Afternoon News: Thursday, September 10, 2020

COVID-19 Ottawa:

Ottawa has twelve new confirmed COVID-19 cases Thursday.

There have been 3,163 confirmed cases here throughout the pandemic, 226 are active, while 84 per cent of patients have recovered. No new deaths related to the virus were reported Thursday.

COVID-19 Ontario:

There are 170 new cases across Ontario, as well as one new death related to the virus.

The province has seen a total of 43,855 cases to date, as well as 2,814 deaths.

Ford Comments on Halloween:

Premier Doug Ford says he would prefer parents not take their children trick or treating this Halloween as the province struggles to keep its case numbers under control.

Ford says the idea of children going door-to-door this year for Halloween makes him nervous. The premier says while it is still a month and a half away, he will want to discuss the issue with the province’s health experts.

Quebec To Start Fining People Not Wearing Masks:

Quebecers who don’t go along with rules requiring face coverings in indoor public spaces can be fined starting Saturday.

Premier Francois Legault says most Quebecers have followed public health guidelines for the past six months, but some aren’t following the rules. Legault says that is posing a hazard to public health.

Tla’amin COVID Update:

The Tla’amin Nation on the Sunshine Coast says the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 among its members has grown to seven.

There were just four cases when the First Nation declared a state of emergency within its Powell River territories on Tuesday and ordered residents to shelter in place until at least Friday. A statement on the Tla’amin website says several more members have symptoms and testing will be offered today for anyone feeling feverish, short of breath or otherwise unwell.

Federal Government Invests In Affordable Housing:

It’s being called the largest investment in affordable housing in Ottawa by the Federal Government, ever.

Federal officials were on hand Thursday morning to announce $167.9-million toward affordable housing complexes on Gladstone Avenue. Rent for roughly one third of the 698 apartments and townhouses will be less than 80 per cent of the market value.

Glass Shattered At Local Business:

Ottawa Police are looking into an incident at the Atomic Rooster on Bank Street this week.

Witnesses say a customer became enraged when asked to wear a mask in the business Tuesday afternoon, and responded by throwing a sandwich board through the window. It doesn’t appear that anyone was hurt.

Morneau Violated Elections Act:

Canada’s election watchdog says former finance minister Bill Morneau broke the law when he promoted Liberal candidates at events.

Yves Cote has concluded Morneau violated a section of the Elections Act that prohibits anyone but individuals from donating to political parties. He says the government, which footed the bill for the events, is not an individual.

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