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Mayor presents Barrhaven’s Hélène Campbell with key to the city By Charlie Senack Barrhaven’s own Hélène Campbell was honoured with the city’s highest award on June 14. During a ceremony at Ottawa’s City Hall, Campbell was presented the key to the city by Mayor Jim Watson for all her work as an organ donor advocate. “This is so special, I’m so honoured I can’t believe it’s happening. I’m just really fortunate that I’m still here for it,” Campbell told a group of reporters on Thursday. “There is so much for me to be grateful for but I really, really love this city and I’m so grateful to this city for everything.” Campbell became a worldwide sensation in 2012 after starting a twitter campaign under the hashtag #BeAnOrganDonor encouraging everyone to put their name on the donor registry. It gained the attention of

many, including celebrities like Justin Bieber and Ellen DeGeneres. In February 2012, Hélène made her first appearance on the Ellen Show through a Skype call — and then got to dance with Ellen on the show after her double lung transplant. At the young age of 14, Campbell was diagnosed with asthma, but her breathing conditions continued to worsen. She had a hard time keeping up with friends, and almost collapsed during a hiking trip. That experience caused her to book an appointment with her family doctor, and in October 2011, she was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a degenerative lung disease. “I had a really normal life (and doctors) thought it was asthma,” Campbell said recounting her deadly health issues. “I got a chest X-ray and both lungs had collapsed.

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Hélène Campbell receives the Key to the City from Mayor Jim Watson during a ceremony at Ottawa city hall on June 14. The double lung transplant recipient underwent another double lung transplant last September after her body rejected the first set. For the full story, see page 13. Mike Carroccetto photo


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Barrhaven minor hockey coach granted bail, living in New Brunswick Former Barrhaven minor hockey coach Michael Hull has been granted bail. Ottawa Citizen court reporter Gary Dimmock reported last week that Hull, 49, will be living with his parents in a low-income waterfront apartment in St. John, NB. Hull was arrested in March and is facing charges of stalking and indecent exposure to a minor. Police allege that Hull victimized a girl twice – once at the Centrepointe Branch of the Ottawa Public Library, and once at a discount store on Merivale Road. The incidents happened in February and March. Dimmock reported that Hull is also charged with breaching a 2016 probation order to stay away from children under the age of 14. Hull had previously coached Nepean competitive minor hockey players with 2005 birthdates. He was arrested in 2016 following an incident in Ogdensburg, NY. Hull was using his cell phone to film females trying on clothes and changing

in the Ogdensburg Walmart. The videos were discovered by a border patrol agent at the Prescott-Ogdensburg International Bridge when Hull handed over his phone to show the agent an electronic receipt. Hull was arrested during the 2016 spring hockey season, when he was the coach of the Myers Snipers 2005 Triple-A tournament team. He was also arrested as one of about 80 people involved in a child pornography bust by the OPP. Hull appeared in court in both Ogdensburg and Brockville – in Ogdensburg for the voyeurism incident, and in Brockville on child pornography charges. He was sentenced to probation in both cases. Earlier this year, the Barrhaven Independent learned and then confirmed that Hull was coaching minor hockey players in a private hockey clinic in Kanata. An employee from the Bell Sensplex told the Independent that all of the

instructors for their inhouse programs have police vulnerable sector checks. However, if an independent clinic rents ice there or at another arena in Ottawa, they only need to show proof of insurance. Dimmock reported that Hull’s parents are listed as his sureties and each posted $5,000 to secure his bail, while Hull also posted $20,000. They only have to pay it if Hull breaches any of his bail conditions. Under his new bail conditions, Hull has to stay inside the apartment at all times unless he is at a medical appointment. Hull has to present himself at the doorway if police appear at his home to verify his home confinement condition. Hull must allow Ottawa police or Saint John police to examine any electronic devices inside the apartment, including internet search history. Hull can only use the internet for banking and talking to his family or his lawyer. Hull will be allowed to travel back to

Ottawa for upcoming court dates so long as he takes the most direct route possible. Hull is also prohibited from being around children under the age of 16 unless he is with one of his parents. He is also

banned from the discount store on Merivale Road and the public library on Centrepointe Drive. None of the most recent charges against Hull have been proved in court.

