RMC cadets killed in Kingston, Ont. crash and fire in Ottawa leave families homeless: top stories this week

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

Four cadets graduating from the Royal Military College this spring have been killed in a car accident in Kingston, Ontario.

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

“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 wonderful young adults were fourth-year students and were due to graduate with their college degrees and commission of officers from the Canadian Forces.”

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 Investigation Service is currently investigating, with assistance from the Kingston Police Force.

‘Rolling Thunder’ biker event enters Ottawa

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

The group gave few details about the reason for the event; however, organizer Neil Sheard told the Evan Solomon Show that “This is a bicycle rally to help heal and return that dignity to that monument that has been defaced by the current powers.” The monument is the National War Memorial, which was fenced off during the ‘Freedom Convoy’.

The Ottawa Police Department insisted they had a plan to avoid a similar situation to what happened in January and February, when the “Freedom Convoy” occupied the 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 law enforcement have been deployed to the downtown area to monitor the weekend protest.

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

Several people have been displaced after a major fire at a 13-unit residential building in eastern Ottawa.

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

The Ottawa Emergency Center received more than 60 calls about the fire shortly after it started.

No one was injured.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but the fire does not appear to be suspicious, according to police.

The woman who stood and screamed at the grave of the unknown soldier during the opening weekend of the ‘Freedom Convoy’ protest, Ottawa police say.

A video showed the woman standing on the grave near the National War Memorial on Jan. 29, shouting “freedom.” Police released photos and video of the suspect in an attempt to identify her.

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

“She was spoken to, showed remorse for her actions and the police are confident she will not offend again,” police said in a statement to CTV News. “She’s processed in a different way, which is a police practice.”

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

Senators lined up for the official portrait at Canadian Tire Center on 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 for the Senators-Florida Panthers game on Thursday night.

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