Afternoon News: Thursday, November 19, 2020

COVID-19 Ottawa:

There are 37 new, confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Capital Thursday.

We are now up to 8,027 confirmed cases in total in Ottawa, with 7,268 resolved, and 363 deaths. The number of active cases has made another significant drop, down to 396.

COVID-19 Ontario:

1,210 new cases, and 28 more deaths from the virus are being reported across Ontario.

The province has recorded a total of 99,372 confirmed cases, with 3,443 deaths, and 83,301 cases resolved.

Meanwhile, The Ontario Hospital Association says the province has hit a critical point in the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. There are 150 people in intensive care due to the virus, a figure medical experts have warned would force hospitals to cancel surgeries.

Robbery Suspect Sought:

Ottawa Police are searching for a suspect following a robbery at a business on Heron Road ;last week.

Investigators say a man grabbed a 50-inch TV, and, before escaping out of a back door, used bear spray on two employees who confronted him.

The man escaped on foot. Call Police at 613-236-1222, ext. 5116 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 if you have more information.

Report Finds Toxic Culture in RCMP:

A report on harassment of women in the RCMP says fundamental change is needed to rid the national police force of a toxic culture.

Former Supreme Court justice Michel Bastarache concludes change cannot come from within the RCMP, and calls for an in-depth, external review of the force. He says one of his key findings is that it tolerates misogynistic and homophobic attitudes among its leaders and members.

Boil Water Advisory Ends In Mishkeegogamang:

A First Nation in northern Ontario has had its boil water advisory rescinded, according to the corporation that helped improve the community’s water treatment facilities.

Mishkeegogamang First Nation had its boil water advisory issued in early June of last year. The Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation announced Thursday that the advisory has been lifted. The Indigenous-led corporation has partnered with 22 First Nations across Ontario, including Mishkeegogamang, to help train and support water treatment operators.

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