Jukasa News Update – Tuesday, November 3, 2020
The trial of a man who threw a trailer hitch at an Barbara Kentner will hinge on the question of whether evidence proves that his actions contributed to her death,
Brayden Bushby, 21, is charged with manslaughter and aggravated assault in the death of the Indigenous woman from Thunder Bay five months after she was injured in the January 2017 incident.
Bushby’s lawyer said his client was pleading guilty to assault, but not guilty to manslaughter.
The court heard from Barbara Kentner in a video filmed before her death.
Defence lawyers say the question before the court is whether there is a legal link between Bushby’s actions and Kentner’s death, as opposed to a medical link and says there is no evidence that the attack was motivated by racism, even if media reports have framed it that way.
Indigenous leaders and health professionals are warning that the second wave of COVID-19 is building quickly among First Nations on the Prairies.
Canada’s chief public health officer, Theresa Tam, reported Friday that 26 Indigenous communities had reported two or more active COVID-19 cases. Seventeen of those were in Manitoba.
A surge of infections in Saskatchewan and Alberta is also affecting reserves. The most recent numbers from Indigenous Services Canada show 116 on-reserve cases in Saskatchewan and 79 in Alberta.
Health officials say numbers shared by Manitoba’s First Nations COVID-19 pandemic response team indicate the impact is worsening. There are 516 active cases involving Indigenous people _ 171 of them who live on reserve.
A shortage of flu shots in Ontario is a sign that more people than ever are getting them, Premier Doug Ford said there has been an increase of 500% this year of Ontario residents getting a flu shot.
The flu shot campaign for the province this fall is part of the Ontario goverment’s pandemic plan in an effort to prevent a deadly twindemic of dual outbreaks of the seasonal flu while health officials are battling the global coronavirus pandemic.
Six Nations is reporting 13 active cases of COVID-19 and 1 new case. There have been 5 new cases in the last week, that is down from 13 new cases the week prior. Brant County saw a spike in cases over the last week. They have 59 active cases with 4 people in hospital. Haldimand Norfolk is reporting 26 active cases with
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