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East Nepean shortstop Matt Fahey jumps for joy and second baseman Calder Kuseler rushes the mound as relief pitcher Nick Hum (centre) catches a pop-up for the final out of the provincial Little League Junior championship game at Ron Milks Diamond in Ottawa Monday, July 23. The Eagles defeated the Oakville Whitecaps 10-4 in the Ontario final to earn a berth in the Canadian championships this week in Lethbridge, Alberta. For more on the Eagles, see pages 9 and 19. Mike Carroccetto photo
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Nominations closed for October City of Ottawa municipal elections Harder, Qaqish each facing four challengers, Carol Anne Meehan tosses hat into ring Registration for candidates has closed for the City of Ottawa 2018 municipal election. Barrhaven Councillor Jan Harder, the only councillor to represent Barrhaven since amalgamation two decades ago, will be challenged by four candidates. Franklin Epape, Ahmad Malgarai, Atiq Qureshi and Hadi Wess have all registered as candidates to run against Harder in Ward 3 Barrhaven. In Gloucester-South Nepean, which covers
the community east of Woodroffe Avenue and into Riverside South, incumbent Michael Qaqish will also be challenged by four candidates. The biggest challenge for Quaish is expected to come from media personality Carol Anne Meehan, who registered on the final day of nominations. Meehan has lived in the GloucesterSouth Nepean Ward for 25 years and is well known throughout Ottawa from her years as the CTV Ottawa news anchor, and more recently her radio
Media personality and long time Ward 22 resident Carol Anne Meehan will be running for city council.
work on 1310 News. Other candidates in Ward 22 are Zaff Ansari, who ran for the NDP in the rcent provincial
election, along with Irene Mei and Harpeet Singh. In the Ottawa Carleton District School Board, Zone 3 trustee Donna Blackburn will be running against four challengers. Patricia Kmiec, Amanda Purdy, Alex Sivasambu and Amy Wellings will all be challenging Blackburn for the seat on the board. Zone 3 covers Barrhaven Ward 3. Running for the Zone 7 trustee, which covers the Gloucester-South Nepean and Osgoode Wards, are Jennifer Jennekens and Kim Woods.
Ottawa Catholic School Board local trustee Spencer Warren, who represents both the Barrhaven and GloucesterSouth Nepean Wards, will win his seat by acclamation as there are no other candidates registered. For the Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario, Denis Labrèche and Samia Oueled Ali will be running in Zone 12, which includes Barrhaven and Glocuester-South Nepean. Chad Mariage will be acclaimed as the
trustee representing Barrhaven and GloucesterSouth Nepean for the Conseil des écoles catholiques du centre-est. Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson is being challenged by 10 candidates. Hamid Alakozai, Ahmed Bouragba, Bernard Couchman, Clive Doucet, Joey Drouin, Ryan Lithall, Craig MacAulay, Bruce McConville, Michael Pastien, Moises Schachtler and James Sheahan will be up against Watson, who is seeking his third consecutive term as Mayor.
