Addictions drive up crime in Thunder Bay

Addictions driving up crime in Thunder Bay

There are proportionally more murders in Thunder Bay than in Toronto.

The city of Thunder Bay, in northwestern Ontario, is the city ​​in the province with the highest number of murders per 100,000 people, according to Statistics Canada.

There were 6 murders per 100,000 people in 2021. In urban centers like Toronto or London, there are 2 and 3 murders per 100,000 people, respectively.

During the in previous years, Thunder Bay has often been the Canadian city with the most murders relative to its population.

In 2021, however, it was Regina, Saskatchewan, where the rate was the highest.

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The Crime Severity Index, a concept used by Statistics Canada, is on the rise in Thunder Bay. This not only tells us that the total crimes are higher, but also that the crimes are increasingly violent, explains Warren Silver, an analyst at the agency.

The Acting Chief of Police says that organized crime groups from Toronto, and with them drug trafficking and the proliferation of guns, are a very big problem in Thunder Bay.

Dan Taddeo also believes that we cannot separate the crime rate from social problems.

Statistics from the Office of the Chief Coroner are very telling: the number of deaths attributable to the opioid crisis is four times higher than the provincial average , he reports.

People are becoming so addicted that they can no longer afford to pay, explains the chief of police. So they rob or prey on other vulnerable people.

Chief Taddeo believes that the police alone cannot solve social problems, but that the police alone cannot solve social problems. she can bring her expertise to a collective effort.

With information from Aya Dufour

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