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Steve Dean wins Brian Kilrea Award at Order of Ottawa ceremony The City of Ottawa honoured its most outstanding residents Nov. 16. Mayor Jim Watson inducted 16 people into the Order of Ottawa at Ottawa City Hall. Also honoured was Barrhaven’s Steve Dean, who received the Brian Kilrea Award for his work through the years as a football coach and as President of both the Nepean Eagles and the National Capital Amateur Football Association. Those inducted by Mayor Watson into the Order of Ottawa are Steve Barkhouse, Thomas d’Aquino, C. Jane Dobell, Édith Dumont, Safaa Fouda, Claude Gingras, Lawson A.W. Hunter, Guy Laflamme, Dr. Bernard Leduc, Cyril Leeder, Todd Nicholson, Drs. Lucy and Rod Rabb, Jozef Straus, William Tupper and Sheila Whyte. Grandmaster Tae Eun Lee was selected as a 2016 Order of Ottawa recipient but was unable to attend the induction ceremony last year and was honoured at this evening’s ceremony. “The Order of Ottawa ceremony is a memorable evening that inspires us all,” said Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson. “I congratulate tonight’s recipients and thank them for their ongoing contributions to our great city. These residents, through their work, passions and hobbies, make our City one of the best places in which to live, work and play.” Dean, a longtime Barrhaven resident, said he was “extremely humbled” to win the Kilrea Award. “It was an honour to be nominated, let alone win,” he said. Dean is the driving force behind the success of the National Capital Amateur Football Association (NCAFA). He has been serving as President of NCAFA since 2005 and has seen the League expand to include 15 clubs. He has also been the President of the Nepean Eagles Football Club since 2000, also having served as coach from 1998 to 2004. Since taking over as President, the club has grown to over 700 participants and coaches in program areas such as tackle, girls touch, flag and cheer. Award continues on page 2 He has forged

Stephen Dean poses with Brian Kilrea after being awarded the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching after the Order of Ottawa ceremony at City Hall, Thurs., Nov. 16. The longtime president of the Nepean Eagles is one of the driving forces behind National Capital Amateur Football Association, which is the largest youth football organization in Canada. Mike Carroccetto photo

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award continues from page1 He has forged strong ties with the Ottawa Sport and Entertainment Group (OSEG) and the Ottawa Redblacks while maintaining relationships well as Football Canada, the Ontario Football Alliance, Carleton University, the University of Ottawa, and local high schools. He has promoted a ‘football helps football’ philosophy and promotes a sustainable and growing vision for Ottawa youth and a strong football future in our Nation’s Capital. “No one gets into volunteering for ulterior motives,” Dean said. “You get involved because your son or daughter is involved is playing a sport and you can add value to the experience.” Dean, like many, stayed involved with the Nepean Redskins program long after his commitment as a parent had ended.

“It wasn’t hard to stay involved,” Dean said. “My son and daughter were involved in the programs. While they went on to bigger and better things, I still had value to add to the structure of the club, and make sure the club was financially healthy. We are also dealing with a sport that has challenges with concussions with other things. Every time I turn around there is something new to tackle, no pun intended.” Dean has taken NCAFA to become the largest youth football association in Canada. The league and its member clubs are healthy, and they have strong relationships with both university programs in the city as well as with the Ottawa Redblacks. “I have my hands on the tiller but I am no means the engine that runs the show,” Dean said.

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While the Redblacks have three NCAFA graduates on their roster – including two players from Barrhaven – there are other NCAFA graduates throughout the CFL and at colleges and universities on both sides of the border. This year, former

Nepean Redskins lineman Tyler Holmes of Barrhaven won a Grey Cup at home while playing for the Toronto Argonauts. It marked the third straight year that a Nepean Redskins graduate played in the Grey Cup game. Despite their successes, the objective is to

get kids involved in the game and playing. “It’s fair to say that everyone involved in the sport locally can take some pride in the success of some of these players have had,” Dean said of Homes and the other Nepean Redskins grads and NCAFA

grads who have played professional or university football. “By no stretch is the objective to get kids into the CFL or NFL. Education is a big part of it, and if we give the kids the opportunity to move on to get that, it’s awesome. It makes it worthwhile.”

