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Zero excuses for ‘incredibly poor’ OC Transpo bus service

This September or early October, there will be an opportunity to have a really good look at new development along the Jock River. When I was newly elected and a Nepean councillor, Kevin Wherry and I used to chat about developing a linear park along the Jock River between Greenbank (Kelvin and Joan Burnett’s old farm) to Borrisokane and further by the decommissioned Foster Stormwater Management pond and towards Richmond. Of course money was always the issue as it continues to be for so many things today. As the old saying goes, “if wishes were horses, beggars would ride”. I think there will be quite a bit of interest and so I will likely ask Caivan for a formal pres-


BARRHAVEN by Jan Harder

entation in addition to the story boards. As well, let me know if you would be interested in joining a “walking tour” along the Jock. A couple of weekends ago I was in Kingston at the Provincial Ball Hockey tourney and a Barrhaven resident said to me, “I would rather we built more hockey arenas in Barrhaven instead of houses!” I have a meeting coming up this summer regarding the development

charge bylaw exclusively for Barrhaven that I am working on. South Greenbank has to be built, Strandherd is taking too long to get going and Barnsdale is key. Unfortunately, the Barnsdale and Prince of Wales intersection (roundabout) won’t be built until next year and will vacuum up all such monies assigned for roundabouts. I can make zero excuses for the incredibly poor OC Transpo service. It is deplorable. We have insufficient buses and many of them are in a poor mechanical state and then there is an issue with staffing the service. Once postsecondary schools start up, I can’t imagine how much more pressure there will be and the consequences.

Sorry for the rant, I hope you are finding the weekly traffic report helpful. Don’t hesitate to contact my office. I value your “eyes on the community”.

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Since 1993, the Barrhaven Food Cupboard has been offering non-perishables to residents in need. Originally part of the Family Services Association of Churches (FAMSAC) food bank, the food depot continued to grow in size, moving into the basement of the Barrhaven United Church in 2005. That’s where they remained until spring of this year, when they moved into their new digs at the Walter Baker Centre. The move means more space for the volunteer-run organization which processed 1,673 requests for assistance in 2018 — an increase of 5.1 per cent from the year before. The new centre

also means a new experience for their clients. Instead volunteers packaging up the food for those in need, the clients will be able to go around to stocked shelves with a shopping cart and choose their own items — much like they would do in any traditional grocery store. “It is a much better arrangement than someone saying they would like some food and then us packing up an order for a family of four per say, and they get whatever they get,” said George MacDonald, Vice President of the Barrhaven Food Cupboard. The increase of space also means that they can now accept perishable food items. They have started stocking eggs and bread, but plan to start providing other products like milk and butter in the near future. It also means that most of the food will be housed on site, and will not have to be stored at other locations. That’s welcomed news for the centre that collected 19,450 kilograms of food in 2018. And while volunteers and clients are exceptionally happy with the move, they were looking at different options only four years ago. Originally they hoped to build a centre of their own, but when those plans fell through due to high costs and

a lack of government support, Coun. Jan Harder brought up the opportunity of moving into the Walter Baker Centre. “Initially we were hesitant because we had wanted a building, but when we saw it and saw the potential that it had, we were quite excited with the opportunity to move here,” said MacDonald. Lots of work had to be done before the centre could move in — a project with high costs which was supported by the food cupboards building fund and through contributions from the City of Ottawa. The Barrhaven

Food Cupboard has been in their new location for a few months now, and both the clients and volunteers say the move was a fantastic one for the centre. Anyone who wants to donate can do so at multiple food drop off locations around the community, or at the centre itself. Donations can also be made online. The Food Cupboard is 100 per cent volunteer run, and are always looking for new people to join the team. For more information about the Barrhaven Food Cupboard, visit: https://www.barrhavenfoodcupboard.ca/about-us/

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The IndependentCOMMUNITY Harder continues from page 2 Please contact Susan Kuruvilla, health promoter with any questions or comments at 613-2882825 ext.2134 or email s.kuruvilla@pqchc.com EID Festival and Bazaar Suleeman and Al-Noor Collection will be holding an EID Festival and Bazaar at the SNMC MASJID (3020 Woodroffe) on August 3rd, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. There will be numerous companies and organizations attending showing off their wares and traditional food. All are welcome! Barrhaven 3rd Annual Classic Car Show The third annual Classic car show is being held at Clarke Fields on Sunday August 18th 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Clarke Fields. Free admission. For more information contact Keith at 613-8254736, email r.k.goebel@outlook.com or visit Barrhaven Classic Car Show on Facebook. Ottawa Farmers’ Market: Barrhaven Now open! 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Nepean Woods Park & Ride at Strandherd & Crestway Dr. Every Sunday until October. Call for Volunteers Do you have a little spare time and am interested in making a difference in your local community? The Barrhaven Lions are currently trying to increase its membership to do more for the community. Contact us at lionmargaret@gmail.com Sharing in Student Success Sharing in Student Success program provides children from families in need with a backpack filled with all the grade-appropriate supplies they need for a successful school year. Our goal is to ensure every child in Ottawa starts the school year on equal footing with their peers, ready to learn. Our registration is still open for several more weeks and we are already seeing an overwhelming 25% increase in the need! In our effort to serve every child on our list this year, is looking for donations. Just 40$ provides a senior child with a back-

