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Gordon and Kathleen Stringer are our 2017 Barrhaven Independent Glen Dicks People of the Year. The parents of the late Rowan Stringer, Gordon and Kathleen have fought tirelessly as advocates for concussion awareness. Rowan’s Law, Canada’s first ever concussion legislation, has become a legacy for their daughter. From all of us at the Barrhaven Independent, thank you, Gordon and Kathleen, for making our community, and our country, safer for your youth. For more, see page 6. Barrhaven Independent photo by Mike Carroccetto


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The IndependentNEWS Volunteers, unsung heroes presented with Nepean Canada 150 medals by MP Arya the people who serve our community and make it a better place to live. It was also an occasion to recognize people who have accomplished things in their life we are all proud of. Nepean’s Canada 150th Anniversary Medal was awarded to individuals who have demonstrated exceptional service to the community in the riding of Nepean. The service may have been delivered through charity, a notfor-profit organization, a place of worship, a social club, a community association, school, or to unsung heroes – a good neighbour and/or those work in the background and avoid the limelight. Recipients of the

award had to be residents of Nepean, and they had to be nominated by someone else by the Oct. 10, 2017 deadline. Recipients included war veterans, Legion volunteers, professionals, community volunteers, students and sports coaches. “You give your time generously without any expectation of reward,” Arya said to the recipients. He added that the wards were “to give thanks to those who give so much and ask for so little.” A complete gallery of the winners from the ceremony is on the Barrhaven Independent Facebook page.

150 Nepean-Carleton residents honoured with MacLeod’s Inspiration Awards By Charlie Senack As a way to recognize ordinary people doing exceptional things, Lisa MacLeod held the Canada 150 Inspiration Awards Ceremony at Longfields Davidson Heights Secondary School on Dec. 17. MacLeod got the idea to recognize 150 residents of the community after the government failed to have a special award to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. “It was important for me to recognize Canada’s 150th Birthday (because) the Federal Government really hasn’t done a great job at displaying patriotism,” said MacLeod.

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David and Debbie Sereda have been tireless volunteers for the Barrhaven Food Cupboard and Barrhaven Legion. They received Nepean Canada 150 Medals from MP Chandra Arya. Jeff Morris photos

David and Marian Rattray were both presented with Nepean Canada 150 Medals by MP Chandra Arya. David Rattray was last year’s Barrhaven Independent Glen Dicks Person of the Year.


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Forming relationships has been Ross’ key to success for the past 15 years

It’s more than a store. It’s a place where the community comes together. Ross’ Your Independent Grocer has become well known in Barrhaven for being one of the backbones of support for many community organizations. But owner Kelly Ross says the most interesting thing about the store is not their produce section, their meats, or their great selection of specialty items for foodies, it’s the relationships that are formed in the store. “It’s incredible to see,” said Ross. “There are people who bump into friends in the aisles, or they might see friends in the check out line. But the really nice thing to see is how the people have formed friendships and relationships with our staff members. We have a very friendly and special staff, and you can really see that when they deal with customers. They are

more than just employees who help customers. Over time, some really great friendships are built. It just adds to the experience form customers when they come into our store.” Since Kelly and her late husband, Ken, opened the store in 2002, Kelly has looked after many of the relationships and com-

“It’s really a community within a community,” munity activities in the store. While Ken took on a role looking after some bigger picture things like the formation of the Barrhaven BIA and helping the Barrhaven Food Cupboard, Kelly has been the driving force in building relationships through fundraising barbecues and events for the past decadeand-a-half. Kelly Ross has received a number of awards in the community, including being named the Barrhaven Independent Glen Dicks Person of the Year for her work in the community. She

has also been nominated as the Nepean Chamber of Commerce Business Woman of the Year. In addition to her responsibilities in running the business for the past 15 years, she also served as a teacher for Kidproof OttawaCarleton, providing preventative and proactive safety education for children. To see how her staff has become a part of people’s lives in the community has been especially rewarding. “It’s really a community within a community,” she says of her store. “And everyone on our staff is responsible for that and takes pride in it.” Kelly Ross has been serving Barrhaven for more than 15 years, and Ross’ Your Independent Grocer remains a cornerstone of the community. The Barrhaven Business Profile is brought to you by the Barrhaven BIA. We encourage you to shop locally and support the businesses that create jobs and support so many organizations and events in our wonderful community. For more on all of the great things Barrhaven has to offer, visit and follow us on Twitter at @barrhavenbia.

