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Jukasa News Update Thursday, January 2, 2020


Changes to tax exemption at on-reserve gas stations in Ontario took effect on January 1.
The province has eliminated the white and blue gas card. Retailers are now accepting federal status cards for tax exemption.
Tax exemption for gas sold in large quantities will now require an exemption certificate from the province.

Six Nations new Food Bank opened the doors of it’s new building.
The new location provides the first permanent home for the essential community service.
The building on CAO lane in Ohsweken took six months to complete at just over $565,000.
Six Nations Food Bank provides critical support aproximately 80 families each week from Six Nations and Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.

The British Columbia Supreme Court has granted Coastal GasLink an interlocutory injunction against members of a First Nation and others who oppose the company’s natural gas pipeline.
The company is building a pipeline from northeastern B.C. to LNG Canada’s export terminal in Kitimat on the coast.
Coastal GasLink says it has signed agreements with all 20 elected First Nations councils along the 670-kilometres route but hereditary chiefs in the Wet’suwet’en First Nation say the project has no authority without their consent.
The court had granted the company an interim injunction last December against pipeline opponents and protests erupted around the world when RCMP enforced it in January, arresting 14 people.

Quebecers under the age of 21 are no longer able to buy or possess recreational cannabis.
The change took effect on January 1 and is now the toughest age restriction in Canada.
The Coalition Avenir Quebec government changed the legal age of access to cannabis saying it was to protect brain development in those under 21.
But policy experts now fear the change will drive Quebec’s connabis users under the age of 21 straight to the black market.
While federal law sets the minimum age of legal access to recreational cannabis at 18, it leaves it to the provinces and territories to establish their own rules. The legal age for consumption is 19 in every other province except Alberta, where it’s 18.

The federal public safety minister’s office says it has spoken to the RCMP over concerns about language reportedly used by the agency in planning how it would deal with First Nations protesters blockading natural gas pipeline construction in northern B.C.
Bill Blair’s office says it is concerned by what it called “unacceptable words and phrases” that British media outlet the Guardian said were used by the RCMP in strategizing for its removal of the blockade.
In late 2018, Wet’suwet’en members had set up checkpoints preventing pipeline project workers from accessing the site, arguing their hereditary chiefs hadn’t given consent.
A court injunction allowing the company’s work to continue was granted, and the RCMP were called in to enforce it, dismantling one checkpoint early in January 2019 and arresting 14 people.
Late last week, the Guardian reported it had seen notes from a strategy session suggesting that RCMP commanders instructed officers to use as much violence as they wanted, and that they argued for “legal overwatch,” a term the newspaper said is used to represent the deployment of snipers.
The RCMP says the Guardian denied a request for the police force to see the documents, and can’t verify the validity of the statements and whether they were understood in their correct context.

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