Thunder Bay lawyer facing allegations of forcible confinement, assault

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THUNDER BAY — A Thunder Bay lawyer is facing charges of forcible confinement and assault related to an incident from August 2020.

Court documents show Ronald Poirier, 70, and David Poirier, 36, each face charges stemming from an Aug. 28, 2020, incident.

Ronald’s charges include forcible confinement and assault and David’s charges are assault, utter threats and breach of a release order.

Ronald is a lawyer practicing in private in Thunder Bay. He is also retained as a federal crown agent through the Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC).

The federal agency confirmed this week they are aware of his charges currently before the courts.

“The PPSC is aware of the situation and confirms that Mr. Poirier is one of its agents,” Nathalie Houle, a media relations advisor for the PPSC said in an email.

“The PPSC has reassigned Mr. Poirier’s files at this time,” she said, adding the agency couldn’t comment any further on the case.

There are currently no restrictions on his right to practice law, according to the Law Society of Ontario website.

Both individuals are currently not in custody and are scheduled to appear in court next on March 8, according to court documents.

Karen Edwards, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Thunder Bay Source