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five stories to watch in Ottawa this week – .


OTTAWA – Plans to go back to school, getting those final hits and how the pandemic will progress in August?

CTVNewsOttawa.ca examines five stories to watch this week.

Back to school projects

Ontario Premier Doug Ford has pledged a “comprehensive” back-to-school plan this week, with five summer weeks remaining.

Ford told reporters last week he had “full confidence in the world” that the province would be ready for school resumption in September.

A back-to-school plan was originally due to be delivered in July. Ford said Education Minister Stephen Lecce would announce the plan early this week, although a date has yet to be announced.

Last week, Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr Kieran Moore told reporters that the COVID-19 outbreak management plan for the new school year has separate sets of rules based on vaccination status.

Vaccination at home

Ottawa Public Health and the City of Ottawa will focus more on COVID-19 vaccines as they attempt to reach an ambitious goal of 90% coverage among the eligible population.

As of Friday, 84% of residents 12 and older had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 71% had had two.

Some mass vaccination clinics have closed, although four remain open for residents who still need a first or second dose. Anyone wishing to be vaccinated can come without an appointment to receive one.

Several pop-up vaccination clinics are also scheduled throughout the week, and SPO makes mobile vaccination teams available to businesses, community groups and places of worship upon request.

A long weekend Stage 3

Monday is Colonel By Day in Ottawa. Ontario’s Civic Holiday long weekend comes as the province remains on Stage 3 of the Ontario government’s plan to reopen, which allows for indoor dining and larger crowds than we have. seen on Canada Day.

Medical Officer of Health Dr. Vera Etches told CTV News at Six last week that Ottawa is “staying the course” on the pandemic, noting that the level of COVID-19 wastewater monitoring has remained low and that the continued use of the mask and physical remoteness has kept the virus level manageable in the city.

As of Sunday, Ottawa had 51 confirmed active cases of COVID-19 and there were no COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

Officials return to the office

A small number of federal employees are expected to return to their office towers in the National Capital Region this week.

Tens of thousands of federal employees have been working from home since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving the Ottawa and Gatineau office towers virtually empty, much to the dismay of local businesses that rely on foot traffic from officials .

According to Public Services and Procurement Canada, about 200 federal employees will return to their offices this week as part of a pilot project that will inform a broader back-to-work plan.

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Last week of the Summer Games

It’s the last week of the Tokyo 2020 Summer Games.

Nick Hoag of Gatineau, Que., Will be among the men in the men’s volleyball quarterfinals on Monday.

Canada will also face the United States in the women’s soccer semifinals on Monday.

The Canadians will be in the water on Tuesday with water polo, canoe sprints and artistic swimming events. Canoe sprints continue throughout the week. Men’s and women’s diving events on a 10m platform are also planned.

The closing ceremony will take place on August 8.

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