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The Independent2017 Barrhaven Santa Claus Parade For more photos, see the Barrhaven Independent Facebook Page Campanale Homes was one of this year’s major sponsors of the Barrhaven Santa Claus Parade. Mike Caroccetto photos

Rob Kemp of St. Mother Teresa High School was Scrooge during Barrhaven Santa Claus parade. He was joined on the float by the Ghost of Marley (Declan Monaghan) and Tiny Tim (Brennan Ray). They will be starring in the St. Mother Teresa High School Cappies play, A Christmas Carol, later this month.

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Barrhaven Santa Claus Parade was another big success It was wonderful to see so many of you at the Santa Parade a couple of weekends ago! I am grateful to the organizing committee who for so many years has brought a top notch parade to Barrhaven. This year they added a Santa breakfast and I heard so many of you talk about the incredible value it was for families. So kudos Barrhaven BIA and the Santa Parade Team…. well done! THANK YOU BARRHAVEN!! Please keep bringing your winter clothing to our drop off zone. I’m very pleased to say that we have already filled up two big boxes for the Keep Ottawa Warm 2017 Campaign - Please bring gently used, clean winter clothing for women, men and children to the DROP OFF ZONE in front lobby of the Walter Baker Entrance, 100 Malvern Drive or at my Ward Office. Mon-Fri 8-4pm. All clothes will be hand delivered to people in need.

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Please check out my NEW website! If you’re not already an email subscriber to my E-Blast newsletter you can sign up online. The Barrhaven Community Concert Band is holding its holiday concert “Songs of the Season” on Sunday, December 3rd at 3:00 PM, at Ottawa Torah Centre, 111 Lamplighters Drive, Barrhaven. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door. Children ten and under are free. Visit www.barrhavenband. com for details.


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of the holidays. A “drive through” experience from the comfort of your own car, the Wesley Clover Parks Campground route will be overflowing with spectacular light displays and animations where holiday themes will come to life in sparkling lights. Magic of Lights is truly a holiday family tradition and will be for years to come. For tickets and further information visit www. events/magic-of-lights/

Canada 150 Skate Day in Barrhaven

West Barrhaven Stonebridge & Half Moon Bay Community Associations are hosting Canada 150 Skate Day at the Minto Recreation Complex on Sunday December 10th, from 4pm to 6pm. Come for a free skating party, music, snacks, and crafts Everyone is welcome. The use of a CSAapproved, multi-impact helmet is strongly recommended for participants, especially anyone 10 years of age or younger and/or any new or weak

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Mayor’s 17th Annual Christmas Celebration

Mayor’s 17th Annual Christmas Celebration on Saturday December 9th, 2017 from 2 to 6pm at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West. Celebrate the season in the fresh outdoors on Marion Dewar Plaza roasting marshmallows and singing Christmas songs around camp fires, ice skating on the Sens Rink of Dreams, and enjoying BeaverTails, and live entertainment. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive from the North Pole and will be housed in their very own outdoor cabin. Enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides on the downtown streets surrounding City Hall and, inside, make a craft in Santa’s Workshop, enjoy hot chocolate, cookies, entertainment and indulge in fresh fruit from Orleans Fresh Fruit. To share in the spirit of the holiday season, admission to this sponsored event is a non-perishable donation to the Ottawa Food Bank. OC Transpo will offer free bus rides on all routes to and from City Hall from

1:30 to 6:30 p.m. to children 11 and under when accompanied by a farepaying adult. Thank you to our generous corporate sponsors who make this annual celebration possible. For further information, visit ottawa. ca. Please advise us of any accessibility-related accommodation. Please note this event is not nut-free. Dress warmly as most of the activities will take place outdoors.

all donations (monetary only please) to the freewill offering will support the Barrhaven Food Cupboard.

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Magic of Lights is coming back to Wesley Clover Parks, and this year’s event promises to be Bigger, Better & Brighter than ever! November 17th, 2017 - January 6th 2017. Magic of Lights is comprised of festive and vibrant LED lighted displays celebrating the joy

mas music at Barrhaven United Church on Sunday December 10 at 7pm. Free entry, parking & light refreshments. As usual,

Advantage for the Food Cupboard Members of the Barrhaven Business Advantage business group presented a cheque to Kevin Millar of the Barrhaven Food Cupboard during one of their weekly breakfast meetings at Broadway Bar and Grill. Supporting the local food cupboard at Christmas has been a tradition of the club for almost a decade. The group meets every Wednesday to network and to discuss and share business ideas and strategies. For more information on the Barrhaven Business Advantage, visit www.barrhavenbusinessnetwork. com. Jeff Morris photo

