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arrhaven celebrated not one, but two Ontario championships last week. The Ottawa South United 2007 girls celebrated their U15 Ontario soccer championship as they beat Hamilton united 2-0 to win the OPDL Cup. Meanwhile, the East Nepean Junior Eagles (13-14) blanked Oakville 10-0 to win the Ontario Little League crown in Cornwall. The Eagles left for Lethbridge, Alberta Friday to play in the Canadian Junior Little League Baseball Championships. For the complete stories, see page 14. Ontario Soccer Facebook photo/Eric Medeiros

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Meehan dropping out of race for Barrhaven East council seat By Charlie Senack After initially registering to run in Barrhaven East, Gloucester-South Nepean councillor Carol Anne Meehan says she won’t be seeking re-election It was a difficult decision for the former CTV Ottawa News anchor to make, but at a crucial point in her life, she wanted a change. “With my youngest off to university this fall, I am now at a stage in my life that it’s possible to consider tackling different pursuits and checking off items on my bucket list,” Meehan wrote in a statement Monday morning. “Interesting, rewarding, and challenging” is how Meehan described her four years in office. She won Gloucester-South Nepean in the last election with about 43 per cent of the vote, beating incumbent Michael Qaqish. “I have enjoyed advocating for and being an independent and vocal voice

around the Council table,” said Meeahan. “Ottawa is on the cusp of an exciting new chapter. Next term there will be a new Mayor and many new Councillors and I am confident those who are making the tough decision to seek election have the best interests of their communities in mind. I wish them all well.” Meehan wasn’t available to speak with the Barrhaven Independent, but told The Rob Snow Show on City News that she plans to spend her retirement bird watching, decluttering her house, and spending more time with friends and family. “People are going to think I’m crazy — people who are bird crazy won’t — but one of the first things I want to do is go to Point Pelee and take in the bird migration,” she said. “I want to travel to Europe — I have family there — I want to take up curling again, I want to declutter my house. Simple little things. Spend time with my friends,

spend time with my dad who will be 95 this weekend.” It has been a turbulent four years for Meehan who has faced struggles winning over the support of her council colleagues and the Mayor. Earlier this year she resigned from the Ottawa Police Services Board after a motion came forward to oust her and councillor Diane Deans from the position. While the Gloucester-Southgate councillor was removed, Meehan won the confidence vote, only to resign hours later in solidarity. She also resigned from the Ottawa Library board after sharing information to the Barrhaven BIA from a closed, in-camera meeting. But when issues were impacting the community, she fought tirelessly to express concerns of her residents. She strongly opposed a truck depot slated to be built at the South Merivale Business Park, and was against changes to the Jockvale

Councillor Carol Anne Meehan, pictured with her daughter Elena and son Evan, has announced she will not seek re-election.

Floodplain in order for more homes to be built on the site. Both issues were shot down by council. When a swarm of coyote attacks started in Riverside

South, Meehan was looking for alternate ways to trap the animals, and held widelyattended public information sessions. She even went out into Beryl Gaffney Park

herself to attempt to find the coyote, which she did.

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BARRHAVEN INDEPENDENT council continues from page 2 And after an increase of swarmings, break ins, and other crime was reported in the Riverside South and Findlay Creek neighborhoods, Meehan held a community barbecue with Ottawa Police to hear key concerns residents had. Much of this on the groundwork had to stop when the COVID-19 pandemic forced everything online. Meehan said it made the job more challenging, especially sitting in zoom meetings for hours. “I’ve learned that I’m not good sitting in front of a computer for hours on end,” she told City News. “That doesn’t do anything good for my brain and sitting in front of a virtual meeting was the hardest part of the job, I think.” Meehan joked that if she knew the challenges of the job when she first ran, she probably wouldn’t have sought a council seat in the first place. “I think I did politics a little bit differently than someone

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who is a lifer in politics,” said Meehan. “I like taking our staff out and meeting people on their doorstep and fighting our solutions to their problems. It was working with policies that had been decided years before (that was hard). Also working with an administration which often kept us in the dark. That was another frustrating thing about being a city councillor.” This election ward boundaries are changing with Riverside South-Findlay Creek becoming one section and Barrhaven East becoming another. With Meehan now out of the race, Wilson Lo, a former OC Transpo bus driver turned communications specialist for the company, is among those seeking the seat. Lo said he’s passionate about making the city a more affordable place to live, while improving existing infrastructure to help keep up with the growing community. He also wants to see better, more accessible localized

transit routes, while upgrading roads in the ward. At the time of publication, other names on the ballot for Barrhaven East include Kathleen Caught who is passionate about mental health, and Dominik Janelle who is also concerned about affordability. Meehan said she will continue to serve her residents until the end of term, and is hopeful a new council will bring the city into the right direction. Around half of Ottawa’s wards will see new faces this fall. “We are going to have a new mayor at the helm, we are going to have a lot of new city councillors, and I know they are all in it for the right reasons,” she said. “They are going to have a lot of challenges to overcome. It’s going to be a new era. While I was looking forward to being part of that new era, four years is too long for me to commit at this personal stage in my life.”

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McKenney says traffic, transit key election issues for Barrhaven By Charlie Senack Somerset ward councillor Catherine McKenney, who is now running for Mayor of Ottawa, says they are ready to serve the needs of suburban residents. McKenney, who has been a councillor for two terms, decided to run for the top city job after current Mayor Jim Watson announced he wouldn’t seek re-election after a lifetime in politics. McKenney and Watson have often butted heads on how the city should be run, with the Somerset ward councillor gaining traction in their movement after vocally speaking out against the trucker convoy in February. “I am running for Mayor because I believe I am the leader who can deliver change in this city and build this city to work for everyone,” McKenney said. “I have the vision to make Ottawa the greenest, healthiest, best connected city in the country. I have the experience. I’ve lived in a suburban community, I’ve worked for the councillor in that community for six years, I’ve been senior staff at the city responsible for operations, and a two term councillor.” While McKenney has been an advocate for downtownarea needs, they say much of what suburban voters want is similar: easier access to transit, more affordable services, and less congestion on roads. McKenney says they were just in Barrhaven a few weeks ago talking to residents about concerns over the amount of traffic on large roads such as Greenbank, Strandherd, and

