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Brian St. Louis wins Nepean Conservative federal nomination By Jeff Morris
The Conservative Party has their candidate for Nepean for next year’s federal election. Brian St. Louis, a 32-yearold Barrhaven native, received 51.7 per cent of the vote at the Nepean Conservative federal nomination meeting Sunday at the Nepean Sportsplex. Former City Councillor and Deputy Mayor Steve Desroches received 34 per cent of the vote. Also running were Denise Siele, Brian Gaber and William Xie. “We will take Nepean back in the next election,” St. Louis said to the party members and supporters who stayed until the end of the meeting. The results were announced about two hours after the ending of the threehour voting window. “I didn’t get into this for myself,” St. Louis said. “What motivated me was every day, going to a door, and seeing someone that said ‘Hey Brian, I got your back, you go get them.’ That’s what motivated me throughout the summer, into the winter, into the dead of winter.” St. Louis planned to spend Monday with his family and hit the ground running with his campaign Tuesday. “The work starts now,” he said. “We need to get Justin
Trudeau out in the next election.” Before the voting began, each candidate was given seven minutes to address the crowd. Criticizing Prime Minister Trudeau and the Liberal government was a recurring theme. Liberal overspending and budget deficits, as well as Canada’s immigration and refugee policies were all a common theme. “You’re here because you care,” said St. Louis, who was the first candidate to speak. “You’re hear because you need to make Justin Trudeau a one-term Prime Minister.” St. Louis added that Trudeau “has no idea what he is doing, and he has no concept of business relations.” St. Louis talked about his roots in the community. “I grew up in Old Barrhaven before it was Old Barrhaven,” he said. William Xie, a Chinese immigrant, was also critical of the Prime Minister and was very blunt with his opinions on the Liberal Government’s immigration policies. “Canada’s refugee and immigration policies are linked to our budget,” he said. “And we have some refugees who become gangsters. We have seen that in South Keys and Walkley Road. We have some refugees who are terrorists. We should send our troops to their countries to help them
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Barrhaven native Brian St. Louis received 51.7 per cent of the vote during the Nepena Conservative nomation meeting Sunday at the Nepean Sportsplex. Jeff Morris photo
the tornado crisis. Strong leaders like (Councillor) Jan Harder and (Nepean MPP) Lisa MacLeod stepped up, but where was our Member of Parliament?” The next federal election will take place in 2019. No date has been set.
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BIA is moving in the right direction
Barrhaven’s business community is moving in the right direction. The Barrhaven BIA held its Annual General Meeting at St. Mother Teresa High School earlier this month, and all indications are that it’s full steam ahead for the new year. “One of the main points of focus for us in the new year is that we are going to provide more support for our local businesses,” said Barrhaven BIA President Jason MacDonald. As the community has grown from a bedroom suburb to a vibrant community of 90,000 people, MacDonald said that the Barrhaven business community is in a strong posit ion to take advantage of the opportunities the growing community is presenting. “There is strength in numbers,” he said. And he is right. While the BIA will continue to drive home the importance of shopping locally to the community – local businesses support local endeavours, provide jobs in the community, strengthen the local economy, and the variety of amenities are partly responsible for driving up our property values in Barrhaven – work is also being done by the BIA to give local businesses more tools to succeed. For MacDonald and his board, and Executive Director Andrea Steenbakkers and her staff, this focus will help Barrhaven businesses help lure back some of the shopping dollars that are escaping the community on a daily basis. One of the initiatives of the BIA in the new year is a series of informative breakfast sessions for local business owners. The first, which takes place Jan. 22, is on setting up an on-line store as part of the Shopify platform. Even from a business perspective, MacDonald said that the