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Ottawa police responded to a large group of teens who were reportedly chanting "fight club" during a bush party late on Canada Day.

The Ottawa Police Service (OPS) told Narcity that it received a call about a "large group of youths who had gathered" in a forested area at Healey's Heath Park in Stittsville at around 11 p.m. on July 1.

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Lets hope you were careful where you parked in Ottawa over the Canada Day weekend, because you could have been hit with a fine or had your car towed too!

On Sunday, July 3, the City of Ottawa's By-Law and Regulatory Services said that it towed at least 121 vehicles and handed out a whopping 513 parking tickets since June 29. These tickets were issued under some stricter rules, as a motor vehicle control zone has been in effect in the downtown core since Wednesday morning.

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At least six arrests have been made in Ottawa leading up to the capital's Canada Day events, and one officer was reportedly choked during a gathering on Thursday evening.

According to a tweet from the Ottawa Police Service, four people were arrested near the National War Memorial at around 7:30 p.m. on June 30.

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Today is Canada Day, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is encouraging Canadians to "put in the work" to create a better future in this year's holiday speech. But while he asked everyone across Canada to recommit to the values the country is known for, he also brought up what the flag represents.

"Today, we celebrate the country we love and the people we share it with," Trudeau began, touching on how the country is home to over 38 million people from various communities and backgrounds.

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The City of Ottawa has bumped up the amount for some unusual fines this Canada Day weekend, and folks can even get charged $1,000 if they're caught shouting. Sheesh.

In a press release sent out on June 29, the city said that it's increasing some key fines up until July 3, so that Canada Day "remains safe and respectful for all residents and visitors."

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If you were expecting to watch the Canada Forces Snowbirds fly in on Ottawa on Canada Day, you'll have to make other plans.

On June 30, The Royal Canadian Air Force announced on Twitter that the jets will no longer be flying over the National Capital Region on Friday as originally planned.

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The Ottawa Police Service identified a woman and two teens as the victims of a devastating stabbing incident, which left two people dead and another seriously injured on Monday night. A 21-year-old man, who Ottawa police said interacted with officers, was also fatally shot.

This article contains content that may be upsetting to some of our readers.

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An Ontario Catholic priest is facing a slew of charges in connection with fraud and theft, including obtaining $5000 under false pretenses, after a five-year investigation ended on Tuesday. The local diocese said the former St. Hedwig's Parish pastor remains in good standing and is cooperating.

On June 28, the Killaloe Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police said charges were laid against Christopher Shalla in relation to fraud and thefts after the lengthy investigation, which started all the way back in 2017. The investigation, which also involved the Renfrew County Crime Unit, was a result of allegations that were made against the pastor, according to Ontario Provincial Police.

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If your commute involves you going through downtown Ottawa anytime soon, you might want to rethink your travel plans.

As of Wednesday morning, there are a ton of roads that are under control leading up to Canada Day weekend, and the City of Ottawa said getting around "will be more complicated than usual this year."

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Ottawa Fire Service rescued a person, by rope, who fell from a steep embankment behind Parliament Hill on Tuesday morning.

Just before 9 a.m. on June 28, Ottawa Fire Services said its communication division got a call about an incident on Wellington Street, which is just behind Parliament Hill.

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A group of Ottawa high school students are petitioning to remove a principal for reports of racism, and some organized a walkout on Wednesday, shouting "school is not a prison."

On June 22, students at Hillcrest High School walked out of class, comparing their school to jail. The protest followed several allegations made against the school and its principal, who was hired in February, about harm toward BIPOC students.

Students launched their second petition during the fourth week of June after the students said a first petition was flagged and reported. The newest petition gathered nearly 70 signatures by the end of the month, with the first pulling in over 200 signatures in one week.

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Four people were rescued after hitting some turbulent waters on Saturday. Ottawa Fire Services came to the aid of a group of people who fell from a paddleboard and were hanging on as they went through some rapids.

At 7:15 p.m. on June 25, Ottawa Fire Service responded to a call that four people had fallen at Britannia Beach on the Ottawa River. The paddleboarders has just gone through the DeschĂŞnes Rapids when the fire department arrived.

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