Woodroffe, and the rise of truck traffic flowing through the suburban neighborhood. The Mayoral candidate was among nine councillors to vote against rezoning for the South Merivale Business Park, which would allow for a warehouse and transport terminal to be built on the site. After much back and forth and appeals, the zoning change received the green light. “Trucks are there for two reasons: often it’s for construction, which is the more difficult one to deal with because our communities are growing, but also for deliveries,” they said. “We have to find a way to establish depots outside of our neighborhoods and have smaller vehicles going to make deliveries.” One way to reduce traffic is to better public transit, says McKenney. Barrhaven is known to be a community underserved by bus routes, making it especially difficult to get from one side of Barrhaven to the other. “When we think about transit for people living in Barrhaven, we want to ensure that they can travel to wherever they are going,” McKenney said. “We also need to look at if the need is shifting towards more local transit. Is that where the funding requirement should be focused? Is it keeping BRT (bus rapid transit) which is quite effective and having more investments in local routes?” That could mean scrapping Phase 3 of LRT out to Barrhaven, which currently sits with a price tag of $3.52 billion. If built, trains won’t be rolling through the neigh-

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borhood for at least another decade. Ideas have been swirling around suggesting that a portion of that funding could instead be put towards localized routes, an idea many local Barrhaven council candidates also have. McKenney says that doesn’t mean an automatic end to Phase 3 of light rail transit, but believes plans should be re-assessed as ridership habits change. “We are living in a different time where people aren’t travelling downtown at the same rate and park and rides are empty,” they said. “When you think about Barrhaven, the number of local routes does not serve the population. You would have a difficult time getting to a Library, grocery store, and then back home. It would take a long time.” McKenney is a supporter of free transit but says there are many different ways to achieve that goal. They note transit is already free for seniors on Wednesdays and Sundays, and for kids under the age of seven. The first step, McKenney says, is to stop raising transit fares. From there perhaps certain routes in lower income areas could become no charge, along with possibly expanding the free transit age above seven. Just weeks ago in a memo sent to council by Renée Amilcar, GM of transit services, and Wendy Stephenson, the city’s chief financial officer, they said in order to make transit free for everyone across Ottawa, it would add an additional $482 to people’s prop-

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erty tax bill every year. . McKenney says that information being released was just a scare tactic. They also said there are various ways to cover those costs. “We have to make transit efficient and effective,” the Mayoral candidate said. “As a city councillor, we all get a free transit pass. And we do that because we encourage free transit use. I take the train, it’s very close to me; I’m very fortunate and it comes very regularly. But I don’t use transit as much as I should because it’s not effective enough. We need to make it work better. It has to show up where you are and get you to where you want to go.” In the Spring, McKenney raised concerns over proposed changes made to the Jockvale floodplain in order to make way for a Caivan Housing de-

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Barrhaven BIA launches campaign to promote community’s growth By Charlie Senack The Barrhaven Business Improvement Association has launched its new “I love Barrhaven” campaign to promote the community’s growth and rebuild following the pandemic. With a new video showcasing what Barrhaven has to offer and a new merchandise campaign of “I (heart) Barrhaven” material, the BIA is looking to build on residents’ love for their neighborhood. “Barrhaven is unique in the sense that people who are from here are fiercely proud of where they come from; they talk about being from Barrhaven anywhere they go,” said Crystal Logan, marketing and social media assistant at the Barrhaven BIA. “Anytime we see anything with the word Barrhaven on them — shirts at Walmart for example a few years ago — they sold off the racks as quickly as they put them up. People want

that opportunity and we thought we needed something positive and exciting coming out of the pandemic. We knew it would be relatable and people would immediately be engaged with it, and they have been.” The idea for the new merchandise was inspired by the iconic “I (heart) New York” brand, which is well known across the globe. The Barrhaven BIA changed fonts and colours, but wanted to make the hats and buttons a recognizable symbol around the community. With fast growth seen all around Barrhaven, the community is now becoming a destination of its own. Over 100,000 people call the neighborhood home, with over 30 schools, and over 540 businesses and services. As a result, people don’t need to look to places such as Westboro or downtown for a night out. “Barrhaven has grown so much in the last few

years that it has become an incredible destination,” said Logan. “For residents, it means we don’t need to leave for great dining, shopping, relaxation, nightlife and family fun experiences. It has grown so much that we can now start a campaign that targets people outside of Barrhaven, in neighbouring communities, and even further to come here for all those things. We are not a sleepy suburb anymore; we are now an exciting, growing city within a city, and we are excited to share it with everybody.” Cynthia Ladouceur, General Manager at the Barrhaven Hampton Inn & Suites hotel, said marketing Barrhaven as a destination is important not only for the businesses, but also for locals. “Barrhaven has become a one-stop-shop where either locals or visitors can come to enjoy themselves,” she said. “Within Barrhaven, you can either go to a movie, enjoy a

The Barrhaven BIA has launched a new I Love Barrhaven campaign.

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night out at the hotel, visit one of the beautiful parks or golf courses in the area, enjoy a dinner out at one of our many restaurants or enjoy an afternoon of shopping. I am proud to be a hotelier and busi-

ness operator within this beautiful community that welcomes families and friends to enjoy a safe and friendly atmosphere.” To find out more about the Barrhaven BIA’s “I (heart) Barrhaven” cam-

paign, and to purchase one of its hats from More than just Caps — Clubhouse, visit: Barrhavenbia.ca. They can be picked up at their location located at 896 Greenbank Road, or can be delivered for a fee.

Barrhaven Lions present scholarship to Longfields Davidson Heights student The Barrhaven Lions Club showed their support of community youth by presenting Longfields Davidson Heights Secondary School student, Stellmach Stellmach, a scholarship of $1,000 for continued education. Stellmach will be studying social work at Carleton University in September and dreams of working with and being a role model to Indigenous youth in schools or the justice system. This summer, she works as an assistant counsellor for the Children’s Village Transitional Summer Program. Stellmach is thrilled to

have been accepted as a volunteer for the LGBT YouthLine’s Peer Support HelpLine. She is completing training this summer and will start her position in September. According to past president, Gerry Langevin, “Stellmach has set an excellent example for fellow students to follow, and is a deserving recipient of this scholarship. Helping young people continue their education is one of the challenges our community faces, and it’s a need our club continues to address. We are also extraordinarily grateful for the support and

contributions we received from members of the community. You are helping us make a difference.” The Barrhaven Lions Club contributes to postsecondary education by granting scholarships of $1,000 each, funded by donations raised by the club and are based on academic excellence. The recipients are high school students graduating in the spring and who live and /or attend high school in Barrhaven. In addition to the scholarship, the club conducts a variety of projects and events, including Case for Cure (Diabetes Canada),

Recycle for Electronics, and Mushroom Compost sales. The Barrhaven Lions Club meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Barrhaven Legion 641 Hall, Barrhaven Crossing Mall, 3500 Fallowfield Road, Barrhaven. Lions clubs are groups of men and women 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 Margaret Tucker at 613-800-2596.