Award continues from page 3 “They took away a medal that would normally happen at an event like this (such as) the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, and Canada 125.” Nepean Liberal MP Chandra Arya hosted an awards ceremony at LDHSS the following night for Nepean residents, but nothing was done specifically for Carleton. City Councillors and regular residents joined more well known names to receive awards, including Carol Anne Meehan, former CTV News anchor, Kurt Stoodley, former host of CTV Morning Live, and Connor Williams, an Ottawa Redblacks player. Lyn and David Presley were among those to win an award. For the past decade, they have been advocates for organ donation — a story that is very personal for them. David had to receive a new kidney or he would die. “We waited five and a half years to get a kidney,” said Lyn. She said one in 10 people are living with a kidney disease, and in Ottawa there is only a 37 per cent registration rate. They used the opportunity to help spread awareness on becoming a donor, and how it could save a life. Lyn said it is a giving time of year, and encourages people to talk about be-

coming a donor over the holidays. Kayla Maduk, a proud Barrhaven born threetime world champion in taekwondo, also won an award for her involvement with Believe — a project she started going into schools talking about self esteem, goal setting and being the best possible version of yourself. “It’s very special to me (because) my parents and grandparents have given a lot back to the community over the years so I know they Would be very proud of me for winning this

award,” said Maduk. This was MacLeod’s last big event as MPP for Nepean and Carleton, she is hoping to be re-elected for Nepean in June 2018. She said the biggest thing she took away from the event was a girl who said she found out there were different ways to give back to the community. “She learned that there is not just one way you can give back to the community, but there are many different ways you can volunteer in a variety of ways,” said MacLeod.

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The IndependentNEWS Barrhaven could become national hub for smart farm innovation By Barrhaven Independent Staff The City of Ottawa is making a serious pitch for the NCC Greenbelt Research Farm on Fallowfield Road in Barrhaven to get a slice of a $950 million pie. Barrhaven Councillor Jan Harder, who is Chair of the City of Ottawa Planning Committee, hosted leaders in the farming and technology industries for a meeting at Ben Franklin Place in December. The event profiled participants in the federal Innovation Superclusters Initiative for agri-food. The initiative will award up to $950 million to strengthen Canada’s most promising industries and accelerate economic growth. Ottawa is a partner in an agri-food Supercluster Bid led by the private sector in Alberta. Local companies and organizations also highlighted opportunities for the agriculture and technology sectors to collaborate for high-impact economic growth. “Ottawa has a unique opportunity to come together right now to contribute to Canada’s success story,” Harder said. “All eyes will be on us as we set out to launch a one-of-a-kind innovation hub drawing on Ottawa area expertise. This important project will secure Canada’s position as a global leader in agri-food and other smart city innovations.” The parcel of land being discussed is bor-

dered by Fallowfield Road in the south, West Hunt Club Road in the north, Greenbank Road in the west and Woodroffe Avenue in the east. Across the road is a Canadian Food Inspection Agency lab. Harder said that many Barrhaven residents drive past the location regularly, some even multiple times per day, but have no idea what is there. “We’re talking close to 3,000 acres, north of suburbia, north of Barrhaven,” Harder said. “It’s amazing that we have that.” The hub would serve as a testbed for agriculture and rural broadband, smart city solutions linked to transportation and public safety, and environmental monitoring, including realtime data collection. “Our vision is to create a globally significant agricultural testbed for innovation in Ottawa at a prime urban location: the Greenbelt Research Farm,” said Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson. “By collaborating with national industry leaders, we can leverage our rich agricultural and information and communications technology (ICT) assets to grow our economy for future generations.” Bruce Ringrose, Head of Sustainability and Stakeholder Relations of Winnipegbased Farmers Edge, was among the keynote speakers. He discussed the challenge of moving data “from the farm to the cloud,” and how the process would than send recommen-

Harder, city staff present vision for innovation hub at Greenbelt Research Farm on Fallowfield Road

dations back in real time. “We’re not quite there in real time, but we think we can get there with the strength of Ottawa-based companies and expertise,” Ringrose said. Other speakers included Brian Pratt, Head of New Verticals Partnerships, Corporate Strategy and Development, Nokia; Paul Mayers, Vice President, Science Branch, Canadian Food Inspection Agency; Michael Tremblay, President and CEO, Invest Ottawa; Councillor Jan Harder and Bob Arnold, Industrial Technology Advisor, National Research Council. While the proposed research farm is part of the federal government’s supercluster application, both Harder and Tremblay both said there may be a way to advance the concept if the bid is unsuccessful.


