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Last year was one of a number of changes in Barrhaven, but no one person made an impact to the changing cultural mosaic of the community than Rabbi Menachem Blum of the Ottawa Torah Centre. Rabbi Blum’s work in creating multi-cultural and interfaith acceptance in Barrhaven has made him our 2018 Barrhaven Independent Glen Dicks Person of the Year. For more, see page 6. Mike Carroccetto photo

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A New Year means a new beginning in our lives Every year we begin a new chapter of our lives. It resembles a blank piece of paper given to us, new opportunities, full of possibilities and waiting for us to fill. We all have the same resolutions as we begin each year; spend more time with family, get into shape, be better organized and so on. They sound easy and normal to follow but we know that there will be many times that we can’t keep the promises.

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periences. The passing of an old year and the beginning of the new is a rather dramatic reminder that time does move on in its relentless way. This New Year I’ve decided not to make any resolutions except the one I think I might be able to keep.- that one is - I will be thankful for the wonderful grace I receive that will continue to help keep me “on the right track” in 2019..

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Rabbi Blum is our 2018 Person of the Year

There were a number of different options that we thought about when we selected our 2018 Glen Dicks Person of the Year. But when we looked at the timing of everything, as well as the impact on the community, Rabbi Menachem Blum of the Ottawa Torah Centre was the one name that kept popping up. We started naming our Person of the Year more than a decade ago. We have had different criteria over the years. We don’t name elected officials, because it is their job to be a leader and make a difference in the community. In the past, we have had volunteers, like David Rattray. We have had people who have risen above adversity and made a difference in the lives of many, such as the Stringer family. We have had a teacher, a double-lung transfer survivor and organ donor advocate, a world tae kwondo champion, and young people who have lost their lives but have made an enormous impact on the community after their passing. But the one thing that they all had in common is that they all made us reflect. Their stories and what they have done for the community made all of us want to be better people, and to help make Barrhaven a better community. Rabbi Blum fits the criteria. Obviously, as leader of the Ottawa Torah Centre in Barrhaven, he makes a big difference in his community within the community. But his leadership transcends the Torah Centre and spreads throughout Barrhaven and Ottawa. But without a doubt, the most welcoming arms to newcomers in Barrhaven has been those of Rabbi Blum. He promotes acceptance and a peaceful integration into an ever-changing Canada, which is becoming as new to lifelong Canadians as it is to refugees from Syria, Africa, Haiti, or whatever part of the world our new neighbours are coming from. “We can only control or focus on the messages that we put out there,” Rabbi Blum said in our August interview. “We share a multi-cultural community, and the message we send is one of acceptance and love. The more we learn about each others’ faiths and cultures, the stronger our community will be.” Rabbi Blum has worked closely with the South Nepean Muslim Association to present workshops of interfaith acceptance. They also have an outreach program where they visit schools through a program operated with the Ottawa Carleton District School Board. “What we do is simple,” he said. “We fight hate with love. We focus on what we have in common, and on what we have to do to make the community a better place.” Thanks to Rabbi Blum and those who follow his lead, our community is a better place. And no matter what our own faiths may be, we are all blessed to have him in our community. BARRHAVEN

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Misinformation driven by disinformation

