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Jukasa News Update Friday, February 16, 2018


A major insurance provider says it is adding medical marijuana as an option for group benefit plans.
Sun Life Financial says medical cannabis has become an important part in the treatment of patients for pain and palliative care.
The move marks a shift in the insurance industry and some say is a reflection of the criminal stigma of cannabis use vanishing.
Sun Life provides health benefits coverage to more than three million Canadians and their families.

Indigenous leaders in Quebec are raising questions about the provinces’ willingness to participate in a new federal legal framework for indigenous people.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced changes to Canada’s legal framework earlier this week.
Quebec indigenous leaders say they believe the province’s heavy history of obstructing self governance for First Nations will prove opposition to any coming legal changes and another fight for agencies to battle.
Quebec’s Indigenous Affairs minister says he is wiling to come to the table and participate in the new approach.

A jury is finished hearing evidence in the trial of Raymond Cormier, the man accused in the dealth of Tina Fontaine.
The body of the 15 year old was pulled form the Red River in Winnipeg in 2015 – prompting a national inquiry into the statistics of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls in Canada.
The jury will hear closing arguments on Tuesday.

The RCMP is launching an investigation into a Facebook group post by an officer who said Colten Boushie deserved to die.
Boushie was shot and killed on Gerald Stanley’s farm outside Biggar Saskatchewan in August 2016.
He was charged with second degree murder but found not guilty earlier this month.
RCMP say the statement on the Facebook group by the officer is not reflective of the force’s standards and that the group it was posted in is not managed by the RCMP
Federal Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says the remark is unacceptable and there will be consequences depending on the outcome of the investigation.

Carolyn Bennett is talking with Indigenous leaders from Quebec and Labrador after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced plans to develop a new framework for recognizing and implementingIndigenous rights.
She says Indigenous groups should not have to surrender their rights in exchange for land or money, which has long been part of the treaty negotiation process.
Bennett describes the process as flawed in the way it pits the government against Indigenous groups for lengthy, costly battles in the court system.
The minister will travel to Atlantic Canada to canvass First Nations groups for their input on the proposed framework, which is expected to be unveiled later this year.

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