Many local Aramark employees who are suite hostesses at Canadian Tire Centre got together to fill shoe boxes with gifts through the Samaritan’s Purse Christmas Gift program. The program was brought to her co-workers by Kelsey Harrison, who is the hostess for Bobby Ryan’s suite for CHEO kids at Ottawa Senators games. She got involved in the program through her church. “Just coming back from Haiti, I can only try to explain how much these will mean to a family,” Harrison said. Not just for the child, for getting the gift, but the mother, to be able to see her child smile. It’s truly beautiful.” Harrison approached Aramark Director of Premium Services Carol Harper with the idea, and she loved it. “No matter what you are going through or WALTER BAKER how bad your day can be, CHRISTMAS nothing is as gratifying as CRAFT SHOW going out and filling a shoe NOVEMBER 18th AND box with Christmas gifts DECEMBER 9th for a child who is in need,” 10AM - 4PM, OVER Harper said. “It’s amazing that Kelsey took the initiaFree Admission tive to bring this program 50 LOCAL CRAFTERS to us and to get the suite AND ARTISANS hostesses at Ottawa SenINFO@GOLDENOPP.CA ators games involved.” 100 Malvern Drive

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The IndependentCOMMUNITY City Draft Budget includes multi-use pathway on Woodroffe Ave

At last week’s meeting of City Council, Mayor Jim Watson tabled the 2018 Budget, which presents a balanced, affordable and progressive future for Ottawa. Draft Budget 2018 demonstrates Council’s commitment to growing our city by investing in the things that matter most to residents: continued protection of our critical infrastructure and assets, keeping our communities safe and vibrant, and making the environment a top priority. Some of the Budget highlights for Ward 22 include funding for improvements to the design and construction of Beryl Gaffney Park as well as funding for a multi-use pathway on Woodroffe Avenue from Longfields Drive to Stoneway Drive. For more information and a full list of highlights, please visit


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Public Consultation for “Pink House” Subdivision

There will be a public consultation for the “Pink House” Development planned for 3740 Jockvale Road, concerning the proposed

plan of subdivision. been launched for chilFood Drive This meeting will be dren and youth aged 16 Get in the holiday held in the Cambrian and under. We want to spirit and help us fill a Room at the Minto Re- give youth the oppor- bus with food for the creation Centre at 3500 tunity to name the train Ottawa Food Bank! OC Cambrian Road on cars that are part if the Transpo will have buses Thursday November biggest infrastructure parked outside your 30th from 6:30-8:00pm. project in Ottawa’s re- local grocery store in This meeting will give cent history. Encourage hopes of filling them the community the op- your children, nieces, with food to distribportunity to meet with nephews and grand- ute this holiday seastaff to provide input on children to participate. son. Stop by to donate the project. For more A total of 40 trains will on Saturday December information on this ap- be named. The contest 2nd from 9am to 6pm. plication, please visit ends December 8th In Ward 22, you can doand winners will be an- 2:59 nate Nov. 23 _Diversitea Ad 11/14/17 PM locally Page 1 at Loblaws nounced in 2018. The at 3201 Greenbank Name the Train entry form, along with Road or at Moncion’s


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa – Clothing Bin

I was pleased to join Big Brothers Big Sisters Ottawa (BBBSO) to place a donation bin at St Joseph’s High School in Barrhaven. All of the clothing donated to these Big Purple Bins helps support the BBBSO programs. For more information on how you can donate to this great initiative in our community, please visit

