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Jukasa News Update – Tuesday, August 11, 2020


A new study links cannabis use in pregnancy to a greater risk of autism.
Researchers including experts from the Ottawa Hospital and the University of Ottawa reviewed data from every birth in Ontario between 2007 and 2012, before recreational cannabis was legalized.
They found 1.4 per cent of 18-month-olds were diagnosed with autism but that rate was higher among children exposed to cannabis in the womb, at 2.2 per cent.
Of roughly 500,000 women in the study, 3,000 reported cannabis use during pregnancy. The analysis focused on 2,200 women who said they only used cannabis during pregnancy, and no other substances.
Researchers don’t know how much cannabis was used, how often, at what stage of their pregnancy, or how it was consumed.

Six Nations has confirmed one new case of COVID-19. This marks the 16th case of coronavirus on Six Nations since the beginning of the pandemic – including one death.
Brantford-Brant has 7 active cases including one person in hospital. A total of 149 cases were reported, 137 of those have resolved.
Haldimand-Norfolk has 29 active cases. The region has confirmed 466 positive cases including 405 recoveries and 32 deaths.

Indigenous Services Canada says there are a total of 422 confirmed coronavirus cases on First Nations in Canada.
34 of those patients have been hospitalized and 381 of those have recovered.
A total of 17 confirmed cases related to an outbreak in Nunavik Quebec have all recovered.

The idea that the Toronto police are less racist than their American counterparts is a “myth,” according to the head of the Ontario Human Rights Commission.
Two reports by Ontario’s human rights commission that found Black people in Toronto are “disproportionately” arrested, charged and subjected to use of force by the city’s police force.
The commission’s reports found that Black people are more likely to be “arrested, charged, over-charged, struck, shot or killed by Toronto police.”
It found that despite the fact Black people represent only about 8.8 per cent of the city’s population, they represented almost a third of all charges in the data.

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