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Jukasa News Update – Thursday, February 1, 2018


Chief Wahoo logo is being removed from the Cleveland Indians’ uniform next year.
The polarizing mascot is coming off the team’s jersey sleeves and caps starting in the 2019 season.
The racist red-faced caricature has been used in used by the team since 1947.
The Wahoo logo will remain on the teams uniform sleeves and caps in 2018, but team merch showing Chief Wahoo will be restricted to being sold at locations in Northeast Ohio.

Jury selection has begun at the trial for a Saskatchewan farmer accused in the fatal shooting of an Indigenous man.
Gerald Stanley was formally arraigned on a charge of second-degree murder and pleaded not guilty at a community centre in Battleford, Sask.
The province must find 12 unbiased jurors in a case that stirred racial tensions in the province.
Colten Boushie was 22 was shot and killed by Stanley when the SUV he was riding in pulled onto Stanley’s farm.
The trial is expected to last about three weeks.

Provincial police say thousands of pigs have died in a large barn fire early Monday morning.
They say firefighters were called to the Jarvis, Ont., fire at about 1 a.m., where they found a barn fully engulfed in flames.
Police say that while firefighters were there, a second barn close to the first caught fire.
Both barns were destroyed and police say nearly 4,000 pigs were killed.
Police say Haldimand County Fire Services are continuing to monitor the fire and extinguish hot spots.
They say the cause of the fire is under investigation.

A trial has begun in the death of an Indigenous teenager whose body was found wrapped in the Red River.
The death of 15-year-old Tina Fontaine in 2014 renewed calls for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women.
Tina was in the care of Child and Family Services, but police said she became an exploited youth while she was in Winnipeg.
Raymond Cormier was 53 when he was arrested in December 2015. He is charged with second-degree murder.
The trial is expected to last five weeks.

Two local volunteers will be honoured for their services with lifetime achievement awards.
Carol Tobicoe of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation and Steven Williams of Six Nations of the Grand River were named as recipients of the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Volunteerism.
Mel Osborne of Brant County and Ross Enslev of the City of Brantford will also be awarded in a recognition ceremony to be held in the spring.
The award recognizes individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to Brant, the City of Brantford, Six Nations & New Credit through volunteering in their lifetime.
Each year the award is presented to four people from the area. As a part of the award a $5000 legacy fund is established in their honour
A celebration to honour the recipients will be held during National Volunteer week on Monday, April 16 at the Brantford Golf & Country Club.

The former head of a Metis group has announced his intention to sue the federal and Saskatchewan governments over the 60s Scoop.
Robert Doucette, a 60s Scoop survivor and former president of the Metis Nation of Saskatchewan, says it’s wrong that Metis were left out of a federal government apology and compensation deal for victims of the practice.
Federal minister of Indigenous affairs, Carolyn Bennett made a statement of apology in the fall for 60s Scoop survivors who were robbed of their cultural identities, but it didn’t include Metis.
The federal government agreed to pay a maximum $750 million to status Indian and Inuit victims.
In 2015, Saskatchewan premier Brad Wall promised an apology for Metis and First Nation survivors. However, an apology from the provincial government has not yet been issued. Wall had said he was ready to make an apology but he didn’t agree with the idea of provincial compensation.
The lawsuit filed by Doucette is not a class-action lawsuit as he says other survivors have the intent of filing other lawsuits in the future.

The Medical Officer of Health for the Brant County Health Unit has issued a cold alert as temperatures are expected to drop below -15°C, without wind chill.
 Officials say at those temperatures unprotected skin can freeze in less than 30 minutes and the risk of developing hypothermia is high in older adults, infants and young children. 
The Brant County Health Unit and the City of Brantford are working together with various community agencies to ensure that emergency accommodation is available during the extreme cold.

A Metis woman from the Northwest Territories is leading class-action lawsuit alleging sexual abuse at the hands of officials at Canada’s 29 Indian Hospitals.
The now defunct government run hospitals were open from 1945 through to 1981.
A statement of claim filed last week in Toronto federal court says Indigenous patients suffered consistent physical and sexual assaults, were deprived of food and drink, force-fed their own vomit and unnecessarily restrained in their beds.
The suit further describes the hospitals as unsanitary, crumbling and staffed by many foreign-trained doctors who failed to qualify to practice medicine in Canada.
Steve Cooper, a lawyer in Sherwood Park, Alta., said his firm and two others in Ontario are representing about 30 former patients in the lawsuit so far. He expects there will be more.
Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada says the government is working to resolve the matter out of court.

Ontario Provincial Police are looking for suspects following the theft of a golden eagle from an aviary about 75 kilometres west of Toronto.
Investigators say the eagle was taken some time between Jan. 17 and Jan. 18 and the theft from the facility northeast of Acton was reported on Jan. 28.
Police say the eagle, known as Riff-Raff, is worth about $15,000.
The eagle is described as brown with white flecks and approximately three years old, 76 centimetres tall and weighs about six kilograms.
Police say the eagle is a show and demonstration bird, but it is not a pet and should not be approached.
They believe the thief had extensive knowledge and training to be able to handle the bird and say there are no indications it was an act of protest.

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