Afternoon News: Tuesday, December 1, 2020

COVID-19 Ottawa:

There are 34 new, confirmed cases of COVID-19, and another death from the virus in Ottawa Tuesday.

8,521 cases have been reported here throughout the pandemic, with 7,794 cases resolved, and 351 active. 376 people in our city have now died after contracting the Novel Coronavirus.

COVID-19 Ontario:

There’s been another big increase in cases reported across Ontario Tuesday, with another 1,707 confirmed, as well as seven more deaths from the virus.

In total, the province has now reached 118,199 cases, with 3,663 deaths, and 100,012 cases resolved.

Government Updates Vaccine Plans:

The Trudeau government is fighting back against opposition claims that it was late in ordering COVID-19 vaccines from foreign companies.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada is guaranteed to receive some of the first doses of Moderna’s vaccine once it has been approved by Health Canada. Procurement Minister Anita Anand says Canada was also the fourth country to sign a deal with Pfizer, and the first without the ability to mass produce the vaccine domestically to sign with AstraZeneca.

She says there has been “significant misinformation” about the procurement process and when vaccines will arrive.

No Charges For RCMP in Nunavut Following Vehicle Door Incident:

Ottawa Police are recommending that no charges be laid against an RCMP officer involved in an altercation with a man in Nunavut.

Video footage of the incident back in June showed the cruiser approaching a man in heavy slush, and the cruiser door opening, knocking the man over. Ottawa Police, which investigates serious, police-involved incidents in Nunavut, concluded that the officer did not intentionally strike the man with the door.

Human Rights Tribunal Looking Into Racism in Lacrosse:

The Ontario Human Rights Commission says it’s going to fight anti-Indigenous racism in lacrosse.

The commission says it will meet with Six Nations of the Grand River First Nation, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, and the Canadian Lacrosse Association in the coming months. It says those meetings will discuss how to address concerns of systemic racism against Indigenous lacrosse players.

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