Jukasa News Update Tuesday September 4, 2018
Ontario has tough new standards for dangerous driving.
The changes took effect on September 1 and include tougher penalties for careless driving and endangering pedestrians.
Drivers convicted of careless driving causing bodily harm or death will now face fines up to $50,000, six demerit points, a driver’s license suspension up to five years and up to two years in jail.
Penalties also increased for drivers who fail to yield to pedestrians at crosswalks – to a fine of $1000 and four demerit points.
Minister of Transportation John Yakabuski says the new standards send a message to the public that dangerous driving in Ontario will not be tolerated.
Stan Beardy, former Ontario regional chief and current Muskrat Dam Chief is being investigated on accusations of sexual harassment.
The Nishnawbe Aski Nation began its investigation into the allegations in October of 2017 — after several women came forward saying Beardy sexually harassed and intimidated them when he was acting as regional chief for the Nishnawbe Aski.
Officials with that region say the investigation is ongoing.
The community of Whitefish River First Nation say there will be no pot sales in their territory when recreational cannabis becomes legal.
According to band officials the decision was made because First Nations are being targeted by people wanting to set up dispensaries on reserves where jurisdiction and legal framework about the dispensaries isn’t clear.
Ontario is scheduled to begin legal online cannabis sales to the public this October with plans to allow retail sales in storefronts in 2019.
Kinder Morgan’s Transmountain pipeline was halted late last week in the Federal Court of Appeal.
The ruling was seen as a huge win by indigenous nations that sit along the route of the pipeline.
Justice Eleanor Dawson said the National Energy Board did not engage in effective assessments of how the pipeline’s operation would affect the communities it crosses, and said Canada did not fulfil it’s duty to meaningful consultation with indigenous people about the project.
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