largest issue in the community is transportation. Improving the way we get bodies in an out of Barrhaven every day through public transit is going to be the backbone of future growth and opportunity in the community. MacDonald said that the work done by Councillor Jan Harder in the last municipal political term, as well as the recent Environmental Assessment done on bringing light rail to Barrhaven have been big wins for Barrhaven. “When the first phase of the LRT opens, we will be better served,” MacDonald said. While MacDonald had nothing but praise for Harder, he also said there is excitement around having Carol Anne Meehan as her counterpart in Ward 22 GloucesterSouth Nepean. “The BIA is excited to have Carol Anne Meehan as a councillor,” he said. “She clearly understands the BIA and its needs and priorities, and she will work well with Jan (Harder). We are sure that we can count on her support as we move forward with the future of the business community in Barrhaven.” BARRHAVEN
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The ghost of Christmas concerts past When I was a kid, I had a hard time with perspective. I guess my most irritating trait as a child was that I thought I was a pretty big deal. And those of you who know me will probably laugh – or not – and note that I never really grew out of that. Point taken. But part of that came from the assumption that everything I was involved with was a much bigger deal than it was. I remember in my first year of minor hockey in Prescott, assuming that because my team was called the North Stars, that the Minnesota North Stars owned my rights. I was disillusioned when I found out that wasn’t the case. Clearly, the tyke house league wasn’t quite as big of a deal as I thought it was. And then there was the 1970 Christmas concert at Churchill Public School. We did this song where we were the animals in the manger during the birth of Christ. I was one of four kids in our class selected to do a solo. I was the sheep. I thought I was a big deal, and to me, the event was a huge deal. All three of the school’s classes were taking part, and the gym was going to be packed. It was a couple of days before my seventh birthday, and I was still at the stage in my life when I couldn’t decide if I was going to be a football player or a singing cowboy when I grew up. If I nailed my solo, I was destined to be a star. Maybe I would even get to sing on Hee Haw. Everyone watched Hee Haw on Saturday night before the hockey game. And besides, the Churchill Public School Christmas Concert in Riverview Heights – population 249 (we counted one night and painted the population on the sign) – was a pretty big deal. Glen Campbell must have been crapping his pants, fully aware that this singing cowboy kid was going to replace him atop the country charts. When the concert began, the stage lights were shining in our faces. I stared out into the audience but I just saw silhouettes of what seemed like hundreds of people. We all sang the first verse, and I had solo number three. My stomach fluttered as the first two soloists delivered their verses. My moment was coming. My mouth got dry. I swallowed. I took a deep breath. Here it comes. “I, said the sheep with curly horn, “I gave Him my wool for His blanket warm; “He wore my coat on Christmas morn. “I, said the sheep with curly horn.” And then, just like that, it was on to the next verse and the next nervous member of the class.
I relaxed, brushed my arm against my forehead to wipe off the sweat, and I coasted through the rest of the songs that we sang as a group. We sang ‘Oh Come All Ye Faithful’ and we sang ‘Silent Night’ and finished off with ‘Away in a Manger.’ And then, the Churchill Christmas Concert of 1970 became nothing but a FROM THE memory. Over the years at Churchill, there were a few other Christmas plays and concerts, but that is the one that seems to stand out in my memory. They were usuby Jeff Morris ally the same. The class gets on stage, we all took our spots, and we would sing a few Christmas songs. Chances are that you may have gone through the same thing as a kid. But what about the kids of today? With the exception of the odd Catholic school class, the Christmas concert seems to be a right of passage that has faded away. We have sacrificed one of the most treasured rituals of Canadian generations past out of our fear of offending religious minorities. Of course, my mind is drifting back to the 1970 Christmas concert. Santa