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Light rail service means route changes for Barrhaven commuters By Charlie Senack

After six years of hard work and planning, light rail transit service has arrived in Ottawa, and that means route changes for Barrhaven commuters. On Saturday, September 14, Mayor Jim Watson, Ontario Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney, and a handful of other elected officials, launched the LRT Confederation Line during an opening ceremony held at Tunney’s Pasture Station. The mood was one of anticipation and excitement after countless delays and issues with the system. But for Barrhaven transit riders, it’s a mix of emotions. Some are optimistic that their commute time will be shortened, others are concerned about longer commutes and packed buses. “I am a civil servant (and) I don’t see this to be a new shiny train for us,” says Barrhaven commuter Stephanie Sally. “I used to be able to walk a block and take one bus to work, now I have to

walk ten minutes from that stop, hop of a bus and then the LRT (train).” “It used to be one express bus to MacKenzie King, now it will be one express bus, mayhem at Tunneys, train to Rideau Street,” echoed Colleen Olive. “They should retain the express buses.” But those are concerns other local transit riders say they wont face. Stephanie Matte lives in Barrhaven and works downtown, and has always enjoyed the luxury of only taking one bus. Now she will have to take either an express bus or route 75 (formally known as route 95), to Tunney’s Pasture Station, where she will hop on line 1 of the O-Train to Lyon Station. Despite the inconvenience of a transfer, she feels it will save her more time in the long run, possibly up to 20 minutes each way. “I’ve taken the bus downtown for six or seven years and I think the transfer to the train will be fairly simple and the reduction in time is going to be considerable,”

she says. “Anybody who takes the bus knows the majority of the backlog tends to be through the downtown core, especially in the winter if their is a single accident you could be waiting for up to an hour.” The launch of Ottawa’s LRT system comes at a time Barrhaven has already been dealing with a long list of transit issues. OC Transpo riders have complained of packed buses and unreliable service. For many who will be needing to take the trains, they are worried those issues will only get worse. “I am worried about all of us being left at Tunney’s,” says Marnie Ryan who also lives in Barrhaven. “Will there be enough room for everyone to get on a bus?” “Theoretically there should be more buses available to run from Tunney’s to Barrhaven,” also stated Julia Sceviour, “I checked (my new routes) and they have the same frequency. I was hoping that there would be an increase in trips.”

The opening of the LRT Confederation Line has caused Barrhaven workers to alter their commuting routes. Barrhaven Councillor Jan Harder says she realizes that some local commuters will find the transfer at Tunney’s Pasture Station to be “troublesome”, but stresses

that this is a major piece of the puzzle completed in getting the trains out to Barrhaven. On top of that, Harder says riding the trains will

be a much more enjoyable commute for local transit riders, a message the Mayor echoed at Saturday’s launch.


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Welcome to Another School Year!

A Warm Welcome Back for Barrhaven School Students The nights are getting cooler with temperatures dropping below the double digits, just one sign that summer is coming to an end. What it also means is back to school for kids all across the city. I am very excited to be back in Barrhaven classrooms this school year, reporting on all of the amazing things that are taking place within the 19 schools on this side of Barrhaven. As I’m sure you all know, Barrhaven - which is reaching a whopping population of 100,000 people - is a very welcoming, family-friendly place, and as a result we have a lot of kids in this community; Most of them attending local schools, where exciting things are taking

place. We want to know about those amazing things - both big and small - and have the opportunity to report on them. Every two weeks when this e-blast comes out, we are going to be sharing some of those stories; things like profiles on local kids, events taking place in schools, classroom activities, school fundraisers, and more. But we can’t do it without your help... If you are a teacher who has a student(s) who is/are doing amazing things in your classroom, or maybe a local school event is taking place, please let us know so we can spread the word. If you are a parent who is impressed with some of the things your son and/or daughter is doing in the classroom, let us

know so we can share those ideas with other Barrhaven residents. To get in touch with me, please email senackcharlie@gmail. om<mailto:senackcharlie@ gmail.com> Also new this year, we are going to be adding links to video reports, which will be published on YouTube. This is an opportunity for you to watch - and see firsthand - some of the amazing work that is taking place in Barrhaven classrooms. The link to the YouTube page is: YouTube School Scoop We also ask that you follow our Barrhaven ‘School Scoop’ Instagram page, where we will be posting things happening in the classrooms, right as they are happening. It can be found

by searching @Barrhaven_ School_Scoop on Instagram, or by clicking on the following link: Instagram School Scoop Lastly, we have also created a Twitter page where we will also be posting about all of the things taking place in the classroom. Twitter has become a learning tool which many teachers are using as a way to connect with their students and their parents, and is a very useful tool when it comes to finding out information. Our twitter page can be found at: @BarrhavenSS I am so excited to be back in the classrooms this fall, and I can’t wait to see all of the amazing things that will be taking place this year. - Charlie Senack.

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All aboard! OC Transpo says welcome aboard the O-Train It’s that time of year again, getting back into the routine, I hope you all have had a great start to the school year getting the kids up early to go to school. Speaking of early morning, how about those sports team tryouts at 6 am? I’m a Nana on the run with all the grandchildren’s activities and now helping get the older ones to their part-time jobs. With the weather changing and the leaves, turning it’s hard to figure out how to dress the kids in the morning. I saw a cute poster, Winter is at 6am, Spring starts at 10am, Summer is at 2pm and Fall starts around 4:30ish…. Dress accordingly I’m working hard with city staff to keep you updated on all the construction in Barrhaven. I hope you have signed up to receive my Barrhaven Traffic newsletter.