pack and all the school supplies they need for the year. Donate at www.CaringandShring.ca New Application for Rezoning for 4192 Fallowfield The City of Ottawa has received a development application for the property located at 4192 Fallowfield Road. The property is currently zoned Development Reserve (DR) and the proposal is to rezone the property to Minor Institutional to permit a daycare. The rezoning of the site would facilitate the development of the daycare, with 7 parking spaces. The existing residential structure would be retrofitted to facilitate the daycare facility which could accommodate 39 children and 7 staff. Additional plans for the development can be found here: 4192 Fallowfield. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact my office. New French School for Barrhaven In 2018, the ministry of education confirmed its $20M funding to construct a new high school with a capacity to greet 681 grades 7-12 students. The design and construction drawings are now 99% complete and the architects are preparing to call tenders in July 2019. Construction at 4005 Strandherd is scheduled to start this coming fall 2019 and will be completed during the school year 2020-21. Exact completion dates have not yet been finalized. Submissions now open for the 2019 Ottawa Urban Design Awards The City will accept online submissions for the Ottawa Urban Design Awards until Friday, August 9th at 4 p.m. The biennial awards celebrate projects built in Ottawa that achieve urban design excellence. The awards this year will honour exceptional projects built in Ottawa between September 1st, 2017 and September 1st, 2019. In this eighth installment, awards will be presented in six categories: Urban Infill Public Places and Civic Spaces Urban Elements Student Projects

Watch Board of Directors is Crime Prevention Ottawa currently seeking to fill the is Recruiting for BOTH the following roles on the Board: Board of Directors and * Treasurer the Community Forum * Social Media What is the Board of Dir* Director at large ectors? Crime Prevention OtThe right volunteer should tawa is governed and guided ideally possess knowledge of by a Board of Directors. The Neighbourhood Watch pro- Board of Directors has recently grams, experience with work- been named by the City of Oting on a board, leadership tawa as the Advisory Commitwithin the community, good tee for the Community Safety communication skills, will- and Well-Being plan (CSWB). ingness to engage in a posi- Our Terms of Reference have tive dialogue with community been amended to meet the and working with members CSWB legislative requireof the Ottawa Police Service. ments by adding three specific Members normally serve a representatives: two-year term and must be A person who represents an willing to commit to monthly entity that provides community meetings. or social services in the muniApplications including a cipality. Dad with Old Car_Ad copy 7/11/19 7:25 PM Page 1 full résumé should be sent A person who represents an to The Ottawa Neighbor- entity that provides community Pool Safety Ottawa hood Watch Board secretary or social services to children or There is nothing better Neighbourhood Watch than jumping into a pool on a Ottawa Neighbourhood via email at ONWboard@ youth in the municipality. hot summer’s day. However, Watch (ONW) is a city-wide hotmail.com. Please clearly A representative of the losadly, ever year a number of community program sup- state in the Subject Line cal health integration network Canadians drown in back- ported by the Ottawa Police which position you are ap- or a major health care instituyard pools. These deaths Service. The Neighbourhood plying for. tion. are preventable. The City’s Pool Enclosure By-law is designed to increase the safety of all pools and hot tubs. While requirements vary, the following rules apply regardless of when your pool enclosure was constructed: All gates in a pool enclosure must be self-closing and equipped with a self-latching device and a lock located inside the enclosed area All pool owners must ensure every gate around the pool in closed and locked at all times, except when the pool area is in use Pool enclosure gates adChange Colour joining public spaces like to Classic Black and White. parks or public pathways Stains, Creases, Fading, must be locked at all times, Tears, or Pieces Missing except when the gate itself is in use. From Prints, Portable and blow up Negatives,Transparencies, pools that hold water at a Tintypes or Daguerreotypes depth of two feet or more are a potential safety hazard and Bring them to the expert. require a compliant pool enYou will be amazed at what can be done. closure If you are planning to install a pool this summer, please remember to obtain your pool enclosure permit PHOTOGRAPHIC RESTORATION for everyone’s safety. For and DIGITAL SERVICES more detailed information Over 30 Years Experience about pool enclosures and permits, please visit Ottawa. By Appointment Only – Day or Evening at Your Convenience ca. By-law & Regulatory Call 613.425.1301 Services is a proud partner suepotter@rogers.com www.susanpotterphotorestoration.com of the Ottawa Drowning Prevention Coalition and wishes 176 Flat Sedge Cres. Ottawa, ON K1T 0G9 you and your family a fun 5 MINUTES SOUTH OF BANK AND HUNT CLUB AT FINDLAY CREEK and safe summer. Visions and Master Plans Community Initiatives a new category to recognize the power of community action and engagement. This year’s program will also award the first ever People’s Choice Award, recognizing the nominated project that receives the most votes online. Online voting will be open from August 26th to September 6th. Winners of an Award of Excellence will be sent forward as the Ottawa entry to the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s Urban Design Awards competition in 2020. For more information on award eligibility, please visit ottawa.ca.

Community Police Message Switchboard Operator Reinstated for Non-Emergency Calls The Ottawa Police Service is pleased to announce that our switchboard service was reinstated last month. When people call our nonemergency number at 613236-1222, in addition to the current menu system offered, callers now have the option to speak to someone on switchboard to help direct their call. The switchboard is staffed Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding holidays. To learn how you can file a report online, please visit Online Reporting.