Campbell continues from page 1 I was on oxygen and in October I was told I needed a double lung transplant.” Hélène then moved to Toronto since lung transplants were not done in Ottawa. In late March 2012, her lungs were only

working at six per cent, and her condition was worsening by the day. On April 6, 2012, Campbell was given the gift of two new lungs after being put on the high risk donor list. During Thursday’s

Hélène Campbell holds up a Hélène for mayor sign which was made by her friend Bruce Deachman as gag prop for her Key to the City ceremony at city hall on June 14. Mike Carroccetto photo

ceremony, Campbell confessed she needed to get a second transplant last year after her body rejected the first transplant. “There is something that happens with organ and tissue donation called rejection and it’s something that the body just does after a certain amount of time,” Campbell said. “It will never recognize the donor lungs or the organ you received and so my body was slowly rejecting them.” The now 27-year-old is currently on anti-rejection drugs, and said she is starting to pick her life up where it left off. She has recently moved back to Barrhaven, a place she calls “the greatest, greatest little suburb in the world,” and has also adopted a new dog. She plans to return back to work and school, and

Hélène Campbell is congratulated by Barrhaven Councillor Jan Harder after receiving the key to the city.

also plans to continue her organ donor advocacy. Since Campbell came forward with her story, the number of people putting their name on the donor registry as skyrock-

eted — and within 2012 alone — the Trillium Gift of Life Network credits her advocacy for adding more than 8,000 names on the registry list. On May 23, 2012, Campbell received the

Queen ii Diamond Jubilee medal, and also had a Barrhaven Street named after her in May 2016. Anyone who is interested in finding out more on how to be a donor can visit


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Watson pushes for EA to study feasibility of light rail extension to Barrhaven gram,” Watson said. “It’s an important first step in connecting Barrhaven with the city.” Watson said that the environmental assessment will help determine the exact route and the exact cost of the light rail project. “We will obviously have to work with our partners at the federal and provincial levels,” said Watson. “We have already chatted with Lisa (MacLeod) about the importance of the project.” Harder hosted two public meetings in the spring at Pierre Savard High School to hear about the frustrations that local riders and commuters have been facing with regards to OC Transpo. Local commuters, particularly on the 95 route, have been dealing with long wait times and crowded buses. Getting back to

By Jeff Morris It was the news everyone in Barrhaven has been waiting for. Mayor Jim Watson announced at the semi-annual Barrhaven BIA Business Breakfast that the initial steps were being taken in bringing light rail to the community. Watson, who was joined at the meeting by local councillors Jan Harder and Michael Qaqish, said that funding for an environmental assessment would be on the agenda for the next city council meeting. The environmental assessment is the first step in the light rail process and carries a cost of $600,000. Harder and Watson brought the issue up at last Wednesday’s council meeting. Harder has been working on the challenge of working with OC Transpo to get the community’s rapidly growing number of commuters in and out of downtown. “We’re laying the groundwork to bring the LRT to Barrhaven,” Watson told the gathering of more than 100 Barrhaven business people at the breakfast. He also praised Harder for her support in the process. “This will bring Barrhaven on par with Kanata for the LRT pro-

Barrhaven at the end of the day has been even more challenging. Many riders are getting on the 95 bus downtown, taking up seats from potential Barrhaven riders, and then hopping off after just a few stops. Buses leave Barrhaven’s Fallowfield Station park and ride and then head north to the Nepean Sportsplex. Harder said that one of the problems with the current routes is that the buses funnel into the dense traffic along Woodroffe. The proposed light rail route would go along the current transitway and extend to Algonquin College and the planned Baseline Road station. Light rail is expected to service Algonquin College and Riverside South by 2023. The light rail extension to Kanata has a

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Houston, our problem is fixed It took an extra 12 years, but it looks like the City of Ottawa finally got it right. Mayor Jim Watson announced at the Barrhaven BIA Business Breakfast last week that the Environmental Assessment would be launched for extending light rail to Barrhaven. It’s better than good news for the tens of thousands of commuters who endure long waits and crowded buses. Barrhaven should have had light rail by now, and the plan was in place more than a decade ago to have the O-Train servicing Barrhaven and Riverside South. In fact, Riverside South was built around the prospect of light rail for new residents who would be commuters. There were only two words that prevented light rail from becoming a reality. Due diligence. The lack of homework done by city staff have everyone the impression that light rail was being forced through as former Mayor Bob Chiarelli’s legacy than as a feasible plan. The gong show started with a simple media tour of the route. Planners from Siemens were on the tour and available to ask questions. The Siemens team descended on the Barrhaven Independent, boasting about how they were the team that had just built the world class light rail system in Houston. What they didn’t know, however, is that we happened to be in Houston when light rail opened there.


