Paramedics in Ottawa have been busy responding to holiday revellers in distress, mainly due to the heat. Temperatures were above 34 C with a humidex that reached 47 C in the afternoon.
Ottawa Paramedic Services says as of 2 p.m., their members had attended to 54 patients at Canada Day events. Seven people were taken to hospital with heat illnesses or heart problems.
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Both Ottawa police and the parliamentary police force say there have been no security incidents on or around Parliament Hill.
But officials do say they’ve noticed a drop in the number of participants this year, which they attribute mainly to the heat.
Canadian Heritage says only 6,000 people attended the noon-hour show on Parliament Hill – thousands less than last year.
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