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Ottawa pulls permit on kids’ event, organizers cite threat of police

Keean Bexte

July 1, 2022

A Canada Day family picnic that was to be hosted by Police on Guard for Thee has been axed after the City of Ottawa pulled their permit at the last minute.

Picnic cancelled
Canada Day picnic cancelled

“After being moved once already to a location further from downtown, the organizers of this event have been denied the permit last minute and due to concerns of police action against them have been forced to officially cancel,” Live from the Shed, whose been in contact with organizers, tweeted out.

Additionally, after a violent interaction between protesters and police yesterday evening (which resulted in four arrests), Police on Guard for Thee, which was hosting the event, has decided it’s just not worth the risk.

As per a news release, “Police on Guard has decided that given a recent incident in Ottawa, we are cancelling our Family Day Picnic Event we had planned in Strathcona Park on July 1st between 9-1.”

 “We apologize to everyone who had plans to attend. We will provide more information in the upcoming few days.”

According to an advertisement, the family picnic was to have “Fun Kid’s Games,” including 3-legged and wheelbarrow races, along with games such as duck-duck-goose and jump rope.

Costumed characters were also expected to come out, and chalk and bubbles were to be distributed to kids between 9 am and 12 pm.

Following the festivities, CAF veteran James Topp, who finished his over-4000km march across Canada to protest mandates, was scheduled to give a family-friendly speech to attendees.

Unfortunately, the City of Ottawa finds all of this just too dangerous to be permitted — which is unsurprising given that they found bouncy castles threatening last February.

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