The story from Houston was not a pretty one. There were 117 crashes between cars and the “wham bam tram” in its first year of operation. When we went back down to Houston to do a follow up on how things were going down there, we heard that it was a good thing we were not there the previous day. The system had shut down for several hours because a rat had gnawed through a cable. We immediately thought back to how the O-Train was going to run under Dow’s Lake. We are sure there are no rats down there. And then there were problems with electric currents from the system zapping and eroding concrete overpasses and the children’s hospital at the end of the line. What stunned us, however, was that none of the councillors voting on this project were aware of these problems. That blame can be placed entirely on the city staff. If you are spending $1.5 billion on something, and you know exactly who is building your project and where they have been, wouldn’t you at least make a phone call or Google them? That light rail project was unfortunately cancelled, and Mayor Bob Chiarelli, blamed by some for trying to shove the project forward without due diligence, lost the next election. It was a tough blow for Barrhaven, because we needed light rail. We still need light rail, desperately. But now, we are just happy that the city is finally getting it right.

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Showing some pride in Columbus Have you ever been in the wrong place at Oh, and judging by their physiques in their shirtless appearance, they weren’t dudes. the wrong time? Just as I realized that topless lesbians were That was me, 10 years ago this week. In fact, I don’t think I have ever been in a worse making out a few feet in front of my car, I place at a wronger time. Yes, I know, wronger heard something behind me. It was a parade is not a word. But it should be if only for this float, with a group of guys dressed as the Village People leading the crowd as they sang story. I was driving around Columbus, Ohio, ex- YMCA. I looked around, saw the big crowd cited when I saw a White Castle. Ah, yes. White and the rainbow banners lining the streets. Castle. Purveyors of those disgustinglicious Being an award-winning investigative jourlittle slider burgers. 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He I pulled into the parking lot, with the Ot- started pointing at me and yelling. tawa Senators car flags on my car dancing “He’s not part of the parade,” he shouted. in the breeze. I parked and went in, stood in “He’s a hockey guy! He’s a breeder!” lane, and was as excited as a kid at theCOUNCIL mall in I had never been called a breeder before. CORNERThen again, I don’t know if I have ever been line to see Santa. I parked beside the dumpster. Ah, Mayorthere Suzanneis Dodgeso scared. nothing like the smell of a fast food dumpMy mind raced. I had accidently become ster. A priest with Holy Water-scented Fabreze the White Castle-smelling Ottawa Senators couldn’t get the smell of White Castle trash float in the Columbus Pride Parade. out of your car. But how would you get rid I quickly reached and fumbled for the of the smell of a White Castle dumpster. The Neil Diamond cassette and rammed it into dumpster would be like the Michael Phelps of the standard-feature cassette player. 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First step taken in bringing light rail to Barrhaven By Jim Watson, Mayor, City of Ottawa; Jan Harder, Councillor, Barrhaven; Michael Qaqish, Councillor, Gloucester South-Nepean’ Ottawa’s Light Rail Transit (LRT) project, the city’s largest infrastructure project since the building of the Rideau Canal, will welcome its first passengers this November. The rapidly expanding project is one of the most significant and transformative projects in Ottawa’s history. It will change the way residents move around all fastgrowing parts of our city, including Barrhaven. Along with this growth must come an increase in public services, so that we may address the needs of this community, and this includes transit services. It is therefore crucial that we bring LRT to Barrhaven.

We are proud to announce that at the June 13 Council meeting, we took the first step in laying the groundwork to bring LRT to the booming community of Barrhaven. We tabled a motion, which will be discussed at the next Council meeting, to fund the launch of an Environmental Assessment (EA) Study into the future conversion of the Barrhaven Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor to LRT service. The funding of this EA would bring Barrhaven on par with the Kanata LRT project, which received the results of its EA in April 2018, and the Stage 2 extension to Orléans, where LRT will go as far east as Trim Road by 2022. The work undertaken as part of this study would assess costs and timelines for implementation, including various options for a staged

deployment of LRT. The study would also consider facilities and active transportation infrastructure that will support Barrhaven residents in their use of LRT, such as Park and Ride locations and multi-use pathways. If the motion receives Council approval in two weeks, the EA Study would begin in the fall of 2018, and results should be received within 12 to 24 months. The results of the study will inform the next review of the Transportation Master Plan (TMP), which will take place in the next Term of Council and will determine the order of priority of the City’s future transit investments. This exercise will also enable the City to be ready to benefit from the next rounds of federal and provincial transit investments. In March 2017, Council had directed City staff to assess at the earliest

