Jukasa News Update Tuesday, January 23, 2018
An Alberta legislature member is apologizing for saying Indigenous people don’t tend to vote and, when they do engage in politics, they only want to talk to the prime minister.
Dave Schneider apologized on Twitter for offending anyone and says he wants everyone to participate in democracy.
Schneider represents the riding of Little Bow in southern Alberta for the United Conservative Party and made the comments recently to media in his constituency.
Chief Tony Alexis, with the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation, has called Schneider’s comments improper and disrespectful.
Alberta’s Indigenous Relations Minister says Schneider’s comments suggest an attitude from the 1950s and ignore emerging First Nation political engagement.
Police say they have located the body of a missing 29-year-old Hamilton woman and arrested a man in connection with her death.
Hamilton police say Holly Hamilton was reported missing by her family on Monday.
They say Hamilton was last seen by members of her family Sunday evening and had never gone missing before.
Investigators say Hamilton’s body was found in her car in a parking garage.
They say further information will be made public when the man in custody appears in court on Thursday.
Experts say a bright light and what sounded like thunder in the sky above Michigan was a meteor.
The American Meteor Society says it received hundreds of reports of a fireball Tuesday night over the state, including many in the Detroit area. Reports also came in from several other states and Ontario, Canada.
Some Michigan residents reported their homes shaking.
The society says the reports suggest a space rock penetrated deep into the Earth’s atmosphere before it broke apart. The U.S. Geological Service says it registered as a 2.0 magnitude earthquake in Michigan.
Bill Cooke with NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office tells The Detroit News it was “definitely a meteoroid” and a rare sight for Michigan.
Other states where people reported seeing a fireball included Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana and Missouri.
Toronto police say they don’t believe they’ll lay charges against the mother of a newborn baby boy who was allegedly abandoned Tuesday morning outside a commercial building.
Const. David Hopkinson says the mother is receiving medical care, but declined to provide further details.
Police say they received a call just before 11 a.m. from someone claiming to be a passerby who found the infant behind a plaza in the city’s west end.
They initially said they received reports that the baby was found naked on the ground outside the building.
They say a passerby claimed to have put clothing on the boy and brought him to a safe indoor area before calling police.
Police say the investigation is ongoing.
Police in Niagara Falls, Ont., say they’ve charged a man with attempted murder after a woman was allegedly attacked with a knife.
Investigators say the woman was airlifted to hospital with serious injuries on Monday afternoon following the attack.
Police issued a warrant for the accused on Tuesday.
They say the 27-year-old Niagara Falls man turned himself in later that day and was arrested without incident.
He is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday for a bail hearing.
Brantford’s jail has officially closed and its inmates transferred to other correctional facilities in the province.
Most of the jail’s 60 inmates were taken to Maplehurst Correctional Complex in Milton.
Ontario is providing free shuttle services from Brantford and Ohsweken for families to visit inmates at Maplehurst.
It will run three days a week — on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays starting at 11am from Iroquois Plaza in Ohsweken and then to the Brantford Bus Terminal at 11:45am.
Plans for the Brantford jail to close have been in the works since the mid 1990’s. Provincial officials say the facility was not safe for inmates or officers.
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