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Afternoon News: Wednesday, September 2, 2020

COVID-19 Ottawa:

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

Throughout the pandemic 2,987 cases have been confirmed in the Capital. 206 of those are active, while 84 per cent of these cases have been resolved. No more deaths related to the virus are being reported Wednesday, with that number remaining at 267.

COVID-19 Ontario:

Across Ontario there are 133 new cases, but no new deaths related to the virus.

The total number of cases across the province now stands at 42,554, which includes 2,812 deaths and 38,506 cases marked as resolved.

OC Transpo Tests Positive:

Another OC Transpo Bus Driver has tested positive for the Novel Coronavirus.

This driver’s last shifts were last Friday and Saturday (August 28 +29), and involved stops at stations including Blair, Billings Bridge, Hurdman, Laurier, Carleton University, St. Laurent and Tunney’s Pasture.

Ottawa Public Health is working to inform those who might have come into close contact with the driver during that time.

Algonquin College Extending COVID Measures Into Winter Semester:

Algonquin College is expected to keep its focus on remote, distanced learning, throughout this academic year.

A note Wednesday from College President Claude Brule suggests the college will take the same approach to the winter semester as it will with the fall semester starting this month. That will include minimizing face-to-face instruction and promoting the delivery of remote academic instruction whenever possible.

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O’Toole Names Deputy Leader:

Manitoba MP Candice Bergen is the new deputy Conservative Party leader.

Bergen was first elected in 2008 and over the years has been a junior cabinet minister and the party’s House leader. New party Leader Erin O’Toole says he plans to name a full shadow cabinet next week.

WWF Encourages Government to Consult First Nations to Save Endangered Species:

The World Wildlife Fund says the federal government should consult First Nations when it comes to protecting endangered mammal, birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles.

That’s because Indigenous-managed lands often better support at-risk species. The WWF says Canada isn’t doing enough to protect endangered species, with Canadian populations declining an average 42 per cent in the last 50 years.

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