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Jukasa News Update Thursday, June 15, 2017


The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe won a significant victory in its fight to protect the Tribe’s drinking water and ancestral lands from the Dakota Access pipeline.
 A federal judge ruled federal permits authorizing the pipeline to cross the Missouri River just upstream of the Standing Rock reservation, which were hastily issued by the Trump administration just days after the inauguration, violated the law in certain critical respects. 
 !n a 91-page decision, Judge James Boasberg wrote the US Army Corps of Engineers did not adequately consider the impacts of an oil spill on fishing rights, hunting rights, or environmental justice, or the degree to which the pipeline’s effects are likely to be highly controversial.
The Court did not determine whether pipeline operations should be shut off, and has requested additional briefing on the subject next week. 

Ontario NDP MP Charlie Angus wants Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale to ask the Mounties to investigate the deaths of two indigenous young people in Thunder Bay, Ont.
In a letter to the minister, Angus says First Nations leaders have also asked the RCMP to intervene in the investigations.
The body of a 17-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy were found less than two weeks apart in local waterways.
On Tuesday, Goodale said municipal policing falls within Ontario’s jurisdiction, adding Ottawa would “respond constructively” if local authorities were to express the need for federal support.

A trapeze artist from a renowned family of daredevils is planning to hang by her teeth from a helicopter over Niagara Falls today.
The stunt by aerialist Erendira Vasquez Wallenda comes on the fifth anniversary of her husband’s tight-rope walk over the falls.
According to organizers, the chopper will hover about 100 metres above the Horseshoe Falls.
Members of the Wallenda family have gained fame as a circus act.
In 2012, Nik Wallenda walked 550 metres from the American side of the falls to the Canadian side.
Today’s televised stunt, hyped by local authorities, is expected to last about seven minutes.

Three people are dead following a house fire in Hamilton.
Emergency crews were called to a home on Laird Drive just after midnight.
Hamilton Fire officials said three people were pulled from the house and pronounced dead.
There is no immediate information about the victims, nor any word on what may have caused the fire.
The Office of the Fire Marshal has been called in to investigate.

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