Jukasa News Update Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Indigenous leaders in British Columbia are threatening future court challenges of the National Energy Board’s review of the marine shipping effects of an expanded Trans Mountain pipeline.
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, says the project is a “stinker” that will worsen climate change, which is already contributing to devastating wildfires and flooding in the province.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government has purchased the existing pipeline and expansion project for $4.5 billion, and Phillip accused Trudeau of lacking a conscience or any concern for future generations of Canadians.
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is calling on the federal government to pick up the tab to continue a basic income pilot project scrapped by Ontario Premier Doug Ford.
The $150-million, three-year project was initiated by the province’s previous Liberal government but Ford announced last summer that his Conservative government will end the project in March, a year ahead of schedule.
Singh says the premature end of the pilot will make it impossible to determine how effective a basic income program could be in lifting Canadians out of poverty.
And he says it leaves in the lurch the 4,000 Ontarians who are involved in the pilot.
The pilot project provides payments to low-income people in a number of communities, including Hamilton, Brantford, Thunder Bay and Lindsay.
Ontario will cap minimum wage at $14 an hour until fall 2020 as part of a rollback of labour reforms introduced by the previous Liberal regime, the Progressive Conservative government announced Tuesday.
The announcement drew praise from some business owners and criticism from unions and anti-poverty advocates.
Under the government’s new legislation, minimum wage will remain at $14 until October 2020.
The government’s labour bill, if passed, will also cut two paid personal leave days for workers, bringing their total to eight _ three for personal illness, two for bereavement leave and three for family responsibilities.
The legislation keeps provisions brought in by the Liberals that granted workers up to 10 days of leave if they or their child experiences domestic or sexual violence. It will also maintain regulations that grant Ontario workers three weeks of paid vacation after five years of service.
Six Nations Police say an 18 year old man is in custody and facing several charges in connection to a reported explosive device in an Ohsweken home earlier this week.
Police arrested James Wilson on Monday.
He is facing break and enter, mischief and weapons charges in connection to explosive device — though police say they have yet to confirm if the device does in fact contain explosives.
Wilson was held for a bail hearing on Tuesday.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police.
Canada’s chief public health officer says the opioid crisis may be responsible for limiting Canadians’ life expectancy.
In a new report Dr. Theresa Tam says life expectancy has been steadily on the rise in Canada but she warns the life expectancy in B.C. is decreasing. BC is the province hit hardest by the opioid crisis.
Tam’s report, focusing on alcohol, cannabis and opioid use among youth, also says the drop in life expectancy is more prominent among men and Canadians living in poorer neighbourhoods.
Government data shows nearly 4,000 Canadians died from apparent opioid overdoses last year.
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