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Jukasa News Update Wednesday, May 31, 2017


The creation of the northern territory of Nunavut in 1999, is celebrated in the latest stamp to mark Canada’s 150th birthday.
Nunavut Premier Peter Taptuna unveiled the stamp in the capital of Iqaluit on Tuesday.
The creation of Nunavut was part of an aboriginal land claim settlement and was the first major change to Canada’s map since Newfoundland and Labrador joined Confederation in 1949.

A new investigation reveals Dakota Access builders Energy Transfer Partners hired a private security firm to launch an aggressive, multifaceted operation against indigenous water defenders trying to stop the pipeline.
Online magazine The Intercept obtained documents showing that private firm held a close working relationship with public law enforcement.
The documents confirm claims by water protectors that private security was sending infiltrators into the camps. Language used in communications between the firm and law enforcement compared the actions of water protectors to Jihad terrorism.
ETP plans to begin commercial operations Thursday.
The company says the pipeline is safe, but opponents fear environmental harm.

Ontario will increase minimum wage to $15 an hour over the next 18 months as part of sweeping changes to the province’s labour laws.
The minimum wage increase was the centrepiece of a slew of reforms Premier Kathleen Wynne revealed including ensuring equal pay for part-time workers, increasing vacation entitlements and expanding personal emergency leave.
The increase will be phased-in gradually to $11.60 in October — up to $14 an hour on Jan. 1, 2018 and $15 the following year.

Police say a 27-year-old Sudbury man is facing charges following an investigation into the distribution of child pornography through Canadian and Russian websites.
Sudbury police allege the accused used the Internet in businesses that offered a free wifi to advertise and distribute child pornography.
He was arrested last week, and a search warrant was executed at a Sudbury home where computers and data storage devices were seized.
The man is charged with arranging to commit a sexual offence against a child, five counts of distributing and advertising child pornography, three counts of possession of child pornography, and failing to comply with a prohibition regarding children.
He appeared in court May 26 and remains in custody.

Two men are facing charges after allegedly sexually assaulting a girl in Wawa.
Provincial police say a girl under the age of 16 reported on Sunday that she had been sexually assaulted.
Two men _ aged 20 and 22 _ are charged with gang sexual assault, sexual assault on a person under 16, sexual interference with a person under 16, and invitation to sexual touching.
OPP say the accused are being held for a bail hearing.

Funding special education for First Nations students from reserves in Ontario needs to be completely overhauled to provide stability and predictability.
This in a new report, which says the federal government must end its practice of “arbitrary and capped” funding.
The document is the result of a human-rights case launched by the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation over what it called inadequate special education services for children living on reserves in the province.
The case is on hold while First Nations and both levels of government try to devise solutions to the problems.

The Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians has elected a new Grand Chief.
Joel Abram was selected as Grand Chief and Gord Peters as Deputy Grand Chief during AIAIs Annual General Assembly at Caldwell First Nation Tuesday.
Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day says Abram’s experience in community governance makes him a strong voice for First Nations communities.

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