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‘Unbirthday party’ a special event for kids often left out
By Charlie Senack
Barrhaven’s first “Unbirthday Party” was a success. On Saturday, June 27, more than 100 local kids packed Larkin Park to celebrate their birthdays. The idea was initially started by Hamilton resident Nicole Callander, who’s now 19-year-old daughter Caitlin has Williamson Syndrome, a developmental disorder that affects many parts of the body. “Last year she was in grade 12 and was upset that she wouldn’t have the same milestones as typical kids in grade 12, so I asked friends and family members to send birthdays cards to her,” Callander said. “It went viral, and with those birthday cards I got hundreds of messages from parents who said my child never gets invited to birthday parties, and I felt bad, so for Caitlin’s birthday 18th birthday, I invited every child who has never been invited to a birthday party before. “ Over 200 kids from all across Ontario and the United States attended that party, and that’s when Nicole decided to form Friends 4 Kindness.
This year they are planning four “Unbirthday Parties” across Ontario, including the one that was held in Larkin Park. It was organized by Barrhaven resident Rene Stewart who’s daughter also has a number of disabilities, and as a result has often been left out of being invited to parties. “She had ADHD, ODD, speech impairment, and she has a learning disability,” Stewart said. “It was always easy to get kids to come to her birthday, but she just doesn’t get invited to birthday parties.” While the party was aimed towards making children with disabilities feel accepted, it was open to everyone. One of the main purposes of it was to show other kids that people with disabilities also have abilities, and they can do many off the same things. “Parents need to teach kids that just because some kids are special needs, they are no different,” Stewart says. “They still have feelings, they are just like you and me, and they still enjoy being a part of stuff like birthdays parties or any type of party. You need to teach kids to not be afraid to approach these kids and be
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Mayor Jim Watson, right, was on hand to greet the attendees at the “unbirthday party” in Barrhaven. friends with them.” The day featured a variety of carnival games that were donated by games to go. Little Rays reptiles also came out, alongside a princess, and a milking cow provided by the dairy education program. Some children were able to have their faces painted, and others were able to do arts and crafts. The whole idea behind many of the stations was to get kids interacting with one another in an effort to get them out of their shell.
The space at Larkin Park was generously donated by the city, and M&M provided all the food.
Rene says she hopes to bring the event back to Ottawa next summer, and plans to make it an even bigger hit.
Anyone who wants to learn more about friends 4 kindness can visit: https:// friends4kindness.ca/.
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The IndependentCOMMUNITY Widening of Strandherd Dr. between Costco and Toyota underway
Well folks, it’s finally time. Last week construction commenced on Strandherd Drive. The long overdue widening between Costco and Myers Toyota is underway. It is unfortunate the work did not start earlier. This is a huge project. It’s expensive and it’s complicated. I always have the latest status report available on the Strandherd Project. Sign up for my eBlast for all the news by emailing my office at firstname.lastname@example.org
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The next Mobile Blood Donor Centre will take place on Monday, August 12th at the Ottawa Torah Centre Chabad (111 Lamplighters Drive) from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Book your appointment at www.blood.ca
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FOPLA Mammoth used book sale
Saturday Aug 17 10AM2PM at 100 Tallwood Drive, Ottawa, ON K2G 4R7 (James Bartleman Centre) The Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association (FOPLA) invite you to their monthly Mammoth Used Book Sale! Hundreds of used books, CDs, DVDs and vinyl records for sale at unbeatable prices, including as low as for $1. Browse a variety of genres including Fiction, Non-Fiction, Lifestyle, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Biography, Children’s and more. This month, 50% off Religion & Spirituality books. Proceeds benefit the Ottawa Public Library. Visit https:// www.fopla-aabpo.ca/events/ category/mammoth-sale/ or call 613-580-2424 x 27875 for more info.
