CTVNewsOttawa.ca takes a look at the top five stories on our website this week.

Four cadets due to graduate from the Royal Military College this spring have been killed in a drive-by incident in Kingston, Ontario.

Emergency crews responded to the incident at approximately 2 a.m. Friday at Point Frederick on the RMC campus.

“It is with great sadness that I confirm the devastating loss of four of our officer cadets,” said Commodore Josée Kurtz, RMC commander.

“These four amazing young adults were all seniors and ready to graduate with their college degree and Canadian Armed Forces officer commission.”

The four victims have been identified as:

  • Officer Cadet Jack Hogarth
  • Officer Cadet Andrei Honciu
  • Officer Cadet Broden Murphy
  • Officer Cadet Andrés Salek

The Canadian Forces National Investigative Service is currently investigating, with the assistance of the Kingston Police Force.

The Department of National Defense has identified the four cadets killed when their vehicle entered the waters off Kingston, Ontario. The victims are (from left to right) Cadet Officer Jack Hogarth, Cadet Officer Andrei Honciu, Cadet Officer Broden Murphy, Cadet Officer Andres Salek. (Brochure/Department of National Defense)

‘Rolling Thunder’ biker event comes to Ottawa

Hundreds of motorcycles, vehicles and people descended on Ottawa this weekend for the “Rolling Thunder Ottawa” motorcycle event.

The group provided few details about the reason for the event; however, organizer Neil Sheard told the Evan Solomon Show that “this is a bike rally to help heal and bring dignity back to that monument that was desecrated by the powers that be.” The monument is the National War Memorial, which was fenced off during the ‘Freedom Convoy’.

Ottawa police insisted they had a plan to prevent a scene similar to the one in January and February, when the “Freedom Convoy” occupied downtown streets for more than three weeks.

An “exclusion zone” has been established around the downtown and ByWard Market areas, designed to prevent vehicles participating in protests and events from entering the area. Officers from the Ottawa Police Service, OPP, RCMP and municipal police forces were deployed downtown to monitor the weekend protest.

Seven people were arrested Friday night when a group of people blocked Rideau Street between Dalhousie and Sussex.

A convoy of motorcycles passed through downtown Ottawa on Saturday morning as police kept an eye on the crowd. (Jeremie Charron/CTV News Ottawa)

Several people have been displaced following a massive fire at a 13-unit residential building in far east Ottawa.

Firefighters responded to 911 calls at approximately 8:40 p.m. Thursday and reported a fire in a four-story building on Ogilvie Road between Palmerston Drive and Cadboro Road.

Ottawa’s 911 emergency response center received more than 60 calls about the fire shortly after it started.

Nobody was hurt.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but police say it does not appear to be of a suspicious nature.

A fire severely damaged a 13-unit building on Ogilvie Road Thursday night. (Peter Szperling/CTV News Ottawa)

The woman who stood up and screamed at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier during the first weekend of the ‘Freedom Convoy’ protest will not be charged, Ottawa police say.

A video showed the woman standing over the grave at the National War Memorial yelling “freedom” on January 29. Police released photos and videos of the suspect in an effort to identify her.

Police said Thursday that the woman has been identified but will not be charged.

“He was spoken to, showed remorse for his actions, and police are confident he will not reoffend,” police said in a statement to CTV News. “She was prosecuted by other means, which is a police practice.”

A fire severely damaged a 13-unit building on Ogilvie Road Thursday night. (Peter Szperling/CTV News Ottawa)

The daughters of the late Eugene Melnyk joined the Ottawa Senators for the official team portrait for the 2021-22 season.

The Senators lined up for the official portrait at the Canadian Tire Center Thursday morning before the final home game of the season.

Video shared by the Senators on social media showed Melnyk’s daughters, Anna and Olivia, in the front row for the photo alongside Sens captain Brady Tkachuk.

Anna and Olivia Melnyk also dropped the ceremonial puck before the Senators-Florida Panthers game on Thursday night.

Eugene Melnyk’s daughters, Anna and Olivia, joined the Senators for the official team photo Thursday at the Canadian Tire Centre. (Photo courtesy: Twitter/Senators)


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