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Barrhaven Independent celebrates 1,000 issues! In 1990, a community association newsletter became one of Canada’s best community newspapers The Barrhaven Independent had to meet the internal standards and expectations set by the company’s patriarch, John Morris. “I can’t believe 1,000 issues have gone by,” said Pat Uguccioni, the Independent’s first editor. “It was an incredible opportunity to shape a newspaper from the ground up.”
and how everyone embraced the concept. The Independent very quickly became a part of everyone’s lives in the community,” said Publisher Jeffrey Morris, who was an original staff member. The Barrhaven Independent was born out of the Barrhaven Community Association’s newsletter, the BCA Bugle. The BCA had a long series of meetings with the late John Morris, who was President of the Morris Newspaper Group. The Morris family had expanded their community newspaper empire to Manotick in 1986. Among its publications were the Manotick Messenger, Winchester Press, Prescott Journal, and Chesterville Record, as well as two publications in upstate New York. All of the company’s publications were considered to be among the best in the province and in the country, as they had all won provincial and national awards.
1000th ISSUE continues on page 5 The Barrhaven Independent has won more than 50 provincial and national awards since launching in 1990. At right, Jeff Morris holds the company’s hardware at the 2018 Ontario Community Newspaper Association awards gala in Toronto. Morris was named the province’s top community newspaper reporter, and the Independent won awards for the best news story and the best health and wellness story in Ontario. Photo by Fred Sherwin, Orleans Star
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The Independent1000th ISSUE Former Independent editor recalls the early 1990s in Barrhaven By Trevor Kenney
In the spring of 1990, a young editor by the name of Jeffrey Morris gave me the opportunity to compile minor hockey results each Sunday evening in my offcampus, one-bedroom basement apartment and submit a weekly wrap-up to the fledgling Barrhaven In-
dependent. It was my first job as a journalist, started just months prior to my graduation from Carleton University. The word ‘job’ is used loosely here because it was an unpaid venture, a footin-the-door exercise that did exactly as intended. A few months later, an actual paycheque was offered and
Trevor Kenney was the new sports reporter/editor/gopher for the now thriving Independent. Barrhaven, for me, was the start of an 18-year career in the newspaper business that took me through the Manotick Messenger, Ottawa Business News and eventually the Lethbridge Herald, here in Alberta.
1000th ISSUE continues from page 4 That experience building a newspaper from the ground up has come in handy for Uguccioni, as he is now the editor of the Ottawa Community Voice publications that were launched by Michael Wollock after the collapse of the Metroland publications in Ottawa. “I recently came across an old copy of the Ottawa Citizen from 1990, and they did a story on us opening up the newspaper in Barrhaven,” he said. “They had a picture of Ian McKelvie, Jeff Morris and myself. I remember telling them that I didn’t know how we were going to fill the pages, and then I cringed afterwards wondering what I was thinking to say something like that. I still remember the first issue. I took a picture of a clown entertaining children at the Ruth E. Dickinson Library and it was on the front page. It was a 28page paper that week, and we worked very hard to get it out and to the printer on time. When it came back, I couldn’t believe holding the first issue.” Along with the photo, the first issue of the Independent featured a front page story on Barrhaven’s failed plastic recycling program, an interview with Progressive Conservative riding association president Pam Richardson, an interview with Judy Hardiman, who announced she was stepping down as BCA President, coverage of the Nepean Raiders’ playoff series against Kanata, and a column on Steve Yzerman written by Ottawa media personality Mark Sutcliffe. He was an up-and-coming young journalist at the time, and a good friend of Morris. Although Uguccioni moved upwards and on-
wards after the first year at the Independent, the memories are still fond. “I remember how much fun I had,” he said. “Jeff and I worked very hard, night and day, but every now and then a crumpled up piece of paper would be on the floor and out would come the rulers and a game of hockey would break out with our rolling chairs on the hardwood floor. We laughed a lot and had fun, but we worked hard. It was around the clock, seven days a week. I still don’t think people understand just how difficult it is to put out a community newspaper.” Uguccioni still reads the Independent, and says he is proud that he is a part of the newspaper’s past and that it has reached the 1,000-issue milestone. A number of former Independent reporters and editors have graduated and moved on to greater things, with daily newspapers, in public relations careers, and with the city. “The thing I like best is that the Barrhaven Independent is just that – it’s independent,” said Uguccioni. “Most of the community papers are corporately owned now and served by a head office. The Barrhaven Independent has remained a true community newspaper.” Morris left the Barrhaven Independent after 1991 to become editor of a national sports magazine based in St. Catharines. He then moved on to the United States to work in sports marketing and licensing, serving as a brand manager at Pinnacle in Dallas, a manager at Shop At Home TV in Nashville, and then VP Marketing at Pacific Trading Cards in Seattle. He kept his jour-
nalistic skills sharp with a side job with ESPN.com. He came back to Canada after the passing of his father, John, to help with the family business. Although he did not expect to stay in the area for more than a year, he has been back at the helm of the Independent as publisher and editor for more than a decade. Morris said that although the community has grown, the atmosphere of Barrhaven has remained constant. “There are more people and there are different people, but Barrhaven has something that you would find in a small town but almost never find in a suburb,” said Morris. “Barrhaven was a very tight, close community. When I came back, I realized that even though there had been huge growth, that feeling had remained constant. Part of that is because of some of the leadership in the community – people like Jan Harder and David Pratt and Tom O’Neill and Doug Collins and Norm MacDonald and June Flynn-Turner and so many others. But there were so many new people who have come into the community and have added even more of that flavour.” Like Uguccioni, Morris remembers the fun that went with the hard work in the early days. “We worked hard and we wanted to give the community more than a newspaper,” he said. “We wanted to create a paper that people could read and feel more connected to the community. We did that, and I think that’s the one thing the Independent has never lost sight of over all these years.”