made an appearance, and we all got a chance to visit with him in the reception after the big show. “It’s not the real Santa,” one kid said to me just before it was my turn. “You can see the elastic for his beard.” We had a huddle to try to figure out who Santa was that night, and we never did figure it out. The Grade 5 kids went last. They were the oldest kids in the school. One of them provided another one of those never-gonna-forget-this moments when he hopped up on Santa’s knee. “And what would you like for Christmas this year, young man?” “Ummm, Hot Wheels… and a carton of smokes. Macdonald Menthol. That’s the kind me and my dad smoke.” That one caught Santa off guard, and the poor guy didn’t know what to say. And that kid was a really big deal in the school. Okay, so maybe some customs and traditions are best left behind in 1970. Churchill Public School was torn down years ago. Where it stood is now just an empty field along Merwin Lane. But every time I drive by there, the memories come flooding back. Glen Campbell was probably relieved I tried to become a football player instead of a singing cowboy. I hope this column triggers memories of your Christmas concerts past. Even if your concert wasn’t as big of a deal as the one at Churchill was ;)
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Robotics competitions have been a driving passion for LDHSS student
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Parents: Marianne and Abraham Sisters: Kristal (30), Graduated from Algonquin, after attending Canterbury. Working at an advertisement firm. Amber (25), Graduated from McMaster for Bio-Medical sciences, attended Merivale. Sabrina (23), Graduated from University of Ottawa, attended Longfields. Currently doing teacher’s college at U of O. Jenna (14), Currently attending Canterbury in their Vocal Program. Pets: “We have one pet in my house. Catboy is an 8 month old cat. He’s Sabrina’s cat, and was named by my 8-year-old twin cousins on the family farm.” Pet Peeve: “My biggest pet peeve is a poor work ethic. I believe if you aren’t doing work, there isn’t really a reason for you to hang around. I’m very dedicated to my interests, and will often won’t leave until it’s complete.”
lights and sounds of a performance. This can include internal events within school, or community rentals of our school’s auditorium.” • Assistant Instructor: “Three years ago at one of the Robotics Competitions I attended, I sat across the table at dinner with my current boss, Ian Dudley. (Some people call him the Lego Guy). By the end of the year, another person I competed with approached me about getting a summer job. Now I run Lego robotics courses with Mindstorms, Engineering camps with Lego Technic and Electronics. All these things, I have been interested in for a vast majority of my education. I competed six years ago in a competition that utilized the same skills I teach today. I use analogies I’ve learned, to help simplify logic and to increase the understanding of these 6 to14 year old students/ campers.”
Favourite Subjects: “My favourite subject by far is computer engineering. It’s a day course, which encompasses creating and designing circuits, robots, and networks. A runner Part time work: up is physics. I enjoy the prob• A/V Technician: “I both Dec. 14_Diversitea Ad 12/14/18 9:43 PM Page 1 volunteer, and get paid, to over- lem solving aspect very much. see tech jobs controlling the I know it relates to my passion of making robots – albeit in a
more theoretical sense. I can often find amusement in these courses, and any of the natural sciences, as it explains the universal laws of our universe.” What do you enjoy reading for pleasure? “I enjoy reading science fiction and fantasy books. Other than that, I read to improve my knowledge about things at my disposal. Technical documents are good at that. I learn how to use a new integrated circuit, or learn a new technique to apply when I may be machining a part.”
3D-printer and different microcontrollers. I also spend my downtime playing video games – mainly on PC.”
Why did you get involved in what you do? “I got involved in robotics because I’ve always had an interest in making things. I started in grade six doing Lego robotics. When I got to Longfields I found their Robotics Team, and had to join. As for tech, I had a few friends that were a part of the club. I originally started showing up at jobs to lend a hand, and the next thing I knew, I was an ‘Honourary Member’.”