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Amazon and the slow death of the traditional grocery store The bricks-and-mortar food retailing model is losing its lustre in Canada. Loblaws is the latest grocer to commit to home delivery. Starting in December, the leading food retailer in Canada has an ambitious plan to deliver food for a fee from coast to coast. Grocers are essentially trying to chase down the money that shows up less often at their doorsteps. As a result, we’re witnessing – and contributing to – the slow death of the traditional grocery store. Five years ago, barely one per cent of our food purchases were made online. Today, some analysts suggest that’s close to four per cent. We’re catching up to the Americans, who now buy seven per cent of their food online. And prodded along by Walmart, online grocery shopping is expanding. Walmart’s online sales in the U.S. grew by almost 50 per cent last quarter and a lot of it was food. Canada is seeing similar trends. Amazon – the boogeyman of retailing – has become a legitimate threat since it took over Whole Foods this summer. Amazon isn’t just a business killer, it destroys entire sectors. The bookstore was its first victim. And since its acquisition of Whole Foods, we can assume that the grocery store is in Amazon’s sights. It’s redefining how the food industry makes transactions in a digitalized, borderless world. For Loblaws, it’s about fighting the Amazon effect, which is why we’re about to see a revolution in home food delivery. In 10 or 15 years, the possibilities seem boundless. It’s possible, for example, that companies will own the food we receive and we’ll only pay for what we consume. It’s also possible that leftovers could be credited, resold on our behalf and used for something else, eliminating waste. Similar gains can be achieved on the nutritional front. Consumers could wear portable devices that automatically tell their fridges it’s time to be replenished to satisfy customized diets. Or a Fitbit for food could see food retailers deliver healthy choices, directed by a personal tracker. The new trends will force grocers to deal with better-informed consumers. All the data consumers need is readily available online, where they can also shop at their own pace. That should make consumers more rational, dampening impulse buying – a scary thought for many food companies. Grocers will need to be far more precise in their practices to match higher expectations. The food retailing industry’s link directly to our homes may seem incredible but it’s only the beginning. While management at Loblaws and other retailers are kept up at night seeking strategies for long-term survival in the face of the Amazon effect, the opportunities are endless. At least Loblaws had the foresight to act before it’s too late. Troy Meida – Sylvain Charlebois is Senior Fellow with the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies, dean of the Faculty of Management and a professor in the Faculty of Agriculture at Dalhousie University.

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Some life skills for their toolboxes Look back to when you were a child for a “No, sir.” moment, and think about who made a huge And the lecture began. It came from impact on you for shaping you into the per- many different angles – from a cop, from son you are today. a coach, and from someone who is as proObviously, your parents had an impact tective of the kids as a father would be. on you. But who left an impression on you At the end of it, we were sure that the beyond that? Maybe it was FROM THE player would probably be a teacher. Maybe it was an wearing a helmet every uncle or aunt, or maybe a time he got on a bike for grandparent. It could have the rest of his life. been a scout or guide leadEvery now and then he er. Maybe it was a music would visit the candy store teacher. Maybe it was a pobefore practice and give by Jeffrey Morris lice officer. Or, if you played out candy as rewards to any sports, maybe it was a the kids that played well. coach. Someone who caught a lot This year, I got the chance to coach a foot- of passes would get taffy for “having sticky ball team of 14-15-year-olds with DeWayne fingers.” Other players who made big hits Knight. Spending the year with him, and in a game would get lollipops “for putting a watching him and listening to him, I know big lick on someone.” that he will be someone these kids will look One of the most memorable moments of back on and remember as someone who the season came after DeWayne had kicked helped shape their lives. a player off the team because of an attitude “It’s not about winning and losing,” De- problem. The player contacted DeWayne, Wayne would say. “It’s about becoming apologized, and told him he wanted back young men who are responsible and ac- on the team. He wrote out a formal apolcountable. It’s about creating young men ogy to his teammates and read it to them at who will be leaders in their community, and practice. The players decided to welcome who will learn the skills through football that him back to the team. will help them have successful careers and “I am glad it played out that way,” Delives and be good parents and husbands and Wayne said. “I believe in second chances. I to be able to provide for their families. You wouldn’t be where I was today if there was are always going to win some games and lose no one there to give me a second chance some games, but it goes way beyond that.” when I was young.” As a youth coach, DeWayne has one of the One thing I will always remember was best resumes of any coach in the country. He a conversation between DeWayne and the played high school football in Virginia and same kid. DeWayne was in his police uniwould go on to be a captain as a linebacker form, and it had been a tougher-than-usual at Virginia Tech. He came to Canada to play day. for the Ottawa Rough Riders. When his CFL “Coach, so on a scale of one to 10, how career was done, he went on to coach with tough is it to be a cop?” the Ottawa Sooners, Ottawa Gee Gees, and I could see the wheels turning in the Ottawa Renegades. He became a coach with player’s head. Maybe he was thinking that the Nepean Redskins (now Eagles) when his he might want to be a cop when he was son, Deionte, began to play. Even though older. Deionte is playing college football in AriDeWayne stopped in his tracks at the zona, he stayed with the program because question. he has a passion for football, and because he “Today,” he said, “it was a 12.” has an even bigger passion for using football At our year-end banquet, he told the to teach life’s lessons to young men. other coaches that he didn’t want to talk Off the field, DeWayne is an Ottawa police about the games we lost that we could have officer. He puts the same energy into serving won, or about anything that went wrong. the community and helping to shape young “We have some great kids on this team,” lives as a cop that he does as a coach. I always he said to the room full of players, parents thought it was interesting to see how the kids and coaches. “We learned a lot about footreacted to him on the few occasions when he ball, but more importantly, the kids got a would come to practice straight from work. lot of valuable skills and experiences that “What’s wrong with you?” he asked one they can put in their toolboxes. And it will player who was at practice wearing a t-shirt be those toolboxes that will help them be and shorts rather than football equipment successful in life.” when he arrived at practice. At times, this was a year we wanted to forget. “I hurt my head and I have to sit out.” But thanks to DeWayne Knight, it ended “What were you doing?” up being a year that these kids will remem“I fell off my bike and cut my head.” ber forever. “Were you wearing a helmet?”


