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Progressive Conservative incumbent Lisa MacLeod held off a strong challenge from Liberal candidate Tyler Watt to win a sixth term at Queen’s Park as the Nepean MPP. For the complete story, see pages 2-3. Twitter photo/@LisaMacLeod

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MacLeod holds on to win sixth term as local MPP By Barrhaven Independent Staff

Progressive Conservative incumbent Lisa MacLeod has never been a woman of few words, especially after an election victory. But after winning the Nepean riding

once again on June 2, she summed it up on social media with four words spread out over two tweets. “Six-peat:, and “Thank you Nepean.” earned her sixth election win to be the local MPP, but this win may have been more

difficult than any of her previous five. MacLeod fought through negativity and attack campaigning against her during the campaign to defeat Liberal candidate Tyler Watt in a race that was much closer than anticipated. MacLeod

had 17,108 votes, which was 2,006 votes ahead of Watt. It was by far the tightest margin of victory for MacLeod in her decade-and-a-half as an MPP MacLeod was a target for those who opposed her during the campaign. Signs criticiz-

ing her for using $44,000 in riding association funds for a housing allowance popped up all over Nepean in the days leading up to the election. While MacLeod did nothing illegal, her opponents questioned the ethics of her acceptance of the money. She

was also targeted by parents of autistic children. During the campaign, MacLeod did not take part in any all-candidates meetings. On election night, the media was locked out of her post-election party.


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BARRHAVEN INDEPENDENT macleod continues from page 2 There was a low voter turnout in Nepean in the provincial election, and a historic low for the province of Ontario. Fewer than 50 per cent of eligible Ottawa voters cast ballots in the city’s eight ridings, with only 40.4 per cent casting ballots in Nepean. That’s compared to 58.72 per cent in 2018. It was the first pandemic provincial election and seen as a non-competing race, most likely contributing hindered by the May long-weekend storm. While the Liberals failed to pick up increased support around the province, their numbers climbed in Nepean with Liberal candidate Tyler Watt coming in second place with around 33 per cent of the vote, or 15,012 ballots cast in his name. And despite starting his campaign late, Nepean NDP candidate Brian Double came in

third place with 20 per cent of the vote, totalling 8,427 ballots cast in his name. Many of the results from polling stations were very close. Excluding seniors homes and three apartment buildings, MacLeod won 26 of the 31 polls, with Watt winning the other five. Watt’s victories came at Half Moon Bay Public School, St. Mother Teresa High School, Longfields-Davidson heights Secondary School, the Ottawa Torah Centre, and Knoxdale Public School. MacLeod won three of the advance poll locations, with Watt winning two. While MacLeod won an easy majority of polls, many were very close. She beat Watt by two votes at Michaelle Jean Elementary School and St. Luke Elementary School. She won by nine votes at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton; 11 votes at St. An-

drew Elementary School, and 14 votes at St. Emily Catholic School. While Watt pushed MacLeod in Barrhaven, his results were not there in Bells Corners, where NDP candidate Brian Double was second to MacLeod. Since winning a sixth term as Nepean’s representative at Queen’s Park on June 2, Lisa MacLeod has been silent, not posting anything on her public social media pages or doing media interviews. Media was barred entry from her campaign party on election night, and was not able to listen to MacLeod’s speech given to a small crowd behind locked doors. She snuck in through a back door, stayed for only a short time, and then left before the night was even over. A now viral video of MacLeod’s campaign locking reporters out has

been viewed on Twitter more than 167,000 times. The Nepean MPP also gave no interviews during the election cycle, and hasn’t made herself available since either. It was however a historic night for the Progressive Conservatives who won a recordbreaking 83 seats. A new cabinet is expected to be unveiled possibly as soon as later this month, with many new faces to choose from. After the election, Ontario Premier Doug Ford cautioned his caucus not to lobby him for a cabinet position. He said his team will sit down and do an evaluation. Over the last four years MacLeod served as the minister in charge of community and social services for the first year of Ford’s reign, but then switched to the tourism, culture and sport portfolio after facing much backlash.

