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Jukasa News Update – Monday, December 17, 2018


The city of Brantford is enhancing it’s homeless shelters with four new facilities. Two of the shelters are open to single adult men and women. Nova Vita is opening extended service to homeless women and their children. A fourth shelter through the Youth Resource Centre is open to teens 15-19 years old.
The enhanced services come in response to the city losing the Welcome In, a dedicated homeless shelter due to a lack of funding.
The four new centres will be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and will offer help for those experiencing homelessness to find safe and suitable long term housing.

Police in Thunder Bay, Ont., say a 22-year-old man charged in the death of an Indigenous teen whose body was found in a local park appeared in court on Saturday.
Thunder Bay police say Jonathan Yellowhead of Fort Hope, Ont., is facing a second-degree murder charge in the death of 17-year-old Braiden Jacob.
Police say the accused was arrested Friday evening with the help of officers from the Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service.
The 17-year-old, who had travelled to the city from remote Webequie First Nation for grief and trauma counselling, was last seen alive on Dec. 6.
His body was discovered by a passerby in Chapples Park at around 11:30 a.m. Sunday.
The arrest comes just days after Ontario’s police watchdog issued a scathing report that said Thunder Bay’s force was replete with systemic racism towards Indigenous people.
Yellowhead’s next court date is scheduled for Tuesday.

Renowned Métis performer Tantoo Cardinal won this year’s Technicolor Clyde Gilmour Award from the Toronto Film Critics Association.
Cardinal was presented the award by TFCA President Peter Howell at the Gilmour dinner on December 10.
The TFCA says it’s the first time in its history that the annual honour has gone to an actress of indigenous descent. As part of the prize Cardinal will receive $50,000 in services to give to a filmmaker of her choice and will be announcing her selection in the near future.

A massive fire devoured the administrative section of an indigenous addictions recovery centre on New Credit Friday.
Officials say the Native Horizons Treatment Centre caught fire early Friday morning.
The fire was doused and controlled by Haldimand County Fire and Six Nations Fire and Emergency Services, who remained on scene to provide mutual aid assistance.
Staff of the centre said authorities believe the fire was started by an electrical disturbance rather than arson. It was also said that the clients of the centre had just graduated the day before, after their ceremony date was rescheduled to the day ahead.

Two men are facing criminal charges after police say they attempted to steal an ATM machine.
Police were called to the CIBC on First Line at the New Credit First Nation at around 1am Thursday morning with a report of the pair attempting to steal the machine.
Officers followed the pair after they fled into Hagersville. Police recovered a gun in the suspect vehicle after they fled.
Police identified and later arrested two men from Stoney Creek; 38 year old Ryan Restoule and 21 year old Cory Davidson. Both are now facing criminal mischief charges.

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