Are you even in the least bit surprised that Dictionary.com named ‘misinformation’ as its 2018 word of the year? We seem to live in a world of misinformation, which is not to be confused with disinformation. And we live in a world of disinformation, too. Is there a difference between the two? There is a big difference, as one is intentional and one is not. Although the terms are not interchangeable, one can become the other. Misinformation edged out selfmade as the Dictionary.com word of the year. Self-made surged in lookups after the publication of a Forbes cover story calling Kylie Jenner a “self-made” billionaire. A New York Times exposé about the true source of President Donald Trump’s wealth also brought attention to the word. So it’s no surprise that Trump is the first person who comes to mind when we think of misinformation or any of the related words that come to mind, thanks to the steep slope of doubleblack diamond moguls that would be his presidency. It’s incredible when you think that an entire lexicon around ‘fake news’ has emerged, just as words like selfie and meme and emoji didn’t exist when the decade began. Dictionary.com defines misinformation as “false information that is spread, regardless of whether there is intent to mislead.” They add that the recent explosion of misinformation and the growing vocabulary we use to understand it have come up again and again in the work of their lexicographers. Related words and terms that have also been added and updated include disinformation, echo chamber, confirmation bias, filter bubble, conspiracy theory, fake news, post-fact, post-truth, influencer and gatekeeper. The difference between misinformation and disinformation is that disinformation is deliberately misleading or biased information. It can be manipulated narrative or facts. It can also be propaganda. Because the social media is the wild west of rumours and misinformation, it is easy to put disinformation out there. If you are sharing disinformation not knowing that it is false, that would make what you are sharing misinformation. Misinformation, as a word, has been around since the 16th Century. But just in the last decade did social media give it the tools to dominate our culture. Got it? Clear as Kanye West’s logic. Facebook is not the only social media platform under fire in this debate, but it seems to be the vortex of it. Dictionary.com said that critics pointed to the revelation that Cambridge Analytica had harvested personal data on Facebook to create in-depth psychological profiles of individuals, which were used to influence the Brexit vote and the US election. Twitter cracked down on millions of accounts that did not represent real human users for spreading misinformation. And let’s get back to Trump. In early November, fact-checkers from the Washington Post shared their record of all the false or misleading claims President Trump has made since be-

coming president. As of the time of that report, the count was at 6,420, an average of about 10 false or misleading claims a day. Dictiinary.com lists actions we can take to fight misinformation, even as individuals: - we can improve our own media literacy by carefully considering our sources of information - we can fact-check the stories we encounter on social media before believing them - we can commit to reading entire articles, and not just headlines, before sharing them FROM THE - we can point others to fact-checking resources when we see misinformation spreading Dictinary.com also provided a glossary of terms reby Jeff Morris lated to misinformation and disinformation: Post-truth: relating to or existing in an environment in which facts are viewed as irrelevant, or less important than personal beliefs and opinions, and emotional appeals are used to influence public opinion. Fake news: false news stories, often of a sensational nature, created to be widely shared or distributed for the purpose of generating revenue, or promoting or discrediting a public figure, political movement, company, etc. Bubble: a zone of cognitive or psychological isolation, in which one’s preexisting ideas are reinforced through interactions with like-minded people or those with similar social identities. Filter bubble: a phenomenon that limits an individual’s exposure to a full spectrum of news and other information on the internet by algorithmically prioritizing content that matches a user’s demographic profile and online history or excluding content that does not. Echo chamber: an environment in which the same opinions are repeatedly voiced and promoted, so that people are not exposed to opposing views. Confirmation bias: Psychology. bias that results from the tendency to process and analyze information in such a way that it supports one’s preexisting ideas and convictions. Influencer: a person who has the power to influence many people, as through social media or traditional media. Gatekeeper: a person or thing that controls access, as to information, often acting as an arbiter of quality or legitimacy. All of these words entered our lexicon because of social media. Even though we are in print, I’m sure there are some of you who have accused us as being gatekeepers or purveyors of fake news or misinformation, or for being published in an echo chamber. We have never used your readership to influence the Brexit vote or the US Presidential election, and we have never sold your profile data. All we will give you this year is something you will never hear in a Trump presser. Local news (not fake), information (not dis- or mis-), and a sense of belonging to our great community. That’s our bubble.