Big Majority

It did not take long on election night to see that the Progressive Conservative Party would win by a majority. Premier Doug Ford’s party won 83 of the 124 seats at Queen’s Park. The NDP won 29, the Liberals won eight, and the Green Party won one. There was also an independent elected. One of the biggest surprises of the night was the loss suffered by Liberal leader Stephen Del Duca, who lost the seat in his home riding of Vaughn. Del Duca resigned as the leader of the provincial Liberal party. Shortly thereafter, Andrea Horvath resigned as the leader of the provincial NDP. While the PCs dominated in Eastern Ontario, they only secured three of the eight seats in Ottawa. MacLeod won, along with Merrilee Fullerton in Kanata-Carleton and

Goldie Ghamari in Carleton. Despite the crumbling of the Liberal party province-wide, they did have a surprisingly strong showing in Ottawa. Watt pushed MacLeod, who was considered a heavy favourite. While Ghamari was an easy winner in Carleton, Liberal candidate Tom Dawson won a couple of the polls in Riverside South by a narrow margin. The minor Liberal swing in Riverside South is consistent with the party’s popularity east of the Ottawa River. Re-elected MPPs John Fraser (Ottawa South), Stephen Blais (Orleans), Lucille Collard (Ottawa-Vanier) will make up three of the eight Liberals at Queen’s Park this term. In Ottawa West-Nepean, Progressive Conservative incumbent Jeremy Roberts lost his seat to NDP candidate Chandra Pasma.

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GoFundMe page set up for family of golfer killed at Cedarhill By Charlie Senack It was an overcast Saturday over the Victoria Day long-weekend when Rob Hayami was out doing what he loved: playing golf. Hayami was at the Cedarhill Golf Course with his young son when the rare Derecho storm hit, bringing with it wind gusts equivalent to an EF2 tornado. They headed to the clubhouse in a golf cart to seek shelter, but the 49-year-old father never made it there. A tree toppled onto the cart pinning Hayami, who later died in hospital. His son Owen was treated at CHEO and has since been released. At least 10 people died across Ontario when the storm hit, including a few in the Ottawa area. Tens of thousands were left without power for days, tens of thousands of trees toppled over, and the local hydro grid was crushed. Over a month later cleanup efforts are still ongoing and Hydro Ottawa has put the damage price tag at $30 million. Friends and family are remembering Hayami for his talent and love of music. He played both guitar and piano, and enjoyed singing songs, especially by Neil Young and Bob Dylan. While at the Civic Hospital fighting for his life, friends and family gathered in the parking

lot with their guitars in hopes he would hear. “The man was in so many circles it was mind boggling. He was a gem of a guy and his passing is a huge loss to many,” his friend Pater MacKenzie Hammond posted on Facebook. A GoFundMe page has now been started for eight-year-old Owen. On Facebook John Stacey wrote on the Carine Wilson High School alumni page: “We are all heartbroken, sad, angry and confused. However if you knew Rob, his gift of presence, giving and positivity brings peace and love. Let’s continue the Wildcat spirit and support our brother Robert Toshio Hayami.” The page has already raised over $17,000 in support. “Rob’s sudden passing has turned Owen and Kristine’s lives upside down,” the GoFundMe page reads. “Rob won’t be there for all the little things like tucking his son into bed at night, or helping coach his son to victory, or cheering on their favorite hockey team, the Ottawa Senators. He won’t be there to celebrate milestones either, like when Owen graduates from school.” Hayami was born in Montreal but raised in Orleans. He studied business at the University of Ottawa before moving to Amsterdam for the final year of his post-second-

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ary education. Back in Ottawa, he worked in a series of high tech jobs. The 49-year-old was a U9 Assistant Coach with the Nepean Minor Hockey Association, and used to work at 160 Elgin downtown, according to a friend and former colleague. The father of one’s proudest moment was being a Dad, and if he wasn’t lacing it up on the ice with Owen, he was on the golf course or at a tennis court. He had a love for the Ottawa Senators and frequently attended their games where he could be heard cheering the loudest. Rob Hayami leaves behind his wife Kristine McGillivray, his cherished son Owen, and loving parents Hiroshi and Jane Hayami. His obituary reads: “Rob was a brother and best friend to Geoff (Jodi), and Steven (Jamie), devoted son-inlaw to Peggy and Don (deceased) McGillivray, and brother-in-law to Jennifer (Larry), Scott (Joanna), Daniel. He was a fun and caring uncle to Alex, Matthew, Sara, Mia, Connor, Blake, Kierra, Whitley, Hailee.” Anyone who wishes to donate to the GoFundMe page can visit for the link.

