May­oral can­di­date claims ID theft

Dis­parag­ing com­ments about po­lice at­trib­uted to Will Bois­soin

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A can­di­date for North Bay mayor is dis­put­ing com­ments at­trib­uted to him in an on­line ar­ti­cle.

Will Bois­soin claims a fake Face­book ac­count was set up in his name, and was used to com­ment on a story about the North Bay Po­lice As­so­ci­a­tion pre­par­ing a list of pre­ferred can­di­dates in the Oct. 22 mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion.

Bois­soin said he “heard about some­one mak­ing a fake ac­count,” to com­ment on the story.

Bois­soin de­clined an op­por­tu­nity to ad­dress the is­sue, but in an e-mail asked “Why would I re­spond to this crap they put out there?”

A story on Bay­to­day.ca ti­tled May­oral can­di­date makes con­tro­ver­sial ‘ba­con’ com­ment about lo­cal po­lice quoted Bois­soin as say­ing “I bet I am not on that list since I want RCMP and OPP pric­ing ” for po­lice ser­vices in North Bay be­fore mak­ing dis­parag­ing com­ments about “ev­ery cop.”

“Bay to­day post some stupid s**t from a fake face­book ac­count and now are fac­ing a mas­sive law­suit,” Bois­soin said in an e-mail to The Nugget.

Aaron Northrup, pres­i­dent of the North Bay Po­lice As­so­ci­a­tion, called the com­ments “to­tally in­ap­pro­pri­ate.”

As of 5:39 pm, the story was shared 639 times, in­clud­ing by in­cum­bent may­oral can­di­date Al Mcdon­ald who wrote: “This is to­tally un­called for and very un­pro­fes­sional for any­one to state, let alone a may­oral can­di­date.

“Mr Bois­soin should im­me­di­ately apol­o­gize to the women and men of all Po­lice Ser­vices and pub­licly with­draw his com­ments,” Mcdon­ald wrote. “I stand with the women and men of our Po­lice Ser­vices with un­wa­ver­ing sup­port. Please share if you agree!”

Bay­to­day.ca ed­i­tor Jeff Turl and re­porter Chris Daw­son did not re­turn calls. How­ever, Bay­to­day’s story was up­dated with com­ments from Bois­soin.

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