Favourite Author: “I’m torn between Edgar Rice BurCareer Goals: “I plan on Zachary Kayed is the captain of the LDHSS RoboRavens roroughs and J. R. R. Tolkien – Christmas copy 11/9/18 5:58 PM Page 1 to the University of Otthe first two authors that 2018_Ad come going botics team. Phill Potter photo to mind when I think about my tawa for Electrical Engineerfavourite books. I enjoyed The ing. My other two choices were boRavens, where I have a volunteered at countless other Hobbit, and The Mars Trilogy.” Mechanical engineering at U of chance to represent the OCDSB robotics events – big and small. O, and electrical engineering at for a variety of different skills. I may not have the highest I’ve also been an MC for the marks, or the most awards, but Greatest Accomplishment: Carleton University.” Vex Robotics Competition if you give me something to do, “I don’t believe I have a greatest accomplishment. I favour the Other Details: “I’m our team hosts in the middle or something to fix, I can likely idea that every experience I’ve Captain of the LDHSS Ro- of December every year. I’ve figure out how to do it.” had is equal, and has caused me to be who I am today. Some experiences off the top of my head, are the various tech-based competitions I’ve attended. The list includes the FIRST Robotics Competitions in Oshawa, North Bay, and Barrie, the Ontario Trade Skills Competition Prints from Negatives, Slides or Prints where I’ve competed in 4-perColourize Black and White Photographs son robotics, and more recently in Computer-Aided-ManufacPhoto Collages turing.”
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MacLeod’s annual breakfast supports needs of Barrhaven Food Cupboard The annual holiday breakfast hosted by Nepean MPP Lisa MacLeod doubled as a showcase for the Barrhaven food Cupboard. This year’s event, which supports the Barrhaven Food Cupboard’s Christmas Hamper Program, was moved from the Barrhaven Legion to the
Walter Baker Centre. Barrhaven Councillor Jan Harder recently secured space for the food cupboard to move to an area of the WBC close to her constituency office, on the ground level at the back of the building. The breakfast drew several hundred people throughout the
morning of Sat. Dec. 8. “I want to thank Lisa for all of her support,” said Kevin Miler of the Barrhaven Food Cupboard. “Lisa has been a staunch supporter of the food cupboard.” Miller said that the food cupboard had 1,600 food requests this year.
“Every year, our numbers go up,” he said. “We are increasing at a rate of eight per cent per year.” While the Christmas and holiday season brings in a lot of donations for the Barrhaven Food Cupboard, Miller says their needs are year round. “Hunger has no calendar,” he
said. “For the people that need us, their needs are 12 months a year.” MacLeod thanked everyone who attended the breakfast, as well as caterer Daryl Bartraw and the Ottawa Ambassadors girls hockey team for volunteering as servers. MacLeod also said that when
people are living in poverty, it is not up to the rest of us to be judgemental. “One in seven people in Ottawa are living in poverty,” she said. “We can do better. “It doesn’t matter what language they speak or what religion they are. Hunger is hunger.”
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Last week at Council I was confirmed as Chair, Ottawa’s Planning Committee. I am proud to serve in that role again. As well I will return as a member of the Finance and Economic Development Committee. I continue as a Director, Hydro Ottawa Board plus I have a few more responsibilities. I am going to be asking you to provide input on several topics this coming year. This term will be very busy. I hope I can count on Barrhaven to step up in big numbers to help me convey our priorities at City Hall. Look for more “save the dates” and mark your calendars. In later January Budget will be up for discussion and “save the date” January 29th for a fulsome Transportation Meeting at Cedarhill Golf Club. Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas everyone, and shop Barrhaven every chance you get!
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under way in Barrhaven. We will be welcoming a Hampton Inn on the other side of Fallowfield just off of O’Keefe Court. They should be receiving their final approvals shortly and construction to begin in early 2019. The hotel will be a six-storey building with 102 hotel rooms and space for meeting rooms. This is a great opportunity for more local jobs and bringing business to Barrhaven. We’ll keep you updated as we receive more information. Mark January 29th, 2019 on your calendars! Barrhavenites -- your input is needed on matters involving Transportation. LRT, Transit, and Infrastructure are the focus of this discussion -- the issues that affect you directly. Meeting to be held
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The Mayor’s City Builder Award goes to...
