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Provincial Appointment Announced
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Provincial Appointment Announced

Karen Machado

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ~~~~~~  January 24, 2023  (LSNews)  The Thunder Bay Police Services Board is pleased to announce the provincial appointment of Karen Machado to the Board.

Machado has worked in the Ontario Public Service for 34 years in various ministries, including the Ministry of Labour where she was an Industrial Health and Safety Officer and then Regional Program Coordinator where she oversaw Industrial Officers in the Northern Region. Machado’s career then took her to the Ministry of Solicitor General where she held the positions of Deputy Superintendent of Administration at the Thunder Bay Jail and Correctional Centre, and Superintendent of the Thunder Bay Jail and Correctional Centre. She was eventually tasked with separating and creating new structures for both the Thunder Bay Jail and the Correctional Centre. She retired as the Superintendent of the Thunder Bay Correctional Centre in 2020

Throughout her career, Machado has advocated for and been involved in diversity and inclusion. She co-chaired the Systemic and Antiracism Organizational Change Committee and was appointed the Provincial Co-Chair for the Ministry of Community and Safety and Correctional Services Indigenous Subcommittee of the Human Rights Project Charter.

She is a member of the Red Rock Band outside of Nipigon where she spent her early years and has lived in Thunder Bay for 50 years. Machado will serve a three-year term, effective immediately.

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Appointed by Thunder Bay City Council Ken 
Boshcoff  and councillor Shelby Ch'ng Citizen Empty 
Appointed by the Province 
Karen Machado
No Appointment No decision-making powers
Malcolm Mercer appointed by the Province oversees the TBPS.
And a new arms-length Human Rights/Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Unit within the force.
The citizen of Thunder Bay fund the Board but made no decisions. 

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Murders Thunder Bay vs other Ontario Cities

Thunder Bay maintained its title as the murder capital of Canada in 2018,  For the third consecutive year - and the fourth time in the last five years

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Barrie with zero
St. Catharines–Niagara  Region with 0.42


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It’s made Thunder Bay the highest per capita opioid death rate in Ontario.

The 44 deaths were a 40 per cent increase from 2017, a year in which Thunder Bay also held the highest provincial rate.

Between July 2017 and June 2018, nearly 3,900 naloxone kits were handed out by the Thunder Bay District Health Unit and local pharmacies, 



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Greater Sudbury's murder rate is  remains one of the lowest in Canada. murder rate was 0.61 per 100,000 people

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