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Winning a Cappie Award a highlight for young St. F X songwriter Name: Lisa Uchelimafor Age: 17 FOCUS ON School: St. Francis Xavier High Grade: 12 YOUTH Parents: Michael and Stella Brother: Chris Uchelimafor by Phill Potter (14), St. Francis Xavier High Sister: Ama (21), Carleton University pretty good math teachers, but Part-time Work: Dollar Tree my grade 10 teacher Mrs. Plum(Blossom Park) mer has to be my favourite. Her Favourite Subjects: “I enthusiasm and teaching style really like Biology, because I’ve made me understand and love always been fascinated by the the subject even more than I alinner workings of living things ready did.” – especially the human body. What do you enjoy reading I like the social sciences, for pleasure? “I love to read, but (Anthropology, Psychology I have to admit I did a lot more and Sociology), because they reading when I was younger. It’s provide a different perspective hard to find time to read during about how humans have lived, the day with a busy schedule, and are living right now. I also and at night my eyes usually found I liked this course a lot, don’t stay open long enough to because of my teacher Mrs. get in a chapter before bed. DeGalveias. She encouraged us to spite this, whenever I can I like broaden our horizon’s and open to delve into different fictitious up our minds to think more pro- worlds. My favorite type of foundly and critically to better books include some sort of fanunderstand others. I especially tasy aspect. I especially enjoyed liked the discussions and de- book series, like Harry Potter bates we had in class, because and the Chronicles of Narnia.” everyone was able to talk about Who are your favourite their perspectives and opinions authors? on different things. “I remember growing up in Math will always have a Nigeria. My favourite author place in my heart, even though it was Enid Blyton. She wrote gets harder and harder to under- books that I could read for ages. stand the more I advance. I have As I got older, I was into authors always liked numbers and the like C.S Lewis, George Orwell certainty behind them, but the and Irene Hannon. I believe LATEST 7:54 PM moreAD!!!!!!!!!!!!_Diversitea I know about it, the Ad less12/18/18 that within the Page pages1of every certain it seems. Nonetheless, book, lies some stroke of genius I still like the subject. I’ve had and insight left to the rest of the

world by the author. Discov- thing that you worked on for a the constant demand is stressering the vast worlds that come long time, being performed on a ful, but I find that I feel satisfied from a person’s mind, is one of stage for a lot of people, is noth- when I come back from a long my favourite things about read- ing short of a thrill. I just needed day and I can remember places ing.” to prove to myself that I could I’ve been, the things I did, and What is your Greatest Ac- do it, and I did.” the people with whom I intercomplishment? Activities/Interests: acted. “I don’t necessarily believe “I try as much as I possibly I also get involved because that I have a ‘greatest accom- can to get involved in school I love what I do. I love running plishment’ per se. There have activities. Ive played on the up and down the court with been a number of times where basketball team since the begin- my girls and making baskets I have been faced with what ning of high school, and played or scoring touchdowns. I love seemed like a difficult or uncon- on the varsity girls touch foot- singing at the top of my lungs, ventional task and have pulled ball team as well (except for last even when there is a crowd full through. I believe that all those year when I had knee surgery). of people. I love the look on the tasks have played a big part in I like to sing, so I seize every faces of the seniors I volunteer who I am today. However, the opportunity to do so. I sing at with when I come in and I play Cappie that sits on my dresser mass every Sunday at St. Ber- Bocce ball, or we do arts and greets me with aRemove surge of con- nardcopy Parish, and I’m part of Page the 1crafts. I love the fact that I’m a Person_Ad 12/18/18 7:56 PM fidence every time I look at it. St. Francis Xavier’s Glee Club, part of a group that can create I have always loved music and Vocal Rush. different worlds on a stage from have attempted writing little Why did you get involved a truckload of cardboard, and a songs since I was a little kid. in what you do? ton of paint. I love it all. It gets Last year, I wrote five musical “I get involved because I overwhelming sometimes, but I pieces for my school’s produc- feel a sense of obligation to- don’t think I would like it any tion of Ann Coulter Martin’s wards other people. Sometimes other way.” adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. I had always started writing songs, but had never actually finished writing them fully due to a busy schedule. The pieces were the first I had ever written beginning to end, and they were BEFORE played and sung on a stage. Later that year, I was nominated for a Cappie, and I got it. I’m really grateful to my directors, Mrs. Capyk, Mrs. Abunassar, Mrs. Stevens, Miss Cloutier and Mrs. Divell, for the opportunity to put a musical spin on the play. Hearing some-

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The IndependentCOMMUNITY Ka Familia makes Christmas special for the elderly and those in need

Dhom Rosete, a five-star chef and the owner of Ka Familia Restaurant at Strandherd and Longfields, served up a Christmas Eve buffet for those in need and the elderly in Barrhaven. Mike Carroccetto photo course in Wales. And while he is modest about having prepared food for the Queen, he is passionate about his cooking and his restaurant. When he moved to Canada, Rosete decided to move to Barrhaven. He had family

and friends already living in Ottawa. He quickly made a name for himself in Ottawa. He would become executive chef at the Lord Lansdowne, a high-end retirement home known for its excellent food. As a five-star chef, Rosete

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helped solidify that reputation. Opening his own restaurant two years ago was a dream come true for him. While he says his restaurant needs support from the community to stay alive, he is thankful for the support he has received.

