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Parties and protests mark Canada Day in Ottawa, a mother and daughter killed in a southern home and a newcomer to the mayoral race.

CTVNewsOttawa.ca takes a look at the top five stories on our website this week.

Thousands of people wearing red and white and waving Canadian flags gathered in downtown Ottawa to celebrate Canada’s 155th birthday, while a protest marched through downtown to express opposition to the COVID-19 mandates.

The main Canada Day events have moved to LeBreton Flats and Place des Festivals Zibi in Gatineau due to construction on Parliament Hill. Crowds enjoyed musical acts, performances and fireworks.

Two kilometers away, hundreds of people marched through downtown Ottawa as part of the “March to Freedom”, calling for the Prime Minister’s resignation and chanting “Freedom”.

Ottawa Police and their policing partners maintained an increased presence around the Parliamentary Precinct and downtown Ottawa on Friday for the first in-person Canada Day events in three years due to the pandemic. A motor vehicle control zone has been set up to prohibit vehicles parked or participating in demonstrations from entering the area near Parliament Hill.

‘There will be no occupiers because all of our planning is to make sure people don’t occupy our streets,’ Ottawa Police Acting Chief Steve Bell said earlier. during the week.

Between 8 a.m. Wednesday and 8 a.m. Saturday, 327 parking tickets were issued in the motor vehicle screening area and 91 vehicles were towed.

Canadian Forces veteran James Topp arrived at the National War Memorial on Thursday evening, completing a march across the country to protest COVID-19 vaccine mandates.

Hundreds of people lined the streets of Ottawa to cheer on Topp as he completed the final leg of his walk to freedom, which began in Vancouver in February.

Conservative Party leadership candidate Pierre Poilievre and People’s Party of Canada leader Maxime Bernier spoke with Topp about the final leg of his journey. Poilievre walked with Topp for two kilometers along Baseline Road.

“I think he advocates freedom of choice. People should have the freedom to make their own decisions with their own bodies and that’s why I think he’s been across the country and that’s why I thought that I would greet him and give an audience and see if he has any thoughts to share with me,” Poiliev said.

Topp, a 28-year-old veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces, was charged by the Department of National Defense after he publicly denounced federal vaccine requirements while in uniform. Topp was charged with two counts of conduct to the prejudice of good order and discipline.

A mother and daughter were stabbed to death in an Alta Vista home this week.

Ottawa police say Anne-Marie Ready, 50, and Jasmine Ready, 15, died of stab wounds following an incident at a home on Anoka Street Monday night. Ready’s 19-year-old daughter was seriously injured.

Anne-Marie Ready worked as a trade commissioner at Global Affairs Canada. Ready previously worked as a Program Analyst at the Canadian Embassy in Peru and as a Senior Development Officer at the Canadian High Commission in Barbados.

Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the shooting death of a 21-year-old man involving police while responding to the knife call.

SIU says when officers arrived on scene; they saw a man stab a woman in the road.

“When the man ignored orders to drop the knife, three officers discharged their firearms. The man was struck and pronounced dead at the scene,” the SIU said. in a press release.

Students at Hillcrest High School in Ottawa took part in a walkout after some students said they had been subjected to racist treatment. Allegations of racism have been swirling at the school for months and now the Ottawa Carleton District School Board is investigating the incidents.

“It’s clear to students that they don’t get the same treatment as their white peers,” said Mae Mason, board member of Asilu Collective.

Asilu Collective is a community organization seeking to end a program that places police officers in schools; they also run an anonymous reporting tool and say many black and racialized students have submitted statements to them alleging racist behavior by Hillcrest High School staff.

Several students, who asked not to be named, told CTV News that the situation had worsened since the arrival of a new principal in February.

The Ottawa Carleton District School Board says it is aware of the petitions and takes the allegations seriously.

Entrepreneur, broadcaster and author Mark Sutcliffe entered the race for mayor of Ottawa this week.

“I’m excited and grateful today as I officially register as a candidate to be the next mayor of Ottawa – the best city in Canada and a place I’m proud to call my hometown,” Sutcliffe said. . “Ottawa has always been considered a great place to live and work. But we are about to face significant new challenges. Our city is going through an affordability crisis. Inflation is on the rise and there are many fears that a recession We are facing a reliability crisis in our public transport system and we need to improve our roads. On these issues and more, we need new leadership in Ottawa.

Sutcliffe’s platform includes keeping taxes, recreation fees and other costs “as low as possible”.

There are now nine candidates running for mayor of Ottawa: Brandon Bay, Bob Chiarelli, Bernard Couchman, Graham MacDonald, Catherine McKenney, Ade Olumide, Param Singh, Sutcliffe and Mike Maguire.

The municipal election is set for October 24.