Jukasa News Update – Monday, August 16, 2021
Hundreds of demonstrators in Hamilton tore down a statue of Sir John A MacDonald at Gore Park on Saturday, saying it was a symbol of genocide against First Nations people.
The former prime minister of Canada’s form was covered in red paint as part of protest against the memorial remaining in its place, after Hamilton City Council voted against removing it.
A fatal collision occurred between a motorcyclist and a vehicle on Friday at Highway 6 and First Line.
Eyewitnesses attempted CPR on the motorcyclist after he was thrown from his bike when a minivan collided with two cars behind him.
The motorcyclist was transported to hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The road was closed for several hours as police reconstructed the scene and next of kin were notified.
No names or cause of the collision have been released.
The federal government is committing $321 million in new funding for Indigenous communities and appointing a special interlocutor to propose law and policy changes to better respond to the findings of hundreds of unmarked graves at former residential school sites.
Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett told a virtual news conference Tuesday the funding will include $83 million that will be added to an existing $27-million program to fund searches of burial sites and commemorate the children who died at residential schools.
The funding will also include $107 million for programs to support healing from intergenerational trauma and $100 million over two years to help Indigenous communities manage residential school buildings, whether those plans include demolition, rehabilitation or construction of new facilities, the government said.
The Liberal government will also set aside $20 million to build a national monument in Ottawa to honour the survivors and all the children who were lost.
Ontario is reporting 526 new COVID-19 cases and zero deaths from the virus.
Health Minister Christine Elliott says 353 of the infected people are unvaccinated and 60 are partially vaccinated.
The case numbers are based on 15,784 tests.
There are 119 patients in intensive care with COVID-related critical illness and 66 on ventilators.
Eighty-one per cent of Ontarians aged 12 and older have received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 73 per cent have both shots.
The province says it administered 40,907 COVID-19 vaccine doses yesterday for a total of more than 20.1 million doses.
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