Ottawa plans 15 new photo radar camera locations and COVID-19 cases close two schools: top five stories in Ottawa this week

OTTAWA – Photo radar could arrive in 15 more school zones in Ottawa by the end of 2022, COVID-19 cases increase in Ottawa schools and mark the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada. Reviews Top Five Articles On Our Website This Week

Photo radars could monitor speeding violations at 15 new locations on Ottawa’s roads by the end of next year.

A report for the October 6 Transport Committee meeting recommends expanding the automated speed control program to 15 new locations by the end of 2022, with 15 to 25 additional cameras per year installed on the roads during of the next term of the board.

A one-year Automated Speed ​​Control (ASE) pilot project at eight locations in Ottawa resulted in 101,778 speeding tickets between July 2020 and July 2021, generating $ 5.4 million in revenue. dollars.

“The ASE pilot project has been shown to be effective in reducing traffic speeds with a 200% increase in speed limit compliance and a 72% decrease in the percentage of high-end speed drivers at pilot sites,” staff said, noting the goal of automated speed control is to reduce traffic speeds where cameras are installed.

The Ottawa Medical Officer of Health suggests that mixing the lunch and recess cohorts in schools is leading to new cases of COVID-19 in children.

Ottawa Public Health closed two schools this week due to COVID-19 cases, while there are currently nine outbreaks in elementary schools.

St. Benedict Elementary School was closed on Tuesday due to “evidence of the spread of COVID-19 to multiple cohorts in the school.” Cases were first identified in kindergarten cohorts. A parent told CTV News Ottawa that a positive test result was reported in their child’s 4th grade class.

On Thursday, the Marius-Barbeau Catholic Elementary School was closed due to evidence of the virus spreading to several different cohorts.

“What we are seeing is that there is more student mix than last year. When I say student mix, I mean the groups that children and youth are part of are called cohorts and now those cohorts sometimes mix at recess or mix at lunch, and that leads to more exposure, ”Dr. Vera Etches said on Friday.

“We are discussing with school boards how to mitigate this, I think there are other things that can be done to reduce the amount of close contact people have.”

Fifty-eight schools have at least one active case of COVID-19 in Ottawa.

Saint-Benoît Catholic School

In Cornwall, Ont. encourages people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 after a near-death experience and a long stay in the intensive care unit.

Brenda Lee Legault believes she contracted the virus during an event she hosted in early August, suffering from a cough, diarrhea and fever.

She went to the hospital and was given antibiotics, but when that didn’t work, she came back. Legault ended up in intensive care for 24 days.

“It’s like my life is passing in front of me, it really changed me inside, you know?” said Legault. “The experience I had was horrible, I would say, because 10 days of illness, on the tenth day, I thought I was going to die.”

Like so many others, before Legault fell ill, she and her husband Gilles were drawn to misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines and were not vaccinated, even though they were both eligible.

“When the pandemic first appeared there were conflicting stories. Some were saying maybe it was a silent war and different things, where it could have been some man-made plot,” her husband Gilles said.

Gilles will now receive his second COVID-19 vaccine next week. Legault cannot yet be vaccinated due to medication.

“I would encourage everyone on the fence to do the right thing and get the shot. It’s the smart and right thing to do,” said Gilles.

Brenda Lee Legault

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario has temporarily suspended a facility in Kingston, Ontario. the bar’s liquor license after violating Ontario’s COVID-19 regulations.

And AGCO said Thursday it was preparing to revoke the license for JAKK Tuesdays, located on Progress Avenue in Kingston.

Kingston city bylaw charged the licensee with violations on September 24 after officers found the facility was not in compliance with COVID-19 regulations, including requiring proof of vaccination for meals at the hospital. inside.

“An AGCO Commanding Officer attended the scene after notices of provincial infractions were served on the facility and the licensee. The captain made observations and noted that the licensee continued to act contrary to the ROA, ”the AGCO said.

“Accordingly, the Registrar considers it necessary in the public interest to immediately suspend the liquor license.”

The sign on the front of the JAKK Tuesdays Sports Pub on Thursday read, “Say no to vax passports. Everyone is welcome at JAKK.”

JAKK Tuesdays

Ceremonies were held in Ottawa on Thursday to mark the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada.

“Today we come together to honor all these children who have not returned home,” said Algonquin elder Claudette Commanda at a rally on Parliament Hill. “Two hundred and fifteen little voices woke up the country, 215 voices spoke to the world.”

On Parliament Hill, thousands of people gathered for “Remember Me: A National Day of Remembrance”. The Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada organized the rally to remember the Indigenous children and families affected by residential schools.

“So let us hold you in a sacred space today for you to mourn with us. Thousands of children who die in residential schools constitute genocide and that is why we need a day like Remembrance Day, a day like today, ”said Jenny Sawanohk Sutherland, organizer of the Remembrance rally you from me.

Residential School Memorial on Parliament Hill

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