Afternoon News: Tuesday, September 8, 2020

COVID-19 Ottawa:

There are 36 new, confirmed COVID-19 cases in Ottawa Tuesday.

Throughout the pandemic, Ottawa Public Health has recorded 3,134 cases.  242 are active, with 83 per cent of cases resolved. No new deaths related to the virus are being reported Tuesday, with that number staying at 267.

COVID-19 Ontario:

The upward trend of new COVID-19 cases across the Province continues.

Ontario is reporting 375 new cases over the past two days. The total number of cases in Ontario now stands at 43,536, which includes 2,813 deaths and 39,196 cases marked as resolved.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Christine Elliot says the province is taking a four-week pause before considering loosening any pandemic-related restrictions. Elliot says that Ontario needs to do everything it can to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on the first day that many students are returning to school.

French Catholic School Cases:

OPH is doing contact tracing after people in five French-language Catholic schools tested positive for COVID-19.

The cases are in four elementary schools and one high school, though few other details were released. Public Health says anyone who has not received a direct call from health officials should assume their child was not in close contact with any of the cases.

One Year Later, Police Still Searching For Fatal Hit and Run Driver:

One year after the fatal hit and run collision that killed Ahshella Huxtable, 36, at the intersection of Vanier Parkway and Montreal Road, police are still searching for answers.

Huxtable’s father Wayne Potts has issued a statement saying Chi-Meegwetch to those who have shared memories of his daughter, but also pleading for anyone with information about the driver, who has yet to be identified, to come forward. Call Police at 613-236-1222, ext. 2481 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, if you know the driver of the Red Nissan Altima that struck Huxtable on the afternoon of September 7, 2019.

Homicide Suspect Turns Himself In:

Police say a man sought in a deadly Richmond Road shooting has been charged with First-Degree Murder after turning himself in to authorities in Toronto.

A Canada-wide warrant had been issued for Michael Buckley, 29. Buckley is the second suspect arrested in the killing of Jonathan Wite, who was shot dead last month. Dwayne Young, 35, turned himself in to Toronto Police last week and is also charged with First-Degree Murder.

Chippewas Land Returned:

The Federal Government has announced that it is offering additional land back to the Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation.

A Federal Ministerial Order signed last month set aside almost 46 hectares of land as an addition to reserve for the Chippewas. The Ontario government had transferred the former Ipperwash Provincial Park lands to the federal government for this purpose, in response to a commitment made in the Ipperwash Inquiry Report.

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