Afternoon News: Thursday, May 21, 2020

COVID-19 Ottawa:

Another person has died from COVID-19 in the Capital.

Ottawa Public Health is also reporting 19 new cases of the virus Thursday. The city has now recorded 1868 cases, and 211 deaths, with more than 75 per cent of cases resolved.

Shopify Going Remote:

The head of Shopify says there’s no going back.

The company is moving to a permanent remote-work model for most employees. Its head, Tobi Lutke, says Shopify is now a digital-by-default company. Shopify offices will remain closed until 2021, and then re-open with a significant shift in purpose.

Lutke says they’ve jumped into the driver’s seat, instead of being passengers.

COVID-19 Ontario:

Ontario is reporting 413 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday, for a provincial total of 24,187.

That includes 1,993 deaths related to the virus, 31 of which were reported Thursday. The total also takes into account 18,509 cases that are considered resolved.

Ford Wants Testing Plan:

Premier Doug Ford has asked health officials to deliver a plan for expanded testing next week, after Ontario’s testing rates dropped in recent days.

Ontario completed 10,506 tests in the previous day, marking a fourth straight day it fell short of its goal of doing at least 16,000 tests per day. Ford said he wants as many people as possible in the public to be tested, including people without symptoms, because until that is done, Ontario can’t get a true picture of asymptomatic cases.

More Money For Off-Reserve Indigenous:

More help is on the way for the more than 1,000,000 Indigenous people living off reserve who are struggling because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the government is sending $75,000,000 to organizations that specifically help Indigenous people living in urban areas with issues such as food, health care and housing. He says they deserve access to good services that are culturally appropriate.

Shotguns Seized:

Ottawa Police seized a shotgun and ammunition after stopping a suspected impaired driver on Carling Avenue, near Woodroffe earlier this week.

Officers searched two people in the vehicle on Tuesday night and found ammunition, before discovering the shotgun in the vehicle.

A Cornwall man, 35, and a woman, 32, were arrested and hit with a number of charges including pointing a firearm, possession of a weapon, and possession of a restricted weapon.

SIU Clears Ottawa Police:

Ottawa Police have been cleared of any wrong doing by the Province’s Special Investigations Unit, in connection with the arrest of a Smiths Falls man back in September.

The man, 43, arrested on a warrant from Smiths Falls, was found to have a broken orbital bone, which he blamed on arresting officers.

However, the SIU, which probes any incident involving police that leads to death, serious injury, or allegation of sexual assault, determined that the officers played no role in his injuries, and that no force was used in his arrest.

VIA To Offer More Service in June:

You will have more options to ride the rails starting next month.

VIA has announced it will be adding more trains on the lines serving Ottawa, Montreal, Kingston, and Toronto.

Three more trains will be running on the Ottawa-Kingston-Toronto corridor starting June 3.


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