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Jukasa News Update Friday, October 12, 2018


A new report says BC’s wild salmon are facing threats that require immediate intervention.
Provincial leaders appointed a Wild Salmon Advisory Council to investigate and protect the integrity of the BC’s salmon.
The report says the abundance of salmon has declined since the 1950s and says changing ocean conditions and habitat loss are taking a toll on salmon populations.
The report makes recommendations to restore salmon populations including protecting and restoring habitat and working with indigneous communities on harvest and conservation.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has named Mi’kmaq leader Brian Francis from Prince Edward Island as the newest member of the Senate.
Francis was appointed through a new open nomination process created by Trudeau, who has now appointed 45 independent members to the Red Chamber.
Francis is the high-profile chief of the Abegweit First Nation on PEI’s northern coast and has served in a variety of positions, including with the federal fisheries department as a contact for local First Nations and as an advocate for Indigenous culture in the province.

Employers are required to do what they can to accommodate medical marijuana users as well as those addicted to pot but that doesn’t give employees carte blanche to show up at work stoned, Ontario’s Human Rights Commission said on Thursday.
In its updated policy guidance ahead of next week’s legalization of recreational weed, the commission says employers can expect workers to be sober at work, but that the human rights code protects people with disabilities who use cannabis for a medical purpose from harassment and other discriminatory treatment in employment, housing and service delivery.
Officials say employers must allow workers who smoke or vape cannabis for medical purposes related to a disability to take breaks so they can go outside to spaces where smoking is allowed.
Employees can also use edible cannabis for a medical purpose at work but must be able to do their jobs properly, the policy says. A doctor’s note might be required.

Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna and four Indigenous communities from the Dehcho region in the Northwest Territories have agreed to create an area more than twice the size of Banff National Park where all industrial development will be banned.
Edehzhie will cover more than 14,000 square kilometres of forest, wetlands and lakes.
`Edehzhie will be Canada’s first Indigenous Protected Area, a new classification that offers the same protection as a National Wildlife Area. Such regions will be crucial to Canada meeting its international commitment to protect 17 per cent of its land area by 2020.

The Supreme Court of Canada says federal ministers do not have a duty to consult Indigenous groups when drafting legislation.
In a decision involving an Alberta First Nation, a majority of the high court said the law-making process does not amount to Crown conduct that triggers the deeply entrenched duty to confer with Indigenous Peoples.
A Federal Court judge said there was a duty to consult indigneous people because legislation could arguably affect fishing, trapping and navigation.
The Federal Court of Appeal overturned the ruling, saying that including the duty to consult in the legislative process offends the doctrine of the separation of powers and the principle of parliamentary privilege.

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