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Afternoon News: Thursday, October 15, 2020

COVID-19 Ottawa:

Ottawa Public Health is reporting 93 new, confirmed COVID-19 cases, and another death related to the virus.

5,800 cases have been reported here throughout the pandemic, with 4725 resolved, and 777 active. 298 people have died from COVID-19 in the Capital.

COVID-19 Ontario:

Across Ontario there are 783 new cases, and five COVID-related deaths.

62,196 cases have been recorded in the province during the pandemic, with 53,291 resolved cases and 3,022 deaths.

Woman Charged With Violating Quarantine Act:

An Ottawa woman will appear in court next month, accused of violating two sections of the Quarantine Act.

Ottawa Police say the woman, 53, traveled abroad in late September, and went back to work at a local long-term care home four days after returning. She failed to quarantine for the mandatory 14 days. Fortunately, the force says there have been no positive tests linked to this situation.

Miller Defends Mi’kmaw Lobster Fishers:

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller says the Mi’kmaq people have had the right to pursue a moderate livelihood since 1760.

He was very blunt and firm in his assessment of two violent incidents outside Nova Scotia lobster pounds on Tuesday, saying they amount to an assault on the Mi’kmaq people. Miller is calling on police to keep the peace in the face of protests by non-Indigenous lobster fishers.

Meanwhile,

Miller and Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett are holding an emergency meeting Friday on anti-Indigenous racism in health care. Miller says the government is ready to use its financial leverage over provincial health systems to address the issue, and that includes promoting Indigenous health workers.

Mayfair Gets Creative:

At least one local theatre is getting creative when it comes to generating revenue while being shut down due to provincial restrictions in response to the pandemic.

The Mayfair Theatre on Bank sold naming rights for all their theatre seats during the first shutdown of cinemas in the spring. Customers can now pay to have their names on plaques around the theatre, including on walls, couches and even bathroom stalls.

 

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