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Jukasa News Update Wednesday, February 8, 2016


DAPL granted permission to dig beneath Missouri River
The US Army Corps of Engineers has granted permission for the Dakota Access Pipeline to drill beneath the Missouri River.
According to documents filed with the Department of Justice the Army also intends to cancel the Environmental Impact Study.
Tribal officials for Standing Rock, whose traditional territory is being affected by the pipeline, are vowing to fight the matter in court.
A national march on Washington in protest of the Trump administration’s actions on the pipeline is planned for March 10th.

National Inquiry will follow protocols
The lead investigator for the National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada is set to begin this spring.
Lead counsel for the commission, Susan Vella, said the inquiry will be unlike anything the country has ever seen from a legal standpoint.
Vella said the inquiry will include the testimony of cases involving lesbian, two spirited and transgendered people affected by the crisis.
Commissioners will follow proper protocols of the indigenous territories they visit, and will only attend communities where they are invited.
Ottawa has allowed $53.8 million dollars for the two year project.

Bison return to Banff
A multi-million dollar project has brought Bison back to Banff National Park.
The years long process saw 16 Bison moved to the park including 10 pregnant cows and 6 young bulls.
The animals were airlifted by helicopter to a 182,000 square meter enclosed pasture.
Park officials are planning to release the bison into the park after a 16 month long naturalization phase following the birth of calves.
Environment Minister Cathering McKenna called the Bison’s return a perfect way to celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation.

Rabies resurfaces in Hamilton
A cat in Hamilton has tested positive for rabies.
Public health officials are working to determine if the cat came into contact with raccoons in the area. Last summer an increase in reported rabies cases in raccoons put pet owners and public health workers on high alert.
Now officials are working to see if any humans came into contact with the cat and were potentially exposed to rabies.
Hamilton Public Health is asking anyone who came into contact with a male adult orange tabby cat in rural Glanbrook between January 22 and January 30 to contact the agency for a possible post-exposure rabies vaccination.

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