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LRT route to Barrhaven modified at a cost of $50 million By Charlie Senack

The future light rail transit route out to Barrhaven has been slightly modified so homes won’t need to be demolished. While good news in some respects, the fight for Manor Park residents is far from over. Under the first plan which was approved in November 2020, some residents in Manor Park and Cheryl Gardens would be forced to vacate and their homes bulldozed. The new plan will see the elevated tracks go down the middle of Woodroffe between Knoxdale and Hunt Club, in what the staff report calls a 600 metre “pinch point.” It comes with a price tag of up to $50 million additional dollars. The previous decision would mean over 360 tenants in the affordable housing complexes would have to move. The decision was a fairly easy one for the city to make with subsidized housing already hard to come by in Ottawa. And

with housing prices rising in the capital, it would also mean the city would have had to pay more for the privately-owned land. The modified plan wasn’t recommended originally because of complex needs which would need to be achieved, including utilities and underground water mains. But for residents who fought to keep their houses intact, it’s far from over. The owners of Manor Village are in the midst of transforming their properties located at Majestic Drive and Woodroffe Avenue. Tenants have been offered buyouts of received eviction notices, with the landlord looking to remodel and upgrade the units. So far 35 Manor Village tenants have been handed N13 eviction notices. Legally they aren’t obligated to leave — at least not yet — but eviction orders can be later issued by the Landlord and tenant board. For the townhomes which have already had the work complete, they are

going on the rental market for $3,000 a month, and are being catered to students and professionals who are looking for room rentals. Under the new name “Woodroffe Place”, the units are being branded as a four-bedroom house with a private yard, renting for $3,200 a month minimum. They also give the option of renting a room for $750 a month. A website promoting the newly renovated properties says they are fully furnished, and come with granite countertops and smart tv’s. The rent includes internet and in-suite laundry. Tenants who received eviction notices have been given until August 31 to move out, according to ACORN Ottawa. The landlord, Smart Living Properties, says when they acquired the property last year, “it was in a state of poor repair and required significant refurbishment work to bring standards up.” Work will include: new roofs, internal retro-

fits, new and additional windows, and substantial electrical and plumbing upgrades. Parts of units will also be demolished and reconfigured. Smart Living Properties says they understand moving can be “inconvenient and stressful”, adding they

successfully negotiated relocation deals and that tenants were generously compensated — “a much higher amount than legally required.” The new total price tag for Barrhaven’s light rail transit system sits at $3.52 billion, but no finding or

timelines have been made available. Even once shovels do go in the ground, it will take at least another decade before light rail transit is rolling through Barrhaven. A new upcoming council could also change or alter Phase 3 plans.


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Why Ford needs a reset despite winning a second term Ontario Premier Doug Ford is surely celebrating his decisive re-election victory. But Ford should not be complacent. He was re-elected despite his record, not because of it. It’s worth remembering former premier Kathleen Wynne won re-election in 2014. She wrongly took her re-election as a go-ahead from voters to pursue her spend-happy agenda. But four years later, she was turfed out of office, with her Liberal party not only losing government but also official party status. It should be a cautionary tale for Ford. In 2018, Ontarians elected Ford to clean up the wreckage that was Ontario’s finances. The situation was so bad that Ontario’s credit rating had been downgraded, the budget was full of red ink, and government spending was out of control. Wynne’s lack of restraint finally caught up to her. Ford was sent to Queen’s Park with a record of championing taxpayer interests at Toronto city hall. He arrived at the legislature with a mop in hand. Sadly, Ford threw his mop in the trash. Rather than undoing Wynne’s legacy, he built on it. While Ford did face challenges during his first mandate, including dealing with a pandemic, his fiscal record was no better than that of the Liberal government he replaced. Like Wynne, Ford jacked up spending and has shown no concern about running record deficits. Prior to the pandemic, rather than reigning in government spending, Ford increased the size of the budget by $5 billion over and above what Wynne had planned. Ontario’s Financial Accountability Office released a report just before Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfavly’s pre-election budget. It showed that, due to increased revenue, the Ford government was in a position to balance the books as soon as 2023. But instead of taking the responsible approach, Ford decided to go on a spending bonanza. The most shocking headline that emerged from the spring budget is that the deficit number for this year is actually projected to be higher than deficits run during the height of the pandemic. That’s a page right out of Wynne’s playbook. Hardworking Ontario taxpayers sent Ford back to Queen’s Park this week because he was the best of the worst. All of Ford’s opponents were promising the spend even more money and run even larger deficits than the incumbent. But Ford now finds himself in the same place Wynne did. He has a majority government and a reckless agenda. Ford needs to change course if he doesn’t want to be shown the door four years from now in Wynne-like fashion. Ford should recognize that, despite his wasteful spending, voters saw him as the most responsible spender out of a bad bunch. That’s not a recipe for long-term success. When Ford recalls the legislature, he needs to learn the lesson Wynne ignored. Borrowing a record amount of money to fund the most bloated budget in the province’s history should be kiboshed. Ford should present a serious plan to get Ontario’s finances back on track, as he promised to do in 2018. Ford now has a second shot at accomplishing what he said he would do in 2018. It’s time for Ontario’s newly re-elected premier to seize the moment and build an enduring legacy. If he does so, he can avoid the fate of his predecessor. Jay Goldberg is the Ontario Director for the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. © Troy Media


