Noisy generators spark complaints during blackout in Ottawa
Ottawa Bylaw says it received "many noise complaints" about generators running, as tens of thousands of Ottawa residents spent the night in the dark.
Hydro Ottawa says approximately 177,000 customers remain without power across Ottawa after a severe storm moved across the region, damaging hydro wires and 200 hydro poles.
With generators humming in neighbourhoods across the city, some people complained about the noise from the generators.
However, Ottawa Bylaw says generators are exempt from the noise bylaw during power outages.
"Please be advised that usual noise by-law restrictions are waived for generators supporting properties in areas without power. This means they are allowed to run 24/7," Bylaw Services said on Twitter.
⚠️ We are receiving many noise complaints about generators. Please be advised that usual noise by-law restrictions are waived for generators supporting properties in areas without power. This means they are allowed to run 24/7. #OttCity #OnStorm #OttawaStorm #OttNews pic.twitter.com/RxJrKRcBdl— Ottawa By-law (@OttawaBylaw) May 22, 2022
Ottawa Bylaw says it ordered a small group of people to remove a table they had set up on Wellington Street in front of Parliament in advance of expected protests on Canada Day.
The city of Ottawa says residents and visitors to downtown Ottawa can expect two flyovers by Royal Canadian Air Force jets on Canada Day.
Ottawa Public Health is reporting an increase in the number of residents in hospital because of an active COVID-19 infection over the weekend, but hospitalization levels remain low. One more person has died.