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· Getting there is easy: More than 100 bus routes connect to the train, or you can walk, bike, or ride a mobility device—every station is fully accessible. Just look for the big red O! · Same fare, better service: A trip on the train costs the same as on the bus, and the normal 90-minute transfer period applies so customers do not have to pay twice when transferring. Tunney’s Pasture, Blair, and Hurdman Stations will have fare-paid zones, so customers can easily transfer between buses Welcome Aboard the and trains. · Tap and go: Fare gates O-Train Thirteen beautiful new make entering the station a stations are now open to the breeze. Customers simply public, connecting to major tap their smartcard or scan destinations across the city. their barcoded transfer. · Ticket machines at every Trains run frequently and provide a safe and reliable station: They are fully acservice between Tunney’s cessible and great for those Pasture Station in the west who want to pay with cash, and Blair Station in the east. debit or credit. You can also OC Transpo staff will be at purchase or reload a Presto all stations help customers card, and even video-chat Joy/Summer 9/5/19with 9:59customer PM Pageservice. 1 with thecopy_Diversitea new service. Ad Look for OC Transpo staff in red We are here to help: OC vests. Transpo staff will be at all

stations every day until midOctober. Service runs 5 am to 1 am from Monday to Thursday; 5 am to 2 am on Fridays; 6 am to 2 am on Saturdays; and 8 am to 11 pm on Sundays. When O-Train Line 1 opens, current bus routes will remain for three weeks to give customers a chance to try the new train. On Sunday, October 6, the bus network will undergo major changes to align with Line 1 service. Customers should use the Travel Planner on octranspo.com to find out how their route will change. Real-time schedule information is available 24 hours Five Girls_Ad copy a day by calling 613-5601000 or texting 560560 plus the four‑digit bus stop number. For more details, travel planning assistance and new timetables, customers are encouraged to visit octranspo. com for detailed information. Customers can also call OC Transpo at 613-741-4390 if needed.

Better Para Transpo experience on the way with online services

A proposed plan to provide online services for Para Transpo users will mean better service for customers starting at the end of 2019. Councillor Allan Hubley, Chair of the City’s Transit Commission, and Jean Cloutier, Vice-Chair, outlined a two-stage project to make booking a Para

Transpo trip easier. The full proposal will be detailed in a report to Transit Commission at its meeting on November 20, 2019. In the first stage, customers would be able to book a Para Transpo trip using an online web form. This would be available by the end of 2019. The second stage of the project would see OC Transpo working with its software supplier to develop a full suite of online services that would, among other things, allow customers to book, confirm or cancel trips using a computer, laptop, or mobile app on a smart phone, and to track the 9/5/19 9:50 PM Page 1 location of their trip. This full suite of online services would be in place by the end of 2020. The strong demand for Para Transpo service has sometimes resulted in long phone wait times for customers. Offering online services

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Bruce Campbell receives Mayor’s City Builder Award

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The IndependentCOMMUNITY â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Stonebridge Factsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; group protests outside Mattamy Homes office BY CHARLIE SENACK Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a little over a month since Mattamy Homes brought forward a new proposal to develop on a portion of Stonebridge Golf Course, and many residents say they still have unanswered questions. A new group has been formed called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stonebridge Factsâ&#x20AC;?, which is made up of concerned Stonebridge residents who are against the proposal â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which was first announced at a meeting held at St. Joseph High School on July 30. Under the new plan which was released in a 25-page report at Julyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting, Mattamy would build 156 new homes on the course, but would commit to no further development. They also promise to operate the course in its current state for at least 10 years, and has a plan in place in case they decide to put their golf clubs away. That would require Mattamy to give the community association at least two years notice, and the option to purchase the golf course â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which sits on 198 acres of land â&#x20AC;&#x201D; for $6 million, a price that would not

change even if it was after 10 years from now. In order to prepare for that potential purchase, residents would need to start paying into a nine year city-administered levy which could cost the homeowners anywhere from $175 to $475 annually â&#x20AC;&#x201D; depending on the value of their home. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where many people are getting confused, and one of the biggest concerns for this new resident-driven group. Peter Nikic has lived on the course for the past seven years, and was immediately against the proposal when it was announced in July. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s says the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stonebridge Factsâ&#x20AC;? group was created a little over a week ago, and is made up of residents who connected after realizing their were multiple people who want to see the community better represented when it comes to talks with Mattamy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are better options. As a community and with the city councillors and Mattamy, we can sit down and come up with a better solution other than to tax every single person who lives here,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If a homeowner who rents out a unit has their taxes in-

creased, those tenants are going to have their rents increased.â&#x20AC;? Earlier this year the Stonebridge Community Association put together a working group made up of 11 residents to have talks with Mattamy â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an effort to ease tensions between both sides â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and come up with multiple proposals which would later be shown to the community. Nikic referred to the Stonebridge file as an onion which has many layers, and says there are many parts of the process he would have like to have seen done differently â&#x20AC;&#x201D; everything from they way they surveyed residents for their thoughts, to the way they chose the working group in the first place. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would welcome them (Mattamy and the three city councillors involved) to sit down with people who have a legitimate interest in preserving the interest of the Stonebridge community, not just a certain group of people,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They have put it neighbour against neighbour now, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shameful what they have done to us.â&#x20AC;? In order to protest all of

this and fight for other options, members of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stonebridge Factsâ&#x20AC;? have spent their weekends protesting outside of Mattamy offices located on Greenbank Road in Half Moon Bay. A week ago they launched a petition which has garnered over 100 signatures already, and Nikic says thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a true sign to the extent of how many residents are against the proposal. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think when you put that up against the Stonebridge Community Association which membership numbers are around 160 people, it shows a strong opposition to this,â&#x20AC;? Nikic says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think numbers are important, the sentiment of the community right now is everyone is really confused, is really upset by this, and everyone wants to do best for the community.â&#x20AC;? The group has just been started and Nikic says they are meeting new people everyday who wants to join their movement. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not sure what their next steps are, but would like to have a debate with members of the Stonebridge Working group to express their concerns against the proposal.


