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

OTTAWA Photo Radar could reach 15 more Ottawa school zones by the end of 2022, COVID-19 cases rising at Ottawa schools and marking the first National Day of Truth and Reconciliation in Canada. looks at the top five stories on our site this week

Photo radar cameras could keep an eye on speeders at 15 new locations on Ottawa roads before the end of next year.

A report to the Transport Committee meeting on 6 October recommends extending the automated speed enforcement program to 15 new locations by the end of 2022 with a further 15 to 25 cameras a year set up on roads during the next council term.

A one-year pilot in the Automated Speed ​​Enforcement System (ASE) at eight locations in Ottawa resulted in 101,778 tickets issued for speeding between July 2020 and July 2021, yielding $ 5.4 million in revenue.

“The ASE pilot project has proven successful in reducing traffic speeds by an increase of 200 percent in line with the speed limit and a 72 percent decrease in high-end speeders at pilot sites,” said staff, noting the goal of the automatic speed enforcement is to reduce traffic speeds where the cameras are installed.

Photo radar nips 11,000 Ottawa drivers

Ottawa’s health officer suggests that mixing cohorts for lunch and recess in schools leads to new cases of COVID-19 in children.

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

On Tuesday, St. Benedict Elementary School closed due to “signs of spread of COVID-19 to several cohorts in the school.” Cases were first identified in kindergarten cohorts. A parent tells CTV News Ottawa that a positive test result was reported in her child’s Class 4 class.

On Thursday, the École élémentaire catholique Marius-Barbeau was closed due to signs that the virus had spread to several different cohorts.

“What we see is that there is more mixing of students than there was last year. When I say mixing of students, I mean that the groups that children and young people are part of are called cohorts, and now mixing these cohorts sometimes in recess or mix for lunch, and that leads to greater exposures, “said Dr. Vera Etches Friday.

“We’re talking to school boards about how to mitigate it. I think there are some more things that can be done to reduce the number of close contacts that people have.”

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

St.  Benedict Catholic School

A Cornwall, Ont. encourages people to get the COVID-19 vaccine after a near-death experience and a prolonged stay in the intensive care unit.

Brenda Lee Legault believes she was infected with the virus at an event she arranged in early August where she developed cough, diarrhea and fever.

She went to the hospital and was given antibiotics, but when that did not work, she returned. Legault ended up in the intensive care unit for 24 days.

“It’s like my life flashed in front of me, it really changed me inside, you know?” Said Legault. “The experience I was going through was awful, I would say, for 10 days of being sick, on the tenth day I thought I was going to die.”

Like so many others before Legault became ill, she and her husband Gilles were drawn to misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines and did not get shot, even though they were both justified.

“When the pandemic occurred, there were conflicting stories. Some may have said it was a silent war and various things where it could have been a plot by some kind of man,” her husband Gilles said.

Gilles is now getting his second COVID-19 vaccine next week. Legault cannot get the vaccine yet due to medication.

“I want to encourage everyone out there who’s on the fence to do the right thing, go and get vaccinated. That’s the smart and right thing to do,” Gilles said.

Brenda Lee Legault

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario has temporarily suspended a Kingston, Ont. carried liquor license after violating Ontario’s COVID-19 rules.

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

Kingston Bylaw charged the licensee with violations on Sept. 24 after officers observed the company failed to comply with COVID-19 rules, including requiring evidence of vaccination for indoor dining.

“An AGCO CO participated on the premises after the provincial offense notices were served on the company and on the licensee. CO commented and noted that the licensee continued to act in violation of the ROA,” AGCO said.

“As a result, the Secretary of Justice believes that it is necessary in the public interest to immediately suspend the liquor license.”

The sign on the front of JAKK Tirays Sports Pub on Thursday said: “Say no to wax passes. Everyone is welcome at JAKK.”

JACK Tuesday

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

“Today we are gathering to honor all the children who did not make it home,” Algonquin Elder Claudette Commanda said during a convention on Parliament Hill. “Two hundred and fifteen small votes aroused the country, 215 votes spoke to the world.”

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

“So let’s keep you in the holy room today so you can mourn with us. Thousands of children who die in primary schools are genocide, and therefore we need a day as a day of remembrance, a day like today, said Jenny Sawanohk Sutherland, organizer of the Remember Me collection.

Memorial for residential school on Parliament Hill


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