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Afternoon News: Monday, July 13, 2020

Ottawa, Other Cities to Move Into Phase Three Friday:

Ontario says much of the province, including Ottawa, will progress to Stage Three of the government’s COVID-19 reopening plan Friday.

The new rules will see restaurants, gyms, and casinos reopen, with limits on how many people can be inside at a time. Indoor gathering limits will increase to a maximum of 50 people, while outdoor gathering limits will increase to a maximum of 100 people.

The province says it will still require people to practice physical distancing with anyone who is not in their 10-person “social circle.” Click here for more details.

COVID-19 Ottawa:

Ottawa Public Health is reporting ten new cases of COVID-19 Monday.

2159 cases have been confirmed in the capital throughout the pandemic, with 85 per cent of patients recovered. No new deaths were reported, with that total staying at 263 for more than two weeks now.

COVID-19 Ontario:

Ontario is reporting 116 new cases of COVID-19 and three new deaths due to the novel coronavirus.

The province is also reporting that 129 more cases have been marked as resolved. The total caseload now stands at 36,839, which includes 32,663 marked as resolved and 2,722 deaths.

Samson Cree Reports Case:

A First Nation in central Alberta is warning that a non-resident member who visited the community has tested positive for COVID-19.

The Samson Cree Nation says in a memo posted on social media that it has been told by a community health nurse that contact tracing has begun. They say the person is self-isolating away from the community.

Police Investigating Cars Into Homes Collisions:

Ottawa Police are investigating two separate incidents of vehicles crashing into homes Monday.

Shortly after noon, a vehicle drove into a home on Carling, near Woodroffe, with a woman trapped in the vehicle suffering critical injuries, described by paramedics as multi-system trauma.

Less than 15 minutes later, another vehicle crashed into a utility pole, before striking a home on Longfields in Barrhaven, leaving another person with multi-system trauma. There’s no word yet on what caused these crashes.

PM Apologizes for WE Scandal:

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a surprise apology Monday morning at an Ottawa news conference.

He told reporters he is sincerely sorry that he didn’t recuse himself from the government’s decision to have the WE Charity manage a $900-million student-aid program.

The ethics commissioner is investigating Trudeau over a potential conflict of interest, the Conservatives want him to appear before the Commons’ finance committee and the opposition wants an investigation by the Commons ethics committee.

Washington NFL Team Changing Its Name:

Washington’s NFL team is shedding its racist name and logo after recent pressure from sponsors and decades of criticism that they are offensive to Native Americans. A new name and logo will be revealed soon.

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