Jukasa News Update Monday, January 22, 2017
Police say a Hamilton woman whose body was found in the trunk of her car on Wednesday was stabbed to death.
Holly Hamilton was reported missing by her family on Monday.
Police said her disappearance was out of character and there was reason to be concerned for her safety.
The 29-year-old woman’s ex-boyfriend was charged with second-degree murder on Thursday.
Investigators say 30-year-old Justin Dumphrey was arrested in a Hamilton courthouse on Wednesday while he was there for another matter.
They allege there was a history of domestic violence in the relationship.
The sixth round of talks in the North American Free Trade Agreement renegotiation unfold in Canada over the coming week.
Officials say the ten days of negotioation are expected to be filled with the Trump administration reiterating it is not happy with Canada’s contributions to date.
Multiple sources say Canada filed a sweeping complaint about U.S. trade practices at the World Trade Organization.
Canada is also pursuing a progressive trade agenda that includes consideration for indigenous people and labour workers.
US officials say the Trump administration does not like Canada pushing to entrench Indigenous, gender and workers’ rights issues in the pact —because they feel Canada is dictating social policy to the U.S.
An Alaska Native group spoke out Friday against a shamanism retreat, saying the event commercializes and exploits the spiritual healing practices of indigenous people.
The Juneau-based Sealaska Heritage Institute voiced its opposition to the pricey June retreat in a letter emailed Friday to the event sponsor, Dance of the Deer Foundation.
The event _ billed as the 24th in Alaska _ is scheduled for June 22 to July 1 at an undisclosed lodge outside Juneau.
In the short letter, Heritage Institute president Rosita Worl calls the event “a violation of a most sacred tradition of Native peoples.” She asked that the foundation not come to the area that’s considered the ancient homeland of a Tlingit group.
Worl said the event appears to be another form of cultural appropriation.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is promising more help for the housing shortage on Pikangikum First Nation.
Trudeau said during a visit to the remote northern reserve that Ottawa is serious about working with the community to improve its housing.
He said more and better housing in Indigenous communities is one of his government’s priorities.
Earlier in the day, Pikangikum Chief Dean Owen said the backlog of homes needing to be built on the reserve is almost twice as much as it was when he became chief.
Some new houses and a new school have been built, but the chief added that construction on the reserve is hampered by a lack of electrical capacity.
The owners of a northern Manitoba motel have been ordered to pay a former waitress $15,000 for failing to take reasonable action to stop workplace harassment.
Wanda Ross filed a complaint with the Manitoba Human Rights Commission saying she was repeatedly subjected to racial slurs and discriminatory comments by two people, including the general manager, while she worked at the Gillam Motor Inn.
Ross, who is of African and First Nations descent, says when she reported the harassment to one of the owners she was told she was imagining things and was forced to tolerate the conduct.
The numbered company that owns the motel _ now operating as Kettle River Inn and Suites _ must pay an additional $2000 for the recklessness of their conduct in ignoring the appeals for assistance.
It must also pay a further $500 for failing to participate in the Manitoba Human Rights Commission’s investigation.
Ross says in a commission release that she is very relieved with the outcome.
Ontario is considering allowing licensed cannabis consumption lounges in the province once recreational marijuana is legalized this summer, and is asking the public to weigh in on the idea.
The proposal is being met with optimism by some cannabis activists and municipal politicians who say the provincial government’s approach on where legal weed can be consumed has been too restrictive so far.
Under rules outlined in the fall, the province intends to sell marijuana in up to 150 stores run by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario to people 19 and older, with a ban on pot’s consumption in public spaces or workplaces.
On Thursday, the province issued a request for public feedback on a slew of regulatory changes proposed to clarify where recreational and medical cannabis can be consumed. Among them is the possibility of permitting “licensed and regulated cannabis consumption lounges and venues” sometime after legalization in July.
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