Afternoon News: Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Urban Boundary Growing Again:

The City of Ottawa is growing again.

Council has voted in favour of expanding the city’s urban boundary by 1,281 hectares. The motion passed by a vote of 15-6.

The move is being made to facilitate future urban development, but also includes increased intensification in existing neighbourhoods.

COVID-19 Ottawa:

Three more people have died from COVID-19 in Ottawa.

238 people have now died from complications related to the virus in the Capital.

Ottawa Public Health is also reporting 14 more cases Wednesday, sending the city’s total up to 1922.

COVID-19 Ontario:

Ontario is reporting 292 new cases of COVID-19, and 32 more deaths Wednesday.

It’s the second straight day of fewer than 300 new cases, which follows several consecutive days of more than 400.

It brings the provincial total to 26,483, an increase of 1.1 per cent over Tuesday. The total includes 2,155 deaths and 20,372 resolved cases.

Province Taking Over Operation of Some Long-Term Care Homes:

Ontario is taking over management of four of the five long-term care homes that were the subject of a Canadian Armed Forces report that the premier called “horrific.”

Premier Doug Ford also says the government will be conducting “extremely rigorous” inspections of those homes, as well as thirteen others facing challenges managing outbreaks, and will be doing random spot checks across the province.

He is fully prepared to pull operating licences and shut down facilities if necessary, or take over management at more homes.

Hybrid Parliament Session:

`OK, let’s make history.”

With those words, The Speaker of the House of Commons opened the first hybrid session of Parliament.

Some MPs are in their seats while others have logged in virtually and appear on large screens suspended on either side of Speaker Anthony Rota’s chair.

This isn’t a normal sitting of the House of Commons because Parliament is still adjourned, but rather a meeting of a special committee focused mostly on the pandemic.

Canal Opens:

Boaters who have been eager to get out on the Rideau Canal will finally be able to do so next week.

Parks Canada has announced that the Rideau Canal will open to the public on Monday (June 1). You are encouraged to practice physical distancing when accessing the boat launches, green spaces, trails, lock stations and lock station grounds.

Police Busy During First Month of Speed Campaign:

Ottawa Police were kept quite busy during the first month of their Operation Overwatch campaign, which is targeting speeders on local roads and highways, which are quieter due to the pandemic.

The force handed out 823 tickets, and impounded 36 vehicles after charging drivers with stunt driving.

The campaign continues through June.

Barrhaven Drug Bust:

Ottawa Police seized large quantities of Ecstasy, Cocaine, cannabis, three vehicles, and more than $150,000 in cash while executing search warrants in Barrhaven Tuesday.

The Search Warrants were carried out following a seven-month-long investigation into suspected drug trafficking.

Truong Dang, 51, and Byron Jones, 31, were arrested and hit with a number of drug and proceeds of crime offences.

No Appeal In Verdict For Man Accused of Striking and Killing Indigenous Man:

Crown prosecutors will not appeal the acquittal of the man charged in the hit-and-run death of a Indigenous man, 22, in New Brunswick in 2018.

Maurice Johnson of Saint-Charles maintained he hit a deer on the night Brady Francis was killed while walking north of the Elsipogtog First Nation.

Provincial director of Public Prosecutions Pierre Roussel notes some people have said the case exemplifies the lack of justice for Indigenous people in Canada.

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