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Ottawa Is Re-Doing Valentine’s Day After Protests Shut Down City

On February 14, while many of us were celebrating the day of love, the Downtown area of Ottawa, Canada, had been overtaken by the three-week Freedom Convoy protest.

The protesters forced restaurants and shops to close during the three weeks, including Valentine's Day.

But the city council has just approved a do-over so businesses can make up for the lost revenue during what is a traditionally busy time.

"Our heart-shaped city needs a little love," said Councillor Mathieu Fleury, who presented the motion to the city council.

"Ottawa is healing from the recent downtown occupation which overran the heart of our city for three weeks."

March 14 will be Valentine's Day for Ottawa residents this year.

Under the motion, the city council and economic development staff will work with local businesses and Ottawa Tourism to encourage residents to shop, stay and dine in the city over the weekend leading up to March 14.

"It shows that all of the city, all of the residents regardless of where they live are concerned about what happened in our core and all want to pull together to bring some positivity back to the city, support the businesses," Councillor Keith Egli said.