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Jukasa News Update May 3, 2018


A judge has ruled that residency by-law prohibiting Kahnawake Mohawks from residing in the community with their non-native spouses is unconstitutional
The ruling says the law discriminates Kahnawake members on the basis of family and civil status.
Quebec Superior Court Justice Thomas Davis said the 37 year old bylaw assumes non-indigenous spouses will use the resources of the band in a way that is detrimental to it and will have a negative impact on the ability of the band to protect its culture and land.
The Mohawk Council of Kahnawake says their position has not changed and says the matter should not have been in an outside court at all. They say they will now analyze the decision and make a community announcement in the coming days.
The 16 plaintiffs in the case were awarded a total of $35000 in losses as part of the ruling.

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath is promising universal access to take-home cancer drugs if her party wins the spring election.
Horwath says an NDP government would spend $42 million each year to cover patients whose health insurance plans don’t currently cover those types of drugs.
In Ontario, cancer drugs administered in hospitals are free but take-home drugs often have a cost.

A lawsuit against the Manitoba government alleges the province has held back $266 million from half a dozen First Nations and Metis child-welfare agencies.
The agencies claim the government is unilaterally holding back 20 per cent of funding and they are asking the courts to order the practice stopped.
Harold Cochrane, the lawyer representing the child-welfare agencies, says the province is clawing back the money and putting it into general revenue.
The agencies allege the province wanted them to hand over their special allowance payments from the federal government.
They say that when they wouldn’t do that, the Tory government reduced their payments up to $40 million a year.

Police say a dog suffered life-threatening injuries Monday after intervening as bear charged its owner in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.
They say a woman was walking her dog off-leash when they came between a mother black bear and her three cubs early Monday afternoon.
Investigators say the dog gave its owner time to escape by engaging the bear as she aggressively charged at the woman.
They say the bear stayed in the area for approximately 20 minutes before leaving.
On Saturday night, a woman suffered non-life threatening injuries in Sault Ste. Marie when she ran into a black bear and her cubs.
Police say the bear attacked the woman, and she escaped with several puncture wounds to her back and cuts to her head.

Millions of cellphones, tablets and other portable devices will sound off across the country next week to test Canada’s new public emergency alert system.
The country’s broadcast and telecom regulator says the tests will be carried out next Monday in Ontario and Quebec and on Wednesday in the rest of the country.
Test signals will go to every mobile device connected to an LTE network and will also be aired on TV and radio stations in the same regions.
All wireless service providers were required to distribute emergency messages as of April 6 under the national warning system known as Alert Ready.
The signals are controlled by emergency management officials to warn the public of imminent threats, such as tornadoes, floods and fires, as well as water contaminations and Amber alerts.

Marshall University has been fined $4,999 for failing to complete inventories of American Indian remains and artifacts in its possession.
The U.S. Department of the Interior notified Marshall President Jerome Gilbert of the fine this week. Marshall has 45 days to pay or appeal the finding that it violated federal law.
Among other things, it requires museums and universities to disclose Native American items in their possessions and complete item-by-item inventories.
When the 1990 law was passed, Marshall’s inventory was supposed to be completed by late 1995. Twenty more years passed until a retired Marshall employee filed a complaint and the government notified the university of the violation. Marshall completed the inventory in December 2015.

A new report has found Grade 8 students’ math scores improved in all provinces except Ontario between 2010 and 2016.
The report found that during the six-year period, Ontario students’ performance in math remained the same _ middling.
That’s contrasted with Quebec, where the report found average scores _ the highest in the country _ climbed significantly.
As a whole, the report says, mathematics scores in Canada climbed slightly.
The report also looked at students’ scores in reading and science, both of which improved across Canada on average.
The Pan-Canadian Assessment Program tested about 27,000 students from nearly 1,500 schools across all 10 provinces in 2016, and compared the results to those from the two previous reports in 2013 and 2010.

Affordable housing providers say they are growing worried that millions of dollars in long-promised federal funding won’t be available in time to help groups that support off-reserve Indigenous people.
The Liberals earmarked $225 million over 11 years in their second budget to address the social housing needs of urban Aboriginals, but service providers gathering in Ottawa say they have yet to hear how the money will be doled out.
The first tranche of money is supposed to be spent this fiscal year.

Genetic scientists who study the remains of ancient Indigenous people say their work needs a code of ethics to guide it.
Seven co-authors make the argument in a paper published today in the prestigious journal Science.
They say that such research without the consent and co-operation of modern Indigenous people is another form of exploitation.
They say it treats Indigenous cultures as if they were a lifeless artifact that can be studied like any other.
They also argue that working with Indigenous groups is not only better ethics, but makes for better science.
Doug Ford says his Progressive Conservatives would spend $1.9 billion on mental health care over the next decade if elected this spring.
Ford says the party would use the money to bolster mental health, addictions and housing supports across the province.
The pledge closely echoes one made by former Tory leader Patrick Brown in his platform launched last November.
Ford, who was elected party leader in March, says his plan will help address growing frustration with capacity issues within the current mental health system.
He says it will also help cut wait times for youth who need treatment.
The Tories say they would work with agencies across the sector to ensure value for money.
“This money will help build community capacity,” Ford said. “It will provide evidence-based care and support. It will reduce pressure on the hospitals.”
Ontario heads to the polls on June 7.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police say a Toronto man is charged with defrauding more than 100 people across the country of more than $6 million.
The Mounties say the investigation began in April 2017 when a London, Ont., resident alerted police to an elaborate $1-million fraud scheme based on fraudulent securities and options trades.
Police allege the suspect used aliases and forged sales receipts to lure the victim to invest money into non-existent trades.
Investigators say they have identified more than 100 alleged victims, who each lost thousands of dollars to fake futures trades.

Ontario’s Liberal government says it will expand its pharmacare program, offering free prescription drugs to people 65 and older.
Premier Kathleen Wynne says that starting Aug. 1, 2019, seniors will no longer have to pay a deductible or copayment for more than 4,400 prescription drugs.
Wynne says the program will cost $575 million a year when it is fully operational in 2020-21.
Drugs covered in the program include medications for cholesterol, hypertension, diabetes and asthma.
The Liberal government announced in a throne speech Monday that it will fund a series of new programs _ including the expanded pharmacare program _ in the provincial budget set to be tabled on March 28.
Last year, the province created its OHIP+ pharmacare program that provides free prescription drugs to people 24 years old and under.

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