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Jukasa News Update – Friday, May 7, 2021


The role of coroners in investigating deaths in remote Indigenous communities is before Ontario’s top court.
The family of a four-year-old boy who died of strep throat complications wants to sue over his death.
They say the coroner failed to go to his Sandy Lake community in northwestern Ontario or do a proper investigation.
Their lawyers say the coroner’s failure was part of a systemic pattern of abuse and dereliction of duty.
A lower court judge, however, said the coroner acted within his discretion and tossed the case without a hearing on its merits.
The family is appealing, arguing the underlying issues need to be thrashed out at a full trial.

A prominent First Nations group in Ontario is accusing the federal government of putting the oil and gas industry ahead of protecting the Great Lakes.
The Anishinabek Nation says it is disappointed that Ottawa opposes the shutdown of Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline in Michigan.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says the cross-border pipeline, which has been in operation since 1953, is a threat to the Great Lakes and wants it shut down by Wednesday.

Six Nations is reporting 35 active coronavirus cases with 1 person in the hospital.
128 people are in self-isolation.
Currently over half of the positive cases are identified as variants of concern.
Ontario is reporting 3,424 new cases of COVID-19 and 26 more deaths linked to the virus.
Health Minister Christine Elliott says there are 958 new cases in Toronto, 900 in Peel and 155 in Hamilton.
The Ministry of Health says 1,964 people are hospitalized because of the novel coronavirus, with 877 in intensive care and 600 on a ventilator.

Six Nations of the Grand River Elected council says that the annual Bread & Cheese and Community Awareness month activities are being postponed to August.
The decision was made due to the increase in variant of concern cases of the coronavirus on the territory.
Community Awareness Month is held every May at Six Nations and raises awareness of the Elected Council’s service providers and community businesses.
The community has celebrated Queen Victoria’s birthday since the 1800s with a parade, carnival, fireworks and distribution of bread and cheese to members.

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