The pandemic of COVID-19 unmasks the anger on Parliament Hill, picnic elsewhere

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“We were usually at a friend’s house for a big party at the house and a barbecue on the day of the feast of Canada,” said Kathleen Chandler, who, with three friends of twenty years, was sitting playing cards in the park. “But as we move away, it is our bubble social. We avoid the city centre because there are so many tourists. ”

“It is rather nice,” added Gareth Rurak. “This is not as crazy as usual, so it’s really nice to be in the park. “

From left to right, Kathleen Chandler, Gareth Rurak, Tyler, Alec and Lisa Westlund spent Canada day to enjoy a picnic and games in the Major’s Hill park. Bruce Deachman/Postmedia

In the Byward market, Lisa and Randy Henderson were pulling the best out of a bad situation. The couple of Pickering had booked a stay of three days for the Canada day celebration Ottawa – their third year in a row here in January, followed by a weekend of the celebration of independence day in Vermont. The us portion of their trip has been canceled by the closure of the border, but they decided to continue the trip to Ottawa.

Despite the pandemic, Randy and Lisa Henderson decided to go ahead with their plan to spend Canada day in Ottawa. The residents of Pickering admit to having been somewhat disappointed. Credit: Bruce Deachman, Postmedia.
Despite the pandemic, Randy and Lisa Henderson decided to go ahead with their plan to spend Canada day in Ottawa. The residents of Pickering admit to having been somewhat disappointed. Bruce Deachman/Postmedia

Arriving on Tuesday afternoon, they discovered the open-air patios, but not much else. Lunch at the Château Laurier, walk along the canal. “We are cold “, said Lisa. “But at least Randy doesn’t grab me by the hand, I hurried to get a place on the Parliament Hill. ”

“It sucks,” added Randy. “Everything is void, but we try to make the best of it. ”

The Canada day celebrations on Wellington street in Ottawa on Wednesday July 1, 2020. Tony Caldwell

OTTAWA - the Canada day celebrations on Wellington street in Ottawa on Wednesday July 1, 2020. A father and his daughter celebrate the feast of Canada Wednesday in Ottawa. Tony Caldwell
A father and daughter celebrate the feast of Canada Wednesday in Ottawa. Tony Caldwell/Postmedia
OTTAWA - Canada day on the market in Ottawa on Wednesday July 1, 2020. Tony Caldwell
OTTAWA – Canada day on the market in Ottawa on Wednesday July 1, 2020. Tony Caldwell Tony Caldwell/Postmedia
OTTAWA - the Canada day celebrations on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday July 1, 2020. There were more protesters than of the celebrations of Canada day on the hill Wednesday. Tony Caldwell
On Wednesday, there were more protesters than of the celebrations of Canada day on the Hill. Tony Caldwell/Postmedia
OTTAWA - the Canada day celebrations on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday July 1, 2020. There were more protesters than of the celebrations of Canada day on the hill Wednesday. Tony Caldwell
On Wednesday, there were more protesters than of the celebrations of Canada day on the Hill. Tony Caldwell/Postmedia
OTTAWA - the Canada day celebrations on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday July 1, 2020. There were more protesters than of the celebrations of Canada day on the hill Wednesday. Tony Caldwell
On Wednesday, there were more protesters than of the celebrations of Canada day on the Hill. Tony Caldwell/Postmedia
OTTAWA - the Canada day celebrations on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday July 1, 2020. There were more protesters than of the celebrations of Canada day on the hill Wednesday. Tony Caldwell
On Wednesday, there were more protesters than of the celebrations of Canada day on the Hill. Tony Caldwell/Postmedia
OTTAWA - the Canada day celebrations on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday July 1, 2020. There were more protesters than of the celebrations of Canada day on the hill Wednesday. Tony Caldwell
On Wednesday, there were more protesters than of the celebrations of Canada day on the Hill. Tony Caldwell/Postmedia
OTTAWA - the Canada day celebrations on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday July 1, 2020. There were more protesters than of the celebrations of Canada day on the hill Wednesday. Tony Caldwell
On Wednesday, there were more protesters than of the celebrations of Canada day on the Hill. Tony Caldwell/Postmedia
OTTAWA - the Canada day celebrations on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday July 1, 2020. Tony Caldwell
OTTAWA – the Canada day celebrations on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday July 1, 2020. Tony Caldwell/Postmedia
OTTAWA - the Canada day celebrations on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday July 1, 2020. Tony Caldwell
OTTAWA – the Canada day celebrations on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday July 1, 2020. Tony Caldwell/Postmedia
OTTAWA - Canada day on the market in Ottawa on Wednesday July 1, 2020. Tony Caldwell
Canada day at the market in Ottawa on Wednesday July 1, 2020. Tony Caldwell/Postmedia
OTTAWA - Canada day on the market in Ottawa on Wednesday July 1, 2020. Tony Caldwell
Canada day at the market in Ottawa on Wednesday July 1, 2020. Tony Caldwell/Postmedia
OTTAWA - Canada day on the market in Ottawa on Wednesday July 1, 2020. Tony Caldwell
Canada day at the market in Ottawa on Wednesday July 1, 2020. Tony Caldwell/Postmedia
The expatriate venezuelan Jesus da Armas spent his third July 1st here in Canada and in the Byward market. Despite a few incidents such as the recent shooting in Nova Scotia, Canada, he said, is a safe country in which to live. Credit: Bruce Deachman, Postmedia.
The expatriate venezuelan Jesus da Armas spent his third July 1st here in Canada and in the Byward market. Despite a few incidents such as the recent shooting in Nova Scotia, Canada, he said, is a safe country in which to live. Bruce Deachman/Postmedia

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