulted in the seizure of approximately 73 grams of Marijuana, 18 Oxycodone 5 mg tablets, 4 grams of Psilocybin, 6 mg Hydro morphine and approximately 25 grams of MDPV-Bath Salts. The street value of all drugs seized is approximately $4,355.00. Also seized was approximately $5,685.00 in Canadian currency. read more.....>
Aboriginal Liaison Anna Gibbon Appointed to Justice of the Peace
THUNDER BAY, ON --- January 30, 2013 – The City’s first Aboriginal Liaison, Anna Gibbon, has been appointed Justice of the Peace to the Ontario Court of Justice by the Ministry of the Attorney General, effective Feb. 6.
“The City of Thunder Bay is pleased to congratulate Anna on this esteemed appointment,” said Mayor Keith Hobbs. “We know that she will bring the same depth of commitment and valuable skill set to the position of Justice of the Peace, as she did as the City’s inaugural Aboriginal Liaison. She will be missed by the Corporation, the Elders Advisory Council and the many community groups that she worked diligently with to advance Aboriginal relations within Thunder Bay. We wish Her Worship all the best.”
Justice of the Peace Gibbon is one of seven newly appointed Justices of the Peace in Ontario and has been assigned to Thunder Bay in the Northwest region. Justice of the Peace Gibbon has been the Aboriginal Liaison for the City of Thunder Bay since 2008. She has several years’ experience as a human resources manager and more than 16 years’ experience as a correctional officer with the former Ministry of Correctional Services. In 2005, she achieved level one certification in Alternative Dispute Resolution and in 2006, was certified as a human resources professional. read more.....>
Honouring Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women
THUNDER BAY, ON ---- September 23, 2012 ---- Currently, there are approximately 600 known cases of missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada. Today (Saturday, September 22nd), as a way to raise awareness and to pay respect to the countless families affected by these tragedies, the Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) hosted the First Annual Honouring Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women Pow Wow.
Bernadette Smith has a personal connection to the cause of Missing and Murdered Aboriginal women. She lost her sister, Claudette Osborne, when she went missing over 4 years ago. She has since become a passionate public speaker and an advocate for Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women across Canada. “I am proud to be a part of ONWA’s First Annual Honouring Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women Pow Wow,” says Smith. “We all need to honour our missing and murdered Aboriginal women and ensure that they are never forgotten. It’s great to see organizations like ONWA stepping up and taking the lead in the fight for justice and equality for our women and families.” read more.....>
Call for Community Safety & Crime Prevention Award Nominations
THUNDER BAY, ON ------ September 15, 2012 – The City of Thunder Bay is calling for nominations for the second annual Mayor’s Community Safety & Crime Prevention Awards, presented by TBayTel and the Thunder Bay Crime Prevention Council. The awards will be presented on Nov. 5, in Council Chambers.
Tom Walters, Vice Chair - Crime Prevention Council, Wendy Landry, Chair - Crime Prevention Council and Mayor Keith Hobbs open the Call for Nominations for the 2012 Awards.
The City of Thunder Bay has made community safety and crime prevention top priorities to enhance the quality of life for all residents. The first annual awards last November recognized the work of nine groups and individuals who made a difference in our community through programs and services that promote community safety and crime prevention. read more....>
Inquest deaths of seven First Nations youths
Dr. Andrew McCallum, Chief Coroner for Ontario, today announced the appointment of the Presiding Coroner and Coroner's Counsel for the joint inquest into the deaths of seven First Nations youths who died after leaving their remote home communities to pursue secondary education in Thunder Bay.
The presiding coroner will be Dr. David Eden, Regional Supervising Coroner for Operations. Coroner's Counsel will be Ms. Karen Shea, Assistant Crown Attorney for Hamilton, and Mr. Trevor Jukes, Assistant Crown Attorney for Thunder Bay. The inquest is expected to begin in the spring of 2013. read more......>
Behind the Scenes of “Save Sammy”
THUNDER BAY, ON ------ August 4, 2012 ---- An article featuring information on youth violence in Thunder Bay, the tragic murder of Joshua Hunt, the anti-violence efforts of groups such as the Regional Multicultural Youth Council (RMYC), and the explanation of the newly created “Save Sammy” anti-violence video and campaign.
