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At least 17 injured in ‘serious’ bus crash at Westboro station





CTV Ottawa

Published Friday, January 11, 2019 4:09PM EST

Last Updated Friday, January 11, 2019 6:10PM EST

At least 17 people were were injured in a serious bus crash at Westboro Station on Friday afternoon.

An OC Transpo double-decker bus crashed into a bus shelter at the station around 3:50 p.m. Police say some of the injuries were critical.

The Ottawa Hospital says it has received nine patients in critical condition from the crash so far. The hospital’s trauma unit is located at the Civic Campus.

The Queensway-Carleton Hospital tweeted that it has received one patient by ambulance and a few other walk-in patients.

A source told CTV News the bus was route number 269, which travels between MacKenzie King bridge downtown and Bridlewood in Kanata.

A witness told CTV News that he saw some passengers flung from the top level of the bus to the ground below.

The witness added he not see any pedestrians waiting for bus hit.

Eyewitness Andrew Bourlay was travelling downtown from Westboro this afternoon by bus, when he saw the bus going in the opposite direction crash into the station.

“I heard a bump as if the bus was going through a speed bump … a few bodies went flying through the windshiled of the bus,” he told Newstalk 580 CFRA. “There was a military man, he was just lying there.”

“It was very shocking, people were screaming. I was frightened.”

The city of Ottawa said the Churchill Seniors Centre at 345 Richmond Road is open for people who are looking for information about family members involved in the crash.

The Transitway is closed in both directions on either side of Westboro station. Buses are being detoured to Scott Street. Scott Street is closed to cars.

In a statement, Mayor Jim Watson said he was “shocked to hear of this horrific incident at Westboro Station. My first thoughts are with those who have been injured and their families. I have asked staff to ensure all necessary resources are made available to assist them through this difficult time.”

Watson and city officials are scheduled to brief the media at 7 p.m. Friday.

More to come…


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Record one million job losses in March: StatCan





OTTAWA — More than one million Canadians lost their jobs in the month of March, Statistics Canada is reporting. The unemployment rate has also climbed to 7.8 per cent, up from 2.2 percentage points since February.

Canada’s national statistics agency released its monthly Labour Force Survey on Thursday, using March 15 to 21 as the sample week – a time when the government began enforcing strict guidelines around social gatherings and called on non-essential businesses to close up shop.

The first snapshot of job loss since COVID-19 began taking a toll on the Canadian economy shows 1.1 million out of work since the prior sample period and a consequent decrease in the employment rate – the lowest since April 1997. The most job losses occurred in the private sector and among people aged 15-24.

The number of people who were unemployed increased by 413,000, resulting in the largest one-month increase in Canada’s unemployment rate on record and takes the economy back to a state last seen in October, 2010.

“Almost all of the increase in unemployment was due to temporary layoffs, meaning that workers expected to return to their job within six months,” reads the findings.

The agency included three new indicators, on top of the usual criteria, to better reflect the impact of COVID-19 on employment across the country.

The survey, for example, excludes the more commonly observed reasons for absent workers — such as vacation, weather, parental leave or a strike or lockout — to better isolate the pandemic’s effect.

They looked at: people who are employed but were out of a job during the reference week, people who are employed but worked less than half their usual hours, and people who are unemployed but would like a job.

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Employee at Ottawa’s Amazon Fulfillment Centre tests positive for COVID-19





OTTAWA — An employee who works at Amazon’s fulfillment centre on Boundary Road in Ottawa’s east-end has tested positive for COVID-19.

Amazon says it learned on April 3 that an associate tested positive for novel coronavirus and is currently in isolation. The employee last worked at the fulfillment centre on March 19.

Two employees told CTV News Ottawa that management informed all employees about the positive test in a text message over the weekend.

In a statement to CTV News Ottawa, Amazon spokesperson Jen Crowcroft wrote “we are supporting the individual who is recovering. We are following guidelines from health officials and medical experts, and are taking extreme measures to ensure the safety of employees at our site.”

The statement also says that Amazon has taken steps to further protect their employees.

“We have also implemented proactive measures at our facilities to protect employees including increased cleaning at all facilities, maintaining social distance in the FC.”

CTV News Ottawa asked Amazon about the timeline between when the company found out about the positive COVID-19 case and when employees were notified.

In a separate email to CTV News Ottawa, Crowcroft said “all associates of our Boundary Road fulfillment centre in Ottawa were notified within 24 hours of learning of the positive COVID-19 case.”

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Ottawa facing silent spring as festivals, events cancelled





This is shaping up to be Ottawa’s silent spring — and summer’s sounding pretty bleak, too — as more and more concerts, festivals and other annual events are cancelled in the wake of measures meant to slow the spread of coronavirus.

The province has already banned gatherings of more than five people, and on Monday officials announced city parks, facilities and services will remain shut down until the end of June, nor will any event permits be issued until at least that time.

“This leaves us with no choice but to cancel the festival this year,” Ottawa Jazz Festival artistic director Petr Cancura confirmed Monday.

This was to be the festival’s 40th anniversary, and organizers announced the lineup for the June 19-July 1 event the day after Ottawa’s first confirmed case of COVID-19. 

The Toronto and Montreal jazz festivals had already pulled the plug because of similar restrictions in their cities, so Cancura said the writing was on the wall.

“We have a few contingency plans to keep connecting with our audience and working with our artists,” Cancura said.

People holding tickets to the 2020 festival can ask for a refund or exchange for a 2021 pass.

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