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Gordon Ramsay is no Gerry Thomas We often talk about how different things new way of thinking. They still had to are today than they were a generation ago. be cooked for 45 minutes to an hour, but We look back at all the things we didn’t there was no preparation and no clean up. have. Cameras in our phones. Texting. Fa- from For me, frozen dinners were among the the other cebook. Instagram. GPS. first things I learned to cook. The frozen Do you see the theme? dinner provided something that was conBut what about our food? venient, safe and simple. My youngest stepson recentI liked Swanson frozen ly got a job at one of the local dinners. I think they tastgolf courses. He loves to cook, ed good to me because of and we are happy his newthe pride I had in being a found passion has replaced the 12-year-old actually being FortNite addiction of a couple able to make my own dinyears ago. He is working in the ner. kitchen, grilling hot dogs and wraps, and The Swanson staples were fried chickwashing dishes. But every time I think of en, Salisbury steak, turkey or meat balls. calling him Sponge Bob, I am reminded The chicken pieces were real, but they about how much the average kid knows were small. Somewhere, Swanson had acabout food and cooking than I did when cess to a farm of dwarf chickens or ShetI was a kid. He makes homemade pasta, land Chickens or something. seafood dishes, and already knows more The Salisbury steak was a piece of about food preparation than I ever will. ground beef smothered in sodium sauce. He watches Gordon Ramsay and Robert In order to get the Salisbury steak cooked Irvine. We didn’t have that. We had Gerry on the inside, the rest of the meal had to Thomas. When I think back of my cooking become the hottest surface known to man. exploits as a kid, Gerry Thomas was my Eating the peach cobbler was like taking a big influence. bite of the planet Mercury. It was too hot I thought of him while wandering around to taste, and I was far too impatient to alYour Independent Grocer last week. After low the food to cool down. Within an hour a few aisles of looking at things that did of eating the scorching dessert, the burned not exist at grocery stores back in the say, skin from the roof of my mouth would I wandered into the frozen food section. have peeled off. And there it was. The link between But I didn’t care. I loved the dinners, McDonough’s Your Independent Grocer and I loved the feeling of being able to, at and my childhood. It was Gerry Thomas’s least in my mind, make a real meal. greatest invention. It was the Swanson I realized just how much Mr. Thomas Hungry Man Dinner. had programmed me when I went out for Years ago, I remember reading an arti- lunch for the first time with Greg, my old cle about Gerry Thomas after he died at boss. the age of 83. I was fascinated, because “I bet you ate TV dinners as a kid,” he growing up, I had no idea who he was. Yet, said, watching me eat. as the typical kid who was often the only “Yeah, I loved them,” I said. “How did one home at dinner because of my parents’ you guess?” schedules, Gerry Thomas was like my “You got your plate of food, separated personal chef. In fact, Thomas, Uncle Ben your foods so that no foods were touching and Chef Boy-ar-dee were like my own each other, and then you ate your different culinary Holy Trinity. foods one at a time, starting with the vegeOf course, after I read the article about tables and eating the meat last. Do you alhim, I couldn’t resist making jokes even ways eat that way?” more tasteless than the whipped mashed Yes, I did eat that way, and I still do. I potatoes served up in a Hungry Man din- can’t change the habit. If someone forced ner. me to change, I would have an OCD atWill they cover the coffin in tin foil, tack all over the place. Besides, there is but will they have to peel part of it back nothing worse than a rogue pea infiltrating 20 minutes into the funeral? If he donated your micro-chicken. his organs, will they be put in a tray with Now, frozen entrees cater to every separate compartments? Maybe they could demographic group in every way imaginfreeze him, like in a cryogenics lab. That able, from singles to seniors to dieters to would be appropriate. epicureans. They are microwavable and The idea for the dinner was born when many people bring them to work for lunch. the Swanson company was avalanched I haven’t had a Swanson Hungry Man with unsold Thanksgiving turkeys one dinner since the 1980s, but they are still year. It was Thomas’ idea to package and out there. I almost grabbed one, but I sell them in trays, calling them TV Din- didn’t. I still don’t trust myself to wait ners. Men complained because of the lack until the peach cobbler cools down. of taste in the food, while women loved By the way, when Gerry Thomas died, the independence the dinners gave them. do you think they had to pre-heat the They were futuristic and provided a taste crematorium to 400 and poke holes in of the convenience that triggered a whole him?


