Afternoon News: Friday, August 21, 2020

COVID-19 Ottawa:

There has been another significant jump in new, confirmed COVID-19 cases in our city.

Ottawa Public Health is reporting 36 new cases Friday, as well as one more death related to the virus. Throughout the pandemic, 2,794 cases have been reported in the Capital, with 266 deaths.

147 cases are active, with 85 per cent of patients recovered.

COVID-19 Ontario:

Across Ontario there are 131 new cases and three new deaths related to the novel coronavirus.

The province is also reporting 106 newly resolved cases. The total number of cases in Ontario now stands at 41,179, which includes 2,796 deaths and 37,397 cases marked as resolved.

Ford and Trudeau Confirm 3-M Mask Agreement:

Premier Doug Ford says Canada will “never again” be left at the mercy of other countries when protective equipment is needed to fight a pandemic.

Ford was joined by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Friday to announce a deal with 3-M to boost production at its facility in Brockville to up to 100-million N-95 masks a year. The federal and provincial governments are each kicking in $23.3-million in funding, and will each get 25-million masks a year over five years for health-care and other essential workers.

Homicide Victim Identified:

Ottawa Police have released the name of the victim of the city’s sixth homicide of the year.

Investigators say Jonathan Wite, 23, was shot and killed on Richmond Road, near Pinecrest, just after midnight Friday. The suspect remains at large. Anyone with more information is asked to call Police at 613-236-1222, ext. 5493 or Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477.

Roadblocks Removed From Highway Near Caledonia:

Haudenosaunee demonstrators have removed roadblocks from a provincial highway in southern Ontario, but protesters remain at the site of a housing development at the centre of a land dispute.

A spokesperson for the protesters says in a Facebook post that the blockades on Highway 6 in Caledonia have been taken down and the group has “scaled back” its presence there. Skyler Williams says in the post that the move comes after “lots of discussions and meetings” as well as feedback from the community.

First Nations Companies Win Bruce Power Contract:

An English River First Nation business is joining one of the largest infrastructure projects in Canada.

Ontario nuclear energy company Bruce Power awarded a contract to ERFN’s Tron Construction and Mining, and Saugeen Ojibway Nation’s Makwa Development Corporation. The Indigenous-owned companies will complete a refurbishment project at the on-site training and mock-up facility as part of Bruce Power’s facility life extension program.

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