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The Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association (FOPLA) invite you to their monthly Mammoth Used Book Sale on Saturday September 21st, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Tallwood Drive (James Bartleman Centre. Hundreds of used books, CDs, DVDs and vinyl records for sale at unbeatable prices, including as low as for $1. Browse a variety of genres including Fiction, Non-Fiction, Lifestyle, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Biography, Children’s and more. This month, featuring our Classics section. Proceeds benefit the Ottawa Public Library. Website: https://www. fopla-aabpo.ca/events/category/mammoth-sale/ or telephone: 613-580-2424 x27875

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Kids aged 4-10 are invited along with their families to drop in anytime on Saturday September 21st between 1-4 p.m. at John McCrae Secondary School (103 Malvern Drive) for free organized soccer games. Games will be played in John McCrae Secondary & Jockvale Public School. There will be prizes to be won, and cake to be eaten! Celebrating 30 years of Futsal in Ottawa. Futsal is FIFA’s officially recognized indoor soccer game, is a fast, fun and affordable way to stay in shape and improve your soccer skills during the cold winter months. The Ottawa Futsal Club is a not-forprofit organization, the largest Futsal organization in Canada, and the longest continuously operating indoor soccer league in Ottawa. To register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/ futsal-family-fun-day-2019-

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On September 29th from 3-5 p.m., Boston Pizza (1681 Greenbank) will be hosting a sensory friendly dining event with adjusted lighting, no music and no TV’s for their guests. Contact: Boston Pizza Barrhaven

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light continues from page 1 “Riding the LRT will be enjoyable. The vehicles are new, the experience is new and I am counting on the service to be reliable,” she says. “Admittedly there may be a few glitches but I am counting on those issues to be dealt with swiftly.” When it comes to the continued struggles with local bus services, Harder says upgrades will need to be made to the system, and expects to have some positive updates in the next few months. She’s also hopeful reliability will slowly be restored since the trains are now running after multiple delays. “The issue we have is that our City is so large and this is our first LRT track to open and it doesn’t serve Barrhaven, Kanata and Stittsville — about one third of our population,” states Harder. “That being said we will expect upgraded bus system, and in our case in Barrhaven we are alone in the entire City (with the exception of Bayview Station at Trillium Line) having two dedicated bus rapid transit corridors. We need to maximize the benefits and take advantage of those two corridors.” Now that Phase 1 of Ottawa’s LRT System is running, work will begin on phase 2 which will bring the trains out to Bayshore shopping centre and Baseline station in the west, Place D’ Orleans and

Trim in the east, and Riverside South and the airport in the south. After that work will being on Phase 3 which will bring the trains out to Kanata, Barrhaven and Stittsville, but that won’t be until around 2027. Transit routes and numbers will continue to remain the same and run parallel to the

LRT Line 1 until October 6, when 75 per cent of the routes will be changing. The biggest change for Barrhaven residents is routes 95 and 94 will be changed to 75 and 74, and will now end at Tunney’s Pasture instead of continuing east. A full list of route changes can be found on OC Transpo’s website.

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What could have been for Barrhaven commuters Ottawa Citizen columnist Mohammed Adam raised an important point Monday that we should remember. Ottawa’s light rail was not 17 months late. It was 10 years late. Do you remember the arguments over the light rail line that surfaced nearly 15 years ago? Back then, when we thought of the year 2019, most of us envisioned some sort of Marty McFly meets Jetsons world of flying cars, teenagers on hover boards and cyborgs. We probably feel the same way about 2035. But time goes by fast, and hindsight is 20-20. And if everything in this city was as it should have been, Barrhaven residents would have had light rail a decade ago. In fact, we would even be taking it to Ottawa Senators games at the new arena at LeBreton Flats as early as next season. The original vision of light rail was to be the legacy of former Mayor Bob Chiarelli. Light rail was to go from Barrhaven to Riverside South, past Carleton University, and end at uOttawa. It would take students and commuters to their downtown destinations efficiently and comfortably. Unfortunately, the light rail project became a divisive political volleyball that became more about Liberals and Conservatives than about what was the right thing to do. Then Federal Cabinet Minister John Baird stepped in, and Larry O’Brien won an election and unseated Chiarelli on the issue. Unfortunately, while the public pointed fingers at Chiarelli and an inefficient council, it was a lack of due diligence by city staff that led to the revisitation of the project. Unfortunately, city staff did not do their homework and understand the problems of other similar projects. The team from Siemens that was to build our light rail system had just built a Houston system that was plagued with problems like collisions with cars and electrical currents damaging infrastructure and buildings. Either city staff did not do their due diligence, or they were sweeping it under the rug. Either way, council had egg on its face, and Chiarelli took the brunt of the criticism. But those issues should have been worked through. Instead, the problems turned into an opportunity for municipal Conservatives to oust the Mayor. Barrhaven was the loser in all of this. Someday, we will have light rail in Barrhaven and Riverside South. Until then, we will either be stuck in traffic on Prince of Wales Drive, or we will be rerouted to Tunney’s Pasture for what some are calling longer but more comfortable commutes with more transfers and more walking. But all of us, including Barrhaven light rail champion Jan Harder, are frustrated when we think of what could have been for Barrhaven commuters.