Stellmach Stellmach was presented a scholarship for $1,000 by the Barrhaven Lions Club.

Barrhaven’s Got Talent to showcase local creations at library Do you have a talent that you would like to share with the rest of the Barrhaven community? The Ruth E. Dickin-

son Branch of the Ottawa Public Library will have a glass display case available in August to showcase your talent. Whether you are an

expert in knitting, ceramics, jewelry making, etc., we’d like to see one of your creations. This opportunity is open

to original Barrhaven residents ages 10-18. To participate, simply fill out a submission form, take your best item to the library, and

all qualified items will be put on display for the entire month of August. There is a limit of one item per person. Submission forms

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INDEPENDENT Editorial

Congratulations on becoming Canadian! Did you happen to go to the Ottawa Redblacks game last week and see the special halftime ceremony? A group of new Canadians were on the field, and in front of the crowd at TD Place Stadium, they took their citizenship oaths. Just based on math, demographics, and the percentages, one would assume that a fair chunk of the new Canadians are residents of Barrhaven. Unfortunately, there are parts of becoming a Canadian that were conveniently left out. We guess that they didn’t want to spoil the mood of the evening. They left out the part where even though it’s amazing to become a Canadian, you might have a bit of a problem getting your passport. In fact, plan not to go anywhere for quite a while. When you fill out the application for a passport, the expected four week wait (hahahahaha) will challenge your patience. They left out the part where even though we have health this amazing health coverage, you will have to wait three or four years to find a family doctor. You can get on a waiting list, and some day, you will get that magical call or e-mail saying you have a family doctor. As new people come into Canada from other countries, the line-up will only get longer. They left out the part where even though this is a wonderful country with more wide open space than any country in the world, you probably will have a hard time finding somewhere to live. The cost of renting a home or an apartment in most Canadian cities has ballooned out of control. Until they change mortgage laws to allow for 50-year or even 99-year mortgages, you won’t likely be able to ever afford to buy a house. They left out the part where even though our government is trumpeting low unemployment, the jobs that are available are predominantly slightly north of minimum wage. McDonald’s and the Amazon Warehouse seem to always be hiring, and Barrhaven can never have enough Uber drivers and Skip the Dishes delivery people. We understand you probably came to Canada with a master’s degree. But so did the other Uber drivers and Skip the Dishes delivery people. They left out the part where even though we love hockey and the World Junior Tournament brings the whole country together to cheer, maybe it would be a good idea not to let your teenage daughters go anywhere near the arenas or any establishments where hockey players may frequent. They left out the part about our ridiculously high cost of living. Gas prices are way out of control, and it costs more than $3 for a double Mars bar, the unofficial snack food of Canada. Your doctor might say those high prices help pay for health care. But remember? You won’t have a doctor for a long time. We don’t know what to tell you other than our favourite Canadian word. Sorry.

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I can’t believe people enjoy doing this I love camping. their pitbulls get whipped into a frenzy I love camping spots in provincial while metal music detonates from their parks. I love being in a 10-by-16-footfrom pup tent until about three-days-frompiece of tranquility in the woods. now o’clock. the other I love when you get white trash I love the banging of the outhouse neighbours in the next campdoor at 3 a.m., and then I ing spot with their chewed-up love how the smell from toddler toys and their plastic the outhouse just sort of bags of soiled diapers and eases over to our pop-up their empty stubbies of Moland wraps itself gently son Canadian and the rest of around our nostrils and their trash spilling over into massages them. my site. I love the wrestling I love the part where the kids roll match I have at 3 a.m. with the sticky, their eyes and groan impatiently as they squeaky, air mattress that is getting softwatch me fail at the seemingly simple er by the hour as I try to roll over. That’s task of unhitching the pop-up trailer usually the time that I am completely from the back of the car. I love the part out of the sticky and sweaty sleeping that comes next when I have to act nice bag and am perspiring out every drip of and friendly to the white trash people sodium that laced the sausages I barbeas I ask them for help with the pop-up cued at dinner time. trailer. Even though the guy comes out I love how that sodium sweat has athalf loaded with a cigarette dangling out tracted every mosquito east of West of the corner of his mouth and canned Nile. I love when the mosquitoes get inspaghetti stains on his Giant Tiger white side your ear and buzz around, kind of tank top undershirt, he still gets it done like little Luke Skywalker mosquitos in in about 15 seconds. I thank him and he their Red 5’s going into the death star. gives his wife that can’t-believe-we’reI love being woken up 20 minutes next-to-this-loser-for-the-next-three- after that by three raccoons growling days look. and wheezing as they have what seems I love the part of camping where I like a fight to the death over a half-eaten make the campfire, and then choke on bag of Old Dutch potato chips that the the smoke from the wet firewood sold white trash people left on their picnic to us at even-more-extortionist-than- table overnight. Hey jackass, why not stadium-concession-stand prices by the leave out burgers and squirt them with perky provincial park summer students honey? That way we could have bears named Emily or Meghan or Emily or come and fight at our site, too. maybe even Meghan. I love how the I love waking up to the cackling and kids always seem to notice how perfect screeching of birds about two hours the white trash people’s fire is. Then the later. I love waking up and looking out white trash guy gives me that look again, the curtainless window and realizing like the reason my fire sucks is because that my big, pale, sweaty, mosquitoI had a vasectomy and he didn’t. bitten body is on display for all of the I love the part where we go to the weirdo morning people on their nature provincial park tuck shop and Emily or walks to see. Meghan or Meghan or Emily sells us I love looking out the window and Jiffy Pop popcorn to cook over the fire. seeing the white trash kid with his eyes I mean, come on. Seriously. Has anyone way too close together and his upper lip ever got Jiffy Pop to work right when curled sneering at me while I wonder if you cook it over a campfire? I love he is going to throw that rock he is holdshaking the Jiffy Pop and trying not to ing at me. singe my hands while I cuss and lose my I love how everyone over the age of temper and hold it over the smoking wet 65 seems to wear Speedo bathing suits fire logs while the kids ask repetitively while their over-tanned, leathery wives when it’s going to pop like on the TV with their hair died that weird orangecommercial. urgundy-urple colour wear thongs. EeI love bed time. I love getting into www. the steamy and humid poorly ventilated I love meeting the family from Ohio pop-up trailer and then crawling into my a few spots down who are constantly sleeping back. I love how, once you get breaking down how it’s really not colder in, you can try and come up with as many in Canada. I love how they can’t stop words as you can that are not in the New talking about how different our money Testament to describe your situation. is, figuring out that the blue one with Steamy. Buggy. Moist. Sweaty. Soggy. hockey on the back is a 5 and the purple Clammy. Dank. one with Gene Wilder’s picture on it is I love later at night when you are on a 10. the verge of falling asleep and the bikers Most of all, I love going home. And from Quebec show up three spots down I love knowing I will never go camping and proceed to set off fireworks while again.