“We did this as a family to give thanks to the community,” said during his Christmas Eve buffet. “My brother is involved here, and my girlfriend and my daughter are here to help. There were also a lot of volunteers who helped us out.”

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A new year will bring new accomplishments

By Jim Watson, Mayor, City of Ottawa

It is with a great sense of pride that I look back on the incredible accomplishments we’ve made over the last few years, and with enthusiasm as I look ahead to the next four. In the last Term of Council, we saw the implementation of the Ottawa River Action Plan, the opening of the Innovation Centre at Bayview Yards, the opening of the new Ottawa Art Gallery, significant progress on Phase 1 of LRT, record investments in pedestrian and cycling infrastructure and an incredible year 2017, during which we celebrated Canada’s 150th birthday. 2019 promises to be an important and exciting year in our city, as we see the beginning, continuation and completion of several major city-building projects. We begin the year with the tabling and adoption of the 2019 City of Ottawa Budget. I encourage all residents to get involved with the budget process and share their ideas on how we can make Ottawa an even more affordable and caring city, by emailing me at Jim.Watson@ Ottawa.ca. You can also visit www.ottawa.ca/en/city-hall/

budget/understanding-yourcity-budget for information on how your City Budget works. The Confederation Line of our O-Train LRT System will be up and running later this year. The 12.5 km line boasts 12 beautiful stations – from Tunney’s Pasture in the west end to Blair in the east end - and with its 2.5 km underground tunnel downtown, LRT will significantly reduce congestion in the downtown core and change the way people move and travel in Ottawa. Shortly after the historic launch of the Confederation Line, we will sign the contract and begin construction on Stage 2 of LRT. Stage 2 will bring light rail farther west to Algonquin College, Bayshore Shopping Centre and Moodie Drive, farther east to Place d’Orléans and Trim Road, and farther south to Riverside South, with a link to the Ottawa International Airport. We have also completed the Environmental Assessments to bring LRT to Kanata/Stittsville and started the Environmental Assessment to bring LRT to Barrhaven in the third phase of LRT. In 2019, we will also make significant progress on

the design of the new Ottawa Central Library. The consortium of Diamond Schmitt Canada and KWC Architects has been chosen by the City as the preferred proponent to build the new joint Ottawa Public Library/Library and Archives Canada facility. This award-winning local Ottawa-based firm is behind many great projects, including the recently renovated National Arts Centre. We will finish constructing the Combined Sewage Storage Tunnel, which is the key component of the Ottawa River Action Plan, a project that will protect our waterways for future generations by limiting pollutants from entering the Ottawa River. And this fall, we will connect Old Ottawa South and Old Ottawa East with the Flora Footbridge, giving pedestrians and cyclists a new way to get to and from the Main Street, the Glebe, Lansdowne Park and TD Place in a rapid, safe and pleasant way. We have many busy months ahead of us, and I am eager to collaborate with my Council colleagues to ensure that we continue to move our city forward. Let’s get to work.

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The IndependentCommunity Full service auto dealerships booming on west side of Barrhaven the Barrhaven BIA has been to work to attract more jobs to Barrhaven,” MacDonald said. “Having a variety of dealerships has really helped. There are administrative positions, sales positions, jobs for mechanics, and entry level jobs and student jobs that have all come with these new businesses to Barrhaven.” For Barrhaven consumers, the businesses go deeper than just buying cars. “Part of the inconvenience of not having dealerships in the community was service,” MacDonald said. “We would have to go to Bells Corners or

