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Jukasa News Update Monday, January 5, 2020


Hereditary Chiefs on BC’s Wet’suwet’en territory issued an eviction notice to Coastal GasLink pipeline workers.
CGL says their employees left the site peacefully but say they believe work will resume again in a week.
$6.6-billion pipeline would transport natural gas across 670 kilometres from northeastern B.C. to the LNG Canada export terminal in Kitimat.
Coastal GasLink also said it was notified on Jan. 3 by Unist’ot’en that the Indigenous group intends to terminate an access agreement effective Jan. 10.

A Manitoba legislator is calling on Canadians to contact the federal heritage minister to remove two poems, written by the killer of an Indigenous woman, from the Parliamentary Poet Laureate website.
Nahanni Fontaine says in a series of tweets that the inclusion of poems by Stephen Brown, including one about a prostitute, constitutes “blatant disrespect” for Brown’s victim and missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.
The two pieces are among “Poems Selected by George Elliot Clarke” on the website and were posted in 2017 when Clarke was parliamentary poet laureate.
Last week, Clarke cancelled a lecture about Indigenous justice issues at the University of Regina following outrage over his working relationship and friendship with Brown.
Brown, who changed his name from Steven Kummerfield, and his friend Alex Ternowetsky were convicted of manslaughter in the 1995 beating death of Pamela George, a First Nations woman.
A spokesman from Canadian Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault’s office did not immediately provide comment.

Hamilton police say they’ve recently seen a spike in street-level robberies targeting people wearing high-end winter coats.
Spokeswoman Jackie Penman says officers have recorded 17 such incidents since the fall, with four taking place on Friday night alone.
She says the incidents usually involve a group of youths swarming the victim or an individual brandishing a weapon and threatening the victim until they turn over their coat.
Penman says the suspects usually target people wearing Canada Goose or Moose Knuckle brand outerwear.
Police have arrested nine people so far, but say most of them are under the age of 18 and cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

Dozens of new marijuana products will be available in retail shops in Ontario starting next week, the province’s cannabis distributor said Friday, warning supplies would be limited and the newly legalized edibles could sell out within a week.
The Ontario Cannabis Store said 59 new products, including a variety of vapes, edibles and a tea, will hit store shelves on Monday.
Health Canada requires manufacturers to provide 60 days’ notice of their intention to sell the products and to undergo regulatory screening.
The OCS said it has given the province’s retail store owners equal chance to stock the new products and will move quickly to refill supply.
The products will be available on the OCS website on Jan. 16.

Provincial police say they’re investigating the death of a man from Sandy Lake First Nation in northwestern Ontario’s Lac Seul First Nation community.
They only describe the death of 35-year-old Michael Sawanas as sudden.
Sawanas died at a home in Lac Seul on Thursday.
Local police say they have asked provincial police from Sioux Lookout, Ont., to help in the investigation.
However, they say there is no threat to public safety.

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