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If only these walls could talk But Red Ryan, as notorious as he was as It may be cliché, but it is so profound. a criminal, was also charming. He decided If only these walls could talk. We heard it time and time again from to use an alternate route to get out of the people in the lobby and people in our group Kingston Pen. He became a model prisoner. as we toured the Kingston Pen last month. He convinced Prime Minister Bennett to The prison has been closed for a few years visit him in the pen. In 1934, he would be now, but to see it from the inside and walk released through Canada’s ticket-to-leave through its halls and to look inside the cells system. It was an early model of what would become parole. and to see the graffiti Ryan was the face of on the walls was an unFROM THE OTHER reform in Canada’s prison forgettable experience. system. He began writing It was like visiting a series of stories for the Hell, only without all Toronto Star on how crime of the inhabitants. And Jeffrey Morris doesn’t pay. He hosted a when we think of some radio show on Toronto’s of the notorious criminals who called the Kingston Pen home for CFRB. Meanwhile, Ryan was leading a Jekyll generations, we assume that they ended up in Hell. These were men like Clifford Olson and Hyde life, as he was involved in crime and Mad Dog Caron and Michael Briere and under disguise. In 1936, he and his gang Wayne Bodon. They were among the most broke into a garage in Markham and stole evil men Canada could serve up during our a car. When the owner of the garage and his lifetimes. Paul Bernardo and Russell Wil- son came out to confront them, they were liams both served time there. They were held both shot and killed. Ryan denounced the very killings he was involved in on his radio in segregated units for their own safety. We hung onto every word of the stories show. He even showed up at the Toronto poof the riots and escape attempts and what lice headquarters and offered to help solve every day life was like there. The stories of the case as an undercover officer. Just a few months later, Ryan and one of two men in particular stuck with me. One was Red Ryan, and the other was Ty Conn. his gang members, Harry Checkley, were Both were bank robbers, and both escaped shot and killed by police in Sarnia at a liquor store. the pen. Ty Conn, meanwhile, spent a lot of time Red Ryan was known as the “Jesse James of Canada.” In 1923, Ryan was involved in planning and preparing his 1999 escape over one of the most famous escapes to ever take the wall. Conn read in the Toronto Star about place at the Kingston Pen. A few prisoners the budget cuts facing the prison. Conn knew set a fire in an exercise yard to create a dis- that after 11 p.m., the guard post at the tower traction. Through a thick blanket of smoke, a overlooking the yard was vacant. For months he had been sleeping with his makeshift ladder was put up against the wall, and Ryan, armed with a pitchfork, stood at head under the blankets to “block out the the bottom of the ladder while four other light” and help him sleep. Conn gathered his prisoners climbed to their escape. When a equipment – a ladder with a home made exguard attempted to stop the escape, Ryan tension, a steel hook he had made, and a 40impaled him and turned around to become foot piece of canvas he could use as a rope. He put a dummy that he made in his bed. the fifth prisoner over the wall. Conn made his move that night. He made The next day, the Toronto Star sent one of their young reporters by train to Kings- it over the wall, and it is assumed he had a ton to cover the story. The young reporter driver on the other side of the wall waiting was none other than Ernest Hemingway. for him. The prison didn’t realize that he was The young journalist who would go on to not in his bed until 7 a.m., giving him a big become one of the greatest authors in Amer- head start. He ended up visiting his mother ican history described Red Ryan as a “thick, in Belleville before heading to Toronto. Conn was on the run for two weeks before freckle-faced man whose prison cap could police finally caught up with him. His death not hide his flaming head.” Ryan, who was a burglar, safe cracking was as fascinating as his escape. He was on specialist and murderer, robbed a Toronto the phone with the producer of CBC’s The bank and then headed for the U.S. He was Fifth Estate when he was killed by what is living in Minneapolis when he was arrested believed to be an accidental self-inflicted while picking his mail up at a post office. He gunshot wound. I stood in the courtyard, looking up at the was sent back to Canada and ended up back in Kingston, where he received 30 lashes wall and trying to picture the escape. If only these walls could talk. and was given a life sentence.


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Time to get out of our cars and use transit With LRT slated to open on Saturday, September 14th, a new era in Ottawa’s transportation network will begin. However; before I continue, I want to make one thing clear. I know service for many riders is not meeting expectations. There have been significant challenges, both for passengers and OC Transpo. The delay in the opening of LRT, low morale experienced by employees and in my opinion, a lack of action by Council and senior management has led to a city-wide mess. I hope on Saturday, that will be behind us. Starting in October, I encourage everyone who commutes downtown from home to take transit, even if its only for one day a week. That is what I will be doing. On days where I’m at City Hall, I will be taking the bus. I will be speaking directly with the riders that I meet, and I hope from those interactions, I will have a better idea of what commuters are facing, first hand. I am not waiting for


WARD REPORT by Carole Anne Meehan

next year’s Transit Challenge. I’m starting right now. Please continue to share your concerns and suggestions for improvement. Ottawa’s transit system must continue to improve if drivers are to be convinced to leave their cars at home. On September 10th, City Finance Staff presented their Budget Priorities Report to the Finance and Economic Development Committee, which will be used to draft the 2020 budget. In short, property taxes will increase overall by 3%. The garbage levy will increase by $10 and drinking water, wastewater and stormwater rates are set to increase by 3%, 4% and 12% respectively. The City’s water services are set up to be

www.octranspo.com photo cost recoverable, which means the City does not make a profit. The City raises what it needs to pay for a safe and reliable system. The transit fare is set to increase by 2.5% alongside a 6.4% transit levy increase. For

clarity, the transit levy is what the City charges on your property tax bill to cover a portion of the cost of public transit. I will be hosting a Budget Consultation this fall. Stay tuned for the date and time. I will be hosting a Commun-

