Council kicks off its 2022 agenda and the Freedom Convoy rolls towards Ottawa: Five stories to watch this week
Ottawa's top doctor provides an update on the COVID-19 situation in the capital and the Freedom Convoy is expected to roll into Ottawa to protest vaccine mandates.
CTVNewsOttawa.ca looks at five stories to watch in Ottawa this week.
THE STATE OF COVID-19 IN OTTAWA
Ottawa's top doctor will provide an update on the COVID-19 situation in Ottawa, one week before restrictions begin to ease.
Medical officer of health Dr. Vera Etches will address a special meeting of the Ottawa Board of Health at 3 p.m. Monday.
Board chair Keith Egli called the special meeting, "Given the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19 in our community." Egli told reporters earlier this month 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 a rise in hospitalizations linked to COVID-19 in Ottawa. As of Sunday, there were 93 people in Ottawa hospitals with COVID-19 related illnesses, up from 65 people in hospital last Monday.
The update comes one week before Ontario takes the first step in a three-step plan to begin relaxing COVID-19 restrictions.
As of Jan. 31, social gatherings will increase to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors. Restaurants, bars, retailers and gyms can operate at 50 per cent capacity.
Sporting events, concert venues and theatres will be able to operate at 50 per cent seated capacity or 500 people, whichever is less.
Ottawa medical officer of health Dr. Vera Etches received her first COVID-19 vaccine shot on Tuesday, June 8. (Photo courtesy: Twitter/VeraEtches)
Truckers are expected to roll into Ottawa on Saturday from across the country to protest the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for truckers.
The "Freedom Convoy" left British Columbia on Sunday en route to Ottawa for a demonstration against the mandate. Truckers from Ontario and eastern Canada are also expected to arrive in Ottawa.
As of Jan. 15, the federal government requires all truckers crossing the border from the United States into Canada to be vaccinated. As of Jan. 23, all non-Americans entering the United States at a land border must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
A GoFundMe page for the Freedom Convoy states, "We are taking our fight to the doorsteps of our Federal Government and demanding that they cease all mandates against its people. Small businesses are being destroyed, homes are being destroyed, and people are being mistreated and denied fundamental necessities to survive."
The Canadian Trucking Alliance issued a statement saying it does not support and "strong disapproves" of any protests on roadways, highways and bridges.
"The vast majority of the Canadian trucking industry is vaccinated with the overall industry vaccination rate among truck drivers closely mirroring that of the general public," said the alliance in a statement on its website.
"Accordingly, most of our nation's hard-working truck drivers are continuing to move cross-border and domestic freight to ensure our economy continues to function."
Ontario Provincial Police reported a convoy from Pembroke to Ottawa on Saturday.
Truck in Windsor, Ont. on Friday, Jan. 14, 2022. (Chris Campbell/CTV Windsor)
COUNCIL KICKS OFF NEW YEAR AT OTTAWA CITY HALL
The legislative year kicks off this week at Ottawa City Hall, as the countdown begins to the 2022 municipal election.
Council will meet for the first time in 2022 on Wednesday. The first meeting of the year will be highlighted by Mayor Jim Watson's final state of the city address before he leaves municipal politics following the election.
"It's somewhat bittersweet, as it's a yearly tradition I've grown quite fond of over my time in office and one that provides a good opportunity to look back on the year that's gone by and ponder the important decisions that lie ahead," said Watson during the Mayor's Breakfast on Friday morning.
Watson announced in December he would not seek a fourth term in office, and will retire after the October municipal election.
The final council meeting of 2022 includes a motion from Coun. Jeff Leiper to eliminate 'red revert' sensors at all intersections. The transportation committee rejected a proposal to eliminate the sensors for cyclists at an intersection in the fall.
Ottawa City Hall. (File photo)
OTTAWA POLICE SERVICES BOARD MEETING
The Ottawa Police Services Board will discuss workplace sexual violence and harassment in the workplace during its first meeting of the year on Monday.
A report recommends the board adopt a five-year, $8.2 million strategy to address harassment and violence within the ranks, after an independent review called for "urgent and immediate attention."
Rubin Thomlinson makes 18 recommendations, including:
- Create a new "Office of the Workplace Investigator"
- Establishing a new Code of Conduct for the Ottawa Police Service
- Introducing new mental health supports, including hiring a full-time psychologist
- Improved mandatory training to address respect at work, harassment and workplace violence, inclusion, diversity, equity and access
- Provide support for women returning from pregnancy and parental leave
- Ensuring promotions and career development opportunities are merit based
People pass the Ottawa Police station on Elgin Street in Ottawa, on Monday, Feb. 1, 2021. (Justin Tang/THE CANADIAN PRESS)
BELL LET'S TALK DAY
Wednesday 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 Let's Talk Day is encouraging Canadians to support themselves and each other.
"Working together in communities large and small all around the country, we have made great progress in moving mental health forward and increasing awareness about 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 impacted by mental illness."
On Wednesday, Bell donates 5 cents to Canadian mental health programs for every applicable text, local or long distance call, tweet or Tik Tok video using #BellLetsTalk, every Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Snapchat, Tik Tok, Twitter and YouTube view of the Bell Let's Talk Day video.
EVENTS HAPPENING IN OTTAWA THIS WEEK
Ottawa Board of Health meeting – 3 p.m.
Ottawa Police Services Board meeting – 5 p.m.
Ottawa Carleton District School Board meeting – 7 p.m.
Ottawa Catholic School Board meeting – 7 p.m.
Ottawa Senators vs. Buffalo Sabres. (TSN 1200)
Bell Let's Talk Day
Ottawa City Council meeting – 10 a.m.
Ottawa Planning Committee meeting – 9:30 a.m.
