Afternoon News: Wednesday, July 22, 2020

COVID-19 Ottawa:

There are 33 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in Ottawa Wednesday.

Ottawa Public Health says there are 189 active cases in the Capital now. 2,320 cases have been reported since the start of the pandemic, with 80 per cent of those cases now resolved. No new deaths have been reported for almost a month now, with that figure staying at 263.

COVID-19 Ontario:

Ontario is reporting 165 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, as well as two new deaths related to the virus.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says just over half of Wednesday’s cases came from people under the age of 40, similar to the proportion in Tuesday’s numbers. The total number of cases now stands at 38,107, which includes 2,755 deaths and 33,812 resolved cases.

Hunger Strike Resumes at Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre:

A hunger strike at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre resumed Wednesday morning as inmates demand improved conditions in the jail.

A 31-hour hunger strike that started on June 3 led to an agreement that there would be healthier food, hygiene products and increased access to reading materials and television. The prisoners in both the men’s and women’s facilities say authorities have not followed through on that agreement, leading to today’s action.

NAN Health Funding Breakdown:

We have a follow-up to a story we reported earlier this month.

Indigenous Services Canada announced more than $2.6-million to support Nishnawbe Aski Nation’s Mental Health and Addictions Pandemic Response Program. The money will be split between two health providers: Keewaytinook Okimakanak eHealth and Sioux Lookout First Nations Authority.

KO eHealth will receive $1,666,185 to run the program, while Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority will receive $991,375.

Police Investigating Separate Motorcycle Crashes:

Ottawa Police are investigating two separate crashes involving motorcycles Wednesday.

The first happened near Holland and Rushkin, just before 10:00 am, with the rider, a man in his 30’s, taken to hospital with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries. The second happened over the noon hour near Walkley and St. Laurent, with that rider also taken to hospital with serious injuries.

PM Pushed on Reports of Inappropriate Governor General Behavior:

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has an obligation to look into allegations that Governor General Julie Payette has created a toxic work environment at Rideau Hall.

Reports suggest Payette has yelled at, belittled and publicly humiliated employees, reducing some to tears or prompting them to quit. The Governor General’s press secretary denies the accusations, while the Prime Minister’s Office declined to answer questions.

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