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Jukasa News Update – Tuesday, April 23, 2019


Ontario conservation authorities say the provincial government has cut their funding for flood management programs in half.
Conservation Ontario, which represents the province’s 36 conservation authorities, said impacts of the cuts will be felt immediately, particularly in smaller and more rural areas.
Ontario had given $7.4 million to the conservation authorities for that work, but they say that has now been reduced by 50 per cent.

Provincial police say a 21-year-old has been charged in the death of a man who was shot on the powwow grounds of Aroland First Nation.
Investigators say a fight broke out at about 1 a.m. on Friday.
Officers with the provincial force and the Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service arrived at the scene and found a man with serious injuries.
Police say the man died at the scene, and a post-mortem was conducted Monday.
Investigators say another man at the scene was arrested.
He faces a charge of first-degree murder.

Funding for Ontario’s two public library services has been cut in half, a decision the provincial government said it made to help address the province’s $11.7-billion deficit.
The heads of the library services in northern and southern Ontario said Tuesday that they were told of the cuts the day after Premier Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives announced their budget last week.
Southern Ontario Library Service says they will now need to cut $1.5 million from its approximately $3 million annual budget.

A federally commissioned report says many Indigenous communities lack policing services that meet their safety and security needs despite long efforts to improve.
It says numerous communities are stuck with a colonial policing model that overlooks Indigenous cultural traditions and fails to create the bonds of trust needed for successful police work.
The report says the federal First Nations Policing Program has been a source of frustration for many Indigenous communities, partly due to inadequate funding.
The report says the most promising ways to promote safety and well-being involve building relationships among police, other service providers and community members.

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