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Excessive Force Used By Sault Police, Human Trafficking Awareness — Northern Ontario Today

Updated on February 22, 2018
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Stephen Sinclair is a Canadian freelance writer who has been publishing professionally for several years.

Winter weather continues in northern Ontario.
Winter weather continues in northern Ontario. | Source

Sault Ste. Marie Man Not Guilty, Victim Of Excessive Forece

Ontario Court Justice John Condon found that 54-year-old Timothy Mitchell, of Sault Ste. Marie, was not guilty of breaching recognizance or resisting arrest as he was charged by Constable Matthew Keating, a nine-year veteran of the city's police service, as reported by The Sudbury Star.

In March 2016, Constable Keating was dispatched to Mr. Mitchell's Weldon Avenue residence, following a dispute between Mitchell and his son. The police officer informed the man that he was under arrest for breaking his recognizance conditions. Empty beer cans at the scene led Keating to believe that Mitchell had been drinking.

The resulting scuffle left Mitchell with broken ribs and a collapsed lung.

"Mr. Mitchell either ignored or did not understand the direction to put his hands behind his back," Justice Condon was quoted. "The subject, while standing behind a coffee table, had nowhere to go in this small living room."

Human Trafficking Awareness Day

Community Mobilization Officer Bob Bernie with the Kenora Ontario Provincial Police is raising awareness about human trafficking in the province, on Ontario's first Human Trafficking Awareness Day, as reported by Kenora Online.

"The day is absolutely important to the OPP," Officer Bernie stated. "It's something that we support. We've been doing a lot of work regarding investigating human trafficking in Ontario and in our region. Informing people what it looks like. The dangers to vulnerable youth. Investigation, prevention and raising awareness about human trafficking. This day is a great time to talk more about the issue, how we're approaching it and what we're doing to try to combat it in our cities and towns across the province."

Ontario is described as a "major centre" for human trafficking, with cases occurring in Kenora and across the province's north. The police officer described human trafficking happening in "plain sight."

OPP Seeks To Raise Profile Of Human Trafficking

Today is Human Trafficking Awareness Day in Ontario.
Today is Human Trafficking Awareness Day in Ontario. | Source

Sudbury Councillor Guilty Of Workplace Harassment For 'Empire Building' Remark

Though there is no reported disciplinary action planned, Sudbury Ward 3 Councillor Gerry Montpellier has been found guilty of "workplace harassment" by an independent investigator. Mr. Montpellier was reported to have used the term "empire building" to refer to the city's "controversial and unpopular Fire Optimization Plan," as reported by Sudbury.com.

One other council member, Michael Vagnini, and two residents, Travis Morgan and Tom Price, were "exonerated of accusations of harassment."

"Greater Sudbury City Council gave direction to staff to ensure that Council receive training on Bill 168 before June 2018," a statement from Mayor Brian Bigger reads.

Bill 168 is described as the province's law regarding "workplace violence and harassment."

Timmins: Human Rights Advocate Nominations Sought

The City of Timmins is soliciting nominations for its Human Rights Wall of Fame induction, an annual event that "celebrates local residents who show leadership in inclusion, promoting tolerance and acceptance, and anti-racism activities," as reported by TimminsToday.

"No one wants to live, work and stay in a community where they’re discriminated upon," Tom Baby, with the Timmins and District Multicultural Centre, stated in a city council meeting, Tuesday. "Discrimination is ultimately a social and economic issue, the more we can demonstrate our capacity to be a welcoming and inclusive community, the better we will be able to attract, integrate and retain residents and maintain our way of life."

Located in the Timmins Public Library, past inductees to the wall of fame include the Timmins Refugee Sponsorship Committee, Dan McKay, Anita Spadafore, Mario Dussault, Ed Ligocki, and Jim Chalmers.

Northern Ontario Weather And Gas Prices

At 1:45 p.m., Thursday, February 22, 2018

Thunder Bay

Clear, snow expected. Temperature of -8 degrees, windchill -14, falling to -13, overnight, with a 10 to 90 percent chance of precipitation, as reported by The Weather Network.

Gas: ranging from 103.7 to 121.9, as reported by Gas Buddy.

Kapuskasing

Clear, snow expected. Temperature of -4 degrees, windchill -11, falling to -11, overnight, with a 10 to 20 percent chance of precipitation, as reported by The Weather Network.

Gas: ranging from 122.6 to 126.9, as reported by Gas Buddy.

Sudbury

Clear, freezing rain and snow expected. Temperature of -6 degrees, windchill -6, falling to -8, overnight, with a 20 to 30 percent chance of precipitation, as reported by The Weather Network.

Gas: ranging from 124.2 to 125.6, as reported by Gas Buddy.

© 2018 Stephen Sinclair

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