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Jukasa News Update Wednesday, January 4, 2017


Canada not providing children sufficient mental health help on reserve
An internal governmentt memo says the federal government is failings to provide adequate care for First Nations children with mental health issues.
The memo was uncovered by NDP critic Charlie Angus and says in extreme cases First Nations parents are surrendering their children to child welfare in hopes they will get the critical care needed.
The report admits funding for mental health needs on reserve are not equal to that of children in the rest of Canada, and says not enough on reserve services exist on reserve to meet mental health demands for first nations children.

Saskatchewan nations settle on unpaid annuities
A Saskatchewan First Nation has settled a dispute with the federal government for $4.5 million dollars in compensation.
The Specific Claims Tribunal says Ottawa breached its obligation to the Beardy and Okemasis First Nations to pay treaty annuities to its members because it believed the bands were involved in a rebellion.
The resistance resulted in the holding of government annuities for thirteen nations for three years in the late 1800’s.
Ottawa has 30 days to appeal the decision.
Restaurants will display calorie counts
The New Year ushers in changes for restaurant chains and food service providers.
The Healthy Menu Choices Act requires operators in Ontario to list calorie counts for all food and drink items.
The changes will come into force January 1st and affect restaurants, convenience stores, grocery stores and movie theatres.
Penalties for non-compliance could see food service operators fined up to $10,000 a day.
Seniors eligible for free shingles vaccine
Ontario seniors 65 and older will be eligible to get the shingles vaccine free of charge starting January 1st.
The program will save the province’s seniors the $170 fee for the shots.
Seniors aged 65 to 70 can get the vaccine from their doctor or nurse practitioner. Shingles affects more than 42,000 people every year in Ontario. The painful rash can last a month or more and is often severe enough to interfere with daily activities.
Complications from the virus can lead to serious health problems such as loss of vision and prolonged nerve pain.

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