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Afternoon News: Friday, July 10, 2020

COVID-19 Ottawa:

The City of Ottawa has two more confirmed COVID-19 cases Friday.

The city’s total number of cases since the start of the pandemic now sits at 2,130, with almost 86 per cent of patients recovered. No new deaths were reported Friday, with that number staying at 263 for more than two weeks now.

COVID-19 Ontario:

There are 116 new cases, and seven new deaths due to the novel coronavirus, across Ontario Friday.

There have been 36,464 cases in the province since the start of the pandemic, including 2,710 deaths and 32,155 patients that have recovered.

Ottawa Carleton Board Supports Full-Time School Return:

Trustees with the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board are backing a full return to in-person learning this fall.

They voted unanimously for a full-time return for students, and will send a request to the province for such a plan. A final decision from the province on a return plan for the fall is expected next month.

Ottawa Police Apologize for Inappropriate 911 Call:

Ottawa Police say they’re sorry for their response to a 911 call in which a white woman complained of being intimidated by a Black man in a park.

Apparently, she was upset the man wasn’t two metres away from her on a bridge. A video of the incident shows her putting the call on speakerphone, and the 911 operator telling the man that he’s scaring the woman.

Police say neither the call itself nor the operator’s response was an appropriate use of the emergency system. However, the man in the video, Ntwali Bashizi, 21, wants the woman to be identified, and charged, if appropriate.

Integrity Commissioner Suggests Chiarelli Punishment:

The City’s Integrity Commissioner is recommending that embattled College Ward Councilor Rick Chiarelli be docked 270 days worth of pay for alleged misconduct involving female staffers and job applicants.

That would equal more than $79,000 worth of pay. Chiarelli has denied allegations that he made inappropriate comments, and asked sexually suggestive questions, to women applying to work for him.

TSB Investigating LRT:

The Transportation Safety Board is now investigating at least one of the issues plaguing Ottawa’s LRT system.

The TSB has launched a probe into cracks found on four wheels on three separate trains during recent inspections.

Federal Government Supports Nishnawbe Aski Nation Mental Health Program:

The federal government is taking steps to ensure members of remote First Nations have access to mental health services.

More than $2.6-million will support the Nishnawbe Aski Nation’s Mental Health and Addictions Pandemic Response Program. It will give members access to things like tele-mental health services, 24/7.

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