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500-year-old skeletons sought by 3 Native American tribes

, The Associated Press

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Somewhere in Boise, two 500-year-old skeletons discovered in Idaho's high desert plains are stored in a secure place as three Native American tribes try to claim the remains and anthropologists lament a lost research opportunity.

U.S. officials won't say where the bones of the young adult and a child are being kept as the U.S. Bureau of Land Management assesses the claims by the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes in eastern Idaho, Shoshone-Paiute Tribes in southern Idaho and northern Nevada and the Nez Perce Tribe in northern Idaho.

'Canada does not treat us right': Trump threatens new tax

The Canadian Press

U.S. President Donald Trump is complaining about Canadian trade practices while threatening some as-yet-undefined international tax that has revived fears he might be contemplating new American import penalties.

He made the remarks at the White House on Monday while unveiling a long-awaited infrastructure plan. During a lengthy session with reporters, he complained about countries considered allies of the U.S.

"Canada does not treat us right in terms of the farming and the crossing the borders," Trump said.

Opinion Cases like Colten Boushie's are handled unjustly, and there's nothing wrong with saying that: Neil Macdonald

Neil Macdonald, CBC News

For what it's worth, federal Conservative politicians are expressing great concern that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his justice minister may have somehow harmed the judicial process by implicitly criticizing the acquittal of an Indigenous man's killer by a Saskatchewan jury last week.

Well, setting aside for a moment that the Conservatives are the official Opposition, and reflexively oppose everything Trudeau does or says, and further setting aside the fact that Trudeau's remarks were his usual dollop of largely meaningless pablum, what exactly would be the problem if he'd had the bottle to actually speak plainly and critically about what happened in that courtroom?

Franklin County flu cases up from last year; Cuomo authorizes emergency funds for statewide flu shots

- Malone Telegram

MALONE — Franklin County has registered 91 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza so far in the 2017-18 flu season.

This represents a noticeable increase from last year; during the same time period for the 2016-17 flu season, there were 78 lab-confirmed cases.

County Public Health Director Kathleen Strack recommended that county residents continue to get vaccinations, noting that influenza activity is up across the state.

“Data suggests that the influenza vaccine continues to offer protections and can reduce the severity of illness for those who get the flu,” wrote Strack in an email to The Telegram on Friday.

LCBO chooses Shopify to run online cannabis sales in Ontario


The Ontario government has inked a deal to use Shopify Inc.’s e-commerce platform for cannabis sales online and in stores as part of its plan to be the province’s sole distributor of legal recreational marijuana.

The Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation (OCRC), a subsidiary of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, will use the Ottawa-based company’s online store software for its online and mobile sales portal.

Mohawk Council of Akwesasne pondering a recreational marijuana dispensary on its territory

Alan S. Hale, Cornwall Standard-Freeholder

AKWESASNE - If the community gives the go-ahead, Akwesasne could be the only place with a dispensary for recreational marijuana near Cornwall when it becomes legal this year.

At its monthly meeting in January, a video of which is posted on YouTube, the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne (MCA) ran the idea past its members looking for feedback. It was made very clear during the presentation the MCA would not pursue the idea if the community is not in favour of it, but Grand Chief Abram Benedict argued the impending legalization of marijuana presents the First Nation with an incredible business opportunity.