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We have all heard of Colonel By, but do we know who he is?

They say you should know where you’ve been to know where you’re going. As a naturally curious person, I’ve decided to dig into our history to do just that. Through a summer series, I’ll bring you along as I unearth the stories behind the buildings, people, and communities that make up our area. You’ve heard of Colonel By, right? But do you really know who he is? If you’ve spent time in Ottawa, it’s hard to escape the name. From street signs to high schools, and even a nod to the Colonel in the naming of the ByWard Market, his legacy is all around. Lieutenant-Colonel John By trained in England as a military engineer. Using this knowledge, he worked on the first set of small locks on the St. Lawrence River and even contributed to the fortifications of Québec City. During his next stay in Canada, the now

semi-retired Colonel By supervised the construction of the 200 km long Rideau Canal waterway. The building of this large system brought workers from all around and the work spanned areas that were mostly wild and uninhabited along the Ottawa River Valley. As one of his first tasks, Colonel By laid out the streets of Bytown, a pattern that mostly exists today, to house workers and labourers. This self-contained area would eventually become Canada’s capital. With about 50 dams and 47 locks to build, I can only imagine that a project of this magnitude would have been made so much easier

with a little modern equipment. Nonetheless, with the support of industrious workers and tradespeople, the project was completed in just five years. It did, however, incur huge cost overruns (something we’re all too familiar with), and would become a political scandal. Here’s the part of the story most don’t know: Soon after the opening of the canal in 1832, Colonel By was recalled to London to face a British Parliamentary inquiry where he was accused of mismanagement and spending improprieties. Despite having approval for the large expensive canal project, the original orders were vague and poorly communicated between By in Canada, the British Ordnance and Parliament in Great Britain. The Rideau Canal would become the most expensive militaryfinanced public works project undertaken in any

British colony in the 19th century. Eventually, the parliamentary committee did exonerate him, but the damage was done, and it destroyed him. He was retired and never received a formal commendation for his great achievement on the canal. Nowadays, we widely recognize the building of the Rideau Canal and Colonel By’s contributions as an engineering triumph. I can only imagine that the Rideau Canal waterway would far exceed even his wildest dreams. Now, tourists flock to the area, paddling and skating along it, boating out on new adventures, and so much more. So, next time you drive down Colonel By Drive or see a school named after him, remember this: behind every name there is a story. Carol Anne Meehan Councillor Gloucester South-Nepean

Above: Colonel John By is one of the most important figures in our local history. Left: The Vimy Bridge between Barrhaven and Riverside South serves as a gateway to Ottawa and the Rideau Canal by water.

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Sue Sherring described as a tough but fair journalist with a soft heart By Charlie Senack If you have followed Ottawa’s municipal political scene over the last few decades, chances are you’ve read the work of Susan Sherring. The longtime Barrhaven resident and former Ottawa Sun columnist was found dead in her home on Saturday, July 23. Michael McSweeney, a former city councillor still well known in Ottawa’s political landscape, shared the news on Twitter Sunday afternoon. “Terrible news this morning. Susan Sherring, long time Ottawa journalist, passed away,” he wrote. ‘She was found yesterday by her son Peter. All her friends will be shocked and tremendously saddened. She loved Ottawa politics. Rest In Peace Sue. You will be sorely missed.” Her eldest son, Peter Knowlton, 29, who is a lawyer, confirmed the news late Sunday evening. Sherring graduated from Carleton University’s journalism program in 1982 (she was there at the same time as Mayor Jim Watson) and landed a job at the Ottawa Sun two years later. That’s where she stayed for over three decades, accepting a buyout in 2016. The political junkie from Arnprior grew up in Parkwood Hills and attended Merivale High School. After finding herself in retirement, she always hoped to make a comeback, and launched a blog called “On The City, From The Burbs.” “There was sort of that desire to continue to have a voice,” Sherring told OttawaStart.com in November 2017. “I think there’s always a good reason to have more local voices.” When Ottawa politicians wanted to break news stories, they talked to Sherring. She had a wide range of sources, and was the first to report about the Ottawa Carleton District School board spending $51,000 to investigate the behaviour of Barrhaven Trustee Donna Blackburn. Blackburn was a longtime friend of Sherring, and said she was shocked and saddened to hear of the former Ottawa Sun journalists passing. She says

Sue Sherring had a passion for gardening.

