Jukasa News Update Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Filmmaker John Singleton has died. He was 51 years old.
The Boys in the Hood director’s family said Monday that Singleton died after being taken off life support, about two weeks after the director suffered a major stroke.
Singleton became the first black director and youngest director in history to receive an Academy Award nomination. His other films included “Poetic Justice,” ‘’Baby Boy“ and ”Shaft.`
First Nations leaders are calling on the provincial government to help press Ottawa to relocate the community of Kashechewan as it deals with annual flooding.
The remote northern reserve has been evacuated, and it’s 2,500 members have been flown to other locations across the province.
This is the 43rd consecutive year the community has had to cope with widespread flooding.
The first flood came in 1976 and has been evacuated annually for the past several years while its members wait for the federal government to fulfil its promises to move them to a permanent new location. Nishnawbe Aski Nation deputy grand chief says he believes Kashechewan would have seen action much sooner if it were not a First Nation community.
Award-winning Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq is in line to add a literary prize to her list of accolades.
Tagaq’s book “Split Tooth,” is among the six books nominated for the $60,000 Amazon Canada First Novel Award.
Oji-Cree storyteller Joshua Whitehead made also made the short list for “Jonny Appleseed’’.
The winner will be announced at a ceremony in Toronto on May 22.
Ontario is cutting the amount of money school boards receive per student — a move advocates say will mean fewer services and supports for kids.
Overall funding to school boards will be $24.66 billion, up slightly from $24.53 billion this year. But larger classrooms plus reduced funding means some essential student support services will not be able to continue.
Cathy Abraham, the president of the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association, said the decrease in per-student funding is a concern.
The chair of the Toronto District School Board said the cuts will mean an estimated $21.2 million funding reduction for them.