Along the way, Morris and his meanderings created opportunity for me to attend numerous National Hockey League drafts, write for various sportscard publications, interview my idol Ted Williams and even pen blurbs for the backs of now defunct sportscard companies. My time in Barrhaven was rather short actually, but over the course of a yearplus my CV was updated to include sports editor and then editor in a rapid rise to the top that spoke more to the nature of small-town newspapers than my talent. Barrhaven, to a displaced Albertan, was at the time an unknown entity but what struck me in my time working at the Independent was its promise. There was an unmistakable heart to the community, and while it likely numbered just over 20,000 citizens, an identity was already beginning to take shape. One could feel
that this area wasn’t destined to be a cookie-cutter suburban feeder but rather a thriving area with independent values and a defined Barrhaven culture. My first encounters to this attitude were in the weekly Nepean City Council meetings where a young David Pratt showed me the ins and outs of municipal politics. He was a bold advocate for the area and my go-to interview to put things in perspective for how the various issues would affect Barrhaven going forward. It was certainly interesting to follow his career arc after his time on city council. When Jeff and a Wikipedia search filled me in on what is Barrhaven today, it was shocking in terms of the sheer scope of growth but not all that surprising given the people who, during the days of my brief run at the Independent, were pushing the Barrhaven
agenda forward and had a vision for what the area could become. Barrhaven provided me with a foundation of experience that was influential throughout my career in journalism and it is gratifying to see the area and the paper continue to thrive. Good people with clear intentions can accomplish great things and the civic pride that was taking shape in my days is surely guiding today’s community leaders. Congratulations Jeff on the Independent’s 1,000th edition and congratulations Barrhaven on what you have created and what the future holds for your community. Trevor Kenney is a former sports editor and editor for the Barrhaven Independent He is currently the News & Information Manager with the University of Lethbridge.
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1,000 issues, 1,000 thank yous
As a team that works hard to put out this newspaper for the community, we are humbled. And there are a number of people we can’t thank enough. The Barrhaven BIA approached us with the idea of kicking off the celebration of our 1,000th issue at their Business Breakfast meeting in June. The celebration transcended us and became a trip down memory lane. Through our pages, we were able to look at where this community was when we launched the Barrhaven Independent, and where we are now. We looked at the incredible stories – some exciting, some horrific. But through it all, in every story we have done, there has been one constant. The people in this community are incredible, and we have been blessed with wonderful leaders at every level. Mayor Jim Watson, whom I refer to every time I see him as “Your Awesomeness” – it’s so much better than “Your Worship” – had extremely kind words for us at the breakfast. I first met His Awesomeness when I was a journalism student at Carleton, and he was the Residence Ombudsman. I saw him at a dinner the day I moved back to Canada from Seattle, and asked him what he had been up to. I had no idea he was a Provincial Cabinet Minister and had been Mayor of Ottawa. Needless to say, I wasn’t surprised. Watson praised the work that we do for the community, and the forum we provide. He recalled a story of working for a newspaper in Sarnia, and learning how versatile someone in community journalism had to be. He has been a tremendous supporter and friend of the Barrhaven Independent through the years. As we put this issue together, we shared stories and thought of a number of people who aren’t here to see this issue. My dear friend Ken Ross would have been so proud of this accomplishment. He was the heart and soul of Barrhaven in so many ways. We all miss him so much. I think of Melanie Gauthier. She was another heart-and-soul person who gave everything she had to the community. And then, we learned recently that Bob Wilson had passed away. Bob was the guy who worked tirelessly to make sure the Canadian Little League Championships in Barrhaven went off without a hitch. He’s another great leader we have lost. And of course, the guy who really guided us through the 2000s was Glen Dicks. Glen wore his heart on his sleeve, and his heart was Barrhaven. With the exception of Jan Harder, those people mentioned loved Barrhaven more than anyone I have ever known. We thank you for letting us into your homes and being with us through the years. We hope you enjoy this issue, like us on Facebook, and listen to our Podcast. But most of all, thank you for loving Barrhaven. JM
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How vulnerable are our kids? As parents, how do we measure the situations we are putting them in? We can often make the mistake of thinking our kids are safe and protected as we send them off to school or to hockey try outs or to play soccer or football. After all, in most cases, a teacher or a volunteer who is put in a position of authority or supervision usually has a vulnerability sector police check. But all a police check does is ensure that there is no criminal record. The coach or volunteer has not physically or sexually assaulted anyone, so we are all good, right? But what about other forms of abuse or bullying that our kids may be subjected to? Are there checks and balances in place? Is there accountability? We hear it all the time when our kids are in the midst of a school year. It seems that every kid has had one teacher who “just doesn’t like me.” We tend to smile and disregard the comments, either thinking the child is exaggerating or wondering what the child has done to get on the wrong side of a teacher. But then we think back and remember a teacher that may have had it in for us. I had a few teachers that didn’t like me, and even one or two that despised me. In most cases, I brought it on myself. I was immature, disruptive, cocky, arrogant, and a class clown. Somehow, though, most of my teachers not only put up with me but would become incredible role models. I think of Lyall Gilmour when I was a kid in Prescott, and Ed Brown and Tom Campbell. I think of teachers Bob Hoy and Bill Carlyle and Ted Clayton and Rick Swift, who were outstanding high school coaches and made me better despite my bad attitude. I think of Ace Powell, my football coach at Carleton, who was like my second father. I think of Bev Toye, my Grade 10 geography teacher who made me a better writer than any teacher I have ever had. Almost every coach I had was a wonderful influence on me – just as so many of my teachers were. We thought about that this week after watching a player I had coached last year sit on the bench and not get even one second of playing time in a youth game last weekend. After the game, he was hurt, angry, disillusioned, and wanted to walk away from organized sports forever, despite his love and passion for the game. He is an exceptional athlete and had succeeded at every level before this year. So, for him as a youth, it has been hard to process why he has been made to feel like a scape goat this year, or why he is
the one continually singled out and criticized for the team’s lack of success by an assistant coach. The head coach of the team got involved, and the youth was given the opportunity to switch positions as an alternative to quitting. But nothing will happen to the assistant coach who humiliated him and shattered his confidence. FROM THE There is no accountability for a volunteer in a situation like that. He will say he was playing his best players and trying to win, and that this by Jeff Morris boy is not one of them. The emotional well-being of that boy becomes the coach’s collateral damage. Many parents are going to face similar things this month with the dreaded hockey tryout season upon us. The house kids want to make it to rep hockey. The B kids want to make it to A, the A kids to Double-A, and so on. Often, a good player is left off a team and ends up playing down a level. It can shatter a kid. There is peer pressure. They see their friends making it to the next level while they are left behind. As parents, we call it the “politics” in hockey. But what is politics? The coach might keep his friend’s kid over your kid. Maybe a kid has improved and is good, but isn’t picked because he wasn’t there the previous year. A coach my son had a few years ago even kept a player over another because his mother was attractive and single. And the coaches have free reign. They pick their teams. There is no accountability, and sometimes kids get devastated. We live in a time when we are sensitive to concussions, and kids work out and even have personal trainers at young ages. But, emotionally, they are still on their own. Next week, they may have new teachers and new coaches to deal with as they try to make the right first impression and succeed. And most coaches are great role models. Like teachers, they show us how to challenge ourselves and get more out of ourselves on the road to becoming better people. Unfortunately, if kids get that one coach who dismantles their confidence for whatever reason, there is nothing any of us can do about it. Learning how to bounce back from failure or disappointment is the greatest lesson we can learn in sports or in the classroom. The exceptional teachers and coaches understand that. But some don’t. Those who should be building up our youth should not be the ones tearing them down.
