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Four cadets who were due to graduate from the Royal Military College this spring have been killed in a car accident in Kingston, Ontario.

Emergency crews responded to the incident around 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 cadets,” said Commodore Josée Kurtz, Commandant of RMC.

“These four extraordinary young adults were fourth-year students and were due to graduate from college and be commissioned as officers in the Canadian Armed Forces.”

The four victims have been identified as:

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

The Canadian Forces National Investigation 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 in Kingston, Ontario. The victims are (from left to right) Officer Cadet Jack Hogarth, Officer Cadet Andrei Honciu, Officer Cadet Broden Murphy, Officer Cadet Andrés Salek. (Document/Department of National Defence)

‘Rolling Thunder’ biker event is coming to Ottawa

Hundreds of motorcycles, vehicles and people descended on Ottawa this weekend for the ‘Rolling Thunder Ottawa’ biker 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 restore that dignity to this monument that has been 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 in place to prevent a similar scene in January and February, when the “Freedom Convoy” occupied downtown streets for more than three weeks.

An “exclusion zone” has been put in place around downtown and the ByWard Market, 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 throughout 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 drove through downtown Ottawa on Saturday morning as police watched the crowd. (Jeremie Charron/CTV News Ottawa)

Several people have been displaced following a major fire at a 13-unit apartment building in Ottawa’s east end.

Firefighters responded to 911 calls around 8:40 p.m. Thursday, reporting a fire in a four-story apartment 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 broke out.

No one was hurt.

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

A fire severely damaged a 13-unit apartment 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 opening weekend of the ‘freedom convoy’ protest will not be charged, Ottawa police have announced.

Video showed the woman standing at the National War Memorial grave shouting “freedom” on January 29. Police have released photos and a video of the suspect in an effort to identify her.

Police said Thursday the woman had been identified, but would not be charged.

“She has been spoken to, she has shown remorse for her actions and police are confident that she will not reoffend,” police said in a statement to CTV News. “She was dealt with by other means, which is police practice.”

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

The daughters of the late Eugene Melnyk have 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.

A video shared by the Senators on social media showed Melnyk’s daughters – Anna and Olivia – in the front row for the photo alongside Senators 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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