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Gawww-leee, I really embarrass the Diva sometimes

Glen Dicks would be proud of the Stringer family

The Diva stopped what she was doing and into a car and go cruising. Doing that may not gave me that look. have been referred to as swell anymore, but You know the one. It’s it sure was keen! It certainly kind of got an exasperawasn’t a drag. tion base, seasoned with And how about “man?” Is FROM THE some disbelief, and the that the ultimate hippy word, embarrassment really or what? Man? shows up in the aroma. I will never forget my “Golly?” she said. “You uncle, Robin, who may have said ‘golly?’ What are you, been the prodigal son of the 95 years old?” 60s, with his long hair and by Jeff Morris “It’s not ‘golly.’ It’s more facial hair. I don’t ever relike ‘gawww-leeee.’” member him saying, “Give “Seriously? You actualme some skin, man,” or perly said that? You are so embarrassing.” haps, “lay it on me, man,” to his friends, but I “I always say gawww-leee,” I replied. can sure picture it happening. Looking back, “I’ve never heard you.” Robin had far too much respect for the Eng“Well, I say it around other people more lish language to get caught up in 60s-speak. because I knew you would bust my chops if I Golly and gee whiz were replaced with said it around you. Ask the kids.” “outta sight!” And if something was really “They aren’t here,” she said. “Besides, you good, it was no longer swell, it was primo. need to come up with something other than What was outta sight in the 60s was far out that. You’re back in Canada. You moved out of in the 70s. Texas years ago, and again, you’re not 95 years Television in the 70s gave us some buzz old.” words that we tried to use on a regular basis. “So what do you want me to say?” I replied. Who can forget Henry Winkler as Arthur Fon“Should I just say ‘Holy F#$%#$% S#%$’ or zarelli saying, “Heyyyyy!” The Fonz also popusomething like that?” larized the still-popular thumbs up motion. “Well, at least it’s a bit more contemporary And opposite the Fonz on Tuesday nights at 8 than ‘golly’,” she said. p.m., you may have been watching J. J. Walker “It’s not ‘golly,’ it’s more like ‘gawww-leee,” saying his signature, “Dy-No-Mite!” I said. Disco came along and made us all want to “Thanks Tips,” she replied. “I got it the first boogie down, and the discos were filled with time.” brick houses and cool cats. You didn’t usually As the next couple of days went on, I kept see chumps at the discos. The whole scene thinking about it. ‘Gawww-leee’ was some- was too groovy for them. thing I clearly picked up living in Texas, and The 80s started out with Moon Unit Zapit always kind of stuck. It was a mainstream pa popularizing phrases like “grody to the word, and I heard it all the time. So was ‘fixin’.’ max,” and “gag me with a spoon,” in her song It’s a word that means going to, or planning to. “Valley Girls.” In the 80s, which I am still acThere is no Rosetta Stone Texas program, but cused by the Diva of being stuck in, we also if there was, it would clearly have phrases like, had “wicked,” and later, “gnarly” and “tubu“I was fixin’ to cut all y’all’s grass, but, gawww- lar.” The Diva’s youngest son throws gnarly leeee, my lawnmower done got broked up.” around a lot. Personally, I think that word is I still use “fixin’” sometimes, but, gawww- bogus. leee, I would never say it around the Diva. As far as the 90s goes, well, what…ever! And, since I often listen to KCTK 1310 A lot of our 90s phrases were popularized Dallas-Fort Worth on the internet radio while by Seinfeld. “Yada yada yada,” was one, as at work, I hear a whole lot of gawww-leeee. were phrases like “can’t spare a square,” “masSometimes it just sort of dribbles out. ter of my domain,” and “close-talker.” But yo, The whole thing made me think about the 90s was da bomb! Word to your mother. our language and about trendy words and Once we got into what my son Wade used filler words. I always imagine my dad and his to call “the zeroties,” we had some more new friends in the 50s saying words like gee whiz, ones. Your peeps, which were your nifty new and swell, and, well, golly. glasses in the 50s, were now your friends. And But that’s golly, not gawww-leee. Got it, we can’t forget the damage that Snoop Dog Daddy-O? did to our language. “Fo’ shizzle, dizzle.” He would probably put on some threads, That’s just cray-cray. get in his hot rod, burn rubber, and split. Of So, now, I’m not sure what to say anymore. course, we are only saying this if we are visit- I don’t want to sound 20 minutes ago. I want ing him at his pad. to have some street cred. The 60s brought in a whole new culture But, then again, I am a middle-aged man and language for us, and many more phras- on the back nine of life. It’s over. Maybe I will es and expressions that the baby-boomers have to face the fact that I will never be cool brought in for use. again. I’m not sure I ever was. It was a decade where everyone would pile Gawww-leee.

