Jukasa News Update Friday, December 16, 2016
Father, four children confirmed dead in house fire
The remains of a father and four of his children were confirmed found in the rubble of a house fire on Oneida Nation of the Thames Thursday.
The fire broke out late Wednesday morning.
Chief Randall Phillips says the close knit community is grieving the loss.
The children’s mother along with four of her eight children were not in the home at the time of the blaze. All of their belongings were lost in the fire. The community is collecting donations of clothing and other supplies. A Go Fund Me page has been set up to help here.
Province to bring in mental health staff to jails
The province will hire new corrections staff to help Ontario jail inmates address mental health issues.
Segregation managers are also being brought in to help reduce the use of isolation and help inmates who have been in solitary confinement transition back into the general population.
Nearly 240 new staff will be brought into 26 jails across the province.
Ontario previously committed to bringing in 2000 new correctional officers over the next three years.
The new hires include nurses, psychologists, librarians and administrators and officers to help offenders integrate into communities after their release.
Trudeau continues reconciliation work with indigenous people
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he is committed to continuing a journey of reconcillition with indigenous people in Canada.
The PM met with leaders of the five national indigenous assemblies Thursday, committing to national meetings with Cabinet ministers and indigenous leadership at least twice a year moving forwars.
Trudeau also announced the creation of a National Council for Reconciliation will be established to carry on the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Trudeau says while much more remains to be done, he believes Canada is “making real progress towards renewing the relationship with Indigenous Peoples.”
National ban on asbestos in 2018
Canada will ban all products containing asbestos by 2018.
The ban was announced Thursday by cabinet ministers and includes the manufacture, use, import and export of asbestos.
Health officials say even a minute amount of asbestos fibres can cause several forms of lung cancers.
About 2300 new cases of lung cancer were diagnosed across the county in 2016. Officials from the Canadian Cancer Society are hoping to see this number drop with the coming ban.
The last asbestos mine in Canada was closed in 2011.
- Previous Jukasa News Update Thursday, December 15, 2016
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