Jukasa News Update, Thursday November 1, 2018
The Manitoba Metis Federation is threatening more court action against the province over cancelled agreements with the Crown hydro utility.
The Progressive Conservative government has served notice it is pulling out of a $20-million benefits agreement signed with the federation and Manitoba Hydro in 2014.
The move comes several months after the province cancelled a similar agreement between the utility and the federation worth $67 million.
The federation has filed court action on that first deal, and president David Chartrand says he has no doubt there will be more legal action over the latest cancellation.
The federal government says it will step in to support the transportation needs of some northern and remote communities affected by the closure of Greyhound bus operations in western Canada and northern Ontario.
Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau says Ottawa is open to help affected provinces pay for bus service in communities where private enterprise has not come forward to service abandoned routes.
As well, Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott says her department will subsidize bus services to remote Indigenous communities where needed.
The announcement came as Greyhound was winding down all but one of its routes in the West.
Greyhound announced in July that it would stop serving unsustainable services in Canada as of Oct. 31.
Garneau said the federal government knows how much it is prepared to spend on subsidized bus services but won’t provide the figure until a later date.
An Indigenous group is worried about the Saskatchewan government’s plan to arm some conservation officers with the same type of rifle that is used by the military and some police forces.
Media reports say the province is seeking a bid for 147 semi-automatic patrol carbines.
The officers are to be armed with the weapons due to their expanded role to help fight rural crime.
The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations says this decision could lead to people being killed.
Vice-chief Heather Bear says the government made the decision without consulting Indigenous leaders.
The federation represents 74 First Nations in Saskatchewan.
Ontario’s ombudsman says his office has received more than 1,000 complaints about the province’s online cannabis store since it launched earlier this month.
Paul Dube says he’s set up a triage team to deal specifically with the flood of concerns over the government-run Ontario Cannabis Store.
He says the most common complaints have involved delayed deliveries, poor communication with customers and billing problems.
Dube’s office has yet to launch a formal investigation into the complaints and says if the OCS can alleviate the issues, a deeper probe may not be required.
The Trudeau government is seeking to give federally regulated workers more paid personal-leave days in a proposal that arrives as Ontario moves to cut workers’ time-off entitlements.
Federal budget legislation, if passed, would let workers take up to five days off each calendar year for reasons such as the care of relatives, children’s educations, or to attend their own citizenship ceremonies.
The bill, introduced this week by the federal Liberals, says three of the days off would be with pay for workers who have had their jobs at least three straight months.
Ottawa’s proposed labour amendments follow new legislation from Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government to eliminate an entitlement to two such days off with pay for workers under provincial jurisdiction. Most workers are under provincial rules.
The federal legislation is also proposing changes that will provide five days of paid leave for victims of family violence, unpaid leave for court or jury duty and a fourth week of annual vacation for employees who have at least 10 consecutive years of employment.
The changes would also eliminate minimum length of service requirements for when workers become eligible for general holiday pay, sick leave, maternity leave and parental leave.
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