Jukasa News Update Thursday, March 12, 2020
The federal government unveiled a $1 billion response package to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 on the Canadian health-care system, the economy, and workers.
$500 million has been earmarked To help provinces and territories with things like buying equipment, increased testing for COVID-19, and enhanced surveillance and monitoring
$100 million will pay for enhanced federal surveillance, increased testing at the National Microbiology Laboratory, and ongoing support for preparedness in First Nations and Inuit communities.
Six Nations of the Grand River is recommending residents practice proper hand washing, avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with your hands, avoid all unnecessary travel, stay at home if you are sick and avoid large gatherings.
Ontario is reporting four more cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing the total to 41, as officials investigate whether there is evidence of community spread.
A recent case is in a man from Sudbury who attended the Prospectors and Developers Association in Canada convention on March 2 and 3 in Toronto, but it is not yet known if he recently travelled outside the country.
A spokeswoman for Health Minister Christine Elliott says public health officials are investigating the case, but can’t confirm at this point if he contracted the virus through community spread.
Two new cases are in people who recently travelled to the United States _ a man in his 30s who lives in Toronto and a woman in her 30s who is in Halton Region but was treated at hospital in Hamilton.
Another confirmed case is in a woman in her 30s in York Region who recently travelled to Egypt.
A man in his 40s in Ottawa who recently travelled to Austria has also been confirmed to have the virus.
All of the new cases are in self-isolation.
Three people were arrested after Six Nation Police executed a drug search warrant at two Six Nations homes.
A residence on Mohawk Road was searched – two females identified as Ruth Ann Longboat, 54, of Ohsweken, and Tanya Laforme, 45, of New Credit were arrested.
Police also entered and searched a second home First Line Road. A male suspect was located inside the home with his girlfriend and a small child. The male suspect, identified as Shane Longboat, 30, of Ohsweken was arrested by Police.
The female and child were not charged.
Police seized the following items during the two search warrants: an undisclosed amount of cash, cocaine, oxycontin, methadone, digital scales
All are facing drug trafficking charges and will appear in court at a later date.
On March 5, Six Nation Police executed a Controlled Drug and Substance Act search warrant at a Chiefswood Road address on the Six Nations Territory.
Police entered the residence and located two adults and a child inside.
Evan Staats, 56, of Ohsweken, and Jenna Bomberry, 27, of Ohsweken were arrested by Police.
The child was turned over to Family Services. Police conducted a search of the location.
Police seized Cocaine, Oxycocet, Hydromorphone, Digital scale, Baggies for distribution and an undisclosed amount of cash
Staats and Bomberry are facing drug trafficking charges.
Six Nations of the Grand River Economic Development Trust (EDT) announced a second call for 2020 Grassroots Applications.
This additional call has $120,000.00 slated for Community investment.
The Grassroots Application is designed for established volunteer groups or organizations that do not have regular employees, would not have a registered board of directors, and may not have audited financials to provide. The additional Second Call for Grassroots Applicants began as a pilot project in 2019 and has since continued into the 2020 year.
The second call, gives community groups that fall under the grassroots category an additional opportunity to apply, as they may not have their activities planned out a year in advance.
Applications will be made available on the SNGRDC website on March 20 with an application deadline of May 1.