Jukasa News Update – Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday he will push provincial premiers to equip police with body cameras as a rapid, substantive solution to allegations of racism and brutality.
The cameras document police officers’ interactions with the public.
The RCMP rejected body-worn cameras in 2016 because testing revealed technical problems. The Mounties said it couldn’t justify purchasing thousands of them for more than 750 detachments.
Most Ontario regions outside the Toronto area will be allowed to open more businesses and activities Friday, including restaurant patios, hair salons and swimming pools as the province takes a regional approach to reopening.
The limit on social gatherings will increase from five to 10, while the government says people must still stay two metres away from anyone outside their own household.
As well, across Ontario on Friday, all places of worship can reopen as long as attendance is limited to 30 per cent of the building’s capacity and physical distancing measures are in place.
Restrictions will stay in place for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, which has a high concentration of the province’s COVID-19 cases, border regions such as Windsor and Niagara and Haldimand-Norfolk, which has seen an outbreak among migrant workers.
Three northern Alberta First Nations want to appeal the province’s decision to suspend environmental monitoring in the oilpatch.
The Mikisew Cree First Nation, the Fort McKay First Nation and the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation have made the request to the regulator’s internal appeals body.
Indigenous leaders say First Nations haven’t been given any explanation of how the province will track environmental impacts during the suspension.
And say environmental monitoring is one of the conditions in place allowing companies access to the land.
The Ontario Cannabis Store says the median price of dried flower dropped 25 per cent in its first full year of operation since legalization in a bid to compete with the illegal market.
The illegal price was $8.23 per gram, compared with $8.56 at OSC.ca and $10.84 at retail stores.
Ontario consumers spent $385.1 million for 35.1 million grams of cannabis online and at retail stores over the 12 months ended March 31, even as supply was constrained in the first six months.
More than 81 per cent of the spending was done at retail stores, whose number increased to 53 in the fourth quarter from 22 a year earlier. There are currently 87 stores operating in the province.
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