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Arya says he is humbled, honoured to represent Nepean as MP again By Charlie Senack Nepean MP Chandra Arya has been elected for a third term in office after winning September’s snap federal election with 45 per cent of the vote. Receiving 28,785 votes total, Arya did not waver in support compared to the 2019 election when he won with 31,933 votes — equalling 45.9 per cent of the vote. Conservative candidate Matt Triemstra came in second place with 21,635 votes (34 per cent), and NDP candidate Sean Devine came in third place with 10,541 votes (16 per cent). Jay Nera, the People’s Party of Canada candidate received 1,811 votes (three per cent), and Green Party candidate Gordon Kubanek received 1,288 votes (two per cent). Arya said he is proud to serve the residents of Ne-
pean for another four years on Parliament Hill. “The percentage is almost the same as last time so I am glad; I am humbled; I am honoured; and I am privileged that the people of Nepean have re-elected me with a very comfortable margin,” said Arya. “It proves that the work I have been doing for the past six years, the interactions I’ve had with the community, the work our team is doing, it’s been recognized and rewarded I can say.” On September 20, Justin Trudeau and the Liberals won a minority government, with their seat count remaining virtually unchanged. With a $600 million price tag for a snap election which many have called unnecessary, there are now many questions about where that money could have been better spent.
But Arya says it was a worthy election because back in 2019 when Canadians hit the polls last, dealing with a global health pandemic wasn’t a subject on voters’ minds. With big decisions to be made on how to deal with COVID-19 going forward, Arya says the Liberals have been given a mandate to continue with the work they were doing. “It achieved quite a bit,” he said. “The fundamental thing it achieved is that Canadians have given us the mandate to proceed as we have proposed. Now we have a clear mandate for mandatory vaccinations, vaccine passports, and all the other things we have asked Canadians to give us, and we have given them a really good mandate to succeed.”
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BARRHAVEN INDEPENDENT Arya continues from page 1 On issues Arya plans to advocate for over the next four years, three main objectives come to mind: Affordable housing, retirement security, and a knowledge-based economy to ensure Canada’s future and the success of upcoming generations. For now Arya says that starts with bringing an end to the COVID-19 pandemic. “There will be some immediate and not so immediate decisions we will have to make,” the third term Nepean MP said. “The immediate ones are regarding what we are going to do with vaccine mandates and vaccine passports. We have already committed to the provinces that we will support the tools they are providing.” Arya also says he’s passionate about bringing in $10 a day child care and lowering housing prices. In August 2021, the average Freehold House Price in Ottawa was $730,304 — up 12.6 per cent — and the average condomin-
ium price in the capital was $413,624 — up 5.9 per cent. When it comes to funding for light rail transit out to Barrhaven, Arya says he’s fully on board. The 10-kilometre extension to the Confederation line would take trains from Baseline Station at Algonquin College to the core of Barrhaven at Marketplace Station. Shovels however won’t be in the ground until at least 2025, after phase two is complete. “Any infrastructure proposal that has come to the federal government from the city or the province, we have always positively funded,” states Arya. “We have stated clearly in writing our interest to fund infrastructure projects in transit. Of course I’d love to have the Barrhaven LRT next year, so whenever the city is ready to submit a proposal, it will have our full backing. However, under the current phase three plan, 120 low-income homes would have to be bulldozed, leaving about 300 people homeless. The town-
homes which are situated in the Manor Village and Cheryl Garden Communities, rent for about $1200 a month and are considered on the low income scale. Arya says those residents would be provided with alternative arrangements. “Any project of that magnetite will (negatively) impact some residents, however the amount of money we are investing into affordable housing in Ottawa is unprecedented,” e said.