The “Save Sammy” campaign video involves the creation of Sammy. I used fictional pictures of Sammy’s youth to help the audience develop a connection and empathy for the character. Then, I proposed a future scenario where the character (who the audience has now grown fond of) is killed at the young age of 15, in front of bystanders who do nothing to help him. read more....>
Dubreuilville Man Fined $4,000 Careless Hunting At Night
THUNDER BAY, ON ----- February 4, 2012 --- Stephane Lavoie pleaded guilty and was fined $2,500 for careless hunting and $1,500 for hunting at night. He is banned from hunting in Ontario for two years and must retake the Ontario Hunter Education Course before applying for a future licence. His rifle was permanently forfeited to the Crown.
The court heard that on November 2, 2011, conservation officers were called to assist the Rainy River Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) in an investigation involving the accidental discharge of a firearm inside a vehicle on Highway 71, near the hamlet of Finland. read more....>
$4,200 In Fines For Shooting Moose From A Road
THUNDER BAY, ON ------- January 31, 2012 -- Three Dryden residents have been fined a total of $4,200 for illegal moose hunting.
Edward Smith was fined $2,600 for shooting a moose from a road and being in possession of illegally killed wildlife. He is banned from hunting in Ontario for two years, and the moose was forfeited to the Crown. A firearm and an all-terrain vehicle were also seized and will be returned upon payment of fines.
Lisa and Russell Smith were each fined $800 for being in possession of illegally killed wildlife. They are both banned from hunting in Ontario for one year. read more......>
Vermilion Bay man fine for illegally killing a wolf
THUNDER BAY, ON --- January 16, 2012 --- A Vermilion Bay man received a hefty fine for illegally killing a wolf. Trevor Robinson pleaded guilty and was fined $1,000 for hunting and killing a wolf without a licence.
The court heard that in the fall of 2011, Ministry of Natural Resources conservation officers received information that Robinson had harvested a wolf without a licence. An investigation revealed that in November 2008, Robinson shot a wolf along Little Clay Road near Vermilion Bay. Robinson was not licensed to hunt wolves and had another person attach a seal to the wolf.
Justice of the Peace Robert McNally heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Kenora, on January 10, 2012. read more......>
Parents talk trick-or-treaters about safety strategies
WINNIPEG, MB: October 25, 2011 --- To help ensure this Halloween is a safe one, the Canadian Centre for Child Protection is encouraging parents to set some time aside to talk to their children about ways to stay safe while trick-or-treating.
“Personal safety discussions should happen year-round with children of all ages. With Halloween just around the corner – it’s a perfect opportunity for parents to sit down with their kids and discuss the importance of using the buddy system and other tips that can help keep them safe,” said Lianna McDonald, Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection. “The more regularly these discussions happen with children, the more likely we are to reduce their risk of victimization.” read more.......>
llinois man fined a total of $2,000 having too many walleye
FORT FRANCES, ON ---- October 25, 2011 __ Andrew Coates of Frankfort, Illinois, pleaded guilty to having 13 walleye over the legal limit in his possession.
The court heard that on July 24, 2011, a conservation officer was performing a routine inspection on Little Pine Lake near Highway 71. Coates had his legal limit of walleye on his boat, but further investigation revealed he had more fish frozen at his camp.
Justice of the Peace Pat Clysdale-Cornell heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Fort Frances, on October 14, 2011. read more.....>
Poachers Fined $45,700
THUNDER BAY, ON ----- April 21, 2011 ------ Seven southern Ontario residents have been fined a total of $36,500 for 30 offences relating to illegal hunting, and were ordered to pay an additional $9,200 in applicable court costs.
Six men and one woman pleaded guilty to numerous offences under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act related to the poaching of three adult moose and a deer in the Dog River Road area, Thunder Bay District.