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The IndependentCOMMUNITY Packed crowd at Guinness Park for first Half Moon Bay Block Party By Charlie Senack
The residents of Half Moon Bay came together for the first community block party, and organizers say it was a success. Hundreds of Barrhaven residents packed the field at Guinness Park on August 18, to enjoy food from a variety of local food trucks, and meet their neighbours. Activities included pony rides from the Royal Equestrian Centre, a reptile show from Little Rays Reptiles, and soccer drills from Ottawa South United. The Half Moon Bay community is still a fairly new development of Barrhaven, and Neelam Charania, the chair of the Half Moon Bay Commun-
ity Association said events like this is a great way for the community to come together. “We decided that having an event that would bring the whole community together, would be a great way to meet all of our goals,” she said. “We wanted an event that would be of interest to all of the varied people in our community.” This is not the first event the community association has put on in recent months. In June they held a successful community garage sale which included a food truck rally. That’s what inspired them to put on this event. Neelam said the community of Half Moon Bay is an incredible place to live and says
Pony rides were a big attraction for kids at the Half Moon Bay Block Party. it has some of the best parks, trails and recreational facilities in the capital. She credits the community for allowing events like this to happen, and says it’s the connections that makes it a community.
“I think we will have to make sure this is part of our event calendar for next year,” Neelam said. “These types of events give neighbours a chance to get to know each other, learn from each other
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The Independent1000th ISSUE Editor and publisher looks back at news stories that defined Barrhaven
Since 1990, the Barrhaven Independent has done more than report on local news stories. They have presented them in a way that is relevant to the community, and that ties the readers to the community through the emotional impact of power of these stories. “Sadly, especially since the Jennifer Teague murder in 2005, we have had too many stories about tragedies involving young people,” said Editor and Publisher Jeff Morris. “We think of kids like Kyle Schober, Cisco Williams, Maddy Otto, Eric Leighton, Michael Swan, Rowan Stringer, the victims of the bus-train crash, and so many more.” Morris looked back through the 1,000 issues of the Independent and came up with a list of 10 stories that had a lasting impact on the community. “We could have picked 100,” Morris added. “And we know there are some that readers think should be on here. But that’s why we do this. It’s to spark discussion and memories.”
10. RCMP moves to Barrhaven
Nepean-Carleton MP Pierre Poilievre worked hard for this, and it was a breakthrough for Barrhaven s it marked the first major influx of career-level employment to the community. The RCMP relocated its headquarters to the former JDS Uniphase Campus at Prince of Wales and Merivale, and with it, close to 10,000 jobs were eventually relocated to the Barrhaven area.
9. Vimy Bridge
When the Vimy Bridge connecting Strandherd Road with Earl Armstrong Road was finally opened, it changed the dynamics of the community and also connected the southwest and southeast quadrants of the city. We love to point out that the 173-metre bridge, which would be a Par-3 at Stonebridge, took seven years to build. The bridge connecting PEI to the mainland took less time.
8. Our first high school
It’s hard to believe that only two decades ago, our high school students were bussed out to Confederation High School and St. Pius High School. Mother Teresa Catholic High School – now St. Mother Teresa – was our community’s first high school, and John McCrae Secondary School came right after it. Giving Barrhaven its own high schools created the ability for people to grow roots in the community. They allowed people to truly grow up here, and to come from here. Now, Barrhaven has five high schools – two Catholic, two public and one French.
7. The power of Maddy Otto
Like Rowan Stringer, Maddy Otto was a special girl who inspired thousands of people after her passing. Maddy passed away at the age of five just two days after being diagnosed with an inoper-
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able brain tumor. Her parents, Dean and Jeanine, and her sister, Hannah, have been relentless champions for Roger Neilson House. Through Maddy’s Gala and a number of other initiatives, the Otto family and their friends have raised close to a million dollars for Roger’s House. “I still have the coolest little girl in the world,” Jeanine told us in 2008. “She’s just in Heaven now.” It was one of the most powerful quotes we have ever had in the Barrhaven Independent.
