Jukasa News Update – Friday, December 29, 2017
The minimum wage in Ontario rises to $14 an hour and people younger than 25 can get free prescription medications starting in the new year.
This and several other regulatory changes in the province take effect on January 1.
The new minimum wage is part of a Liberal government promise to boost it further to $15 in 2019.
Youth pharmacare will mean that anyone under 25 in Ontario will have free access to more than 4,400 prescription medications with no co-pay or deductible.
Ontario Provincial Police say two men from Simcoe were charged with causing a disturbance after getting into a fight while clearing snow.
O-P-P says they got a call at about 8:45 a.m. Christmas Day from a concerned resident about a dispute between two men.
Police say both men began arguing, which then into a physical confrontation as they were clearing freshly fallen snow.
The two men were charged and will be appearing in a Simcoe court at a later date.
Police did not release the men’s names or ages.
Hamilton police say a 77-year-old man has died from hypothermia after a single-vehicle crash.
Police were called to the scene around 8 a.m. Tuesday and initially believed the man died of a head injury from the crash.
Police say the man managed to get out of the vehicle on his own, but was found dead a short distance from his car.
They say the coroner’s examination determined the cause of death to be hypothermia.
Police believe the crash may have happened just after midnight and are looking to speak to any witnesses in the area around that time.
Police are saying the frigid temperatures, road conditions and possible health issues of the driver may have played a role in the crash, but say alcohol and speed are not believed to be factors.
Police in London say a man was found dead in his cell at the Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre on Boxing Day.
A 29-year-old inmate was found without vital signs at about noon on Tuesday.
Emergency crews arrived at the scene and pronounced him dead.
The London Police Service major crime section and the coroner are investigating.
An autopsy was scheduled for Wednesday.
Environment Canada says it’s not about how cold it is, but how long this wave of frigid air will stay around that’s unusual.
Meteorologist Alexandre Parent said the big chill is affecting the Prairies, Ontario and western Quebec and will spread into the Maritimes.
He says northern Ontario is being hardest hit with temperatures expected to feel like -50 C with the wind chill in some places.
He says the current cold snap is unusual this early in the winter season and temperatures haven’t dipped this low for this long over Christmas holidays since the early nineties.
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