Desroches seeking federal Conservative nomination in Nepean By Jeff Morris While the deadline for registration for the fall municipal election has dominated local political news for the past week, one former local politician has tossed his hat into a different ring. Former GloucesterSouth Nepean Councillor and Deputy Mayor Steve Desroches will be seeking the Conservative nomination for the Nepean riding for next year’s federal election. Desroches served two terms as the first councillor to represent Gloucester-South Nepean after the ward was created before the 2006 municipal election. He said from the outset that he would only serve two terms. He fulfilled that obligation, despite many urging him to run again in 2014 and stay on in his role. Desroches said he had been approached by a number of people encouraging him to run for the Conservative nomination for the next election. He developed a strong working relationship with Barrhaven Councillor Jan Harder, Rideau-Goulbourn Councillor Scott Moffatt, Nepean MPP Lisa
MacLeod and Carleton MP Pierre Poilievre during his tenure as a councillor. “I thought about it for a long time, and a few weeks
Former city councillor Steve Desroches is seeking the Nepean Conservative nomination for the 2019 federal election. Mike Carroccetto photo
ago, I decided to move forward,” Desroches said on his decision to run. “It’s an exciting opportunity, and I am pleased with the level of support.” During his time on city council, Desroches worked with MacLeod and Poilievre on a number of projects that were funded by the three levels of government. Perhaps his biggest accomplishment was the work he did in helping make the Vimy Bridge a reality. “When I was on council, I worked well with Jan, Lisa and Pierre on a
number of projects that brought positive changes to our community,” he said. One of the biggest assets Desroches brings to the next federal election will be his experience on local issues within the riding. He also brings a solid level of knowledge and awareness of the local issues. “An election campaign is not the time to learn about the issues if you are a candidate,” Desroches said. While on council, Desroches quickly developed a reputation for being fiscally conservative and responsible. That approach fits well with the Conservative Party of Canada. “In a lot of ways, the country is on the wrong path,” Desroches said. “We need to do a better job managing the government’s finances. We don’t want to turn the corner and have Canada become the next Ontario.” Desroches has been a champion for veterans’ rights, and he is a strong advocate for the Ottawa Civic Hospital. “My twins were born there,” he said of the Civic. “The NCC will play an oversight role in the new
hospital. They should not add any costs that will take away from health care. Our health care system is under stress, and
the emphasis of the hospital has to be what’s on the inside, and not the outside.” Should Desroches win
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Mattamy gets a mulligan as Stonebridge plan withdrawn Call it a mulligan. Mattamy Homes has withdrawn its plan to build homes on the southeastern edge of the Stonebridge Golf Course. Mattamy had proposed a plan that would reduce the size of the course and downgrade its rating from championship to executive. The reduction would have allowed for 159 more homes to be built. Last month, concerned residents shoehorned into the golf club’s banquet room for a public meeting on the plan. Residents voiced concern over the plan and wondered if the future of the golf course was in jeopardy. The pushback from the public information session caused Mattamy
to do a 180 on their plan to build more houses. “We at Mattamy are committed to developing thoughtful, inspired communities and are confident that we can ensure the Stonebridge community remains a great place to live,” Mattamy said in a statement issued last week. “We believe the best way to move forward is to withdraw our rezoning and plan of subdivision applications at this time. This will allow the proposed Working Group (Stonebridge residents, Councillors, City staff and Mattamy) to focus on working together to shape the future of Stonebridge without the distraction of the planning application process and timeline.”
Mattamy added that in the spirit of cooperation, they have collaborated with City of Ottawa Municipal Councillors and Officials who were in agreement with this approach, as well as Jay McLean at the Stonebridge Community Association. “We are all confident that this is the best ap-
proach and are looking forward to an open and productive exchange of ideas that can contribute to the process,” Mattamy stated. An uproar from residents over the proposal to reduce the Stonebridge golf course caused Mattamy to withdraw its application to build more homes along the course.
Female assaulted, left unconscious in gas station parking lot Police are looking for a suspect after an alleged serious assault in Barrhaven July 15. According to Ottawa Police, a 20-year-old female was assaulted and left unconscious on the ground in the parking lot of a gas station in the 1500 block
of Woodroffe Ave. The assault happened at approximinately 2 a.m. July 15. The victim was transported to hospital and was later released. The suspect is described as a white male in his mid-20s, cleanshaven with a medium build. Surveillance
