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FRIDAY • July 6 • 2018

With Glowing Hearts

Pierre-Savard student Ryley Belanger of Barrhaven celebrates Canada Day with a smile despite the record temperatures and humid conditions. Barrhaven’s Canada Day was well attended despite the hot weather, but a brawl at Sunday night’s celebration put a damper on the event and raised concerns about security and safety. For more on Canada Day, see pages 3 and 4. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook page for more Canada Day photos. Reegan Belanger photo

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Stonebridge residents concerned over Mattamy proposal Plan would see golf course shortened to accommodate 158 new homes By Barrhaven Independent Staff It was a tough night for Kevin Murphy. The Mattamy Homes Director of Land Development was on the hot seat during a public meeting at Stonebridge Golf Club last Wednesday night. Residents voiced their concerns over a plan to shorten the golf course that winds through the community for the purpose of building 158 new homes. The meeting drew hundreds of local residents who shoe-horned inside the club’s banquet room. A number of others, including city politicians, observed from the patio outside. “You’re stealing money from our pockets so that you can make a profit,” said one of the many local residents who was part of the long line-up that snaked along the outside of the room and ended at the microphone.


The proposed development is at the southeast corner of the course, just south of Longfields Drive and just west of Prince of Wales Drive. A Draft Plan of Subdivision application has been submitted to subdivide the subject lands to enable the development of a residential community currently referred to as Stonebridge Phase 16. The proposed development includes detached dwellings and traditional townhouses as well as parkland. Access to the subdivision will be provided via a southern extension of existing Kilspindie Ridge at the northeast corner of the subject lands. The proposal includes a combination of townhomes and single homes. The proposal comes at a time when the Barrhaven housing market is experiencing a shortage of supply. Homes currently being built south of the golf course and north of


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Two golfers play a round of golf at Stonebridge Golf and Country Club. Stonebridge has applied to use part of the current golf course to build 158 new homes. Residents are aghast. Mike Carroccetto photo

Barnsdale Road are two to three years ahead of schedule to meet the demand. In the winter and spring, many townhomes and smaller single family homes were getting several offers and selling tens of thousands of dollars above

asking price. Golf course architect Ted Baker spoke to the crowd about the changes being made to the course. The development would cause some holes to be reconfigured and shortened. Overall, the course would be

about 800 yards shorter – more or less – depending on which tees golfers are playing from. The reconfiguration would change the course from Par 71 to Par 68, and it would downgrade the course’s rating from championship to execu-

tive. Most of the residents who spoke at the meeting were concerned about Mattamy’s longterm commitment to the course, which was the centrepiece of the community when it was developed and sold.

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Lower left, Aanya and Avika Kalyani, ages 6 and 7 respectively, chow down on pancakes during a Canada Day breakfast at Cedarview Alliance Church in Barrhaven. Upper left, Brooke Rino, age 4 and 3/4, enjoys a magic carpet ride down the Fun Slide during Canada Day in Barrhaven at Clarke Fields. For more Canada Day photos, visit the Barrhaven Independent Facebook page. Above, Heather Tessier hams it up with Councillor Michael Qaqish at a photo booth set up at Canada Day in Barrhaven. Right, two young children cool off at a misting station during the record heat at Canada Day in Barrhaven. Mike Carroccetto photos

Large mob of teens starts riot at Barrhaven Canada Day Fireworks set off into crowd, police use pepper spray to control situation By Charlie Senack Barrhaven Independent The teenage mayhem began just as the Canada Day in Barrhaven celebrations at Clarke Fields were about to come to a close. Witnesses tell the Barrhaven Independent that about 200 teenagers decided to crash the party Sunday evening. Witnesses say that at around 9 p.m., a rogue firework was set off in the crowd. That forced many people, including children, to run to safety. “Someone lit a firework in the middle of the crowd and everyone screamed and ran away, pushing people over trying to get away,” said

Casey Doyle, who was just arriving at the celebrations as the commotion began. She said various teens set off fireworks in the crowd 10-15 times, and that’s when the police were called in. One witness says they called 911 three times for police backup. “There was so much smoke at one point as well,” said Doyle. “You would just suddenly see and hear everyone screaming and running away, with a group of teenagers with backpacks running 5-10 seconds before anyone else saw it.” According to paramedics, around 10 teens were pepper sprayed,

apparently by police officers who were trying to get the situation under control. One 15-year-old also had to be transported to hospital. Those in attendance also suggested a few young children and babies in strollers were hit by the fireworks as they went off, yet no one is believed to have been hurt. A few of the teens also reportedly tried to go after the police officers, as well as the production crew. Darrell Bartraw has been organizing Canada Day in Barrhaven for the past nine years. In an interview with CTV Ottawa, he said this was the first time something like this has ever happened.

