Afternoon News: Tuesday, June 16, 2020

COVID-19 Ottawa:

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

Ottawa Public Health is also reporting six new cases of the virus Tuesday. The city has recorded 2036 cases, with 83 per cent of patients now recovered, as well as 260 deaths since the first case was reported here back in March.

COVID-19 Ontario:

Ontario has 184 new cases, and 11 more deaths.

The new cases bring the province to a total of 32,554, which is an increase of 0.6 per cent over Monday. It includes 2,538 deaths and 27,431 resolved cases.

Quebec To Re-Open Schools in The Fall:

The Quebec government says it plans to have all elementary and high schools reopen this fall.

Students from preschool through Grade 9 will return full time to classrooms that will include so-called bubbles, which are groups of six students within the class that won’t require any distancing at all. Those in their final two years of high school will have flexibility to alternate between home and the classroom.

Non-Essential Border Crossing Ban Extended:

Despite mounting pressure from business interests and border communities, Canada and the U-S are extending the ban on non-essential travel across the border for another month.

Essential workers, trade shipments and temporary foreign workers are allowed to cross, but discretionary travel like vacations and shopping trips will remain banned until at least July 21.

City to Resume Enforcement of Parking Time Length Restrictions:

Something to keep in mind when searching for a parking spot later this month.

The City has announced it will resume enforcing posted time limitations on parking, starting June 29. By-law officers will observe a week-long grace period, during which they will write warning tickets for those that exceed the time limit that’s set in the area.

Black Caucus Calls For Change:

In the wake of anti-racism rallies around the world, a group of MPs and senators from all parties is calling for action to reduce embedded, ongoing racism in Canada.

The eight members of the Parliamentary Black Caucus have issued a series of proposals aimed at ending what it calls “pernicious and widespread” racism. The measures include better collection of race-based data; improving justice for Black and Indigenous people; supporting Black owned or operated businesses, and increasing Black representation in the public service.

Men’s World Curling Championship Coming to Ottawa:

The 2021 men’s world curling championship will be held right here in Ottawa.

The tournament is set to take place at TD Place Arena.

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