Canada Day enforcement in Ottawa sees 284 parking tickets issued as protesters return

79 vehicles towed inside downtown auto exclusion zone around Parliament Hill

Canada Day enforcement efforts in Ottawa have included bylaw officers handing out 284 parking tickets since 8 a.m. ET Thursday in the downtown area as well as the towing of 79 vehicles, as anti-mandate protesters returned to the capital with few issues Friday.

In a tweet, bylaw officials said the towing occurred inside the downtown vehicle exclusion zone.

We're certainly better prepared and more police officers from different jurisdictions are coming to help this weekend. - Jim Watson, Ottawa mayor

The zone is similar to what was set up in late April for the Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally, and covers much of the downtown area. Within it, no street parking is permitted and no protest vehicles are allowed in until at least 6 a.m. on Monday.

The zone expanded west on Albert Street to Bayview station and east into the ByWard Market for Canada Day.

On Thursday evening, four people were arrested near the National War Memorial.