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“Other than buying a home, buying an auto is the next largest purchase most people will have at any given time,” MacDonald said. “But for years, people had to go elsewhere for that purchase, and those dollars were leaving our community rather than being invested back into Barrhaven.” Myers Barrhaven Toyota at 4123 Strandherd Drive in Barrhaven carries a full line of Toyota vehicles, including the popular Corolla, RAV4, Highlander, Camry and more. Myers also offers inhouse financing and extended service hours. In addition to the new Toyota vehicles, they also have preowned vehicles and a full line of tires. Next door is Myers Barrhaven Hyundai, a full-service dealership with new and used vehicles. Popular right now are

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In the past, there weren’t many options for Barrhaven residents to buy cars locally. Surgenor Chevrolet Buick GMC Ltd. on Prince of Wales, was around for years as Jack May Pontiac Buick. In fact, Jack May was there as a dealer long before Barrhaven grew eastward toward the dealership. But in the past year, Barrhaven has become a destination for car buyers. “It is certainly something that has helped the local economy,” said Jason MacDonald, a Barrhaven businessman and realtor who is the President of the Barrhaven BIA. MacDonald said that the addition of the car dealers and the emergence of the “auto row” off Strandherd Drive near Costco has been a welcome addition to the local business community.

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The IndependentCOMMUNITY Widening of Strandherd Drive in West Barrhaven to begin in 2019

Happy New Year Barrhaven, I hope you found time for family, friends and some down time. I have no doubt 2019 is going to be a very busy year and I am counting on you to play a role. Construction work on the Strandherd Drive widening begins. Expect to see a detour from Myers Toyota to west of the Royal Oak. The detour will be on the west side of existing Strandherd. This work is required in order to start work on the overpass at the VIA crossing. McKenna Casey will be closed as well. Next year Strandherd will be widened from COSTCO to Myers (Dealership Way at Kennevale). An east bound turn lane onto Borrisokane will be built. I have been trying to get the intersection completed in 2019 at Fraser Fields/Chapman Mills and Strandherd but am having

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little success. I have asked for costing for a temporary traffic light. We all know access to Strandherd at this location is difficult indeed. New homes are being built on the south side of Strandherd in Minto’s Harmony and a new French Public School at the corner of Chapman Mills and Strandherd will open in August 2020. This $90-plus million project will take a few years to build. In the meantime you can see the chaos that follows all the road “interruptions”. Case in point was the recent closing of Jockvale Road between Greenbank and Longfields. Thanks to the concerted ef-

forts of City staff, the contractor and Minto (Susan Murphy) for their huge efforts to complete the job ahead of expected timelines. Have a look at the Cambrian Road situation. You will note a parallel route has been completed. It’s not pretty (but then neither is Cambrian Road in its current condition) but it is necessary. Staff wanted to detour all 30k+ of you south to Barnsdale. C’mon, that’s just crazy! I want to thank Taggart on behalf of Mattamy for their resolve to make it work. I think I told you all that Greenbank Road Bridge will close completely in July and August 2019. Work will begin in May. Because the realignment of Greenbank Road has been pushed back, work is necessary on this pitifully inadequate “gateway” to Half Moon Bay and Minto Recreation Centre. I

have asked staff to invest in a multi-use pathway along Greenbank to tie into this project. Around this City we invest in what’s called “complete streets” whenever we rip up roads to lay new pipes, etc. We make sure the hierarchy of transportation modes are completed during these construction projects. Of course this means cycling and walking as well. Neither pedestrians nor cyclists are served at this location in the current state so I have asked staff to develop a cost analysis to provide safe passage. Greenbank Road from the bridge to Cambrian is a mess. Traffic counts are very high and while I know why we put the 4-way stop in at Half Moon Bay Road and Greenbank, I think we will have to remove it. I know that this will be an inconvenience for those living to the west and east of Greenbank Road but it is