Barrhaven 3rd Annual Classic Car Show
The third annual Classic car show is being held at Clarke Fields on Sunday August 18th 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Clarke Fields. Free admission. For more information visit the Barrhaven Classic Car Show page on Facebook or call 613-825-4736 or email: email@example.com
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Reminder from Bylaw for dogs and play structures in parks
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The City has received a Zoning By Law Amendment and Site Plan Application for the property located at 35 Highbury Park Drive. The proposal is to construct a 2-storey building on the subject property that would house a place of worship, community centre, and café. If you have any additional questions, please contact my office directly.
New Pedestrian Crossing (PXO) at Longfields/ Portrush
There is a new PXO at Longfields and Portrush. For your safety, pedestrians, please wait for traffic to stop and indicate your intention to cross. Drivers must stop behind the yield line and wait until pedestrian completely crosses the road before proceeding. Cyclists when riding with traffic, follow rules for drivers. When crossing with pedestrians dismount and walk your bike across the road.
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STEP to focus on pedestrian safety and roundabouts The Gatineau Police Service and Ottawa Police Service’s Selective Traffic En-
forcement Program (STEP) will focus on pedestrian safety and roundabouts during the month of August. Pedestrian Safety: Between 2013 and 2017, there were 1708 reportable collisions involving pedestrians resulting in 1827 injuries and 29 fatalities. Roundabouts: Between 2013 and 2017, there were 533 reportable collisions involving roundabouts resulting in 53 injuries and 0 fatalities.
Learn How to Reduce the Risk of Thefts in Vehicles
Our office is aware of recent car break-ins and OPS is suggesting bringing in your garage door openers. Please read on for more tips: The Ottawa Police Service would like to remind the public that, with summer just around the corner, so is the risk of theft from vehicles. Residents are reminded to remove anything of value from their vehicle. “Thieves typically look for an unlocked or locked vehicle showing valuables, and once they gain entry, they go through the entire car, including the trunk, it isn’t enough to hide items in the console or under the car seats because the thieves
are just that thorough.” In the event you notice someone acting suspicious around parked vehicles or if you see someone trying car doors - please call police and report it. Make the right call. Even if your car is broken into and nothing is taken, it still needs to be reported to police. Find out more on how to reduce the risk of being the victim of a theft from vehicle with our Safety and Crime Prevention Programs on our website at ottawapolice.ca, or contact your local community police officer for more information. Download an AVR (All Valuables Removed) card to display in your parked vehicle. The cards are displayed by vehicle owners on the inside of the driver’s side window to display the message, “All Valuables Removed” - letting would-be-thieves know not to bother searching the vehicle and alerting others to take the same precautions. Anyone with information regarding a theft from a vehicle or any other crime is asked to call the Police Reporting Unit at 613236-1222, extension 7300. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers, tollfree at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or by downloading the Ottawa Police app.
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Stonebridge residents packed the gymnasium at St. Joseph High School to hear Mattamy’s new plan for the future of the golf course and the planned construction which will lead to the modification of the course. Charlie Senack photo
Stonebridge residents presented plan concerning golf course future By Charlie Senack Residents of Stonebridge are beginning to feel like they are one step closer to finding common ground with Mattamy Homes as potential development on the golf course is becoming more likely. On Tuesday, July 30, a few hundred Stonebridge residents packed the gym of St. Joseph High School in Barrhaven to see for the first time a proposed plan for development on the par 70 course. The fight started last June when Mattamy Homes put a phase 16 application forward to the city, requesting that 156 new homes be built on a section of the championship status course. After countless public meetings filled with animosity toward the developers, the three city councillors for the wards that touch on the course asked Mattamy Homes to withdraw their application. Now more than a year later, Mattamy plans to submit a new application, but this time is listening to the residents’ concerns. A working group made up of a handful of Stonebridge residents was created earlier this year in an effort to ease tensions between the two sides, and to find a solution. Under the new plan which was released in a 25-page report at Tuesday’s meeting, Mattamy would still build those 156 new homes, but would commit to no further development on the course. They also promise to operate the course in its current