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Miranda Boutros will be releasing her debut EP in the spring. On Saturday, she performed a song from the EP at Collab Space in Nepean during the Champagne Showcase. Photo by Nick Gütz

Local artist set to showcase single on-stage in advance of EP release By Mike Carroccetto She turned 25 on Saturday and had her own stage to celebrate. Miranda Boutros is an emerging recording artist who grew up in Manotick and now lives in Barrhaven. “I can’t think of a better way to celebrate my champagne birthday than with friends, family, and music,” says Boutros. The young music maker attended St. Leonard and St. Mark High School before attending Algonquin College’s School of Media

and Design for their Music Industry Arts program. That’s where she befriended music producer Nick Gütz and musician Connery Brown. Since graduating Algonquin in 2015, she has worked on her own music with Gütz and Brown.” “It feels like a really good time in my life to take that leap and share my work with people. I’m ready to open myself up for response and reaction to my music and hopefully use it to help guide and fuel me as I finish up my EP.”

Boutros describes her sound as alternative pop with an alternative rock flare, with jazz and blues influences threaded throughout. “Not only are (Gütz and Brown) my friends and colleagues, they’re brothers I never had,” adds Boutros. “I can lean on them in times of weakness and celebrate with them in times of triumph. They are important to my career and life in general.” Her single, ‘Crave The Rose,’ is now available on Spotify.

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The IndependentCOMMUNITY Barrhaven Optometric Centre has met the needs of a growing community It would be an understatement to say that Barrhaven has changed in the last four decades. Barrhaven Optometric Centre, which first opened in 1979, has changed and grown just as much as the community it has served for nearly two generations. As a sponsor of this year’s Barrhaven Santa Claus Parade, Barrhaven Optometric Centre remains committed to the community they serve. The Barrhaven Optometric Centre is located on Fallowfield Road in the plaza by the railway tracks, between The Works and The Beer Store. It is the third location the business has been in, as they moved there in 2011. The business originally opened up in 1979 on Green Street, and then moved down Greenbank Road to the plaza where Sobey’s and Canadian Tire are located. The new location has an expanded space, and it is easy to get to. There is also ample parking. Dr. Gordon Young opened the first Optometric practice in Barrhaven as a solo practitioner in 1979 with the vision that Barrhaven Optometric Centre was to be ‘the eye care facility for the Barrhaven community’. The Optometrists and support staff continually participate in seminars

and training programs to ensure current knowledge on services and products for superior patient care. Optometrists in the practice participate on advisory panels and in clinical trials for various contact lens and pharmaceutical companies. They are actively involved in the Ontario Association of Optometrists, the Ontario College of Optometrists and their local Ottawa Society of Optometrists. While the business has had to adapt to changing technology, the practice has also had to adjust to changing lifestyles in the community. “We live in a world now where a lot of people sit in front of a computer screen at work all day,” Dr. Laura Lee Hardy said. “We also have teenagers that spend a lot of time on devices or playing video games. Those things can take their toll on your eyes. The blue light can cause headaches and blurry vision. Blue filters for glasses can help, and we have helped a lot of people who have had eye problems due to their time in front of a computer. It’s a very common complaint we have, and in our office, there is no additional charge to upgrade to a blue filter.” Away from the computer and the video games, Barrhaven is a very active community with a

