(THUNDER BAY, ON) – 2020 was off to a running start in terms of crime. The city’s first stabbing happened within minutes and a child was the victim of the first murder hours later. Three stabbings, one fatal, erupted before 8:00 am on January 1st, 2020. All of these incidents have connections to substance abuse and out-of-control addictions.
A very tough-to-prosecute means of killing has taken a couple of lives this year. People that use drugs are susceptible to this manner of committing murder. Simply overdosing someone by sprinkling fentanyl or carfentanil in their drugs is becoming more and more common. Police are seemingly lost as there is next to no evidence left behind to lay charges. It’s rare, but other police services across the country have managed to lay charges in similar incidents. Those incidents differ as someone present may have informed police of what happened or there were text messages implicating someone. Once again, these incidents have deep connections to substance abuse and out-of-control addictions.
Trap houses are in every neighbourhood across the city, some are across the street from other trap houses and down the road from even more trap houses. You are never more than a minute’s walk from various drugs and southern Ontario gangsters. Families are losing members to addiction, perhaps not all through death but by the immense and life-changing lifestyle that follows an out-of-control drug addiction. As these people’s lives fall apart and money gets funnelled down south through the multiple gangs in town trafficking drugs, local businesses are left to deal with armed robberies, thefts and various crimes happening on their property either targeting them or just in general.
The city’s daughters, mothers, sisters, aunts, etc, get lured into “that gang life” by flashy southern Ontario gang members flashing big stacks of money and talks of trips and luxurious lifestyles. These women then often get fooled into hanging around and using drugs, racking up a large, insurmountable debt with the gang members due to their drug use. It is at this point that the woman fears for her life and becomes extremely vulnerable, as everyone knows there have been numerous killings and disappearances in town due to drug debts.
Entering the sex-trade to pay off the debt is offered and “no” isn’t really an option at this point. As the woman performs sex acts on strangers and her debt begins to lower, the gang members will continue to flood the woman with drugs and act as if they are doing her a favour by loaning her the drugs. The reality is that these drugs are given in order to keep the woman’s debt existent, thus keeping the woman under their thumb. Very few women manage to pay off their debt entirely and the extra-unlucky ones are transported to southern Ontario and are rarely heard from again. Once again, these incidents have deep connections to substance abuse and out-of-control addictions.
Over 180 homes in Thunder Bay are being occupied by gangsters for the purpose of trafficking drugs out of. This number can actually be way higher due to the nature and difficulty getting accurate information regarding drug trafficking activities. The most often method used by gangsters to take over their homes is once again leveraging debt on their clients. What we have learned is that people who frequent existing trap houses are building up relationships with the gang members that they are purchasing their drugs from. When the gang member finds out that certain people have homes that a ripe for being taken over, they will begin to loan drugs to that person and act as if they are friends and doing them a favour. Once again, the debt becomes insurmountable and the offer of allowing the gang to sell out of their home is tabled. A person, already wrapped up in addiction will often see this as a sweet deal, their debt gets paid and the drugs are now closer, readily accessible, etc.
One thing everyone needs to remember is that these southern Ontario gang members are not here to make friends, they are here to make money and you don’t matter to them. They laugh when people die from their drugs and they experiment with different mixtures of drugs in order to maximize addiction rates.
Thunder Bay is overwhelmed and the takeover of Thunder Bay by these southern Ontario gangs has been completed. Our Police Chief Sylvie Hauth has reached out to the government and other avenues for the additional funding desperately needed to battle the ongoing drugs and gangs problem, to no avail. The Ford government provided Ottawa and Toronto with additional money to battle these same gangs, but not Thunder Bay. This will have the natural and expected effect of putting pressure on these gangs on their home turf, pushing even more of them up north and into the Thunder Bay and surrounding communities.
Officers with the Thunder Bay Police Service, Ontario Provincial Police, Anishnawbe Police Service, Nishnawbe Aski Police Service and other agencies, excluding the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, have all managed to arrest and charge a large number of gang members in and around Thunder Bay. The Thunder Bay District Jail is bursting at the seems with southern Ontario gang members and locals alike.
Numerous people I’ve spoken to that have spent substantial time at the jail tell me that gang members that have been arrested and court-ordered not to communicate with their co-accused, are housed in the same cell blocks and are communicating with each other, due to the lack of room to separate everyone from others that have these orders placed on them. Complicating matters is attempting to keep inmates safe, assaults and violence is a common occurrence at the jail and is often gang-motivated. A new jail has been put on the backburner indefinitely.
Frustrating matters further is the apparent push from a number of local Justice of the Peace’s and their apparent want to release gun-slinging, fentanyl-pushing, forced sex-trafficking, gang members from jail. These releases from jail are only further justified by our over-capacity jail.
So what’s being done?
In short, nothing. Nothing meaningful is happening. With every trap house bust that happens, citizens rejoice and cheer. What actually happens is these southern Ontario gangs send up more gangsters to fill these spots and more trap houses are started up. Great work by police busting these homes, only to get slapped in the face when these same thugs are released days or a month later, often getting arrested within days or weeks later, for the same matters or breaching bail. This is common.
City hall appears to be capitalizing on the fact the city is overwhelmed with crime by setting up another “committee”. This will likely be yet another circle jerk where more of their friends get to be involved in the non-sense that unravels every Monday night down at Donald Street. Nothing meaningful in short. Roundabouts, a soccerplex and grandstanding is expected.
A certain city councillor who was involved in two other once-great news-reporting startups (one that is now defunct and the second one is neutered, reduced to media release reporting and matters pertaining to far north First Nations.) attempted to have me reduce my reporting on crime pertaining to Thunder Bay. He straight up asked me and mentioned how he would be able to secure all sorts of businesses advertising dollars if I did. He further mentioned how my crime reporting is hurting the city. I found this interesting as he is literally driving the city and I’m just reporting on it’s crash. I see this similar as me reporting on a car crash and the driver saying “don’t tell anyone I crashed, it makes me look like I don’t know how to drive.”. How about you work on fixing the problems instead of hiding them? This city went to the toilet on your watch.
Thunder Bay has been taken over. Local drug dealers who were once proud to be local and supply clean drugs are now forced into trafficking southern Ontario poison, often laced with all sorts of chemicals. Overdoses are through the roof due to this and other factors. Locals who refuse to sell for the gangs become targets and some have gone missing, shot, stabbed, or killed if they do not comply.
Let’s not attempt to hide what is happening to our once great city, we need to scream from the rooftops for help until someone with balls hears the call and answers it. Our brave police officers are overworked, overwhelmed, and deserve more funds and tools to handle this situation. They are currently attempting to mow a football field with scissors.
Further, rapid access to in-patient rehabilitation services needs to be figured out and implemented. Our region’s failure to address the growing addiction problem is only feeding right into the southern Ontario gangs plans. Thunder Bay’s detox facility is often at capacity or has a long waitlist to get in. Numerous people have told me that getting sober in Thunder Bay is a struggle and that meaningful resources are almost never available when needed.
Thunder Bay is known as “Gangsters Paradise” down south. Where else can they go where the drugs sell at 4x the price, the jails are bursting (which results in quick releases.) and the police are overwhelmed? Our city needs to change so that it is not so inviting for these gangs. Share your thoughts in the comments.
More new faces are needed at City Hall.