state for at least ten years, and has a plan in place in case they decide to put their golf clubs away. That would require Mattamy to give the community association at least two years notice, and the option to purchase the golf course — which sits on 198 acres of land — for $6 million, a price that would not change even if it was after ten years from now. In order to prepare for that potential purchase, residents would need to start paying into a nine-year city-administered levy which could cost the homeowners anywhere from $175 to $475 annually — depending on the value of their home. This would mean that the city would own the land, but would prevent any further development on the course, one of the top concerns for many of Stonebridge’s residents. It would also mean the land could only be used as a golf course or for green space. While many residents still have questions, they feel this is the best option they are going to get. Ralph March has been living in Stonebridge for the past 12 years, and is sad to see any development on the course. Still, he said he walked out of Tuesday’s meeting feeling a sign hope, encouraged by the two sides finding a common ground. “I was relieved,” March said. “I have to appreciate the fact that the people on the committee gave a lot of their own time to find a compromise. I think it was probably the best they could do. I’m in favour of the proposal
because they couldn’t come to a resolution to find no building on the golf course — which of course would have been everyone’s preferred solution.” And when it comes to the proposed levy which is still causing a lot of confusion for many of the residents, March said he’s all for it saying it means the golf course would be saved in the scenario where Mattamy decided to sell. “If the levy does happen to pass with the vote, I feel it’s a better solution than nothing at all,” he said. “At least then we know that we’d have a golf course or green space in the community.” March says many of his neighbour who he’s spoken to plan to support the proposal, and says much of the continued tension is with the residents who will be directly impacted by the development. Councillors Carol Anne Meehan and Jan Harder were at Tuesday’s meeting, with Coun. Scott Moffatt unable to attend because he was out of town. The three say they are pleased with how the working group listened to the residents concerns, and were able to find this potential solution. The Stonebridge Community Association is encouraging residents to submit any feedback on the proposal between now and August 20. Saying the residents support this plan, it will go to vote sometime in the next few weeks, with Mattamy planning to submit a new proposal with the city sometime in mid September.
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Everything right about multi-culturalism
Every now and then, we are blessed to attend a community event and leave that event enlightened. That was the case Saturday, as we attended the Multi-Cultural Eid and Small Business Festival at the South Nepean Muslim Centre. The show was like any other craft fair or market, with vendors set up to sell and promote their goods and services. Almost all of the exhibitors were Muslim entrepreneurs from the community, who are part of the SNMC. The show’s organizer, Shan Haroon, is originally from Pakistan and organized the show to help newcomers to the community by giving them an event to showcase their small and home-based business. There was also a charity element to the show. In Barrhaven, it gave us an opportunity to see how fortunate we are to have a community where a multi-cultural melting pot has created a wonderful and special place to live. As adults, we grew up in a time where so many prejudices existed and we were programmed by the society’s accepted and expected views on other races and religions. In Barrhaven, however, our children are growing up blind to color and blind to religious differences. Two of the most remarkable people we have in our community are Rabbi Menachem Blum of the Ottawa Torah Centre in Barrhaven, and Imam Zijad Delic of the South Nepean Muslim Centre. Rabbi Blum was our Barrhaven Independent Glen Dicks Person of the Year last year for the work he has done in the community on faith integration over the years. After spending time with the Imam at the event on the weekend, it is crystal clear that he is passionate about our community and that his work transcends religion. We, as a community, are very fortunate to have two magnificent centres where the doors are open to the community. But we are even more fortunate to have two leaders who have created exceptional cultures within their centres. One of the mandates we have always had at the Barrhaven Independent is to be a champion for the multi-cultural mosaic of our unique community. The fact that so many first and second generation Canadians can integrate into the community so peacefully and successfully is something we should all be proud of. As one new Canadian from Pakistan told us at the show, “As soon as the kids start playing hockey and soccer, then they are just as Canadian as everyone else!” xxxxxxx We also want to throw a congratulations out this week to Barrhaven school trustee Donna Blackburn. She has worked relentlessly to fight for Barrhaven’s public elementary schools and high schools. With the government’s call for capital funding coming early this year, we should see the fruits of Blackburn’s labour pay off. JM BARRHAVEN
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What lies beyond that cornfield?
