Ontario universities struggle to control rowdy weekend parties

Ontario universities are wrestling with the fallout from another weekend of rowdy street parties that attracted thousands of revellers, damaged cars and drew rebukes from university leaders and police officials, writes James Bradshaw for The Globe and Mail.

On Saturday 2 October at least 2,000 people gathered in Ottawa after the annual Panda Game football contest between the University of Ottawa and Carleton University. An estimated 3,000 to 5,000 others partied near McMaster University in Hamilton after the first home football game of the season, even though the university chose not to hold homecoming events connected to the game. A car was overturned at each of the parties and Hamilton police reported that officers had bottles and cans thrown at them.

The street parties revived concerns about alcohol-fuelled mass gatherings that universities and police have struggled to stamp out for years. The gatherings appear to be making a comeback this fall, in spite of universities’ persistent warnings against attending them, as many students return to campuses fully vaccinated and looking to let loose after months spent living under restrictive lockdown measures.
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