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The IndependentCOMMUNITY Search still on to find a bone marrow donor for six-year-old girl By Jeff Morris

The doors were supposed to close at 6 p.m., but even close to 7 p.m., people were still arriving at St. Francis Xavier High School. They were going to the school to have a swab taken to see if they could be the donor the McKibbin family has been looking for to save the life of their six-year-old daughter, Hillary. The clinic, held earlier this month to find a potential donor match, was the second held for the little girl. The first one drew more than 600 people, and because so many people were turned away, there was both a need and an opportunity for a second clinic. A flood of people from Barrhaven, Riverside South, Manotick and throughout Ottawa turned out to see if they would be the ones who could

help. “It’s incredible to see the support for Hillary,” said her mother Kelly, who along with her husband, Steve, greeted people at the door and thanked them for coming. On Mother’s Day, the McKibbin’s received a call to take Hillary to CHEO right away. She had been diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia, an extremely rare and fatal disease, if left untreated. She is truly one in a million. She likely needs a bone marrow transplant as a life-saving treatment. “To see the support from the community and the number of people who have come to see if they are a match is overwhelming,” Kelly said. The day after the clinic, Hillary received a hemoglobin transfusion, which according to Kelly, “turned her cheeks a rosy pink which we

have missed seeing.” She added that Hillary thinks each pack of blood should have an avatar or emoji on it to show the type of person who donated it. Last week, the McKibbin family headed to Chu SteJustine Hospital in Montreal for an opinion from the transplant centre. The trip was supported by CHEO and Hospital for SickKids of Toronto. “Our doctor said it best — we are in no man’s land,” Kelly said. “We now know it’s okay to be emotional, unbalanced, and exhausted.” She added that the trip to Montreal was necessary “to help us make the most educated, informed decision we can regarding the survival of our daughter.” Kelly said that Hillary remains positive and upbeat through the entire process. She has had to endure fre-

quent blood tests for the past couple of months, as well as blood transfusions when needed. Because she cannot fight off infection, she is staying in isolation at home or at the hospital. In the meantime, the search continues to find that potential donor out there who is a perfect match. “While we still remain confident that her match is out there due to her common HLA type, and that a potential match will follow through when called upon to donate, it remains unconfirmed at the moment,” Kelly said. “A transplant will mean relocating to either Toronto or Montreal for at least 100 days. Praying for her survival will be the most timeconsuming part. “And of course, there is still the chance of a miracle….a full unexplained recovery. Still.”

Six-year-old Hillary McKibbin is in need of a bone marrow transplant. Close to 1,000 people attended one of two clinics held by Canadian Blood Services to find a match to be a donor.

Seniors can now ride OC Transpo at no cost twice a week

By Jim Watson, Mayor, City of Ottawa

After witnessing the success of no-charge OC Transpo services for seniors on Wednesdays, I pledged during my 2018 Mayoral re-election campaign to extend this service for seniors to an additional day of the week. Offering seniors a

second day a week on which they can get around the city on public transit at no cost is not only an opportunity for seniors to save money, but it encourages them to leave their home and take part in social outings, helping to fight widespread loneliness and isolation affecting many seniors. Currently, seniors 65-plus

can ride OC Transpo buses and trains at no charge every Wednesday. Beginning on July 7, seniors were able to take transit for no charge on Sundays as well. Providing no-charge transit for two days a week gives Ottawa seniors more mobility options. This is important, as transit plays a key role in the lives of Ottawa’s seniors – connecting them with medical appointments, shopping, family members and friends. This plays a big role in helping to fight the social isolation that Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson is encouraging local seniors to take advantage of free OC Transpo bus fare on Sundays and Wednesdays.


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The IndependentCOMMUNITY Promoting diversity a passion for St. Joseph High School student

Name: Daniella Akat Age: 18



Address: Barrhaven School: St. Joseph High

by Phill Potter

Grade: 12 Parents: Stella and Daniel Akat Brother: Junior (23) Sisters: Placid (21), Golda (11) Pet Peeves: “People who eat with their mouths open, slow walkers and those who don’t pay attention to you when you talk to them.” Favourite Subject: Social Sciences (law, psychology and sociology) What do you enjoy reading for pleasure? “I love reading books, and don’t have a preferred genre. I love comedy, romance, action, poetry, etc. I will read anything except horror.” Who is your favourite author? “When I was younger, I loved the Percy Jackson Series and I tried to read every book that Rick Riordan wrote. As I grew older, I stopped having a favourite author, because there are such a vast options of books. it’s impossible to just choose one, so I don’t have a favourite author.” Activities/Interests: “I play volleyball, and I can sing and draw.”

What is your greatest accomplishment?: “I am most proud of the work I have done for the school concerning Black History Month. Each morning of February, a song by a black artist was playing. An important person of colour was read on the announcements. In homeroom classes, there were videos played which spoke about different struggles people of colour faced, and there were discussion questions accompanying the videos. Spirit Week had themes like Black Excellence, where everyone would dress up formally. And, Hoodie Day in remembrance of Treyvon Martin. Finally, we had the Black History Month Show, where we had singing, dancing, guest speakers, trivia and a fashion show. 500 tickets were sold, raising $950 which was then donated. My biggest challenge was deciding to do this again. I tried to do this the year before, but it was not as successful. We had a few performances at lunch and all songs were by a black artist. However, students have such little free time to eat and socialize, so they were not as attentive as I would have hoped. Furthermore, finding students who wanted to participate in the talent show was extremely difficult.


