Thunder Bay confronts violent crime wave as arrival of outside gangs stokes racial tensions
A tide of assaults, holdups and murders has left many residents feeling frustrated and afraid, while overwhelming a police force grappling with accusations of systemic racism
Lee-Ann Chevrette had good news for Thunder Bay.
On April 29, in her 2018 action report to city council, the co-ordinator of the city’s Crime Prevention Council said that, through “evidence-based” and “collaborative” strategies such as lighting enhancement, a laneway revitalization project and postcards about missing-persons cases, the city was increasingly seen “as a model for work around community safety and well-being.”
Such optimism was hard to reconcile, however, with events outside the council chambers.
Only hours earlier, Thunder Bay had notched its sixth homicide of the year when 52-year-old Andrew Ayre succumbed to injuries he received in a beating in broad daylight the week before, just around the corner from City Hall. An online death notice described Mr. Ayre as a loving father of three and stepfather of two who had “Travolta-worthy dance moves, and a singing voice that could rival John Fogerty.”
“Andy will not be forgotten,” it read.
His brazen killing is yet another in a disturbing trend: In 2016 and 2017, Thunder Bay had more murders per capita than any other metro area in Canada. The city of about 110,000 saw eight and seven killings those years; this year, it is on track for more than a dozen.
A violent crime wave has hit this Northwestern Ontario city. A tide of assaults, holdups and murders, often reported luridly on social media, has left many residents feeling frustrated and afraid. – Globe and Mail
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I don’t know this city any more. Used to be a great place to live. I do not believe that any longer.
Murders, robberies, drugs, public drinking, trash everywhere, large number of walking dead wandering the streets, aggressive panhandlers and apparently its the most racist city in the world. PLUS some of the worst drivers I have ever seen anywhere.
The only thing this city has going for it is its location. Its surrounded by some amazing natural beauty. Sooo there is that. But the city, its sliding towards shithole status.