I think we all love movies at one level or walking into another dimension and that he another. They are a great escape for us – a thrill, could never come back? Going into this cornfield was going to give Mann the inspiration or an adventure, or a romance or a comedy. But sometimes, they are more than an es- to write the most incredible piece imaginable. Mann’s character was based on recluse aucape. Some movies tough us deeply and make us reflect on our own lives, and the relation- thor J.D. Salinger, who wrote Catcher in the Rye. Salinger once admitted that he wished he ships we have had in our lives. could leave his safe place There is one movie that and fulfill his baseball brings me to tears. Okay, dreams. I’ve admitted it before. I FROM THE OTHER My father was way cry during movies somemore Ernest Hemingway times. Rudy, the Notebook, than J.D. Salinger, right Eat Prey Love, the CounJeffrey Morris down to staggering drunk try Bears – okay don’t tell and singing loudly after a anyone about that one – but the one movie that really gets me is Field of bottle of rum in Havana Square during a gunfight in December, 1958 between Batista’s Dreams. I saw a program recently on the 30th anni- army and the revolutionaries of Fidel Castro versary of the movie, and it made me realize and Che Guevara. But was Mann alive or dead through the enthe many levels in which this classic affected tire movie? Some film experts have speculated me. When I see this movie, I see my father. COUNCIL that Terrence Mann was already dead when he Anyone will cry at the last scene, when Kevin Costner’s character, Ray, playsCORNER catch stepped in front of Ray’s car outside Fenway with the young ballplayer who is the ghost of Park and sternly barked out, “Archibald MoonMayor Suzanne Dodge his father at the end of the film. That was one light Graham.” Other than, “Luke, I am your of those never-forget-it scenes, up there with father,” and “This is CNN,”, it’s probably the Darth Vader telling Luke Skywalker he is his most famous line to ever come out of James Earl Jones’ mouth. father. They go on an epic timetravel journey, findI used that comparison intentionally. James Earl Jones is the voice of Darth Vader, and it ing themselves in a small Minnesota town in 1972SOwhere the meet an elderly Moonlight is his character in Field of Dreams, writer TerTHE NOT rance Mann, who reminds me of my father so Graham, then on the way home the next morNEWning, GUY pick him up hitchhiking as a young ballmuch. Tim Ruhnke My dad was brilliant, yet a bit ornery and player looking for somewhere in the Midwest acidic with a sharp and sarcastic wit. You to barnstorm. After sitting in the bleachers on Ray’s farm, couldn’t engage with him in a debate without being sliced by a thousand mental paper cuts. Mann is invited by Shoeless Joe Jackson (Ray He had that classic 1950s guarded masculinity. Liotta) to go back into the cornfield with him “The only time we hug in this family is if you and the other players. Mann lights up, realizing score a goal or a touchdown,” he would say. He this is why he is on this journey. would consider me so mentally soft when I’m Mann is giddy with excitement to walk into WALKER HOUSE with a bowl of popcorn and watching a film. the cornfield. Watching the movie, we don’t The last conversation with my dad reminded know if he is walking into his death or if he will me of Terrence Mann. I had flown home fromSusanever come back. He doesn’t care. This is what Vallom Seattle to see him one last time. His lung can- he was meant to do. cer had spread and he was dealing with a brain He embraced walking into his death. In fact, tumor. he didn’t look upon it as death at all. He looked “You know, I’m ready,” he told me. “I’m at it as a new life, filled with new experiences. It done fighting. I’ve been fighting cancer for would be something to fuel his future writings. years, and it’s time for me to move on to see And that was my father. what’s next. I’m kind of excited to see what’s BLAKE’S He didn’t see his death as dying. He saw it as TAKES on the other side.” an opportunity. He saw his passing as a chance We said our good-byes. I tried to hold Blake to McKim explore new possibilities in life, and leave his it together and show him I was strong, but I stagnant state of purgatory behind him. knew I would never see him again. But I also I flew home to Seattle that night, and when didn’t want him to see me sad. He was going I woke up the next morning, I got a phone call to walk into the cornfield, just as James Earl from my mother. He was gone. Jones’ character Terrence Mann did in Field of I was sad, but I smiled for him. I knew he Dreams. had found a new life in his death. On the flight home, I kept thinking about And maybe, somewhere in Heaven, he’s sitthat scene in the movie. ting with Hemingway having a Bloody Mary, Did going into the cornfield mean he was wishing he could share his experiences with us.
