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Security tightening near Parliament Hill ahead of Canada Day

A motor vehicle control zone is already in place, which spans from Booth Street in the west all the way to Sussex Drive and Colonel By Drive in the east. 

Preparations are well underway in the nation's capital for in-person Canada Day celebrations and another 'Freedom Convoy' protest. 

The City of Ottawa and the Ottawa Police Service want to avoid the type of occupation that took place in Ottawa's downtown core earlier this year. The zero tolerance approach is in full swing as convoy protestors plan to be in Ottawa for Canada Day, with some planning to stay all summer. 

Fencing is up in front of key buildings and on Parliament Hill, security checks are already set up for anyone heading on to the front lawn, while by-law officials have started ticketing and towing vehicles parked on the red zone. 

There is also a noticeable police presence. 

Canadian Anti-Hate Network chair Bernie Farber hopes police act quickly to remove any hate symbols, noting that if they keep popping up at events "we risk normalizing them."

A motor vehicle control zone is already in place, which spans from Booth Street in the west all the way to Sussex Drive and Colonel By Drive in the east. 

The roads are not closed. Residential and business traffic, as well as pedestrians, cyclists and public transit are permitted to enter and exit the control zone.
Motor vehicles taking part in any form of demonstration, event, protest or rally will not be permitted.

Barricades, heavy equipment or police officers and vehicles will be at various access points surrounding the control zone, to filter lawful traffic onto those streets.
There is no on-street parking or stopping as indicated by posted signage on roads in the control zone.

Parking within the control zone is only available in parking lots and garages. These may be busy, so plan your travel times appropriately. Motorists failing to observe temporary no-stopping signage may be ticketed and towed. Expect traffic delays in the control zone and on surrounding roads.

The City of Ottawa said the plan is to remove the control zone at 6 a.m. on Monday, July 4, but that could be delayed if conditions warrant extending it. 

With files from Cormac Mac Sweeney of CityNews.

 

 

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