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Dean and Jeanine Otto of Barrhaven, seated on the couch, join the organizing committee of Maddy’s Gala for a photo during the fundraiser for Roger Neilson House at the Brookstreet Hotel Sat., Feb. 23. The 12th Annual Maddy’s Gala is in the memory of their daughter, Maddy, who passed away at Roger Neilson House at the age of five just two days after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. The event was attended by many community leaders and most of the players from the Ottawa Senators hockey team. Dr. Emma Gofton, who has two children who receive pain management treatment at Roger Neilson House, gave a stirring speech to highlight the evening. For more, see ‘From the Other Side’ on page 6. Derek Boehm photo

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Parents of autistic children protest outside MacLeod’s Barrhaven office By Charlie Senack

Signs in hand, protesters stood guard outside of Minister Lisa MacLeod’s constituency office in Barrhaven for the fourth week in a row. They are protesting the Ford government’s decision to put a cap on autism therapy funding. The new program, which

is slated to come into effect on April 1, gives families with autistic children up to the age of six up to $20,000 per annum for support, while children age seven or more will be eligible until they turn 18 for $5,000 each year. According to MacLeod, who is the Minister of Children, Community and Social Services, the purpose of these

changes is to clear a backlog of approx. 23,000 children still in the queue waiting for publicly funded autism therapy. However, parents and advocates say putting these caps on funding will prevent their children from getting much needed intensive therapy.


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The IndependentNEWS Rezoning for TV and film soundstage on Woodroffe Ave. approved By Charlie Senack

Lights, camera, action, Ottawa is one step closer to having a soundstage. During the monthly Planning Committee meeting held on Feb. 28, they voted in favour of rezoning government land to make way for an 8.4-hectare film and television soundstage campus and creative hub. It’s slated to be built on a section of land on the former NCC Research Farm located at 1740 Woodroffe Ave. Twelve buildings are planned for the film and television studio complex, which include four 20,000 sq ft sound stages, production space, workshops, training space and office space for film, television and animation production companies.

Once shovels are in the ground, it will bring in around 500 construction jobs while the facility is being built, and another 500 to 1000 full-time jobs once the soundstage is up and running. “A soundstage in Ottawa will help attract productions that would otherwise film outside of the province,” said Catherine Callary, chair of the Ottawa film office board who added that in 2017, Ontario turned away 260 million dollars worth of production work due to a lack of sound stages. “Productions that choose Ottawa as their filming location often mean a large cast and crew that stay in our hotels, dine in our restaurants, visit our attractions… and they add to Ottawa’s visitor economy.”

The Research Farm was built by Agriculture Canada in the 1960s and was used to research the behaviour of livestock and look for ways to fight salmonella. The farm was closed down in 1998 and was bought by the NCC in 2002. Since then many of the buildings have sat vacant expect for a few tenants which include Bell Canada and Ritchie’s Feed and Seed. But it’s the look and feel of those run down former science labs that are attracting some of the world’s top production companies. They are being promoted as a great place to shoot a horror film. “If you go into some of these buildings that may have not been touched for 30 or 40 years, you could have a zombie scene ready made for somebody,” said

Bill Leonard, Director of Real Estate Management for the NCC The location is also being praised for its close proximity to the airport, and the wide variety of filming locations in the area which include Pinhey forest which is located right across the street from the soundstage location. Algonquin College is expected to start a new film and production program in the fall of this year, and will benefit from the new soundstage being built. It will be a hands-on program that will allow students to learn about the television, film and animation industry while doing work within the soundstage. While other schools in Ottawa offer film programs, it’s the first time Algonquin College will have a program of this kind. Barrhaven city councillor Jan Harder says students who are in that program will also benefit from

the future extension of light rail transit out to Barrhaven, which will pass by the research farm. “All of our colleges and universities will be linked through stage two when it’s complete,” Harder said. “This location is on the future LRT line to Barrhaven which is the current rapid bus transitway to Barrhaven.” Bruce Harvey, the film commissioner for Ottawa, spoke at February’s planning committee meeting — where he echoed many people’s statements on the economic boosts this would have for the city. He said that Ottawa is the birthplace of film, television and animation in Canada. “The very first feature film that was ever projected in Canada was by the Holland Brothers in Ottawa,” he said. “The first television series that was ever sold to the United States was produced by (Ottawabased) Crawley Films

