Jukasa News Update Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Police are investigating after a woman was sexually assaulted in a Hamilton park.
Police say the incident happened early Monday morning in a secluded area of Valley Park.
They say two men sexually assaulted the woman at knifepoint.
Investigators say the woman escaped “without injury from the knife.”
Officers are asking any witnesses to come forward.
Self-defence and what constitutes “reasonable” actions are the focus of the Crown’s appeal of Peter Khill’s acquittal in the fatal shooting of Jonathan Styres.
Khill testified at trial that his training as a military reservist prompted him to take two lethal shots at Styres.
Prosecutor for the appeal Susan Reid said Khill did not act reasonably, the trial judge made four errors and lawyers for the appeal are asking for a new trial.
Ffriends and family of Jonathan Styres packed the courtroom on Monday, which coincided with Orange Shirt Day.
The three-judge panel reserved its decision.
On Monday, the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation revealed the names of 2,800 children who died in residential schools during a ceremony in Quebec.
A 50-metre-long, blood-red cloth bearing the names of each child and the schools they attended was unfurled and carried through a crowd of Indigenous elders and chiefs, residential-school survivors and others.
The list has been created to break the silence over the fates of at least some of the thousands who disappeared during the decades the schools operated.
Researchers say another 1600 students are confirmed dead but they have not yet identified them.
A Quebec inquiry that examined relations between Indigenous communities and the provincial government delivered a scathing final report on Monday that called on the province to apologize to First Nations and Inuit peoples for systemic discrimination.
The Viens Commission laid out 142 recommendations, or calls to action, for the Quebec government and urged the province to move on them.
Commissioners recommended the province adopt the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, in drafting provincial legislation.
The inquiry was launched in 2016 to look into how Indigenous people are treated by the police, the province’s youth protection agency, health and social services as well as the justice and correctional systems.
The final report proposes removing language barriers, improving living conditions and expanding access to basic services many non-Indigenous people take for granted.