“We have never seen anything like this (and) I just don’t know what we’re going to do,” Bartraw said. “I’d hate to have to cancel the event in the future because of a few hundred people that just wanted do their own thing.” When reached Monday afternoon, Coun. Jan Harder said she was just made aware of the incidents over a Facebook post, and said she was already in contact with Ottawa Police requesting a full account as to what happened. “During my time in council I have always had zero tolerance, and this is certainly nothing we have seen before,” Harder said. “It shouldn’t

go unnoticed we have never had alcohol at Canada Day (because) it’s a family fun event.” This was not the only incident to happen at Clarke Fields over the Canada Day long weekend. Michael Wood, a partner with Ottawa Special Events, the production company which helped put on Canada Day in Barrhaven, said around ten thousand dollars worth of power distribution was stolen from the site sometime in the early morning hours of July 1. The distribution is what is used to take the power from the generators and feed it through cables to the food vendors.

“The outpouring support from the community was outstanding,” said Wood. “We posted it onto Facebook (and) people did call us to say whatever you need for your show, we’re here to help.” He added the equipment was most likely stolen for the copper, yet he is urging whoever stole it to return it to their offices, no questions asked. It is unclear what may happen to Canada Day celebrations at Clarke Fields for next year. Event organizers say new security measures may need to be put in place including a bag check upon entry, and a fence around the fair ground.

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Citizenship ceremony an emotional highlight of Barrhaven Canada Day By Charlie Senack Barrhaven Independent The record breaking heat did not stop thousands of Barrhaven area residents from attending the annual Canada Day celebrations at Clarke Fields. New this year, a citizenship ceremony took place in which 21 people became Canadian Citizens. Mohamed Errounda and Chaibia Elbrouny immigrated to Canada in 2010 from Morocco, and we’re among those to receive their citizenship during the 30-minute ceremony. They said they knew they wanted to stay in Canada from the beginning, and quickly made Ottawa there home by having two children, now ages 3 and 7. They are glad they are now able to live in a country where they have the right to religious freedom. “Everything that you

need to do, you can do it,” said Errounda. “You have to respect the law, be respectful to everybody, and that’s what I like the most. Everybody respects you and you feel good.” Elbrouny joked they aren’t planning to move, and said they hope to be able to visit other parts of the country including the Thousand Islands and Niagara Falls. The celebrations at Clarke Fields usually draw in around 30,000 people over the four-day event, yet this year it was a much smaller crowd with the record breaking heat of 47.2 degrees with the humidity, the highest humidex value ever to be recorded in Ottawa. Because of that misting stations had to be brought in, as well as extra water fountains. The Salvation Army was also on hand giving out free water bottles. “Despite the heat, it was great to have our lo-

cal Air Cadets and Legion members participate in the annual flag ceremony,” said Steve Desroches, a former Barrhaven City Councillor and MC for the event. “Rain or shine, there is always lots of Canadian pride.” The day also featured a seniors breakfast, a midway, and a multicultural stage featuring acts from around the world. In the evening acts took over

the main stage including local singer Stephanie La Rochelle, who is known for her guest star role on CBC’s program Heartland. The evening ended at 10 p.m. with a fireworks show. Ariel Avaligbe, age 3 1/2, watches as his father Thierry receives his Canadian citizenship during a Canada Day in Barrhaven ceremony at Clarke Fields.

Mohamed Errounda and Chaibia Elbrouny received their Canadian citizenship during a ceremony in Barrhaven on Canada Day. The couple moved to Ottawa from Morocco in 2010. Mike Carroccetto photos

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The Independent#MYBARRHAVEN Owner of Lux Beauty happy to be ‘living the Canadian dream’

Canada Day holds a special place in the heart of Barrhaven business woman Lynn Hoang. “We celebrate Canada as a family every year,” she said. “It’s an important day for us.” Hoang, the owner of Lux Beauty Lounge on Woodroffe Ave., arrived in Canada as a refugee as a teenager in 1990. A generation later, she is proof that the Canadian dream can come true. “I fled from Vietnam when I was 17 years old,” Hoang said. “I was in danger. I ended up in Hong Kong for two years, and then I was sponsored to come to Canada as a refugee.” Hoang arrived in Canada, alone and not being able to speak English. Her journey to success represents everything good about Canada’s immigration and refugee programs. “I went to school in Canada, and I worked hard,” Hoang said. “Canada became my home,

and it is home for my three children.” Going to school was not easy for Hoang. She was working hard to learn English as a Second Language and to study, and she was also working. “I had to work to support myself,” she said. “It made learning English as quickly as I could more important. You have to work to be able to live, and when I came here, I started working at two jobs.” Hoang has been working in the beauty industry in Barrhaven for 20 years. She bought Lux a little more than a year ago, and she has just completed a renovation of the salon. “I have known a lot of my clients for 20 years, and I am also meeting

new ones all the time,” Hoang said. “This was a great community to be in business because people want professional services without having to leave Barrhaven or go downtown.” Lux has a full line of services available, from eyebrows and eye lashes to nails to manicures and pedicures and foot massages to waxing, all within a comfortable and highend atmosphere. “We want our guests to feel comfortable,” Hoang said. They take extra steps to have a clean and sterile environment, including changing the liners in the foot baths for pedicure customers after each usage. One of the things Lux has introduced this year is a rewards program. Hoang introduced customer loyalty cards earlier this year, and customers receive a stamp after each visit for special promotional offers. Lux Beauty is located at 3050 Woodroffe Ave.

