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City of Toronto shortens NYE celebrations due to cold

NYE party at Nathan Phillips Square hampered by expected chilly weather

Fireworks at Nathan Phillips Square on New Year's Eve 2016. It will be quite a bit colder this year.

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Fireworks at Nathan Phillips Square on New Year's Eve 2016. It will be quite a bit colder this year.

The extreme cold has already put part of Ottawa's New Year's Eve celebration on ice, and now Toronto officials have announced they are shortening the city official bash due to the deep freeze.

The city's special events unit - which does all the programming for the city events such as Nuit Blanche, Winterlicious/Summerlicious and the Cavalcade of Lights -has been in consultations with Toronto Public Health, Toronto Police and paramedics about celebrations at Nathan Phillips Square planned for Sunday.

On Friday afternoon the city released a statement that the official celebrations would be cut down.

A huge party was set for Sunday evening to usher in the new year with a lineup of live music performers, fireworks and an outdoor skating party. It will now start shortly before midnight with a live DJ set, countdown to midnight, and fireworks.

The city is still under an extreme cold weather alert with the temperature sitting at about -13 C Friday. Environment Canada forecasts -15 on Sunday.

The deep freeze has caused the cancellation of part of New Year's Canada 150 closing celebrations at Ottawa's Parliament Hill.

Ottawa Organizers told the Canadian Press Friday that they’ve cancelled musical entertainment and DJs for the Canada 150 closing events, but will go ahead with fireworks and a laser show scheduled for midnight. “We invite all Canadians and visitors to consider the extreme weather conditions and to dress warmly and prepare accordingly to prevent frostbite and other injuries,’’ said Canadian Heritage in a statement Friday.

With files from The Canadian Press

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