I decided to do it again this past year, because I realized that no matter how difficult it was to organize, nobody else in my school would want to take the lead in doing these activities. I felt that it was up to me to make sure it ran again.” Ms. Scholfield was the teacher who helped me with planning and getting everything approved. I am really grateful for her, and everything she did to help this run.”

Why did you get involved in what you do? “I thought it was, and still is important to remind students and staff about the importance of diversity, and the struggles people of colour continue to face. People of colour are not always perceived in a good light by the media, so I thought that during that month of February we should celebrate the contributions people of colour have given to the world, whether it be with inventions, music, dance, art, rap or fashion. Organizing the event was a lot of work, but I found it rewarding and I think the students and staff really enjoyed the event. I truly hope that next year someone feels passionate enough to continue what was started.” Career Goals: “For my next school year, I’m attending Carleton University for Law. After my undergrad, I plan to go to Law School to become a lawyer. I have not decided which sector in law I wish

Daniella Akat will be studying Law at Carleton University and has dreams of becoming a judge. Phill Potter photo

to pursue, but I do want to eventually have my own practice, and potentially become a judge.” Comments: “If I could advise people coming into grade 9, or who are still in high school, it would be to not take everything so seriously. When you are going through something, it


seems like a much bigger deal in the moment than it actually is. It’s like the end of the world, but then you realize there is more to life than just high school. Talk to people you have never spoken to before. Not just in your grade, but in other grades, because there are so many fascinating people you know noth-

ing about. If you’re struggling to make friends, join a sport or a club. That is where I met some of the best people I know. I’m really nervous, but mostly excited to start university. I hope that I achieve as much success academically, and with my extra-curriculars, as I did in high school.”

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More community care means less time in nursing homes Troy Media -- The most recent census, in 2016, showed that almost 17 per cent of Canadians are over age 65. In fact, those older than 85 have increased by almost 20 per cent since 2011, making it the fastest growing age group in Canada. As more Canadians live longer than ever, care in nursing homes – or long-term care facilities – is a necessary part of the aging journey for many. When surveyed, most older adults say they want to stay in their homes for as long and as safely as possible. But nursing homes fill a vital role in the continuum of housing for older adults who are unable to remain at home or in other supportive environments. As we age, we often develop complex medical issues that can only be safely monitored within a 24-hour nursing care setting. But what are the social and economic costs of entering nursing home care too early or too late? Our recent study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, shows that policies directed at aging in the community reduce the overall length of stay in nursing homes. But it also showed that such residents are entering nursing homes with more, and more complex, care needs. That reality is not yet reflected in nursing home care funding, training and staffing. So how does that affect the nursing homes and their residents and staff? Higher and more complex care needs can have implications for nursing home staffing and funding requirements. When care needs are high, staff may experience increased workloads, which can lead to burnout and a subsequent decrease in job satisfaction, with implications for physical and mental health. Other research demonstrates when nursing home staff are burned out, the quality of care that a resident receives can be affected. Nursing home care is costly to governments. In 2017, Canadian governments spent close to $19 billion on care provided in nursing homes and supportive living facilities. Individuals are also expected to contribute to their stay and spent more than $8 million in 2017. Research shows that aging in place and keeping older adults comfortable in the community longer may offer a better quality of life and provide more efficient and cost-effective care. But admitting residents into long-term care later in life, when their needs are higher, means we have to provide adequate funding and staffing for long-term care facilities to reflect the complex new realities. Matthias Hoben is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta. Dr. Carole A. Estabrooks is professor and Canada Research Chair in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta. BARRHAVEN

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Capital Recollections of a Baby Boomer