On Wednesday December 5th, Elio Marcantonio received the Mayor’s City Builder Award in recognition of his contribution to the community and building of a BMX track in Barrhaven. From Ottawa.ca: Elio Marcantonio formed the Nepean BMX Association, a non-profit organization, and developed a BMX racing track on Strandherd Drive to provide a new recreational facility for the community. He acquired the land in Barrhaven with the help of Councillor Harder, and spent hundreds of hours designing and building the state-of-the-art track. The Nepean BMX Association is an inclusive and familyfriendly organization that promotes a healthy and positive lifestyle. It is one of the fastest growing and largest BMX asso-
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Looking for care in the new year? Walter Baker’s after school program has a wide variety of options for your child each day. These activities could include active games, crafts, swimming, skating and more! Give your child the opportunity to make new friends and create new memories in a structured program. The City of Ottawa is an accredited HIGH FIVE organization. We commit to healthy child development and safety for children’s recreation programs. All of this for less than $12 a day! The program runs from 2:45pm to 6:00pm Monday to Friday and the ages for this program are 6-12 years. The barcode to register online at Ottawa.ca or at any City of Ottawa facility is 1179265. For any additional information including March Break Camps, contact Walter Baker at WBSC@
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Mayor credits rookie councillor Meehan for bringing weed concerns forward By Charlie Senack Ottawa council has stirred the pot and voted a resounding ‘YES’. Two months after cannabis was legalized in Canada, councillors voted 22-2 in favour of private pot dispensaries within the city of Ottawa, during a special cannabis meeting held in council chambers on December 13. Gloucester-South Nepean councillor Carol Anne Meehan was one of two city councillors to vote no. She put a motion on the table asking council to opt out of pot shops. However, she could only get support from College Ward councillor Rick Chiarelli. The mayor and the other 21 councillors voted yes, supporting the opt in decision. “I’m not surprised actually that I lost the motion today,” Meehan said. “I think it
was important for me to bring the motion forward because I think that we are getting a really bad deal here.” The newly elected councillor would have liked to opt out — at least for now. She feels by doing so, the city could negotiate for more control from the province. “We missed an opportunity here today to put pressure on the provincial government to give us a better deal,” Meehan said. “Give us more say on where these stores will be located, how many and a bigger slice of the revenue pie.” Meehan’s main message? She wants to reassure the residents of her ward that she’s not anti-cannabis. “I’ve got a lot of flack from people who say that I’m totally anti marijuana and anti retail (and) I’m not,” she said. “I want to speak for the tax-
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Rookie city councillor Carol Anne Meehan (Ward 22 Gloucester -South Nepean) was one of two dissenting councillors who voted against retail pot shops for the city of Ottawa. The other was Rick Chairelli (College Ward). The vote passed by a margin of 22-2. Mike Carroccetto photo
terms of size, signage and displays and so on,” he said. Watson had a meeting with Premier Doug Ford last week, who said that he would
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Cappies a labour of love for Gr. 12 student World War I-era play “Radium Girls” staged at St. Mother Teresa
By Emma Perreault Special to the Barrhaven Independent This fall, I was honoured to be cast in the St. Mother Teresa High School production of ‘Radium Girls’, the
classic World War I-era play. Radium Girls was staged at the school in early December. I played Kathryn Schaub, the feisty best friend of the main character (Grace Fryer). Schaub and Fryer were real-life women who died of a workplace accident, common at the time. I have much respect for what our characters did to change people’s attitudes towards dangerous work conditions. What better way is there to end my high school acting career than portraying a strong woman working to change the world? Being surrounded by talented teachers / directors and a dedicated cast helped make Radium Girls a phenomenal