Meredith de Mora joins Barrhaven Independent staff The Barrhaven Independent is pleased to welcome Meredith de Mora to its team in the role of Sales Manager. Over the past 15 years, Meredith has become a fixture in the Barrhaven community as a fitness instructor and champion of youth fitness and healthy lifestyle education. She also has a strong background in corporate sales and marketing that will help local businesses meet their advertising needs. Outside of her professional exploits you may recognize her through her involvement with the highly successful dragon boat team the Lipstick Dragons or simply as a dedicated hockey and lacrosse mom to her two boys. Meridith de Mora has joined “We are thrilled to have Meredith join our the Barrhaven Independent as team,” said Barrhaven Independent editor and Advertising Sales Manager. publisher Jeff Morris. “She brings a high level of professionalism and an extensive sales and marketing background to us, and she is and she is well-known in the community If you are curious about using the Independent as a multi-platform promotional vehicle for your local business, don’t hesitate to reach out to Meredith to explore. You can email her at

Lynn Hoang, owner of Lux Beauty, has been working in the beauty and esthetics industry in Barrhaven for the past 20 years. Originally a refugee from Vietnam, Hoang worked hard to become one of the community’s leading businesswomen over the past two decades. Jeff Morris photo

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It’s just a game We will not take sides in the recent spat between Ottawa South United and former coach Russell Shaw. The local soccer club, one of the largest in the city and best in the province, filed a $200,000 lawsuit against Shaw earlier this month. Shaw, a coach in the program, left OSU to join the West Ottawa Soccer Association in October, 2016. Shaw was not just a typical coach. He led his OSU teams to three provincial championships in the nine years that he coached within the program. He left OSU to join another club – something that he was within his rights to do – but OSU filed the lawsuit over Shaw’s alleged recruiting of players to take with him. WOSA President Brian Mason told the Ottawa Citizen this week that all nine families involved in the allegations signed affidavits claiming they were not contacted by Shaw. In other words, they switched clubs on their own, as they are free to do in soccer. While the optics are not good for OSU, you have to sympathize with their situation. They are developing players and develop their own organization. They want more structure and process to prevent a wild west type of scenario where young players are poached from their club or any other club. OSU dropped the lawsuit last week, and OSU GM Jim Lianos posted a statement on social media last week. “OSU strongly believes that this situation illustrates the BARRHAVEN

greater need for processes and rules to be developed as soccer delivery continues to professionalize across Canada and to evolve with this changing environment to mitigate future conflict. The includes the rules around nonsolicitation of players and coaches.” I think we can speak for everyone in the community by saying we are glad the lawsuit was withdrawn. Whether it’s hockey, soccer, baseball, football, basketball or even cheer or dance, it’s all the same. Coaches, clubs and parents always fight for what they believe is the best for the kids. But sometimes, what’s best for the kids, is just to let them run around the park with their friends, pretend they are Kane or Messi or Rinaldo, and most importantly, let them dream. xxxxxxx We want to give a special thanks to a local business that is always stepping up to make events like the Riverside South Canada Day possible. Moncion’s Your Independent Grocer has been generous at a number of local events for years. This year, they once again donated burgers, dogs and buns for the Riverside South Community Association Canada Day. Marcel Moncion is never one to ask for acknowledgement, but we feel he, along with his family and staff, deserve a hearty thanks for everything they do for the community. P.O. Box 567 Manotick, Ontario Tel: 613-692-6000