The Conservatives had hoped this would be their year to not only form government, but also turn the riding of Nepean fully blue. Candidate Matt Triemstra held an election night party for his volunteers at Boston Pizza on Greenbank Road. Losing by about 11 per cent of the vote, it was a similar margin to what the Nepean Conservatives saw in 2019, when then candidate Brian St. Louis lost by over 12 per
cent. In that election 23,320 voters cast their ballot for the Conservatives, totalling 33.5 per cent. In a statement sent to the Barrhaven Independent, Triemstra said he and his team worked “incredibly hard”, and was proud to have represented the party in Nepean. “Despite a short runway between my nomination closing and the snap election getting called, we built an incredible organization, reached thousands of residents at their doors and put forward a compelling vision for Nepean residents that focused on mental health, housing and affordability,” he said. “Politics is a team sport and I will forever be grateful to our volunteers and donors. I simply could not have done this without an experienced campaign manager, a supportive wife and family and committed Nepean Conservatives willing to work hard to see change. “Even though this was not the outcome we hoped for, I
know that this was simply the first step of my political journey,” Triemstra added. “I am committed to working with the Nepean Conservative Association to make sure we are ready to fight, and win the next election, whenever it comes! Trudeau desperately wanted a majority government and he was denied, so with virtually the exact same Parliament in place, we fully expect another election in 15-18 months.” NDP candidate Sean Devine, who last ran during the 2015 election, more than doubled the vote he saw six years ago. It was also a higher margin than what was seen in 2019 when then NDP Nepean candidate Zaff Ansari took 9,104 votes, coming in third place at 13.1 per cent. “All things considered, I’d say that the NDP had a fantastic 2021 campaign in Nepean,” said Devine. “Look at the facts. I was only announced as the candidate on August 23rd, and so we had far less time on the ground than our op-
ponents. Our local campaign budget was a fraction of the Liberal or Conservative campaign budgets, yet we saw our vote percentage increase from the last election to this one. “And the Liberals and Conservatives saw their percentages decrease in Nepean over that same timespan,” he added. “Since I first ran as the candidate in the 2015 federal election, and when you factor in my NDP colleague Zaff Ansari’s provincial and federal campaigns in 2018 and 2019, the NDP’s voter base in Nepean has consistently increased, but the Liberals and Conservatives have seen their percentages slowly drop. Change will take time in Nepean, but it’s coming. Not only from the 18 - 34 year-old demographic, but across all age groups.” Triemstra and Devine will be meeting for coffee next week to celebrate their respective campaigns, and to share campaign “battle stories.”
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Slow Down For Us signs available at Barrhaven ward office Barrhaven Traffic Strandherd Drive Widening
Strandherd Drive (from the Home Depot West Entrance to Jockvale Road) – Strandherd Drive will be reduced to one lane in the eastbound direction, as necessary, for grading and paving. Andora Avenue, Kingsview Lane, Madrid Avenue and Aura Avenue will remain closed until the traffic is moved to the new lanes at the end of September. Tallgrass Lane – Tallgrass Lane is fully closed at Strandherd Drive until the spring of 2022. Borrisokane Road: Lane reductions on Borrisokane Road, as necessary, for road reconstruction and paving. Two northbound lanes should be opened by the end of next week. Dealership Drive – Lane reductions on Dealership Drive, as necessary, for paving. Strandherd Drive – Various work continues along the corridor. To accommodate the work, there will be off-peak lane reductions, as necessary along the corridor.
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Upcoming PXO Projects
A PXO project under D-Squared Construction Limited is currently working on pre-construction activities (submissions, coordination, utility locates, etc.) and has confirmed the following anticipated construction start dates: • Highbury Park and 220m East of Greenbank (Type B) – Week of Sept. 27, 2021 • Malvern between Sherway and Chalice (Type D) – Week of Oct. 18, 2021 • Berrigan at Croxley (Type B) – Week of Sept. 27, 2021 City staff are currently working on updating notices to residents accordingly and also including additional contact details for both the contractor and the on-site inspector.
