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Afternoon News: Monday, October 5, 2020

COVID-19 Ottawa:

Ottawa Public Health is confirming 82 new COVID-19 cases, and one more death related to the virus Monday.

4,790 cases have been confirmed in the Capital during the pandemic, 847 are active, while 3649 are resolved. Meanwhile, 294 people in the city have died from complications related to the virus.

Consequently, Ottawa’s Top Doctor is encouraging you to scale back your Thanksgiving plans. Dr. Vera Etches is urging you to only gather in person with people in your household. Etches suggests connecting virtually with those who are further away.

Click here for more from Ottawa Public Health.

COVID-19 Ontario:

There are 615 new cases in Ontario and five new deaths related to the virus being reported Monday.

Throughout the pandemic the province has recorded 54,814 cases, with 2,980 deaths, and 46,360 resolved.

Province Supporting Schools in Ottawa, Other COVID Hot Spots:

Ontario is spending $35-million to help schools here in Ottawa, and in other COVID hot spots.

Premier Doug Ford says the new funding will help school boards provide more physical distancing in the classroom. It will also help school boards hire teachers and custodians, and buy laptops for online learning.

White House Press Secretary Tests Positive:

Another member of US President Donald Trump’s inner circle has tested positive for COVID-19.

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany revealed she tested positive Monday morning, after getting negative test results over the weekend. McEnany, who spoke to the media Sunday without wearing a mask, is going into quarantine.

Grassy Narrows Ends Water Advisories:

Members of the Grassy Narrows First Nation are marking a major milestone Monday.

Leaders in the community in Northern Ontario have ended all long-term drinking water advisories in the community. They had been in effect since June of 2014.

The move comes after upgrades were made to the community’s water treatment systems. “Congratulations to Chief Turtle and the residents of Asubpeechoseewagong Netum Anishinabek (Grassy Narrows First Nation),” says Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller in response to the news. “I am thrilled to have supported your community on this project which brings access to clean and safe drinking water to residents and ends all long-term drinking water advisories in the community.”

Wolastoqey Moving Forward With Land Claim:

The chiefs of six First Nations are filing a lawsuit against the federal and New Brunswick governments to seek title to their traditional lands in the province.

The claim would cover much of the western half of New Brunswick. Leaders from the Wolastoqey Nation say treaties signed between 1725 and 1778 agreed to peace and friendship with settlers. However, they did not surrender any land.

Rights Groups Call on Trudeau to Tackle White Supremacy Groups:

Multifaith human rights organizations are calling on the prime minister to come up with a plan to dismantle white supremacist groups across the country.

The open call to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau comes in wake of the death of a man, 58, who was fatally stabbed outside the International Muslim Organization mosque in Toronto last month.

The organizations that wrote to Trudeau include the National Council of Canadian Muslims, the World Sikh Organization, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs and the Canadian Anti-Hate Network.

They want the federal government to develop an action plan to dismantle white supremacy groups that threaten Black, Indigenous, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, and other minority groups.

 

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