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Is it hot enough for ya? How many times did you hear that expres- shed in Hades.” “It’s so hot Orville Redenbacher’s head is sion on Canada Day weekend? The heat was extreme. In fact, it was so fixin’ to pop.” “It’s so hot you could spit steam.” hot – this is not a Johnny Carson thing – that “It’s so hot I done saw a dawg chasin’ a cat our TV, internet and phone was knocked out because the cable in the box down the street and they was both walkin’.” “It’s worse than Texas hot. It’s Africa hot.” melted. And, of course, it happened five min“It’s hotter than Satan’s underpants at high utes before the Brazil-Mexico game. At one of the Canada Day events I was at, noon.” “It’s so hot my braces are blisterin’ my I was ready to go Carnie Wilson on this big, juicy, Canada Day burger and this guy comes teeth.” “It’s so hot my eyeballs up to me and says, “Hot are fixin’ to shrivel up like enough for ya?” It was the raisins.” fifth time someone had “It’s hotter than my dog’s asked me that in the last 10 FROM THE OTHER breath.” minutes. “It’s hotter than a buzThe question is annoyzard’s butt at high noon in ing, but the extreme heat Jeff Morris El Paso.” last week made me a bit “It’s so hot that Janet homesick for Texas. In 1998, we had 90 days in a row of what we went Reno is cooling off down at the Branch Dividthrough here last week, and you do kind of get ian complex fire.” used to it. I’ll take it over 30-below any day. “It’s so hot the watermelons are evaporating.” One of the big differences between Tex“It’s so hot my nipples have crawled back ans and Canadians is that Canadians will inside my body and are looking for shade come and ask if it’s hot enough for ya. Texans under my spleen.” won’t ask, but they’ll come up with some COUNCIL kind “It’s hotter than two polar bears fightin’ in CORNER of entertaining metaphor. I loved the food, a forest fire.” the people, the weather, and everything “It’s hotter than fresh asphalt on the Hades Mayorelse Suzanne Dodge about Texas, but most of all I loved frolicking Interstate.” within their- limitless boundaries of language, “It’s so hot the M&Ms will melt in your syntax and metaphor – the same freedoms re- hand, not your mouth.” sponsible for some of the silly and seemingly “It’s so hot you can cook spaghetti in the inappropriate expressions that George W. pond.” Bush used to let out from time to time. “It’s one of them aluminum foil sweater THE NOT SO When I lived in Texas, I coached football days.” NEW with this big ol’ fella named Coach Carl. He GUY “It’s so hot I want to take off my skin and had an expression for everything, and Tim it Ruhnke just wear my bones.” seemed that every day he would give his own “It’s hot enough to sunburn a horned Coach Carl-style weather forecast. toad.” Coach Carl wouldn’t ask “is it hot enough “It’s hotter than Lucifer’s woodstove.” for ya?” He would challenge himself to come “It’s so hot I saw two trees fighting over a up with something a bit more colourful. Over dog.” the weekend, I started thinking of some that “It’s so hot that Home Depot is asking for a I heard him use. I figured I would make a list cover charge to go into their fan section.” WALKER HOUSE and share it with you. “It’s so hot Mexico is fixin’ to build a wall to Please note that the Coach Carlisms are keep the U.S. out.” more entertaining if you read them with Susan a Vallom “It’s so hot Baskin Robbins is selling jalaTexan accent. peno ice cream.” “It’s hotter than a campfire in hell.” “It’s so hot my thermometer was reading “It’s so hot the birds are using oven mitts to ‘you’ve got to be freakin’ kidding me.’” pull worms out of the ground.” “On days this hot, my momma used to “It’s so hot I can hear the fat on your arse wash and dry the clothes at the same time.” “It’s so hot I just branded my nephew with sizzlin’.” BLAKE’S the seat belt buckle.” “The air conditioning guy is busier than aTAKES “It’s so hot you can drink the pavement long tailed cat in a room full of rockin’ chairs.” McKim “It’s so hot they’re stampin’ ‘half an hourBlakewith two creams and one sugar.” Well, that’s just a sampling of them. I hope ago’ as the best before date on Popsicles.” “It’s like bein’ in the inside of a fat plum- there is still enough time left in the summer to make use of these when you’re at the line up mer’s pants.” “It’s so hot the chickens are layin’ their eggs in the post office or the bank or somewhere sunnyside up.” like that. “It’s hotter than the tin gutter on the Devil’s By the way, is it humid enough for ya?



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on the ground floor and rental units up above. On the other side of Marketplace, Waterford Barrhaven Retirement Community is in for Site Plan approval of an eight and nine storey retirement residence. They are proposing 298 rooming/apartment units that are comprised of 143 independent units, 41 Assisted Living Units, 24 Memory Care Units, and 90 senior apartment dwelling units. We have also received word from Clardige that they are going to move ahead with their retirement residence at the corner of Maravista and Strandherd. It will be a continuum of care from independent up to a secure memory care unit as well as a specific physical care floor. There will also be a professional nurse on duty at all times.

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Thanks very much, Darrell and team and Mattamy Homes and all sponsors for pulling together another great Canada Day. We appreciate all your hard work every year. It is no small feat. Families tell me while the weather was “stinking hot” they had a great time and are thankful for all you do to deliver Canada Day to Barrhaven. I hope you have plans for some summer family time. I do. I will spend time away with Andrea and her gang, then later in the summer Elena and her family. I can’t wait. Enjoy! I have been receiving many questions and comments from Barrhaven residents concerning apartment complexes or senior living residences in our area. Many are saying that they are “die hard Bar-


