Five stories to see in Ottawa this week

It’s the final week of testimony at the TLR inquest, Tamara Lich appears in court for a bail hearing and Bluesfest returns to LeBreton Flats. takes a look at five stories to watch in Ottawa this week.

Canada Day post-mortem

The autopsy of the police response to Canada Day festivities and protests will begin on Monday, as the motor vehicle checkpoint comes to an end and police presence returns to normal.

Ottawa Police provided few details over the weekend on the police operation to keep downtown Ottawa safe during the first in-person Canada Day event in three years due of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tens of thousands of people attended Canada Day festivities downtown and at LeBreton Flats, while hundreds took part in a protest against COVID-19 vaccines and mandates on Friday afternoon .

Ottawa City By-Law said Sunday afternoon that since 8 a.m. Wednesday, 513 parking tickets had been issued in the motor vehicle screening zone and 121 vehicles had been towed.

Police report that four people were arrested at the National War Memorial following an incident on Thursday evening, one person was arrested on Thursday for breaching bail conditions and there was a arrest when a man allegedly brandished a knife at an RCMP officer.

“I thought things had gone really, really well. Few arrests, obviously, over the days, lots of parking and towing tickets, but people understood that we were going to be serious,” said Mayor Jim Watson at CTV News Ottawa on Saturday. afternoon. “We don’t want to repeat what happened a few months ago and I thank the people of Ottawa for being great hosts.”

Ottawa Police received assistance from the RCMP, Ontario Provincial Police and municipal police forces for the weekend operation.

Thousands of people gather on Wellington Street in front of Parliament Hill for Canada Day festivities. (Jeremie Charron/CTV News Ottawa)

Final week of testimony at Ottawa LRT Inquiry

This is the last week of testimony at the public inquiry into Stage 1 of Ottawa’s light rail transit system.

City Manager Steve Kanellakos will testify on Monday, followed by Director of Transit Service Delivery and Rail Operations Troy Charter on Tuesday and representatives from Rideau Transit Group/Rideau Transit Maintenance on Thursday.

The inquiry, headed by Judge William Hourigan, relates to the procurement, design, construction, contract and launch of the $2.1 billion light rail transit system.

Last week, Mayor Jim Watson and former OC Transpo chief executive John Manconi were asked about messages between senior staff and the mayor’s office via WhatsApp. The messages included staff from the mayor’s office asking for daily updates on the progress of the tests.

A report with recommendations is due to the Ontario government by the end of August. The Commissioner may request an extension until November 30.

Bail hearing for Tamara Lich

“Freedom Convoy” protest organizer Tamara Lich is due in court on Tuesday for a bail hearing, after she was arrested in Alberta for allegedly breaching bail conditions.

Lich remained in custody over the Canada Day long weekend following her arrest last week.

CTV National News senior political correspondent Glen McGregor reported last week that the Crown alleges Lich breached a bail condition that barred him from communicating with 10 other people involved in the “Freedom Convoy.”

Lich was first arrested last February in Ottawa. She is charged with mischief, counseling to intimidate, obstructing police and counseling to obstruct police.

Ottawa City Council

Ottawa City Council and the planning committee will hold meetings this week, ahead of a seven-week break from council and committee meetings at Ottawa City Hall.

Council will meet on Wednesday, with the agenda including approval of $60 million in additional funding for Stage 2 of the LRT project, approval of the Climate Change Master Plan for the City of Ottawa and council motions. Shawn Menard will review the idling by-law and advice. Catherine McKenney calling on the city to endorse the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty. .

The planning committee will meet on Thursday.

The council traditionally takes a break from its meetings during the summer, in part to allow councilors and staff to take vacations. This year’s summer break will also give councilors seeking re-election and candidates time to step up their municipal election campaigns.

The City of Ottawa building is visible in this undated photo. (Jim O’Grady/CTV News Ottawa)

The return of Bluesfest

RBC Ottawa Bluesfest kicks off Thursday, as the popular summer music festival returns after a two-year hiatus.

The Bluesfest takes place July 7-17 at LeBreton Flats.

Musical artists include Ottawa’s Alanis Morisette, Sarah McLachlan, Jack Johnson, Luke Combs, Marshmello, Alexisonfire, Luke Bryan, Rage Against the Machine, Ja Rule and The National.

Tickets are available at

Photo courtesy: IG @avolossov



Ottawa Titans vs. New Jersey – 6:30 p.m. at Ottawa Ballpark


Ottawa City Council meeting – 10 a.m.

Ottawa Titans vs. New Jersey – 6:30 p.m. at Ottawa Ballpark

Ottawa BlackJacks vs. Saskatchewan – 7:30 p.m. at TD Place


Ottawa Planning Committee Meeting – 9:30 a.m.

Beginning of the RBC Ottawa Bluesfest

Ottawa Titans vs. New Jersey – 6:30 p.m. at Ottawa Ballpark


Rouge et Noir from Ottawa to Saskatchewan – 9:30 p.m. (TSN and TSN 1200)

Ottawa Titans vs. Empire State – 6:30 p.m. at Ottawa Ballpark

Ottawa BlackJacks vs. Fraser Valley – 7:30 p.m. at TD Place


Atletico Ottawa hosts Cavalry FC at TD Place – 7 p.m.

Ottawa Titans vs. Empire State – 6 p.m. at Ottawa Ballpark

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