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Jukasa News Update Monday, March 27, 2017


Ontario is continuing to boost income for workers across the province by increasing the general minimum wage for the fourth consecutive year, up to $11.60 this fall.
Minister of Labour Kevin Flynn made the announcement. The increase will come into effect on October 1, 2017.
By October 2017, the general minimum wage will have increased by almost 70 per cent since 2004, when it stood at $6.85.
Alberta has the highest minimum wage in Canada at $13.60 starting this fall.

Firearms injure a child or youth almost every day in Ontario, say researchers, who analyzed hospital records to determine which groups of young people are most at risk for gun-related accidents or violent assault.
Their study, published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, found there were 355 firearm injuries an average each year among children and youth, about one quarter of which resulted in death.
Researchers found Canadian-born male youth had the highest rates of unintentional firearm injury _ 12 per 100,000 people.
The study, which examined health records for millions of Ontario children, teens and young adults between 2008 and 2012, found immigrants from Africa and Central America accounted for almost 70 per cent of assault-related gun injuries.

Family and friends gathered Friday for the funeral of Nathan Dumas.
The boy was allegedly killed by his stepfather, 43-year-old Justin Kuijer.
He was arrested Tuesday in Kenora, Ont. after a national manhunt.
Kuijer appeared in court Thursday to face a first-degree murder charge in Nathan’s death and will appear again April 19th.

The Liberal government says they will legalize marijuana by July 1, 2018.
Details of the planned announcement were released by CBC this weekend.
The proposed legislation is expected to be officially announced in April, and says Ottawa will licence producers but leaves the distribution rules up to the provinces.
Home growers will be permitted to have up to four plants per household.
The proposed regulation would set national minimum age restrictions at 18, but leaves room for provincial age restrictions to be increased.
Critics are skeptical about the proposed regulations and say they don’t believe legalization will come into effect at all.

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