5. Rowan’s Law
There is not a young athlete or coach in Canada that has not heard of Rowan’s Law. “I remember getting a call from Melanie Gauthier at home one night,” recalled Morris. “Her daughter was a rugby player and has gone on to play rugby for Carleton. She told me that a girl from John McCrae was in a coma after suffering an injury during their game against St. Joseph, and that it wasn’t looking good.” The girl was Rowan Stringer, the John McCrae captain. She was playing in the game despite suffering a recent concussion. She was tackled hard in their game, lost consciousness, and passed away from the head injury. “I remember talking to Gordon and Kathleen Stringer at Maddy’s Gala,” Morris said. “We talked about creating a legacy for Rowan. But what happened afterward, with MPP Lisa MacLeod getting involved to create Canada’s first concussion legislation, created a legacy
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When the Barrhaven Independent was launched, David Pratt was a Nepean City Councillor who was a valuable resource and a friend to the Independent. Pratt became a Liberal Member of Parliament, and eventually became Defence Minister. Pratt’s portfolio brought a sense of pride to Barrhaven, as someone who had been an integral part of the growth and development of the community and a friend to so many was now the Defense Minister in very turbulent times. While the Independent is known as a Conservative paper,
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When the Barrhaven BIA celebrated our 1,000th issue at Cedarhill in June, it was only fitting that Mayor Jim Watson was there to announce plans for light rail in Barrhaven. Many blame the Barrhaven Independent for having the original light rail cancelled in the first place. “We simply exposed the lack of work done by the city staff,” said Morris. Morris was one of only two reporters on a tour of the planed light rail route, and discussed the line with engineers from Siemens. “They bragged about being the team that built the Houston system, and they said some things on the tour I didn’t like,” said Morris. “I didn’t let on that I was in Houston working at the Super Bowl when the system opened, so I knew about all the problems and the crashes that occurred.” Morris went to Houston – he happened to be going to Dallas on business anyway – and did
some investigating. There were more than 100 crashes between the train and cars in the first year, and he also interviewed an engineer who told him about the damage to the children’s hospital and to overpasses caused by electrical currents being released from the train when it passed by. “I asked some of the councillors if they knew about any of this, and they didn’t,” Morris said. “I have a hard time thinking that you would spend a billion dollars on something but not check any references. City staff were hanging our councillors out to dry.” After the story about Houston’s problems with the “Wham Bam Tram,” light rail was revisited and eventually cancelled after a revote.
3. Jennifer Teague murder
Editor Jeff Morris refers to the metaphor he used in covering the Jennifer Teague abduction and murder in 2005. “A layer of innocence has been peeled away from our community,” he wrote. Morris said that covering the
story changed the community, and it also the Barrhaven Independent forever. “The city media had been all over this for days, so by the time our newspaper came out, we had to have a fresh angle,” said Morris. “We wanted to do something that would make a difference.” Morris reached out to Doug French in St. Catharines, and interviewed him for the front page story. “We thought that a good story would be to talk to Kristin French’s father, and ask him what the community could do to show love and support for the Teague family,” Morris said. “It was a poignant interview that our readers really absorbed. Doug French had a lot to do with the compassion that people showed toward the Teague family.”
2. Two communities come together
In 2007, editor Derek Dunn brought Rabbi Blum from the Ottawa Torah Centre and the Imam from the South Nepean Muslim Centre together to discuss relations between people of the two faiths in Barrhaven.
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“Derek had this idea after a discussion in our newsroom,” said Morris. “Tensions between Israel and the Palestinians were at an all-time high, and he wanted to bring the two religious leaders together to deliver the message that we are all in Barrhaven now, and regardless of our faiths, we are all part of one community. Now, the Ottawa Torah Centre and the South Nepean Muslim Centre work together on faith integration and acceptance programs in the community. They are exemplary at a global level. Derek deserves a lot of credit for his story that created the parameters for this to happen.”
port,” he said. “There was a real feeling of, ‘Hey, we’ve been through this, too. We’ll help you through this.’ That’s 100 per cent part of the bus-train crash aftermath.”
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Rowan Stringer, pictured running with the ball, lost her life after a tragic accident on the rugby pitch in a high school game between John McCrae and St. Joseph. While questions will be asked about safety and concussions in sports, the 17-year-old with the infectious smile and sense of humour will be remembered for how she lived, not how she died. For the full story, see page 3. FaCebook photo
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City announces plans for new library, park on Earl Armstrong City politicians and staffers joined representatives from Urbandale Construction as plans were announced for a new library and recreation complex on Earl Armstrong Road just west of Limebank Road in Riverside South last Friday. Mayor Jim Watson was on hand, along with councillors Michael Qaqish, George Darouze and Tim Tierney for the announcement. “Riverside South is one of the fastest growing communities in Ottawa, and the city has to keep up with its growth,” Watson said. “This project is a great example of the community, the city and the builder coming together.” The complex will feature a new library to serve both the Riverside South Community and many residents in the Osgoode Ward. It will also feature a recreation area that will include a skateboard park, a basketball court, and an adult fitness area. There will be room for Phase 2, which would include an indoor pool.
Mayor Jim Watson was joined by Councillors George Darouze, Michael Qaqish and Tim Tierney, along with city staffers and represenatives from Urbandale Construction, for the announcement of a new library and recreation park on Earl Armstrong Road. Jeff Morris photo Watson said that the complex will be built along the new LRT line, and that construction of the new facility will begin in early 2020. Ward 22 Councillor Michael Qaqish also spoke about the project.
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Nobody does local sports like the Barrhaven Independent The headline was used in early advertisements in the Barrhaven Independent promoting its sports coverage. “Sports is one of the strengths of Barrhaven as a community,” said Councillor Jan Harder. “This is one of the areas where the Barrhaven Independent has really excelled through the years.” The first issue of the Independent included a feature on Barrhaven’s Steve Yzerman written by Mark Sutcliffe. But beyond Stevie Y., there have been many more memorable sports stories. Here are 10 of them. Since Yzerman, there have been a number of local players drafted by NHL teams, including current NHLers Nick Baptiste and Mac Weegar, and 2015 Boston first round pick Zach Senyshyn.
10. Junior B in Barrhaven?
It never happened, but in the early 1990s, Tom O’Neill and NHL scout Pat Higgins were part of a group working to bring Junior B hockey to Barrhaven. The Ottawa South Canadians nearly relocated ot the Walter Baker Centre, where they would have become the Barrhaven Braves. “That would have been huge for Barrhaven,” Morris said. “In a community, junior hockey can really help unite a community.”
9. Sekou Kaba
Local hurdler Sekou Kaba headed to Brazil to compete for Canada in the 110m hurdles at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Bad weather hampered his heat, but it did not stop the party and celebration for Kaba that was held at Boston Pizza on Greenbank Road in Barrhaven.
8. Jim Kyte’s camp
In the early days of the Independent, NHL star Jim Kyte hosted a number of NHL players at the Walter Baker Centre for hearing impaired youth. “I was sitting at my desk and Trevor Kenney came in, telling me we had to get to the Walter Baker Centre as soon as possible,” Jeff Morris said. “He stumbled upon Jim Kyte’s camp, and there were a lot of NHL players there. We got some autographs – so did a ton of kids in Barrhaven – and Trevor got a great story out of it.”
