Ottawa residents will be able to celebrate Valentine’s Day again on March 14 thanks to a motion passed unanimously by city council, which ruled that the holiday had been tarnished due to the presence of the “freedom convoy”.
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“Our heart-shaped city needs a little love,” said Ottawa City Councilor Mathieu Fleury, who introduced the motion on Wednesday.
Several restaurants and businesses had been closed during Valentine’s Day due to the presence of the demonstrators in the federal capital, which dealt a blow to their generally important turnover for this holiday.
The City will therefore work with merchants and Ottawa Tourism to promote local shopping for the weekend preceding March 14.