It’s been a few years since we named Rowan Stringer our Barrhaven Independent Glen Dicks Person of the Year. She received the honour, posthumously, because of the extreme power she had in uniting the community and bringing all of us together. Rowan Stringer was the captain of the girls’ rugby team at John McCrae Secondary School. She passed away after receiving her second concussion in a short period of time. Her death led to an inquiry, which has since evolved into the Stringer family acting as champions for Rowan’s Law. It would be difficult to accomplish something of the magnitude that Gordon and Kathleen Stringer have over the past year. They have had a number of people jumping on their bandwagon to help them. NepeanCarleton MPP Lisa MacLeod has become their voice at Queen’s Park. Former NHL star Eric Lindros is a champion for their cause. But who among us could imagine something as special and important as Rowan’s Law, rising like a Phoenix from a Barrhaven tragedy, and making our country a safer place for young athletes? The fact that Gordon and Kathleen have been strong and have pointed so much of their grief at making a difference for others makes them truly exceptional people that we are proud to have in our community. After we started naming our person of the year, we decided to attach the name of Glen Dicks to it. He was our advertising sales person who passed away at a young age in 2009. Glen was a heart-and-soul of the community type of person. He was at every community event and function, usually out of his own interest and with nothing to do with his work. He loved Barrhaven. He loved the people of Barrhaven. He was a positive person who was known and loved by so many in the community. When we look at the hard work of Gordan and Kathleen Stringer, from their vision, to putting on a brave face, despite the tears that may flow when none of us are looking, we are proud to make you our 2017 Glen Dicks People of the Year. We are proud of you, and most of all, Glen would be too. xxxxxxx We hope you like our new format. The new size is to accommodate our printer, and we hope that you find the new format easier to read. Also, remember that the entire newspaper is posted on our Facebook page and linked via our website. Please like us on Facebook. It’s the swell, nifty and keen thing to do! JM


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Barrhaven teen has ‘best Christmas ever’ at Ellen’s 12 Days of Christmas show It was a Christmas to remember for Barrhaven teen Reegan Belanger. The eleventh grade student at École Secondaire Pierre-Savard got the Christmas of a lifetime as she was in the studio audience for the “12 Days of Christmas” episode of the Ellen DeGeneres Show. “It was an amazing experience,” Belanger said. The Christmas odyssey for Belanger and a couple of friends actually began in April. She and two friends from her Nepean Blue Devils basketball team, Grade King and

Kate Donnelly, travelled to Los Angeles along with Kate’s mother, Alison. “It was a trip we went on for Kate’s 16th birthday,” Belanger said. “Her mother co-ordinated the whole thing. She knew someone from high school who works on the show, and we ended up getting tickets for the show.” Going to the Ellen DeGeneres Show in April was an exciting experience for them. “It was a great experience to see the show live, and to see what goes on

behind the scenes,” she said. At the end of the show, DeGeneres had a surprise for the studio audience. “After the show, Ellen came back out to talk to the audience and said she had a surprise for all of us,” she said. The cast of the popular Netflix series Stranger Things, who had been guests on the show, came out with her. “She told us that if they could throw a paper airplane through a hula hoop, we would be invited back for the 12 Days

of Christmas Show,” she said. “They missed a few times, and they kept moving the hoop closer until they couldn’t miss.” As a result, Belanger and her friends made a return trip to Los Angeles last month for the special show. As expected, they were showered with gifts. Belanger returned home with a motorized bike, electronic devices and more than $1,000 in gift cards. “There was also a trip for two to Las Vegas, but since I am not 21, I gave that to my parents,” she

Kate Donnelly, Emma Donnelly, Reegan Belanger and Grace King sit in the garage across the road from the studio, waiting to be a part of the studio audience for the Ellen DeGeneris 12 Days of Christmas Show.