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The IndependentCOMMUNITY 12th annual Maddy’s Gala raises $110,000 for Roger Neilson House By Jeff Morris

They say that sitting through the presentations at Maddy’s Gala for the first time is an emotionally difficult thing to do. But even for those who have been to every Maddy’s Gala, it’s still not easy. There was not a dry eye in house at the Brookstreet Hotel Feb. 23 as Maddy Otto, the little five-year-old girl who lost her life to an inoperable brain tumor in 2007, was remembered and celebrated again. “She loved super heroes,” recalled her mother, Jeanine. “Her smile and personality filled every room she ever went in.” Maddy Otto, who loved to dress up as Batman or Spider-Man while her older sister Hannah and her friends would be princesses, has become nothing less than a superhero for Roger Neilson House. The first Maddy’s Gala, held in 2008, raised more than $10,000. But Dean and Jeanine Otto, along with Hannah, have seen the

Dean, Hannah and Jeanine Otto welcomed the arttendees at the 12th Annual Maddy’s Gala. Derek Boehm photos love and support for Maddy grow every year. Although Maddy was only at Roger Neilson House for a matter of hours before her passing in July, 2007, Roger Neilson House became an integral part of their lives through their support and bereavement programs. To date, the Barrhaven family has been responsible for raising close to a million dollars for the children’s hospice. The room at the gala was filled by their family and friends – many

of whom have been to every Maddy’s Gala – along with business leaders, community leaders and celebrities. Most of the members of the Ottawa Senators hockey team were once again present. Dr. Emma Gofton, who has two children with neurological disorders and receive pain management treatment at Roger Neilson House, was the keynote speaker for the evening. (See From the Other Side on Page 6).

Behavior Analysis (ABA) program for the past year — and she says it’s been working. “They come to the house and they do it in his environment so it’s more relatable and understandable and it’s been life changing,” Kefalas said. For people on the autism spectrum, even simple tasks such as sitting at the dinner table or getting ready to go out can be difficult. The ABA program slowly works with the child to learn essential life skills. “It’s every aspect from putting on your own clothes, brushing your own teeth, washing your body (and) eating with a fork,” Kefalas said. “We worked on that for a long time because even holding (a fork) was tough for him.” Kefalas said her son Noah receives the support for only two hours a week because that’s all they were offered, but said it was better than nothing. The mother of three is concerned how she will be able to afford the $55 per hour program after it stops on May

24th. “I have no idea what’s next,” she said. “I might have to sell my house.” Joel Harden, Ottawa Centre MPP and NDP Critic for Accessibility & Persons with Disabilities stopped by Friday’s rally with food in hand to show the parents he’s on their side. He says the autism portfolio should be under the Ministry of Health instead of the Ministry of Community and Social Services because having a disability is a health problem. “It shouldn’t be dealt with through community and social services,” he said. “It shouldn’t be about your income (and) it shouldn’t be about your age.” For the parents at Friday’s rally, they say they are going to continue to protest outside Minister MacLeod’s office so that their voices will be heard. Kefalas admits that the old system wasn’t perfect, but wants to see a system that works for everyone. “Giving everyone a little bit is not ok,” she said. “Everyone should get what

protest continues from page 2 Joining the parents at the protest was Ottawa Carleton School Board Trustee Donna Blackburn, who was there to support the parents. Blackburn, who represents Barrhaven at the public school board, introduced a motion at Tuesday night’s meeting. In it, she calls for the board to write letters to MacLeod and Education Minister Lisa Thompson to endorse the position of the Ontario Public School Boards Association on the planned changes to the Ontario Autism Program and to request that the Ministers reconsider the planned changes to the Ontario Autism Program with respect to the impact that these changes will have on the ability of school boards to meet the needs of autistic students. Blackburn is also advocating that the Ministers to meet with OPSBA representatives to discuss the need of school boards with respect to providing service to students with autism. Laura Kefalas’ seven-yearold son Noah, has autism. He has been part of the Applied