life experience. However, my decision to get into acting began spontaneously two years ago. Before entering Grade 10, I had never been onstage. But when I learned my school was holding auditions for the musical ‘Sister Act’, I signed up immediately. After initially getting a role in the play’s ensemble, I was promoted to the part of Mother Superior, a role with two solo songs. Sister Act was my first production, and still one of my favourites. The cast exuded energy and I could tell the audience loved every minute of it. For me, it was an unforgettable experience. Last fall, in Grade 11, l did
not hesitate to audition for A Christmas Carol, receiving the roles of “Woman” and “Mrs. Cratchit”. The cast’s talent was astounding. I was surrounded by students who shared a love of acting, and it showed through our devotion, not just on stage, but in rehearsals. I also gained a new respect for the program and how it celebrates high school theatre when I became a Cappies Critic last year. You can imagine my excitement when I learned I had received a highly coveted nomination forFeatured Actress in a Play from my critic peers. My rendition of “Mrs. Cratchit” didn’t ultimately
Arthur Roeder (played by Marcel Wodgrodny) and Charlie Lee (Cameron Carter) discuss charges filed against the company, brainstorming for the best outcome during a scene from Radium Girls, a play staged at St. Mother Teresa High School in early December. win, but I felt like a winner, Grade 12 student at St. Mothas I was able to reprise a er Teresa. An aspiring politsmall part of my role on stage ical writer, she plans to study in front of thousands of stu- journalism at Carleton U. dents, parents and teachers starting next fall. Hobbies inat the National Arts Centre clude reading, writing, basketduring the Cappies Gala last ball and spending time with friends and family. Perreault spring. Editor’s Note: Emma Per- is co-presidentof the2018-19 reault, age 17, is currently a SMTHS student council.
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The IndependentCOMMUNITY Three deserving women get pampered for the holiday season
By Jeff Morris
It was a special day for three women at the Royale Equestrian Centre in Barrhaven. “They are three very special people who have gone through some difficult times and we wanted to do something special for them,” said Emily Bertrand of Royale Equestrian Centre, which is located at the northeast corner of Woodroffe and Fallowfield. Bertrand organized a day where the women – two moms and a teen – would get their hair and make up done professionally, and then arranged a photo shoot in the indoor arena with the horses. Five professional photographers from the area donated their time. Hair stylist Natalie Thompson of Pretty Little Secrets Hair Salon and Michelle Brennan of Make Up for Lung Cancer did their make overs, Voula Theodossious of Vu La Spa did facials, and Emma StGeorges of Sweet Legs provided each woman with a free pair of pants. “The purpose is to give them
Dawn Schultze is a mother of two who has helped out at Royale Equestrian Centre for a number of special events, but has never ridden a horse. Having a professional make over was a wonderful treat for her. “The last time I had my hair done was at my sister’s wedding about eight years ago,” she said. Karla Pugh has known Bertrand since Royale Equestrian Centre opened. “I was one of the first borders here,” Pugh said. “I had my mare here. But then I had two full time jobs and I couldn’t keep the horse.” Pugh reconnected with the stable at Easter, as she brought her six-year-old son, who has high-function Autism, out for the pony rides. “He really connected with the horses and enjoyed it, and we were able to arrange for him to start riding lessons in September,” she said. “He just loves the horses and all the animals. He loves it here and has so much fun.” Seeing the happiness in her son while he is with the horses
a very special day to help them to feel special and confident,” Bertrand said. The two moms always put everyone else first and the needs of others before their own. We want to help them feel pretty and give them photos the will feel proud of.” For 13-year-old Maya Tomaro, being with the horses and the connections she has made with them at the local stable has been a wonderful way to cope with the stresses and difficulties in her life. “I love being around the horses,” said 13-year-old Maya Tomaro. “When I come here it doesn’t matter what kind of day I have had, I just want to give them a hug.” Tomaro said she was very shy the first time she went to the stable, but she immediately connected with the horses. Being a model for a day was a special experience for her. Being a photography enthusiast, the day gave her the chance to be on the other side of the camera. “I’m really thankful that people are doing this for us,” she said.
