Afternoon News: Thursday, September 3, 2020

COVID-19 Ottawa:

Ottawa has now recorded more than 3000 confirmed, COVID-19 cases throughout the pandemic.

22 new cases are being reported Thursday, sending the city’s total to 3009, with 199 active cases, and 84 per cent of patients recovered. No new deaths related to the virus were recorded.

COVID-19 Ontario:

Across Ontario there are 132 new cases, but no new deaths related to the virus Thursday.

42,686 cases have been confirmed in Ontario throughout the pandemic, with 2,812 deaths.

Premiers of Ontario, Quebec to Meet Next Week:

Ontario Premier Doug Ford and his counterpart in Quebec are set to meet for a two-day summit in Mississauga next week.

Quebec Premier Francois Legault and Ford are set to discuss the recovery from the pandemic and preparations for a possible second wave. Prominent cabinet ministers from the two governments will also take part in the meeting, which is set to take place on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Police Increasing Presence Around Post-Secondary Institutions:

Ottawa Police will be keeping a close eye on Post-Secondary Institutions and surrounding areas to ensure a safe, healthy start to the new school year.

Chief Peter Sloly says the force will have an increased presence in these areas, working to ensure Ottawa Public Health guidelines in response to the pandemic are being followed.

University of Victoria Launching Indigenous Law School:

The University of Victoria is expanding its law school building to house the new National Centre for Indigenous Laws.

The federal and B.C. governments and the Law Foundation of B.C. are contributing $27, 100,000 to fund the expansion that will become home to the world’s first joint degree in Indigenous legal orders and Canadian common law. Melanie Mark, B.C.’s minister of advanced education, says the school will train a generation of Indigenous legal scholars.

Anishinabek Nation Chief Hopeful of Talks with Province on a TCO:

Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Glen Hare is hopeful that this is the year serious talks begin with the Ontario government on creating the Treaty Commission of Ontario.

Hare says if the coronavirus has a silver-lining, it is that it has opened lines of communication between First Nations and the Ford government. The call for a TCO came after the Ipperwash Provincial Park occupation 25 years ago.

NCC Extending Weekend Road Closure Pilot Project:

The NCC will continue to make it easier for you to run, walk or cycle while maintaining physical distancing.

It’s announced that it is extending a pilot project that will see sections of the Sir John A MacDonald Parkway, Sir George Etienne-Cartier Parkway, and Queen Elizabeth Driveway closed to vehicle traffic on weekends. These closures will remain in effect until at least Sunday, September 27.

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