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The IndependentCOMMUNITY Back to school safety reminders for children and adults in Barrhaven From the Barrhaven Community Police Centre Children are now back to school and many are busing, walking and riding their bikes to their destinations. The Ottawa Police Service reminds motorists and pedestrians to be aware of the increase of children and youth on city streets. As school begins, please consider the following safety tips: Reduce speeds in school zones and be ready to stop at any time. Children do not always notice oncoming traffic; Obey school bus signals; Watch for pedestrian crossovers, know how they work and obey them when

in use; Walk on available sidewalks; Always cross at intersections, looking and listening for traffic and walk across only when road is clear and safe to do so; Follow adult crossing guards, student crossing patrols and school bus operator’s signals; and, Always wear a helmet when riding a bike and walk your bike across a roadway. Drivers are responsible for stopping in both directions, if on a road without a median, when they see a school bus stopped with its lights flashing. Fines for not obeying this law range from $400 to $2,000 and six de-

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**New to Barrhaven are crossing guards at River Run at Riverboat Heights and Kilbirnie at Ashbourne Crescent** They stand guard in Ottawa’s intersections every morning and every afternoon when the school bells ring. They are out there in 35-below temperatures, rain, snow, dust, and heat. They risk putting themselves in danger and deal with aggressive motorists. They are the Adult Crossing Guards of the City of Ottawa! A common mis-

conception exists among the public that the Crossing Guards, with their orange vests and stop signs, are merely concerned volunteers that help the students out once in a while. Did you know that the Adult Crossing Guard program in Ottawa is funded by the City, managed and administered by the Ottawa Safety Council and that municipalities are legislated by the Province to have Crossing Guards as part of the Highway Traffic Act? A motorist not heeding a Guard’s stop sign could find themselves with a hefty fine (between $150 and $500) and lose three demerit points. For more info:

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A reminder to all that vehicle owners can be fined from $490 -$2000 and 6 demerit points, if their vehicle illegally passes a stopped bus. Motorists need to pay particular attention to school buses during the school year. Here are some simple tips about what you should do when approaching a school bus that is preparing to stop: When you are approaching the school bus from the opposite direction, stop at a safe distance away from the front of the bus. When you are approach-

ing the school bus from behind, stop at least 20 metres away from the back of the bus. Once the red lights have stopped flashing, the STOP arm folds away and the bus begins to move, it is safe to continue driving. Registered owners of vehicles can be charged if their vehicle illegally passes a school bus that is stopped with its red lights flashing.

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Their grass-roots approach is unfortunately rare in today’s retail settings, larger clinics and manufacturer owned chains. The unique and refreshing approach that sets Hearing Freedom apart from other providers was established nearly 20 years ago by Rosanne McNamee, Doctor of Audiology. After many local interviews for employment, she was disheartened to discover the same thing at each establishment; the interview had nothing to do with her knowledge and skills, they rather focused on the number of hearing aid units she was expected to sell and the company’s affiliation to a given Manufacturer. “That was not my idea of proper hearing health care,” says McNamee. “I came into this profession to improve my patients’ quality of life. I wanted to focus on my patients’ needs, not sales. I wanted to be able to consider everything available to them in the market, not just the product lines that provided my employer the biggest profit margins. I wanted to treat my patients the

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school continues from page 8 The Ottawa Police Service, the Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA) and the City of Ottawa are pleased to announce that an additional four school buses are being installed with cameras to operate throughout the city. The buses with the newly-installed cameras will begin operating this week to coincide with the return to school. The system on each school bus includes four cameras installed on the exterior of the bus, which capture video of vehicles passing stopped school buses. The video images captured by these cameras can be used by police to lay charges against drivers who fail to stop for school buses that are picking up or dropping off children with their stop arm extended. These four new buses will add to the two buses with cameras that were launched in May 2019. The fine for pass-

ing a stopped school bus with its lights flashing and stop arm extended is $490.

About School Bus Cameras

Similar to red light cameras, the registered owner of the vehicle is liable for the offence even if they were not the driver at the time. Sworn members of Ottawa Police review the video footage from the camera systems that have been designed specifically for the detection of this offence. The images sent to the registered vehicle owner represent a portion of a video that was captured during the offence. The time and location of the offence are accurate and indicated on the face of the infraction notice. These images and videos are stored as evidence and are fully disclosable, should the matter

proceed to court. STEP to Focus on School Bus/School Zone Safety and Vehicle Occupant Restraints, in September The Gatineau Police Service and Ottawa Police Service’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) will focus on school bus/school zone safety and vehicle occupant restraint during the month of September.School Bus / School Zone Safety: Between 2013 and 2017, there were 858 collisions resulting in 213 injuries involving school buses or occurring in school zones. There were no fatalities. Vehicle Occupant Restraint: Between 2013 and 2017, there were 207 collisions where the lack of or improper use of vehicle occupant restraints resulted in 15 fatalities and 325 injuries.

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Richmond Fair to celebrate its 175th anniversary Sept. 18-22 The 175th Richmond Fair is finally here. This year’s fair promises to be one of the biggest and best ever. Aaron Goodvin headlines Friday, Sept. 20, while the Road Hammers will play the fair Sat., Sept. 21. The grand opening of the fair is Wed., Sept. 18 with chuckwagon races at 8 p.m. and fireworks at 9 p.m. Bleacher seating in the heavy horse ring is on a first come, first serve basis. Thurs., Sept. 19 features toonie midway rides, as well as special needs and senior’s day. Eastbound of Bytown will be playing in the entertainment tent. The Richmond Fair Demolition Derby takes place in the evening with registration at 6 p.m.