number of sports and recreational programs and associations. With a number of people of all ages playing sports, there are also visual needs. “We carry a full line of safety glasses and sports glasses,” she said. “When people think of sports glasses, they think of the old fashioned goggles, but we have a lot of options. One thing we carry that is popular is a line of Oakley sports glasses and sunglasses. They have a safety frame and a safety lens. The lens is actually bullet proof.” And with a lot of people playing recreational soc-

cer, hockey, rugby, football and other sports, Barrhaven has more than its share of concussions. “The blue filters have also helped a lot of our patients with post-concussion issues,” Hardy said. Barrhaven Optometric Centre offers comprehensive eye examinations and contact lens services in a professional, modern environment with state of the art technology and equipment. They also consult and co-manage their cases, with other area health care providers, for patients with conditions like, cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration,

hypertension, diabetes and for laser vision correction surgery. The Barrhaven Optometric Centre eyewear gallery has an extensive selection of frames and sunglasses for children, women and men. Products meet a variety of needs with particular attention to high-end frames and lens products while also offering economy products. Popular brands such as Emilio Pucci, Fendi, Gucci, Maui Jim, Adidas, Boss, and Oakley are available. Their on-site optical finishing lab provides fast, accurate manufacturing

of conventional and specialty spectacle lenses. “We offer comprehensive, individualized eye care,” said Hardy. “Two people may have the same prescriptions, but their needs may be very different. We look at each patient as an individual and get to understand their needs.” “We meet the needs of all our patients,” she said. “Some want high-end, designer glasses, and others just want something basic. We try and have something for every individual need. Our prices are very competitive, and we are local.”

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In addition... • Created 77,000 jobs across the country, including over 200 in Nepean through the Canada Summer Jobs program. Our riding received $673,000 in funding! • Created the MP Chandra Arya Outstanding Achievement award and gave Kindle e-readers and $500 cash awards to graduating students at 23 elementary, middle and high schools in Nepean. • Consulted constituents on key issues such as Budget 2016, Climate Change and Electoral Reform. We are planning several more town halls as well.

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Former John McCrae student speaks at WE Day about opioid addiction

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ed to go across Canada sharing her story of battling mental health and addictions in hopes it would inspire others. “It taught me a lot,” Attar said looking back at her trip. “It opened my eyes and I feel like I aged 10 years while I was travelling for a month. Once you open your eyes to the pain that is out there and these realities that it’s not just you that was suffering and that it’s everyone.” She left Ottawa on Canada Day, and travelled to Montreal, and then down east. Attar then travelled out West where opioid-related deaths are on the rise. Between January and June of this year, 780 people in British Columbia died of opioid related overdoses. During her time out West, Attar spoke to grieving parents who have lost children to drug related overdoses. “I spent a lot of time speaking with families that have experienced the grief of losing a child, front line advocates, fentanyl experts, (and) volunteers in the downtown Eastside,” Attar said. Attar was a volunteer with the unsanctioned pop-up injection site opened by Overdose Prevention Ottawa in the market -- and still works as a frontline worker in the downtown core. A few months ago, Attar joined MPP Michael Harris at Queens park in Toronto to propose Bill 126, The Illegal Pill Press Act which would pro-

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The IndependentCOMMUNITY St. Mother Teresa High School student tells We Day crowd they can make a difference By Charlie Senack Emma Duplessis, a Grade nine student at St. Mother Teresa High School in Barrhaven, is a community advocate for the less fortunate. She was hand-picked by organizers last month to go on stage and play a trivia game with 16,000 students in attendance at the Canadian Tire Centre as part of the annual We Day at the arena. Duplessis, age 14, was chosen for her involvement in volunteering and organizing fundraisers — some of which is for the Barrhaven Food Cupboard, an organization which helps deliver food hampers to needy residents. Last year while Duplessis was a student at St. Patrick’s Elementary, she organized a school trivia to help raise awareness on important issues. “We organized a trivia

event at our school with questions that involved global issues (and) issues around us,” said Duplessis. “We did that at our school to raise awareness.” Duplessis said the questions could range from how much water Americans waste, to how many people across the world are in poverty. They would receive the response from classes before lunch -- and the correct answer would be announced during end of day announcements. She started her activism efforts in grade four when she was only nine years old, and says she hopes to continue her activism efforts. She has only been at St. Mother Teresa since September, but hopes to get more involved. When she was a student at St. Patrick’s Elementary School, Duplessis was involved in the ME to We club -- an organization that was started by Canadian brothers Marc and

