Jukasa News Update Wednesday, September 13, 2017
More than 50,000 people could lose their jobs if the Ontario government goes ahead with its plan to raise the minimum wage.
The province’s financial watchdog says lifting minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2019 would concentrate job losses among teens and young adults, while the number of minimum wage workers in Ontario would increase from just over 500,000 to 1.6 million in 2019.
FAO chief economist David West said the province is entering “uncharted waters” with the increase because no other jurisdiction has gone so far so quickly.
Indigenous people from the Blackfoot and Sioux nations in the US are planning a protest at Yellowstone National Park.
The tribes are seeking to change the name of the Hayden Valley to Buffalo Nations Valley.
Hayden Valley is named for Ferdinand Hayden, a geologist whose explorations inspired the park’s establishment in 1872 but who also called for exterminating American Indians.
The tribes also want to rename Mount Doane, named for U.S. Army Lt. Gustavus Doane. Doane took part in killing dozens of noncombatant Indians in Montana in 1870.
Yellowstone Superintendent Dan Wenk says the names are “an important and sensitive issue.”
A group of parents are being hailed as heroes after stopping a teen from stealing money raised at a local cancer walk in Saskatoon on the weekend.
More than 400 people took part in the event, which raised nearly $8,000 for kids’ cancer research across Canada.
Walk organizer Carolyn Anderson says many bystanders noticed a teenager lingering around during the walk.
Anderson says the boy crept up behind the donation table and swiped a donation box filled with more than $1,200 in cash, cheques and credit card information.
However, she says about 20 parents immediately ran after him and took the money back.
Saskatoon police have charged a 17-year-old boy with theft, uttering threats, breach of probation, and assault with a weapon after he threatened a person with a pair of pliers.
The Ontario government is contributing $150,000 to the Canadian Red Cross to help people in the Caribbean recovering from hurricane Irma.
Premier Kathleen Wynne says in a statement that Irma and its consequences are “a worst nightmare come true” for millions of people.
Wynne also says she has sent a letter to Florida Gov. Rick Scott offering her sympathies and support.
Hydro One employees and equipment are already on their way to Florida to help restore power to millions of Floridians.
And Wynne says she has informed the federal government that Ontario is ready to assist a Canadian response to the disaster.
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