Afternoon News: Wednesday, August 5, 2020

COVID-19 Ottawa:

There are 16 new, confirmed COVID-19 cases in Ottawa Wednesday.

That sends the city’s total up to 2,576 throughout the pandemic, with 81 per cent of cases resolved, and 207 active cases. No new deaths were reported Wednesday.

COVID-19 Ontario:

Ontario is reporting fewer than 100 cases of COVID-19 for the third straight day and fifth time in the past week.

There were 86 new cases in the province Wednesday with 146 more resolved, and no new deaths.

City Takes Further Steps To Prevent Summer Day Camp Outbreaks:

The City of Ottawa is taking a cautious approach to summer camp programming after an employee with the Foster Farm Community Centre camp tested positive for COVID-19.

It’s decided to close the Centre down to camp activity entirely.  The city will also give staff ore training and support to prevent an outbreak within any of its summer camp groups.

Federal Government Reaches Deal For Possible Vaccines:

Procurement Minister Anita Anand says agreements with two drugmakers show the government’s aggressive approach to secure access to COVID-19 vaccine candidates.

She says it will ensure Canadians are at the front of the line when one is available, though no details regarding costs, or dosage amounts were revealed. Anand has announced the government is negotiating deals with Pfizer and Moderna to secure millions of doses of their experimental vaccines, in case either is approved for wide-scale use.

Ottawa Man Facing Several Sex Charges:

An Ottawa man at the centre of some disturbing allegations has been arrested and hit with several charges.

Frederick Gagnon, 40, is charged with sexual assault on a child under 16, exposure, sexual interference, accessing child pornography, and performing indecent acts.

Police believe there might be more victims out there- you’re asked to call the force at 613-236-1222 ext. 5944 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 if you have more information.

Sinclair Taking On New Role:

Senator Murray Sinclair will keep his seat in the upper chamber as he takes on a role at Manitoba’s largest Indigenous law firm.

Sinclair will work as a senior mentor to lawyers at the firm on the finer points and emerging issues involving Indigenous law in Canada. The former chief commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission says he wants to help foster a better understanding of traditional laws and how they will interact with communities and developments in future.

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