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Hydro Ottawa Limited (Hydro Ottawa) and Hydro One Networks Inc. (Hydro One) have completed a draft Environmental Study Report (ESR) for the proposed Power South Nepean project. The purpose of the undertaking is to ensure an adequate and reliable supply of power to meet the growing electricity needs of South Nepean. The proposed project consists of a new Hydro Ottawa municipal transformer station (MTS) and a new 230 kilovolt (kV) transmission line to connect the MTS to Hydro One’s existing 230 kV transmission system at West Hunt Club Road. To achieve the connection, Hydro One is proposing to upgrade its existing single circuit 115 kV transmission line to a double circuit 230 kV transmission line within the existing corridor from West Hunt Club Road to Cambrian Road, and to construct a new 230 kV transmission line along Cambrian Road to the new MTS, west of Highway 416. The project need was identified in the Integrated Regional Resource Plan (IRRP) for the Ottawa area, developed by the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), Hydro Ottawa and Hydro One. This project is subject to the provincial Environmental Assessment Act and is being planned in accordance with the approved Class Environmental Assessment for Minor Transmission Facilities (Class EA) process. Subject to the outcome of the Class EA construction may begin as early as fall 2019. HOW TO PROVIDE YOUR INPUT In accordance with the Class EA process, Hydro Ottawa and Hydro One are providing notice of their intent to proceed with the project. The draft ESR will be available for a 45 day public review and comment period from March 13, 2019 to April 26, 2019. The draft ESR can be viewed on the project website at powersouthnepean.com or in hard copy at the following locations Hydro Ottawa Merivale Office Hydro Ottawa Albion Office 1970 Merivale Road 3025 Albion Road Ottawa, ON K2G 1Y9 North, Box 8700 Ottawa, ON K1G 3S4 Cedarhill Golf and Country Club 56 Cedarhill Drive Nepean, ON K2R 1C5 Tel: 613-825-2186

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Please note that a duplicate copy of a Part II Order request must also be sent to Hydro Ottawa and/or Hydro One at the previously noted addresses. For more information: Email: info@powersouthnepean.com | Tel: 1-877-345-6799 | Project Website: powersouthnepean.com Cette annonce est aussi dispoinble en français sur le site internet. Please note: All personal information included in a submission – such as name, address, telephone number and property location – is collected, maintained and disclosed by the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) for the purpose of transparency and consultation. The information is collected under the authority of the Environmental Assessment Act or is collected and maintained for the purpose of creating a record that is available to the general public as described in s. 37 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Personal information you submit will become part of a public record that is available to the general public unless you request that your personal information remain confidential. For more information, please contact the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Park’s Freedom of Information and Privacy Coordinator at 416-327-1434 This notice first published March 8 th, 2019.


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If you are travelling for March Break, have a safe trip! This will be the first March break in 11 years I haven’t gone away with Marin, Jonah and Robert. I know many of you have plans with your family. Have a great trip, be safe and while you are away, I will do my very best to get rid of some snow and ice. Of course, that would be with Mother Nature’s cooperation. Playgroup for children ages 0-3 Tuesday morning dropin for parents/caregivers where early learning activities and networking can take place. Tuesdays 10-11:30 am at 4010 Strandherd Drive (Seventh Day Adventist Building) www.pccbarrhaven.ca How History Changed Plants & Plants Changed History Walter McGee, Horticulturist discusses why France kept Guadeloupe rather than New France because of one plant and the impact these history changers have had on our lives. March 13th at the Barrhaven Garden Club, 76 Larkin Dr., 7:30 pm. Guests $5.00, barrhaven gardenclub.ca Babysitting/Home Alone Courses: My Safe Life Course for ages 7-10 years is Saturday March 2nd from 9-4 pm. Home Alone Course for ages 10 & over is Tuesday


