Raptors need all-star guard VanVleet at his best for a long post-season run

Raptors need all-star guard VanVleet at his best for a long post-season run

Los Angeles Clippers forward Robert Covington (23) defends against Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet (23) during second half NBA basketball action in Los Angeles, Wednesday, March 16, 2022. The Raptors dodged this week's NBA play-in tournament, buying VanVleet -- and others nursing nagging injuries such as OG Anunoby -- an additional week without games, but the success of this playoff run will fall at least partly on the shoulders of the scrappy native of Rockford, Illinois. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Ashley Landis Los Angeles Clippers forward Robert Covington (23) defends against Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet (23) during second half NBA basketball action in Los Angeles, Wednesday, March 16, 2022. The Raptors dodged this week's NBA play-in tournament, buying VanVleet -- and others nursing nagging injuries such as OG Anunoby -- an additional week without games, but the success of this playoff run will fall at least partly on the shoulders of the scrappy native of Rockford, Illinois. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Ashley Landis

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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)