Afternoon News: Tuesday, July 21, 2020

COVID-19 Ottawa:

Ottawa Public Health is confirming the news shared by Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott Tuesday morning. There has been a substantial increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Capital.

43 new confirmed cases are being reported Tuesday, sending the city’s total during the pandemic to 2,287, with 81 per cent of cases resolved. There are now 159 active cases in the city, though no new deaths were reported Tuesday, leaving that number at 263.

COVID-19 Ontario:

Ontario is reporting 203 new cases Tuesday, the highest number recorded for several weeks, as well as one new death related to the virus.

The total number of cases now stands at 37,942, which includes 2,753 deaths and 33,605 resolved cases.

Ford Comments on Case Increases Among Younger People:

Premier Doug Ford says young people must avoid going to parties and violating physical distancing rules, in response to a spike in cases in younger demographics this week.

Ford says young people who violate the public health measures are endangering their families, especially their parents and grandparents. He is also urging families to emphasize the importance of following physical distancing and social bubble rules to their younger members.

Montsion Defence Continues Closing Arguments:

Defence lawyers for an Ottawa police officer are telling his manslaughter trial that the injuries suffered by a Somali-Canadian man during an arrest four years ago did not cause or directly contribute to his death.

Lawyers representing Constable Daniel Montsion argue in their closing submissions that Abdirahman Abdi had a then-unknown heart condition that was exacerbated by his emotional and physical stress on July 24, 2016. Abdi, 37, suffered a heart attack during the incident and died in hospital the next day.

SIU Clears Local Officer:

Ontario’s Police Watchdog is suggesting that no charges should be laid against an Ottawa Police Officer who used his cruiser to disarm a knife-wielding man in the Carlington neighborhood back in February.

The man, 61, suffered broken ribs from the impact of being knocked to the ground by the cruiser. The Special Investigations Unit probes any police-involved incident that ends in death, serious injury, or allegation of sexual assault.

Edmonton CFL Team to Change Its Name:

Edmonton’s CFL team has announced it’s changing its name.

An official announcement was made Tuesday afternoon. The team is making the move following a similar decision by the NFL’s Washington team, as pressure mounts on teams to eliminate racist or stereotypical names. The team said in a release it will begin “a comprehensive engagement process” on a new name. In the meantime, the club will use the names EE Football Team and Edmonton Football Team.

Critics say the Edmonton team’s name is a derogatory, colonial-era term for Inuit.

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