Woman dies, another in coma after possibly taking ecstasy at raves in Ottawa

(File photo)

(File photo)

Danielle Bell, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:36 PM ET

OTTAWA ─ A 19-year-old woman is dead and a 20-year-old woman is in a coma after police say what is believed to be ecstasy was taken at separate raves in Ottawa over Canada Day weekend.

The raves were large, outdoor organized events in central and east Ottawa between June 29 and July 1, although police did not elaborate.

One of the events is believed to be the Escapade Music Festival, QMI Agency has learned, which drew tens of thousands of people to the Rideau-Carleton Raceway over four days, ending on Canada Day.

Escapade director of marketing/festival promotions Maninder Virk told said Friday evening that he was not aware of any major incidents, such as a medical emergency, at the festival.

"We were never told of any serious events that went on over the weekend," Virk said. "We haven't been told by paramedics or police or anybody."

 


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