Jukasa News Update Monday, July 24, 2017
Thunder Bay’s mayor and his wife has been charged with extortion and obstructing justice on Friday — just two months after the city’s police chief was arrested in the same case.
OPP say 65 year old mayor of Thunder Bay Keith Hobbs and his wife 53 year old Marisa Hobbs are charged in connection with an investigation of criminal wrongdoing involving a municipal official and a Thunder Bay resident.
A third individual, 46 year old Mary Voss has also been arrested and charged with extortion. Police would not comment how she is connected to the case.
The three are scheduled to appear in court on September 26th.
Saskatchewan’s James Smith First Nation has launched a lawsuit against the government — saying the province is to blame for a massive oil spill that contaminated the North Saskatchewan River last summer.
The suit alleges the province ignored recommendations from the auditor general in 2012 — concluded that the government didn’t have the resources to ensure its pipeline rules were being followed.
About 40 per cent of a 225,000-litre spill from the Husky pipeline reached the river and forced three cities to shut off their water intake for almost two months.
The James Smith First Nation says oil from the spill remains in water, soil, vegetation and debris on its land.
Sixteen of Canada’s licensed marijuana producers have are working on standards for how cannabis should be marketed when recreational use becomes legal next year.
Producers are lobbying Ottawa for the right to brand their products, arguing that not being able to promote in stores or on packaging will prevent them from being able to effectively compete with the black market.
Last year, a federal task force said cannabis products should require plain packaging that would allow only certain kinds of information to be listed, such as company name, strain and price.
Health advocates have argued that such restrictions are necessary to ensure that users are aware of health risks associated with cannabis use.
A section of the Trans-Canada Highway north of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., is closed due to a washout.
Provincial police say the washout has affected the highway in the area of Alona Bay, about 100 kilometres north of Sault Ste. Marie.
The highway is closed in both directions between Wawa, Ont., and Batchawana Bay, Ont. _ a 160-kilometre stretch of road.
OPP say heavy rain in the area caused the washout and no detour is in place.
The closure is expected to last until Monday afternoon.