Afternoon News: Wednesday, May 20, 2020

COVID-19 Ottawa:

Ottawa Public Health is reporting 25 new COVID-19 cases, and eight more deaths, Wednesday.

1,849 cases have been confirmed in the capital since the first one was reported in March, as well as 210 deaths.

OPH has also released a map breaking down where cases have been confirmed.


Mayor Jim Watson has shared some disappointing, but not surprising, news.

Watson says festivals and large-scale events in the city are canceled until at least the end of August, meaning big events won’t be happening this summer.

The announcement was made at the advice of Ottawa Public Health, with The Mayor adding that we must remain vigilant, and make health and safety a top priority.

COVID-19 Ontario:

Ontario is reporting 390 new cases of COVID-19, along with 43 more deaths, Wednesday.

The increase in cases represents a 1.7 per cent climb over Tuesday’s total.

The province now has 23,774 cases of the virus, including 1,962 deaths and more than 18,000 resolved cases.

Masks Recommended:

Canada’s public health experts are now fully recommending that Canadians wear non-medical face masks in public when they aren’t sure they will be able to keep their distance from other people.

The advice is slightly stronger than previous recommendations that people should consider wearing a face mask in public.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he is now covering his face when he’s out of his home, and can’t keep a guaranteed two metres away from others.

Oka Provincial Park Blockade:

The mayor of Oka says members of the neighbouring Mohawk community of Kanesatake are blocking access to a provincial park that was supposed to partially reopen Wednesday.

Mayor Pascal Quevillon said Mohawks began blocking access around 8:30 a.m. to Oka provincial park, which along with other provincial parks had been closed for weeks to slow the spread of the virus. The grand chief of Kanesatake sent a letter earlier in the week to Quebec Premier Francois Legault urging him to keep the park closed until his community is consulted.

Quebec Lifting Restrictions:

Staying in Quebec, the province says limited outdoor gatherings will be permitted starting Friday as the province continues to record a downward trend of new cases.

Dentist offices and hair salons can reopen across the province on June 1. Guilbault says Quebecers will be allowed to host outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people, from a maximum of three families, as long as they keep a two-metre distance from one another.

The province recorded 71 new deaths from COVID-19, for a total of 3,718, and the number of total cases increased by 578 to 44,775.

Stunt Driver Busted on 416:

Police are sharing another story of aggressive driving on local roads and highways, which are quieter than usual due to the pandemic.

OPP say they clocked a vehicle at 192 km/h on the 416 near Spencerville Wednesday morning. The G2 licensed driver had his vehicle impounded, and license suspended for a week, after being charged with stunt driving.

Shopify Launches New Tools:

Shopify says it is launching new business management and sales tools to help entrepreneurs “future-proof” their companies amid the pandemic.

The company is rolling out a “balance card” that can be used for purchases or withdrawing from A-T-Ms and offers cashback, discounts on shipping and marketing and no monthly fees or minimum balances.

Shopify stresses the card is meant for entrepreneurs using their personal bank accounts for business or who those who find banking products aren’t designed to meet the needs of small businesses.

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