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Canada's premiers meet Indigenous groups, although three major groups decline

Canada's premiers emerged from meetings with Indigenous organizations Wednesday with little in the way of concrete initiatives after several major Aboriginal groups refused to participate in the gathering for the second year in a row.

Three of the country's largest Indigenous groups — the Assembly of First Nations, the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and the Metis National Council — all bowed out of the talks in Bouctouche, N.B., held a day before provincial leaders are set to gather in St. Andrew's, N.B., for their annual Council of the Federation meetings Thursday and Friday.

Trump administration won't commit to permanent funding for tribal water rights


A tribal water rights fund is due to run out of money but the Trump administration isn't ready to support a permanent fix despite billions of dollars of settlements in the pipeline. The remaining balance in the Reclamation Water Settlements Fund is already "spoken for," a key lawmaker said. Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico), the vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, has introduced a bill to make sure tribes who are still negotiating aren't left behind. "It's all spoken for and we don't have a good plan for moving forward, that's basically what you're saying," Udall told a senior Trump administration official at a hearing on Wednesday. "I'm not asking for a response there," Udall said.

Man arrested for attempted murder after Brampton, Ont., boy's disappearance

CBC News

Police have arrested a 28-year-old man for attempted murder after a five-year-old boy went missing Thursday morning from his Brampton, Ont., home. 

Peel Regional Police say Dyon Smart, also of Brampton, is known to the boy and his mother. He faces charges including aggravated assault and breach of probation.

Smart appeared in court Thursday for a bail hearing.

Const. Sarah Patten said the "huge" investigation will involve a lot of resources. 

Indigenous activists call for end to ticketing of homeless people in Montreal

Jessica Deer · CBC News

More than a dozen people gathered in downtown Montreal Tuesday, concerned about the police ticketing homeless people around Cabot Square, which has historically been a gathering space for Indigenous people in the city.

"How many times do Indigenous people have to be displaced over and over and over again?" said Jessica Quijano, co-ordinator of the Iskweu project at the Native Women's Shelter of Montreal. 

"The message we're sending today to the city of Montreal, to the police, the citizens, everyone that this is a human rights abuse. This needs to end."

University of Winnipeg seeking Indigenous artist to create podium

The Canadian Press

The University of Winnipeg has put out a call for an Indigenous artist to create a podium for special events such as convocation.

The university has $15,000 to spend on a piece that reflects the location of the university on Treaty 1 territory and on the homeland of the Métis.

"We understand that Winnipeg, in particular the heart of Winnipeg where we are, has been a meeting place for many different nations for thousands of years," said Jarita Greyeyes, the university's director of community learning and engagement.

Sask. government seeks court order to remove Justice For Our Stolen Children camp

Olivia Stefanovich, Stephanie Taylor · CBC News

The Government of Saskatchewan is asking for a court order to remove the Justice For Our Stolen Children camp in Regina's Wascana Centre.

The province is taking legal action against members of the camp and Regina Police Chief Evan Bray, according to court documents that were filed Tuesday at Regina's Court of Queen's Bench.

"It is important to stress that we are not asking the court to stop the group from protesting," reads a statement from Minister of Central Services Ken Cheveldayoff sent to CBC News in an email Thursday. 

The scent of a storm: Here’s why lightning emits a smell

Washington Post

You’ve seen it, you’ve heard it, but have you ever smelled it? As bizarre as it sounds, lightning has a distinct odor. But unlike its blinding flash or deafening roar, the scent of a lightning bolt is much more subtle. In fact, you’ve probably experienced it before.

Whenever lightning strikes, it heats the air to 50,000 degrees. The rapid expansion of the air produces a sonic boom that you hear as thunder. However, at the molecular scale, chemical changes can alter the atmosphere on a highly local level and leave behind an aroma.

Prison time for human smuggling trip that ended in two deaths

Alan S. Hale, Cornwall Standard-Freeholder

Louie MacDonald has been sentenced to almost 14 months in prison for manslaughter after two men from India drowned while he was smuggling them into the United States in late 2015.

After being out-of-work for two years, MacDonald agreed to use his boat to transport a load of marijuana and three young Indian men from Cornwall Island to Snye apparently as a way to get easy money for school supplies for his children. The plan was that once safely on shore, the trio would be able to cross the unmonitored border there into the U.S. But disaster struck along the way.

Flash rain forces Ogdensburg to discharge wastewater into St. Lawrence River

LARRY ROBINSON - Massena Daily Courier

OGDENSBURG — A flash rain event Monday night forced the city to dump approximately 493,000 gallons of partially treated effluent into the St. Lawrence River, according to state and local officials.

The discharge occurred after roughly seven-tenths of an inch of rain fell on the city, according to officials.

The resulting overflow into the St. Lawrence River was reported to the public through the NY-Alert system, a web-based portal designed to disseminate what is deemed to be critical information to the public.

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