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The IndependentCOMMUNITY The glass is half full for pulmonary fibrosis sufferer Barb Houlihan By Jeff Morris The clock is ticking on Barb Houlahan’s life. Frankly, it can keep on ticking as far as she is concerned. Several years ago, Houlahan was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis. For a younger person, like Ottawa celebrity organ donor activist Helene Campbell, the cure is a double lung transplant. That’s not an option for Houlahan. “They told me I am too old for that, and I completely understand and accept it,” said Houlahan. “I’m too old to be able to handle something like that physically.” The 79-year-old resident of Prince of Wales Manor retirement home at Prince of Wales and Strandherd isn’t phased by the fatal disease that has left her with just over 30 per cent of her lung capacity. “A long time ago they said I had five months to live,” she said. “I’m still here.” For some, having a fatal disease would be emotionally devastating. Houlahan is the ultimate glass-halffull person. It has given her a rare and unique perspective on life that is both refreshing and inspiring. “Every day is a gift,” she said. “For a few years now, I have been given these ex-

tra days and months and I wasn’t supposed to be here. It really makes you appreciate that every day is a gift.” When Houlahan was first diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis, she had never heard of the disease. It is a respiratory disease in which scars are formed in the lung tissues, leading to serious breathing problems. The oxygen supply to the blood is reduced due to the scar formation, as the accumulation of excess fibrous connective tissue leads to thickening of the walls. As a result, patients suffer from perpetual shortness of breath. In some patients the specific cause of the disease can be diagnosed, but in others the probable cause cannot be determined. There is no known cure for the scars and damage in the lungs. “It took doctors a while to get the diagnosis,” she said. “It’s certainly upsetting to hear that you have something like this, but I really knew nothing about it. I made it a priority to learn as much as I could about pulmonary fibrosis.” Houlahan and her friend, Diane Edwards, have decided to do something positive. Edwards, a cancer patient who also lives at Prince of Wales Manor, makes jewellery with Houlahan. They sell

Barb Houlahan, right, suffers from pulmonary fibrosis. She and her friend Diane Edwards are making and selling jewelry (i.e. necklaces and bracelets) to raise funds for CPFF. Donations can be made though the foundation’s website at Mike Carroccetto photo

their jewellery during events at the retirement home to raise money and awareness for pulmonary fibrosis. “Maybe what we do isn’t a lot to some people, but for us, it’s something we can do that can make a little bit of a difference,” Houlahan said. “I want to make people aware of what pulmonary fibrosis is. With or jewellery, we want to raise money for research for a cure for the disease.”

One of the biggest challenges that sufferers from lung and kidney diseases face is that there are not enough donors in Canada. Helene Campbell, for example, used her need for a double lung transplant into a quest to urge people to become donors. “Helene has been a big inspiration to me,” Houlahan said. “I have read about her and I watched her on TV. I hope I get the chance to meet her some day. She is really inspira-

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tional to me.” Houlahan’s terminal illness has not stopped her passion for living. She plays a big role in the social life at Prince of Wales Manor. It’s how she copes with her situation, especially since losing her husband to Alzheimer’s Disease. “We both knew so many people,” she said. “He was a car dealer and he seemed to know everyone. I was a Brophy before we were married, and there are a lot of Brophy’s south

of Ottawa.” One of the passions that keeps her going is her love for the Ottawa Senators. “I never miss a game,” she said. “We have our own little Prince of Wales Red fan club here at Prince of Wales Manor, and we all cheer on our boys. I love the Senators. It really gives us something to do and something to look forward to every winter. The Senators games bring us all together as a group.”

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Barb continues from page 8 Houlahan’s love for the Senators has even driven her to create a Senators fan web page for her club at Prince of Wales Manor. Some of the negative news surrounding the team has not phased her. “It’s all about perspective,” she said. “They have some good

young players, and even though they are making changes, they will be good again.” Houlahan pauses for a second. “I am lucky enough that I have done everything on my bucket list, except for one thing,” she said. “I had health problems when I was

young, and I was told I would never have children and I would never be able to be a nurse. I proved them wrong on both counts. “But the one thing I have never been able to do is go to an Ottawa Senators game. I would like to do that before I’m gone. And I would

like Diane to be able to come with me. Then, my bucket list would be complete.” While some fans are

complaining about the direction of the Ottawa Senators and vow to stay away from the arena, Barb Houlahan,

their 79-year-old fanatic, would do anything to go to a game. It’s all about perspective.