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The IndependentNEWS Donna Blackburn seeking third term as public school board trustee By Charlie Senack Donna Blackburn has put her name forward to run again as the OCDSB school trustee in Barrhaven-KnoxdaleMerivale for the third consecutive time. First elected in 2010, Blackburn, 50, has been an active and outspoken trustee in the community, often showing her school pride wearing a variety of schools’ tshirts, hoodies, and track pants. This election has seen four other people decide to run against the incumbent trustee, but Blackburn says she isn’t feeling the heat. “I think it’s great,” she said. “That’s part of democracy and I’m not worried about it at all. I’m running as part of a team.” Blackburn, a lover of hockey and all sports, says it’s important to have a school trustee you can trust, especially at a time a new conservative government has been elected — a government she feels will bring many changes to the education
system in Ontario. “We’re going into turbulent times,” Blackburn said. “We all anticipate there are going to be cuts and so we need people at the board table who knows what the fact is and I’m one of those people. If we have to make cuts, we have to make them in such ways that has the least impact on our students.” As far as the changes go to the Health and Physical Education Program (sex-ed) go, the openly lesbian Blackburn says she feels the Ford Government will not switch back to the 1998 curriculum — a decision Ontario Premier Doug Ford made just last week. “I think at the end of the day the government isn’t going to go back to 1998 (because) there is going to be a bigger backlash over that than any other side,” she said. “Parents are going to say ‘my kids need to know this stuff.’” It also has a personal connection to Blackburn. In 2016, she opened up about the struggles she had in her life with alco-
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hol abuse and depression, as well as being a victim of teenage sexual abuse. She also shared details about her suicide attempt in 2007 — an incident which landed her in detox and on the road to recovery. She also feels some changes need to be made to the Ontario math curriculum, and would like to see the EQAO scores higher. Blackburn has had her fair share of controversy over the years, including recently when she was censored by the school board for comments she made. She agrees there
are times she has overstepped her boundaries, but said she apologized for her mistakes and said her pros outweigh the cons. Blackburn says the current board is running dysfunctionally, but hopes that will change with multiple trustees retiring and a new Director of Education being chosen in the fall. She said much of her frustration over the last four years has come from the lack of compromise at the board table. “We butt our noses into things that we shouldn’t butt our noses into,” the trustee said. “We have some really good candidates running against incumbents, which I think have a really good solid chance of winning.” She would also like to see a new school built in Half Moon Bay, and would like to see the IB program at Merivale High School up and running. “The current Half Moon Bay school is bursting at the seems,” she said. “We don’t want
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I can boil an egg, I just can’t peel them It’s time to drop a few pounds. Okay, by a few, I mean a lot. A whole lot. In another month or so I will be running around a football field in my referee’s uniform, trying to keep up while hoping my big ol’ cow heart doesn’t blow up all over the field. And if you buy into the myth that vertical stripes are slimming, well, they’re not. Despite the vertical stripes, I look like 20 pounds of door knobs stuffed into a 10-pound pillow case when I have my referee’s uniform on. When I go through this panic ritual, brought to you in part by the bathroom mirror, I get into cleanse mode. I’m 11 pounds down two weeks into what will be 30 days of hell. There might even be a second 30-day victory lap tacked on. The highlight of my day is the snack of two boiled eggs. I seem to remember the Diva telling me once or twice, or maybe a gazillion times, that I “can’t even boil an egg.” For the record, I am not that useless in the kitchen. And, yes, I can boil an egg. It’s just that peeling them is one of the worst kitchen train wrecks you could ever watch. That’s why my favourite infomercial has always been that new handy-dandy kitchen product, Eggies. The Eggies System allows you to “Finally Enjoy Hard Boiled Eggs Without Peeling a Single Shell!” Every time the infomercial came on last year, I immediately stopped what I was doing and turned to watch the TV. I used to work for a home shopping channel in Nashville, so I am a total sucker for this stuff. ‘If only I had the Eggies system,’ I would think as I would spend 20 minutes trying to peel an egg over the kitchen sink, leaving tiny fragments of shell with egg white clinging to the back of them. By the time I finished, my egg would like, well, Charlie Brown’s Christmas Egg. If the other kids saw me eating this, they would call me a blockhead for sure. Good grief. My dream came true a few years ago on my birthday. The Diva and the kids had gone to the As Seen on TV store. I opened up my present, and low and behold, (insert sound effect of angels singing), I was holding a box of Eggies. I screamed out loud and broke into some sort of very dated 80s club dance on the living room floor. I think it was The Sprinkler. Hey egg shells, I’m talkin’ to you. Who’s your daddy now? Hmmm? Who’s your daddy now? That’s right. Fear me, eggs.