On Fri., Sept. 20, Kiddy Land features free children’s entertainment beginning at 9 a.m. The 175th Anniversary Quilt Show also takes place beginning at 10 a.m. on the second floor of the arena building. The special display of 175 quilts features all sizes and techniques of quilts from antiques to contemporaries. There will also be a display of vintage and antique farm and tractor equipment adjacent to the heavy horse barn. The midway is open from 1-11 p.m., and the lawn tractor pull takes place at 7 p.m. Entertainment in the outdoor tent is provided by Sussex, while in the arena, Rainwater Whiskey is the opening act for country music star Aaron

Goodvin. The 4H Dairy Showmanship Show is at 11 a.m., and the Holstein Dairy Show is at 1 p.m. On Sat., Sept. 21, the annual Richmond Fair Parade is at 11 a.m. The Saddle and Harness Show is at 9 a.m.; the Heavy Horse Show and the Western Horse and Pony Show are both at 9:30 a.m.; the Heavy Horse

Show Hitch Classes are at 1 p.m.; the Angus and Hereford Beef Show is at 1 p.m.; and the live entertainment in the outdoor tent features Music for Healing Veterans from 1-4 p.m. and Fastlane from 6-10 p.m. In the arena, Captain Fantastic plays from 1-4:30 p.m., and then Timber Line opens up for headline act the Road Hammers, with the

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The IndependentFOCUS ON YOUTH St. F X graduate had pick of universities from around the world

Name: Olivia Jennings Age: 17

School: St Francis Xavier High (Graduate June 2019) Parent: Jodi Jennings Brother: John (21), graduated from STFX in 2016, attends Trent University in Peterborough, majoring in English. Sister: Emma (20), graduated from STFX in 2017, attending Concordia University in Montreal, majoring in History. Pets: “My sister recently brought her two pet fish (George and Baloo) home for the summer. I also love dogs, so I plan on getting one after university – hopefully a Dalmatian.” Pet Peeves: “Hearing peoples loud chewing, and slow walkers.” Favourite Subjects: “Throughout high school, I really enjoyed English and the arts/social sciences, specifically, anthropology, world issues, and earth and space science. As well, I took international business and economics. Even though it was challenging, I enjoyed it and plan to take micro and macro in university.” What do you enjoy reading for pleasure? “I really like authors Jojo Moyes and Nicholas Sparks. Some of my favourite books include: Wild, To Kill a Mockingbird, Still Me, and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. I also hope to read the Harry Potter Series before the end of the year.”


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What are your greatest accomplishments? “My greatest accomplishment is getting into universities all over the world. I wrote the SAT’s twice in 2018 with the intention of going to school in the USA. I was ecstatic to receive offers from schools such as Suffolk University in Boston, the American University of Paris, Parsons in New York City, Regents University in London, and the University of Kentucky. After much deliberation, I decided to attend Ryerson this September. As well, I am extremely proud of a fundraiser that I organized from scratch in Grade 12 called a Winter Warm Up. All the seniors brought in hundreds of mittens, canned goods and hats In support of The Shepherds of Good Hope, a local homeless shelter. It was a fun night to hang out before the Christmas break. There was music, lots of pillows, good food, a photo booth, giant Jenga, giant checkers and a movie. This fundraiser helped me be the selected recipient of the Shepherds of Good Hope Scholarship, which was awarded to me at my graduation ceremony.” Activities/Interests: “Throughout school, I was interested and involved in various clubs, such as Eco Club, Social Justice, the I Love Me

Campaign and Model UN. I enjoy knitting, puzzles, tennis, and selling lemonade during the summer months in different parks around Riverside South with my friend Salma. I also love shopping, getting new stationery items, and looking at furniture from stores such as Indigo, Bed Bath and Beyond and Ikea.”

Once I get my degrees, I hope to work for a non-profit organization, a conservation group or United Nations-Habitat. During university, on the side, I hope to start a website/ecommerce and create a clothing brand. I’d love to somehow make my career centered around business as well.”

Why did you get involved in what you do? “I’ve always been extremely passionate and interested in different social justice issues, the environment, and international relations/ diplomacy. The clubs I joined throughout high school taught me many different skills, and allowed me to meet new people. Particularly, being a member of model UN was an extremely rewarding experience. It allowed me to improve public speaking skills, and get a better understanding of the world around me.”

Olivia Jennings says she has always been extremely passionate and interested in different social justice issues, the environment, and international relations/diplomacy.

Career Goals: I recently started at Ryerson University in Toronto and majoring in Environment and Urban Sustainability. This program will help me to understand how to preserve and protect the planet, and how to make the earth a cleaner and more sustainable place to live. After graduation, I’d like to pursue either law school, graduate studies in geography, or a masters in Urban and Regional Planning. I plan on taking a year abroad during my time at Ryerson, and would like to get my graduate degree overseas, possibly in England or France. I also intend to apply for different summer internships after my second or third year, in New York City or Vancouver.


From left to right are Lion Gus Este, Brooke Smith, her father Sean Smith, and Barrhaven Lions Club President Rob Gilchrist.

St. Mother Teresa High School student receives bursary from Lions Club

St. Mother Teresa High School student, Brooke Smith dropped by the Barrhaven Lions Club’s dinner meeting recently to say thank you. Brooke was one of the recipients of the 2019 bursaries given by the Barrhaven Lions Club to Barrhaven schools each year. She will be going

to Carleton University to study Childhood and Youth Services. For several years the Barrhaven Lions Club has been giving bursaries to five local area schools. These bursaries were created to encourage and recognize overall excellence in students as well as for their

community service. Lions clubs are a group of women and men who identify needs within the community and work together to fulfill those needs. For more information or to get involved with the Barrhaven Lions Club, please contact James Doyle, jamesddoyle@rogers.com.

