Afternoon News: Thursday, October 29, 2020

COVID-19 Ottawa:

Ottawa Public Health says four more people have died from COVID-19.

That takes the city’s death toll throughout the pandemic up to 321.

There are also 58 new confirmed cases Thursday. That takes the city’s total up to 6,830, with 670 active, and 5,839 resolved.

COVID-19 Ontario:

There are 934 new cases, and ten new deaths due to the virus across the province Thursday.

In total, 322 people are hospitalized in Ontario due to COVID-19, including 77 in intensive care. The province has recoded 73,819 cases in total, with 3,118 deaths, and 63,123 cases resolved.


New modelling shows Ontario appears to be moving away from the worst case scenario during the second wave of the pandemic.

New projections suggest the growth is slowing even though community spread of the virus continues. Health officials say continuing to adopt targeted measures that account for regional variations will be important in trying to contain the spread of the virus.

Hand Sanitizer Recalled:

Daily Shield-branded hand sanitizer is being pulled off store shelves across the country, following an expanded recall notice from Health Canada.

The agency says the products manufactured by Mississauga, Ontario-based Bio Life Sciences contained methanol, an unauthorized ingredient that can cause severe health issues.

Edmonton University Offers Free Cybersecurity Course:

Staff at an Edmonton-based university are hoping one of their latest offerings will lead to an increase in the number of Indigenous students that enroll at the school.

In honour of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Concordia University of Edmonton is offering a free introductory cybersecurity course to not just any Indigenous student but to any Indigenous person in Canada. Those interested can sign up as an individual or as a group within their community. Click here for more details.

Zoologists Weigh in On Nova Scotia Lobster:

The Canadian Society of Zoologists is convinced the Indigenous lobster fishery in Nova Scotia’s St. Marys Bay does not represent a conservation concern. That’s based on the opinions of some lobster biologists.

The not-for-profit organization is open to all persons interested in zoology, whether students, researchers or educators. The group has called on the federal Fisheries Department to develop science-based management policies with the Mi’kmaq harvesters to create a moderate livelihood fishery. They add that should be based on a 1999 Supreme Court of Canada decision.

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