Good morning, Ottawa! Today will be cloudy with a few sunny breaks and showers to be expected. The high will be 3C dropping to -9C overnight.

Protests against Ontario’s housing act continue

Protestors gathered near Ottawa City Hall on Wednesday to demand a repeal of the More Homes Built Faster Act, CBC reports. Critics say the act will have no impact on making housing more affordable. Instead it will only lead to an increase in property taxes and the loss of valuable wetlands and farmland.

Ontario funds more ICU beds for McMaster Children’s Hospital

The hospital in Hamilton is receiving more ICU beds to help care for the sickest children infected with viral illnesses, The Toronto Star reports.

Four Indigenous-led conservation initiatives get $800M in federal funding

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that a portion of the funds will support the efforts of 17 First Nations to develop a long-term conservation finance model for the Great Bear Sea initiative, Global News reports. 

City’s transit deficit received insufficient funds from province

Provincial grants only provided $63 million toward the City of Ottawa’s transit deficit. CBC reports that the grants are not enough to cover the $85-million transit deficit for 2022, which will be made up by reserves.

Quebec Education Ministry mishandled online schooling: auditor

The auditor’s report identified that the Quebec Education Ministry mishandled several online schooling measures, such as overspending on video conferencing equipment, providing very little support for school service centres and failing to invest in tutoring, CBC reports.