her favourite memory together was a lunch they shared with former Prime Minister Joe Clark and his wife, Maureen McTeer. “After she retired, Sue became involved with Nelson House, a shelter for abused women and children. They had a fundraiser and one of the auction items was lunch with Maureen McTeer and Joe Clark at the Rideau Club,” recalled Blackburn. “Sue and I decided that we would bid on this, and we won. I remember she brought her son Peter and I brought a friend, and I have never seen her so excited and illuminated as she was that day. We sat for over two hours discussing all kinds of things. Sue was so proud to talk about her son and his successes as a lawyer. It was just a really good day in our friendship.” Sherring was known to break stories in the capital, and in 2018, caused a frenzy after reporting Daniel Alfredsson thought it was time for Eugene Melnyk to sell the Ottawa Senators. She also sparked outrage after writing about a local storm water pond, and the concerns it brought to aviation safety. When scandals broke surrounding alleged misconduct by College Ward councillor Rick Chiarelli, Sherring was the first to report he wasn’t resigning from office. Her access to information scared many local politicians, who knew that if Sherring was calling, she must have found some dirt. When she’d run after the Mayor with micro-

phone in hand, press secretaries were never far behind. In a statement, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson shared his condolences to Sherring’s two children, Peter and James Knolton. He also recalled their time together at Carleton University, a time when Sherring said the pair were actually friends. “Sue covered all of my campaigns going back to student politics at Carleton University, and she was always tough but fair in her approach to journalism,” Watson recalled. “She will be missed.” Shortly before Sherring retired in 2016, she wrote a story saying almost anyone could be awarded a key to the city or have a day named after them under Watsons leadership. So when Sherring put her notepad and pencil down, Watson proclaimed it “Not Sue Sherring Day in the City of Ottawa” at her retirement party, recalled Blackburn. Former Ottawa Citizen journalist David Reevely summed up Sherring best: “A gruff, cranky, old-school journalist with the softest heart,” he wrote on Twitter. Sherring had a heart of gold, mentoring young journalists who she was potential in. After launching her blog, she gave a few young journalists the platform to share views. It didn’t matter if the work was good or not; she just wanted to help the next generation of journalists in a struggling industry. Active in all aspects of the municipal political scene, Sherring ran for city council

in Gloucester-South Nepean in 2014. She came in third place with 17 per cent of the vote, with 1,854 ballots cast under her name. At the time, Sherring said her experience covering city hall as both a reporter and columnist made her want to run for council. Many regular readers of her work urged the Barrhaven resident to put her name on the ballot. Opportunity presented itself when Steve Desroches kept his promise of running for only two terms. In the end, the seat went to Michael Qaqish. “Fiscal prudence is a cornerstone of my campaign and I think I have a well-deserved reputation as someone who asks the tough questions and gets the answers,” Sherring wrote in the Ottawa Business Journal. “I am committed to analysis before decisions are made and meaningful monitoring afterwards.” “We need city hall to pay attention not only to the bottom line – but also to careful oversight, especially when it comes to major projects,” she added. “We need to make sure that transparency includes the ability to get real-time accurate updates of projects as they proceed. This is especially important for LRT – the most expensive city-building project to date.” When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, Sherring wrote in an Ottawa Sun column that she thought it would be a nobrainer to live in isolation. Despite being a social person, she enjoyed alone time. But those

Sue Sherring and school board trustee Donna Blackburn won an auction item to have lunch with former Prime Minister Joe Clark and Maureen McTeer.

feelings didn’t last long, and by the fall Sherring felt the itch to do more. She went back to school — in her 60’s — to earn a masters journalism degree from Carleton University. She was the oldest in her class by far, but she enjoyed learning from the young, up and coming future journalists of the world. And chances are she taught them a thing or two as well. Because of her way with words and access to information, in January 2021 Sherring had the chance to write for the Ottawa Sun again. She shared the news over Twitter with a little kick to Ottawa’s Mayor, whom she’s had a feud with for decades. “A belated Christmas gift for @JimWatsonOttawa and his city councillors, I’m returning to @ottawasuncom with a weekly city column later this month,” she Tweeted. “So excited!” The news of Sherring’s sudden death has rocked the

Ottawa media community hard with many journalists around the city sharing their memories of Sue. “This is terribly sad. Susan never failed to call things as they were,” CBC journalist Judy Trinh said on Twitter. “She hated spin and let you know it. Condolences to her family.” Globe and Mail bureau chief Rob Fife said: “Very sad news. A fine journalist and a good hearted individual with a wonderful sense of humour.” And former CBC Ottawa News anchor Lucy Van Oldenbarneveld wrote a memory saying: “She was also kind. When Sue was a panelist for us at CBC during one municipal election, she said she was planning to use the bit of extra cash to buy sweet shoes. High heels in bright colours.” She did love shoes. And gardening too. Sherring was 63. The cause of her death has not been disclosed.


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100 years ago: When Barrhaven was Al Capone-haven You may live in Ottawa’s fastest-growing suburb, but what is the connection between the land your home is on to the most notorious gangster in American history? By Jeff Morris Some of that dirt may still be in your Barrhaven back yard. It may have been pushed around by contractors working for Minto, Mattamy, Richcraft or one of the other builders who spent the last half century building our community. But a century ago, that same dirt helped build an empire for one of America’s most notorious bootleggers. There have always been rumours of Al Capone having a connection with rural south Ottawa. It has long been believed that Capone owned a distillery just outside of Manotick, less than 10 kilometres away from Barrhaven. During prohibition, whiskey was produced in eastern Ontario, transported by rail to Prescott, smuggled across the St. Lawrence River to Ogdensburg, and then dispersed to places like Chicago and New York. Last winter, when the Manotick Tea Room was demolished, the stories of Al Capone, J. Edgar Hoover, Elliott Ness, German prisoners of war, and even Benny Goodman were brought to the surface. As the building was levelled, the demolition crews literally uncovered one of the

most unique time capsules ever seen in Eastern Ontario. “I didn’t believe it at first and I thought it was total BS,” said Chris Napior, who owned the building for more than two decades. “Gus Wersch was the head of the Manotick OPP and then the Nepean Police Service,” Napior said. “That building had been used for a number of things over the years, including the police station. He was the one who first told me about Al Capone. Back in the 1920s and 30s, it was common knowledge in the village. The stories were passed on through the generations.” Wersch, who was born in 1928, had heard all of the stories. There was a hidden distillery. There was a tunnel underground connecting buildings in the village. And the notorious gangster Al Capone, who made his fortune bootlegging moonshine and beer in the prohibition era, had his fingerprints all over Manotick and a few other Eastern Ontario towns and also in Ogdensburg, NY. A large part of the farmland which is now Barrhaven serviced the distillery. “I didn’t believe the stories about Al Capone in Manotick, but the more people

I talked to, specifically the older people, the more stories I heard,” Napior said. When central servicing was installed in Manotick a decade ago, an unusual discovery was made. An old tunnel under what is now Manotick Main Street was found connecting two buildings. “Gus had told me there was a tunnel,” Napior said. “When they were digging up Manotick Main Street to put the sewer in about 10 years ago, one of the workers asked me to take a look at something. There were two giant boulders that were at either end of a tunnel connecting the Tea Room building. According to Gus, the tunnel was used to run whiskey between the Tea Room and the Palace Hotel, which was where the Vault is now.” Prohibition started in Ontario in 1916, a few years before the Palace Hotel burned down. As the village grew in the 1920s, a thriving enterprise existed just outside of Manotick. The Pokey Moonshine Distillery was in full operation. Operating in a shack that was hidden in the woods near the Prescott-Bytown railway, whiskey was produced and shipped by rail to Prescott