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March 12th from 9-4 pm. Babysitting Course for grade 6 and over is Thursday March 14th from 9-5 pm. All courses are at the Prince of Wales Manor at 22 Barnstone Drive in Barrhaven. Facebook: www.fa cebook.com/basicswith karen or website: www. basicswithkaren.ca. Free Information Session on the Topic of Depression The Oasis in Kanata, a place for caregivers of people with mental illness, presents a free information session on the topic of depression. Rob Nettleton and Sara Stewart, Social Workers from The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, will provide skills for caregivers on how to support family members experiencing depression and how to practice self-care. Monday March 18th, 7 pm. Glen Cairn United Church, 140 Abbeyhill Drive, Kanata. www.TheOasisKanata.ca Zoning amendment The City has received an application for a Zoning By-Law Amendment and Site Plan Control for

the properties located at 3802 and 3812 Greenbank Road. The application proposed a single storey building that could house up to 10 retail units. They are proposing 28 surface parking space. The applicant is proposing to rezone the land from ‘Development Reserve’ to ‘Local Commercial’. The intent of the LC zoning is to allow a variety of small, locally-oriented convenience and service uses to meet the needs of surrounding residential areas. We do not know yet what stores could be included in this development. Additional information can be found here: https://app01.ottawa.ca/ postingplans/appDetails. jsf?lang=en&appId=__ ABEUSG. If you have any further questions, please contact alison.stirling@ot tawa.ca. RBS Spirit of the Capital Youth Awards Do you know a remarkable and inspiring young person who deserves to be celebrated? Youth Ottawa will once again recognize 14 exceptional youth at our 22nd RBC Spirit of the Capital Youth Awards on the evening of Tuesday, May 14th, 2019 at Ottawa City Hall. We are looking for nominations for award recipients who will receive a $1,000 bursary to be used towards the advancement of academic pursuits or

social and environmental change projects in line with the values of Youth Ottawa. Who can nominate? Individuals of any age can nominate a youth or group of youth who deserve to be celebrated. In order for an individual or group to be recognized, the nominator must complete the form at www.youthottawa.ca/ nominate. Nominees are judged based on the quality of one nomination, not the number of nominations submitted. Who can be nominated? Any individual or group with members 21 years of age and under as of January 1st, 2019 can receive an award. They must reside within the Ottawa municipal limits. Youth Water Leaders Program Ottawa Riverkeeper wants to empower the

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Sorry, try again Troy Media -- The entire Roll Up the Rim to Win campaign rests on the physicality of the cup. Almost 300 million cups are produced for the Tim Hortons campaign, which kicked off on Feb. 6 and ends in mid-April. But packaging is on everyone’s mind these days. Hardly a day goes by without a story on plastics, garbage or other unsustainable practices in food retailing. In 1986, when Tim Hortons started the Roll Up the Rim campaign, cities were still a few years away from launching recycling programs. Today, food retailers and restaurant outlets are under watch. And Tim Hortons has been targeted as one the largest generators of garbage that ends up on Canadian seashores, along with McDonald’s, Pepsi, CocaCola and Nestle. Gradually, however, companies are being held at least partially responsible for the garbage left in parking lots, stadiums, beaches and school yards. Times are changing. But the Roll Up the Rim to Win campaign is not changing. Digitizing the promotion is being proposed so customers can bring their reusable cups to Tim’s in order to reduce waste. It’s a noble objective. For Tim Hortons though, such a shift would fundamentally change the campaign. There would no longer be conversations among friends or co-workers, with their cups of Tim’s coffee, waiting to see if anyone has won a car, cash or simply another coffee. The campaign strategy has worked and got many Canadians hooked. And sales at Tim Hortons during the mid-winter months magically soared over the years and customers kept coming back. But it’s 2019 and the argument that increased profit justifies the means carries less weight than it did in 1986. It’s not just about increasing sales or getting customers on board. A promotional campaign is now, more than ever, about making people feel better. Buying countless paper cups with plastic lids isn’t acceptable anymore, especially for younger customers. The group under the age of 39 accounts for more than 40 per cent of the population. And demographic pressures are real. Not only does this group value the environment, their economic clout is increasing. What’s more, this group mostly sees the Internet, or apps, as viable, easy alternatives to any physical aspects of a marketing campaign. They believe that if the technology exists, why not use it? Some less tech-savvy customers may feel disenfranchised by a shift to an online campaign, but Tim Hortons could risk losing more customers by sticking to past practices. Starbucks and other chains are making changes, so expectations are shifting rapidly. Canada’s love affair with Roll Up the Rim to Win needs be modernized. It was nice while it lasted but Canadians expect restaurant chains to embrace the circular economy. That includes Tim Hortons. Sylvain Charlebois is scientific director of the Canadian Agrifood Foresight Institute.