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something that must be considered. Another consideration would be a temporary traffic light. I will check for a cost. I want to thank Tanya Thomson and her TEAM who have offered to take over Ken Ross Park’s outdoor skating rink. Ken Ross Park is our largest Barrhaven Park. It’s important to have a rink here. Thanks to Tanya and all those maintaining outdoor rinks for our Barrhaven community! Save the date for a very important and informative Barrhaven Transportation meeting. January 29th is the date and Cedarhill Golf is the location. Cedarhill has lots of parking available which is never the case at the Walter Baker Sports Centred. Check out the storey boards between 6&7 and stay for the presentation at 7. It’s important that you attend as we start work

on the Transportation Master Plan and the Official Plan....”Move Barrhaven Avancer”. Plans are shaping up for Barrhaven’s downtown and I am really excited. Minto and Richcraft have hired a great designer and I will get a peak at the preliminary design recommendations in January. I can’t wait to show you when we can. Parking at Citigate Mall on Strandherd is poor at best particularly near the new Montana, East Side Mario and all the new businesses nearby. I have a few ideas... stay tuned! My thanks go to OC Transpo for our new Route 275 serving Stonebridge, Minto Rec and Half Moon Bay. I hope this addition improves the commute from over 30k residents south of the Jock River. That’s it for this week. Take care everyone.

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As Barrhaven grows, so does your risk of contacting the flu virus. And the best way to prevent getting the flu is to get a flu shot. Influenza (the flu) is a respiratory infection caused by the Influenza A or B virus. It is very contagious and can spread quickly and easily. Prior, we thought flu is spread easily from person to person by coughing, sneezing (large droplets), or touching contaminated surfaces. A more recent study of 2018 provides evidence that the fine aerosol droplets released during normal exhalation also transmit flu (shed virus). Before you even know you are sick, you can pass the flu on to others. More than 12,000 hospitalizations and 3,500 deaths in Canada occur every year. Both children and adults may be infected with the influenza virus. Individuals at risk of serious complications include young children, older adults, pregnant women, and people with ongoing health conditions such as asthma or diabetes. The flu is marked by the sudden onset of a fever, headache (can be severe), cough, chest discomfort (dry cough can be severe), sore throat, stuffy, runny nose, body aches and pains (can be severe), bedridden & weakness(you may feel extremely exhausted). Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea may also occur, especially in young children. It is important to distinguish between influenza A and influenza B strains, as they have different implications in older adults. Influenza B viruses circulate widely among hu-

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infection. Moreover, influenza worsens morbidity and mortality of exis­ting illnesses. Even in healthy older adults without ongoing medical conditions, influenza can lead to new infections, such as secon­dary bacterial pneumonia or heart related complications such as heart attack or stroke. The high burden of influenza on seniors can also be attributed to factors such as lack of accessi­ bility to vaccination among home-bound seniors, and impaired cognition affecting vaccine decision-making. As well, low immunization rates among those who come into contact with seniors, such as grandchildren and other family members, play a role in making seniors more susceptible to infection. The flu shot has benefited millions of Canadians since 1946. It’s a simple action that can prevent complications & save lives. There are benefits of influenza vaccination to support health and independent living among older adults. Influenza season typically runs from mid-October to the end of April. It’s not late if you did not get your flu shot this season. It takes 2 weeks to be effective. To be healthy and spend quality time with your family during this Christmas, get your flu shot if you havn’t done so. At Longfields Pharmacy, we provide every season at no cost Flu shot to 5 years of age and older. For children under the age of five, please speak to your primary healthcare provider about vaccination. For 65 and over, please check with your family doctor. Prevention is the best key!

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Major Novice A The Ottawa Sting scored early in the first period and held on for a 1-0 win over the Raiders at the Sandy Hill Arena Mon., Dec. 17. On Dec. 20, the Raiders scored three times in the third period in a 4-2 win over the Eastern Ontario Cobras at the Walter Baker Centre. Callum Underhill had a goal and an assist with Logan Prudhomme, Logan Dundas and Ty Delorey also scoring. Logan Colebrook had two assists with one each going to Cooper Leppard, Ryan Tracey, Cameron Coady and Ben Schmidt earning one each. Everett Clarke was the winning goalie. Minor Atom A The Raiders held on for a 4-4 tie against the Upper Ottawa Valley Aces Dec. 15 in Pembroke. Liam Hayes scored a pair, Dean Sloan had a goal and an assist, and Owen Cowper also scored. Liam Ferguson, Brayden Bennett, Logan Stonerback and Reid Harper all had assists. On Dec. 19, the Raiders defeated Cumberland 4-1 at the Walter Baker Centre. Dean Sloan scored twice with Reid Harper adding a goal and two assists and David Buchman scoring a goal. Matthew Perreault, Brayden Bennett, Logan Stonerback, Liam Hayes and Cole Stants also scored. Jack Ostapyk was the winning goalie. Major Atom AA Tommy Mullen’s power play goal from Antoine Ziade and Xavier Tessier late in the third period gave the Raiders a 3-3 tie with Seaway Valley at the Howard Darwin Merivale Arena Dec. 18. Ziade scored from Mario Giannetti in the first period, while Max Mews