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City carrying too much debt to take on Lansdowne 2.0 Have you noticed how so many of the big decisions we make at Ottawa City Hall are rushed? Time and again a stick is held over Council’s head warning that any delay will cost us more and jeopardize the project. In 2019 – I will never forget – being pressured to approve Stage 2 LRT in a ten-day time frame, without even seeing the draft contract. Not only that, but we had to vote knowing full well that Stage 1 LRT construction was well behind schedule, and not knowing if it would even work when done. We all know what happened when it eventually launched in September 2019. Last spring there was little debate at Council before approving an extra 65

million dollars to cover escalating costs with the new Super Library. And we did it again last week, voting to move ahead with Lansdowne 2.0. Mayor Watson began the meeting assuring us that Phase 2 of the “project is affordable and selffinancing” and that “Council must show courage” to forge ahead with Ottawa Sports and Entertainment or risk delays that would jeopardize the project. Those of us who voted against going ahead with the concept plan are paint-

ed as being anti-Lansdowne. I can only speak for myself: I love Lansdowne and I want it to succeed. My legitimate doubts are based on what has happened so far. The initial ‘waterfall’ financial agreement for Lansdowne that was to pay the City millions of dollars, has paid us nothing. Yes, there was the Pandemic, which in part explains the failure of the new retail. But let’s remember that in 2020 Ottawa’s Auditor General found the ‘waterfall’ agreement was so complicated that city staff had to have closer oversight of the financial framework to make sure OSEG were meeting their obligations. That’s why I moved a motion, which passed, to

have our new Auditor General work with the City and OSEG to audit the financials for Phase 2. The Auditor General has the expertise to say whether the assumptions that will be built into the contract make financial sense. That gives me comfort. Also, there should have been public consultations on the plan, and there is no good reason that could not have happened. After all, the concept plan is done. The plan is NOT selffinancing. Sure, we’ve agreed to only spend 8 million dollars to advance the plan now. But if fully approved next term, the City of Ottawa will be taking on more than 300 million dollars in debt; money we don’t have. We were assured the next Council is

not bound by this Council’s decision. The reality is, the City of Ottawa will be so “invested” in this plan, it will be too costly to stop. Overall, the City of Ottawa is carrying a heavy debt burden – more than 3 billion dollars. Paying interest on that means less money for the projects and services needed to keep Ottawa running. And we’re in volatile times, what if

interest rates jump substantially? As a fiscal conservative I had to vote against going ahead with Lansdowne 2.0, at this time. There is so much at stake. So many unanswered questions. Again, I ask: Why the Rush? Carol Anne Meehan Councillor Ward 22 Gloucester South-Nepean

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OC Transpo employee Wilson Lo to run for city council in Barrhaven East \By Charlie Senack Wilson Lo says he is running for city council in the newly formed ward of Barrhaven East. Lo, who worked for a number of years as an OC Transpo driver before transitioning to a communication role at the company, is the first person to officially announce they are running in the newly formed ward 24. Barrhaven East includes the community from Fallowfield to Strandherd left of Greenbank if entering the community, all the way to the Rideau River. At Strandherd it starts up again on the left side of Longfields, and includes Stonebridge, Hearts Desire, and Chapman Mills. Part of the ward is currently represented by GloucesterSouth Nepean, which is now being split into two wards, with Riverside South becoming its own district, and part of Barrhaven West now moving to the east. Lo said he’s always had an interest in municipal politics and wanted to become a city councillor since being in elementary school. He grew up in Markham, a suburban

city of Toronto, and became very familiar with the challenges of rapid suburban growth, particularly transportation and public transit. He says many of the issues faced there are similar to Barrhaven’s, given how both communities share common concerns. “A robust transit network begins locally, based upon a network that best serves the community supplemented by an effective commuter system,” he said. “I propose a restructuring of transit services in Barrhaven East in service of that belief, to create a network that allows people to get around Barrhaven with reasonable ease and efficiency. The restructuring will shift the focus away from a downtowncentric network design to one that is more flexible with multiple nodes based on trip generators throughout the community and city, plus more focus away from traditional peak commuting hours.” The pandemic meant a change to how the transit system is run, with ridership levels dropping to 34 per cent pre-COVID levels in August 2021. Working from home is

becoming more common, leaving fewer people commuting downtown. ‘We cannot rely on the hope most commuters will return to the downtown core on a daily basis,” said Lo. “Safe and effective public transit instills a belief in people that they can rely on it to get to work, run an errand, get to classes, visit a local business, or to meet some friends. We must ensure we build a system that can be sustained long into the future.” While public transit is at the forefront of Lo’s platform, he also supports the realignment of Greenbank Road in Half Moon Bay, located next door in the ward of Barrhaven West. He would also like to see Greenbank between Fallowfield and West Hunt Club widened to match the road’s capacity north and south of that stretch to eliminate the bottleneck and dangerous merging at the two intersections. “Although the priority serves the residents of another ward more directly, it will alleviate the traffic that will otherwise travel through Barrhaven East, especially the Woodroffe/Fallowfield intersection,” said Lo.

