Jukasa News Update Thursday October 31, 2019
Lawyers representing 11 people who were disqualified from applying to open a cannabis retail store in Ontario are seeking to appeal — after a court dismissed their challenge of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario’s rejection and says the AGCO acted reasonably in interpreting the licensing rules.
The group has also filed a motion contesting another judge’s decision not to put the cannabis licensing process on hold until the application for leave to appeal is resolved.
The 11 initially turned to the court in September to challenge their disqualification and dispute the fairness of the procedures involved in the lottery used to grant pot shop licences.
The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, which administers the system, had said the applicants were rejected for failing to submit a letter of credit within the established five-day deadline.
Officials say a bridge project in Minnesota will get a do-over after an American Indian burial site was disturbed.
Minnesota Department of Transportation officials spoke at a community meeting Wednesday night about the state road project on the western edge of Duluth. They said the project is being restarted next year.
The Star Tribune reports an archaeological study of the disturbed ground was completed this month. Officials expect soil to be back in place in the cemetery area within a month.
Work on the bridge replacement stopped in spring 2017 after members of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa told the state the area was likely a burial site, but not before human remains were unearthed.
Construction on the bridge project won’t likely restart until 2023.
A 93-year-old indigenous Hawiian heiress is in a legal battle over her $215 million trust fund.
Abigail Kawananakoa’s fortune has been tied up in a court case since her 2017 stroke. Her longtime lawyer, Jim Wright, argued the stroke left her impaired, and he stepped in to assume the role of trustee.
Kawananakoa said she’s fine, fired Wright and married her partner of 20 years, Veronica Gail Worth.
Last year, a judge appointed First Hawaiian Bank to serve as trustee and removed Wright.
Wright had appointed three prominent Native Hawaiian leaders to serve as board members for the $100 million foundation Kawananakoa created in 2001. The foundation is participating in the court battle because it is a beneficiary of her trust.
Board members of her foundation and ex-employees say her wife is manipulating her. Lawyers for the couple dispute that.
She attempted to change her trust last year to ensure her wife receives $40 million and all her personal property, according to court records.
The couple’s lawyers said Friday that Kawananakoa is well-cared for and should be able to do what she wants with her money.
A southern Ontario school board that’s been fielding criticisms since the stabbing death of a 14-year-old student has voted in favour of creating a panel to improve its response to bullying.
The Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board unanimously voted in support of creating the panel at a Monday night meeting, adopting a recommendation contained in a report from the Director of Education.
Manny Figueiredo says the recent death of Devan Bracci-Selvey has raised concerns about bullying in the community that the panel will try to address.
Devan was fatally stabbed outside of his high school earlier this month, and two teens are now facing first-degree murder charges in his death.
His mother, who witnessed the alleged attack on her son, says Devan endured weeks of bullying before he died.
The panel, which will seek feedback from the community and independent experts on how to prevent and respond to bullying incidents, is expected to present its findings next May.