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The IndependentCOMMUNITY Barrhaven man runs 100 km to help his mother fight brain cancer By Charlie Senack
On Sunday, July 28, Barrhaven resident Griffin McCaffery, 22, ran 100 kilometres for a cause close to his heart. About a year and a half ago, his mother was diagnosed with brain cancer, and continues to fight to this day. McCaffery, a graduate of St. Mother Teresa High School, said he’s always been athletic, but knew the run would be a challenge. “I never ran that much before,” the 22-year-old said. “I’ve mostly lifted weights and played hockey and soccer when I was a kid. Two weeks ago, I had the idea in my head so I figured I’d try a half marathon, so I did that, thought it went fairly well so I decided to try for 100 kilometres.” He started at 1:45 a.m.,
and finished around 3:30 p.m. Friends and family joined him throughout parts of the day, and Anabia Cupcakes generously dropped off some goodies to keep the motivation going. “I’m not much of a talker per say, I generally like my actions to speak for me, so I thought this was a good idea,” McCaffery said. “My mom was really happy about it and all my friends came out and supported it and it was a really great time.” McCaffery has started a Go Fund Me page to raise money for the Brain Tumor Foundation of Canada, and set a goal of raising $700. Since starting it only 11 days ago, he has surpassed his goal, and has raised more than $7,700. Cancer continues on page 8
Griffin McCaffery of Barrhaven recently ran 100km to support his mother’s fight with brain cancer and to raise funds for the Brain Tumor Foundation of Canada. Charlie Senack photo
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The IndependentCOMMUNITY cancer continues from page 7 He won’t rule out the idea of another run, but says he’s going to take some time to let his body heal before planning any other big fundraising events.
“After doing that I feel like I can conquer a lot so I’m sure something big is going to come forward, but I still gotta think about it,” McCaffery added.
To learn more about Griffin’s story and to make a donation through the Go Fund Me page, visit: https://www. gofundme.com/f/100kmrun-for-cancer
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The IndependentCOMMUNITY New schools among priorities in provincial call for capital funding
For the first time since the Ford Government was elected, the Government of Ontario launched the 2019-20 Capital Priorities program, which provides school boards with the opportunity to access funding for large-scale projects in every region of the province. For Ottawa Carleton District School Board Barrhaven Trustee Donna Blackburn, the call for capital priorities means a chance to get some of the community’s school issues addressed. Blackburn said that a new elementary school in Half Moon Bay, as well as a new high school in Riverside South will help alleviate some of the crowding at Barrhaven schools. “Half Moon Bay Elementary School is bursting at the seems,” Blackburn said. “Another elementary school is needed there already, even without factoring in the future growth in that community.” Although a Riverside South high school would not be within her boundary, she said it would have a positive impact
on the area she serves. “There would be a shuffle,” she said. “We already have the land designated for the school in Riverside South, and with the bridge connecting Barrhaven and Riverside South, there would be a shuffle of school boundaries. That would help some of the crowding at Longfields Davidson Heights and John McCrae.” The OCDSB has already met with area Progressive Conservative MPPs on its needs. Among those they met with is Carleton MPP Goldie Ghamari, whose riding includes Riverside South. At the time she was interviewed, Blackburn said the board had not yet met with Nepean MPP Lisa MacLeod, but was confident that the local Minister would champion the efforts of helping relieve Barrhaven’s crowded school issue. “Having Lisa as a senior member within the party is a great thing,” Blackburn said. “She is a person who can get things done, and she has always been very passionate about schools in Barrhaven.”