With the ward boundary changes, Barrhaven East will not have any community centres in the community. Both Walter Baker and Minto Rec will be located in Barrhaven West. Lo would like to see a new community centre and library built somewhere in or near the ward. Lo also says he supports the Barnsdale/416 Interchange to alleviate traffic congestion through Barrhaven East and new communities. He’d also like to see a new multimodal pathway along

Prince of Wales between West Hunt Club and Strandherd — plus a section of Fallowfield Road — to provide residents with a more direct path in and out of the community. “After eight years of public service as a city employee, the time is right for me to evolve and expand my role to better serve the public as councillor,” Lo says. “I am a balance of fresh optimism and level-headed realism, qualities which I believe are necessary to effectively represent residents, the ward, and the city. On a more

personal note, my wife and I want to start and raise a family one day, so there is a very personal interest in ensuring a bright and healthy future for our community and city.” Lo will go up against incumbent challenger Carol Anne Meehan who’s registered to run in the newly created ward of Barrhaven East. Dominik Janelle and Kathleen Caught have also registered for their names to be on the ballot. The municipal election in Ottawa will be held on Monday, October 22, 2022.

Elections Ottawa We’re Hiring! The City of Ottawa’s Elections Office is hiring election workers to fill a variety of paid positions in the 2022 Municipal Elections. Individuals are needed on: • Advance Vote Day 1 on Friday, October 7, 2022; • Advance Vote Day 2 on Friday, October 14, 2022; and • Voting Day on Monday, October 24, 2022. The Elections Office is looking for individuals who: • Are at least 16 years old; • Understand the voting process; • Learn quickly; and • Possess good interpersonal skills. Priority will be given to applicants who are bilingual in French and English. Proficiency in other languages will be considered an asset and applicants are encouraged to indicate which language(s) they speak on their application form. For more information on the positions available, pay rates, and to apply online, visit The Elections Office will begin contacting applicants from June to September to fill available positions. For questions or for more information on becoming an election worker, contact the Elections Office by phone at 613-580-2660, by email at or visit

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Barrhaven needs better, efficient and alternative transportation options If you are a Barrhaven resident, send an email to mark. with your contact information to order one or more ‘Slow Down For Us!’ signs for your front yard and we will schedule a pick-up time at the ward office (located at the Walter Baker Sports Centre - 100 Malvern Dr.).

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Transportation Master Plan

Residents are now invited to provide feedback on the draft set of evaluation criteria that will be used to evaluate future road and transit projects. Additional information on this engagement opportunity can be found at engage Ottawa website. This feedback will determine the methodologies that will be used to score future road and transit projects in Part 2 of the TMP, the Capital Infrastructure plan. Highest scoring projects will be prioritized for implementation and lowest scoring projects will not be pursued. For consideration- to best advocate for Barrhaven when completing the surveys; 1. Please note when completing your surveys that Barrhaven is NOT considered a “TMP priority neighbourhood” 2. When thinking about what we need for Barrhaven ROADS consider giving high scores to “mobility needs”. South Barrhaven continues to grow rapidly. The current south Greenbank Road and bridge cannot service this load. Residents are cut off from shopping, school and work. Pedestrian and vehicular access to St. Joseph High

School is perilous. We need to fast-track the Greenbank Road realignment. When thinking 3. about what we need for Barrhaven TRANSIT consider giving high scores to “service improvement”. Commuters, like Carleton University students and Kanata North Tech Park workers, take 2-3 buses and spend up to 90 minutes travelling each way, every day. Residents cannot even get around Barrhaven efficiently, using one bus route. We need better, efficient and alternative transit options if we want residents to use them. 4. Let’s not allow cost and other external considerations to continue to dictate the pace at which these critical investments are made in our ever-growing community. These projects have LONG been outpaced by our rapid growth.

