Jukasa News Update Thursday, December 15, 2016
House fire leaves 5 unaccounted for
A man and his four children are still unaccounted for after a massive house fire on Oneida Nation of the Thames.
The fire broke out late Wednesday morning in a home on the First Nations community just east of London.
Police are not confirming details yet if anyone was inside the structure, but members of the man’s family and community say they are grieving.
Oneida Chief Randall Phillips called the fire “tragic” and is expected to make a statement later today.
Officials are still unsure of the reason for the fire. The Ontario Fire Marshall has been called in to assist.
Lotto Max jackpot before Christmas hits $55 million
Friday’s Lotto Max draw is sending people in Ontario rushing to ticket counters in hopes for a big win before Christmas.
This week’s total Lotto Max payout is just over $59 million dollars in prizes.
Lottery tickets are a popular Christmas gift in the province. According to an OLG study nearly two thirds of people in the province have given lottery tickets as Christmas gifts — making it the top go-to gift under $20 in Ontario.
Friday’s Lotto Max jackpot draw is for $55 million.
Police to begin roadside saliva drug testing
Drivers across Canada will be subject to saliva testing as part of a pilot project to identify drug impaired driving.
RCMP and local police are working together with the federal government to assess if roadside testing devices work to detect drugs.
The devices screen saliva for the presence of drugs, including cannabis, cocaine, methamphetamine and opioids.
Police forces in Toronto, Vancouver, Halifax and Gatineau will take part in the project, along with the Ontario Provincial Police and RCMP detachments in North Battleford and Yellowknife.
City councillor apologizes for being racist
A Winnipeg city councillor is under fire for saying he didn’t think it was necessary for certain civic employees to take sensitivity training on residential schools.
Councillor Jeff Browaty argued against the training, saying it would take roughly 10,000 people in Winnipeg away from their jobs, and that he didn’t think “a grass cutter, payroll clerk or pothole filler” should take the training.
In 2016 Winnipeg’s mayor declared the city would celebrate this year as one of truth and reconcilliation with indigenous people.
2016 was also the year MacLean’s magazine dubbed the city the most racist place in Canada.
The councillor retracted his comments shortly after he made them, and apologized if he offended anyone.
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