News Man convicted in impaired canoeing death out on bail pending appeal SHARE ON: James Wood, contributor, Wednesday, Oct. 9th, 2019 Photo of Thomas Rancourt (Facebook) BRACEBRIDGE, ON- Etobicoke resident David Sillars will not be seeing jail anytime soon. Sillars was recently convicted in connection to the canoeing death of eight year old Thomas Rancourt, and was sentenced to six years in jail last week. He was facing several charges of operating a canoe while under the influence, causing death. He had taken 8-year-old Rancourt out in a canoe on April 27th, 2017, near High Falls. It capsized, throwing both of them into the water. He was able to swim to shore, but Rancourt was swept over the falls. The same day he got his sentence, he was released on $1,500 bail after appealing. His bail conditions include abstaining from alcohol and other intoxicating substances, not operating or being in the driver’s seat of a vehicle, and residing at his home in Arden. He plans to appeal the conviction with a possible court date this coming February.