I’m gonna peel you as easily as power was peeled away from Kathleen Wynne in June. Wait, I won’t even have to peel you? I’m just gonna break you. That’s right, eggs. I opened the box. Actually, the Diva opened the box because I usually mangle it and I wanted to make sure I could still see the instructions. Forty-eight little pieces FROM THE of plastic stared up at me. Together, as a team, they would make 12 Eggies. I got my Dumbledores out – reading glasses are one of the by Jeff Morris inconveniences of being on life’s back nine – and struggled through the instructions. The type was small. I don’t think Ant Man could have read them without glasses. I washed the Eggies pieces, let them dry, and then sprayed Pam on a paper towel and rubbed the inside of the Eggies with them. And you know what? It wasn’t as easy as it looked. The motor skill issues surfaced as I cracked open the eggs and attempted to pour them into the bottom half of the Eggies. Then, the top would fit on – sometimes it would fit, sometimes it wouldn’t quite fit. Then, you put the middle sleeve overneath the other part and twist it on. And yes, as far as I am concerned, overneath is a word. Then the top twists on. I figured I would make a dozen of them. By the time I had cracked 12 eggs and managed to get at least some of the eggs in the Eggies, I had coated the kitchen counter with egg white. I also had it all over me. I was struggling though conquering the art of never having to peel an egg ever again. Clearly, I am not Gordon Ramsay. I’m not even that Canadian Master Chef angry Asian guy with the blue hair. As the water came to a boil, it was pretty easy to see which five of the 12 Eggies were not assembled properly. Egg white was leaking into the boiling water, creating a foamy, hard to clean mess. I also put too many of them in the pot. A few of them turned out, but more didn’t. Some were edible, even though they were deformed mutant eggs. The next day, the Diva made the next batch. She kept it to seven. They all turned out. She was able to execute cracking the eggs and getting them in the little Eggies cup. So, as the next two months of protein shakes with spinach and banana, Isagenix shakes, almonds, grapes, and, yes, lots of boiled eggs unfold, I take comfort in the fact that I will never have to peel a boiled egg, ever again. Now, if only I could figure out how to crack them open…
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School in Manotick, grade 11 or 12; students were given the day to attend the Fair; 4 of us did and ended up walking home in the late afternoon, a “fair walk” from Richmond to Manotick! The 4 were 2 boys and 2 girls! The first destination for many entering the fairgrounds may be the building that displays artists, crafters, experts in culinary arts that challenge judges. One display may be an array of colourful hand-
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The IndependentCOMMUNITY Mattamy to hold facilitated workshop at Stonebridge in September Shortly the “cone of silence” will come down on my ability to write these articles for you. The Municipal Act states that in an election period and in our case as of August 23rd the Blackout Period will be in effect until the election on October 22nd. Therefore, it’s important I let you know that Councillor Moffatt and I have worked with Mattamy over the past weeks to have Mattamy pull their current application in Stonebridge. We look forward to our facilitated workshop in September at Stonebridge Golf Club. Thanks so much, Jay McLean, President SCA and indeed all of your, for your support and continued interest. What a pleasure it was to host Minister Lisa MacLeod and her team in my City Hall office prior to her visit to the Immigration Committee on the Hill. Councillor Moffatt joined me as did representatives from the Mayor’s and City Manager’s offices. Scott and I are so proud of Lisa and of how she is taking such a leadership role in such a large (5 Ministries) portfolio. Last week I met with Inspector Ken Bryden to discuss police concerns in Barrhaven. Barrhaven is a safe community. I intend to include a profile of policing in the burbs and the tools of which
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Eagles in Windsor Jack Dewan is tagged out at home plate by Ottawa West Twins catcher Sam Moar during Game 3 of the District 2 Minor Little League championships at Pinecrest Park on Sunday, July 22, and Charlie MacDougall delivers a pitch against the Twins in the Eagles’ 11-6 win. The victory in Game 3 gave the Eagles a berth in the Ontario Minor Little League Championships in Windsor. The Eagles were eliminated from the provincials after losing their opening game 10-5 to the High Park All-Stars Sunday and an 8-6 loss to the Orleans Red Sox Sunday. The final is scheduled for Fri., Aug. 3
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Capital Fair at Rideau Carleton Raceway begins Aug. 17 The Capital Fair at Rideau Carleton Entertainment Centre is just around the corner. This year’s fair will be held from August 17-27 at RCR, located on Albion Road, northeast of Manotick. “Every year, the fair gets a little bit bigger and a little bit better,” said Capital Fair General Manager Harley Bloom. “We are a not-for-profit organization, so all the proceeds and revenues generated from the fair go back into the program. Each year, we try to build as big of a program as possible.” While the Capital Fair has filled the void left by the absence of the Central Canada Exhibition in Ottawa, the fair is not the old Ex relocated to the raceway. “A lot of people think
that we are the old Ottawa Ex,” Bloom said. “The dates are similar, but in reality, this is a continuation of the old Gloucester Fair.” In 1998, the Gloucester Fair relocated to Rideau Carleton Raceway after outgrowing its original location at the Earl Armstrong Arena. In 2014, the fair changed its name to become the Capital Fair. Bloom emphasized that the fair is an affordable event for the family. General admission is only $4, and all-day ride bracelets, priced at $40, are available in advance until Aug. 16 online or at Quickie Stores for $28. The midway, presented by World’s Finest Shows, will feature 30 rides and attractions and will be the largest in Eastern Ontario this year.
