Afternoon News: Monday, December 14, 2020

Bushby Found Guilty:

A man who threw a trailer hitch at an Indigenous woman in Thunder Bay has been found guilty of manslaughter in her death.

Justice Helen M. Pierce ruled the Crown proved Brayden Bushby knew he would seriously injure Barbara Kentner when he threw the hitch at her from a moving car in January 2017. Pierce says the Crown also proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Kentner’s injuries from the assault accelerated her death, which happened seven months later.

Bushby is scheduled to be sentenced on February 9.

First Health Care Workers in Canada Vaccinated:

A long-term care resident in Quebec and a nursing home worker in Ontario have received Canada’s first COVID-19 vaccinations.

The shots were administered in Quebec City and Toronto within half an hour of each other Monday, creating some confusion about which province could lay claim to being the first in the country to hand out the doses.

COVID-19 Ottawa:

Ottawa Public Health is reporting 48 new, confirmed COVID-19 cases, and another death from the virus.

The Capital has now recorded 9,105 confirmed cases, with 8331 resolved, and 388 active. 386 people in the city have now died after contracting the virus.

COVID-19 Ontario:

1,940 new cases and 23 more deaths due to the virus are being reported across Ontario.

The province has confirmed 142,121 cases throughout the pandemic, with 3,972 deaths, and 121,563 cases resolved.

OPH Christmas Request:

Ottawa Public Health wants to make sure that anyone spending Christmas solo this year realizes that they are not really alone.

OPH is asking you to flash your home’s lights off and on, and make as much noise as possible for one minute, at 8:00 pm on December 25. Staff say this is a great way to show some love to those who are isolating, or live alone, during the holiday season.

End Random Police Stops: Quebec Anti-Racism Task Force

An anti-racism task force created by the Quebec government last June is recommending that police across the province stop randomly stopping people.

Junior Health Minister Lionel Carmant says it should be enshrined into law that police cannot stop people on the street or in a car without a clear motive. The task force is also recommending police forces create mixed patrol units that include social workers to help de-escalate tensions during police interventions.

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