Ottawa Senators vs. Carolina Hurricaines (TSN 1200)
Ottawa Top Stories
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The white gunman accused of massacring 10 Black people in a racist rampage at a Buffalo supermarket planned to keep killing if he had escaped the scene, the police commissioner said Monday, as the possibility of federal hate crime or domestic terror charges loomed.
Pierre Poilievre is denouncing the 'white replacement theory' believed to be a motive for a mass shooting in Buffalo, N.Y., as 'ugly and disgusting hate-mongering.'
A driver who struck and killed a woman and her three young daughters nearly two years ago 'gambled with other people's lives' when he took the wheel, an Ontario judge said Monday in sentencing him to 17 years behind bars.
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Facing daily instances of violence and abuse, gender diverse people in the Canadian prison system say they are forced to take measures into their own hands to secure their safety.
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'Aquaman' actor Amber Heard told jurors in a defamation case on Monday that she filed for divorce from Johnny Depp in 2016 because she worried she would not survive physical abuse by him.
More than 260 Ukrainian fighters, including some who are badly wounded, were evacuated Monday from a steel plant in the ruined city of Mariupol and taken to areas under Russia's control, the Ukrainian military said.
The RCMP's treatment of their tactical team in the days following the April 2020 mass shooting in Nova Scotia was characterized as "absolutely disgusting" Monday during testimony before the public inquiry examining the killings.
A jury of three women and two men has been chosen in the coroner's inquest into the death of Chantel Moore -- a 26-year-old Indigenous woman fatally shot during a wellness check by police in Edmundston, N.B.
The emergency department at the Glace Bay Hospital has been closed since July of 2021, and it’s unclear when it will reopen.
An Ontario landlord who says he's exhausted his savings and credit after his tenants allegedly stopped paying rent six months ago is frustrated he has no power to evict them.
After two years of the pandemic, many people are anxious to see concerts and sporting events. But when you buy a ticket, it’s often sent right to your smartphone.
After an unseasonable stretch of summery warmth, Southwestern Quebec is getting ready to see heavy rain.
Quebec coroner calls for independence in public health director role in final report on long-term care home deaths
The government of Quebec needs to ensure the role of the public health director is independent and without any 'political constraint,' a Quebec coroner has recommended in a final report into deaths at long-term care homes during the pandemic's first wave.
Quebec should aim to welcome 100,000 immigrants per year, according to the Conseil du patronat (CPQ).
Mine Mill Unifor Local 598 says staff at some of the area's long-term care facilities and nursing homes may have been exposed to cytotoxins.
Complaints about people hunting and shooting roaming cows in the area of Old Woman Road, on Highway 17 north of Sault Ste. Marie, were reported by the OPP in tweets late Saturday and early Sunday.
Two suspects have been arrested by members of the OPP in relation to a stolen pick-up truck that rear-ended a school bus in London, Ont. on Monday morning.
The call came in just before midnight and police responded to the area of Wellington Road south and Bradley Avenue.
“He did not have a bad bone in his body.” That’s what Gaetano Pelliteri said Monday in a letter to CTV News about his best friend, Zachary Hartman, 27, who passed away over the weekend.
Flooding that has washed out many roads and bridges in a section of western Manitoba has cut off one community from the outside world.
Winnipeg police say human remains found in North Kildonan early Monday morning are believed to be the result of a homicide.
Two Winnipeg teachers and a Manitoba-born judge are among the winners of this year’s Governor General’s History Awards.
The Waterloo Regional Police Service has released the name of a man they say could have information on the suspicious death of an eight-year-old boy in Cambridge.
DEVELOPING | Crash investigation underway in Kitchener
Police are at the scene of a crash on Westmount Dr. in Kitchener. CTV News cameras saw a bicycle with a bent wheel at the scene.
Tanti, 27, was stabbed during a confrontation outside a downtown Guelph bar on MacDonell Street around 2 a.m. on February 29, 2020.
Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk weren't even born the last time the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers met in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but they still understand how much the Battle of Alberta means to fans of both teams.
Students at a Calgary charter school who were moved to online learning after fire damaged the building now have classrooms to return to.
A summer approaches, travellers hoping to rent a vehicle may find it difficult to find an affordable option – not just in Alberta, but right across Canada.
The rising cost of fuel is complicating the nearly month-long search for a missing Saskatchewan boy continues.
Saskatoon Police Service says all of the 189 contact interviews conducted by its officers last year complied with policy.
Former Sask. Party MLA turned Independent Nadine Wilson and former federal Minister of Agriculture Gerry Ritz are both involved with the 'Saskatchewan United' movement.
The Alberta man accused of first-degree murder in the deaths of a 24-year-old woman and her 16-month-old child is due in court on Monday.
A jury trial is to begin today for a man and his son who are accused of killing two Métis hunters.
While many hockey fans in Edmonton were glued to the Calgary Flames Game 7 Sunday night, some Oilers players slept through it.
The B.C. SPCA has rescued dozens of cats and kittens from a Surrey home where they were allegedly subjected to “extremely unsanitary” conditions.
B.C. resident facing charges for allegedly feeding bears, coyotes for 'months': conservation officers
A resident of British Columbia could face charges for allegedly feeding bears and coyotes in West Vancouver, provincial conservation officers say.
Multiple travellers seeking refunds for trips cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic recently had their complaints dismissed by a B.C. tribunal.
Regina Mayor Sandra Masters met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Ottawa on Monday to discuss a number of topics including ongoing infrastructure projects and social initiatives.
The Sask. government is looking to provide municipalities and park authorities with the discretion to allow alcohol consumption in public places, according to a news release.
The rising cost of fuel is complicating the nearly month-long search for a missing Saskatchewan boy continues.