News/Canada/Thunder Bay

‘We are in utter disbelief’: Fire kills family of 5 in northwest Ontario

May 2, 2019

People in Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug, also known as Big Trout Lake First Nation in northwestern Ontario, are mourning the deaths of five people in a house fire Thursday morning. “We are in utter disbelief, as every community member is connected and impacted,” Chief Donny Morris said in a written statement on Thursday. “Today our community mourns this […]

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Senate’s ethics committee recommends Lynn Beyak be suspended without pay

April 30, 2019

The Senate’s ethics committee is recommending that Dryden Sen. Lynn Beyak be suspended without pay for the duration of the current Parliament, over letters about Indigenous people she has posted to her website. The committee’s recommendations include that Beyak attend educational programs at her own expense related to racism toward Indigenous people in Canada.  The committee’s […]

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Trudeau apologizes to Grassy Narrows protester thanked for ‘donation,’ kicked out of Liberal Party fundraiser

March 28, 2019

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has apologized for how he responded to a protester Wednesday evening who was advocating on behalf of a northern Ontario First Nation struggling with health effects linked to historical industrial dumping upstream from the community. Grassy Narrows First Nation held a protest and demonstration in Toronto on Wednesday evening during a Liberal Party […]

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Ontario man whose murder case stayed over excessive time in solitary faces sexual assault charge

March 11, 2019

Ontario Provincial Police say the man whose murder charge was stayed in January after he spent more than four years in solitary confinement is now facing a new charge. Adam Capay was arrested on Friday after an incident in Lac Seul. Ont., about 600 kilometres from Thunder Bay, around March 5, said sergeant Mike Golding, […]

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Ontario man whose murder charge was stayed over excessive time in solitary faces sexual assault charge

March 11, 2019

Ontario Provincial Police say the man whose murder charge was stayed in January after he spent more than four years in solitary confinement is now facing a new charge. Adam Capay was arrested on Friday after an incident in Lac Seul. Ont., about 600 kilometres from Thunder Bay, around March 5, said sergeant Mike Golding, the […]

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Breaches of Ontario man’s charter rights so ‘abhorrent, egregious’ that murder charge stayed, judge rules

February 26, 2019

The “complete and utter failure” of Ontario’s corrections system to properly manage the solitary confinement of a mentally ill man in segregation for more than four years while awaiting his first-degree murder trial has led to a judge staying the charge. Superior Court Justice John Fregeau handed down the ruling on Jan. 28 in Thunder Bay […]

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Interim agreement reached to upgrade Ontario First Nation’s mould-infested homes

February 21, 2019

The federal government and First Nations leaders have signed an interim framework agreement to begin to repair and replace dozens of homes in a remote Indigenous community in northern Ontario that declared a state of emergency last month over dangerously inadequate, mould-infested housing. The agreement, which pledges over $10 million, came following a meeting Thursday that included Indigenous Services […]

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Murder charge stayed against man held in solitary confinement for more than 4 years

January 28, 2019

A judge in Thunder Bay, Ont., has ruled a Lac Seul First Nation man who was held in solitary confinement for more than four years will not stand trial for first-degree murder in the 2012 death of another inmate at the Thunder Bay Correctional Centre. Adam Capay, who is in his mid-20s, left the courthouse with family […]

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Braiden Jacob’s death now homicide investigation, say Thunder Bay police

December 13, 2018

The death of 17-year-old Braiden Jacob is being investigated as a homicide, the Thunder Bay Police Service announced in a written release Thursday afternoon. Officers were dispatched to the southern portion of Chapples Park shortly after 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9 after a passerby saw what they believed might be a body, police said. A […]

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‘Racist attitudes’ contributed to poor Indigenous death investigations by Thunder Bay police, report says

December 12, 2018

Ontario’s independent police watchdog says systemic racism exists throughout the Thunder Bay Police Service, and that the “inadequacy” of at least nine investigations into the deaths of Indigenous people over the past several years was “so problematic” that they should be reopened. The findings are part of a highly critical report released Wednesday. The 200-page-plus report is […]

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