OCTOBER 2, 2019

WHEREAS, the loss of one’s freedom due to a wrongful conviction has far-reaching effects. It affects the innocent person’s quality of life as well as the quality of life their family members and has a harmful effect on society as a whole; and

WHEREAS, Innocence Canada is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to identifying, advocating for and assisting individuals convicted of a crime they did not commit. It seeks to prevent such injustices in the future through legal education and reforms to the justice system; and

NOW THEREFORE, I Mayor Bill Mauro, for the City of Thunder Bay, Ontario, proclaim October 2, 2019, to be “Wrongful Conviction Day” in the City of Thunder Bay.