Afternoon News: Friday, September 11, 2020

COVID-19 Ottawa:

There’s been another significant jump in new, confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Capital.

Ottawa Public Health is reporting 37 new cases, but no new deaths Friday. Throughout the pandemic there have been 3,200 cases in Ottawa, 255 are active, while 83 per cent of patients have recovered.

We also have more information about cases at local schools. According to a new website set up by the province, four students at French Language Schools have tested positive, as well as two staff members.

COVID-19 Ontario:

There are 213 new cases across Ontario Friday.

That brings the provincial total throughout the pandemic to 44,068 confirmed cases, with 2,813 deaths and 39,598 cases classified as resolved. Health Minister Christine Elliott says two thirds of the new cases are in people under the age of 40.

Parliament Return Plans Unclear:

There is still no agreement on what form Parliament will take when it resumes sitting later this month.

The Liberal government suggests a hybrid model. It would see a limited number of MPs sitting in the House of Commons and the rest participating online, voting electronically.

New Democrats are proposing a similar approach. Parliament is to resume September 23 with a throne speech laying out the Liberal government’s plan for an economic recovery.

Arrests Made in Downtown Swarming:

Three young men have been arrested and hit with charges including robbery and conspiracy to commit an indictable offence in connection with a swarming outside the Rideau Centre.

Police say three people approached a man just before 11:00 pm Wednesday, punched him in the face, knocked him to the ground, and stole his cellphone and other personal belongings.

Two men in their twenties, and a sixteen year old, were arrested Thursday.

Metis Nation Urges Government to Pass UNDRIP:

With a significant anniversary coming up this weekend, the Metis Nation has a message for Parliament. Pass legislation to enact the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples this year.

This Sunday will mark the thirteenth anniversary of the adoption of the declaration, known as UNDRIP. The Liberals pledged to enact UNDRIP legislation in last year’s election campaign, but have since said the pandemic has delayed the introduction of such legislation.

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