Craig Kielburger in 2008. Co-founder Craig Kielburger said the organization is constantly growing, and more schools want to get involved. Fourteenthousand five-hundred schools in Canada, the United States and United Kingdom take part— around 8,000 of which are in Canada. “The teachers are clamoring for it,” Kielburger said in a press conference on Wednesday. “We hear it from teachers at schools that are asking for this, and they are looking for this great high quality resource.” Duplessis said she hopes to continue her activism efforts, and get more involved in the Barrhaven community. “I would like to continue by getting more involved in the community with helping out at different things like The Barrhaven food cupboard

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(because) I care that some people don’t have food,” said Duplessis. She also hopes to advocate for children’s rights -which includes sending all children to school. Her message to others her age is to make a difference in their own way -- whether that includes donating their time -- or

becoming a youth advocate. “It doesn’t have to be anything big, but the smallest thing helps,” said Duplessis. “Even if you can just donate a can every once in awhile, it can still make a difference.” Her mother said that instead of getting pre-

sents for her birthday, she collects cans to bring to The Barrhaven Food Cupboard. We Day brings together world-renowned speakers, A-list performers, and tens of thousands of youth to celebrate a year of action that transformed communities and changed lives.


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After an official was assaulted at a youth football playoff game, NCAFA takes aim at improving the culture at parks throughout Eastern Ontario By Jeff Morris Greg Vail of Barrhaven has been a football official for nearly 30 years. This year, he made a decision. He will no longer offer his services to be a referee for NCAFA football games. “I do this because I enjoy it,” he said. “But the way it is now – with the abuse we take at games – I don’t enjoy it anymore.” Vail is not alone with his feelings. The difficulty with the way parents, coaches and players are treating officials has become one of the most difficult and unexpected problems the National Capital Amateur Football Association is facing. A long and difficult season came to a boiling point during the semi-final weekend earlier this month. After a game in Cumberland, an official was assaulted in the parking lot. Though it was the worst situation of that weekend, it wasn’t the only one. Dur-

ing a tyke game in Kanata played by eighta n d - n i n e - ye a r- o l d s, a parent celebrated a touchdown by running onto the playing field, jumping up and down, and waving his middle fingers at the opposition coach while shouting obscenities. After another game, an official was berated with obscenities by an angry parent who followed him to his car after his 11-year-old’s team lost a game. “I’ve never seen it like this,” Vail said. “This year, it has been crazy. I know you will always have people arguing or disagreeing with calls, but this year was completely out of control. If it keeps up, a lot of officials won’t put up with it. “It’s not the kids and for the most part, it’s not the coaches. Some spectators cannot contain themselves, or behave in a manner that shows leadership, or restraint. Threatening violence as a result of a call, or non-call, verbally assaulting offi-

Snow Bowl Nepean Midget Eagles’ running back Noah Gauthier (7) dances into the end zone for a touchdown during the “Inter-provincial Bowl” championship football game at Carleton University’s MNP Park Sunday, November 19. The Eagles, who won the NCAFA championship in early November by beating Bel-Air 7-6, lost 18-10 to the Montreal champions, the North Shore Mustangs. In position to make the call is veteran official Andre Papineau, who officiates many NCAFA youth, high school, OPFL and university games from May through November. Papineau is also a CFL offfield official. Mike Carroccetto photo

cials during, and then again after the games, and at worst, following officials into the parking lot to continue the threats and abuse is not acceptable.” Barrhaven resident and NCAFA President Steve Dean meets with the Eastern Ontario Tackle Football Officials Association on a regular basis, and he said that eliminating the abuse that officials are subjected to will be met head on. The EOTFOA officials work games from Cornwall to Brockville, and from Hawkesbury to Deep River, as well as all games in Ottawa and Gatineau. Officials receive a stipend for games, which with the time commitments involved, often works out to less than minimum wage. Officials are also responsible for their own uniforms, supplies, and training sessions and clinics. For those who require physiotherapy during a season, many spend money officiating instead of making money on the field. “Without officials, there is no game,” Dean said. “The way our officials were treated this year was not acceptable, and it will be a priority in the offseason to change the culture at the parks next season.” Dean said that solving the problem will begin with the head coaches. He said that during the offseason, a clinic for head coaches will address the issue of abuse toward officials by coaches, players and spectators. “It’s a chain reaction,” said Dean. “If the kids playing here the coaches being abusive toward officials, then they will think it’s acceptable behaviour. It may be verbal abuse, or it may be something as simple as a coach throwing his arms up in the air and rolling his eyes. Either way, he is sending a message of disrespect to his coaches and players, and even the parents. That’s where the problem behaviour begins, and as it goes along, it gets worse. But ultimately, the head coaches have to be account-