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A place where friends become family As adults, we often make friendships based on the friendships of our kids. Maybe you become friends with someone your child goes to school with, plays hockey or soccer with, studies music or dance with, or generally just hangs around with. Dr. Emma Gofton has a group of friends based on her children, too. But her circle of friends is much different than the average parent. Gofton’s closest friends are part of a parent-support group at Roger Nielson House, adjacent to the CHEO campus. Gofton has two children, 14 and 16, who both have a rare degenerative neurological condition. Their condition has gradually weakened their ability to talk, breathe, eat and move. The parent-support group understands her, and she understands them. While the “normies” may be empathetic – “normies is what they call normal people with no problems – they don’t really know what it’s like to go through what they endure each and every day. While Roger Neilson House is best known as a children’s hospice, it is also a place for parents like Gofton to cope. The house offers a respite program for parents, and pain management help for children. Gofton shared her story and her thoughts on Roger Nielson House as a speaker at the 12th annual Maddy’s Gala held in late February. Gofton said she initially thought the children had cerebral palsy, and that they would live a long and healthy life with a disability. But that’s not the case. There is no name for the condition her children suffer from. She was told by social workers that, “The good news is that you get to be referred to pediatric palliative care. You get to be cared for by Roger Neilson House.” Gofton said that, in her world, prior to that moment, palliative care meant you had three to six months to live. “I was devastated,” she said. “I did not want this referral. I did not want to accept what it meant. “But what I quickly learned was that Roger Neilson House isn’t about learning how to die well. It’s about learning how to live your life as best and well as you can for as long as you can.” Gofton’s first trips to Roger Neilson House were for respite form the 24/7 care they were giving to their children. But as time went on, their needs changed. The children now go for pain and symptom management monthly. She said that through this period, the people at Roger Neilson House has become their second family. “Early in this process I joined the parent support group because no one understands the world that I was in,” Gofton said. “You can’t talk to your typical friends – ‘the normies’ – and through

parent support I was able to share those scary thoughts that you don’t even want to utter out loud to yourself. You’re afraid of them being real, but you can share that in that community. It’s safe.” The support group, for Gofton, is a safe place. She can talk about what she is going through, share ideas, share suggestions on how to cope with what they are facing, and offer support to others going through similar challenges. FROM THE But while Roger Nielson House is a special place for the parents, it is an even better place for the children. “They get to go to by Jeff Morris a place where they are not different,” she said. “Everyone has a wheelchair. Lots of people have a feeding tube. Lots of people need to be on a breathing machine. And it’s a place where you can be with your best friends. You can’t have sleepovers at your own house. There aren’t enough nurses there. But you can go to Roger’s House and sleep in the same room as your best friend and be safe.” Gofton paused for a moment to fight back some tears. “And my son does that with his best friend,” she said. “And kids want to play, and there is this amazing group of people who are experts in play. And they help our kids smell, touch, feel, laugh, sing, dance, destroy – whatever a child wants to do.” Gofton smiled as she talked about her son’s birthday party at Roger Neilson House. It was a party she called his best ever. But beyond the sleepovers and the birthday parties, there is a chilling reality. Gofton and her family have had to watch some of the children pass away. It’s hard for them. These are people who have become more than friends. “We watched the staff of Roger Neilson House come together and support those families, those children and our community, and it is a thing of beauty,” she said. To Gofton and her children, the other families and the staff at Roger Nielson House have become her extended family. “That’s what these people are to us,” she said, again fighting back tears. “The nurses, the doctors, the counselors, the social workers, all the volunteers – they are our second family. “And to watch them rally around my people – my family, my kids – and support us through that transition, makes me know that when I have to walk through that door and my kids have to walk through that door, they’ll be there with us too.” We never want to be the ones who need Roger Neilson House, and we hope no one we know ever needs it. But thank God it’s there.