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It’s going to be a ‘smart’ New Year for Barrhaven residents Happy New Year Barrhaven! For the first article of 2018 I decided to fill you in on a bunch of “smart” stuff Ottawa is doing; services that I hope you will use and benefit from. There are a whole bunch of initiatives to improve online services for residents, businesses too! These initiatives build on the City’s commitment to open government and expanded service delivery options for residents using digital technologies. On November 22, Phase 2 of the Open311 WebServices pilot went live building on the March 2017 launch of the initial phase 1 pilot, increasing the number of service requests available through Open311 from 21 to 90. Newly added Service Requests include traffic, parking and parks. This will further allow third-party developers to create applications that can submit and view service request information.

Report your Noise Complaints through My ServiceOttawa (MySO)

Residents can now report noise complaints online using one of seven new online forms. Information about the City’s Noise Bylaw has also been updated with an infographic showing examples of acceptable noise levels. Since the forms went live on October 19, approximately 17 per cent of noise complaints received has been reported using the online forms.

Open Data

As of November 30, 15 new datasets became available through the City’s Open Data portal, bringing the total number of datasets to 150. Some of the new datasets include traffic collisions (six datasets), City contracts awarded (with a value greater than or equal to $25,000), Criminal Code of Canada Offences and Bike Repair Stations. The release of these datasets increases transparency, accountability, economic development opportunities, public engagement and

innovation. These efforts continue our commitment to expand the program by increasing the number of datasets released by 10 per cent annually.

Close the Loop

On December 7, 2017, Service Transformation and ServiceOttawa implemented the “Close the Loop” initiative to improve the 3-1-1 client experience. With “Close the Loop”; residents will be able to track the status of their service request online in real time and in more detail. Service requests for Forestry Services & By-law and Regulatory Services will now display one of the following four status updates: Open, Being Reviewed, In Progress, or Closed – along with a short status description to provide the client with more context. “Close the Loop” will expand to include other City services in 2018.

Digital Content Strategy

Right around now, a web content review of some of the most viewed pages on will be completed. Public Information & Media Relations and ServiceOttawa have been working with departments to make online content more customer friendly. The team has been working on


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the following pages and sections of • Garbage, recycling and household hazardous waste • Parking • Noise bylaw and reporting a noise complaint • Swimming • Skating • Find a recreation facility • Contact us • Public engagement • Budget 2018 • Winter maintenance New web content projects will be done in 2018, with a continued focus on the website’s high-traffic pages. I don’t know about you but anytime I have tried to find a particular rink in the City it hasn’t been should be. This happens when I am looking for scrimmage ice time or birthday party... let’s go crazy with hockey... etc.

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Virtual Queuing Project (Courtesy Call Back)

Starting in 2018, the Virtual Queuing Project will allow residents to receive a courtesy callback during regular business hours, instead of waiting in a queue for an available 3-1-1 agent. This project aims to improve the 3-1-1 client experience, especially during periods of high call vol-

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Interactive Voice Response (IVR) messaging when calling 3-1-1

ServiceOttawa has updated the automated telephone message that residents hear when they call 3-1-1. This automated system, known as Interactive Voice Response messa-

ging, gathers information and routes calls to the appropriate agent. When residents call 3-11 they will be greeted by a shorter message, to allow them to get the service they need faster. The new Interactive Voice Response messaging will be fully implemented in January 2018 following the completion of the Virtual Queuing Project. I know I have been frustrated listening to a whole bunch of information I never wanted nor needed to know about!

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No outdoor rinks this winter at Ken Ross Park, Clarke Fields She added that although the boards won’t go up, the city will be working with Bryce Wil-

son, the former operator for the Tanglewood rink, to create an ice surface for skaters to use.

Harder thanks the Salvation Army for their offer, and hopes they will be able to become the permanent

Since taking office, our government has fulfilled many of its promises: • Passed the Middle Class Tax Cut to bring relief to more than 9 million Canadians. • Introduced the Canada Child Benefit • Simplified the Canada Student Loans • Repealed unfair provisions of Bill C-24 in the Citizenship Act • Strengthened the Canada Pension Plan • Invested $2.97 billion in public transit infrastructure in Ontario

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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service, and what a great opportunity for them to come over here and put in there hours.” The rink at Ken Ross Park originally did not open due to a lack of volunteers. After a public plea, the Barrhaven Salvation Army stepped up to look after the rink for the season. “We need to create a place for these kids to be able to go and enjoy what we have enjoyed when we were younger,” said Glenn van Gulik of the Salvation Army. Because of the cold temperatures and amount of snow, Councillor Jan Harder says it is too late to put up the boards. “Sadly, I received confirmation from city staff that due to the extreme cold and the snow, it won’t be possible to install rink boards this season,” said Harder.

