Environment Canada forecasts a mainly cloudy Friday with a 70 per cent chance of showers and risk of thunderstorms. With a high of 23°C during the day, the evening will hit a low of 13°C. The evening will also be cloudy with a 70 per cent of showers and possible thunderstorms. There will be fog patches overnight.

CERB gets another month while new EI program is prepared

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland announced on Thursday that the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit will last one more month before evolving into an expanded employment insurance program, as well as three new income support benefits. Freeland said she anticipates at least a million people to continue on the CERB and about three million will eventually enter the EI system. the Ottawa Citizen has more.

Diane Deans back on the job after bout with cancer

“It’s a major milestone for me and I’m just pumped. I’m ready to come back to work and roll up my sleeves and hopefully make a difference,” Coun. Diane Deans told the Ottawa Citizen. Deans took medical leave when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

No trick, Halloween will be different this year, Etches says

Ottawa’s top doctor, Vera Etches, says that Halloween should not have the traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating this year. People greeting dozens of children at their doors does not encourage COVID safety, Dr Vera Etches tells CTV.

Brockville plant to make N95 masks

The federal and Ontario governments are backing an effort by 3M Canada to make N95 masks in Brockville, ON with $23 million. The goal is to produce 100 million masks per year. CTV news reports the story.

VIA Rail expands train services out of Ottawa

Ottawa will be looking forward to more trains to cities like Toronto and Montreal next month, CBC reports. VIA Rail will restore its service to nearly half of what it offered before the pandemic on Sept. 1.