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OTTAWA – COVID-19 restrictions continue to be relaxed in Gatineau, non-essential travel restrictions are set to expire at Ottawa-Gatineau level crossings, and OC Transpo is considering new electric buses.

CTVNewsOttawa.ca examines five stories to watch in Ottawa this week.

COVID-19 VACCINE DEPLOYMENT

Ottawa’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign continues this week, with appointments for the first and second dose full at all mass vaccination clinics in the city.

The city said 200,000 appointments were booked at community clinics until July 6.

Mayor Jim Watson told Newstalk 580 CFRA over the weekend that Ontario was sending 13,000 additional COVID-19 vaccines to pharmacies in Ottawa.

Meanwhile, Ontario is speeding up the timeline for residents who have received the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to get their second vaccine. The second dose interval for Ontarians is reduced from 12 weeks to eight weeks, with informed consent.

Beginning Monday at 8:00 a.m., Ottawa residents who have received their first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine will be able to make an appointment for the second dose at an interval of eight weeks or more.

If you would like to receive an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) for your second dose, you can make an appointment through the provincial reservation system or a participating pharmacy. If you would like to receive a second dose of AstraZeneca vaccine, you can contact the pharmacy or primary care provider where you received your first dose.

GATINEAU YELLOW

The Outaouais region switches to Quebec’s “Level 2 – Early Warning” system on Monday, easing restrictions on bars and indoor gatherings.

The Gatineau-western region of Quebec is one of 10 regions that fall into the yellow zone as Quebec continues to ease COVID-19 restrictions.

Under the yellow zone, gatherings inside up to two households are allowed, while outside gatherings of up to eight people are allowed.

Bars, taverns, brasseries and casinos can reopen at 50% of their capacity. Supervised outdoor sports and recreational activities can be practiced in groups of up to 24 people.

Last Friday, Ottawa passed step 1 of Ontario’s COVID-19 reopening plan, allowing patio bars and restaurants to reopen and non-essential businesses to operate at 15% of capacity.

OTTAWA-GATINEAU BORDER CROSSINGS

Travel restrictions at the Ottawa-Gatineau border crossings are expected to end on Wednesday, but it is not clear whether the Ontario government will lift interprovincial travel restrictions.

Ontario introduced restrictions on interprovincial travel at Ontario-Quebec border crossings on April 19 in an effort to limit non-essential travel within the province. The ban on non-essential travel has been extended until at least June 16.

As the stay-at-home order ended and Ontario entered Stage 1 of the reopening plan last Friday, Ontario said border restrictions will remain in place until at least Wednesday.

“The order closing Ontario’s land and sea borders with Manitoba and Quebec remains in effect,” said Stephen Warner, press secretary for Ontario Solicitor General Sylvia Jones. “It can continue to be extended in increments of 14 days by the Lieutenant Governor in Council. We will communicate with the public prior to its termination.

Rotating police checkpoints at Ottawa-Gatineau crossings cost the Ottawa Police over $ 600,000.

POLICE IN OTTAWA PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Ottawa’s largest school board will vote Monday night on a motion to immediately end the school resource officer program with the Ottawa Police.

Trustee Lyra Evans to bring motion to the Ottawa Carleton District School Board Special Committee of the Whole meeting calling on the board to end its engagement with the school’s resource officer program “immediately and completely” Ottawa Police Department.

The motion comes after the board’s Office of the Human Rights and Fairness Advisors recommended that the board end the school resource officer program.

“During the consultation process, we heard from many members of the community who were deeply affected by the police intervention in OCDSB schools,” says the Office of Human Rights Advisors report. and in equity.

“Their experiences clearly indicate that people who have been marginalized in society (eg, Aboriginals, Blacks, 2SLGBTQ + and people with disabilities) continue to be seriously affected by the police presence in educational settings.

The OCDSB Committee of the Whole meets Monday at 6 p.m.

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ALL ON BOARD ELECTRIC BUSES

The Transit Commission will vote Wednesday on a plan to begin replacing OC Transpo’s diesel bus fleet with fully electric models.

The $ 1 billion plan would see the city buy 450 electric buses between 2022 and 2027. Each bus costs $ 1.3 million, plus additional costs for electrical infrastructure and garage upgrades.

The Canada Infrastructure Bank would invest up to $ 400 million in loans to finance the purchase of electric buses and charging infrastructure.

“The transition to zero-emission buses can have several benefits, including better air quality, reduced company GHG emissions, reduced noise pollution, and better working conditions for company staff. ‘OC Transpo,’ read the report of Wednesday’s Transit Commission meeting.

“Zero emission buses can also result in significant savings in operating and maintenance costs, which will offset the higher purchase price and conversion costs. “

To meet the goals of the Ottawa Climate Change Master Plan, staff say full electrification of transit is needed, including transitioning to a full fleet of battery-electric buses by 2036.

Complaints about OC Transpo buses mount

WHAT HAPPENS IN OTTAWA THIS WEEK

Monday

Gatineau and western Quebec move into the yellow zone

Ottawa Public Library branches reopen for contactless services

Ottawa Information Technology Subcommittee Meeting – 9:30 a.m.

Ottawa Carleton District School Board Committee of the Whole Meeting – 6 p.m.

Wednesday

Ottawa Transportation Commission Meeting – 9:30 a.m.

Thursday

Ottawa Community and Protective Services Committee Meeting – 9:30 a.m.

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