Regardless of legislation enforcement in Ottawa implementing a collection of extra safety measures, 1000’s of Canadians took half in freedom celebrations for Canada Day.
Organizers had initially deliberate a full day of freedom occasions within the nation’s capital, together with on the garden of the Supreme Court docket and on Parliament Hill.
Nonetheless, the Metropolis of Ottawa introduced that police could be limiting entry to downtown on Canada Day and the federal authorities put in fencing at each the Supreme Court docket and Parliament.
Additional, individuals eager to entry Parliament Hill on Canada Day had been subjected to a safety checkpoint. An extended checklist of things had been prohibited, together with sure indicators and banners.
Regardless of the extra safety measures, freedom occasions came about throughout the nation’s capital.
The Folks’s Celebration of Canada (PPC) held a gathering in Ottawa’s Strathcona Park at midday, PPC chief Maxime Bernier and different social gathering figures had been current.
A freedom march started round 3:30p.m. ET, with a big group taking to the streets of Ottawa. Members may very well be heard chanting “free Tamara Lich” and “Trudeau’s gotta go”.
On the times resulting in Canada Day, Ottawa mayor Jim Watson warned there could be zero tolerance for illegal exercise and Ottawa By-law mentioned they might hand out $1000 fines for sure behaviours, together with shouting.
Authorities saved their phrase and cracked down on freedom individuals on a number of events all through the day.
In a single occasion, Ottawa By-law shut down a desk in entrance of Parliament the place individuals had been giving out anti-Trudeau badges. A person additionally claimed he was fined for portray “Free Tamara” on Wellington Avenue.
Legislation enforcement additionally cracked down on The Democracy Fund (DMF), a non-profit devoted to defending civil liberties. The DMF mentioned By-law threatened their legal professionals with a heavy nice for displaying a banner.
Based on Ottawa By-law, 327 parking tickets had been issued, 91 automobiles had been towed and three fines had been issued for “unauthorized use of fireworks” since Jun. 29.
Along with the liberty occasions, the federal government’s official Canada Day celebrations additionally came about, which included a speech from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, music and a firework present.
As a consequence of ongoing building, the federal government’s celebrations came about at Lebreton Flats this yr slightly than on Parliament Hill.