Jukasa News Update – Monday, December 21, 2020
Premier Doug Ford is set to announce a full lockdown for Ontario starting at 12:01 a.m. on Christmas Eve.
The news comes on the first day of Hamilton’s lockdown.
The region is the fifth in the province to enter the “grey” zone of the colour-coded, tiered pandemic response plan.
It joins Toronto and Peel, where lockdowns were just renewed, and York and Windsor-Essex.
New data shows cases across the province are twice the red level limits. Health officials say unless harsh restrictions are put in place Ontario could see ICU occupancy reaching five times its capacity in just a few weeks.
REGINA _ The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations is calling on the Saskatchewan government to consult with First Nations before shutting down casinos, which it says wasn’t done before this weekend.
A new public health rule orders the closure of casinos and bingo halls starting Saturday until at least Jan. 15.
Federation Chief Bobby Cameron said Indigenous communities benefit from revenue made at casinos operated by the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA).
Casinos and bingo halls are the only businesses the Saskatchewan Party government has ordered to close. It is restricting capacity for retail businesses, and ruled no more than four people can sit together at a bar or restaurant, which also have a curfew on alcohol sales.
Cameron said the casinos proposed operating at 12 per cent capacity, below the requirement for retailers and other businesses that are allowed to stay open, and he hopes the government will still consider it.
Residents forced to leave the Neskantaga First Nation due to an ongoing water crisis began flying home Friday after nearly two months of evacuation.
Chief Chris Moonias tweeted photos showing residents boarding a homebound flight in Thunder Bay.
Residents have been subject to a boil water advisory in Neskantaga for 25 years and that advisory remains in effect.
The chief says it’s been difficult for residents to go through a pandemic, water crisis and evacuation at the same time,
About 250 people relocated to a hotel in Thunder Bay in late October after an oily sheen surfaced in the community’s reservoir. A handful of residents stayed behind to do necessary work, such as looking after household pets and monitoring infrastructure.
While work on the water-treatment plant was not complete, Moonias said, water was running again and, after 14 days of tests, was cleaner than before.
Canadian filmmaker Michelle Latimer is under fire after it emerged she has claimed First Nations identity for the span of her career but is not an indigenous person.
Latimer is currently the director of CBC’s Trickster and listed a community connection to the community of Kitigan Zibi in her biography. That community has renounced the claim and confirmed Latimer is not a member of their community. The director has won several awards, scholarships and received funds earmarked for indigenous creators. Members of the indigenous film industry expressed outrage for Latimer assuming illicit space in indigenous arts, removing opportunities from actual indigenous people. Latimer posted an apology and statement to her Facebook group stating she has unverified family stories of one indigenous relative from the 1700s and apologized to the community of Kitigan Zibi for making the claim.
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