Blackburn said the board has its list of 10 school projects to be funded, and added that the board “typically gets approved for two or three.” School boards can now apply for funding for capital projects including new school buildings or renovations to be completed by 2023-24. The program will also provide funding for school-based child care spaces as part of the government’s commitment to build up to 10,000 new child care spaces in schools. “I grew up on the public education system, and building new public schools, especially a new public high school in Riverside South, has been one of my top priorities since coming to office,” MPP Goldie Ghamari said. “Now, it’s up to the OCDSB and local officials to ensure that these applications are submitted properly and on time,” Ghamari said. “I’ve reached out and spoken with OCDSB and local officials, offering my assistance in any way possible. I will continue to advocate on behalf of the residents of Carleton, and
look forward to acting as a liaise between the OCDSB, municipal politicians and the Ministry of Education. This is very exciting news and I’m thrilled to see that our government is investing in what matters most: the future of our children.” Ontario’s 2019 Budget, Protecting What Matters Most, highlights the government’s commitment to providing students with safe and healthy learning environments and providing families with more child care options. The government announced in Budget 2019 that over the next ten years, Ontario is investing nearly $13 billion in capital grants. This funding will build new schools and help existing schools replace aging heating or air conditioning systems, repair roofs and windows, and install important accessibility features like elevators and ramps, and support the expansion of child care spaces. The Ministry of Education invites school boards to submit their top 10 school-based capital priorities for funding con-
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Ottawa Public Health clears Barrhaven Farm Boy after salmon complaint
The report of worms found in salmon purchased at Farm Boy in Barrhaven appears to be an isolated incident, and Ottawa Public Health says it has found no health hazard at the store. On July 21, a customer filed a complaint after saying they found worms moving around in a sockeye salmon filet purchased at the store on Woodroffe Ave. Ottawa Public Health conducted an inspection of the store, and confirmed that no health hazard was identified. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is conducting its own investigation into the incident. According to CFIA, the
worms found in the salmon are commonly referred to by biologists as nemotodes or copedods. They are not uncommon in fish, as fish acquire them from small crustaceans they eat in the ocean. According to a CTV report quoting University of Winnipeg biology professor Scott Forbes, he parasites hatch within the body of the fish and then burrow their way through the gut, and then make their way into the flesh of the fish. According to food safety experts, the parasites do not kill the fish and are unlikely to cause health problems in people. The parasites are considered unpreventable.
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The IndependentCOMMUNITY LDHSS student honoured for mental health, anti-bullying initiatives
Name: Ragav Chona Age: 18
School: Longfields Davidson Height Parents: Renu and Mukesh Chona Siblings: Ruchika (Computer Programming) Pet Peeves: “People who pretend to be attentive while you’re talking.” Part-Time Work: “Peer and private tutor for various subjects, such as Science, Math, French, and English. Fulfillment associate at Walmart.” Favourite Subjects: “I am very keen on all things bio-related. I enjoy applying critical thinking skills to explain how life in our world works. This includes everything from the evolution of species, to molecular pathways of energy in our body, and even genetics. All the processes are super complex, and it’s the result of all the other fundamental sciences (mathematics, physics, chemistry) working together. Learning the intricacies surrounding biology is of great interest to me. I also thoroughly enjoy music, because of the contrast it has from all of my other courses.
