Thunder Bay Mayor Seeks Help in Crime Prevention

Thunder Bay Mayor Keith Hobbs at his desk in City Hall
Former Mayor Keith Hobbs at his desk in City Hall

Mayor Hobbs Generated Controversy over NAN Comments

THUNDER BAY – POLITICS – Thunder Bay Mayor Keith Hobbs generates some controversy on Wednesday over comments he made on crime prevention and having Nishnawbe-Aski Nation at the table helping in Thunder Bay.

Mayor Hobbs campaigned on making Thunder Bay safer. Over the past two years, there have been decreases in crime, Hobbs says there was a 17% drop in 2012, and a 7% drop in 2013, but that is not enough.

Many people in Thunder Bay are concerned over the violent crimes in our city with five homicides in the city so far this year.

Hobbs is concerned that while Thunder Bay is open to NAN communities when there is flooding or fires and Thunder Bay is helping the communities, that now is the time for NAN to come to the help of Thunder Bay.

The Mayor also says that we need more resources for treatment of addiction in the city.

The Mayor says he is gaining support from northern communities. “I will never forget my trip to Fort Hope and all the wonderful people there. I care about my Northern neighbors and their welfare when they live in my city. That is why I am vocal about NAN not joining our Crime Prevention Council. I hope Aboriginal people know and understand this,” concludes Hobbs.

Thunder Bay Mayor Keith Hobbs at his desk in City Hall
Thunder Bay Mayor Keith Hobbs at his desk in City Hall

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