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The 2021 Biennial Nepean Sports Wall of Fame
Virtual Induction Ceremony Date: Thursday, October 28th, 2021 - 7:00 pm Due to Covid 19 restrictions, the 2021 Induction Ceremony will be held virtually. Additional information will be announced when all details are in place. Website: https://www. nswf.ca/events.html
The City of Ottawa’s Official Plan
The City of Ottawa’s Official Plan provides a vision for the future growth of the city and a policy framework to guide the city’s physical development. In 2019, the City of Ottawa began a multi-year process to de-
velop a New Official Plan. Residents can now find a full version of the revised draft New Official Plan on the New Official Plan website (https://engage.ottawa.ca/the-new-officialplan). City Planners have continued to review and consider all comments received and the revised plan showcases many of the changes made. The revised draft New Official Plan will be presented to a joint meeting of the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee and Planning Committee on October 14th at 10:00 a.m. Members of the public are invited to participate and make verbal or written submissions for the Committees’ consideration. To participate electronically in the Committee meeting, contact: Marc Desjardins Coordinator, Standing Committee, E-mail: Marc.Desjardins@ottawa. ca, Tel: 613-580-2424 ext 28821
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Hazardous Waste Depot events for 2021 as indicated in the memorandum dated June 1, 2021. The first extended Household Hazardous Waste Depot that took place at the Conroy Snow Dump (3100 Conroy Road) in June, was very successful. Almost 4,300 visitors diverted a total of 175 tonnes of household hazardous waste from landfill. We are pleased to provide the dates and locations for the remaining Household Hazardous Waste Depots in 2021. The upcoming HHW events will be one-day depots opened between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:00 pm. The events provide a full city-wide coverage. For more information visit: Ottawa.ca/hhw
Ottawa’s drinking water quality remains high
Ottawa continues to produce and deliver some of the highest quality, safest drinking water in the world, according to a report received today by
the City’s Standing Committee on Environmental Protection, Water and Waste Management. Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the City provided an uninterrupted supply of safe tap water to residents throughout the emergency. The annual report on Ottawa’s drinking water quality management system also outlines City efforts to inspect and maintain Ottawa’s drinking water infrastructure, helping make 2020 the ninth consecutive year that the City’s drinking water systems fully conformed to provincial standards. The City also continued efforts to help more homeowners replace lead water pipes. Although Ottawa’s tap water is lead free, small amounts of lead can dissolve into water that passes through lead plumbing. During 2020, 83 homeowners used the City’s program to replace lead pipes, and the City replaced 274 of its own pipes through watermain rehabilitation. Visit Ottawa.ca for more details.
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Artists of Stonebridge ready to ‘Paint the Town’ at art show Oct. 23-24 In 2010, a handful of Stonebridge residents who had a common interest in visual arts had an idea - why not form a group that would help local artists focus on their painting, improve their skills and grow as artists, all while increasing awareness and appreciation of visual arts in the community? Thus was born the Artists of Stonebridge, a not-for-profit organization that now includes close to 40 talented artists from all over Barrhaven. As we move into the fall, members of the Artists of Stonebridge (AOS) are busy preparing for the annual Fall Show and Sale, Paint the Town, to be held Saturday and Sunday, October 23-24 from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Cedarhill Golf and Country Club. After last year’s show was cancelled due to the pandemic, they are excited to once again be able to share their art with the community. As with many organiza-
tions, AOS had to find creative ways to continue their painting journey together during the Covid-19 pandemic. Zoom calls replaced their regular get-togethers, helping them to stay connected and providing encouragement to keep painting. This virtual platform also served as a way to hear from speakers/presenters who shared their visual arts expertise with members. AOS also held a series of virtual group workshops to provide feedback on paintings that member artists created from a similar subject. As expected, participants interpreted the subjects quite differently and for some, the workshops provided a challenge but also an opportunity to learn new techniques and approaches. The organization continues to thrive, despite the challenges over the last several months. Because of the pandemic, AOS also shifted their rotating exhibits at the Minto Re-
creation Complex Barrhaven (MRCB) to a virtual format on their website. In early August, they were able to move back to live exhibits at the MRCB and are looking forward to sharing a new round of themes and artwork with the community in 2022. In addition to showcasing artwork at the MRCB, AOS has a number of other exhibit venues throughout the community including Ottawa City Hall, the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) on Strandherd Drive, and the Barrhaven Vietnamese Restaurant, with more to come in the near future. Since its inception, AOS members have given back to the community through activities such as workshops, mural painting, and donations to fundraising auctions and local charities. This past summer, they were honoured to support the Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind’s (CGDB) first online fundraising auction. At this year’s Fall Show
The Artists of Stonebridge will be hosting their annual art show Oct. 23-24 at the Minto Rec Centre in Barrhaven.