7. Eddie Ekiyor heads south
Eddie Ekiyor may still become the biggest story in Barrhaven sports history if he makes it to the NBA. The 6’9” centre for the Carleton Ravens headed south to prep school, and then accepted a scholarship to NCAA powerhouse Xavier. Ekiyor was a member of the junior national team when he was charged in a hit and run involving an off-duty police officer on a bicycle. He left Xavier and enrolled at Carleton, where he led the Ravens to a national championship in his rookie year. Ekiyor will be looking for another national championship this year.
6. Williamsport or bust!
The East Nepean Eagles won the Canadian Little League Championships in 2004 and 2013, earning a trip to the Little League World Series in Williamsport on both occasions. After winning the title in 2004, White Rock, BC would win the next eight titles, before the 2013 Eagles would beat White Rock in Glace Bay, NS to reclaim the Canadian title.
5. Paul Parkinson in Socchi
Local figure skater Paul Parkinson made it to the Socchi Olympics, however, the Nepean Skating Club graduate did not skate for Canada. Parkinson would skate for his mother’s native country of Italy.
4. Redskins no more!
It was easily the most controversial sports story in Barrhaven history. Nepean Redskins President Steve Dean decided to change the name of the club from the Redskins to the Nepean Eagles Football Club after protests and complaints became too much of a distraction for the kids in the program. There was no shortage of hypocrisy in the story. A member of the band, A Tribe
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3. Eagles host Canadians
The first major sports event in Barrhaven happened in 2015 when the East Nepean Eagles hosted the Canadian Little League Baseball Championships. The Toronto Blue Jays stroked a cheque for $35,000 to provide upgrades to the field, located in Ken Ross Park.
2. Kayla wins gold
Kayla Maduk of Barrhaven won a pair of gold medals at the 2013 World Taekwon Do Championships. The John McCrae graduate would become our Barrhaven Independent Person of the Year.
2016 when the Ottawa Redblacks star visited the school and brought the Grey Cup to show it off to the class of his old third grade teacher.
1. The Grey Cup comes home
Barrhaven native Ettore Lattanzio grew up in Barrhaven and went to St. Andrew Elementary School. You can imagine how excited the kids in that school were in
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Councillor Jan Harder has been a constant through 1,000 issues of the Independent
“Some moments have been exciting and fun, but the ones that have been the saddest have been the ones that have made us strongest.” While the Barrhaven Independent has covered the community since 1990, one person has been a constant. Barrhaven Ward Councillor Jan Harder has been an integral part of the community since the newspaper was launched 1,000 issues ago. In fact, no one has been as important and integral to shaping the community that Barrhaven is today than Jan Harder. “It’s amazing to look back and see where we are now when you think of the small community we were one or two generations ago,” Harder said. When the Independent launched, Harder worked as an executive in purchasing for Loeb. She was the President of the Barrhaven Minor Soft-
ball Association, and she was also heavily involved with the Barrhaven Community Association. It was a series of meetings between the BCA and the late John Morris, father of current Barrhaven Independent and Morris Newspaper Group Publisher Jeff Morris, that led to transforming the Barrhaven Bugle newsletter into the Independent. “We were a small community then,” Harder said. She paused for a second and thought of a memory. “Do you remember Barrhaven Days? It was like our own fair. It was at Larkin Park, and there was a midway and rides. They even had a parade to kick it off. I remember one year, Mary Pitt and I got in a boom truck and were way
up in the air, throwing candy down to the kids along the parade route. You could never do that now.” While there were more than 20,000 people in the community when the Independent launched in 1990, there was little else. The Barrhaven Mall on 900 Greenbank Road was the vortex of local commerce. There were two strip malls on Cedarview Road, and another on Fallowfield where the KFC was and still is. The mall was anchored by Loblaws, and it included businesses like Europa Sports, Parker Cleaners, Inspiration Art Gallery, and a hardware store. Loblaws would eventually move to where Ross’ Your Independent Grocer is now, and Loeb built a grocery store on
Fallowfield Road as part of a new plaza where the Beer Store and Legion are. Harder helped design the floor plan for that store while with Loeb. “The Loeb was a turning point, because it brought Dave Crotty to Barrhaven as the owner,” Harder said. “We have been lucky through the years to have some very strong business leaders who had a lot of passion for the community.
HARDER continues on page 13 Barrhaven Councillor Jan Harder stands by her “Let’s Talk Barrhaven” sign by her office in the Walter Baker Centre. Harder’s column in the Independent is also called “Let’s Talk Barrhaven.” Jeff Morris photo
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HARDER continues from page 12 Dave Crotty was the first, and then Dana Conley and Ken Ross both came along and took things to the next level.”As the commercial growth came, Barrhaven changed. Harder’s vision for the community has helped steer the growth. “Early on, there wasn’t much here,” Harder said. “Not only were there very few stores, but there were no places for kids to work. There were no buses that went to Bayshore. You couldn’t even buy a pair of socks in Barrhaven.” The growth has changed the perception and image of Barrhaven. “A generation or two ago, when you asked kids what they wanted to do when they got older, they didn’t say they wanted to be doctors or lawyers,” she said. “They would say they just wanted to leave Barrhaven. A lot of them left, but in a few years, a lot of them came back. Now, it’s a completely differ-
ent community. People want to be here – that’s why it has been one of the fastest growing communities in Ontario for the past few years.” Harder said a big turning point for the community was the formation of the Barrhaven BIA. Ken Ross drove the project and provided the vision for its creation and mandate. “We have had some great people through the years, but nobody cared as much about Barrhaven or had as much passion for the community as Ken Ross did,” Harder said. Aside from the commercial growth, she said the addition of high schools changed the community. Students who were bused to Confederation and St. Pius could now stay in the community. When LongfieldsDavidson Heights Secondary School opened, it marked the end of students from the east end of Barrhaven being bussed to Merivale High School.