Workers tear down the old Manotick Tea Room building last November. The condemned building had stood since 1865. It will be the site of a new two-storey office building for Royal LePage Team Realty. Greg Newton photo

in crates labelled as “Tea”. Spirits produced in Manotick and other Eastern Ontario distilleries were sent to Prescott, where they were shipped across the St. Lawrence River to Ogdensburg, NY. Prescott was no stranger to whiskey production and exportation. The town was home to JP Wiser and his awardwinning whiskey. It was also the main port for importation and exportation between Toronto and Montreal. At the time, Al Capone was a moonshine bootlegging kingpin. There are debates as to whether or not he visited Manotick and other rural Eastern Ontario communities. It is also unknown exactly how deep his connections are in Ogdensburg. His involvement in the operations in Manotick, Prescott and Ogdensburg, as well as a few other Eastern Ontario communities, were often talked about and still are. Capone’s success was his ability to cover his tracks in everything he was involved in. With Capone’s illegal bootlegging operations operating under the radar, nothing to this day has ever been proven. Capone made sure there was never a paper trail or a shred of evidence about where he was, whether in the US or Canada. Julie Madlin, who runs ogdensburghistory.blogspot. com, wrote about the bootlegging operation last July. Madlin shared a story about her great grandfather and his involvement in bootlegging across the St. Lawrence between Ogdensburg and Prescott in the 1920s. “At 5 a.m. on December 5, 1927, Duff Kiah and John Valois, who ran a pool hall, set out across the St. Lawrence River in a rowboat. It was cold and dark with a northwest wind and rough water,” Madlin recalled. “The men were accompanied by another man named Dan Davis. The two men never returned. It was Davis who drove John Valois’ car home when the two men failed to return. Pro-

Al Capone is believed to be the man who bootlegged Pokey Moonshine Whiskey, produced a century ago in Manotick, across the border to Ogdensburg, NY. Wikipedia photo

hibition was in full swing. It was illegal to make, sell, or transport alcohol and all along the border, families were making bathtub gin at home and crossing into Canada to buy booze for resale in their dry hometowns.” Madlin had also heard the stories of Al Capone’s involvement in the operation, but found nothing to substantiate them. “There were stories of car chases, crossing the ice with toboggans, punts, and even airplanes. The story of Duff Kiah was not unusual until his disappearance. Duff was my great grandfather, and I grew up hearing stories about him being a ‘hackman’ (a taxi driver and delivery man) and a bootlegger. During Prohibition, Duff, like many other people in Ogdensburg, took advantage of the closeness of Canada to smuggle liquor across the border. Sometimes, according to family legend, he hid bottles of booze underneath a load of stone in his hack. Customs agents did not want to unload the stone to check for alcohol, so he was

never caught. Sometimes he took a rowboat bringing booze back and storing it in his shed. He told his children never to go into the shed. Supposedly this liquor was sent to Al Capone, although I found no evidence of this.” Capone has been tied to almost every community on either side of the border where a distillery once existed. In Canada, Capone is connected to Moose Jaw, Guelph, and a little ghost town in Renfrew County near Eganville called Letterkenny. Yes, Letterkenny. (Gidday Mr. Capone, how are ya now?) Some reports have Capone using Moose Jaw and Letterkenny as hideouts in the 1930s. However, Capone spent most of that decade in prison at Alcatraz. The connection to Guelph may be more fiction than fact, as Capone is alleged to have been behind bootlegging Sleeman’s Beer from Guelph across the border from Windsor to Detroit, and then shipped to Chicago.

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BARRHAVEN INDEPENDENT capone continues from page 10 In Letterkenny, it is believed that Capone spent time there in the 1940s after being released from prison. Capone contracted syphilis in the mid-1920s, and the disease had caused brain damage to the extent that he was diagnosed to have the mentality of a 12-year-old when he was released from prison. The closest settlement to where Capone was believed to have spent time an old log structure on the unpaved Letterkenny Road near Quadville, outside of Eganville in Renfrew County. Capone denied ever stepping foot in Canada, even though Canadian alcohol was the staple of his empire and Pokey Moonshine from Manotick was a major supplier. His famous line was, “I don’t even know which street Canada is on.” While it is unknown how much time, if any, Al Capone spent in Manotick, the person who spent his life chasing him definitely had ties to the area and was absolutely in the village. J. Edgar Hoover, who was the first Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, was a nemesis of Capone’s and was intent on taking the mob boss down. He paid a visit to Manotick in the 1920s to visit his

cousin, George Hoover, who lived in the area after marrying a girl from Osgoode. Hoover’s right hand man, Elliot Ness, travelled with him. It was Elliot Ness who eventually caught and imprisoned Capone. They couldn’t make a case against him as a bootlegger stick, so Ness got him for tax evasion. Hoover, who headed the FBI, also headed the bureau responsible for the illegal importation and production of alcohol in the United States. J. Edgar Hoover may not have been able to venture deep enough into the woods to find the Pokey Moonshine Distillery. Almost a century later, Ottawa historian Andrew King had better luck in finding the remains of the shack that was home to Pokey Moonshine. “A large black car is said to have taken George and his cousin J. Edgar around the area, most likely in search of the famously secret still providing the US with a lot of ‘tea’,” said King, who has an account of his search for the Pokey Moonshine Distillery on his website, ottawarewind. com. In his story, he shared photos, but chose not to reveal the exact location of where the remains of the shack are. “Using the information

