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Afternoon News: Monday, October 26, 2020

COVID-19 Ottawa:

Ottawa Public Health is reporting 76 new cases, and another death related to COVID-19 Monday.

317 people in the capital have now died after contracting the Novel Coronavirus. 6,636 cases have been confirmed here overall, with 713 active, and 5,606 resolved.

Meanwhile, Public Health has declared an outbreak at the Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre. At least one inmate has contracted the virus, though it’s not clear yet how.

COVID-19 Ontario:

There are 851 new cases, and six new deaths due to the virus, across Ontario Monday.

In total, 295 people are hospitalized in Ontario due to COVID-19, including 78 in intensive care. Throughout the pandemic, Ontario has recorded 71,224 cases, with 3,099 deaths, and 60,839 cases resolved.

Commissioner Defends OPP Response to Caledonia Dispute:

The head of Ontario’s provincial police force is defending his officers’ conduct at the site of an Indigenous land dispute that escalated last week.

Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner Thomas Carrique claims protesters have “falsely blamed” the force for escalating the conflict in Caledonia.  Demonstrators at the site of a proposed housing development say officers injured two people using a taser and rubber bullets. Officers allege a cruiser was damaged.

The site has been occupied since July and demonstrators say the development near Six Nations of the Grand River First Nation is on unceded land and violates the sovereignty of the Haudenosaunee.

Ontario Budget Release Next Month:

Ontario’s budget will be delivered on November 5.

Finance Minister Rod Phillips says the spending package will focus on pandemic-response measures. Phillips says the budget will be a three-year action plan that lays out three scenarios in its financial outlook.

Police Probe Hit and Run:

Ottawa Police are hoping to track down witnesses to a hit and run collision that happened just after 8:00 pm on September 22.

Investigators say a grey Honda Civic struck a pedestrian at Fisher and Meadowlands, and drove off. Call Police at 613-236-1222, ext. 2481, or Crime Stoppers, at 1-800-222-8477, if you have more information.

Chief Questions Moderator Involvement:

The chief of a Nova Scotia First Nation says he is worried a federally appointed “special representative” tasked to mediate talks between Indigenous and non-Indigenous fishers doesn’t have experience with Aboriginal issues.

Sipekne’katik Chief Mike Sack says he doesn’t consider Allister Surette’s role important to what he is trying to accomplish through ongoing nation-to-nation talks with the federal government.

The university president and former local politician will make recommendations towards easing the tensions and preventing further escalation of the conflict.

 

 

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