Sat. Aug 13th, 2022

Ottawa’s chief physician provides an update on the COVID-19 situation in the capital, and Freedom Convoy is expected to roll into Ottawa to protest against vaccine mandates.

CTVNewsOttawa.ca is looking at five stories to watch in Ottawa this week.

COVID-19 CITY IN OTTAWA

Ottawa’s chief physician will provide an update on the COVID-19 situation in Ottawa, one week before the restrictions begin to ease.

Doctor in the health service Dr. Vera Etches will speak at a special meeting of the Ottawa Board of Health at 15.00 Monday.

Chairman of the Board Keith Egli convened the special meeting, “Given the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19 in our society.” Egli told reporters earlier this month that Dr. Etches will provide an update on the COVID-19 situation and allow board members to ask questions about the response to the pandemic.

The meeting comes as Ottawa Public Health reports an increase in hospital admissions associated with COVID-19 in Ottawa. As of Sunday, there were 93 people in Ottawa hospitals with COVID-19-related illnesses, up from 65 people in the hospital a week ago.

The update comes a week before Ontario takes the first step in a three-step plan to begin easing COVID-19 restrictions.

From 31 January, the social gathering will be increased to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors. Restaurants, bars, retailers and gyms can operate at 50 percent capacity.

Sporting events, concert venues and theaters will be able to operate with 50 percent seating capacity or 500 people, whichever is less.

Vera Etches

FRIHEDSKOVOJ

Truckers are expected to roll into Ottawa on Saturday from across the country to protest the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for truck drivers.

The “Freedom Convoy” left British Columbia on Sunday on its way to Ottawa for a demonstration against the mandate. Truckers from Ontario and eastern Canada are also expected to arrive in Ottawa.

As of January 15, the federal government requires that all truck drivers crossing the border from the United States into Canada be vaccinated. From January 23, all non-Americans entering the United States at a border must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

A GoFundMe site for Freedom Convoy says: “We are taking our fight to the door of our federal government and demanding that they end all mandates against its people. Small businesses are being destroyed, homes are being destroyed and people are being abused and denied basic necessities to survive.”

The Canadian Trucking Alliance issued a statement saying it does not support and “strongly rejects” any protests on roads, highways and bridges.

“The majority of the Canadian trucking industry is vaccinated with the overall industrial vaccination rate among truck drivers that closely reflects the general public,” the alliance said in a statement on its website.

“Therefore, most of our country’s hard-working truck drivers continue to move cross-border and domestic freight to ensure that our economy continues to function.”

Ontario Provincial Police on Saturday reported a convoy from Pembroke to Ottawa.

windsor truck

THE COUNCIL STARTS NEW YEAR AT OTTAWA TOWN HALL

The legislative year starts this week at Ottawa City Hall, as the countdown begins to the 2022 local elections.

The Council will meet for the first time in 2022 on Wednesday. This year’s first meeting will be highlighted by Mayor Jim Watson’s final speech on the city before leaving municipal politics after the election.

“It’s something bittersweet, as it’s an annual tradition that I’ve become quite fond of during my time in office, and which provides a good opportunity to look back on the past year and consider the important decisions. , which lies ahead, “Watson said during the mayor’s lunch Friday morning.

Watson announced in December that he would not seek a fourth term and would retire after the October local elections.

The last council meeting in 2022 contains a proposal from the county council. Jeff Leiper for eliminating ‘red revert’ sensors at all intersections. The Transport Committee rejected a proposal to remove the sensors for cyclists at an intersection this fall.

Ottawa City Hall

BOARD MEETING OF OTTAWA POLITISERVICES

The Ottawa Police Services Board will discuss sexual violence and harassment in the workplace at its first meeting this year on Monday.

A report recommends that the board adopt a five-year $ 8.2 million strategy to address harassment and violence within the ranks, after an independent review called for “prompt and immediate attention.”

Rubin Thomlinson makes 18 recommendations, including:

  • Create a new “Office of the Workplace Investigator”

  • Establishment of a new code of conduct for the Ottawa Police Service

  • Introducing new mental health support, including hiring a full-time psychologist

  • Improved mandatory training to address respect in the workplace, harassment and violence in the workplace, inclusion, diversity, equality and access

  • Provide support for women returning from pregnancy and parental leave

  • Securing promotions and career development opportunities are merit-based

Ottawa police

BELL LET US SPEAK TODAY

Thursday is Bell Let’s Talk Day – a day to engage in a conversation about mental health and mental health initiatives in Canada.

This year, Bell’s Talk Day encourages Canadians to support themselves and each other.

“By working together in large and small communities around the country, we have made great strides in moving mental health forward and raising awareness of mental illness,” said Mary Deacon, chair of Bell Let’s Talk. “On Bell Let’s Talk Day and throughout the year, it’s so important to keep listening, keep talking and keep being there for ourselves and each other to make a lasting difference in the lives of so many people. who are suffering from mental illness. “

On Thursday, Bell donates 5 cents to Canadian mental health programs for every relevant text, local or long distance call, tweet or Tik Tok video using #BellLetsTalk, ever Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Snapchat, Tik Tok, Twitter and YouTube views by Bell Let’s Talk Day video.

Bell Let's Talk Day

EVENTS HAPPEN IN OTTAWA THIS WEEK

Monday

Ottawa Board of Health meeting – at. 15.00

Ottawa Police Services Board Meeting – 6 p.m. 17.00

Tuesday

Ottawa Carleton District School Board Meeting – 6 p.m. 19.00

Ottawa Catholic School Board Meeting – 6 p.m. 19.00

Ottawa Senators Vs. Buffalo Sabers. (TSN 1200)

Wednesday

Bell Let’s Talk Day

Ottawa City Council Meeting – 6 p.m. 10.00

Thursday

Ottawa Planning Committee Meeting – 6 p.m. 9.30

Ottawa Senators Vs. Carolina Hurricaines (TSN 1200)

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