Ottawa Historian Andrew King found what he believes are the remains of the Pokey Moonshine Distillery, deep in the woods along the Prescott railway near Manotick. Andrew King photo/Ottawarewind.com

found from researching the story, I headed into the general vicinity of where I thought the hidden still may be located,” King said. “Walking along the long abandoned railway tracks that the whiskey was once transported on, I looked for clues in the area that may reveal some kind of moonshine operation almost a hundred years ago.” On what King says was a hot sweltering day on a mosquito-ridden path, he found an old rusty metal gate. The gate led to an overgrown path in the woods that led to the ruins of an old log cabin. “It’s log walls had crumbled away and now lay rotting, but the crude stone foundation could still be seen as well as various metal vessels and pots that were most likely were used in the distilling process,” King said. “Sections of long collapsed tin roofing was strewn around the site that made me suspect that this was indeed the location of the Pokey Moonshine Still.” Looking around at the remains of the site, King’s heart raced with excitement as he imagined what it would have looked like a century ago. “Taking a moment to reflect on how this parcel of land may have looked during the Prohibition era I could almost hear the sounds of the men and women hard at work making illegal whiskey, bottling and crating it in ‘tea’ crates to the sound of a distant steam whistle from an incoming train bound for Prescott,” he said. Wersch, who passed away in 2018, had a theory that while most of the moonshine was produced for Capone’s bootlegging operation and loaded onto trains headed to Prescott and then across the river to Ogdensburg, much of the whiskey used for domestic purposes ended up at the Tea Room. The building was the largest and most popular stop on the road between Ottawa and Prescott – that road is now Prince of Wales Drive that runs through the east end of Barrhaven – and was a main hub in Manotick and the surrounding farms and settlements. Al Capone and J. Edgar Hoover may or may not have been in the building during

their visits to Manotick. At that time, it was a store and snack bar owned by Frank Lindsay and was also home to the local post office.

Let there be music

When the building was levelled, there were no tommy guns or rounds of ammunition found. But when Napior bought the building, there was musical equipment, instruments, albums and drumsticks, which takes the history of the building down another rabbit hole. Peter and Tess Krupa bought the Manotick Tea Room in 1952. Peter Krupa was from a family that arrived from Poland, with many of his aunts and uncles settling in Chicago. One of Peter’s relatives was Gene Krupa, a famous musician, who by the 1950s was primarily working out of Atlantic City. The average person would have no idea who Gene Krupa was. For hard core music historians, Gene Krupa is a legend. He was the drummer in Benny Goodman’s orchestra in the 1930s. He revolutionized drumming, and also recorded the first drum solo within a recorded song when Louis Prima recorded ‘Sing, Sing, Sing’ in 1937. In 1982, the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. “We found clarinets and albums and drums and drumsticks – just about everything,” Napior said. “I contacted the Krupas’ granddaughter, and she didn’t know about it and wasn’t that interested. I told her this stuff was a gold mine and I was able to send a lot of it to her.” Krupa’s influence on drumming was enormous. He is considered the drummer responsible for creating the drumkits that are still standard nearly a century later. He founded a music school and taught many drummers who would go on to fame. One of his students was KISS drummer Peter Criss. In the early days of television, Krupa was frequently on TV with the rat pack. His drum battles with fellow drummer and good friend Buddy Rich, which were hosted by Sammy Davis Jr., were legendary in the era.

J. Edgar Hoover, who was the first Director of the FBI, visited Manotick to search for the Pokey Moonshine Distillery while he and his righthand man, Elliot Ness, were building their case against Al Capone. Hoover’s cousin, George, married a woman from Osgoode and settled in the area, giving Hoover a convenient excuse to come to the area. Wikipedia photo

After the war

Before the Krupa’s purchased the Manotick Tea Room, the business was known as Mandia’s Tea Room. Manotick Messenger columnist and local historian Larry Ellis has special memories of Mandia’s in the days when World War II came to an end. Ellis said Mandia’s was “the place to be” on Saturday nights. Mandia’s was the only restaurant in Manotick and was located on the original Highway 16, which was the main route between Ottawa and Prescott. Ellis said that just after the war, a number of farmers in the Manotick Station/Limebank area employed German prisoners of war as hired help. They helped with the chores and were given room and board plus some spending money. On Saturday evenings, they often went to Mandia’s as a place to meet other prisoners. “I became friends with four of the prisoners, helping with their English and learned a little German in the process,” Ellis recalled. “We often played cards and the pin ball machines. The war was over and there wasn’t any animosity between the residents of Manotick and the prisoners.

I feel I made a friendly difference in the lives of four young prisoners, men in their late teens or early twenties, not much older than me. They realized how lucky they were to be prisoners in Canada, and by early 1946, most had been returned to Germany. This period of perhaps six months is a good memory and an experience I won’t forget.” The old Manotick Tea Room building is gone now. As construction crews took it down, the memories, ghosts and legends were squeezed out of the remains in the form of dust clouds. “It’s sad to see that building gone, but it had its time,” said Napior. “It was a central point of the village for more than a hundred years.” Napior paused for a moment. “If only those walls could talk,” he said. Indeed there would have been great stories. But when it comes to Al Capone in Manotick, the walls would probably say they didn’t see a thing. This story was originally written in November, 2021 and a version of it also appeared in the Barrhaven Independent’s sister publication, the Manotick Messenger.


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OSU 2007 girls win OPDL Cup as Ontario U15 champions The Ottawa South United 2007 girls team are the provincial champions. The OSU squad won the U15 Girls OPDL Cup at the Ontario Summer Games in Mississauga, scoring two second half goals to defeat Hamilton United 2-0. The game saw multiple scoring chances for both sides, with OSU controlling play in the second half and capitalizing on two scoring opportunities. After a scoreless first half, Anabelle Chukwu opened the scoring early in the second half, followed by a second midway through the half with a great individual effort, spinning past her defender along the goal line and beating the keeper from a tight angle, in a great individual effort.

The OSU 2007 girls team won the OPDL Cup as Ontario champions.

The East Nepean Eagles Junior Little League All-Stars

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Jr. Eagles off to Lethbridge after winning Ontario championship

The East Nepean Eagles hoist their trophy as Ontario Junior Little League champions.

championships. The Eagles won the Ontario Junior Little League Championship (age 13-14) in Cornwall last week. The Eagles ran the table by winning all five of their games, outscoring their opponents 50-17.

In the semi-final, the Eagles edged the host Cornwall River Rats 7-6. That set up a final against the strong Oakville Whitecaps team. In their round robin match-up, the Eagles went ahead with a sixth inning sacrifice fly and held on for a

5-4 win. In the championship rematch, the Eagles rode strong pitching and timely hitting as they coasted to a 10-0 win. The team is coached by Paul Bloomfield, and the assistant coaches are Jeff Maika and

Andrew Morris. Team members are Oliver Bloomfield, Evan Tao, Cameron White, Evan Campbell, Justin Morris, David Kelly, Jacob Elyea, Reid Maika, Grayden Larose, Charlie McDougall, Nelson Kaluza and Nolan Beelen.