Mayor Jim Watson and Councillors Jan Harder and Michael Qaqish stand proudly behind a mock-up of an LRT train. On June 13, Watson and Harder introduced a motion to launch an Environmental Assessment (EA) Study to bring LRT to Barrhaven.

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After fifth win, MacLeod finally gets chance to be with ruling party By Charlie Senack Lisa MacLeod danced her way into her fifth term as MPP for Nepean. As the election results came in, a few hundred MacLeod supported packed her campaign office at the former Jonny Canuck’s Bar and Grill to watch the polls close. MacLeod was the MPP for Nepean-Carleton for the past 12 years until the ridings boundaries changed this election season. She decided to run in Nepean because it’s where she calls home and where her daughter Victoria, 13, goes to school. MacLeod, 43, won in her riding this election term with 45.2 per cent of the vote, with NDP Candidate Zaff Ansari coming in second, and Liberal Candidate Lovina Srivastava coming in third. “There are a lot of people in this room who

have been with me since 2006,” MacLeod said on June 7, as the polls closed. “(People) who have stood by me and campaigned hard for me.” She is one of four Conservatives to be elected in Ottawa including Merrilee Fullerton in Kanata, Goldie Ghamari in Carleton, and Jeremy Roberts in Ottawa West-Nepean. She said with them by her side, she will make sure Ottawa has a voice at Queens Park. “We will ensure that we will support our municipalities and we will make sure that light rail is built,” MacLeod said. “We will continue to support the building of the Civic Hospital. We will continue to support building new schools in Kanata, Barrhaven, (and) other parts of the city including in Stittsville and Riverside South.” The Wynne government promised that

under phase two of light rail transit, the Trillium Line would be expanded past South Keys out to the airport and Limebank Rd — serving the residents of Riverside South and Barrhaven. Ontario PC Leader Doug Ford said while he was in Ottawa a few weeks ago that the Conservatives will also provide that funding. MacLeod also said that she will continue to fight for many issues on the Provincial level including scrapping the carbon tax, widening the 401 and 417, taking 10 cents off of every litre of gas, and ending hallway health care. She said she is confident that Doug Ford will be a good Premier, and that he is very collaborative with working with other MPPs

including Christine Elliott and Caroline Mulroney — two people who ran against Ford in the Leadership Race. “He calls me really once a week just to see how I’m doing (and) asks for advice so I really appreciate that,” MacLeod said. “I think he is really dynamic.” Under a Progressive Conservative government, it is likely that MacLeod’s bill, Nick’s Law, will also get passed. Its purpose is to take 10 per cent of the provincial government’s marketing budget go towards opioid education and awareness. It has already gone through a second reading. MacLeod is now the longest serving MPP to represent Ottawa at Queens Park, and has been a powerful woman

Lisa MacLeod dances at her victory party on June 7. The former Nepean-Carleton MPP was easily re-elected in the new riding of Nepean. It’s her fifth term at Queen’s Park.

in Conservative politics. With that, many are confident that she will have a cabinet position under the Ford government. “I’ll let Doug ford commit to making and delivering a cabinet,”

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The IndependentCOMMUNITY Ottawa Police to host South Campus Public Engagement Session WARD REPORT by Michael Qaqish

be an early opportunity for members of the public to provide their input into the campus design and how it can be best integrated with the surrounding community. Phase one construction is expected to begin in late 2019, with phase one completion slated for 2021.

Upgrades to Davidson Park

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend the public consultation to review options for upgrades that will be coming to Davidson Park located at 5 Ryerson Avenue in

Heart’s Desire. This is a lifecycle project, which will replace some of the junior play equipment and swings. If you were unable to attend the meeting, but would like to provide input, please visit Comments will be accepted until June 29th.