Everyone has a bucket list. parents did not think it was a good idea for their For some, it’s an actual list that might be scrib- young boy to go to such a spectacle. Bruce said bled on a piece of paper and stuck on the fridge his father was not a fan of the King, as he recalled door with a magnet. his father saying he “had no talent” and was “a For most of us, though, it’s just a mental list, degenerate.” I seem to remember having the same tucked into a closet-like corner in the backs of our conversation with my step kids about Drake not minds. too long ago. I was thrilled for an old acquaintance and good Bruce’s grandmother, however, loved Elvis. friend, Bruce MacGregor, as She gave Bruce an Elvis album he got to stroke something for Christmas in 1956, just four from his bucket list. Cap- FROM THE OTHER months before his only Ottawa ital Recollections, his first appearance. The album had book, is a trip down memory sleeves with RCA Victor 78s of lane, filled with stories and Elvis songs. Jeffrey Morris anecdotes from growing up “One of my friends got to go in Ottawa during the baby to see the show,” he said. “He said boom years of the 1950s and it was disappointing. The Audi1960s. torium was an old hockey arena with bad acoustics. “Writing a book is something I have always Plus, the Auditorium was filled with teenage girls wanted to do,” Bruce said after his book was pub- screaming. Nobody could hear the music.” lished by Burnstown Publishing House. “Growing Television helped create the hysteria for Elvis. up at that time was so fascinating, especially in Ot- Bruce remembers vividly seeing him on the Ed tawa.” COUNCILSullivan Show, and the controversy that Presley’s I first met Bruce in the 1980s, when I was a gyrating hips caused. Television was new then, journalism student and football player atCORNER Carleton just as Instagram is new to today’s generation. Mayor Suzanne University. Bruce, who had majored in English and Dodge“We got our first television in 1954,” Bruce played football at Carleton in the 1960s, was a high recalled, mentioning Roger Bannister breakschool English teacher who was heavily involved ing the four-minute mile at the Commonwealth with the Old Crows, Carleton’s football alumni. Games and Jackie Parker of the Edmonton EsBut while our passion for football and Carleton kimos returning a fumble by Montreal’s Chuck brought us together, it was our love of music, pop Hunsinger for a touchdown in the Grey Cup. “We culture and writing that laid the foundation for a weren’t the first family on our street to get one. THE NOT SO great friendship. The Connolly family got ne in 1953, and at five NEW Bruce rode shotgun with me last summer on a GUY o’clock every day, all the kids on the street would trip to Montreal to see the Ravens play the Unibe in their living room watching the Howdy Tim Ruhnke versity of Montreal Carabins. Talk quickly went to Doody Show. It was new and exciting for us. Bemusic, and with the help of Sirius XM radio’s 50s fore that, families would huddle around the radio on 5 channel, we turned to road trip into a game of to listen to programs like Amos and ‘n Andy or name that tune, along with the artist. the Lone Ranger.” One of the things we talked about on our jourThere was only one channel available to resiney was Bruce’s idea for a book growing up in the dents in Ottawa and Eastern Ontario back then, baby boom years. Music was front and centre. and Ottawa-based Channel 4 was a CBC affiliate WALKER HOUSE “One of the biggest events in Ottawa in the that did not go on the air until 5 p.m. 1950s happened when Elvis Presley came to play “There was a graphic of an Indian head in at the old Ottawa Auditorium,” he said. “I grewSusan up Vallom full head dress until programming began,” Bruce in a great era for music, and I was a huge Elvis said. “And at first, they would alternate between Presley fan.” English and French programming. Elvis was not the pioneer of rock and roll, but In Eastern Ontario, south of Ottawa, WWNY he certainly created a hysteria that had never been in Watertown went on the air shortly after, and seen. Bruce, who had a band called Bruce and the Ottawa got a second channel in 1961 when CJOH Burgers for more than a quarter century and who appeared on the television landscape. Bruce restill plays gigs at area retirement homes, fondly re-BLAKE’S calls the popular CJOH Saturday night teen dance calls listening to Bill Haley and the Comets, Buddy show, Saturday Date. It was hosted by none other TAKES Holly, Fats Domino, the Every Brothers and Little than eventual ABC World Tonight news anchor Blake McKim Richard. Peter Jennings. If you want to take a trip down Memory Lane “I was 11 when Elvis came to Ottawa,” Bruce told me over breakfast at John’s Family Diner, with Bruce, Capital Recollections is available one of his favourite eateries in Westboro. “It was for $20 on the Burnstown Publishing website at his only Canadian tour. He played two shows at www.burnstownpublishing.com. It is also availthe Auditorium in between shows in Toronto and able at Books on Beechwood, Perfect Books on Montreal.” Elgin Street and World of Maps at Wellington Bruce wanted to go to the concert, but his and Parkdale.



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Barrhaven Idol! Emma-Rose Gibson auditions for Ottawa Idol on July 20, 2019. The legally blind 15-year-old Barrhaven singer/songwriter impressed the judges singing two of her own original songs. Mike Carroccetto photo

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On Sunday, July 21, at 1:15am, Frontline officers and a K9 officer attended the 3600 block of Strandherd Drive for a personal robbery. A victim was talking on her cell phone when a male suspect walked by her and grabbed the cell phone and ran off. The victim did not suffer any injuries.

Officers covered the area to try and locate the suspect. A short while later, a K9 officer was driving in the area and spotted a male who matched the description of the suspect. A witness to the theft was also interacting with the suspect. Elvis Pressoir was arrested with stolen items on his person.

Pressoir was also wanted for two other thefts, one in which he was armed with a hammer and concealed his face. Pressoir, 20 years old of Ottawa is charged with three counts of theft and one count of wearing a disguise. His next court date is scheduled for August 22.

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Beryl Gaffney Park a destination, not a neighbourhood park The Editor,

If staff and some locals get their way, funding for Beryl Gaffney Park will go for asphalt and land acquisition. That’s not in keeping with either best practice, or the ‘City Park’ vision. How Did We Get Here? Commencing in 1974, the former City of Nepean gradually acquired the 96 acres (39 ha) for what was originally Rideau Bend Park, and then re-named Beryl Gaffney Park in 1998, in honour of Nepean resident, Councillor, and Member of Parliament, Beryl Gaffney. Since its inception, the park was envisaged as a destination park, not a neighbourhood park.

