Afternoon News: Thursday, July 9, 2020

COVID-19 Ottawa:

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

Ottawa Public Health’s latest numbers show a total of 2128 cases in the capital, with 85 per cent of cases resolved. No new deaths were reported, so that number remains at 263, where it’s been for almost two weeks now.

COVID-19 Ontario:

There are 170 new cases across Ontario, and three new deaths due to the novel coronavirus.

The total number of cases now stands at 36,348, which includes 31,977 marked as resolved and 2,703 deaths.

Meanwhile, The province has Ontario has extended its emergency orders for the COVID-19 pandemic until July 22. Premier Doug Ford says the extension will help protect vulnerable people and support front-line workers as the economy continues to reopen.

Speed Cameras Coming to Local School Zones:

The city is reminding you that the next time you speed through a school zone, you might have your picture taken.

Permanent speed cameras are being setup near schools on Innes Road, and Bayshore Drive. Other cameras will rotate between six other school zones, including ones on Meadowlands, Ogilvie, Smyth, Katimavik, Watters and Longfields Drive.

Speeding A Concern During Pandemic:

Ottawa Police are making it clear that speed remains an issue on local roads during this pandemic.

The force says last week alone they handed out 128 speeding tickets, and charged five people with stunt driving, leading to vehicle seizures and license suspensions. The force has issued more than 2125 speeding tickets since Operation Overwatch was launched back in late April.

Supreme Court Rules Large Swath of Oklahoma Land is Native American:

The Supreme Court ruled Thursday morning that a large piece of land in Oklahoma, including Tulsa, is Native American land for purposes of federal criminal law in a decision that the state argued could call into question thousands of state prosecutions for serious crimes.

Justice Neil Gorsuch tipped the 5-4 opinion joined by the liberals on the bench. Under the law, crimes involving Native Americans on a reservation are under federal, not state, jurisdiction.

Junior BC Hockey Team to Change Its Name:

The owners of the Saanich Junior Braves hockey team on Vancouver Island have decided to change the team’s name.

They say the name doesn’t reflect the valued relationships the team has with area First Nations or Indigenous players.

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