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The IndependentNEWS New furnace might be to blame for fire as church burns to the ground By Charlie Senack A Barrhaven-area church was completely gutted by a pre-Christmas fire. According to an source exclusive to the Barrhaven Independent, Living Waters Christian Assembly Church on Slack Road had recently installed a new furnace, which, the source says, may have malfunctioned and caused the fire. On Thursday, Dec. 21, around 4 p.m.,

after receiving multiple calls, firefighters raced to the church at 105 Slack Rd., near Merivale. Upon arrival, firefighters could not enter the building, forcing them into a defensive posture, due to a possible roof collapse. The extreme cold weather and structure of the church did not make battling the blaze easy. “We have a large structure that has large frame timber,” said

Danielle Cardinal, Ottawa Fire’s Public Information Officer. “It’s very combustible material with large open spaces,” said Cardinal. Although the fire was operationally considered a one alarm blaze, extra firefighters were brought to the scene to rotate in due to the extreme frigid temperatures. Trinity Noble found out about the fire when a friend, who works nearby, sent her a picture of the flames com-

ing out of the church. Noble grew up as part of the congregation and her grandparents are the pastors of the

church. “It’s definitely not clicked in yet,” said Noble, while holding back tears. “It’s really

weird even though it’s right behind me. This is not going to sink in for a long time.”

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Nepean Black Raiders edge Nepean White Raiders in Bell Capital Cup final By Jeff Morris It was the battle of Nepean in the Pee Wee A Final at the Bell Capital Cup. Nepean Black Raiders took on their rival Nepean White Raiders in the championship game, with the Black Raiders coming out on top with a 2-1 win. Both teams had reached the final by winning six straight games. Jack Ogilvie and Thomas Gallivan scored power play goals for the winners with Matteo Arlotta, Thomas Gallivan and Aidan O’Rourke picking up assists. Dylan Klassen scored for the White Raiders from Ryan Correia and Andrew Carter. Justin Dubreuil was the winning goalie. The Black Raiders advanced to the final with a 3-1 win over the OsgoodeRichmond Romans. Ryan Pollard, Jacob Perreault and Thomas Gallivan had goals for the Raiders with Perreault, Paolo Peloso, Aidan O’Rourke, Adam Reavie, Jake McLean and Kirkland Lehman earning assists. The White Raiders reached the final after a thrilling OT win over Stittsville. Liam Campbell scored in the first period from Julian McIntyre and Jonas Pasian, but the Rams tied things up in the second on a Daniel Marsden goal. Carter Williamson scored the winner at 2:48 of overtime, converting a feed from Cameron Vecchio.

Nepean Raiders’ Lucas De Bruyn (21, second from left, facing camera) is mobbed by teammates Andrew Penner (15), Joel Foley (11), Philippe Guimond (16) and Connor Ronberg (9) after scoring on the Utica Jr. Comets during Minor Peewee AA action at the 19th annual Bell Capital Cup Thurs., Dec. 28.). De Bruyn scored the lone Nepean goal in the game, which ended in a 1-1 tie. Barrhaven Independent photo by Mike Carroccetto

Carter Veurtjes earned the win between the pipes. The Black Raiders ran the table with wins over the Philadelphia Blazers, Karhu-Kissat of Finland, Erindale Spitfires, Mississauga Heartland Dragons and Ottawa Sting on their way to the semi-final. Aidan O’Rourke led the

team with 11 points, while Thomas Gallivan, Matteo Arlotta and Paolo Peloso had 10. Justin Debreuil had four wins in goal while Ben Sears had three. Other team members are Adam Khan, Jack Ogilvie, Adam Reacie, Marshall Nehme, Jacob Perreault, Ryan Pollard, Kirkland

Lehmen, Evan Shibata, Jake McLean, Caelen Sum and Kerwin Pashagumskum. The White Raiders reached the semi-final round with wins over Boston, Chunichi of Japan, Regina, Mississauga Applewood Coyotes and Orleans.