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It’s definitely a stress-reliever.” What do you enjoy reading? “Does reading music count? Otherwise, I’ve been an avid fan of comics. I’ve also learned to “enjoy” reading science (not including physics) textbooks.” Who is your favourite author? “Maurice Di Giuseppe, head author of Nelson Biology 12.” What are your accomplishments? Throughout high school, I’ve received the OCDSB Silver Medal Award for maintaining an overall average of 90+ and received various highest mark distinction awards in Science. This year, I received the Panago Antibullying Award for my initiatives in mental health awareness and encouragement towards creating a more respectful community. I placed 3rd in the uEducate University of Ottawa General Sciences Contest out of 200+ participants, achieved distinction as the school champion for the University of Toronto National
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Activities/Interests: “I am currently the President of my school’s Science Committee where we strive to encourage students to participate in science-related events beyond the classroom walls. Leading a group of like-minded individuals, we exude passion as a club by encouraging students to participate in science-related events beyond the classroom walls in an attempt to promote science as a fun and fascinating field. I’m also the President of the Mental Health Movement. This is a school-run initiative consisting of motivated individuals who hope to make a difference
in the school. We all have one common objective; to promote good mental health and fundraise for mental health charities. For the past 6 years at LDHSS, I’ve been a part of the music program playing in various concert bands, jazz bands, saxophone quartets, and combos. I thoroughly enjoy partaking in musical activities as a saxophonist. As a school, we have won many gold standards at music competitions. We were also awarded $750 for our concert band performance, and received the Best Jazz Band Award in the Kiwanis Music Festival. Additionally, I am the captain of my school’s Quizbowl Team and an executive in the school’s Coding and Writing Club. I’m also involved in the community as a volunteer for the hospital, uOttawa Adventures in Science, Musicfest, Operation Med School, Peer Tutor, and various other schoolrun events.”
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Nepean Federal Conservative candidate Brian St. Louis was on hand to meet and greet the attendees at the South Nepean Muslim Centre.
Fatima Hashim and Sama Abdalla were young entrepreneurs whose decorative slime was especially popular among the young attendees at the SNMC multi-cultural business show.
Mehwish Fawad displays a fine selection of jewellery at the SNMC multi-cultural small business show.
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The IndependentSPORTS Sooners win Ontario Provincial Football League Bantam final
By Jeff Morris It was championship weekend in London, ON for the Ontario Provincial Football League. The Ottawa Sooners, who have a number of players and coaches from Barrhaven and the Nepean Eagles program, were in two of the three championships games. In the Bantam final, the Sooners edged the London Junior Mustangs 28-27. The Mustangs jumped on the scoreboard first when Ethan Tran blocked a punt and scooped
it up to run into the end zone for a TD. Later in the first quarter, Tyrell Campbell caught a 49yard touchdown pass for the Mustangs, who took a 14-0 lead. The Sooners tied the score by the half, as Jerry Momo caught two touchdown passes from quarterback Xavier Uhr. The second TD was set up by an interception from Barrhaven’s Luca Farinaccio. The Sooners took the lead in the third as Jacob Glofcheski caught a long pass from Uhr,
and then scored when Uhr found him in the end zone for an 19-
Momo took a hand-off and ran 35 yards, down to the Mustang
Sooners Varsity team (34) led the OPFL in tackles in 2019. Gillis grew up playing in the Nepean Redskins/Nepean Eagles youth football program.
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Members of the Ottawa Sooners Bantam team celebrate their OPFL provincial championship win over the London Jr. Mustangs Saturday in London. Wanda Keenan photo
In the Varsity final Saturday night in London, the Essex Ravens defeated the Sooners 25-6. Jack Gillis of the Ottawa
yard score. On Ottawa’s next possession, however, Tran scored his second TD of the game as he picked off a hitch pass and raced 47 yards into the end zone. The Mustangs took a 27-21 lead when Campbell ran in for his second TD of the game. The extra point failed. Late in the game, Jerry
three yard line, before stepping out of bounds. Uhr tied the game two plays later on a quarterback sneak. The Mustangs blocked the extra point, but were called for too many men on the field. Joseph Cama got a second chance, and drilled his kick through the uprights for his fourth convert of the game and the winning point.
Are you ready for some football? The NCAFA season officially gets underway this weekend in Kanata as the National Capital Amateur Football Association holds it annual Tyke and Mosquito Madness Football Jamboree. The Kanata Knights are hoisting the event, which takes place at their home field at Hazeldean Road and Terry Fox Drive. For many of the Tyke players, it will be their
first taste of football after a few weeks of practising. It will be their first time lining up in a game situation, complete with referees and, of course, hundreds of cheering fans. The NCAFA regular season begins later in July. The Nepean Eagles will be represented in the Tyke, Mosquito, Pee Wee, Bantam and Midget age divisions this season, with hundreds of players and cheerleaders taking part in the upcoming season.
