Get your sunscreen out for another hot day in the Ottawa region, according to Environment Canada. Sunny skies with only a few clouds are predicted throughout the day with a high of 29ºC. The low is supposed to be 17ºC with clear skies overnight.

Ottawa ringette leagues struggle during COVID-19 restrictions

The City of Ottawa Ringette Association (CORA) started fall registration last week with new restrictions such as the number of players allowed on the ice and in the rink. The association reports having 100 fewer registrations than normal at this time of year. “Financially, this could ruin us,” Phyllis Bergmans, the CORA president said, as the association struggles to get enough players and cover the cost of ice times. CBC has more.

Proposed bylaw would set standard for Ottawa rentals 

The city has proposed a bylaw that would set a minimum standard for all rental houses in Ottawa. The proposal includes many requirements for landlords such as for them to log service requests and respond to all vital requests within 24 hrs. The city has also added pest control standards to the draft along with existing property standards. Under the new measures, landlords would have to do preventative inspections and provide tenants with information regarding preventing infestations. The Ottawa Citizen has more

OPH preparing teachers and parents for back to school

CBC reports that Ottawa Public Health is preparing scenarios for the classroom during COVID-19 such as how to handle an outbreak and what parents should do if their child feels unwell. Dr. Vera Etches, Ottawa’s medical health officer, said that mild symptoms, that would have previously been not a concern, are now something that should be given a second thought. As well, with provincial funding, OPH intends to add 36 nurses to the school health teams. 

West Nile virus found in Ottawa mosquitoes

Ottawa Public Health reports that the West Nile virus has been confirmed in the local mosquito population. Residents are encouraged to remove standing water from their properties. CTV News also reported ways in which residents can reduce their risk of receiving a mosquito bite. 

Start to school to be pushed back in B.C. 

B.C. Education Minister Rob Fleming told the province the return to school will be pushed back from Sept. 8 to an undetermined date. Fleming said teachers, staff and administrators need time to get ready for the start of school. Global News reported that an announcement on the new return date is expected next week.