Julian McIntyre and Cameron Vecchi each scored five goals in the tournament for the White Raiders. McIntyre led the team with 11 points, while Vecchio and Ryan Correia had nine each. Carter Veurtjes was in goal for all seven games, posting a 6-1 record and allowing

only six goals. Other team members of the silver medal-winning team are Jonas Pasian, Andrew Carter, Carter Williamson, Liam Campbell, Lucas Filion, Dylan Klassen, Will Kelly, Jacob Mullen, Garrett Coughlan, Addison Douglas, Bailey Myers and Liam Kirkham.

Kingsbury scores pair to lift Raiders into Pee Wee AA semi-finals The Cumberland Grads scored a goal early in the first period and hung on for a 1-0 win over the Nepean Raiders in the Major Pee Wee AA semi-final round of the Bell Capital Cup last week. The Raiders reached the semi-final with a

3-2 win over the Ottawa Valley Silver Seven. After a scoreless first period, Gabe Kingsbury scored a pair of goals in the second, with the first coming from Caleb Jewell and Wade Boudrias, and the second coming shorthanded from Boudrias

and Treyson Dewar. In the third, Dewar added a goal from Daiwen Jia and Jaidon Genereux. Declan Thompson and Jojo Van Vliet scored for the Silver Seven in the third, but goalie Zachary Renaud held the fort and hung on for the win.

The Raiders opened the tournament with a 1-0 loss to the St. Lawrence Storm, and then tied the Miramichi Rivermen 1-1. They reached the playoff round with a 7-1 win over the Central Mass Outlaws and a 6-1 win over the Reston Raiders.

Jaidon Genereux led the team with four goals and four assists for eight points over the weekend, while Treyson Dewar and Matthew Mercier each had six points. Gabe Kingsbury had five. Kody Hull, Zac Theodore, Aidan Conroy and

Caleb Jewell each had three. Also contributing for the Raiders were Declan McCarthy, Matthew Clement, Wade Boudrias, Ben McMullen, Daiwen Jia and Jake Sheppard. Zachary Renaud and Braeden Fancy each played two games for the Raiders.


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Major Atom Raiders reach AAA, AA quarter-finals at Bell Capital Cup The Nepean Major Atom Raiders reached the Major Atom AAA quarter-finals of the Bell Capital Cup where they would face elimination with a 4-1 loss to the Rideau-St. Lawrence Kings. Gabriel Bergeron scored the lone Raiders goal on the power play from Harry Nansi and Lior Bouchler late in the third period. The Raiders earned a spot in the quarterfinals with a 6-4 win over the Providence Capitals of Rhode Island. Zachary Venance scored twice in the first period and Ricky Wilson added one to give the Raiders an early 3-1 lead. Wilson scored his second of the game in the second, but a pair of Providence goals in the second and one just six seconds into the third tied the score. Late in the third, Harry Nansi scored the winner with an unassisted goal, and then Ellard Slipacoff added another just 39 second later to ice the win. Slipacoff, Bergeron, Buchler and James Hughson had assists. Darcy Murphy was the winning goalie. The Raiders opened the tournament with a 5-3 win over the PAL Jr. Islanders. Harry Nansi scored two goals with Owen Coady, Zachary Venance and Nolan Turnbull scoring one each. Chase Hull, Ricky Wilson, Gabriel Bergeron, Calum Hartnell and Jacob Warnes had assists. Andrew McKibbon was the winning goalie.

The Raiders also tied Windsor 2-2. James Hughson and Gabriel Bergeron scored with Tristan Boudreau and Zachary Venance picking up assists. In the Major Atom AA division, the Raiders also reached the quarter-finals. The Raiders started with a 10-1 win over Utica. Cameron Stanley and Ryan Coughlan had two goals each while Ethan Taylor had a goal and three assists. Tyler Sovie, Chase Clement and Daxton Markwick each had a goal and an assist, while Nicolas Wright and Ashton St. Germain also scored. Stefano Cesario and Matthew Larkin added assists. Owen Boville was the winning goalie. The Raiders followed that win up with a 7-1 win over Les Voisins de Papineau. Daxton Markwick had two goals and two assists, while Ethan Taylor also scored