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The IndependentCOMMUNITY Barrhaven Business Advantage currently has openings for new members

As the leisurely days of summer wind down and students return to school, it’s a good time for businesspeople to take stock and begin to think of ways to refresh themselves and their business practices. Tired of the same old, same old? Looking for new contacts and new ideas? Due to a planned restructuring of the Barrhaven Business Advantage (BBA,) there is now an opportunity to join one of the longest-running, most successful business networking groups in Barrhaven. Unlike many “for profit” groups, the BBA is a co-operative, memberled group of local small and/or independent businesspeople who make all group decisions democratically according to the members’ needs. Membership dues are set to cover operating costs and to allow for a surplus which is used in ways to benefit members, such as joint advertising and promotional activities which may present themselves. As well, the weekly breakfast at Broadway on Strandherd Drive is included in the dues. Although business referrals are always encouraged and welcome, the BBA offers its members several other benefits. The format of the meetings provides a roundtable discussion which members have likened to a board of directors. For

sole practitioners and independent businesspeople who work in isolation, the opportunity to consult with other, experienced, professionals and businesspeople is always welcomed. Members are able to bring to the table any business challenges or questions they may have and benefit from the wise counsel of others. The group has helped with marketing suggestions; advice on negotiating leases; whether or not to expand; when and how to hire staff; and many other areas of concern or interest. Diane Koven, a Certified Financial Planner with Sun Life Financial, has been the group’s insurance representative for over 15 years. She joined the BBA in its infancy and continues to enjoy its benefits. “I have lived in Barrhaven for 35 years,” she says, and I like to do business – in both directions – with local people. Over the years, I have made many friends of clients who are also neighbours and I think the BBA has definitely helped me to build a solid, relationship-based business.” Norma Wheeler, “Your Travel Coach” operates a home-based business in Barrhaven and joined BBA two years ago. “I now have a health insurance agent that I can recommend from experience, as well as a tax accountant,” she says. “Regarding help

for my business, I have a place and people I can brainstorm with on how to promote and improve my profitability. The weekly get-togethers are a great time to share strengths with each other. I have also gained new clients through the recommendations provided by other members.” Another home-based business owner, Marlene Grant, CPA, left a large accounting firm to strike out on her own ten years ago. At around the same time, she met a BBA member who invited her to join and has never looked back. “I have given and received referrals from current and former members (our relationships do not end even after we leave the group), I have loved how we have helped other members with taking the plunge in entrepreneurship and coming up with the name for their new business or renaming an existing business. One of the really neat feature of this group is that all of our dues are used directly to benefit all the members in the group and we work cooperatively to determine what is the best use of our funds as well the fact that we are able to participate in the monthly group advertising in the Barrhaven Independent collectively in way we would not be able to do otherwise and that one of the key fea-

tures of this advertising is that each member has the opportunity to be the featured member of the month,” says Grant. For a limited time, there will be openings for several businesses and professions in the fall of 2019. Because the group is non-competitive, only one representative of each category is permitted so this is a rare opportunity to join the group. Some of the available spots include: Lawyer/paralegal Medical/paramedical practitioners (chiropractor, physiotherapist, naturopath, massage therapist) Mortgage broker


Realtor Bookkeeper, accountant Independent Retail owners /operators Home-based businesses IT/web developers There will be a Visitors’ Day on October 16th but guests are welcome to attend any Wednesday morning meeting for only $10 (including breakfast.) The meetings are held at Broadway on Strandherd Drive from 7:15-8:30 a.m. If you are interested in attending, or for further information, please contact: businessadvantagebarrhaven@gmail.com or call Norma Wheeler at 613-741-2001.



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Nepean Pirates plunder silver in two U.S. hockey tournaments

The Nepean Pirates Select are a U-19 summer hockey and tournament team, and they draw their players locally out of the house league Bantam “A” and “B” levels. Those players who are selected then train year-round as a team for as long as the next six years. The program is unorthodox, but the process develops a talented team that is not only able to compete but is able to be successful in the “AAA” summer hockey environment, as their past summer results prove. The Summer Hockey League in which they compete expanded this year to a 16-team league. Players and teams come from all points in the Ottawa area. This year the league also allowed the participation of Juvenile level players to play at the Midget level, that is U-22, and at the end of it the younger Pirates players stepped up and placed 4th overall and played in many close and competitive games. The Pirates travelled to three tournaments this season, the first being held at the Nottawasaga Resort just south of Barrie Ontario, where the Pirates played against some extremely talented Ontario based teams. It was during

The Nepean Pirates U-19 hockey team had a successful summer, winning silver in two U.S. tournaments. this tourney that they played a team from an “AA” competitive development program assisting those players in their bid to make “AAA” for the upcoming winter season. It was a game that could have gone to either team but when the buzzer sounded, the Pirates came up short with a 7-5 loss.

The second tournament, the Pirates competed in the New England Summer Championships in Providence Rhode Island, playing teams from New Jersey, Northern Vermont and Massachusetts. The Pirates skated away with a silver finish while playing in the collegiate arena of Providence College.

The third and final tournament was a little closer to home as the Pirates played in the Summer Avalanche Series in Jay Peak Vermont, facing off against teams from New York, Vermont and Nova Scotia. Again, the Pirates took the

ice for the championship in a very entertaining game however they fell short in a shoot out. The Pirates provide a great competitive like hockey experience and a fantastic family environment. For

those Bantam aged players who are interested in joining the crew it is extremely easy just check out the recruitment page at the Pirates web site (https://www.nepeanpirates. com/the-team). You just might be the next Pirate and discover that being a House League player has never been so good.