and riding makes it all worth while and takes the weight of the world off her shoulders. “It’s very rewarding to see him,” she said. “It makes me happy to see him get pure joy in something he and I can share. I was into horses when I was younger and still am now, and he shows great interest in it too. Being a single mother, you want to do what you have to do so that your child can be happy.” Being pampered and fussed over for a day was a special treat for the single mother. “Emily messaged me and asked if I could take the day off work because she wanted to do
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Emily Betrand of Royale Equestrian Centre poses with Karla Pugh, Maya Tomaro and Dawn Schultze during a photo shoot in the centre’s arena Friday. Jeff Morris photo something mice for me,” she said. “I talked to my boss and
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John McCrae students lace up the blades to Do it For Daron By Charlie Senack More than $1,225 was raised for the Do it for Daron foundation (DIFD) during a boys against girls hockey game organized by John McCrae Secondary School students. On December 14, around 100 hockey lovers packed the Walter Baker Centre to see the boys team face off against the girls team — supporting a good cause. Madison Hawken, a grade 11 student and one of the main organizers of the tournament said they chose to donate their profits to DIFD after hearing about Daron’s story growing up. “We have all grown up in a community that really supports mental health, and that really gives us leeway to just talk about something that’s important to us” Hawken said. “It’s not just raising the money, it’s more about getting out there and talking and spreading the message and knowing that there is someone to talk to,” added grade 11 student Kathryn Stockdale. “There are resources for you.” In November 2014, Daron Richardson, an athletic and outgoing 14-yearold, took her own life. Her parents said at the time she showed no signs of depression or mental health issues. In 2011, her parents started a charity in her honour, in hopes that other parents wouldn’t have to face the same pain they were facing. Daron was one of around 5,800 Canadian youth who committed suicide in the last 13 years. According to Youth Men-
tal Health Canada, 10 to 20 per cent of Canadian youth will be impacted by a mental illness or disorder — and that number continues to rise. Why did a group of high school students decide to hold a hockey game in support of mental health? It’s a part of a bigger project going on in their grade 11 and 12 anthropology classes. “Our teacher, Mrs. Chambers, taught us to basically unlearn everything we have previously learned and I really like it because it gives us a new way of thinking,” Hawken said. “I feel like you learn so much more by actually doing stuff in the community and helping other people.” “I know for me personally, I learn a lot better doing things,” said grade 11 student Emma Artichuk. For that reason, the 16-year-old is glad she can take part in hands on education while making a difference. The classes were asked to split up into small or medium sized groups, and find a way to give back to the community. Some groups sold dog treats and donated the profits to a local charity, others found ways to support local organizations in the community. When this group of students had the idea to host a charity hockey tournament, there goal was to raise around $800. When they surpassed that goal days before the game, they raised it to $1000. “We are really happy and we are really proud of ourselves because we didn’t think we were going to get here,” Hawken
said. The boys team ended up winning the game during a shoutout 4-3. “It was a pretty intense game,” grade 12 student Shawn Pinder said after the game. “It was a really good game for a great cause (but) It was pretty nerve wracking. I gotta give it to the girls.” Any youth who is struggling with mental health issues can call the toll free Crisis Service Canada hotline at 1.833.456.4566 or visit the Youth Services Bureau.
John MacCrea Secondary School students Chantelle Ross, Kyle Fillion and Madison Hawken all participated in the first-ever D.I.F.D girls vs. guys fundraising hockey game at the Walter Baker Centre on Dec. 14, 2018. The guys won 4-3 in a shootout. Mike Carroccetto photo
Nepean BMX founder Elio Marcantonio wins Mayor’s City Builder Award Elio Marcantonio, a Barrhaven resident, received the Mayor’s City Builder Award at the Ottawa City Council meeting Wed., Dec. 5. Marcantonio founded the BMX track, a new recreational facility on Strandherd Drive, in Barrhaven and formed the non-profit Nepean BMX Association. He acquired the land in Barrhaven with the help of Councillor Harder, and spent hundreds of hours designing and building this state-of-the-art track. The Nepean BMX Association is an inclusive and family-friendly organization that promotes a healthy and positive lifestyle. It is one of the fastest growing and largest BMX associations in North America. Since hosting its first race in June 2013, the Ne-
Elio Marcantonio of Barrhaven receives the Mayor’s City Builder Award from Mayor Jim Watson and Barrhaven Councillor Jan Harder.