two. Tyler Sovie, Chase Clement and Matthew Larkin also scored. Cameron Stanley had two assists with one each going to Antonio Zito, Nicolas Wright and Adam Reinisch. Aymen Eljaji was the winning goalie. The Raiders clinched a playoff berth with a 2-1 win over Aylmer. Tyler Sovie scored from Matthew Larkin in the second period, and Ryan Coughlan netted the winner in the third from Adam Reinisch. Owen Boville earned the win in goal. The Raiders then lost 5-1 to Orangeville with Stefano Cesario scoring the lone Nepean goal from Chase Clement. In the quarterfinal, the Raiders were blanked 1-0 by Cumberland. In the Major Atom A Division, Nepean had two teams playing. The Raiders White reached the quarterfinal round, where they lost 5-0 to Kitchener. The Raiders defeated South Muskoka

3-1, Rome (NY) 4-0 and Ashburn 3-1 while losing 4-2 to the Clarington Toros. Max Shewfelt was their top scorer with three goals and two assists for five points, while Garrett Mason had a goal and three assists, and Talan Smith had a goal and two assists. Nathan Emery, Connor Stobernack, Leon Darani, Noah Mayard, Colin Lefebvre and Ryan McKeown each had two points, while Keegan Neville and Quinn Brule had one point each. Ethan Cairney had two wins in goal while Rowan Williamson had one. The Raiders Black beat Kitchener Jr. Rangers 2-1 and tied Clarington and Woodstock by 3-3 scores. They dropped a 3-2 decision to Milton. Vaughn Kelly was the top scorer for the Raiders with four goals and two assists for six points, while Leo Marulanda had a goal and three assists. Kieran Prichett had three

points; Noah Milley, Ryan Cornell and Matthew Ostapyk had two; and Colton McEwen and Jacob Dalrymple

had one. Micah Sommer had a win in goal while Richard Unger had two ties.

North York Storms back to beat Wildcats in Bell Capital Cup final The Nepean Wildcats reached the final of the Bell Capital Cup Pee Wee Girls AA hockey tournament. The Wildcats opened the tournament with a 1-1 tie against Oakville. Trailing 1-0 in the third period, Jordyn Broadhurst scored the tying goal with assists from Hannah Belton and Emily Grace Wallace. After a scoreless tie with Whitby, the Wildcats then blanked the Brampton Candettes 5-0. Hannah Belton had the hat trick, with Taylor Garcia scoring one and assisting on another. Jill Hennessey also scored from Bridget Pringle. Kallie St. Germain earned the

shutout in goal. IN their next game, Alexis Jandciu earned the shutout as the Wildcats blanked North York 2-0. Katelyn Scott and Hannah Belton scored with Talia Theodossiou and Jordyn Broadhurst earned assists. In the quarter-finals, the Wildcats edged Whitby 2-1. Jill Hennessey scored both Wildcats goals with Katelyn Scott, Bridget Pringle and Mia Falcone earning assists. Kallie St. Germain was the winning goalie. In the final, North York Storm bounced back from their earlier defeat and blanked the Wildcats 3-0.

fire continues from page 10 She is not sure what is next. “We have faith, we have hope, we know we’re passionate about what we have been doing for the community, and we don’t want to stop,” Noble added. “The building may have burned down, but were still going to go strong.” There were no reported injuries. The building will be demolished for safety concerns once the blaze is extinguished.

It is still unclear, at least officially, what caused the fire, or what the financial loss will be, adds Cardinal. “It will likely be a large scale loss.” The Woodvale Pentecostal Church on Greenbank Road, has allowed Living Waters to temporarily use there space for as long as needed. There Carols and Candlelight service was held there on Dec. 24.

“When the rides were taken out of the park, the field was pretty much destroyed and we have been unable to get it repaired in

time for the winter,” said Bartraw. “The added problem is they won’t get to it until after all the snow goes in mid May, and I think next

Firefighters battle blaze at Living Waters Christian Assembly Church on Slack Rd. on Dec. 21. Photo by Scott Stillborn, @OFSFirePhoto

rink continues from page 8 There will be no skating rink at Clarke Fields either this year because the field is still destroyed after Canada Day celebrations.

year Clarke fields will be a write-off for any events.” He added that events like Canada Day in Barrhaven will most likely

have to be moved to a new location in 2018, much like Oktoberfest had to do this year. Volunteers are currently

working to freeze the ice surface at Ken Ross Park, and they hope to have it open to skaters by the first or second week on January.

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