and Sale, AOS will again be accepting donations from visitors for the CGDB, as well as the Art for Aid Project, an organization that supports Canadian First Nations, Inuit and Métis art education programs. AOS members look forward to welcoming visitors to this year’s Paint the Town Fall
Show and Sale. Covid protocols will be in place. The Artists of Stonebridge wishes to thank the following businesses and organizations for sponsoring the AOS 2021 Fall Show and Sale: Kent Browne, Broker, Royal Lepage Team Realty, Lépine, TLC Legal, Barristers, Solici-
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How did we make reconciliation about white folks? Something strange has been happening on the road to true reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission produced clear recommendations on how the country could shed the bitter legacy of Indigenous residential schools. Yet, following revelations about gravesites near formal residential schools, the process seems to have morphed into measures designed to serve nonIndigenous people more than Indigenous communities. Consider the federal government’s creation of a national holiday to commemorate residential schools. Simply put, the vast majority of non-Indigenous Canadians will likely take the holiday as nothing more than a day of rest. It is difficult to imagine this event becoming a turning point in reconciliation. Indeed, making nonIndigenous peoples the significant beneficiary of a national holiday appears an odd way to recognize the hardships and losses of Indigenous children and their families. Becoming educated about Indigenous issues is a vital outcome for reconciliation. But serving these needs places heavy demands on Indigenous educators, leaders, elders, and knowledge keepers. Often, this work is not remunerated or is poorly paid. Frequently, the primary beneficiaries of these efforts are non-Indigenous Canadians. Reconciliation in Canada, as a result, involves training, cultural awareness initiatives, program and process reviews, and educational outreach, all largely directed at non-Indigenous peoples, alongside commemorative events for the country at large. Indigenous peoples now play the roles of teachers, trainers, mediators, and curriculum developers. The Trudeau government has been extraordinarily keen to provide financial resources and even greater autonomy to Indigenous governments. There has been progress in many areas, from education to water supplies, but gaps between Indigenous people and other Canadians remain distressingly high. Reconciliation is a difficult and often fraught process. Overcoming years of bitterness and animosity, and moving beyond decades of racism and prejudice, is exceptionally difficult. Compared to 40 years ago, Canadian attitudes toward Indigenous peoples are much more favourable. But the lived experience of Indigenous peoples often tells a different story, with numerous recent examples of prejudice and racial discrimination. While unusual and far from ideal, Canada’s approach to reconciliation contains a crucial lesson for all Canadians. Despite years of discrimination and prejudice, economic and social marginalization, often-entrenched pathologies of repression and poverty, and generations of government paternalism and colonization, Indigenous peoples remain willing to share their culture, history, and knowledge. Remarkably, they continue to extend their hands in friendship and the spirit of reconciliation. To a degree that is difficult to comprehend, Indigenous peoples in Canada seek real partnership and a desire to share a common pathway. If and when non-Indigenous peoples recognize this openness and willingness to share, the mutual journey toward real reconciliation will be much easier and might actually start to produce the desired outcomes. Ken S. Coates is a Munk senior fellow at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute. © Troy Media BARRHAVEN P.O. Box 567 Manotick, Ontario www.barrhavenindependent.ca The Barrhaven Independent is published by Manotick Messenger Inc. biweekly at P.O. Box 567 in Manotick, Ontario. The Barrhaven Independent is not responsible for the loss of unsolicited manuscripts, photos, or other material used for publication purposes. Letters will be edited for length, clarity and libellous statements. Display, National and Classified rates are available on request.
