Afternoon News: Thursday, November 5, 2020

COVID-19 Ottawa:

Ottawa Public Health is recording four more deaths from the Novel Coronavirus Thursday.

334 people in the Capital have now died from COVID-19.

51 new confirmed cases were recorded, taking the city’s total up to 7,324, with 6,341 resolved. The number of active cases is falling again, down to 649.

COVID-19 Ontario:

998 new cases, and thirteen more deaths from the virus are being reported across Ontario.

The province has recorded a total of 80,690 cases, with 3,195 deaths and 69,137 resolved.

Jury Trials to Resume in Ottawa, Other COVID Hotspots:

Trials by jury in Ottawa will resume Monday (November 9).

The Superior Court of Justice cites Ontario’s new COVID-19 rules in the Capital, with trials also set to resume in other virus hotspots including Toronto. Some capacity and social distancing limits will stay in effect.

Ontario’s Top Court Rules on Residential School Suit:

Ontario’s top court says a legal fight involving victims of one of the country’s most notorious residential schools should stay in the province.

The Appeal Court says an Ontario judge was wrong to send the case to British Columbia. The higher court says it’s a matter of access to justice for victims of the notorious St. Anne’s residential school in Fort Albany.

Closing Arguments at Bushby Trial:

A Crown attorney says a clear link between an Indigenous woman’s injury from a trailer hitch and her eventual death establishes the guilt of the man who threw the heavy object at her, regardless of her underlying health conditions.

Closing arguments are being heard in the Thunder Bay manslaughter trial of Brayden Bushby, accused in the death of Barbara Kentner, 34. Bushby has admitted to throwing the trailer hitch at Kentner in January 2017 but he is pleading not guilty to manslaughter in her death five months later.

Police Seek Sign Theft Suspect:

Ottawa Police are trying to track down the culprit behind the theft of social justice support signs stolen from homes in Stittsville and Kanata back in July and August.

Police say a man with short hair and a moustache is suspected of stealing the signs while homeowners slept. Hate and Bias Crime Unit members are asking anyone who can identify the man, to contact them at 613-236-1222, ext. 8879, or Crime Stoppers, at 1-800-222-8477.

Arrests Made in West End Robbery:

A man, 18 and a boy, 14, were arrested after a frightening incident in the west end.

Investigators say a man was walking in the area of Iris Street and Gateway Private around 10:15 pm Wednesday, when two people approached him. One of them held a knife to his throat and demanded his cellphone. Fortunately no one was hurt, and a K-9 unit tracked down the suspects.

The accused are charged with robbery with a weapon and possession of a weapon for the purpose of committing an offence.

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