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The IndependentFOCUS ON YOUTH LDHSS Culinary Arts Honours student has a hunger for learning in grade 10 & 11 (getting the highest mark or conFOCUS ON tributing a lot to the proAge: 17 gram). YOUTH I went to Skills OnAddress: Barrhaven tario (a tech and trade competition) for the last School: Longfields by Phill Potter two years. In the CulinDavidson Heights ent cooking methods ary Arts Competition we and styles, and learn the have six hours to make a Grade: 12 theory behind it, as well three course menu that Parents: Bill & Mary Mac- as being able to try out they provide. Last year’s our new knowledge in competition was not the Phee practical cooking assign- best for me. As an apBrother: Jake MacPhee ments. The Restaurant petizer, I had to make ri(19) “He is going to Al- Management class is also cotta and spinach stuffed gonquin College for Con- part of the SHSM. In this ravioli with alfredo sauce, struction, and also gradu- class we are essentially poached salmon and rice ated from the same high making the business plan pilaf for an entree. and school in the Specialist to an imaginary restau- creme caramel for desHigh Skills Major (SHSM) rant. We learn food cost- sert. I went to the Regional program for Building and ing and menu design, that Competition, after comwe also put into practice ing second in the runoff Construction.” every week doing Soup competition in Ottawa. I Pet Peeve: Loud chew- Fridays. Each week, two barely got my three dishdifferent students are the es out on time, and some ing “chefs of the week”, and of the items were still raw Part-time Work: are responsible for mak- or cold when they were Downhill skiing racing ing a soup and a side from put on the plate. At the scratch, with the help of first Regional Competicoach the other eight students tion, I didn’t get to move Favourite Subjects: in the class. We find our on to the Provincial ComCooking Class & Restau- own recipes, multiply it petition. I was very upset rant Management: “I’m to serve about 80 custom- and not inclined to try in the SHSM for Culinary ers, and cost it out to find the competition again. Arts. Being in the pro- an appropriate selling Although I’m glad I did, gram gives me the op- price. Any money that is because this year went a portunity to get multiple made goes back into our lot better. The menu was certificates that will make culinary program, so we minestrone soup for an me more employable and can continue to buy qual- appetizer, butter basted knowledgeable in the ity ingredients for subse- steak & mashed potatoes as an entree, and a food service industry. The quent weeks.” lemon tart for dessert. cooking classes offered What do you enjoy Since I had learned from at my school aren’t the typical high school cook- reading for pleasure? my mistakes last year, ing classes that involve “Cook’s Illustrated maga- and had the chance to do over mixed and under zine, historical fiction a co-op at the Chateau baked muffins. Thanks and comedy. The Far Side Laurier, I was a much betGallery by Gary Larson is ter cook going into this to the two chefs who DiDnrun t seeone “” ofUmy CAn MAKe MY favourites.” year’s competition. I won the program, Chef Kent nAMe the runoff competition in Van Dyk, and Chef Tony sMALLeR tO MAKe Accomplishments: ROOM... sinCe 1988 Christoforatos. We are ALsO very lucky to be able to “Academic achievement go in depth on differ- in my cooking classes

Ottawa and the Regional in Kingston. I got to go to Provincials, and even though I don’t get to move on to Nationals, I am not upset about it. I feel that I did my best in the competition, and had so much fun while I was cooking. Overall, it was an awesome experience, and I’m glad that I had the courage to do it again. In the end, I came 5th at the provincial level.” Activities/Interests: “Outside of school, I was part of the Vorlage Racing Club for 10 years. I started in the winter of 2006/07 and finished the winter of 2016/17. This took up most of my free time in the winter, but since my closest friends were there, it was awesome! During my last year of ski racing, my team did a lot of traveling to hills in the Laurentian region of Quebec. With 7 other teenagers and two coaches in a tiny cabin (900 sq ft), it was definitely interesting, but like my dad says, it builds character. All 5 girls had to share a room that was only intended to sleep 3 at most, but we managed, and all the 3 boys got the basement that only had one real bed. There were some fights over who got to sleep where, and a fake plant named Larry, but that kept things exciting. Since we were always traveling, we often missed school on Fri-



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Escape Manor Junior offers a great day for kids and families If you are looking for something to do with the kids this summer, Escape Manor Junior may be the perfect spot. Escape Manor Junior is located in the Barrhaven Mall at 900 Greenbank Road (at Larkin Drive). Escape Manor Junior offers fun and immersive escape games for a younger audience. Kids and their families will be working together to escape the room by looking for clues, solving puzzles, and figuring out the codes. “The response has been tremendous,” said Meagan Bianco. “We have been open for a month and the response from the community has been over-

whelming.” Escape Manor locations in Ottawa and across Canada have become increasingly popular over the past year. The Barrhaven location, however, is the first to specialize in providing games for kids. “It really is the first of its kind,” Bianco said of the Barrhaven location. “Barrhaven is a perfect community for this because of the number of young families.” Escape Manor worked with several people in the community, including educators and parents, to come up with a concept they were comfortable with. Their games are mod-

