Major police response expected for Canada Day and city officials testify at LRT inquiry: Five stories to watch in Ottawa this week
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Ottawa residents told to expect a major police presence in the capital around Canada Day, city officials take the stand at Ottawa's LRT inquiry and Sens fans hope Daniel Alfredsson is elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame.
CTVNewsOttawa.ca looks at five stories to watch in Ottawa this week.
'Major" increase in police presence in Ottawa for Canada Day
Ottawa police say there will be "significant road closures and a major increase in police presence" over Canada Day in Ottawa in preparation for Canada's birthday celebrations and possible protests.
Police are calling in approximately 500 RCMP officers and "multiple extra policing resources" from municipal police services across the country to police the capital.
A motor vehicle control zone will be in effect from Wednesday to Monday, July 4. The motor vehicle control zone stretches from Sussex Drive/Colonel By Drive in the east, Booth Street in the west, Wellington Street to the north and Laurier Avenue to the South, along with the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway and Albert Street.
Motor vehicles taking part in any form of demonstration, event, protest or rally will not be permitted in the motor vehicle control zone, according to police.
The city of Ottawa and Ottawa police will outline plans for Canada Day policing and security on Monday morning.
Police have said they are aware of planned protests and other events in Ottawa over Canada Day.
James Topp, who is walking from British Columbia to Ottawa to protest COVID-19 vaccine mandates, is scheduled to arrive at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider on June 30. Topp and the Canada Marches Team are protesting COVID-19 vaccine mandates and want to repair what they say is a divide among Canadians.
The Canadian Press reported Veterans for Freedom would hold Canada Day events in Ottawa on the lawn of the Supreme Court of Canada and a dance party on Parliament Hill.
Canada Day celebrations will be held in-person for the first time in three years, with the main birthday celebrations held at two new locations.
Canadian Heritage will host "Canada Day 2022" at LeBreton Flats Park in Ottawa and Place des festivals Zibi in Gatineau, instead of on Parliament Hill and at Major's Hill Park. The move comes as construction continues on Parliament Hill. The popular daytime and evening Canada Day shows will be held at LeBreton Flats.
Canada Day festivities will also be held across Ottawa, including in Kanata, Stittsville, Barrhaven, Orleans and Riverside South.
Week three of Ottawa's LRT inquiry
The public inquiry into Ottawa's light rail transit system will hear from key city of Ottawa officials this week.
Mayor Jim Watson (Thursday), former OC Transpo general manager John Manconi (Tuesday), director of rail construction program Michael Morgan (Monday) and Peter Launch of Rideau Transit Group (Wednesday), are scheduled to testify during week three of the inquiry.
The inquiry is looking into the construction and launch of the light rail transit system, including the issues that led to two derailments last summer.
Last week, the inquiry heard it was city officials who suggested lowering the criteria for LRT testing so it would get a passing grade. Rail manager Richard Holder told the inquiry the city knew there would be "some reliability issues" when the system was launched.
Holder also told the inquiry that the city was concerned about a shortage of maintenance staff for the trains when the service launched.
The inquiry is scheduled to hold public hearings until July 7. Commissioner Justice William Hourigan has until the end of August to submit his report and possible recommendations to the Ontario government, but an extension is possible.
School's out for summer
It's the final week of school for students and staff at Ottawa's two largest school boards, as the third school year of the COVID-19 pandemic wraps up.
The final day of classes for Ottawa Carleton District School Board elementary students is Thursday, with exams wrapping up at secondary schools on Tuesday.
For the Ottawa Catholic School Board, classes wrap up on Wednesday.
This school year featured a two week online learning period following the Christmas/Holiday break in January due to COVID-19. Students returned to class on Jan. 18.
Will the Hockey Hall of Fame call Alfredsson's name?
Ottawa Senators fans are hoping Daniel Alfredsson is called to the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday.
The Hockey Hall of Fame selection committee will announce the 2022 inductees on Monday afternoon.
This is the fifth year Alfredsson is eligible for selection to the Hockey Hall of Fame after an NHL career with 444 goals and 1,157 points. Alfredsson had another 100 points in the playoffs.
Two Ottawa Senators fans launched a social media campaign to get the former Sens captain into the Hall of Fame.
EVENTS IN OTTAWA
Standing committee on environmental protection, water and waste management – 9:30 a.m.
Ottawa Police Services Board meeting – 4 p.m.
Ottawa Finance and Economic Development committee meeting – 9 a.m.
Ottawa Catholic School Board meeting – 7 p.m.
Ottawa Transportation Committee meeting – 9:30 a.m.
Ottawa Redblacks host the B.C. Lions – 7:30 p.m. at TD Place.