Afternoon News: Tuesday, June 9, 2020

COVID-19 Ottawa:

Two more people in Ottawa have died from COVID-19-related illness.

256 people have died from the virus since the first case surfaced in March. Ottawa Public Health is reporting three new cases Tuesday, sending the city’s total to 2009, with around 83 per cent of patients now recovered.

COVID-19 Ontario:

Ontario has 230 new COVID-19 cases, and 14 more deaths.

That brings the total in the province to 31,090, an increase of 0.7 per cent over Monday, which is the lowest growth rate since early March.

The total includes 2,464 deaths and 24,829 resolved cases, which is 337 more than Monday.

Child Care Centres To Re-Open:

All child care centres in Ontario will be allowed to reopen, with restrictions, starting on Friday.

Education Minister Stephen Lecce says operators will be required to limit the number of kids and staff in a defined space to 10 people.

Premier Refuses to Identify Doctors Informing Him:

Premier Doug Ford says he won’t release a list of medical experts guiding his pandemic response because of privacy concerns.

Ford defended those advisers Tuesday after questions were raised about which epidemiologists and scientists are giving him advice on the province’s reopening. The premier says outside of the health experts on his COVID-19 command table, he has received advice from more than 100 doctors, but has declined to name them.

Experts Warn About Changes to Foster Home Inspections:

The Ontario government has been allowing foster homes to be inspected over the phone, increase in size and require less documentation like health records, for more than a month.

The amendments to the Child, Youth and Family Services Act went into effect May 8 and will remain in place while the province is in a state of emergency.

Some experts suggest the changes will make foster and group homes less safe for vulnerable children and youth.

Swatter Loses Conviction Appeal:

An Ottawa man has lost his bid to overturn his conviction for swatting, on grounds that it took three years from his arrest to completion of his trial.

The Ontario Court of Appeal has dismissed his challenge, stressing numerous victims confronted by police at home or school suffered lasting fear and anxiety stemming from the crimes committed when he was 16 years old.

It also says it accepts the trial judge’s finding that the delay was reasonable because the case was highly complex.

Blair Concerned With Incidents of Police Brutality Involving Indigenous People:

Federal Public Safety Minister Bill Blair is concerned about recent incidents that have seen Indigenous Peoples have violent runs-in with the RCMP and local police.

He says while there is a policy designed to ensure bias-free policing by the RCMP, more work needs to be done on its relationship with Indigenous communities. He says police officers who use excessive force or appear to be discriminating on the basis of race need to be held to account.

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