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The miracle of life and the time we spend with it

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They say that the writing is on the wall for when it’s time to join a gym. At 9Round in Barrhaven, the writing actually is on the wall. “Each member of the gym gets a nickname, like a boxer,” said Barrhaven 9Round owner Mike Bray. “Their names are up on the wall and we track their workouts to encourage them. There is even a bell for them to ring at the end of their workout.” The gym is a circuit training gym with a kick boxing theme. It recently opened on Strandherd Road in front of Costco, and it has quickly

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9Round continues from page 8 After more than 70 bouts inside the ring, Hudson found there was not a place where the average person could be exposed to the “top secret” training of some of the best fighters in the world. That is where the vision for 9Round began. He knew that if he could take the grueling workouts he did in the ring, and create a non-intimidating, convenient circuit workout format, the average person could enjoy the benefits of boxing and kickboxing without getting hit. In July 2008, the first 9Round location opened in Greenville, SC. This location was both the testing and proving ground for the concept of the 30-minute, kickboxing circuit workout. As the only two employees, Shannon and Heather personally implemented, tested, and revised every process and piece of equipment, from the gloves and heavy bags that would be used, to pad drills and the music that was played. And, after only one year in that first location - albeit a very grueling and unpredictable one - the first 9Round franchise was sold to a member of the gym, and by 2012, the company had grown to 100 locations. As the brand grew, it became known as a place where you could get a high-intensity workout at an affordable price, on your schedule. As the company grew, Shannon and Heather continued to focus on improving, refining, and scaling processes to pass on to franchisees. Their belief

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The Raiders edged Kanata 5-4 at the Bell Arena Feb. 20 in their second round playoff match up. Lior Buchler and Chase Hull both had two goals with Tristan Boudreau adding one. Buchler, Braden Ho, Harry Nansi, Gabreil Bergeron and Nolan Turnbull all had assists. Darcy Murphy was the winning goalie. On Feb. 22, the Raiders beat Kanata 4-1. The Raiders took a 2-0 lead in the first, as Harry Nansi scored from Jacob Warnes, and Lior Buchler scored an unassisted goal. Kanata cut the lead to one with a goal in the second, but the Raiders got it back when Warnes assisted Max Shewfelt’s goal. Gabriel Bergeron iced the win with a goal late in the third period from Buchler. Jaeden Nelson was the winning goalie. On Wed. Feb. 27 at the Bell Arena, the Raiders shut out Kanata 2-0. Darcy Murphy had the shutout while Tristan Boudreau and Jacob Warnes scored. Zachary Venance had two assists, while Gabriel Bergeron and Chase Hull each had one.

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The Raiders blanked the Upper Ottawa Valley Aces 2-0 Mon., Feb. 17 to win their first round series. Vincent Belok scored an unassisted goal in the first period, and Griffon Gagnon scored a power play goal from George Zouzoulas in the second. Alex Beaulne had the shutout in goal.

On Feb. 22, the Raiders faced the Ottawa Valley Silver Seven and lost 2-1. Jack Hawken scored an unassisted goal for the Raiders. On Feb. 26 in Carp, the Raiders and Silver Seven tied 2-2 in the second game of their series. Vincent Belok and Jack Hawken scored for the Raiders with Liam Monaghan and Griffon Gagnon assisting both goals.

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The Raiders and the Gloucester Rangers played to a 3-3 tie Feb. 21 at the Minto Rec Centre in their second round playoff contest. Shawn MacDonald scored the tying goal from Scott Wirvin and Jayden Genereux with just 26 seconds left on the clock. Wirvin scored on the power play from MacDonald and Ben MacMullen in the first, and Jonas Pasian scored from Genereux and Thomas Gallivan in the second. On Feb. 23, the Raiders edged the Rangers 2-1. Thomas Gallivan and Jayden Genereux each had a goal and an assist., with Wade Boudrias and Andrew Carter also earning assists. Andrew Brooks was the winning goalie. On Tues., Feb. 26 at the Howard Darwin Arena, the Raiders beat Gloucester 6-1. Mateo Mongion had two goals, Thomas Gallivan had a goal and three assists, Liam Campbell had a goal and an assist, while Jonas Pasian and Jaidon