The East Nepean Eagles are off to the Canadian Junior Little League Championships (13-14 yrs) after winning the Ontario championship in Cornwall.


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Senior Band gave students a bright light and brought them together Name: Caroline Sun Age: 17

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School: St. Francis Xavier High Grade: Graduated this past June Parents: Amy Meng (mom) and Joe Sun (dad) Brother: “Shawn Sun (19), also attended and graduated from St. Francis Xavier High School. He is studying computer science at Carleton University and is currently working as a coop student until September. Pet: “I have an American Eskimo dog named Snowy. He is the most adorable and energetic thing in the world, and never fails to brighten my day.” Pet peeve: “When people talk about each other behind their backs when they’re upset, instead of just talking to each other and resolving their issues. Not only does that do nothing to solve the issues, but it also becomes difficult for someone in the middle who has to listen to all the ranting and venting.” Favourite

‘easily letting things go’.”

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“Math, Science and Music. I’ve always been good at math because I did a lot of math practice as a child, and I’ve always loved music in general. It always helps me feel better. I’m not as good at science as I am at math, but I’ve always found it interesting.” What do you enjoy reading for pleasure? “I love reading fiction books – no matter the genre. I love a lot of adventure, fantasy, drama, etc. I have to open the book before I judge whether it’s good reading material or not.” What is your greatest accomplishment? “I’d say it would definitely be being able to change my mindset to ‘forgive and forget’ when people say things to me. The moment I realized how much less I would suffer if I completely ignored a person’s snarky remarks vs. fighting back, was mind-changing, especially because I was still able to draw the line between ‘easily manipulated’ and simply

School activities: “This past year, because school was so hectic, I was only part of one extracurricular activity, but it’s absolutely been worth it. Being in my school’s Senior Band has been worth every day, because it reminded us that this pandemic was coming to an end, and we just enjoyed each other’s company and playing music together.” Other activities/interests: “When I’m at home and enjoying alone time, I really like listening to music. I’m a huge Kpop fan, so when I’m at home, that basically takes over every aspect of my free time. Stanning Kpop was one of the best choices I made in my entire life, and I will never regret it. “I also love hanging out with my friends, whether it’s going to the park to play sports, getting food, or just hanging out in someone’s basement. I’ve found one of the best friend groups this year, and it’s also something I’ll never regret.” Career goals: “Like my brother, in September I’ll also be attending Carleton University to study Accounting. I admit it was

somewhat of a spur-of-themoment decision because I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do when I was applying to universities, but I’m excited for my first year of university and what it’ll bring me.”

Comment: “I’d like to give a shout-out to my brother. He’s always been there in my life, and has never judged me seriously for anything I’ve done. He’s one of the best pieces of support in my life (besides my parents) and he really deserves at least some recognition.” Caroline Sun will be going to Carleton University to study Accounting in the fall. Submitted photo


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West Barrhaven Community Association adopt Moloughney Park The West Barrhaven Community Association is looking for people or a group to adopt Moloughney Park on Wessex to help keep it clean. Please contact the West Barrhaven Community Association for further information. WBCA. Pres@gmail.com

Stonebridge Community Association

The Stonebridge Community Association would like to remind residents that they are recruiting volunteers to sit on the Board of Directors. Visit: www.stonebridgeca.com/

Slow Down Signs

If you are a Barrhaven resident, send an email to mark.bouwman@ottawa.ca with your contact information to order one or more ‘Slow Down For Us!’ signs for your front yard and we will schedule a pick-up time at the ward office (located at the Walter Baker Sports Centre - 100 Malvern Dr.).

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Ruth E. Dickinson Library

Teen Art Contest Calling all artists! Teens ages 12-18 are invited to submit an original art piece (oil, acrylic, pencil, etc.) or photograph for a chance to win prizes and have their art displayed at the Library! Art pieces and photographs, along with a submission form, must be submitted in person to the Ruth E. Dickinson library by 5:00 pm on Wednesday August 17. Submissions will be exhibited during a vernissage on Saturday August 27 where the winners will be announced! For further contest information, and to pick up a submission form, stop by our Teen Zone! Toddlertime is back!

Toddlertime is returning on Tuesdays at :30 pm from August 2 to August 23. Join us for stories, rhymes, and songs for toddlers (ages 19 to 35 months) together with their parents or caregivers. Drop-in program.

11th Annual Shine a Light Community Fundraising Gala

Save the date for the Nepean, Rideau, and Osgoode Community Resource Centre’s 11th Annual Shine a Light on our Community Fundraising Gala! This year’s Shine a Light will be happening on Saturday, November 5, 2022, at 6:00 PM at Centurion Conference and Event Center (170 Colonnade Road S). All funds raised at this gala will go toward the work of NROCRC and will support the clients and communities that they serve. You can click the link below to purchase your ticket/s and to read up on all the event details: https://auc-

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Ottawa Police Service Warning

The Ottawa Police Service is advising residents that the ‘grandparent’ scam is very active this summer, with 20 reports received in the past 7 days alone. Victims have been defrauded of large amounts of cash, ranging from $10,000 to 30,000. Most typically it is an elderly person who receives a phone call from someone claiming to be his or her grandchild. The caller says that they have been arrested and they urgently need you to send money or gift cards for their bail. The fraudster will make it difficult to understand what they are saying or to recognize the voice in an attempt for victims to fill in the blanks as to who they are. They are incredibly convincing and count on the emotional factor. In the past week, victims who came forward to police told Fraud Unit investigators

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Always verify who is calling. If it is a family member as they claim, tell them you will call them back and use the number you have for this person. Don’t use a number given by the caller. Use 411 or the Internet to get the phone number if you don’t have it. Don’t be pressured. Take some time to process what you have been told, to see if it makes sense. Ask a trusted friend or family member for their opinion, or if in doubt, call your local police service.

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that they have been made to believe by the fraudster that a ‘Gag Order’ was put into place to protect the identity of the police officer who is going to be collecting the monies. The Ottawa Police is reminding the community that police never asks for money for Bail from family members, nor do we issue ‘Gag Orders’. If you get a call like this, never confirm any personal information over the phone.

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