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Before the plague hit in 2020, one of my tears formed in her eyes, she was shaking absolute favourite events of the year was too hard to verbally communicate. She had something called Friday Night Tykes. been rendered useless by the situation, but I Little football players, from the Brock- guess I appreciated what she described later ville and Kemptville to Cornwall to Gati- as her support. Eventually she was able to neau to Barrhaven, Nepean, South Glouces- shake some words out – something about ter, West Carleton, and everywhere in how there were 1,500 people at the park between, would congregate for the annual and I was the only one to get hit by goose Friday Night Tykes event. For many of the dung. Thankfully, Mona Poggione, one of 8-10 year olds, it was their first ever action the Tyke moms, came to the rescue with of playing in a real some wet wipes, Purell football game. For and more Kleenex. some, it will be their Paddy, meanwhile, was first action in an orwiping away the back of FROM THE OTHER ganized team sport. my neck and telling me I have been to at in detail how disgusting least a dozen Friday it was. ‘Ugh, it’s even Jeffrey Morris Night Tykes events as down your back. The thing either a photographer, couldn’t have hit you any referee, a coach, a better if it had a radar. Are step parent, or just a football lover. you a sure it was even a goose? I think it Of course, the excitement and the cheer- might have been a pterodactyl.’ ing sometimes get overshadowed by someHildy and Hodgey, meanwhile, both thing that goes wrong. In 2013, I was watch- pulled their thoughts away from their mening my youngest stepson, Adam, take the tal chess matches to proclaim that being field for the first time. crapped on by a goose was good luck. COUNCIL In hindsight, I wish I would have had an Really? I don’t see it. eye pointed to the sky, as there was an unNot long afterward, Steven (the stepson CORNER welcomed visitor at the Kanata Rec. Centre known as “Crazy Legs”) threw the first Mayor Suzanne Dodge Field. It was a Canada Goose. It wasn’t an touchdown pass of his life. All the hard ordinary goose, it was like a massive pre- work in the backyard going over the foothistoric goose that had night vision radar work of a three-step drop and keeping his and an aiming mechanism more advanced throwing elbow up resulted in a smile that than an X-Box war game. was bigger than, well, the smeared you I stood there, watching the game with a know what on my back. Paddy’s son Camfew friends and cheering on the boys. eron then scooped up a fumble and scored THE NOT SO Then, it happened. his first touchdown of the year. NEW GUY THWAPPP!!!! It must be good luck. At first, I thought I was hit in the neck Tim byRuhnke After getting home, I immediately threw a golf ball. Then, when it splatted all over everything on my body into the washing mamy neck, shoulder, arm, and even down the chine and proceeded into the shower. I dayback of my 45-minute-old team hoodie, I dream in the shower, and I pictured myself could only wish it was a golf ball. in front of the panel on CBC’s Dragon’s Den Within a split second of the assault, I with my invention. It was a backscrubber heard a swarm of Canada Geese flying over- with a sandpaper head that automatically head. jetted out squirts of Purell. The Dragons re“My God,” I exclaimed. “I’ve beenWALKER hit.” HOUSE jected it, saying, “it sounds great, but really, Paddy York, and old Carleton teammate, there isn’t much of a market. I mean, who and Jeff Hildreth and Craig Hodge, two Ot- besides you would ever get thwapped in the tawa Invaders teammates, stood there Susan in Vallom back of the neck with a pterodactyl turd?” the land of awkward, not sure what to do. I saw the guys again the following morI looked through their eyes and into their ning at the Mosquito Madness football jamminds. I saw two figures in hooded cloaks. boree at Canterbury, and we all laughed One represented totally grossed out and the about “the flying moose” that had diveother stood for doubled over laughing. They bombed me. were playing chess on an abandoned beach. Again, I was reminded that it was good Paddy raced to find the Diva and returnedBLAKE’S luck. with some napkins and Kleenex, panicking Being swift and everything, I eventually TAKES while laughing at the same time. realized that I couldn’t find my phone. I did Blake McKim Hildy and Hodgey backed off. “Aw, that thing that moms ask five-year-olds to gross! Don’t touch me!” do. You know, where did you have it last? Grossed out had evidently moved its I used it Friday night and then put it in the knight and put doubled over laughing in pocket of my hoodie. checkmate. When we got home after Mosquito MadAs Paddy was scrubbing the back of my ness, I went downstairs and checked the neck, the Diva arrived on the scene. Doubled washing machine. My phone sat there, over laughing had won her emotional chess soggy, but sparkling clean. match with a checkmate in about four So, is it good luck when you fry a cell moves. As she convulsed with laughter and phone in the rinse cycle?
