Afternoon News: Thursday, June 18, 2020

COVID-19 Ottawa:

There are 7 new COVID-19 cases in Ottawa Thursday.

Ottawa Public Health says the city is up to 2043 confirmed cases, with nearly 84 per cent of patients now recovered. No new deaths were reported, with that number staying at 260.

COVID-19 Ontario:

Ontario is reporting 173 new cases Thursday, and three more deaths.

It’s the lowest number of new cases since late March and brings the province to a total of 32,917. That’s an increase of 0.5 per cent over the previous day, the lowest growth rate since early March.

Contact Tracing App To Launch:

A new mobile app to help track the spread of COVID-19, developed in partnership with Ottawa-based Shopify, is expected to launch in Ontario in two weeks.

The province says the COVID Shield app will supplement its contact tracing strategy ahead of a potential second wave of the virus in the fall.

The province says it also plans to launch a new cloud-based case management system this summer and will bolster its contact tracing workforce, doubling its current capacity to more than 4,000 workers.

Heat Warning Issued;

There’s no relief from the heat in sight.

Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for the Capital, with daytime highs in the low to mid thirties, and the humidex hovering around 40 Thursday through Saturday, and possibly extending into Sunday. Overnight lows won’t fall much further than 18 degrees.

Meteorologists recommend that you drink plenty of fluids during this period, cool off when needed, and for outdoor workers to take regular breaks during this time.

Bloc Leader Denies Member Is Racist:

Bloc Quebecois Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet is defending the actions of one of his MPs.

Blanchet says Alain Therrien is anything but a racist. He denies Therrien made a gesture that NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh described as “dismissive” and “the face of racism.”

Singh criticized Therrien for blocking a New Democrat motion on systemic racism in the RCMP.

Chief Stays Firm in Demand for Public Inquiry Into Police Killings:

An Indigenous leader in New Brunswick is renewing his call for an independent, Indigenous-led public inquiry to investigate two recent police shootings in the province.

Several First Nations chiefs met via teleconference Wednesday with Premier Blaine Higgs, to discuss systemic racism in the justice system. Chief Tim Paul of the Wotstak First Nation issued a statement Thursday to remind Higgs that all the chiefs on the call made it clear they want nothing less than an independent public inquiry.

Heat Slows Down LRT:

Once again Mother Nature has affected trains on the Confederation Line.

OC Transpo tweeted Thursday afternoon that trains are moving at a slower speed on the line, due to the heat we’re experiencing. It insists that this is a standard procedure on Line 1 and 2.

City Announces Cancellations:

Parents and those planning to rent city facilities for events will need to make alternate arrangements.

The City announced today that regular summer programming, including swimming lessons, skating lessons, fitness classes and more, will be scrapped, and those who have already signed up will receive a refund. It’s also canceling rentals of indoor facilities for events with 100 or more people, and outdoor facilities for events with 250 or more people, throughout the month of July.

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