Ottawa Public health is reporting 91 new, confirmed, COVID-19 cases, and another death from the virus Thursday.
7,725 cases have been confirmed in total, with 350 deaths, and 6,880 cases resolved. The number of active cases now sits at 495.
Across the province there is another record daily case increase: 1,575.
Eighteen more people in Ontario have also died from the Novel Coronavirus. Throughout the pandemic, the province has recorded 89, 784 cases, with 3, 293 deaths, and 75, 220 resolved.
Ontario Doctors Call for Tougher Restrictions:
A group representing thousands of Ontario physicians is calling for the government to lower the thresholds for imposing stricter measures.
The Ontario Medical Association says the tiered and colour-coded framework that determines when regions across the province can loosen or tighten restrictions is too lax. The group’s comments come after a Toronto Star report said the provincial government ignored the advice of its own public health agency in designing the system introduced last week.
Sipekne’katik Launching Lobster Lawsuits:
A Mi’kmaq First Nation that encountered violence after launching a self-regulated lobster fishery is moving forward with multiple lawsuits against non-Indigenous fishers and federal agencies for alleged damages its harvesters have suffered.
Ron Pink, the lawyer for Sipekne’katik First Nation, says the legal actions will include a constitutional challenge targeting a Nova Scotia law that has prevented the band from selling its catch to potential buyers.
Police Making Headway in Fighting Gun Crime:
Ottawa Police is reporting some success in the fight against gun crime.
The force released statistics Thursday that show it investigated 65 reports about guns in the Capital, resulting in the seizure of 92 firearms. Police were particularly pleased that 39 per cent of those investigations stemmed from tips from local residents.
Sixties Scoop Foundation Releasing More Details:
We’re learning more Thursday, including details on the 10-member board of Indigenous directors, for the Sixties Scoop Healing Foundation.
The $50-million foundation aims to help heal the damage done by taking Indigenous children from their families and placing them in non-Indigenous homes. The foundation is part of a class-action settlement that survivors reached with the federal government after a long legal battle. Click here for more details.
RCMP Fracking Protest Probe Released:
A long-awaited report by the RCMP watchdog agency is critical of the force’s failure to take action on issues ranging from crowd-control to the collection of social media information.
The Civilian Review and Complaints Commission received 21 complaints related to the RCMP’s handling of anti-fracking protests in New Brunswick in 2013.
An injunction limited Indigenous protesters trying to protect land and water they considered their own, and the Mounties cleared an encampment in a tactical operation, sparking a melee and numerous arrests.