Ottawa Public Health is reporting 21 new, confirmed COVID-19 cases, and another death from the virus Tuesday.
A total of 7,607 cases have been reported in the Capital, with 6,723 resolved, and 537 active. 347 people in our city have now died after contracting the Novel Coronavirus.
The province is reporting a record high of 1,388 new cases, and 15 more deaths from the virus.
86,783 cases have been confirmed in Ontario throughout the pandemic, with 3,260 deaths, and 73,417 cases resolved.
More COVID Funds for Manitoba:
The alarming rise in infection rates across Manitoba has prompted the federal government to provide another $61-million to First Nations in the province, as they struggle to contain the spread of the virus.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the new money will support public health measures, food security and other surge capacity needs. Meanwhile, Indigenous Services Canada is mobilizing people to do contact tracing and is sending equipment to affected communities
Charges Upgraded in Jail Death:
Ottawa Police have upgraded charges against a man accused in the violent beating death of a fellow inmate at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre.
Kivi Bar Wari, 36 is charged with second degree murder in the October 17 death of William Renwick, 49, who died in hospital on Sunday. Investigators want to hear from anyone with more information in connection with about this case.
Voyeurism Charges Laid:
An Almonte man is facing several charges, including secretly observing/recording a person expecting privacy, and publication of an intimate image without consent.
Police accuse Jacob Rockburn, 37, of filming consensual sexual encounters with a woman he met on a dating app between 2017 and last year, without getting her permission to record them.
Investigators believe there might be more victims out there. Anyone with more information is asked to call Ottawa Police at 613-236-1222, ext. 2666 or Crime Stoppers, at 1-800-222-8477.
“Swatting” To Blame For Library Closures:
Meanwhile police have shared more details on the incident that forced Ottawa Public Library to close all of its branches Monday afternoon.
Investigators believe it was a case of “swatting,” where someone calls in a fake emergency prompting a massive response from first responders. All library branches are open again, and police stress there is no threat to public safety.
Membertou Chief Praises Clearwater Deal:
A First Nation chief says a deal to buy Atlantic Canada’s largest seafood company will benefit Indigenous communities “for the next seven generations.”
A group of Mi’kmaq First Nations has joined with Premium Brands Holdings to buy Clearwater Seafoods of Nova Scotia for $1-billion. Membertou First Nation Chief Terry Paul says the acquisition will have a lasting positive impact on the economies of Mi’kmaq communities.