Scott Walker of Badjeros was fined a total of $14,000 for hunting a bull moose, two cow moose and a white-tailed deer during the closed season, possessing and abandoning the illegally killed animals, unlawfully using another person’s licence and obstructing a conservation officer. His rifle was forfeited to the Crown and his hunting licence was suspended for 10 years. read more.....>
NAN Deputy Grand Chief Terry Waboose on selection of juries in Ontario
Fines for For Walleye Over-limit & Obstructing a Conservation Officer
THUNDER BAY, ON - March 4, 2011 - Allan Ricky Martin of Pickle Lake has been fined $2,250 for possessing an over-limit of 15 walleye. The court heard that on May 23, 2010, a Ministry of Natural Resources conservation officer contacted Martin and six passengers on his boat as they returned from fishing on Kapkichi Lake in Sioux Lookout District. Forty-three walleye were on the boat. The seven anglers were each allowed a legal daily catch and possession limit of four walleye. Martin accepted responsibility for the 15 walleye over the legal daily catch and possession limit of 28 for the group. The over-limit fish were seized and forfeited to the Crown and then donated to charity. read more...>
Search continues for Jordan Wabasse Sunday
THUNDER BAY, ON --- February 12, 2011 --- Sunday, search effort in the area near Holt Place and Mary Street continues, today. The 15 year old Jordan WABASSE was last seen exiting a city transit bus at approximately 10:00 p.m. on Monday February 7, 2011.
On Saturday Febrary 12, Thunder Bay Police on their website asked residents in that area are asked to check sheds, garages and potential places of shelter on or around their properties in the area of Holt Place and Mary street. read more......>
Thunder Bay Police slow to respond to Missing Aborginal Youth
THUNDER BAY – It has been almost a week since Jordan Wabasse, 15 has gone missing. And yet Thunder Police has not bothered to send an email to Lake Superior News about this being missing 15 year old. One has to hope it is not because he is a First Nation Youth.
One hopes that Thunder Bay Council, and especailly their representative Joe Virdiramo will report to council on why it took so long for Thunder Bay Police to do everything in their power to find this youth.
The power of the Internet, social networking, friends and family all are working together to find Jordan Wabasse a missing 15-year-old. The teenager, who is 6’1″ tall, and has dark hair was last seen on Monday, February 7th. The effort to find Jordan has continued to grow over the week, as friends and family working with the Thunder Bay Police Service are searching for the teenager.
In stories like this, it is easy to forget how the parents, family and friends are impacted. Jordan, is from Webequie First Nation. Webequie is located on the northern peninsula of Eastwood Island on the Winisk Lake, 540 kilometers north of the city of Thunder Bay, or 450 kilometers north of the town of Sioux Lookout. Access is only by air or a seasonal winter road. There is no year-round road access. The nearest year-round road access is the town of Pickle Lake, 250 km to the southwest, or the town of Nakina, 320 km to the southeast. Charter air service to Webequie is available from both of these communities. read more.....>
Three Anglers Fined $1,350 For Having Too Many Pike
THUNDER BAY, ON --- January 28, 2010 --- Three Michigan men have been fined a total of $1,350 for having more than the legal limit of northern pike.
Scott King and John Young of Constantine and Russell Reiff of Three Rivers, Michigan were found guilty and fined $450 each. The fish were forfeited to the Crown and donated to a charity.
The court heard that on August 19, 2010, the three men were checked by a Ministry of Natural Resources conservation officer. The men had been fishing in the Goldfield Road area, southwest of Geraldton. They had 27 northern pike with them – nine more than the legal limit. read more.....>
THUNDER BAY, ON --- March 16, 2011 ---- Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief Terry Waboose today responded to Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General statements regarding the selection of juries in Ontario.
“Many of the initiatives referred to in the Attorney General’s release were only commenced in 2009 following public revelations at the Kashechewan Inquest (September 2008) that First Nations had been systematically excluded from jury rolls in the Kenora district,” said NAN Deputy Grand Chief Terry Waboose. “Even though Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) stopped circulating lists in 2000, neither Ontario nor the federal government informed First Nations that they were being left off jury rolls. The truth came out because an affidavit surfaced at an inquest and not because the Attorney General’s office was upfront about the problem.” read more.....>