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Jukasa News Update Monday, March 5, 2018


Six Nations Police closed the streets in the interest of public safety Sunday afternoon surrounding I.L. Thomas School. A group of community members organized a demonstration outside a home they suspect is distributing drugs in the territory.
Police said in a statement that “a number of occupants came out of the residence armed with firearms to confront the protestors.”
No shots were fired and no one was injured. Six Nations Police say they are maintaining a presence at the property as this is now an ongoing police investigation.
The actions taken by a group of community members, including at least two elected band councillors — Melba Thomas and Mark Hill — were in response to drug paraphernalia found by parents on the schools playground. Community members suspected the drug materials were coming from the home and met with police and elected councillors through the week to come up with a solution.
In the interest of student safety IL Thomas Principal Joe Restoule posted a message to the schools Facebook page and says the school will be closed on Monday.

A Six Nations Farmer is being inducted into theOntario Agricultural Hall of Fame.
74 year old Barry Hill was nominated by the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association. He is one of five new inductees this year.
He will be officially inducted into the hall of fame in a ceremony on June 10th.

The province announced new funding for the Brantford General Hospital to improve its emergency and mental health care units.
The two new projects will expand and renovate the current emergency room as well as a separate expansion in the mental health unit to improve safety.
A dollar amount has not been decided but provincial funding is available for up to $10 million dollars for each project.
No word on when renovations will begin.

A newspaper in northern Ontario is apologizing for a headline on a story about a police investigation into two incidents where eggs were thrown from passing vehicles at two men believed to be Indigenous.
The headline in Thursday’s print edition of the Chronicle-Journal referred to the alleged attacks as “egg-toss incidents” that have left police in Thunder Bay, Ont., “scrambling,” prompting the Assembly of First Nations to demand an apology.
In a statement Thursday, the organization called the headline “offensive” and “insensitive,” particularly in a city plagued by reports of violence against Indigenous people.
The Chronicle-Journal’s front-page apology Friday says the play on words was “inappropriate’’.

Police say eight people are facing dozens of charges after a series of investigations into child exploitation in Ontario.
They say 10 search warrants were carried out in Ontario communities.
Police laid 36 charges against the eight people they arrested.
They say some of the people arrested had prior convictions for child pornography offences or sexual offences against children.

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