netted a goal from Giannetti in the second. The next night, the Raiders beat the St. Lawrence Steel 4-1 at the Bell Arena. Tommy Mullen, Preston Charron, Max Mews and Mario Giannetti scored for the Raiders with Xavier Tessier and Tristan Zhang adding assists. Cohen Underhill was the winning goalie. On Dec. 21, the Raiders lost 3-2 to the Ottawa Sting. Matas Bubelevicius and Antoine Ziade scored with Charlie Mews adding an assist. Major Atom A On Dec. 16 at the Walter Baker Centre, the Raiders beat the Ottawa Valley Silver Seven 3-1. Ellyott Dundas scored a power play goal from Colton Spooner in the first, and Logan Combden netted the game winner from Jonah Rutz midway through the third. Copper Delorey scored a shorthanded, empty net goal from Ven Gurhan to ice the win. Ryan Carrier was the winning goalie. At the Walter Baker Centre Dec. 18, the Raiders lost 4-1 to the Ottawa Sting. Jonah Rutz scored an unassisted, power play goal for the Raiders. Minor Pee Wee AA Ricky Wilson had a fourpoint day with two goals and two assists, and Harry Nansi scored twice as the Raiders beat the Seaway Valley Rapids 6-2 in Cornwall Dec. 15. Chase Hull added a goal and an assist, and Gabriel Bergeron also scored. Zachary Venance had a pair of assists with Braden Ho and Jacob Warnes each adding one. Jaeden Nelson was the winning goalie. Minor Pee Wee A Ryan Coughlin scored a pair of third period goals as the Raiders beat Cumberland 2-1 in Navan Sat., Dec. 15.

Daxton Markwick had a pair of assists and Chase Clement had one. Andrew McKibbon was the winning goalie. On Dec. 18 at the Minto Rec Centre, the Raiders lost 3-2 to the Ottawa Sting. Chase Clement and Cameron Stanley scored with assists going to Daxton Markwick, Andrew Pickering, Ellard Slipacoff and Antonio Zito. Major Pee Wee AA The Major Pee Wee AA Raiders scored three goals in the first period and coasted to a 5-2 win over the Upper Ottawa Valley Aces Dec. 15. Alessandro Lapietra scored a pair, Lucas DeBruyn and Griiffin Gagnon each had a goal and an assist, and Jack Hawken also scored. Robert Steenbakkers and Noah Daher also picked up assists. Andy Fraser was the winning goalie. At the Earl Armstrong Arena Dec. 17, the Raiders tied Gloucester 1-1. Griffin Gagnon scored from Jack Hawken for Nepean’s only goal. On Dec. 20 at the Minto Rec. Centre, the Gloucester Rangers beat the Raiders 4-1. Lucas DeBruyn scored for the Raiders from Liam Monaghan and George Zouzoulas. Minor Bantam AA An unassisted third period goal by affiliate player Andrew Carter lifted the Raiders to a 3-3 tie with Gloucester at the Minto Rec. Centre Sun. Dec. 16. Jaidon Genereux scored a pair of first period goals for the Raiders, with Tyson Parker drawing two assists and Marshall Nehme one. On Dec. 20 at the Minto Rec. Centre, the Raiders beat the Ottawa Valley Silver Seven 5-1. Daiwen Jia had two goals, Ben MacMullen had a goal and two assists, and Declan McCarthy and Thomas Gallivan also scored.