A decade ago, Harder was inspired to put a sign up on Greenbank entering Barrhaven. Below the Barrhaven sign, the words “Welcome Home” were added. “I remember asking myself what it is about Barrhaven that makes it different,” she said. “As soon as you get to Hunt Club Road, you’re almost home. You drive beside a wide open field, you might see wild turkeys, you are headed into a community with a calmer lifestyle.” Harder added that because of the Jock River and the Rideau Valley Conservation Area, Barrhaven still has a rural feel despite being a suburb with about 90,000 people. Despite the growth, Barrhaven still has that small-town sense of community. “Barrhaven is a special place,” she said. “People are community-minded here. Look at the turnout for events like Canada Day and the Santa Claus
Parade.” Harder said one thing that has made the community stronger and more tightly knit is the suffering caused in the wake of tragedies that have happened in the past 15 years. The Jennifer Teague murder brought the community together, and there have been a number of tragedies in the community since then. For Harder, her biggest personal challenge was the bus-train crash of 2013. “I remember feeling so sad and so helpless after that,” Harder said. “There was nothing I could do, or nothing I could say. It was a horrible day in our history, but I am so proud of the way that the community stepped forward to show love and support for the families of the victims. One of the most beautiful
things in our community is the memorial for the victims of that crash. People should take the time to go and take a look at it.” Harder said another characteristic of the community is that it’s a community of faiths. “Faith in Barrhaven is strong, and it has become part of the culture of the community. It has made Barrhaven a stronger, better community.” Through the years, Harder has been a big supporter of the Barrhaven Independent and offered her congratulations on the 1,000th issue. “From the first issue on, the Independent became part of Barrhaven,” she said. “Not only does it let us know what’s going on in the community, but it ties us all together. The people in the newspaper are from Bar-
rhaven, and everything is about Barrhaven. People talk about it – they talk about the stories and they look at the minor hockey coverage and they can’t wait to see what Jeff Morris is writing about in his column and editorial. This community would not be the same without it. It’s more than just information. There is a personal connection to the community that you get when you read it.” Harder tried to sum up her thoughts on Barrhaven in the lifespan of the newspaper, going back to 1990. “We have had moments that will forever define us,” she said. “Some moments have been exciting and fun, but the ones that have been the saddest have been the ones that have made us strongest.”
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“When you talk about Barrhaven or the Barrhaven Independent, you have to talk about Jan Harder,” Banks said. “She was singularly responsible of introducing me to Barrhaven and helping me become familiar with the community. She wasn’t even a politician yet at that time. She was president of the Barrhaven Community Association.” Banks, who is celebrating his own anniversaries of being in journalism for 40 years and being married for 30 of those years, said that he and Diane were blessed to have had a number of talented people on staff. “Mike Williscraft did a tremendous job for the Morris family,” he said. Willis-
craft joined the company in 1992 when Jeff Morris left to pursue a career in sports journalism and later professional sports marketing and licensing. Morris returned from Seattle following the passing of his father. Williscraft is the owner and publisher of a community newspaper in the Niagara region. “We also had two very strong editors in Chris Bridgen and Derek Pudicombe,” Banks said. “They were both really talented and they understood community journalism.” Banks said the thing that surprised him the most was what he called a wall between Manotick and Barrhaven. “I came from a community newspaper that had a wide reach,” said Banks. “But
here I was with this strange dynamic. The Barrhaven Independent grew out of the Manotick Messenger, yet the two communities were only five minutes away from each other. That was a real change for me as a journalist. The communities are so close, but so far apart. There are different needs in the two communities, and different people with different demographics. Chris and Derek really helped me see and understand this.” Banks said that one of the reasons Barrhaven has remained such a strong community is because of the commitment of some key people and organizations. “We talked about Jan Harder, but I don’t think you could do a story on Barrhaven with-
out mentioning Gus Este,” Banks said. “The Barrhaven Lions Club has been a cornerstone of the community, and Gus has been a leader in the community. In fact, Barrhaven has had a history of strong community involvement from its service clubs.” The biggest local story during Banks’ time at the Independent was an obvious one. “The ice storm of 1998 was the biggest story we had while I was at the Independent,” he said. “ Banks said that in the early 2000s, Diane was able to rally support for the newspaper from the local real estate industry. “Without that support from Barrhaven’s realtors at
that time, I don’t know if the Independent would have survived,” he said. As a journalism professor, Banks studies the media on a number of platforms, and says that community newspapers are healthy. “People are coming back to newspapers. I wouldn’t want to be the publisher of a daily newspaper, but the community newspapers are in good shape,” he said. “People want to read hyperlocal content. They would read it on a stone tablet if they had to.” Banks has had Jeff Morris come and talk to his class on community journalism through the years. He said he is happy that the newspaper has reached the milestone.
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Derek Dunn recalls the day Farley Mowat came to Barrhaven Farley Mowat looked at the kids in the school library at Farley Mowat Public School, named after the legendary Canadian novelist. “Aaaoooooooooowwwww.” Yes, he howled like a wolf. “It kind of caught everyone off guard,” recalled Derek Dunn, who was the Barrhaven Independent editor at the time. “It lasted for about 45 seconds. The kids were frightened, and everyone else kind of uncomfortable.” But other than moment, meeting and interviewing Farley Mowat was a highlight of Dunn’s journalism career, and certainly the highlight of his tenure at the Barrhaven Independent. Mowat visited the Barrhaven school named after him on Nov. 16, 2006, just 10 weeks after it opened its doors. Dunn talked to him at length and then interviewed him about various things, including the honour of having a school named after
him. Mowat was grizzled but humble in his interview. “I’m not the kind of guy that gets starstruck around celebrities, but with Farley Mowat, I was,” said Dunn, a huge fan of Canadian literature. “I couldn’t believe I was going to get the chance to actually interview him and spend time with him. I grew up with his books. I had so much fun talking with him. It’s my favourite memory in 20 years of journalism.” Dunn’s ideal scenario would have had his taking Mowat fishing and just chatting about life as they sat in the board. “That would have been perfect,” he said. “But even though we didn’t go fishing, it was incredible to spend time with him. I remember just walking down the halls with him at the school. He was taking it all in. Then we sat down in the library, and the first thing he did was let out a huge howl.” Fittingly, Farley Mowat students are referred to as the Wolf
Pack. While the story was Dunn’s favourite, it was not the most impactful story he wrote while at the Independent. That was an interview done with Rabbi Blum and the Imam from the South Nepean Muslim Association during a time when bombs were flying in the Middle East. The two men had never met, and Dunn wanted the two men to step forward together with a message of peace for the community. The story was an inspirational success, and the Ottawa Torah Centre and the South Nepean Muslim Community Association have developed a strong relationship and program of acceptance and faith integration. Another impactful story that Dunn came after discussions with local disabled people about accessibility in Barrhaven. Dunn used a wheelchair for 24 hours and spent the day trying to get around the community. The story made a huge impact on the awareness of the challenges fa-
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Dun said seeing the community at a different height opened his eyes to what disabled people face. “I didn’t realize how dangerous car doors could be,” he said. “And how some people should wear belts.” Dunn left Barrhaven to take
a position as the editor of the Arnprior Chronicle-Guide, wear he still works today. “I loved my time in Barrhaven,” he said. “Even though I loved working at the Independent, I am not a city guy. I grew up in PEI and, as a family, we wanted to be in a small town.”
