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'Systemic racism' rife in Thunder Bay police

Police investigations into the deaths of nine indigenous people in Thunder Bay, Ont. were so problematic—in part because of systemic racism—that they should be reinvestigated, an independent review released yesterday recommends.

The recommendation by Ontario's police watchdog is one of 44 in a report that concludes the city's police service is rife with racist attitudes.

Indigenous councillor refuses oath to Queen

TORONTO—The Ontario government said yesterday it was looking into rules requiring all municipal councillors to pledge allegiance to the Queen after an indigenous councillor-elect refused to do so on Monday.

The issue arose in Hearst, Ont., where Gaetan Baillargeon said he was forced to vacate the seat he recently won in a general election because he wouldn't take the oath.