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Historic sexual assault arrest

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ~~~~~~~~  March 12, 2021  (LSN)  Police Media Release States:    Police have charged a Thunder Bay man with various offences relating to an ongoing historic sexual assault investigation involving youth victims.

Wayne Edward GILBERDS, 63, of Thunder Bay was arrested by members of the Thunder Bay Police Service on Thursday, March 11, 2021. He has been released from custody with conditions and has a future court appearance date of June 1, 2021.

The Thunder Bay Police Service became aware in 2017 of sexual assault incidents against youths having taken place in the city in the 1970s and 1980s.

An investigation by members of the Criminal Investigations Branch identified four victims, both males and females, between the ages of six and 14 years old. Incidents took place between 1973 and 1982.

The accused was known to his victims through the East End Boys and Girls Club, commonly known at the time of these incidents as The Wayside Club.

GILBERDS is charged with:

  • • Indecent Assault on a Male X2
  • • Indecent Assault on a Female X2
  • • Sexual Intercourse with Female under 14 years X2

The investigation remains ongoing and police continue to seek other potential victims and witnesses.

If you have information that could assist this investigation please call police at 807-684-1200 or call Crime Stopper at 1-800-222-8477, online at

From February 23, 2021 

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Murders Thunder Bay vs other Ontario Cities

Thunder Bay maintained its title as the murder capital of Canada in 2018,  For the third consecutive year - and the fourth time in the last five years

 It has been announced again that Thunder Bay is the Murder Capital of Canada for 2018 in Canada for CMAs with populations between 100,000 to less than 500,000 people

Thunder Bay had the highest rate in that category with 6.38 homicides per 100,000.
Barrie with zero
St. Catharines–Niagara  Region with 0.42


Thunder Bay has the highest Opiod death Rate in Ontario

Path 525 Thunder Bay Drug Injection Site  Lake Superior NewsIn 2018, 44 people died of opioid overdose in Thunder Bay.

It’s made Thunder Bay the highest per capita opioid death rate in Ontario.

The 44 deaths were a 40 per cent increase from 2017, a year in which Thunder Bay also held the highest provincial rate.

Between July 2017 and June 2018, nearly 3,900 naloxone kits were handed out by the Thunder Bay District Health Unit and local pharmacies, 



Thunder Bay is that the homicide rate for 2017 is down from 2016 when it stood at 6.62 per 100,000

Greater Sudbury's murder rate is  remains one of the lowest in Canada. murder rate was 0.61 per 100,000 people

Thunder Bay as the only Legal Injeciton site in Northern Ontario 

Murders by Ward 2019

  • Homicide #1  Leo Chiodo  Westfort Ward 108th Avenue Mission Island 
  • Homicide #2  Tanya Andy  McIntrye Ward Behind Landmark Inn
  • Homicide #3  Claude Justin KISHIQUEB Current River Ward Cumberland Street
  • Homicide #4  Robenson St Jean McIntrye Ward Hilldale and Melbourne
  • Homicide #5  Andrew Ayre McKellar Ward,  Victoria Ave East
  • Homicide #6  Nazareth Andrew KWANDIBENS Current River Ward  Arundel Street

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