Intermediate Eagles reach finals at Canadian Intermediate Little League Championships
It has been a month to remember for the East Nepean Intermediate Little League Eagles. After winning the District 2 title, the Eagles went on to compete in the Ontario Intermediate (13 year olds) Little League Championships in Kanata. The Eagles won the tournament with 10-2 and 7-6 wins over the Kingston Colts in the best of three final. The Eagles left the following week for the Canadian Intermediate Little League championships in Langley, BC. The Eagles went 4-1 in the round robin portion of the tournament, beating BC 5-2, losing to the host Fraser Valley team 5-3, and then beating the Atlantic champions 17-1, the Prairies champion 7-2 and Alberta 6-4. They were tied for first place with BC. The Eagles defeated the host Fraser Valley team from BC in the semi-final by a 13-3
score. Six different Eagles players had two hits each in the game. Josh Van Noort, Noah McNeil, Nic Bertrand, Coleson Kaluza, Carter Audet and Brett James all scored two runs in the win. Patrick O’Sullivan and Wade Boudrias also had hits. McNeil, O’Sullivan, Kaluza and Boudrias each had two runs while Carter Hamer, Van Noort, Bertrand, Audet and James each scored one run. Bertrand went the distance on the mound for the win. Over six innings, he gave up three runs on five hits, walking two and striking out three. In the final, the Eagles faced the Alberta champions from Lethbridge, who won the national crown with a 6-2 win. Lethbridge rode the pitching of Joseph Seo, who struck out 16 batters in seven innings, giving up two unearned runs on five hits for the win. Lethbridge scored a run in the first and three in the second to take a 4-0 lead. The
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A few highlights of interest to Nepean Film Studio in Nepean With support from the federal National Capital Commission and the City of Ottawa, TriBro Studios plans to build a soundstage as part of a new creative hub at the corner of Hunt Club and Woodroofe (on NCC land). During construction, the estimated $40 million budget will provide up to 600 full-time jobs. Once completed, the film studio is expected to create 500-1000 full-time jobs in Nepean.
General Dynamics in Nepean The largest private sector employer in Nepean, General Dynamics Mission Systems, was awarded $621.5 million by the federal government to help sustain approximately 494 highly-skilled jobs in Nepean and Calgary. The contracts will provide support over five years for the Land Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (LC4ISR) system. The Canadian Army depends on these communications and information systems to inform and direct land operations.
Ranovus, which was based in Bells Corners, was awarded a $20-million investment through the federal government’s Strategic Innovation Fund. Ranovus is a leader in the development of cost-efficient energy connectivity solutions for data centres and communications networks. The investment, which will help create 566 jobs, will go towards creating a brand new Ottawa facility to bring back to Canada the advanced manufacturing and testing of Ranovus’ products, and support future growth of the company and expansion of collaborations with private companies, post-secondary and research institutions and not-for-profit organizations.
Canadian Bank Note Company The Canadian Bank Note Company, which has part of their operations in Nepean, was awarded with $40 million investment for the world’s first nano-factory, with a total investment of $220 million to develop and commercialize atomically precise manufacturing. The investment will create help create 469 new jobs, 364 of which are highly-skilled jobs.
Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) Test Facility in Nepean With support from the federal National Capital Commission and the province, the Ottawa L-5 CAV test facility has been established and lead by Invest Ottawa. These facilities support V2X (Vehicle-toEverything) testing and validation of CAV technologies in Ottawa’s true four-season climate on public and private testbeds, making it the first integrated CAV test environment of its kind in North America. Partners to the test site include: Accenture; Avanade; Blackberry QNX; the City of Ottawa; Ericsson; Juniper Networks; the National Capital Commission (NCC); Microsoft; and Nokia.
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