Much of northeast under severe thunderstorm watch, hail possible

Severe thunderstorms could develop Friday afternoon in communities across northeastern Ontario, Environment Canada said. (File) Severe thunderstorms could develop Friday afternoon in communities across northeastern Ontario, Environment Canada said. (File)

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Celebrations, protests take place on Canada Day in Ottawa

Thousands of people wearing red and white and waiving Canadian flags packed downtown Ottawa to celebrate Canada's 155th birthday on Friday, while groups of protesters popped up around Parliament Hill to protest COVID-19 vaccines and federal restrictions.

Wellington Street in front of Parliament Hill on Friday evening, as Canadians celebrated Canada's 155th birthday. (Jeremie Charron/CTV News Ottawa)