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Jukasa News Update Friday, November 10, 2017


Ontario students can now apply for financial assistance for the upcoming school year as the government opens the application window four months early.
Premier Kathleen Wynne announced the changes to the Ontario Student Assistance Program — allow students to apply for assistance for the 2018-19 school year.
The government says it opened the window early to give students more time to assess their financial options before applying to a college or university.
The Liberal government announced changes to the program in last year’s budget that give a combination of grants and loans that makes tuition free for some students.

Niagara Region police say the discovery of human remains in West Lincoln is now being treated as a homicide.
The body of 45 year old Johnathan Bailey of Hamilton was found Wednesday morning just outside the small community of Caistorville, about 20 kilometres southeast of Hamilton.
Police have said the case is a homicide and are looking for anyone with information.
They are searching for a 2005 Black Ford Escape that may be linked to the homicide.
The vehicle has aluminum rims, a roof rack and a stick family decal on the back bumper near what is believed to be an Ontario license plate, but could also be from Quebec.
Anyone who spots the vehicle is asked to call 911 immediately.

A group of four McMaster University students has won a $50,000 prize to develop their idea for a handheld device that detects skin cancer.
The recent grads _ all students in electrical biomedical engineering at the Hamilton university _ earned the International James Dyson Award for their final year project, called The sKan.
They say the non-invasive device can diagnose melanoma by monitoring the heat emissions of various cells.

New mothers and fathers planning to begin their parental leave on or after Dec. 3 will now be able to spread their federal benefits for up to 18 months
The federal government’s long-promised changes to parental leave rules will go into effect early next month.
Two new family caregiver benefits will also begin next month. One a 15-week leave to care for a critically ill or injured adult and the other a 35-week benefit to care for a critically ill or injured child.
Eligible soon-to-be-mothers will also be able to claim maternity benefits up to 12 weeks before the baby is due.

A new report says the rising number of opioid overdoses in Alberta is disproportionately affecting Indigenous people.
Alberta Health says Indigenous people have been dying from accidental opioid overdoses at a rate three times higher than non-Aboriginal people.
The rate of hospital visits is also greater. Calls to emergency medical responders for opioid-related problems are 12 times higher in Calgary and seven times higher in Edmonton.

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