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Afternoon News: Wednesday, September 16, 2020

COVID-19 Ottawa:

Ottawa Public Health is reporting sixty new confirmed COVID-19 cases, and one new death related to the virus Wednesday.

3,447 cases have been confirmed in the Capital throughout the pandemic, 401 cases are active, while 80 per cent of patients have recovered. There have been 273 deaths related to the virus.

COVID-19 Ontario:

Across Ontario there are 315 new cases, and two new deaths from the virus.

There were also 154 cases newly marked as resolved. The total number of cases in the province now stands at 45,383, which includes 2,822 deaths and 40,245 cases classified as resolved.

Fines Coming For Those Holding Large Gatherings:

Premier Doug Ford says Ontario will have the highest fines in the country for people who violate public health guidelines for social gatherings.

Ford says he will discuss the new measures aimed at lowering the number of people allowed at social gatherings with his cabinet. The current limit on social gatherings is 50 people indoors and 100 outdoors.

Algonquin College Confirms First Student Case:

Algonquin College has confirmed that one of its students who has been on campus to start the school year, has tested positive for COVID-19.

The student is now self-isolating. The college is working with Ottawa Public Health to inform anyone who may have come into contact with the student.

Police Seek More Homicide Witnesses:

Ottawa Police have released images of three women they believe might have vital information regarding the murder of Ashton Dickson.

Click here to find the images, and contact police if you can identify the witnesses.

A $75,000 reward is still being offered for information leading to the arrest of Dickson’s killer. He was murdered outside the Mingle Room on Rideau Street back on June 26 of 2017.

Minister Explains Delay in MMIWG Action Plan:

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller says it’s arrogant to assume the delay of a national action plan on missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls is solely the fault of the federal government.

Miller spoke to reporters as two days of Liberal cabinet meetings came to a close. He says a national action plan also requires input from provinces, territories, civil society groups and Indigenous organizations.

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