be part of their lives. “Barrhaven was a big reason we came to this area,” he said. “Diane and I had thought about moving to Barrie, but we stayed here. Even though we are in Osgoode, we do a lot of our shopping in Barrhaven, and we are still connected to the community.” Banks said it is a community that deserves its own newspaper. “Barrhaven is not College
Square, and it is not Craig Henry,” he said. “Barrhaven is its own community with its own identity. It is deserving of having its own newspaper, and it has a good one.” Banks pauses to think of a memory from his days at the Independent. “Jan Harder used to carry on about how she couldn’t buy socks in Barrhaven,” he said. “I think they have lots of socks in Barrhaven now.”
BANKS continues from page 14 “He understands the community,” Banks said of Morris. “As long as he is passionate about the community, the Barrhaven Independent will be an important part of people’s lives.” Even though the Banks family settled in Osgoode and have become heavily invested in that community – Banks has had two editions of his History of Osgoode Village book published – Barrhaven will always
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The Independent1000th ISSUE Independent photographer selects his most iconic Barrhaven photos
Award-winning photographer Mike Carroccetto shares four photos he took for the Barrhaven Independent that have stood the test of time Investigators look over the OC Transpo double decker bus / VIA Rail passenger train crash scene near the Fallowfield Transitway station in Barrhaven on Wed., September 18, 2013.
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Lice Geeks helping Barrhaven families get back to school
“It can happen to anyone,” said Anne Doswell of Lice Services Canada, which is currently rebranding itself to Lice Geeks. With back to school season upon us, Doswell said her business is about to gear up. “People ask us if there is a busy season or time of year,” Doswell said. “We’re right in the middle of it. From July through October, we are usually very busy. It ramps up in the summer and we are in the peak right now.” Doswell’s business has three locations in Ottawa, including one in Barrhaven
at 16 Green Street, adjacent to the Green Street Medical Centre. While her business deals with lice treatment, one of her big challenges is shattering the myths about head lice. “Anyone can get lice,” she said. “It’s just like a kid catching a cold. It’s out there, and if they are exposed it, they will come home with it.” Doswell said that there has always been a perception that people who get lice are dirty or unhygienic. She added that getting lice can be traumatic to kids for that very reason. “All that it means when you get lice is that you have come into head-to-head contact with it,” she said. “It might have been that you hugged someone who had it. Maybe you put on a hat that someone with lice had worn. Even at schools, sometimes when all of the winter clothes are on a hook, lice can jump to dif-
ferent pieces of clothing.” Doswell said that there are a number of reasons for the increase in lice cases in the summer and early fall. “I think, most of all, people let their guards down,” she said. “Kids are always bringing notes home from school about the concerns of head lice, but in the summer, it gets kind of forgotten about. Then kids are in summer programs and day camps, and they might be exposed to lice. People just aren’t as focused on it as they are during the school year. They end up ignoring it for a couple of months.” While children at school are most likely to bring lice home, it can affect anyone at any age. “Once a child brings it home, everyone will get it,” Doswell said. “We have treated babies as young as a couple weeks old, and we have treated people as old as 97.”
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The IndependentCOMMUNITY GEEKS continues from page 18 “There are some products out there on the market that aren’t very effective, and they are expensive,” Doswell said. Educating families on lice is an important service offered by Lice Geeks. “There are certain things you can do to prevent lice,” she said. “There are certain
scents that lice don’t like, like mint, lavender and tea tree oil. There is information on our blog on liceservicescanada.com that talks about some things you can do to help prevent your child from getting lice. “There is no quick fix though. What we want is to remove the lice and let
people move on with their lives.” For more information, visit licegeeks.com or call 613.482.1432.
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The Independent1000th ISSUE 1,000 issues ago, Pete and Gus were the Independent’s first advertiser Quality, selection and customer service have kept local meat shop going strong through the years
By Jeff Morris “The prices aren’t all that different,” Pete Lucas said, looking at his ad from the Barrhaven Independent in March, 1990. “Except maybe for the bacon. It was $19.99 for an 11-pound box. It’s a lot more than that now!” Pete and Gus Meat Shop, located at Jockvale and Cedarview, has the distinction of being the first ever advertiser in the Barrhaven Independent. They are one of only a handful of Barrhaven businesses that have been around longer than the Independent. They had the back page ad in the inaugural edition of the Barrhaven Independent. “We’ve been married for 50 years and in business together for 40,” Pete said. His wife is frequently asked what “Gus” is short for. “It’s short for Bonnie,” she said with a smile. “It’s a long story.” Pete and Gus originally opened on Carling Avenue in Ottawa. They had a shop there for 10 years before moving out to the fledgling community of Barrhaven. Pete had been a manager at Loblaws, and had always wanted to open his own shop. Bonnie’s background was in accounting. “We lived in Barrhaven, and there was nothing here back then,” Pete said. Retail options for Barrhaven’s 20,000 residents were limited in those days. The Barrhaven Mall on Greenbank Road was an indoor mall anchored by a Loblaws. Strandherd Road had not been built yet, and Woodroffe Avenue was a farm field. “A lot of our customers came from Barrhaven to shop at our store on Carling, and a lot of our customers followed us to Barrhaven,” he said. “Our original plan was to open up Barrhaven as a second store, but when our landlord on Carling found out he jacked the rent way up, so we left. It helped that we already had a loyal customer base when we opened.” Bonnie reflected on the stores that were at the plaza in the early days at Jockvale and Cedarview. “There was a Video
Bonnie (Gus) and Pete Lucas of Pete and Gus Meat Market look through the first issue of the Barrhaven Independent, printed in March, 1990. Pete and Gus were the first advertisers in the Independent, purchasing the back page ad. Jeff Morris photo Flicks, and San Marino Pizza was there, too,” she said. “There was a Royal Bank where the Salvation Army is now.” When the newspaper opened in 1990, one of the busiest spots in Barrhaven was a sports card shop that was in the unit occupied by Smart Bridal Boutique. “One of the great things about being here so long is that we are now seeing third generation customers since we have been here,” Bonnie said. “The grandparents moved to Barrhaven and shopped here, and then the children became customers and now the grandchildren are becoming customers.” While the western edge of Barrhaven is earmarked for growth, the biggest change planned for the area was one that didn’t happen.