The 1999 Beryl Gaffney Park Master Plan Developed in 1999, preamalgamation, by Landscape Architect, Steve Sunderland, Principal with Corush, Sunderland, & Wright, the BG Master Plan included: conservation of the existing forest, picnic area, pathways, a marsh boardwalk, adventure playground, outdoor skating pond, canoe/small boat rental and docks, fishing areas, amphitheatre, self-propelled channel ferry, parking and washroom amenities. Post-Amalgamation In 2006, Ottawa City Council approved the building of a headquarters facility for Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA), within Beryl Gaffney Park, with a remittance of $32,000 annu-

ally to be invested in BG park development. In 2008 an updated Master Plan was done. A March 2008 staff report indicated that ‘no substantive change to the original plan is needed.’ A Park Development schedule identified the following items for construction between 2008-2018: signage, parking, washroom upgrades, trails, picnic area, picnic shelter, footbridge, lookout, lighting, site furnishings, and small boat docks. Community Consultation & June 24 Meeting After a decade and virtually none of the above accomplished, the City conducted two consultation sessions, and sought on-line input from the public on how to move forward with the updated 2008 Master

Plan and priority spending for the park. At the June 24, 2019 meeting, staff proposed two immediate actions for the $1M BG Fund: • Buy adjacent land to create a fenced, off-leash dog park area (adjacent to Rideau Valley Drive) - $400,000. • Install a traffic light and parking lot off Prince of Wales, across from Capital Memorial Gardens - $600,000. Some residents opposed ‘ANY’ park development and the ‘off-leash’ crowd wanted assurances that the newly acquired ‘off-leash’ fenced area would not negate the whole park being retained as ‘offleash’. Recommendations are Non-Starters

While adding acreage to Beryl Gaffney Park is fully aligned with the ‘destination park’ concept, there is no need to use the dedicated BG Park development funds. The City has city-wide cash-in-lieu of parkland funds and this is exactly how they could and should be used. And why would another parking lot be put in, at this time, when the current parking lot is virtually NEVER at or near capacity? Given our current fiscal climate, it’s extremely difficult to secure ‘park development’ funds. With $1M allocated for Beryl Gaffney, the ‘do nothing’ in the park approach, advocated by staff and some residents is, frankly, irresponsible.

Finding a Way Forward It’s now time to seriously invest in this destination park: Put in the Picnic Areas and Shelter - replace the wild parsnip, tick-infested, dogpoop meadow that currently exists, with a well designed and maintained picnic space. Build the Adventure Play Area – this was envisioned as a ‘natural area’ with climbing ropes and other amenities that both entertain and challenge children, fully complementary of both the picnic area and the natural features of the site. Build the Marsh Boardwalk – there are very few opportunities where one can actually get to the Rideau waterfront and take in its beauty and serenity.

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The IndependentSPORTS Teamwork makes the dream work For Barrhaven hoop star

Special to the Independent

For a 10-year-old student, the prospect of donning your team jersey to represent your school at a sports tournament is a coveted honour. For Barrhaven residents and parents, Brian and Kathy Hutton, the thought of witnessing their son do it didn’t seem attainable. Ten-year-old Dylan Hutton is not your average youngster. Dylan and his twin brother, Justin, have encountered a lifetime of adversity and have been a source of inspiration for their St. Luke Catholic School community. Dylan and Justin have autism and our community and schools are very aware of the physical, social and cognitive challenges that come with autism. But the challenges don’t end with their diagnosis of autism. The brothers spent the first six months of their lives in a hospital, including the first three months in the neonatal intensive care unit. They came home to oxygen monitors to assist with their breathing abnormalities. Additionally, the brothers have Pierre Robin Sequence and Stickler Syndrome. Stickler Syndrome is a genetic condition that has a variety of debilitating symptoms, such as vision issues, hearing loss and joint problems. “To say that they had a challenging start is putting it mildly,” states dad, Brian. The boys have what the medical profession refers to as “loosey-goosey joints”, which puts them in constant risk of joint and retinal detachment – not what any sport loving child or their parents want to hear or entertain. Dylan is truly a medically fragile young lad and given all of his physical challenges, individual pursuits such as swim-

ming and bowling seemed to be his ceiling on sport pursuits. But Dylan always expressed a love of basketball. He could be seen just about every recess and after school, shooting hoops on a basketball net. It was a great way to interact with other students, and his peers and the staff at St. Luke embraced his passion for basketball. Educational Assistant Marissa Perrier, a tireless advocate for the autism community, recognized an opportunity to have Dylan participate as a member of the school basketball team. She approached the Huttons and coach, Angelo Bruno, and together the support team flew into a plan to have Dylan achieve a dream on the basketball court. Dylan attended every practice for six weeks in March and April and he instantly made a huge impression on his teammates with his great dedication, perseverance and enthusiastic attitude. Grade five student Kyle Lyver, a member of the team, a good friend and supporter of Dylan noted, “Every day I see him and he puts a smile on my face. He makes me want to be the best that I can possibly be.” On Wednesday, April 18th, an Ottawa Catholic School Board tournament took place and five schools, including St. Luke, participated in a basketball tournament for 10and 11-year-old boys. What transpired created huge tugs at the heart strings of the Barrhaven community. Coach Angelo Bruno arranged with the convenor and other coaches of the tournament to allow Dylan to have his own play orchestrated during each of the team’s basketball games. The idea was overwhelmingly supported by the other coaches and

