January 31, 2023


Creating Possibilities

5 stories to check out in Ottawa this week

The city’s auditor normal asks for your ideas on the “Freedom Convoy” profession, one particular of the principal faces is back again in court, and preserving an eye on the latest COVID-19 wave.

CTVNewsOttawa.ca appears at five tales to look at this 7 days.

AG retains public consultations on convoy reaction

The city of Ottawa’s auditor standard is inquiring people to weigh in on how the city and Ottawa police handled the “Freedom Convoy” profession in February.

The Ottawa Law enforcement Services Board voted in late March to inquire Nathalie Gougeon to perform the audit.

Zoom meetings will be held on Tuesday, July 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. and Wednesday, July 13 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. People today who wish to participate will have to register beforehand.

Those people who want to have enter but really don’t want to get part in the sessions can as an alternative fill out a survey right until July 31.

Protesters utilized weighty vans and other motor vehicles to blockade downtown Ottawa for three weeks this previous wintertime, protesting COVID-19 community well being protections and the Liberal authorities of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Throughout the protest, Ottawa’s police chief resigned and the make-up of the law enforcement expert services board was totally changed.

It took hundreds of officers from throughout Canada and the invocation of the federal Emergencies Act before the occupation was cleared.

Ottawa people gather outside the house Ottawa Law enforcement Headquarters on Elgin Road, contacting on law enforcement to stop the “Liberty Convoy” demonstration in close proximity to Parliament Hill. (Josh Pringle/CTV Information Ottawa)

Tamara Lich returns to courtroom

One of the principal organizers of the “Freedom Convoy” protest, Tamara Lich, has one more court docket day set for Thursday.

Lich is charged with mischief and obstructing police for her job in the convoy protest. She was arrested in Drugs Hat, Alta. final month and billed with breaching her bail conditions after she was photographed with yet another convoy organizer, Tom Marazzo, with whom she was instructed to have no make contact with.

She is now currently being held in custody right up until her trial.

Tamara Lich appearing at her bail listening to by video hyperlink from the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre on July 5, 2022. (Greg Banning)

Will the summer season COVID-19 wave peak?

Well being officials will be watching COVID-19 information closely this week as a different wave of the disease is on us.

This most up-to-date wave is remaining pushed by the Omicron subvariant BA.5, which authorities say is a lot more transmissible and can evade immunity from earlier infection.

Ottawa’s wastewater signal is on the increase, as is the testing positivity price and the range of individuals in hospital with COVID-19 domestically.

Ottawa is also on observe to surpass the selection of COVID-19 fatalities recorded in all of 2021. As of very last Friday, Ottawa Community Overall health had claimed 216 fatalities so considerably this yr, compared to 228 in all of 2021.

Ontario’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Kieran Moore, is predicted to make an announcement this week pertaining to booster doses of COVID-19 vaccine. Although citizens 60 and more mature can get a fourth dose, the added shot is not but out there for young adults. Moore also expressed some worry that quite a few Ontarians in no way bought a third dose, inspite of it being extensively readily available.

A passenger donning a mask rides the O-Train in Ottawa, Ont. in this undated photo. (Image by Parham Barati on Unsplash)

Lebanese Fest returns

The Ottawa Lebanese Festival is back this 7 days after a two-12 months hiatus mainly because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The yearly celebration of Middle Eastern tradition will be held at the St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral beginning Wednesday.

Love foods, cultural performances, art, crafts and a lot more.

The festival runs July 13 to 17.

Bluesfest wraps up its return to LeBreton Flats

Bluesfest is wrapping up this week after returning to LeBreton Flats for the very first time since 2019.

The once-a-year tunes pageant is one of Ottawa’s greatest activities of the 12 months and draws thousands to the capital every summer months. It was cancelled in 2020 and a smaller sized version was held at Lansdowne Park in 2021.

Some of the headline acts this 7 days include Marshmello on Tuesday, Alexisonfire on Wednesday, Luke Bryan on Thursday, Rage Towards the Device on Friday, and TLC on Saturday.

The Nationwide closes out the pageant on Sunday.

Crowds of individuals returned to LeBreton Flats for RBC Ottawa Bluesfest, back again in total right after two COVID-19 cancellations in 2020 and 2021. (CTV News Ottawa)