“The Wal-Mart and a big mall were planned for the 416-Fallowfield interchange,” Pete said. “WalMart would have been up here instead of where the RioCan Marketplace is now. These guys from the Netherlands were going to invest money and build a huge mall here. One day, they left town angry after they got in a big argument with Ben Franklin, who was the mayor of Nepean, and we never saw them again.” Councillor Jan Harder remembers the situation. “Candrel was the developer, and they wanted to build a mall that was about the same size as the Rideau Centre,” she said. “The City of Nepean was adamant that it was not going to happen. I remember Ben Franklin saying, ‘You can talk about it all you want,
but it’s not going to be built.” While the big mall never happened, Costco eventually did. The biggest challenge Pete and Gus have faced was not from Costco, but on the building of Strandherd Road out to the 416. “People would come to our store from North Gower, all the way up Cedarview,” Pete said. “Closing off Cedarview at Strandherd took traffic away from us, and a lot of our customers stopped coming. It took a while to bring them back.” Costco also had an impact on their business, but only temporarily. “The one thing about Costco is that we had a fresh bakery in our store, and once they opened, it affected the bakery,” Pete said. “People will shop there but they still come here for their meat.”
Bonnie says that Pete’s background in food inspection and quality control has been a huge asset to their success over the years. “Our customers keep coming here because of the quality of our meat,” she said. “We are very particular about quality. If it’s not good enough for us to have at home, we are not going to have it in the store.” One of the big differences at the store between now and 1990 is the selection of products prepared in the store. “People’s lives are busy,” Pete said. “It’s different today. Everyone has less time, and they are always rushing to go somewhere with their kids. That’s when we started preparing a lot of things instore.” Pete and Gus has become famous for their home made spaghetti sauce and meat-
balls. “Wednesday seems to be spaghetti sauce night in Barrhaven,” Bonnie said. “That’s when we go through the most of it.” And then, there are the meat pies. Pete and Gus have customers that drive for hours to get their home made tortiere. “We sell 5,000 meat pies every year between November 1st and December 31st,” Pete said. “We also do steak pie, kidney pie, chicken pie, steak and kidney pie. During that time we make between 100 and 200 per day to keep up with the demand.” Bonnie says that the pies are made with “Pete’s secret recipe,” but once her husband gets distracted, she confides in us. “It’s Pete secret recipe,” she whispered, “but who do you think taught it to him?”
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Arya says community BBQ a great opportunity for people to be heard By Charlie Senack The warm weather drew hundreds of Barrhaven residents out for MP Chandra Arya’s second community barbecue of the summer. For Arya, it was humbling to see people of all backgrounds and ethnicities gather in one place to enjoy a meal, and play in the splash pad at Water Dragon Park. He said holding events like this in the community is a good way for constituents to know that their voices are being heard. “This is a good place for (constituents) to come and interact,” Arya said. “For me it is also a good way to act with the constituents. Since this morning I can’t tell you how many people have approached me with various problems they have.” The three hour long free community barbecue included a Moana show, face painting, an activity centre and a bouncy castle. It was also a way for local organizations to come together in one place to get support from the community. Among those who had a tent set up was the Barrhaven Food Cupboard which receives almost 1,600 requests a year from local residents who fall on hard times. “We are as successful as the community allows us to be so we are very appreciative of Chandra and his group for inviting us here today,” said Kevin Miller, Director of the Barrhaven Food Cupboard. The Food Cupboard has plans to move out of their current location in the basement of Barrhaven United Church into the Walter Baker Centre which will in-
A good crowd was on hand at Chandra Arya’s community BBQ at Water Dragon Park.
crease their storage space — and will also allow them to take perishable food items such as milk and eggs. Miller says they hope to be fully moved in by March 1, 2019, but said in the meantime they are still looking for support and donations from the community. Some of the items that are most in need are diapers, toiletries, cereals and canned fruits and vegetables.
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Our promise to grow the economy through innovation By Chandra Arya Nepean MP Our government’s top priority is to make smart and responsible investments to grow the economy, build a stronger middle class and help people working hard to join it. Thanks to the hard work, ingenuity and creativity of Canadians, more than 500,000 new jobs have been created since November 2015, and Canada’s unemployment rate is near a 40-year low. That’s because our plan for growing the economy is working. We know that innovation is the path to job creation in Canada and economy-growth for the middle class. The Ontariobased, Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster will be one of five innovation superclusters created in Canada. Led by some of Can-
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our communities. Our government will work to reward curiosity and foster the creativity we need to innovate and maintain our competitive edge in the fast-paced and increasingly global economy. We will continue to strive towards equality and a more competitive, diverse and inclusive Canada, where everyone can have a real and fair chance at success. Poverty Reduction Strategy: On August 21, The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development launched Canada’s first-ever national poverty reduction strategy. This strategy sets new poverty reduction targets, and establishes the federal government as a full partner in the fight against poverty. Our poverty reduction strategy also builds on the progress
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