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** Ottawa ** –
Mayor Jim Watson and the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, will raise the rainbow flag as the City of Ottawa celebrates the start of Capital Pride. Somerset Ward Councillor Catherine McKenney and Capital Pride Grand Marshal Charlie Lowthian-Rickert will also take part in the flag raising and proclamation, which will take place at noon on Monday, August 15 at Marion Dewar Plaza at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West. On the same day, City of Ottawa services, including the police, paramedic, bylaw and fire services, and OC Transpo will organize additional events and flag raisings across the City. Ottawa Police Service, in partnership with the City’s Diversity and Inclusion Branch, will host a pancake breakfast from 6 to 10 a.m. on Marion Dewar Plaza. All donations will go to charity. Rainbow flags will also be raised at 10 a.m. at the following City of Ottawa locations: * OC Transpo Headquarters at 1500 St. Laurent Boulevard * By-law and Regulatory Services Headquarters at 735 Industrial Avenue * Ottawa Fire Services Headquarters at 1445 Carling Avenue * Ottawa Paramedic Service Headquarters at 2465 Don Reid Drive * Ottawa Public Health at the Mary Pitt Centre, 100 Constellation Drive This year, Capital Pride will run from Monday, August 15 to Sunday, August 21. Several City departments will participate in the Annual Pride parade, which takes place on Sunday, August 21, starting at 1 p.m.