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Make a report when you witness stunt driving and hear excessive noise to the Police Reporting Unit at 613-2361222, ext. 7300. Online reporting is another way the Ottawa Police Service enhances its service to the community. It’s easy, timely, and effective. Online reports are only reviewed during the Police Reporting Unit’s hours

of operation from 10 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. Once you submit the report, you will receive a temporary reference number until it is reviewed by an online agent (approximately 24 hours). Once reviewed, you will be contacted with further information. Should there be any difficulty filing the report online, a member of the Police Reporting Unit will be pleased to help. Visit to access the Ottawa Police Report.

Ottawa Paramedic Service launches Mental Wellbeing Response Team

The Ottawa Paramedic Service, in partnership with The Ottawa Hospital, has launched the Mental Wellbeing Response Team. This new initiative aims to improve short- and long-term health outcomes for emergency calls received by the Ottawa Paramedic Service through 9-1-1 that are non-violent and noncriminal, and where mental health and substance use are contributing factors. Each day, the Ottawa Paramedic Service responds to approximately 25 mental healthrelated calls from 9-1-1. Many of these individuals are needlessly transported to a hospital when other care options may be more appropriate. Historically, paramedics

have been limited to providing immediate medical assessment and treatment only. Now, through the Mental Wellbeing Response Team, individuals may receive a medical and mental health assessment, as well as resource referrals and follow-up mental health care. The Team includes a specially trained City paramedic partnered with a mental health professional, such as a registered social worker from The Ottawa Hospital, a partner organization. The paramedic does the medical assessment and provides any necessary medical treatment while the mental health professional conducts a mental health assessment, develops a care plan, provides safety planning, and can even schedule followup care as needed. In the three months that the new Team has been on the road, they have responded to multiple calls each day. Of these, more than 50 percent have not required transportation to the hospital. The new Mental Wellbeing Response Team demonstrates the success of partners working together to respond to the needs of Ottawa’s communities and providing individuals with the most appropriate health care when and where they need it. For more information on City programs and services, visit,

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Former Deputy Mayor to run for council in Riverside South-Findlay Creek Former city councillor Steve Desroches is hoping to make his return to city hall and is putting his name on the ballot to represent Riverside South-Findlay Creek in the upcoming fall municipal election. Desroches, who served as city councillor for Gloucester-South Nepean from 2006 until 2014, always campaigned on only serving two terms. But with his kids now older and eight years passing since last being in office, he wants to make a return to municipal politics. “I think I left on a very positive note, and residents would recall that I made the commitment to step down in 2014 — which I did — to enable some turnover and new faces,” he told the Barrhaven Independent. “That’s over eight years ago. One of the great benefits is I can now campaign with my two older

sons and they have been knocking on doors with me. I’m reintroducing myself to the community. Many of the people know me but some may not as they are new to the area.” It will be a crucial municipal election for the City of Ottawa with many new names and faces sitting at the council table come December. At least seven current city councillors have announced they are retiring, with some announcing a run for Mayor. Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson has also announced he’s stepping aide after serving three terms. It will be the biggest shakeup city hall has seen in decades. City Hall has been criticized for its divisiveness and attacks on one another throughout the last term of council. Meetings have been long and many times tense.

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Former Deputy Mayor Steve Desroches, right, is running for council in the new Riverside South-Findlay Creek riding. Desroches is pictured receiving the Order of Ottawa award.

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Clarke Fields to host Barrhaven Canada Day for first time since 2019 By Charlie Senack Canada Day in Barrhaven is back after a two-year hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The annual midway will take place from June 29 until July 3, with the bulk of the festivities on July 1. Canada Day in Barrhaven President Darrell Bartraw says they will finally get to celebrate their 40th anniversary of the event. “We are so excited that after a two-year absence and people not being able to get out to large events, that we are able to bring the amazing residents of Barrhaven a wonderful event for all ages to attend in person,” he said. “Plan to spend the whole day at Clarke Event Fields at 93

Houlahan starting at 8:00 am with a Free Seniors breakfast and a Family breakfast for a nominal fee.” After the breakfasts, celebrations will get underway with the Multicultural stage starting acts at 9:30 am. It will feature local performers from around the world. The Kidz Zone will open at 11:00 am, where there will be many free activities for the younger crowd to enjoy, including puppet and magic shows. The brand-new Midway provider will open on Thursday June 29th at noon and run until July 3. Details on timings and ticket sales can be found on the Canada Day in Barrhaven website. “This year we have booked 11 food trucks including food

such as burgers, sausage, poutine, Chinese, shawarmas, lemon aid, coffee, mini donuts, frosted drinks, beavertails, ice cream and smoked food,” said Bartraw. “Our main stage ceremony starting at 4:00pm will include a parade of flags, an Indigenous blessing and land acknowledgement, followed by the singing of our national anthem in three languages. After this the Lions Club will have free birthday cake for everyone to enjoy.” The night’s entertainment begins at 4:20 pm with Indigenous song and dance. That will be followed by “Monkey Rock Music”, “The Rockphiles”, and headliner “Alter Ego.” The night will end with a large firework display at 10:00 pm.

