Afternoon News: Wednesday, October 7, 2020

COVID-19 Ottawa:

Ottawa Public Health has confirmed there are 117 new COVID-19 cases in the Capital.

That sends the city’s total throughout the pandemic to 4,970, with 810 active, and 3865 resolved. No new deaths related to the virus were reported Wednesday, with that number staying at 295.


You have more options when it comes to booking a COVID test.

The Queensway Carleton Hospital and the Montfort Hospital have launched a joint system for making appointments. You can book your test through either hospital’s website, an app, or the Ottawa Public Health site. Click here for more details.

COVID-19 Ottawa:

Ontario has 583 new cases, and one new death due to the virus.

The latest figures bring the total number of cases in Ontario to 55,945, with 2,988 deaths, and 47,613 cases resolved.

Outbreaks Over at Two Local Schools:

Ottawa Public Health says outbreaks at two local elementary schools are over.

There are no more active cases at Ecole Elementaire Catholique Montfort, and Assumption School. Meanwhile, outbreaks continue at nine other schools in the Capital.

SIU Probing Local Death:

Few details have been released about an incident being probed by Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit.

All we know is that a man, 23, died after falling from a balcony at an apartment building on Jasmine Crescent in Beacon Hill Wednesday morning. The SIU investigates any police-involved incident that leads to death, serious injury, or allegation of sexual assault.

Local MPP Pushes For Permanent Daylight Time:

The act of changing your clocks twice a year could be a thing of the past if a local politician has his way.

Ottawa West-Nepean MPP Jeremy Roberts has tabled a Private Members Bill that, if approved at Queen’s Park, would see Ontario stick with daylight time on a permanent basis. The move would only be made if Quebec and New York follow suit.

Missanabie Cree Reach Agreement with Government;

The Missanabie Cree First Nation and the Federal Government have reached an agreement to address a wrong 110 years in the making.

The Missanabie Cree will receive $150-million in financial compensation, and up to 3,200 acres of land to expand their reservation near Sault Ste. Marie. The First Nation entered into an agreement with the government back in 1906 that included a promise for reserve land, which was not delivered until 2018.

Plastics To Be Banned at End of Next Year:

The federal government is banning plastic straws, stir sticks, carry-out bags, cutlery, dishes, takeout containers and six-pack rings.

The ban will come into effect at the end of 2021.

Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson says the single-use plastic items aren’t easily recycled and already have more environmentally friendly alternatives. Meanwhile, many of the items that aren’t on the list so far, like plastic bottles, will be getting new standards to require them to contain a minimum amount of recycled material.

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