eled for children 6-12 ordinate their catering years of age, though through Subway or Pizza. she said many families Colonnade have come in to do the There is also a parents lounge where parents games together. There are three can relax on couches, separate rooms with enjoy a coffee, and themed games. There watch the kids play on are Forbidden Forest, a big screen closed cirSpace Invaders and cuit TV. There is also a toddler area. Spy Mission games. “The biggest com“We have a minimum of three per pliment we get from group booking, and parents is that the kids four per booking on put down their phones weekends,” Bianco and devices and they said. “We do a lot of don’t even think about birthday parties and them,” Bianco said. special groups. For “They are busy having Removethere a Person_Ad 5:22 PM Page funcopy and5/15/18 interacting. It’s 1 birthday parties, is a staff member as- a positive experience.” For more informasigned to look after tion, visit www.escapeeach group.” Groups and birthday or call parties have the option 613.695.1655. Escape Manor Junior is located in the Barrhaven Mall, 900 of bringing their own Greenbank Road, next to Subway. food, or having Escape Manor Junior co-

youth continues from page 12 So I’m normally spend- six, we were in the Nancy ing my after school hours Green program – a proin the kitchen, helping gram to allow young skiwith one of the events. ers to try alpine racing.” I got into skiing, because my parents really Career Goals: like to ski. My dad used “In the fall I’m off to Alto ski jump and do alpine gonquin College to do the racing, and decided to get one year Culinary Skills me and my brother into program. After that, I’m it as well. We both started still trying 9:02 to decide if I1 LATEST AD!!!!!!!!!!!! copy_Diversitea Ad 5/25/18 PM Page skiing when we turned want to continue taking 2. By the time we were classes, or just start work-

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The IndependentSPORTS Getting drafted by Panthers was worth the wait for Serron Noel Barrhaven Independent Staff

DALLAS -- It was easy to see the frustration on Serron Noel’s face on the first night of the NHL Draft. He sat there, with all of the other potential NHL draft picks and their families, at American Airlines Centre, waiting for his name to called. However, the 6’5”, 205-pound winger from Barrhaven had to go back to the hotel with his family, overlooked in the first round despite being ranked the 10th best North American skater by NHL Central Scouting. Saturday morning, Noel returned with his family to the arena. Within a few minutes, his name was called by the Florida Panthers, who selected him with the third pick in the second round, 34th overall. “I’m really excited,” he said after being picked. “I had no idea what was go-

ing to happen. I am really happy it’s Florida.” Noel, 17, had a breakout year with the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League. He had 28 goals and 25 assists for 53 points in 62 games in his second season of Major Junior A hockey. He grew up playing in the Nepean Raiders Minor Hockey Association, and then played Triple-A hockey with the Ottawa Junior Senators (now Myers Automotive AAA) and then played with the midget affiliate of the CCHL’s Brockville Braves. Noel becomes the second Barrhaven native in the Panthers’ system, as defenceman MacKenzie Weegar is a member of the team. “I had a really good meeting with the Panthers at the combine,” Noel said. “I felt very comfortable with them, and I think they left with a good idea of the kind of person they are getting with me.”

Locally, there were a lot of people hoping the Ottawa Senators would select Noel. He was still available when Ottawa was on the clock for their second first round pick, 22nd overall. Being overlooked in the first round will only fuel Noel’s motivation. There also would have been a nice local connection, as Noel’s father, Dean, and Cody Ceci’s father, Parri, both played in the CFL and were teammates with the Ottawa Bootleggers. And while Dean Noel remains a football legend in Ottawa, the former Rough Riders and TigerCats running back said that his son gravitated to hockey on his own. While at Laurentian High School, Dean was also one of the top high school sprinters in the country. “He started off in hockey because a lot of the kids in the neighbourhood were playing hockey,” Dean said of his son. “He

Serron Noel of Barrhaven was a second round draft pick of the Florida Panthers at the NHL Draft in Dallas June 25. The 6’5” Noel spent the past two seasons with the Oshawa Generals. Mike Carroccetto photo

just developed and every time you turned around, one thing led to another. He stuck with it. He plays different sports at school. He never got into football because we didn’t have time, but I’m sure if we had

the time he would play all sports like most kids.” Dean is not at all disappointed that his son never played football. “It’s not about me,” Dean said. “He’s happy. Whatever he decides I just

support him. If he played football, he’s meaner than me, so I would say he would have been a linebacker because he has a linebacker’s mentality.”


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From Yzerman to Senyshyn, a look at Barrhaven’s NHL draft picks through the years After Serron Noel was selected by the Florida Panthers, we decided to take a look at some other Barrhaven players who have been drafted by NHL teams. Please note that goalie Fred Brathwaite, who had a long career in the NHL, in Russia and in Germany, made the NHL as an undrafted rookie so he is not included below. He was the goaltending coach for the New York Islanders last season.

Zach Senyshyn (2015, Boston Bruins, Round 1, 15th overall)

One of only two Barrhaven players to be selected in the first round of the NHL Draft, Senyshyn has yet to play in an NHL regular season game. After a stellar junior career with the Soo Greyhounds, the 6’3”, 196-pound defenseman spent last season

with Providence (AHL) and had 12 goals and 14 assists for 26 points in 66 games as a rookie.