Canada Day in Barrhaven had to be cancelled in both 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Late last summer, a midway was able to pack Clarke Fields for the first time in over two years. Canada Day had to be celebrated differently in Barrhaven with classic car shows being held for the local seniors residences for the last two years. Bartraw said he’s excited to bring Brrhaven’s largest event back and is looking for ongoing support from the community to ensure its success for generations to come. “If you want to help make this the best event of the year, please support us by taking part in our Red Maple Leaf Campaign by making a small

Darrell Bartraw is looking forward to a full Canada Day in Barrhaven for the first time since 2019.

$5.00 donation at participating Barrhaven businesses,” he said. “You will be given a Red Maple Leaf to put your name on and display on your window at home. Bring this Red

Maple Leaf to the Kidz Zone Prize tent on Canada Day to receive a small prize. You can also support the event by making a donation on our Go Fund Me page.”

Happy Canada Day!

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council continues from page 10 Desroches said he’s served under two Mayors and isn’t looking to play politics with his hopeful future council colleagues. “I’m not known for attacks on my colleagues, I don’t think residents particularly enjoy that,” he said. “We heard recently from the ethics commissioner that she was receiving complaints regarding the interaction of councillors and I think we need to be careful that we are showing that we are there to work for our constituents. We can certainly be strong and passionate with our views, but at the end of the day we need to work closely together to achieve results over four years.” Of the files Desroches wants to see achieved is building a community centre in Riverside South. It’s plans which started when last in office over a decade ago, but any form of development has been stalled.

“I want to bring urgency to the recreation complex for Riverside South and Findlay creek,” he said. “It’s been in the planning books for sometime and we have been collecting developer charges for over a decade to build this facility. When I was on council we changed the policy so we could build the recreation centre sooner rather than waiting. That’s why the Barrhaven Minto Rec Centre was completed in a quicker fashion. My son is 17 years old, he’s lived in Riverside South his entire life, and he’s never had the benefit of a local swimming pool or hockey rink in our community.” Desroches also wants to see improvements made to public transportation in the ward, saying we need to look at a new model as the world has changed. Since the COVID-19 pandemic started, federal public servants are no longer com-

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menting downtown five days away between the hours of nine and five. Riverside South is home to the second phase of Ottawa’s light rail transit line, which will bring commuters from the community to Bayview Station. Worker strikes, the pandemic, supply chain issues. and other factors have delayed the project from opening by at least a year. The council hopeful says OC Transpo needs more skilled rail experts on hand to deal with the changing public transportation landscape in the city. He also wants to see changes to transit fare prices, but isn’t in support of making it free, which some downtown-area councillors have been calling for. “I’m very worried when I hear comments about free transit and shifting the cost

of the transit over to the taxpayer,” said Desroches. “When I hear free transit I think of free health care and free education. It’s positive, but those are strained systems.” As city councillor Desroches advocated hard for the building of the Vimy Memorial Bridge which connects Barrhaven to Riverside South. He says it’s that fight which made him successful last time, and is looking to do it again on key issues. Both Riverside South and Findlay Creek have rapidly grown in the last eight years, with thousands of new homes being built, and thousands more to come. Riding boundaries in Ottawa are changing this election with Gloucester-South Nepean being split into two wards: Riverside SouthFindlay Creek will become its own district, with the

other side of the Rideau River becoming Barrhaven East. At the time of publication Desroches is one of two can-

didates running in the new Ward 22 boundaries; Em McLellan has also put her name forward. Registration closes on August 19.


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Student athlete and tutor for autistic children headed to RMC Name: Chris Uchelimafor Age: 18 School: St. Francis Xavier High Grade: 12 Parents: Stella and Michael Uchelimafor Sisters: Lisa and Ama Uchelimafor Favourite Subjects: Religion and Math Favourite Author: Ben Carson Accomplishments: Legion Medal of Excellence 2022 for 2332 Cadets. Achieved the rank of Master Warrant Officer for 2332 Cadets. School Activities: “Mem-


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ber of the school’s Badminton, Rugby Team, Lacrosse Team and Grad Retreat Council. I’ve planned the Grad Retreat with the council as well as some Prom arrangements. I also used to play football for the Cumberland Panthers Midget Team.” Career Goals: “I love martial arts and plan on at-

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