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This weekend, the emergency room of an Ottawa hospital closed overnight due to a lack of staff, gas prices fell to their lowest level in six months, and a meteor swept across Ottawa’s sky.

CTVNewsOttawa.ca looks at the top five news on our website this week.

A 29-year-old man has been charged after Ottawa police said a car rammed a gate on Parliament Hill.

The incident happened around 3:30 am on Wednesday.

Police say a driver drove an unauthorized vehicle through the front gate on Wellington Street but was unable to proceed further due to security infrastructure. Damage to the gate was minimal and a nearby officer arrested the driver without incident.

A count of documents obtained by CTV News shows that 29-year-old Maxwell Pate of Ottawa is facing charges of reckless driving and damaging property.

Wellington Street remains closed to vehicular traffic between Bank and Elgin Streets after being occupied by the Liberty Convoy in February. Discussions have been ongoing since February over whether the section of Wellington Street in front of Parliament should be left permanently closed to vehicles.

The front gate on Parliament Hill in Ottawa was surrounded by red “dangerous” tape barriers on Wednesday, August 3, 2022, after an unauthorized vehicle attempted to drive up the hill in the early morning. Ottawa police say the charges are pending. (STV News)

No one was hurt when the tour bus crashed into a gate near 24 Sussex Dr., the prime minister’s unoccupied official residence.

Photographs show the Amphibus crashing through the front gate on Wednesday morning.

According to operator Lady Dive Tours, the Amphibus tour travels down Sussex Drive, stopping at attractions including the Prime Minister’s residence.

Owner Etienne Cameron told CTV News Ottawa that there is a morning check on the bus every day before any tour.

Fence damage visible 24 Sussex Dr. in a one-car accident involving a Lady Dive Tour amphibious vehicle that crashed into 24 Sussex Dr. in Ottawa, Ontario. Wednesday, August 3, 2022 (Spencer Colby/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Montfort Hospital is closing its emergency room for the night this weekend due to an “unprecedented shortage” of nurses.

The only hospital in East Ottawa says the emergency room will be closed Saturday and Sunday from 7:30 pm to 7:30 am, with the temporary closure in effect until Monday at 7:30 am.

“The shortage of staff, including in the emergency department, is being felt by hospitals across the country,” the Montfort hospital said. “This pressure has been strongly felt over the past few weeks and due to the unprecedented shortage of nurses in Montfort, we have now made the difficult decision to temporarily partially close our emergency department.”

The emergency room at Carleton Place and District Memorial Hospital is also closed for 24 hours this weekend due to a shortage of nurses.

Hospitals in Ottawa and eastern Ontario have said they will face staffing challenges this summer.

This undated photograph shows the sign of the Montfort hospital.

Ottawa motorists got some relief at gas stations this weekend as prices fell to their lowest level in six months.

Gas prices fell 20 cents a liter over a three-day period to 159.9 cents a liter in Ottawa on Saturday.

Canadians for Affordable Energy president Dan McTeague said gas station prices on Saturday were similar to what motorists paid in February.

“These are very nice prices, but the problem with all of this is… don’t take it for granted and don’t expect it to last long because the markets, I think, are overestimating the magnitude of the drop in demand that we are seeing in the United States. United States and underestimate the most severe supply shortage we have,” McTeague said.

Gas prices have been falling since mid-June amid falling demand and growing fears of a recession. Effective July 1, the Ontario government reduced the tax rate on gasoline from 14.7 cents per liter to 9 cents per liter.

McTeague warns that gasoline prices will rise 7 cents a liter to $1.66 a liter in Ottawa on Sunday.

Gasoline prices at several stations in Ottawa were $1.65 or $1.66 a liter on Friday (Dave Charbonneau/CTV News Ottawa).

A bright object that swept across the sky on a sunny, bright morning in Ottawa turned out to be a meteor.

Terry Kai sent a dashcam video to CTV News Ottawa showing an object traveling through the sky at 10:06 am on Sunday. Kai was driving on Moody Drive near Hunt Club Road when a dashcam caught the object.

A Bell Media employee reported seeing a meteor around the same time that looked like a “shooting star but with a red/orange/yellow tail.” One person on Twitter reported seeing a small meteor while looking northwest towards Gatineau.

Astrophysicist and York University assistant professor Jesse Rogerson told CTV News Ottawa that the meteor is called a “bolide” because it is so bright.

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