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Jukasa News Update Monday, February 3, 2020


Police say several people, including children, were sickened after eating a molasses cake that may have contained THC during an event at a school on the Eskasoni First Nation on Friday
RCMP say a number of people became ill after eating food at the event and sought medical attention.
They say some of them tested positive for THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis.
Police are investigating the incident.
They’re asking anyone who became ill _ whether or not they went to a doctor _ to get in touch.
Police are working to determine the source of the THC.

A Yukon coroner’s jury has determined that an Indigenous woman’s death during a medevac flight to Whitehorse was accidental.
The inquest heard over nine days of witness and expert testimony that 29-year-old Cynthia Blackjack died of multiple organ failure due to hyper-acute liver failure, likely caused by acetaminophen poisoning. Members of the community were alleging systemic racism from healthcare workers in the community caused the woman’s death.
Medical notes on Blackjack presented at the hearing described the woman as “dramatic” and “on a bender.”
The jury made eight recommendations including that there be dedicated transportation for those who aren’t sick enough to be flown to hospital and that medical chart terminology be reviewed to eliminate stigmatizing language.

Police have made an arrest in the hate-crime investigation into the defacement of an Indigenous painting on an Ottawa campus.
Investigators say a 32-year-old man faces one count of mischief over $5,000 in the Jan. 28 vandalism incident at Algonquin College.
Officers arrested the man at the college on Saturday.
Police say any evidence to support an alleged hate motivation is presented during sentencing.
The investigation is ongoing.

An Ontario Indigenous community has overwhelmingly rejected a proposed nuclear-waste bunker in their area.
Members of the Saugeen Ojibway Nation voted 85 per cent against the deep geologic repository.
Ontario Power Generation has spent years on its plan to store low and intermediate-level nuclear waste underground.
OPG had wanted to build the multibillion-dollar facility at the Bruce nuclear plant near Kincardine, Ont.
The 4,500-member Indigenous community said it was never consulted when the nuclear industry was established decades ago.
Ontario Power Generation says it respects the decision and will seek an alternative solution.

The Senate ethics committee is recommending that Sen. Lynn Beyak be suspended again without pay.
Beyak’s colleagues ousted her from the upper chamber temporarily last spring after condemning as racist several letters she had posted to her website.
The Ontario senator had published letters supporting her view that some Indigenous people had positive experiences in residential schools, which the Truth and Reconciliation Commission concluded caused generations of First Nations, Metis and Inuit children to suffer abuse and alienation.
Her suspension ended automatically when Parliament was dissolved for the federal election last fall.
The committee concluded in a report released today that Beyak did not meet the conditions set out for her return, calling an apology she delivered insufficient and her participation in educational programs on racism towards Indigenous Peoples in Canada incomplete.
In November, Beyak said she had met all the conditions to return to work.

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