The fair will also include four Monster Truck shows, the Ultimutts Stunt Dogs, the Canadian Raptor Conservancy Birds of Prey Show, a Canine Watersports Competition, an arm wrestling championship tournament, agricultural exhibits and demonstrations, the Xtreme Cowboy horse show, and the Rise 2 Fame Talent Show. The big stage will feature some local talent, as St. Mark graduate and nationally renowned recording artist Stephanie La Rochelle will be performing on Sat., Aug. 18, the second day of the fair. The fair opens Fri. Aug. 17 with Ambush followed by Bytown Lights. “There is a lot for the kids this year,” said Bloom, who added that there is a kids tent as
Local singer Stephanie LaRochelle will be performing at the Capital Fair. Mike Carroccetto photo
well as an agricultural pavilion. Bloom added that one of the most special days every year at the fair is the special needs day.
Over the past decade, the fair has been opened up to special needs children and families for a private party the day before the fair opens to the
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Barrhaven Seniors Council Summer Schedule
There are still lots of activities being put on by the Barrhaven Seniors group this summer if you are looking to participate in any drop in activities. All drop-ins are located at 700 Longfields Drive,
Barrhaven East Community Association Movie Night
Thank you to everyone who attended the Movie Night in the Park hosted by the Barrhaven East Community Association and Sequoia Church – there was a great turnout by local community members! If you are interested in getting involved with the Community Association and would like more information, please visit their Facebook page.
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If your kids are interested in registering for a course on the Canada Safety Council’s Home Alone Course or Baby-
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Eyes of Barrhaven is a perfect fit for Barrhaven families Awni George can relate to kids who need glasses. “I was that kid,” said the Barrhaven optician and owner of Eyes of Barrhaven on Strandherd Drive, in front of Costco. “I was an active kid and I needed glasses. I went through glasses like crazy. I was always breaking them playing sports or just being a kid. I got to know my optician very well.” George became interested in optometry as a youth and decided to pursue it as a career. He has been an optician for the past 15 years. He has lived in Barrhaven for the past nine years, and he saw the community as a perfect fit for his new business, Eyes of Barrhaven. “Barrhaven is a growing community, and there is a need for proper eye care,” George said. While Eyes of Barrhaven has been open for a few months, the store will be holding its grand opening later this month. “We have seen steady growth since we opened,” George said. “For the first three weeks, we only had about five or six clients come in, but we have grown steadily since then. Our clients have been happy, and the word of mouth and referrals have been great for us.” George said that what clients will like best about Eyes of Barrhaven is the customer service, along with the selection and the pricing. He previously worked as a commercial optician with Walmart,
Newlook and Hakim, and he understands that providing the level of service that the big chains can’t will be a difference maker for his business. “There are a couple of big differences,” George said. “They work on bigger margins, and they don’t have the same level of customer care that I am able to provide.” George said that with his clients, the first and most important thing to do is to become familiar with their needs. “We try to get to know our clients so that we can have better understanding of what they need,” he said. “We want to know things like how many hours a day they are in front of a computer screen, or if they are a golfer or a jogger, and if they are joggers, are they jogging at night? We want to know if they read a lot or play a lot of sports. All of those things are factors in determining the right kind of eye wear an individual needs.” Although Eyes of Barrhaven is an independent retailer, George said that his store is part of a big buying group that makes it possible for him to compete with the larger retailers. They carry a number of name brands, includ-
Awni George will be hosting the grand opening at Eyes of Barrhaven on Strandherd Drive in front of Costco later this month. Jeff Morris photo