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The Raiders opened their second round series with the Upper Ottawa Valley Aces with an 8-1 win Feb. 19. Justin Wammes had the hat trick, while Luke Richardson, Thomas Jones, Mason MacNeil and Connor Platt each had a goal and an assist. Marco Peloso also had a goal. Brandon Reinisch had three assists, with one assist each going to Matthew O’Doherty, Francesco Sicoli, Braeydon Fenn and Sam Edwards. Ethan Dinsdale was the winning goalie. The Raiders and Aces played again Feb. 23, tying 5-5. Matthew O’Doherty and Luke Richardson each had a goal and an assist, with Ryan Robichaud, Thomas Jones and Sam Edwards also scoring. Justin Wammes had two assists with Braeydon Fenn adding one. On Feb. 28 at the Walter Baker Centre, the Raiders beat the Aces 4-1. Luke Richardson scored from Matthew O’Doherty in the first period, but the Aces responded with a goal three minutes later. In the second, the Raiders opened up the game as William Tario scored from Brandon Reinisch, and Justin Wammes scored from Simon Yang. Late in the

third period, Yang scored an unassisted empty net goal to ice the win. Ethan Dinsdale was the winning goalie. The next opponent for the Raiders was the Ottawa Sting. On Sun., March 3 at the Sportsplex, the Raiders beat the Sting 5-3. Thomas Jones had a hat trick with Matthew O’Doherty adding a goal and an assist, and Ryan Robichaud adding a goal. Justin Wammes had two assists with one each going to Marco Peloso, Simon Yang, Luke Richardson, Braeydon Fenn, Sam Edwards and Brandon Reinisch. Ethan Dinsdale was the winning goalie.

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The Raiders scored a pair of goals late in the third period to tie the Upper Ottawa Valley Aces 3-3 Feb. 21. Mateo Disipio scored twice and Jack Gasperetti scored the tying goal on the power play for the Raiders. Max Saito had two assists with one each going to Logan Lemay and Aidan Schwartzentruber. On Feb. 23 in Pembroke, the Aces took an early 4-0 lead and hung on to beat the Raiders 4-3. Aidan Schwartzentruber had two goals and an assist, with Costa Touliopoulos also scoring one and assisting one. Jayden Proulx added two assists. The Aces would beat the Raiders 3-2 on Feb. 26. Max Saito and Aidan Schwartzentruber both scored with Matteo Disipio picking up two assists.

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goals and an assist and Liam Kelly also scored. Owen Cowper and Cole Stants both had assists. The teams met again at the Silver Dart Arena Feb. 23, and the Raiders earned a 4-1 victory. Dean Sloan scored two unassisted shorthanded goals in the game, while Brayden Bennett scored an unassisted goal and Logan Stonerback scored from Matthew Perreault. Tanner MacDonald was the winning goalie. The Aces evened things up on Mon. Feb. 25, as they beat the Raiders 5-1. Brayden Bennett scored the Raiders goal from Liam Kelly and Owen Cowper. On Sat. March 2 in Pembroke, the Raiders rebounded in a bog way with a 6-1 win. Brayden Bennett scored two goals and Liam Hayes had two assists. Evan Streek, Dean Sloan, Hudson Henderson and Logan Stonerback all scored for the Raiders, with Streek, Sloan, Logan MacKinnon, Liam Ferguson, Liam Kelly, David Buchman, Reid Harper and Cole Stants earning assists. Tanner MacDonald was the winning


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On Feb. 16, the Raiders took on the Ottawa Sting and earned a 1-1 tie. Jacob Srdoc scored a power play goal from Blake Wood with just 1:03 left in the third period for the Raiders. The following day, the Raiders were shut out 3-0 by the Ottawa Valley Silver Seven. The Raiders faced the Silver Seven again Feb. 22, losing 4-1. Ven Gurhan scored an unassisted goal for the Raiders. On Feb. 23, the Raiders took on Gloucester and earned a 3-2 win. The Raiders scored a pair of goals in the first period, with Tyler Norman scoring a power play goal from Colton Spooner just 27 seconds into the game, and Cooper Delorey scoring an unassisted goal. With the scored tied at 2-2 in the third period, Jonah Rutz scored the winning goal, converting a feed from Ellyott Dundas. Ryan Carrier was the winning goalie.

