Jukasa News Update – Thursday February 28, 2019
Tensions in Akwesasne escalated between police and local residents after a second police raid and arrests at a cannabis dispensary on the Canadian side of Cornwall Island.
Operators of the dispensary were detained by police for not abiding by the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne’s cannabis regulations.
Protesters gathered outside the police headquarters and clashes erupted into violence with two police officers injured and a cruiser destroyed by fire.
The community’s Canadian and US councils put out a joint statement asking for calm while they sort out jurisdictional issues.
Annishnabe water protector and activist Josephine Mandamin died Friday morning.
Mandamin led a movement of indigenous water protectors to carry out a series of ceremonial water walks along the perimeters of waterways across Turtle Island. The water walks engaged indigenous women to connecting the people with and pray for the water, which Mandamin taught was a traditional responsibility given to women and grandmothers.
Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, Carolyn Bennett, marked the passing of Mandamin, calling her a role model, teacher and advocate.
She was 77 years old.
The Grand River Conservation Authority says it is planning $35 million in programming to improve the health of the Grand River watershed in 2019.
A 26 member board, representing municipalities along the Grand, approved the 2019 budget on Friday.
“Municipalities will contribute about $11.6 million, provincial and federal grants totalling under $4.9 million and another $15.4 million in GRCA’s own revenue make up the remainder of the investment.
A police force in southwestern Ontario says it will start releasing the names of those charged with buying sex in a bid to curb human trafficking.
The announcement came at a meeting of the Police Services Board in London following a presentation outlining why the city is considered a hub for the sexual exploitation of women.
London Police Chief John Pare says names of people facing charges will be shared in all cases except those covered by a publication ban or situations in which revealing the person’s name could identify the victim.
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer called on Justin Trudeau to resign Wednesday, saying former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould’s troubling testimony about SNC-Lavalin proved the prime minister has lost the moral authority to govern.
Scheer’s comments come after a three hour hearing where Wilson-Raybould said she felt pressure from Trudeau and others to head off a criminal prosecution of Montreal engineering firm SNC-Lavalin.
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said Wilson-Raybould’s testimony underscored his party’s calls for an independent inquiry to find out the truth of what happened between the former attorney general and members of Trudeau’s inner circle.
During her testimony, Wilson-Raybould told the committee that she withstood four months of relentless pressure to make a plea deal for SNC-Lavalin. She said the pressure came from Trudeau and other senior Liberal officials.
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