ing Gucci, Coach, Yves St-Laurent, Kate Spade, Hugo Boss, Michael Kors and many more. Most of the frames are made of titanium or stainless steel. “We carry a lot of name brands, but we have a lot of house brands that are very good as well,” George said. “Some of the box stores might only have a handful of options. We have hundreds of options. We have more than 2,000 frames at the store. We are also extremely competitive on our prices. There is a reason we decided to open up in front of Costco.” Eyes of Barrhaven also has the most state-of-art digital equipment available for eye exams for their clients. “Technology has changed a lot of business-
es, and it has changed ours,” George said. “The old equipment was always accurate within five degrees for your eyes. Our new digital equipment is accurate within one degree. We also have the ability to get behind your eye and see what is happening from the inside.” Eyes of Barrhaven has an extensive warranty program. George said that frames should last for the lifetime of the lenses, which is about two years on a prescription. Because of his background of breaking glasses as a kid, he understands the importance of warranties for families. “Thinking of what I went through as a kid, and knowing the type of community Barrhaven is with so many families
with active kids, I decided that it was important to create packages for kids,” George said. “We came up with a great warranty program for kids. It has made parents a lot happier to come and see us rather than constantly worrying how much each visit is going to cost.” For Eyes of Barrhaven, the kids’ warranty packages is part of George’s commitment to giving Barrhaven something that the community needs. “As an optician, my job is to find out exactly what people need, and then help them find the best value,” he said. “Some people buy their glasses online, but even though you may save a few dollars, you are giving up a lot as far as customer ser-
vice and customization. Also, our prices are competitive with most that are available online.” To see the selection and services available, visit Eyes of Barrhaven at 4285 Strandherd Drive, in front of Costco. You can also visit them online at www.youreyes.ca. The Barrhaven Business Profile is brought to you by the Barrhaven BIA. We encourage you to shop locally and support the businesses that create jobs and support so many organizations and events in our wonderful community. For more on all of the great things Barrhaven has to offer, visit www.barrhavenbia and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @barrhavenbia.
Customers offer praise for Eyes of Barrhaven This place is the best! We just went into get our son some new glasses and were blown away by the amazing staff and service. They truly care about you as a customer and will do whatever they can to make sure you’re happy with your purchase. We highly recommend checking them out. They also have a twoyear warranty on many of their frames, which is huge for a family with kids that need to wear glasses! Love this place. Brad Mosley
Highly recommend anyone that wants great service, a selection of high quality/high end brand choices at amazing prices go check this place out. I was discouraged walking out of a number of other optitician shops and then Costco, looking for high quality frames and good service with no luck. Awni has just opened this shop and I felt like I walked into a goldmine when I found this place. Thank you Cindy and Awni for your help knowledge, customer service and an unbeatable selection! I can’t wait to pick up my new glasses Sarah McNaughton
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The IndependentFOCUS ON YOUTH
Kidney transplant is the perfect graduation present for local student Name: Dawson Corbett
School: St. Francis Xavier High Grade: Graduated this past June Parents: Bettina Iraci and Patrick Corbett Brother: Hunter (2), half brother Sister: MacKenzie (6), half sister Pet: Black Lab named Storm Pet Peeve: “Repeating my self multiple times, having a messy room and car.”
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The IndependentCOMMUNITY Police, residents having problems with unruly Barrhaven teens By Charlie Senack
Barrhaven teenagers are out of control this summer, residents say, after a spark of incidents in the area of old Barrhaven. It started with a Facebook post on a local Barrhaven community page where one woman asked if other area residents were having their doorbell rung in the early morning hours. It turns out they were. Jennifer LeClair Avery lives in the Havenlea area, and said teenagers were ringing her doorbell in the early morning hours frequently last summer. “It was annoying as hell,” Avery said in a Facebook post. “I finally had to disconnect the bell for the summer.”