Barrhaven Independent editor and publisher Jeff Morris is one of the dozens of people who “give back to the game” by being a football official. After an official was assaulted in the parking lot following an NCAFA youth playoff game last month, abuse and treatment of officials will be at the forefront as club executives plan for next season. Mike Carroccetto photo

able.” Dean has two fingers in the proverbial pie, as on top of being the NCAFA President, he is also President of the local club in NCAFA, the Nepean Eagles. The behaviour of players, coaches and spectators toward officials has been a problem in a number of local sports. Minor hockey’s problems have been highly publicized across the country, and Dean said he is looking at how the different sports are coping with the issue. The Nepean Minor Hockey Association has a code of conduct that is strictly enforced. “During the course of all NMHA activities and events, members of the NMHA shall conduct themselves at all times in a fair and responsible manner,” the policy reads. “They shall refrain from comments or actions that are disrespectful, offensive, abusive, racist, or sexist. Behaviour that constitutes harassment or abuse (as defined by Canadian hockey governing bodies) will not be tolerated by the NMHA.” Dean said that while there has always been an expectation level

for the behaviour of people at youth football games, a more aggressive and proactive policy is needed. He praised Kanata Knights President Dan Lachance for promptly removing the parent that came onto the field shouting obscenities during the tyke game from the park. “Football is different than the other sports,” Dean said. “There is a culture of respect, teamwork and discipline. The behaviour we have seen this year does not belong at a football game. Some will say that a ‘hockey mentality’ has crept into our sport, but we can’t point fingers at hockey or at soccer or at any other sport. We just have to establish parameters of what is acceptable at the park during football fields. If spectators can’t abide by those rules, they will be sent home, and they will have to watch a live stream of it online or find another way to watch it. But either way, the honour system we have is not enough.” Dean recalled a situation he saw when his daughter played soccer in the Ottawa South United program,

and how that situation was handled by the official. “The girls playing were about 12 and there was a 16-yearold referee,” he said. “There was a parent who was out of control and chirping relentlessly. Finally, the referee stopped the game, and calmly told the parent that if he continued to behave in that manner, the game would be stopped and it would not start again until he left the park. Not only did the parent behave the rest of the game, but he was extremely embarrassed. The situation was handled perfectly.” Jim Lianos, General Manager of Ottawa South United, said that education is the key in preventing situations like the ones NCAFA has been facing this year. With 10,000 players, OSU is one of the largest soccer clubs in the country. OSU has a code of conduct for players, coaches and parents. In all three, respecting officials and their decisions on the field, right or wrong, is mandatory.


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ref continues from page 13 “If a parent is out of control and crosses the line of what is acceptable behaviour, we will have a disciplinary hearing,” Lianos said. “Usually, a parent understands when they have acted inappropriately. What really brings the point home for them is when the referees are young people. How would those parents like it if an irate parent was pointing that kind of behaviour at their child? When a parent has to be held accountable for their behaviour at a game, they are usually embarrassed.”

Lianos said that treatment of officials and coaches is addressed in meetings at the beginning of each season, and an expectation level is put into place. “Our referees are a big part of our club,” Lianos said. “We are developing players, but we also develop referees and coaches. If our young referees are not treated with respect, why would they continue to be referees? And if we don’t have referees, we don’t have games.” Lianos added that the most important message

sent to parents is that the game is just that – a game. “At the end of the day, it’s just a game,” he said. “It’s a game meant to be enjoyed by everyone involved. We want to create a positive atmosphere for everyone.” Part of the training that soccer officials receive is in dealing with situations involving unruly spectators. “That’s one thing that we will look to work on in football,” Dean said. “We have to arm our officials with the proper tools to deal with these situations properly.”

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