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Ontario appoints administrator to run Thunder Bay, Ont., police force for 2nd time in 4 years


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Aug 6, 2012
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This is a major police force. The same should be done with Toronto Police Services, Peel Region and others.

The police state in Canada will not go away until America calls us out, boycotts our economy etc. We already lose our top talent, which in the end just allows the Creepy Ones and their political enablers to continue their backwards abuses.

For the second time in four years, an administrator has been appointed to oversee the police service in Thunder Bay, Ont.

The Ontario Civilian Police Commission (OCPC), a police watchdog agency, announced Tuesday it's appointing lawyer Malcolm Mercer as administrator of the Thunder Bay Police Service Board (TBPSB) for an initial term of six months, according to an order made by Sean Weir, executive chair of Tribunals Ontario.

The OCPC has been investigating the leadership and administration of the police service for over two months.

Mercer has been granted significant authority, essentially filling the role of the oversight board to oversee the Thunder Bay Police Service (TBPS) and the delivery of policing services in the community. He will hold the sole vote on all matters that come before it.

"Having reviewed the information gathered by the commission, I am of the opinion that an emergency exists in the [Thunder Bay] board oversight of the [TBPS]," Weir says in the order.

Weir said the board is not able to work effectively, and it's alleged the recommendations made during the last investigation by the civilian police commission remain unfulfilled. The investigation was led by Murray Sinclair, and resulted in a 2018 report that included 45 recommendations to address systemic discrimination and ineffective police governance.

"The dysfunction of the [board] is being regularly reported in the media. It is reasonable to conclude that this continued public display of fundamentally divergent opinions among TB board members will have created significant doubt in the Thunder Bay community of [their] ability to provide adequate oversight of the TB Police Service."

Mercer is full-time chair of the Law Society Tribunal and an adjunct professor with York University's Osgoode Hall Law School. He also worked as a partner with the corporate law firm McCarthy Tétrault from 1990 to 2019, according to his website.

A spokesperson for the civilian police commission said Mercer was unavailable for an interview at this time, given the ongoing investigation.

SIU, OPP also investigating TBPS​

As well as the police commission's investigation that was announced Feb. 11, the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) and Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have ongoing investigations into unnamed members of the police force. As well, at least 10 current and former civilian and uniformed employees of the TBPS have filed human rights complaints against the police

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