Afternoon News: Monday, June 15, 2020

COVID-19 Ottawa:

Ottawa Public Health is reporting one new COVID-19 case Monday, leaving the city’s total at 2030 cases since the first one was recorded in March.

That number is smaller than yesterday’s figure, as Public Health suggests three cases recently reported here involved patients from another Health Unit area. We remain at 258 COVID-19-related deaths in the city, with 83 per cent of cases resolved.

COVID-19 Ontario:

Ontario is reporting 181 new cases of COVID-19 Monday, and eight more deaths.

It’s the lowest number of new daily cases since late March. The new cases bring the province to a total of 32,370, an increase of 0.6 per cent over Sunday. The total includes 2,527 deaths and 27,213 resolved cases.

Ontario Reopening More:

All regions of Ontario except for Toronto, Peel and Windsor-Essex will be in Stage 2 of the province’s phased reopening plan as of Friday.

Most areas of the province were allowed to enter the second stage last Friday, except for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, some regions that border the United States and those with COVID-19 outbreaks among migrant workers.

CERB To Be Extended:

Just ahead of this week’s parliamentary showdown on a huge government spending proposal, a key COVID-19 aid program is getting extended.

The New Democrats have demanded the continuation of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit beyond the current 16-week maximum if the Liberals want their support for the package scheduled to be debated on Wednesday. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Monday details are forthcoming on how the CERB may remain in place for people who still can’t return to work.

Senator Calls For RCMP Commissioner to Resign:

A Saskatchewan senator says RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki should resign or be removed to ensure the national police force can properly serve Indigenous communities.

Senator Lillian Dyck says Lucki has shown recently she does not fully understand systemic racism or have the knowledge and skills be the country’s top policewoman. Dyck, the first First Nations woman named to the upper chamber, says the commissioner’s departure would benefit all Canadians, including RCMP members.

City To Seek Out Company To Build New Library:

A big step is being taken today in the Ottawa Public Library Archives Canada joint facility project.

The City is releasing a request for qualifications from contractors, to pre-qualify to build the library on LeBreton Flats. Work is expected to be completed on the building in 2024.

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