Good morning Ottawa! The days is starting with a wind chill in the air of -6°C. But by this afternoon, it will have warmed to 12°C with a mix of sun and cloud. Environment Canada has more.

Federal COVID-19 benefits program opens today

Canadians unable to work during COVID-19 are now able to apply for emergency benefits. The Canadian Revenue Agency will open application portals this morning. Global News has more.

Ontario sees a continuing rise in COVID-19 cases

Ontario has seen 408+ more COVID-19 related cases, with a death toll of 146+. This number includes Pinecrest Nursing Home in Bobcaygeon where 23 people have died. CBC has more.

Cases continue to rise in Ottawa too

There are 23 new cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa, but there have been no new deaths. The total number of people infected with the virus in Ottawa is now 345. CBC has more.

At-home learning program launches in Ontario

Classes are back in session today even though schools are still closed with Ontario’s distant learning program. The plans include online learning, telephone calls and mail-out packages. CBC has more.

“Mask wars” could set back the fight against coronavirus

Tensions are high with the United States after they halted exports of U.S.-made N95 masks to Canada and Latin America. Selfish tactics such as these could make the pandemic worse for everyone, an expert tells CBC.