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Jukasa News Update – Monday, June 7, 2021


A man who pitched a trailer hitch at an Indigenous woman from a moving car in Thunder Bay, Ont., has been sentenced to eight years in prison.
The judge had convicted 22-year-old Brayden Bushby for manslaughter last year.
Barbara Kentner, a 34-year-old old mother, died six months after the incident in January 2017.
Evidence was that a drunk Bushby heaved the hitch from a vehicle as it passed Kentner.
Court heard that he laughed and said “I got one” after the hitch hit her, causing severe internal injury.
The Crown had wanted a sentence of between eight and 12 years; the defence had suggested four.

Buffy Sainte-Marie opened the 50th Juno Awards on a sombre note as she recognized the pain affecting the Indigenous community.
The legendary singer-songwriter led a cold open of Canada’s biggest night in music by directly addressing the recent discovery of what’s believed to be the remains of 215 children buried at a former Kamloops, B.C., residential school.
She says while the news from Kamloops may be “shocking to some people and a revelation” it is not surprising to Indigenous people.
She called for Canadians to offer their compassion, saying that “the genocide basic to this country’s birth is ongoing and we need to face it together.”

Ontario Provincial Police say a missing eight-year-old boy has been found dead in the waters of Lake Erie at Turkey Point.
Police say they were called to the scene at about 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, and his body was found less than 200 metres from shore at about 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Officers say the boy was seen swimming in the lake after abandoning a floating raft, but never made it back to shore.
Family members sought help from police when they couldn’t locate their son.
Acting Staff Sgt. Ed Sanchuk says members of the Norfolk County OPP and its marine unit searched all night and continued to look on Sunday.
He says the family was able to stay in the area overnight because someone gave up their cottage for the evening.

The president of Ryerson University in Toronto says a statue of the university’s namesake has been pulled down by protesters and will not be replaced.
A statement from university president Mohamed Lachemi says the statue was felled by demonstrators about an hour after the conclusion of a demonstration protesting the university’s continued use of Ryerson’s name.
Demonstrators splattered the statue with paint, then cut off the head of the statue, carried it to the lakeshore and lowered by rope into the water.
Ryerson is credited as one of the architects of Canada’s residential school system.
His statue had become a rallying point in Toronto following the discovery of what are believed to be the remains of 215 students buried in unmarked graves on the grounds of a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C.
The statement from Lachemi says the statue will not be “restored or replaced,” and he is relieved no one was hurt when the statute was brought down.
Toronto police say the removal of the statute is under investigation.

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