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Jukasa News Update Tuesday, August 1, 2017


North Dakota is asking the federal government for $14 million to cover costs it incurred bringing in police and military to defend the construction the Dakota Access pipeline.
US Attorney General Jeff Sessions is expected to make a decision in the case by the end of September.
This is the second request North Dakota has made for emergency funding to cover costs of fighting for the pipeline.
This spring the state appealed to US President Donald Trump to declare the main camp area a disaster zone and make them eligible for federal aid. That request was denied.
Pipeline owners Energy Transfer Partners have since offered to cover the states costs for law enforcement during the opposition.

A new indigenous advisory committee has been assembled to oversee the construction of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline.
The committee is made up of 13 indigenous people representing First Nations communities from BC and Alberta and 6 federal reps.
Officials say the committee was proposed by indigenous leaders last year.
The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion will triple the capacity on the pipeline running from Edmonton to the west coast carrying almost 900,000 barrels a day.

Ontario’s SPCA is investigating an abandoned rural property where animal welfare workers say they found more than 150 dead cats stuffed into rain barrels.
Officials say the property in Beamsville is a nightmare.
More than 100 cats were recovered alive.
They are being rehabilitated at foster homes in the area.

Health officials in Ottawa are calling for a national review of racism in health care towards indigenous women.
Two researchers who documented the cases of women pressured into tubal ligations in Saskatoon say they believe women in other provinces may have experienced similar treatment.
The study found women were coerced into reproductive sterility surgeries not understanding it was a permanent decision and without giving consent to the procedures.
The researchers say they believe the treatment was discriminatory and likely not restricted to only health care services.

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