Jukasa News Update Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Ontario’s municipal elections concluded Monday night.
In the surrounding region Kevin Davis overwhelmingly defeated Chris Friel for Mayor in Brantford with Davis receiving 53% of the vote against Friel’s 30%.
Haldimand County incumbent Ken Hewitt was re-elected with just over 50% of the vote. Kristal Chopp was elected in Norfolk County with 54.5% of the vote defeating Charlie Luke by nearly 12%.
David Bailey won the Brant County election and will replace Mayor Ron Eddy – who has been mayor in the municipality since 1999.
Voter turnout in the surrounding region was relatively low with an average of 35% across the board for eligible voters coming out to cast their ballots.
The Iroquois Nationals have named Curt Styres the general manager for the 2019 World Indoor Lacrosse Championship. The Rochester Knighthawks Owner and General Manager will lead the four-time silver medalists into next year’s worlds in Langley, BC.
Styres says the appointment is a huge honor to be part of the history of the team.
The federal government says it will respond to pleas for help from northern Quebec, where a spate of suicides in Inuit communities this year has created what officials are calling a crisis.
Heath authorities in Nunavik, the Quebec region that is home to the province’s Inuit communities, have already sent extra mental-health resources to one hard hit village, Puvirnituq.
The head of the school board serving the region said last week that two students have died by suicide since the beginning of the school year in mid-August, and three other young adults have taken their lives in the past month.
In an Oct. 12 letter, the head of the region’s council of school commissioners called for “urgent collective action” and noted that one of the suicide victims was just 11 years old.
According to media reports, Puvirnituq on Hudson Bay has had at least 10 suicides since the beginning of 2018. A coroner’s investigation is ongoing.
A new four-part PBS docuseries entitled “Native America” seeks to recreate a world in the Americas generations prior to the arrival of Europeans. Using archaeology, Native American oral traditions, even high-tech 3D renditions, viewers are presented images of busy cities connected by networks that span from the present-day United States to South America.
Series executive producer and director Gary Glassman said the project took more than a year to plan because producers wanted to make sure they had buy-in from Native American communities the documentaries sought to cover. Filmmakers wanted to include animated pieces of sacred art and stories to illustrate the importance of the site and wanted to be sensitive, Glassman said.
The docuseries then takes viewers to the rock art of the Amazons and the Haudenosaunee Confederacy of New York to show how similar spiritual theologies through diverse practices linked people thousands of miles apart.
The first episode of “Native America” is scheduled to air on most PBS stations on Oct 23 and runs till Nov 13.
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