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Afternoon News: Tuesday, May 12, 2020

COVID-19 Ottawa:

Ottawa Public Health is reporting 7 more COVID-19 related deaths, and 16 new confirmed cases Tuesday.

178 deaths have been confirmed, as well as 1692 cases.

With the long weekend approaching Ottawa’s Top Doctor Vera Etches is encouraging residents to limit contacts to people living in your home as much as possible.

COVID-19 Ontario:

Ontario is reporting 361 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, and 56 more deaths.

That brings the province to a total of 20,907 cases, including 1,725 deaths and 15,391 cases that have been resolved. The new cases represent an increase of 1.8 per cent over Monday.

Meanwhile, Premier Doug Ford says he will be announcing details on the first stage of Ontario’s reopening plan on Thursday.

In his daily briefing Tuesday, Ford teased “good news” coming, saying the people of Ontario have followed all the protocols.

For has suggested this news will include reopening more low-risk workplaces, seasonal businesses and essential services.

University of Ottawa, Others, Preparing To Stay Online:

The University of Ottawa and other post-secondary institutions are preparing to deliver classes this fall primarily online.

McGill and the University of British Columbia have joined the U of O in laying out broad plans for how they will handle the fall semester.

Post-secondary schools were forced to shift content online as the pandemic grew in March.

Police Encourage Residents to Report Hate Crimes:

Ottawa Police are encouraging you to come forward and report any hate-motivated incidents you encounter.

The force stresses that the city and its departments stand with the local Asian community, adding any hate-motivated acts committed against its members in response to the pandemic will not be tolerated. ““We know that hate motivated crimes are often under-reported,” says David Snoddy, Director of Community Development. “We want people to know that we take such incidents seriously and we are here to help.”

Investigators are still trying to track down the culprits behind a couple of incidents between April 28th and May 1st in the area of Viewmount and Four Seasons Drive. Anyone with more information is asked to call Ottawa Police at 613-236-1222, ext. 5453, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

PM Defends Minister:

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has jumped to the defence of one of his cabinet ministers amid calls for her resignation.

The elected leadership of some Wet’suwet’en First Nations want Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett to step down immediately. Trudeau says his government will continue working with Indigenous groups split over the Coastal Gaslink pipeline.

Four elected Wet’suwet’en chiefs are calling on the B-C and federal governments to reject an agreement reached on February 29th on land rights and title, and begin the negotiation process again with full participation from elected leaders.

Record Cold:

The City of Ottawa set a dubious weather record Tuesday morning.

Environment Canada recorded a temperature of -4.6 at the Ottawa airport, making it the coldest May 12 since 1940, when a temperature of -1.7 was recorded.

The normal daytime high for this time of year in our city is 19 degrees, but the forecast suggests we won’t reach that until Friday, with temperatures staying slightly above average throughout the long weekend.

 

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