pean BMX track has created a positive economic benefit for the area and has become an important part of the community. The track brings in riders from across Ontario, the rest of Canada and the eastern United
States for races. Marcantonio, along with association members and volunteers, works continuously to improve the track, which hosted the Capital City Nationals in 2015, 2016 and 2018. Mr. Marcantonio
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Winter & Holiday Service Starts December 23 New Winter Service New winter schedules and service adjustments start Sunday, December 23.
Routes 283 and 301 will continue to be detoured around roadwork on the Richmond Bridge in the village of Richmond.
Schedule and Service Changes This winter, schedule changes are being made to respond to the changing needs of customers. New timetables are available for the following routes, which have schedule changes: 38, 80, 89, 95, 105, 153, 175, 275 (new), 277, 278 & 283.
For more details on winter schedules, travel planning assistance, and new timetables, customers should call OC Transpo at 613-741-4390 or visit octranspo.com. Printed timetables are also available at OC Transpo Customer Service Centres.
New Connexion service in Barrhaven
New Connexion Route 275 will be introduced on Monday, December 24 by renumbering some trips on Route 95 between Cambrian Road and downtown. Route 275 will provide Barrhaven residents an additional peak period option, with limited stops between Tunney’s Pasture Station and Hunt Club Road.
December 24 to January 4 A special revised service will operate during the holidays for a two week period from December 24 to January 4. Special school trips will not operate during this period.
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School Trips to De La Salle Renumbered Route 9 school trips between Hurdman Station and De La Salle High School will be renumbered as Route 609 starting in the new year. Trip times will remain the same.
Construction Detours 2019 Elgin Street road closure Routes 5 and 14 will be detoured downtown starting in January for the Elgin Street Renewal Project. Customers who use these routes should allow for additional travel time. For detailed information on these detours, visit octranspo.com.
FREE SERVICE AFTER 8 PM
Have a safe and happy holiday. Take transit. OC Transpo and Para Transpo services will be FREE after 8 p.m. on December 31. A reduced weekday service will be running, so check your schedule before heading out.
CHRISTMAS DAY, December 25 and NEW YEAR’S DAY, January 1 A Sunday schedule will operate, so only those routes that normally run on Sunday will be in service.
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BOXING DAY, December 26 A Saturday schedule will operate with extra service on busy routes. Shopper Route 303 will be in service. December 24, 27, 28 and 31 and January 2-4 A reduced weekday schedule will operate on many bus routes since many riders are on holidays. This means that trip times may vary on all routes, so call 613-560-1000 or text 560560 plus your four-digit bus stop number, or visit octranspo.com.
New Service Map Available Online Customers can go to octranspo.com/ready4rail and see how Ottawa’s transit network will be transformed after O-Train Line 1 opens. The New Service Map is an interactive tool that lets you explore the city’s future transit network. You can also learn about how your trip will change and what service will be offered in your neighborhood.
Para Transpo Holiday Bookings Para Transpo will operate a holiday service on Christmas, Boxing and New Year’s Days. Regular scheduled trips are automatically cancelled. Customers may book trips by calling 613-244-7272 on or after: • • •
December 18 for Christmas Day bookings December 19 for Boxing Day bookings December 25 for New Year’s Day bookings
Don’t forget to suspend your regular bookings if you are on vacation during the holiday season.
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As you celebrAte christmAs, mAke wonderful memories thAt will linger in your home, mAke greAt friendships thAt will lAst A lifetime And mAy this seAson be filled with peAce And joy.
Barrhaven Independent December 21 2018