Scott Wirvin had two assists with one each going to Wade Boudrias, Jaidon Genereux, Matthew Clement and Shawn MacDonald. Zachary Renaud was the winning goalie. Major Bantam AA The Nepean Raiders travelled to Cardinal and knocked off the Rideau St. Lawrence Kings 3-1 Tues., Dec. 18. Luke Richardson, Thomas Jones and Matthew O’Doherty scored for the Raiders with assists going to Richardson, Braeydon Fenn, Simon Yang, Sam Edwards, Marco Peluso and Ryan Robichaud. Ethan Dinsdale was the winning goalie. On Dec. 20 at the Merivale Arena, Francesco Sicoli had a six-point night with a goal and five assists as the Raiders blew out the Ottawa Valley Silver Seven 14-1. Luke Richardson had two goals and an assist; Connor Platt had two goals; Mason MacNeil had a goal and three assists; Sam Edwards had a goal and two assists; Justin Wammes, Thomas Jones and William Tario each had a goal and an assist; Matthew Stoppa, Matthew O’Doherty, Ryan Robichaud and Brandon Reinisch all scored goals; and Simon Yang and Braeydon Fenn each had assists. Maximus Analytis was the winning goalie. Minor Midget AA The Raiders scored three goals in the third period in a come-from-behind 6-4 win over the Ottawa Sting Dec. 18 at the Jim Durrell Arena. Jayden Proulx had two goals and an assist, with Keivon Jafari, Costa Touliopoulos, Bowen Gaceta and Max Saito also scoring. Matteo Disipio and Kyle Nehme each had two assists with one each going to Aidan Schwartzentruber, Sebastian Mariani, Logan Lemay and Jakob Bennett. Barry Fitz-

Nepean Raiders’ goalie Micah Sohmer (31) attempts to make a save on Stittsville Rams Jack Lariviere (7) during Bell Capital Cup Minor Peewee A action last Thursday in Kanata. More than 400 teams from across the world took part in this year’s event. Each of the NHL’s 31 teams have a Bell Capital Club alumni player on their roster, with the Ottawa Senators having six. Mike Carroccetto photo gerald was the winning goalie. Midget AA In Cardinal on Dec. 15, Joshua Legault had the shutout as the Raiders blanked the Rideau St. Lawrence Kings 3-0. Connor Harty, Kyle Filion and Kyle Dillabough scored for the Raiders with assists going to Spencer Marchington, Jacob Montgomery, Stephan Brennan, Noah Benoit and Finn McSwiggan. On Dec. 18 in Carp, the Raiders beat the Ottawa Valley Silver Seven 7-1. Kyle Filion scored twice, Noah Benoit had a goal and two assists, Stephan Brennan had a goal and an assist, and Connor Harty, Jacob Montgomery and Nathan Lassenba also scored in the win. Kyle Dillabough and Finn McSwiggan each had two assists with one each going to Garrett Craig, Spencer Marchington, Alex Bergeron and Jared Brush. Matthew Spinella was the winning goalie. On Dec. 21, Alex Bergeron, Connor Harty and Kyle Dillabough all had four-point nights in an 11-1 win over Cumberland at the Minto Rec Centre. Bergeron and Harty each had two goals and two

assists while Dillabough had a goal and three assists. Andrew Ward had two goals and an assist, and Nathan Lassenba had a goal and two assists. Jared Brush had a goal and an assist, and Stephan Brennan and Finn McSwiggan also scored. Kyle Filion had two assists with Noah Benoit and Jacob Montgomery adding one. Joshua Legault was the winning goalie.

Mega City Promotions Three Stars Francesco Sicoli had a six-point night with a goal and five assists as the Major Bantam AA Raiders blew out the Ottawa Valley Silver Seven 14-1. Ricky Wilson had two goals and two assists in the Minor Pee Wee AA Raiders’ 6-2 win over the Seaway Valley Rapids in Cornwall. Ryan Coughlin scored two goals in the third period, just 47 seconds apart, to give the Minor Pee Wee A Raiders a 2-1 win over Cumberland.

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