Senator Sinclair to Head Investigation into Thunder Bay Police Services Board

July 24, 2017: The Ontario Civilian Police Commission (“OCPC”) announced that it has appointed retired judge and current Senator, the Honourable Murray Sinclair, to lead an investigation into the Thunder Bay Police Services Board (“TBPSB”).

The OCPC has concerns in the TBPSB ability to address matters raised by Indigenous leaders relating to a series of deaths of Indigenous youths and the quality of the investigations into these deaths conducted by the Thunder Bay police. Additionally, Senator Sinclair’s investigation will examine the board’s performance in carrying out its responsibilities to ensure “adequate and effective” police services; he’ll probe the board’s role in determining “objectives and priorities with respect to police services” in Thunder Bay and their role in establishing policies for the effective management of the police.

Senator Sinclair brings a wealth of experience to the task, including but not limited to, serving as the co-chair Aboriginal Justice Inquiry of Manitoba, which studied the relationship between Indigenous People and the Justice system in Manitoba and presiding as the chair of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).

In the News

Senator Murray Sinclair To Head Investigation into Police Services Board    NetNewsLedger, July 24, 2017

Senator Murray Sinclair to investigate Thunder Bay Police Services Board    The Globe and Mail, July 24, 2017

Senator Murray Sinclair, chair of TRC, named as Thunder Bay police board investigator    CBC, July 24, 2017

Senator Murray Sinclair to investigate Thunder Bay Police board    Toronto Star, July 24, 2017

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