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Lifeguards are now on duty at most City beaches and outdoor pools. Lifeguards will be on duty and Ottawa’s supervised beaches every day until August 26th from noon to 7pm. Please refer to Ottawa. ca for beach locations, descriptions, and recreational programs offered. Splash pads are now open and will operate from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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As spring has finally arrived, Ottawa Public Health (OPH) is resuming its Lyme disease program for 2018. While there are tremendous health benefits to getting out and enjoying activities in the City’s many outdoor areas, it is important that residents be aware of the risks of Lyme disease, particularly if they are in areas suitable for ticks, such as wooded areas or areas with tall grasses. Remember there are ways to protect yourself such as applying an approved insect repellent containing DEET or icaridin, wearing long pants and

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The Independent#MyBarrhaven Longfields Pharmacy celebrates a successful first year in Barrhaven

Preet Sidhu says it’s hard to believe that a year has gone by. Her business, Longfields Pharmacy, recently celebrated its first anniversary. The business is located in Longfields Station, located in Longfields Station. The complex is on Longfields Drive, across the road from Ken Ross Park. “It’s always tough when you are new,” Sidhu said. “But after we opened up, we have been building the business week by week and month by month. It’s exciting to see it grow.” Longfields Pharmacy, next to Juluca’s, provides personalized care combined with pharmaceutical, medical and nutrition expertise for healthy living. They are diabetes certified, and a compression certified fitter, compounding pharmacy, foot care services, free delivery among many other services. They work closely in collaboration with the physicians next door at Precision Medical Clinic. Sidhu takes pride in serving her clientele in an exceptional manner. “Our customer service is what has helped build our business,” said Sidhu, who is both the owner and pharmacist of Longfields Pharmacy. Since opening, Sidhu has been actively engaged with the community. She has been giving talks and lectures at various community centres in the city’s west end, and has been working closely with local seniors groups. “Communication is a big reason for these sessions,” Sidhu said. “I want to make sure their questions are answered and have a clear understanding of the issues we talk about. Sometimes the information is in lawyer’s language for them. I want to simplify it and make sure they under-

stand everything they have to.” Sidhu said that some of the topics covered include vitamins and what to take, blood pressure, diabetes and other issues. “I always give them unbiased answers,” she said. “With vitamins, they want to know what they should take and which ones are the best for them. Sometimes they ask about things like their medication. They wonder if they should continue taking their medication if they start to feel better, and I always tell them it’s important to continue with their medication as their doctor prescribes.” Sidhu said they also ask about what constitutes an emergency, and when they should call 9-1-1. While Sidhu has made a name for herself in the community, she also wanted to do something that differentiates her from other pharmacies. Last month, she was trained in Florida to become certified in compounding pet medicine. “It’s very exciting, and there are not a lot of people in Canada doing it,” said Sidhu. “I love animals, and I grew up with a dog.” Sidhu got the idea when a customer came in with a prescription for his dog. He was unable to get the medicine from his veterinarian. “He handed me the prescription, and he asked if I could make this,” she said. “I looked at it, and said ‘sure.’ I started to think about it, and I thought it would make my business unique.” Sidhu said that most veterinarians are serviced by a lone distributor from Toronto. “Sometimes vets cannot get the medicine they need in a timely manner,” she said. “This is an al-

ternative. It’s something new and exciting for us, and we are looking forward to working with pet owners in Barrhaven.” Sidhu said that she will be compounding medicine for dogs, cats and horses. She hopes the pet owners will become her customers as well. “I have enjoyed many opportunities such as attending conferences, volunteering and in leadership roles,” she said. “Finally, I decided to take a step back and really figure out why I chose to become a pharmacist. The reason behind opening a locally owned independ-

ent pharmacy is I have always felt the strong need to allot one on one time with my patients which has been challenging working for boxed stores. With this opportunity I can provide personalized patient-focused care combining pharmaceutical, medical and nutrition expertise in an integrative way for healthy aging and longevity to create successful health outcomes. I believe in wholehealth, always putting Health First and doing what is right for my patients. I bring over 10 years of experience working as a pharmacist in the

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Break Free 5 km event at Andrew Hayden Park in Ottawa to celebrate the success of all the participants in the Walk or Run to Quit program. The program helps people quit smoking by teaching them to walk or run 5 km. The last step of their Walk or Run to Quit journey is crossing that finish line and saying that they completed a 5 km event smoke-free! The Break Free 5K brings families and friends together to remember how staying active keeps us happy and healthy. The Break Free 5k is not your typical walk or running event; it is a celebration of healthy lifestyles that allows you to play along the way. Walk or run and partake in our optional Play Stations. Each Play Station is there to remind us that living a healthy lifestyle is meant to be fun! Rediscover your youth and participate in our Break Free 5K of play! Here is a link to the event for more information:

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On Saturday June 23rd, from 10:30am to 1:30am at the Ruth E. Dickinson Branch, 100 Malvern, the Ottawa Public Library will present ‘Under the Palm Tree’ as they make African and Caribbean stories come alive with songs, dance and drumming. Drop in to this family event during Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership’s Welcoming Ottawa Week. For more information contact the Ottawa Public Li-


Movie Night in the Park

Join the Stonebridge Community Association and Sequoia Church on Saturday June 23rd, at 7pm - 10:30pm at Kilbirne Park for great treats and fun movie in the park. Bring your blankets, camping chairs, mosquito repellent and your friends. Fun Cruiser treats will be available from 7pm, with movie showing at dusk. Complimentary treats are courtesy of Sequoia Church volunteers. Complimentary treats are courtesy of Sequoia Church volunteers. Movie equipment and time generously provided by Sequoia Church volunteers. Organized and assisted by Stonebridge Community Association board members and volunteers.

Water Garden Horticultural Society

The 10th annual Water Garden Tour, which will take place on Saturday June 23rd, 2018. Like last year, we will be featuring 10 water gardens of vari-

ous sizes and designs, with one site also being showcased in the evening, where people bring their lawn chairs and beverages. Times: Day: 9am to 5pm. Evening: 7pm to 11pm Cost: $20.00 per person; children 12 and under are free. Tickets/Tour booklets for this self-guided tour are available after May 1st at www.ottawawatergardens. com.

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Barrhaven Classic Car Show will be held at the Fallowfield Park and Ride, Corner of Fallowfield and Woodroffe from 10am to 4pm on Sunday August 12th, 2018. Show off your Classic, Custom and Rods. Food Trucks, Vendors and Music. $5 per Vehicle. Dash Plaques for first 150 Cars. Prizes based on your knowledge of Classic Cars. All proceeds to CHEO Foundation. Contact Keith Goebel at

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Barrhaven ready to celebrate Canada Day at Clarke Fields By Charlie Senack You don’t have to go downtown to take part in Canada day celebrations. For the 38th year, Canada Day in Barrhaven will take place at Clarke Fields, and will feature games, performances, and fireworks for people of all ages. Celebrations will start in the morning with a seniors breakfast. Although it’s free, tickets do have to be picked up at the Viva Retirement Community on Tartan Rd. A midway will also be running from June 28 to July 1, and a discount for the rides can be found on the Canada Day in Barrhaven website. On July 1, there will also be

a kids zone which will include activities for the kids as well as musical performances. “We have invited over 25 vendors this year from the Capital Artisans Guild and other local local vendors and businesses will be in attendance,” said Darrell Bartraw, one of the organizers for Canada Day in Barrhaven. He added there will also be eight additional local food vendors. There will also be a multicultural stage running from 11:00am to 4:00pm that will feature performances from different groups and cultures through music and dance. The evening show will feature many local performers including

Stephanie La Rochelle as the first act. She has been entertaining since the young age of five, and regularly posts videos to her YouTube channel. In 2009 her chanel was titled the 20th most viewed YouTube channel for musicians according to Today. She was also a guest star on CBC’s show Heartland where she sang one of her originals, Seize the Day. Shows on the main stage will be running from 6:00pm to 10:00pm. The celebrations last year were washed out by a record breaking rainfall. It totally destroyed the field, and almost put this year’s celebrations in jeopardy. Many of the soccer teams that played at the park had to go elsewhere to play their

games. “The City of Ottawa is working hard to fill all the ruts caused by the torrential rainfall we had last year,” said Bartraw. “They have now turned Clarke Fields into an events park removing two of the soccer fields.” Bartraw hopes that the weather will hold out, yet is glad the event did not have to be moved — and that the park has been altered to better serve the rides and vendors. The fireworks will start at 10:00 pm, and Bartraw says there is a possibility that a citizenship ceremony will take place. A shuttle will also be running to and from Ross’ Independent to the park throughout the day.

After days of rain leading up to and on Canada Day last year, organizers are hoping for a much dryer celebration in Barrhaven this year. Jeff Morris photo

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