Nick Baptiste (2013, Buffalo Sabres, Round 3, 69th overall)

The 22-year-old winger is on the verge of becoming a regular in the NHL. After a 14-game stint in 2016-17, Baptiste played in 34 games with the Sabres last year after being called up from Rochester (AHL). He has seven goals in 47 games heading into what should be his first full NHL season.

Mac Weegar (2013, Florida Panthers, Round 7, 206th overall)

The 24-year-old defenceman played junior hockey for the Nepean Raiders and Halifax Mooseheads and was a late round pick of the

Panthers. He played for four minor league clubs before making the NHL as a full time player last season. As a rookie, the 6’, 212-pound blueliner had two goals and six assists with 32 penalty minutes in 60 games.

Julien Demers (2008, San Jose Sharks, Round 5, 146th overall)

The 6’, 215-pound defenceman spent four years with the Ottawa 67s after starting his junior career with the Nepean Raiders. After finishing his last season with the 67s, Demers played one season with the UOttawa Gee Gees but never played professional hockey.

Chris Corrozzi (2008, Atalnta Thrashers, Round 6, 154th overall)

Local goalie Chris Corrozzi had a great OHL ca-

reer with the St. Michael’s Majors and played in the minors for four years with the Gwinnett Gladiators (ECHL), Chicago Wolves (AHL), Colorado Eagles (ECHL), Ontario Reign (ECHL), St. John’s Ice Caps (AHL) and the Idaho Steeheads (ECHL). Corrozzi played for the University of New Brunswick in 2014-15 before heading to Europe the following year to play for Asiago of the Italian league. Last year, he was the starting goalie for the Guildford Flames of the British Elite Ice Hockey League, posting a 25-13 record with a 2.76 GAA and three shutouts.

Tyler Moss (1993, Tampa Bay Lightning, Round 2, 29th overall)

After playing junior hockey for the Kingston Frontenacs, Tyler Moss had a 17-year profes-

sional career. He played in 30 NHL games with the Flames, Hurricanes and Canucks, and he spent four years in Russia with Moscow Spartak and Khabarovsk Amur. Before heading to Russia, his minor league stops included the Atlanta Knights, Muskegon Fury, Grand Rapids Griffins, Adirondack Red Wings, St. John Flames, Orlando Solar Bears, Wilkes Barre-Scranton Penguins, Kansas City Blades, Cincinnati Cyclones, Lowell Lock Monsters, Manitoba Moose, Toronto Roadrunners and Edmonton Roadrunners. Moss left the KHL in 2010 to join the Hannover Scorpions of the German Elite League, and a year later he played his last season of pro hockey with the Nuermberg Ice Tigers, also in Germany.

Steve Yzerman (1983, Detroit Red Wings, Round 1, 4th overall)

Yzerman was the first player from Barrhaven drafted into the NHL, and he will always be the player that young prospects are compared to. He spent 22 seasons with the Red Wings and was a cornerstone of their Stanley Cup dynasty. In 1,514 games, he had 692 goals and 1,063 assists for 1,755 points. He also won the Lester B. Pearson Trophy, Conn Smythe Trophy, Frank J. Selke Trophy and Bill Masteron Trophy during his career. He was named captain of the Red wings at 21 and is the longest serving captain in North American sports history. He has been the General Manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning since 2010.


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noel continues from page 14 Serron never got to see his father play football. While he also admits he probably would have been a linebacker – maybe a rush end at 6’5” – he fell in love with hockey before he ever got a chance to put the pads on and step on the gridiron. “I wasn’t really into football that much,” he said. “Hockey was just always the sport for me.” Having a father who is a former professional athlete, however, was invaluable for him on his road to becoming an NHL draft pick. “We talked about a lot of things,” Serron said. “We wouldn’t talk about hockey specific things as much. It was more about how to prepare yourself, how to

carry yourself as a professional, and what it takes to get to the next level.” Now that Noel has a foot in the door of that next level, he will continue to work hard on and off the ice. He patterns his game after power forward Blake Wheeler, and he will try to add pounds of strength in the weight room. He has also been working with former figure skater Shelley Kettles on his skating. Being overlooked on the first night of the draft is long in his rearview mirror. “I have a great opportunity to prove myself,” he said. With files from Mike Carroccetto and Russ Cohen

Dragon Queens Barrhaven’s Lipstick Dragons had a big year at the recent Tim Hortons Dragonboat Festival in Ottawa. The team of Barrhaven moms, now in their eighth season, won a pair of gold medals and a silver medal in the competitive division. On Sat., June 23, they posted the ninth best 500 metre time to advance to Sunday’s competition. Most of the teams in the top eight are headed for the World Championships in Hungary later this month. On Sun., June 24, they won gold in the 100m B Final in 0:29.33 and gold in the 200m B Final in 0:56.76. Their silver medal came in the 500m B final in 2:40.26.

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