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Criminal charges, increased fines aim to break up demonstration

Ottawa police are warning protesters blocking downtown streets they could face criminal charges, and Bylaw Services is increasing fines for noise and idling violations in a bid to break up the demonstration that has gridlocked several downtown streets, CTV Ottawa reports.

Downtown Ottawa businesses seek financial support

Local business groups are calling on all three levels of government to provide immediate financial assistance to shops and restaurants affected by the protest in Ottawa that is now in its 14th day, CBC Ottawa reports.

Mild weather closes Rideau Canal Skateway

After being open for 27 consecutive days, CTV Ottawa sayss the Rideau Canal Skateway is closed due to mild weather until further notice.

Ontario making COVID Rapid tests available for free

Ontario will distribute five million rapid tests each week for eight weeks at select locations, as well as 500,000 each week through community partners in vulnerable communities. CTV Ottawa says Ottawa residents can walk into one of 190 grocery stores and pharmacies in the capital to pick-up a free box of COVID-19 rapid test kits.

Photo finish gets team Canada gets silver medal in snowboard cross

Team Canada’s Éliot Grondin had an early lead in the snowboard cross final in Beijing, but Austria’s Alessandro Haemmerle took over and, in a photo finish, Grondin took home silver for Canada. “Pretty unreal. I don’t even realize it yet I think, just to be on the podium here at 20 years old,” Grondin told CBC Sports after the race. Canada also won bronze medals in Mixed Team Aerials and in Alpine Combined skiing.