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Jukasa News Update Thursday, September 27, 2018


The Haldimend-Norfolk Health Unit has confirmed six human cases of West Nile virus including one death.
Six Nations confirmed one human case of West Nile as well.
West Nile virus peaks in late summer and reported cases continue to surface into the fall.
Mosquito pools have tested positive for the virus in Brant, Cayuga, Simcoe, Dunnville, Caledonia and Six Nations.

Ontario will allow recreational cannabis smoking to be permitted in the same places as tobacco.
Regulatory decisions were announced Wednesday and Conservatives say they are loosening the rules of the previous Liberal government.
Retail stores will not be capped when the private cannabis retail market opens in October. Municipalities have until January to opt out of hosting the stores.
The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario will regulate the market giving it the power to grant and revoke licenses as well as enforce provincial rules on cannabis sales.

An Alaska governor has declared a state of emergency for Alaskas native languages.
The order signed directs the state education minister to work with partners to promote and preserve all 20 recognized indigenous languages in the state.
The order was prompted by a report from the Alaska Native Language Preservation and Advisory Council saying if no action is taken the languages could become extinct by the end of the century.

Ontario’s child welfare system is letting youth down by ignoring their cultural and emotional needs and failing to allow them a direct say in their own care
This in a new report from the provinces’ chief coroner whose office launched an investigation after 12 youth in the care of a children’s aid society or Indigenous Child Wellbeing Society died over a three-and-a-half-year stretch from 2014 to mid 2017.
Two thirds of those children were Indigenous, most died by suicide, and all contended with mental health struggles while living away from home.
The report said there is a problem with the crisis-driven, patchwork system that risks leaving youth adrift and uncared for.
Of the 12 cases examined by the report, eight were Indigenous youth who came from families that showed signs of inter-generational trauma.They also routinely dealt with the effects of poverty in their remote northern communities, including inadequate housing, contaminated drinking water, and lack of access to educational, health and recreational resources.

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