The Raiders took on the Ottawa Sting Sat., March 2 and tied 2-2. Jack Howell and Logan Combden both scored power play goals with Cooper Delorey and Jonah Rutz earning assists. On Sun., March 3 in Kanata, the Blazers beat the Raiders 6-2. Jack Howell and Nicholas Seguin scored with Ellyott Dundas and Tyler Norman earning assists.

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Ellard Slipacoff scored a third period, unassisted goal as the Raiders edged the Gloucester Rangers 3-2 Feb. 20. The gamewinner was Slipacoff’s second of the game, and Chase Clement also scored. Owen Coady and Ryan Coughlan added assists. Owen Boville was the winning goalie. The Rangers evened things up Feb. 23 as they edged the Raiders 2-1. Chase Clement scored the lone Raiders goal in the first period from Adam Reinisch. On March 1, the Rangers were once again 2-1 winners over the Raiders. Daxton Markwick had an unassisted goal for Nepean.

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You never want to say that an Ontario championship is meaningless, but for Barrhaven’s Eddie Ekiyor and his Carleton Ravens basketball teammates, it was just one more step toward the prize they really want. The Ravens avenged an earlier loss to Ryerson at a sold-right-out Ravens Nest Saturday night to win the Wilson Cup as OUA champions. Carleton won the Ontario championship last season, but then lost to the Rams in the USports Final-8 Men’s Basketball Tournament semifinal. “We want to be confident and we want to keep playing hard, but we can’t forget that this game really didn’t matter in the end,” Ekiyor said. “Next week, teams are going to come after us, and we have to stick together.” Ekiyor, the 6’9” forward

Eddie Ekiyor scored 18 points and had six rebounds in Carleton’s 81-61 OUA championship game win over Ryerson Saturday at the Raven’s Nest. from St. Mother Teresa High School in Barrhaven, commented that the bitter taste of the loss is still in their mouths from last year. The Rams came to Ottawa last month and handed the Ravens their first loss of the season in a close contest that went down to the wire. On Saturday, the Ravens dominated, winning 81-61. Ekiyor had 18 points – two of them

on a powerful two-handed dunk that sent the crowd into a frenzy – and he played a key role in shutting down Ryerson 7’2” centre Tanor Ngom and forward Jean-Viktor Mukuma. “We want to keep getting better every game, but in the end, we want to get to the Nationals and not have a repeat of last year,” Ekiyor said. “It was nice to get the win, but next week is what really counts.” It was the fourth straight year that Ryerson and Carleton had met in the provincial championship game. Both teams are off to Halifax for the USports championship, which begins March 7. They are considered the top two teams in the country, and if Carleton wants to win their 14th national championship in the last 17 years, they will have to go through the Rams again. “We’re blessed because we have all of our alumni and we get to see what real winning is – competing, and a winning

culture,” he said. “With Dave (Smart) and the coaches, we get to see it every day, and it helps us in our everyday lives.” Ekiyor is in his third year with the Ravens. He had accepted a scholarship to perennial NCAA powerhouse Xavier University in Cincinnati, but would end up staying in Canada after being involved in a car accident. He is considered by many scouts and experts to be the best pro prospect in Canadian university basketball history. Ryerson’s Ngor, a 7’2” centre from Senegal, is also considered an NBA prospect. “He changes the game around the rim, so we just try and go at his body and be physical,” Ekiyor said of Ngor. “He can change a game.” Carleton opens the tournament against the University of Alberta Friday at 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The final is Sunday, also at 5 p.m.

Barrhaven’s Eddie Ekiyor may have won another medal as an Ontario champion, but it’s this week’s national championship in Halifax that he and the Carleton Ravens have their eyes on. Mike Carroccetto photos



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