Jaden Brown of the St Mother Teresa Titans runs back an interception during the NCSSAA pre-season high school football jamboree scrimmage at St. Mark Fri., Sept. 13. The Titans were scheduled to open their season Friday afternoon at St. Mark in Manotick, while the St. Joseph Jaguars see their first action next week. Jeff Morris photo

Jeremy Rowe takes a kick off while Jacob Wong heads upfield to block for the Nepean Bantam Football Eagles during their game 25-0 loss to LaSalle of Montreal at Quin’s Pointe Sun., Sept. 8. Last weekend, the Midget Football Eagles lost to Bel-Air 27-10, with Brody MacNeil scoring on a 13-yard touchdown run for the Eagles. Bel-Air also beat the Eagles at the Tyke level, winning 54-46 at the Bob Stephen Field in Barrhaven. The Pee Wee Football Eagles beat Kanata 63-53 in an offensive shootout. Jeff Morris photo

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The IndependentCOMMUNITY Chapman Mills Sound Connection bringing harmony to Barrhaven

There is a 10-year old secret in Barrhaven which is ready to be told. In the midst of Stonebridge, a group of 23 women who love to sing and socialize are meeting every Tuesday night at the Minto Recreation Centre on Cambrian Road. You may have heard them at the Barrhaven Classic Car Show in August, singing songs from different eras and genres, in four-part harmony. This group of ladies is known as Chapman Mills Sound Connection, and they are Barrhaven’s very own a cappella singers, using only their voices to bring out the best in the songs they are singing. Sound Connection began in 2010 and since that time has become an award-winning chorus. Under the brilliant direction of Chris MacMartin, Sound Connection is fresh from winning at 2019’s Harmony, Inc. Area 5 Contest and Convention. Winning the Most Improved Chorus Award in May was the pinnacle for this group that has made a great effort in the past couple of years to reach their goals. Harmony, Inc. is an international women’s a cappella singing organization and Sound Connection has embraced its refrain of encouraging women through an inclusive atmosphere of friendship and camaraderie, while promoting education in their craft. The ladies in the chorus support each other by ensuring that rehearsal night is a safe place to learn, and a fun and friendly place to sing well. The secret is now out. Sound Connection is ready to shine in the community, by bringing its

brand of harmony singing to community events. In the past, it has sung at Oktoberfest and holiday outings, and has also sung the National Anthem at an Ottawa Champions baseball game. The chorus enjoys performing for residents at retirement homes in Barrhaven and surrounding neighbourhoods. It is ready to continue working hard and is looking forward to reaching out to the community to entertain and compete at future Area contests. Plans to hold a Spring Show in 2020 and events for quartets will be highlights. Their 10-year anniversary will be one of their best years yet! If you love to sing, you are welcome to come any Tuesday evening at the Minto Rec Complex, 2nd floor, Cambrian Room, from 7:15 to 9:30 to hear Sound Connection and to see and hear if they are the chorus for you. Rehearsals take place from September to December, and starting in 2020, from March to December, with subsequent years following the same rehearsal schedule due to winter weather. (Note: there will be no rehearsal on Tuesday, October 1, 2019, at the Rec Complex.) And, you don’t have to be a resident of Barrhaven to join. Sound Connection has members from Stittsville, Ashton, Richmond and Orleans. You may find them on Facebook: https:// www.facebook.com/ChapmanMillsSoundConnection/ where you may message for more information. You may also contact Sue Waugh at s_m_waugh@hotmail.com. The chorus is waiting for you!


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The Balabustas of Nepean added their touch to the Ottawa Kosher BBQ Cook-Off at the Ottawa Torah Centre in Barrhaven. A balabusta is a Yiddish term for homemaker, generally denoting a woman who is exceptionally skilled at maintaining an immaculately clean home and having the ability to host guests, serve a gourmet dinner, and keep the kids entertained. From left to right are Barrhaven’s barbecuing balabustas, Sarah Silverstein, Erin Bolling, Marla Wax, Roanne Spilg and Allison Berman.

Rabbi Menachem Blum blows the shofar during the official awards ceremony during the Ottawa Kosher BBQ Cook-Off at the Ottawa Torah Centre in Barrhaven. The shofar is blown in synagogue services on Rosh Hashanah and at the very end of Yom Kippur, and is also blown every weekday morning in the month of Elul running up to Rosh Hashanah.

Joseph Bokhaut and David Cantor of Up in Smoke prepare some beef brisket as they had a popular booth at the Ottawa Kosher BBQ Cook-Off at the Ottawa Torah Centre in Barrhaven. The first annual event drew a huge crowd of community people and food lovers of all ethnicities. For our complete photo album of the event, visit the Barrhaven Independent Facebook Page and, hey, we need some Likes!

10 Ways to Save Money When Buying a New Barrhaven Home

Ottawa - Although most homes for sale are resales, one out of four home buyers purchases a new home. Which is better: existing or new? The right answer, of course, is up to you. Both resales and new homes offer advantages. Existing homes are less expensive on average, and are generally closer to, and enjoy the warmth and surroundings of established neighborhoods, often with mature landscaping. New homes, on the other hand, offer innovative use of

space, greater energy efficiency and choices of options and upgrades. Everything is new and modern. Most people consider both new and existing homes before they decide to purchase. A new, special insider report entitled “New Homes - 10 Tips to Save You Time and Money” has just been released which identifies 10 invaluable tips to save you time and money when purchasing a brand new home. Also revealed are little-known buyer advantages that most builders may not

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