Waiting for Ottawa LRT service to resume and the US land border to open to Canadian travelers: five stories to watch this week

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OTTAWA – Ottawa begins eighth week without LRT service, US land border opens to non-essential Canadian travelers and chooses new advisor for Kanata North.

CTVNewsOttawa.ca takes a look at five stories to watch in Ottawa this week.

WAIT FOR THE RESUMPTION OF OTTAWA LRT SERVICE

The city of Ottawa is optimistic that service will resume on the Confederation Line this week, as commuters enter an eighth week without light rail service following a derailment.

Testing continued through the weekend on the 12.5 km line as part of return-to-service testing to ensure the issues were resolved after the September 19 derailment. It was the second derailment in two weeks.

“We’re still on schedule to have rail service in the first two weeks of November,” Mayor Jim Watson said at the start of a technical briefing on Friday. “We will announce the exact date a day or two before that.”

Five trains were temporarily withdrawn from testing Thursday after operators and engineers detected vibrations.

In the meantime, Council will vote on a Council motion on Wednesday. Catherine McKenney to request a judicial inquiry into the LRT contract.

McKenney originally introduced the motion on Oct. 13, but the board approved a motion to replace the board. Glen Gower will ask the Auditor General of Ottawa to investigate the LRT contract.

McKenney’s motion would allow a judge to hold public hearings into the facts and sequence of events from 2012 to present regarding the approvals, development, costs, timelines and operation of the LRT system.

REOPENING OF THE LAND BORDER TO TRAVELERS

The US land border will open to non-essential travelers from Canada on Monday for the first time in 19 months.

Fully vaccinated travelers will not need a negative COVID-19 test to cross the land border to the United States, but they will need it to return to Canada.

The US Department of Homeland Security has said fully vaccinated non-citizen travelers at US land ports of entry or at a ferry terminal should be prepared to:

  • Provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination

  • Verbally attesting to the reason for their trip and their COVID-19 vaccine status during a border inspection

The Canada Border Services Agency says border measures remain in place for travelers entering or returning to Canada.

Fully vaccinated travelers entering Canada must complete the mandatory COVID-19 molecular test prior to arrival and submit their mandatory information, including their digital proof of vaccination through the ArriveCan app or website within 72 hours of arrival. in Canada.

If you are planning a day or overnight trip to the United States, you can take your COVID-19 test before arrival before you leave Canada.

The Ogdensburg-Prescott International Bridge

COVID-19 NUMBERS

All eyes will be on the COVID-19 numbers in Ottawa and Ontario this week, after a surge in cases over the weekend.

There were 636 new cases of COVID-19 in Ontario on Sunday, the first time that more than 600 cases have been reported since October 9.

The 500 new cases of COVID-19 in Ontario on Friday and Saturday were the first time since early October that there were more than 500 cases on two consecutive days.

Ottawa recorded the three highest numbers of COVID-19 cases since early October this weekend, with 39 cases on Friday, 52 cases on Saturday and 46 cases on Sunday.

The rise in COVID-19 cases comes as thousands of Ottawa residents are eligible to make an appointment for a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Starting Saturday, the following vulnerable populations can make an appointment for a booster injection, provided they received their second dose at least six months ago.

  • Individuals aged 70 and over (born in 1951 or before)

  • Health workers

  • Designated essential caregivers in collective settings (including staff in long-term care homes and retirement homes)

  • Individuals who received a full series of viral vector vaccine (two doses of AstraZeneca vaccine or one dose of Janssen / Johnson and Johnson vaccine)

  • First Nations, Inuit and Métis adults (16 years and over) and non-Indigenous members of their household

NEW ADVISOR FOR KANATA NORD

The council will appoint a new adviser for Kanata-North on Wednesday, filling the post left vacant by Jenna Sudds’ transition to federal politics.

Twenty candidates have come forward to be the new constituency councilor for the final year of the term.

Each candidate will have five minutes to make a presentation to the board.

An open vote will take place, each member of the council being invited to indicate the name of the candidate for whom he is voting. The candidate receiving the most votes and obtaining more than 50 percent of the votes will win.

If the candidate who receives the highest number of votes cast does not receive more than half of the votes in the first vote, the person who obtains the fewest votes and those who did not receive votes will be removed from the ballot and the councilors will vote again.

Ottawa City Hall

REMEMBRANCE DAY

Canadians will gather at cenotaphs and legions across the country on Thursday to honor members of the armed forces who have died in the line of duty.

The national Remembrance Day ceremony will be held at the National War Memorial in downtown Ottawa on November 11.

The City of Ottawa has indicated that the following streets will be closed around the National War Memorial between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. Thursday.

CTV will broadcast the Remembrance Day ceremony starting at 10 a.m.

For a list of Remembrance Day services in Ottawa and Eastern Ontario, click here.

Remembrance Day Ottawa

EVENTS IN OTTAWA THIS WEEK

On Monday

U.S. land border reopens to non-essential travelers

Tuesday

Ottawa Planning Committee Meeting – 9:30 a.m.

Ottawa Police Services Board Finance and Audit Committee (Budget 2022) – 1:00 p.m.

Ottawa Carleton District School Board Meeting – 7:00 p.m.

Meeting of the Catholic School Board of Ottawa – 7 p.m.

Ottawa Senators vs. Boston Bruins – 7 p.m. (TSN 5 & TSN 1200

Wednesday

Ottawa City Council Meeting – 10 a.m.

Thursday

Remembrance Day

Los Angeles Kings vs. Ottawa Senators – 7 p.m. (TSN 5 & TSN 1200)

Friday

Mississauga Steelheads at Ottawa 67’s – 7 p.m.

Saturday

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Ottawa Senators – 7 p.m. (TSN 5)


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