Jul 01, 2022
By Steve Kee
Both celebrations and protests are set to take place throughout downtown Ottawa for Canada Day.
Heritage Canada says for the first time in 50 years, Ottawa’s main celebrations are being moved off Parliament Hill, where Centre Block is under construction.
The main events in LeBreton Flats Park and at Place des Festivals Zibi in Gatineau include a daytime ceremony and evening performances, acrobatic shows and activities for families.
The Canadian Forces Snowbirds, however, will not fly over the capital as planned a recent technical issue has been fixed but the team needs time for practice flights and maintenance before returning to the air next weekend.
Meanwhile, a new round of protests against COVID-19 pandemic restrictions are scheduled throughout Ottawa’s downtown core.
Four protesters were arrested last night at a protest at the War Memorial.
Organizers say they plan to march from the Supreme Court of Canada to city hall in the afternoon, and hold a dance party on Parliament Hill in the evening.