Dylan Hutton has been an inspiration to the St. Luke school community. opponents. When Dylan began to dribble up the court, all the fans and opponents in the gym that day began to chant his name. The sound was deafening and highly emotional. When he scored a basket, the crowd erupted in jubilant cheers. Coach Bruno said that in his 23 years of coaching, it was unequivocally his most proud and rewarding moment of his career, a moment he will never forget. Clearly this was a special occasion for Dylan and his parents, who were also in attendance that day. But what was equally impressive was how our small community recognized the greater good at work that day. This was not about wins and losses or allstar performances, but rather it demonstrated how we as a society need to embrace being inclusive, in the classroom, on the basketball court and in society in general. The boys’ basketball team and community at St. Luke, along with the opponents and spectators in attendance that day reminded us to see the ABILITY, not the

Being on the St. Luke basketball team provided Dylan Hutton, front, with a huge sense of pride and accomplishment. DISABILITY in everyone that importance of being a role couldn’t contain her emotion model for all of the students in speaking about the supwe encounter. The impact of Dylan’s ac- and athletes that I come in port team that Dylan has been complishments was truly im- contact with. In this experi- blessed with. “I never thought pressive, and it resonated with ence, including the lead up that he could be a part of a many in attendance that day. to the tournament, I was re- team…..it blew my mind to Earlier in the tournament, St. minded that I too can learn see how it all turned out and to Luke had lost to an opponent from children, who are quite see how much support we had by more than 20 points, leav- capable of being role models in this whole endeavour. We ing the team rather demoral- for their parents, teachers and have such great students and ized. At the conclusion of that coaches. They taught me a staff here, who go out of their game, Dylan scored his first great lesson about what a truly way to support Dylan and his basket. That moment galvan- inclusive and accepting soci- brother, who try to involve him ized the team. From that point ety we should all be striving in their activities. It is such an on, their team did not lose an- to achieve. As we say in our important story to share about other game. In fact, in a re- school board, we need to ‘Be how the community rallied match with that same previous Community’. Dylan Hutton around Dylan.” Dylan’s magical moment opponent, St. Luke rallied be- and his basketball teammates on the basketball court, a hind Dylan’s inspiring efforts are my role models.” One of Dylan’s teammates, dream made possible by team and held a much stronger team long-time friend and advo- work, is truly an exceptional to a tie game. Coach Bruno spoke about cate, Duncan Ruck exclaimed, example of inclusion in sports. Editor’s Note – Special how proud he was of Dylan, “Without Dylan, we were just a but also how equally proud bunch of guys playing basket- thanks to St. Luke teacher Anhe was of all of Dylan’s team- ball. With Dylan, we were a gelo Bruno for providing us with this wonderful story and team.” mates. Dylan’s mom, Kathy, accompanying photos. “As a teacher, I realize the

letter continues from page 9 Are kayaks and canoes really causing erosion? Surely, water access should be a priority – look at the success of Chapman Mills? Build the Amphitheatre – there is a local group that is keen to work on this asset. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to bike to BG Park, and listen to a Sunday afternoon concert, seated on a blanket, on the natural incline the site offers?

The St. Luke basketball team cheers after their teammate, Dylan Hutton, scored a basket.

Final Thoughts… Beryl Gaffney Park will become another off-leash dog-walkers’ paradise if it

doesn’t have the benefit of a Master Plan to guide it – just witness the nearby 35-acre David Bartlett Park where the organized Dog Walker’s Association not only forced the removal of picnic tables, but opposed a waterfront pathway. Poor maintenance is not the issue here – having a clear vision is. These are one-time capital dollars, not operating budgets. These are investments for the future to serve many, not a few. Unless City Council takes a broader and firmer stance, we’ll get another 20 years

and more wild parsnip. Let’s hope that some of the former Nepean Councillors – Harder, Chiarelli - and others who can see beyond their own ward boundaries - provide some leadership. If you have a broader vision for this precious park – a picnic area, play space, waterfront boardwalk -then get off your duff and send your thoughts today, to B e r y l . G a ff n e y @ o t t a w a . ca….and copy your Councillor. Anne Robinson, Manotick


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Ottawa Police Frontline officers responded to a possible Break and Enter on July 14 at 3:42 am on Willowview Way in Barrhaven. The homeowner woke up to find his rear door open and items

out of place in the home. The homeowner then located the suspect hiding in the basement and immediately called police. Scott O’Brien, 28 years old, of no fixed address, has been

charged with breaking and entering with intent, possession of burglary tools, and trespassing at night He appeared in show cause court on July 14, 2019.

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Crash victim identified At the request of the family, Ottawa Police have released the identity of the motorcyclist killed following a two-vehicle collision at the corner of Greenbank Rd. and Highbury Park Dr. in Barrhaven on Wednesday, July 10, 2019. Kevin Lepine-Charter, 32 years old of Ottawa, succumbed to his injuries in hospital. “He was the proud father of two amazing children as well as a talented car wrapper. He was and forever will be the light in our lives.” says Caitlin Charter, mother of his two children. The investigation continues. Mike Carroccetto photo

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The IndependentSPORTS Minor Little League Eagles edge Ottawa West to win District title

Following a thrilling comeback win at Ken Ross Park Monday, the East Nepean Minor Little League Eagles (age 10-11) are the District 2 champions and are off to the Ontario championships in Cumberland this weekend. It was a winner-take-all contest between the Eagles and the West Ottawa Twins. The Eagles socred a pair of runs in the second inning to take a 2-0 lead, but the Twins rallied in the fourth to go ahead 3-2. The Eagles scored three runs in the fifth as Hayden Gorman smacked a two-run triple in the fifth. Pitcher Evan Amadio sealed the deal in the sixth, and was backed up by tremendous defence, especially in the outfield. “Ottawa West is a great team,” Eagles coach Matt Beelan said. “We played them six times this year and we were three and three against them.” Beelan said that the Eagles had some big plays, but also did the little things well and executed on their fundamentals. “Our pitching was great, our defence was great, and we made two huge catches in the outfield.”