Now her issues are with her house being egged in the middle of the night. She said it has happened twice in the past few weeks, and she is beyond frustrated. Other residents in the areas of Jockvale Road and Cobblehill Drive have said the ding dong ditching has started again, and has been happening frequently in recent weeks. Some residents have even said it has happened to them a few times in one week. “They got me near Home Depot at midnight,” said Jennifer Eisnor. “(It) wakes up my whole house (so) my husband took off in the car after the little pests.” Residents have also reported their planters being stolen, and one resident said her house was
Cobblehill Drive has been a hot spot for unruly teen behaviour in Barrhaven this summer.
toilet papered. Sherry Jordan, the local Community Police Officer for Barrhaven said she believes incidents such as
these are not a common thread across the community -- but has some suggestions on how residents can prevent these
acts from occurring. “Ensure areas are well lit as it appears to be a deterrent to vandals,” Jordan said. “Video sur-
veillance also appears to be a deterrent with signs indicating the video is recording.”
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Labour Day treasures from trunk at Lions Club Fun Day Special to Barrhaven Independent The Barrhaven Lions Club is offering a limited number of residents / participants the opportunity to sell garage sale type treasures from the trunk of their vehicle in an open style market. Tables will also be permitted. The “Fun Day’ will be
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$5.00 for the day and proceeds will be donated to QuickStart Autism. As noted, spaces are limited and will be issued on a first come, first served basis. To reserve a parking and/or table spot or for more information contact Lion Dave Voisey at 613825-4371 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
distribution stolen from the site. A special events committee update was held shortly after these incidents occurred, and new safety precautions will be added to the festival next year including a fence being placed around the grounds of the park, and bags being checked upon entry. Barrhaven is known to be a quiet suburb in the
city of Ottawa, and that’s why these incidents are so concerning to some residents. A few people we contacted declined our requests for an interview in fear of giving the community a bad name. Constable Jordan says if any residents experience any of these incidents occurring and see the suspects in the area, to contact Ottawa Police at 613-236-1222.
teens continues from page 16 The sudden increase in disturbances comes after Canada Day celebrations at Clarke Fields were crashed by a group of a few hundred teenagers which resulted in one person being arrested and about 10 teens being pepper sprayed. Ottawa Special Events, the production company which helped put on Canada Day in Barrhaven, also had about $10,000 worth of power
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We sat in a circle. There were eight of us, sitting in a room at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. We were all media members from different parts of Canada. Ann MacGregor of Pictou County, Nova Scotia was very matter-of-factly when she stood up to introduce herself. “I’m going to apologize to you in advance, because a lot of you will be better than me,” she said. “But I am going to win.” We smiled and laughed, thinking she was just having fun with us. “No, seriously,” she said. “You don’t understand. Pictou County is the reality television voting capital of Canada. The entire county is sitting there with their fingers on their keyboards, ready to vote. The café in town is open 24 hours for this so people can come in and vote all night long. You guys really don’t stand a chance against this.” And sure enough, 10 years ago this week, Ann MacGregor was the winner of the last Canadian Media Idol singing competition. In fact, she collected more votes than the rest of us combined. “That’s how JD Fortune won the contest to become the lead singer of INXS on that reality show,” she said. “He was from Pictou County. In fact, while this was going on, he slept on our couch for a while.” CTV held the Canadian
Media Idol competition as a way to promote Canadian Idol. They would bring celebrity judge Sass Jordan to various cities across Canada, while members of the media would sing. The winner of each city would get $1,000 for the charity of their choice, and they would also get a trip to Toronto to take part in a national Canadian Media Idol competition and appear on the season opener of Canadian Idol. A few dozen of us trekked through a snow storm on a February afternoon to get to the Chateau Laurier, where we recorded singing. I’m not really a singer. Not really sure why I put the word ‘really’ in that sentence. I guess it’s a habit. Really. My singing background consisted of riding around on my bike when I was five or six belting out BJ Thomas, Conway Twitty and Glen Campbell songs, and telling people that I was going to be a singing cowboy when I grew up. At Churchill Public School, our three-classroom institute of primary learning, I landed two big singing roles. One was as the sheep in the Christmas song about the manger scene. I was the fourth soloist, right after Kayla Van Dusen. I nailed it. In Grade 5, I was in the school play and Cathy Marjerrison and I had the leads. When she passed away earlier this year, I reminisced about how she memorized my lines for me and whispered them to me when I got stuck. She was
Barrhaven Independent publisher Jeff Morris belts out ‘Zamboni Man’ during the Canadian Media Idol competition in Toronto 10 years ago.