Gorman’s triple in the fifth was a game changer. The ball sailed over the right fielder’s head and to the fence. In the fourth, a similar play was caught with an outstanding catch. “As the third base coach, I thought he was going to catch

After winning the District 2 title, the East Nepean Eagles are playing well at the Ontario championships in Oakville. After their first game was rained out Wed., July 17, the Eagles opened the tournament up July 18 with a 12-4 win over the Orleans Blues. The Eagles followed that win

with a 13-1 drubbing of the Timmins Lynx. On July 20, the Eagles won a high-scoring 20-11 decision over the Windsor South Blue Sox. The Eagles beat the Mississippi Whitecaps 17-2 in their fourth game. The Eagles suffered their only loss of the tournament in a battle for first place,

East Nepean Minor Eagles pitcher Evan Amadio (left) and 3B Hayden Gorman celebrate wildly after winning the District 2 Little League championship at the Eagles’ Nest in Barrhaven on Monday (July 22). Eagles came back to defeat Ottawa West Twins 5-3, with the decisive hit (a two-run triple) coming off Gorman’s bat in the bottom of the 5th inning. Amadio won the game, pitching 2 2/3 innings of solid relief.

It has been a month to re- get ready for this.” The Eagles left the folmember for the East Nepean Intermediate Little League lowing week for the Canadian Intermediate Little League Eagles. After winning the District championships in Langley, BC. “We’re not going there 2 title, the Eagles went on to compete in the Ontario Inter- to participate,” James said. Mike Carroccetto photo mediate (13 year olds) Little “We’re going there to try and it. Either way, our guys were League Championships in Ka- win.” tagging and we would have The Eagles went 4-1 in the nata. tied the score anyway. But The Eagles won the tourna- round robin portion of the tourwe practice that specific play, ment with 10-2 and 7-6 wins nament, beating BC 5-2, losing and the boys were ready.” over the Kingston Colts in the to the host Fraser Valley team The Eagles open the On5-3, and then beating the Atlanbest of three final. tario championships Saturday “It’s a team win,” said tic champions 17-1, the Prairies in Cumberland when they Eagles coach Derek James after champion 7-2 and Alberta 6-4. face High Park of Toronto. the game. “The boys worked They were tied for first place very hard at practice. They with BC. They were scheduled to practiced every day for twoFraser Valley in the 1semiand-a-half weeks, sometimes Adplay LATEST AD!!!!!!!!!!!! copy_Diversitea 7/8/19 1:52 PM Page twice a day, and sometimes for final Wednesday, after our three-and-a-half hours a day to press time, with the final set for as the host Oakville Whitecaps were 13-2 winners. The semi-finals were played Tuesday after our press time, with the finals set for Wednesday. The Eagles played South Ottawa in one semi-final, with Oakville playing Windsor South in the other.

Senior Little League Eagles represent Ontario at Canadian championships they beat the District 7 champion Brockville Braves 16-4. On July 4, they beat the host Windsor South Canadians 5-2. They ended the round robin with a 3-1 loss to District 6 winners, the Glebe Giants of Ottawa. In the semi-final, the Eagles avenged their loss to Glebe with a 13-6 win in their rematch. On July 6, they beat

East Nepean Eagles’ players Brett James (4), Noah McNeil (9) and Patrick O’Sullivan (14) celebrate winning Ontario Intermediate Little League Championship after final out was recorded by McNeil at the March Central Community Centre diamond on July 12.

Eagles tied for first at Canadian Intermediate Little League Championships

Eagles in playoffs at Ont. Jr. Little League Championships in Oakville

The East Nepean Eagles Senior Little League team won the Ontario championship in Windsor and earned a trip to Sydney Mines, NS, to play in the Canadian Senior Little League Championships. The Eagles, who won the District 2 title in June, headed to Windsor earlier this month. In their first game,


Windsor South 3-1 to win the provincial title. The Eagles went 1-4 at the Canadians. They lost to the eventual champions from Quebec in their first game, and also lost to the host Cape Breton team as well as the BC and Alberta teams. The Eagles posted their lone win with a 13-1 win over Saskatchewan.

Thursday. “These boys worked really hard,” said James. “We are a strong hitting team and we are deep in pitching, so some of these players are really versatile.” James said one of the great things about his team is how the players get along both on and off the field. “They’re a fun bunch,” he said. “They all get along, they do things outside of baseball together, and they all play Fortnite together at night, or sometimes they play MLB on the PS4. They are constantly challenging each other, and they get along great. Some of them have been playing together for four years.”

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Lipstick Dragons The Lipstick Dragons once again represented Barrhaven with a strong showing at the recent Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival, winning silver medals in the 100 meter and 500 metre races. The team was formed nine years ago, when a group of moms from the community who worked out at the same gym got together to challenge themselves to compete. The team is still going strong and continues to get better every year! Submitted photo

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