such a great cowboy wife, especially for a nine-yearold. We sang ‘Don’t Fence Me In.’ We nailed it. One day when I was in high school, I was listening to the radio and Sammy Davis, Jr. came on singing ‘Candy Man.’ That song could never be recorded today. People would think it’s about a creepy old dude trying to lure kids into an unmarked white van with Skittles and Jolly Ranchers. But back then, Candy Man was a hit. As horrible as it was, it was catchy. It stuck in your head. I was sitting there half paying attention when I started singing it as ‘Zamboni Man,’ and then proceeded to make up my own verses. At the South Grenville District High School talent show, I rolled it out and showcased it. My dreams of being a singing cowboy were long in the rearview mirror, but at least
I had a signature song that has been rolled out at the odd libation-aided karaoke night. And then there was my rap career. I figured I would make it big as Canadian rap star Ice Rink. When I played for the Ottawa Bootleggers, we got together with local band Zephram Cochrane and did a rap song that we wrote together. I thought I did well in my part, until I heard it back. “My God do you ever sound like a white guy,” one of my teammates said in the recording studio. I listened to it. He was right. I may as well have rapped about wearing khakis and sitting in a cube doing reports while I dream about a new minivan, waiting for the lady with the cart to get off the elevator and ring her bell so we could all run up to
her like Pavlov’s Dog and buy her premade chicken salad sandwiches for lunch. That’s the most white guy-ish thing I could think of. Really. I dusted off Zamboni Man and won the Ottawa Media Idol contest, and got to go to Toronto. I sang it there, and it was up on CTV’s website for voting. Ann, meanwhile, did a rap version of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. She called it the Twinkle Remix Part II. She destroyed us all. I came in third. A decade later, I am still here and she is still the morning host of East Coast FM in Pictou County. I called her the other day to congratulate her for holding the Media Idol crown for 10 years. But when I called her and said it was
Jeff Morris, she thought I was someone else. There is also a Canadian recording artist named Jeff Morris. “No, that’s Jeff Morris 2.0,” I said. “This is the real Jeff Morris. You know, the Zamboni Man.” She figured out and laughed. I wonder if people ever come up to Jeff Morris 2.0 and say they like his column or ask him if he is going to do another book. Probably not. I never did get to be a singing cowboy, but the Canadian Idol experience was once-in-a-lifetime. We got professional vocal training from Debra Byrd of American Idol, we hung out at the mansion with Ben Mulroney and Sass Jordan and Theo Tams. I bet Jeff Morris 2.0 never got to do anything cool like that. Really.
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Jeff Morris, back, poses for a photo with the other 2008 Canadian Media Idol contestants in Toronto. It would be the last year for Canadian Idol.
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The IndependentSPORTS Eagles come back to beat Medicine Hat in first game at nationals
The East Nepean Eagles are off to a good start at the Canadian Junior Little League Championships in Lethbridge, Alberta.
The Eagles defeated Medicine Hat 8-7 Monday (July 30) for a comefrom-behind victory. The Eagles scored five runs in the fifth inning.
Dom Vizzari celebrates scoring a run against Pembroke at the Ontario Junior Little League Championships in Ottawa last week.
Catcher Liam Finn had a pair of hits and scored two runs, while Tyson Normand also had two hits and drove in one. Calder Kuseler, Aiden Duncan, Brayden Goldberg, Hayden Wellstead, Eric Tao and Dom Vizzari all added hits. Nicholan Hum scored two runs with one each going to Matt Fahey, Kuseler, Tao and Vizari. Normand was the winning pitcher, giving up two runs on six hits while striking out one in two and two-thirds innings of work. Goldberg started the game and allowed four runs – three earned – on two hits and four walks, while Fahey pitched three and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on two hits. The Eagles advanced to the Canadian cham-
The East Nepean Eagles posted wins over Kingston, Orleans and a pair of wins over Oakville to win the Ontario Junior Little League championship. Mike Carroccetto photos
pionships after defeating Oakville 10-4 to win the Ontario championship in Ottawa South July 23. The Eagles opened the
tournament with wins over the Kingston Colts and Ottawa South Blues before suffering a loss to Pembroke. The Eagles
then had to beat Oakville in back-to-back games to come back and win the double elimination tournament.
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