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City’s leadership goes off the rails as LRT problems ignored
The September 22nd City Council meeting was one for the sad record books. Mayor Jim Watson, knowing full well city councillors wanted to discuss a serious LRT derailment, the second in six weeks, shut down an attempt to hold an emergency transit debate. Sixteen councillors voted to suspend the rules and talk about our disastrous transit system, along with ways to improve transparency but the Mayor instructed his team to vote down the motion. He got his way. I don’t want to speculate, but whatever his motive, he was wrong. The residents of Ottawa want to see leadership on the transit mess. They have been patient for more than two years, enduring the headaches and delays caused by a litany of mechanical problems. While the trains are being examined and repaired, riders must endure weeks of R1 service
with packed buses; during a pandemic. As a councillor, I am outraged and worried, and you should be too. This is how a good leader would have acted at the first Council meeting after the second derailment. A good leader would have opened the meeting with an apology to the city, acknowledging the inconvenience, the seriousness of the derailment, and the worry everyone is feeling about the safety of our expensive mega rail project. A good leader would have assured us that city staff are working hard to mitigate the problems for those who rely on transit, then informed everyone he will be meeting with repre-
sentatives of all companies involved, RTG, RTM and Alstrom. He would have laid out a plan to find the fix, or at the very least promise, he wouldn’t stop until taxpayers could be assured the 2.3 billion dollars spent on Stage One LRT was not wasted. Then he would have invited his council colleagues to ask questions. Only after that, when the
most serious situation this city has faced was aired, would he have held the ceremonial farewell for Ottawa’s transit boss John Manconi. Instead, we dealt with an agenda that didn’t even include transit! Mayor Watson’s pettiness in shutting down a muchneeded discussion on the crisis surrounding our transit system was a truly embarrassing moment.
We have, however, ensured there will be extensive debate at the next council meeting. I seconded a notice of motion by Councillor McKenny for a judicial inquiry on the LRT process to date; Councillor Deans introduced a notice of motion to find ways to cancel the maintenance contract with RTM. Later in the day, Mayor Watson was asked why he stifled a clear desire from
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Arya wins despite Ottawa Punjabi Association attack sign campaign By Charlie Senack If you drove around Barrhaven during the recent election campaign, you would have noticed attack ad posters pop up between the rows of bright election signs. The signs which urged voters to not cast their ballot for the Liberal candidate in Nepean, read “no farmers no food”, and “Nepean deserves better; not Arya.” The signs were purchased and approved by the Ottawa Punjabi Association, who for months now have been protesting in and around Barrhaven. The group has spent the last year advocating for better farming conditions in India. “I want to make it very clear that our intention was not to influence the results of the elections, but to bring awareness about incompetency, attitude of no-care and general absence of Mr. Arya from the riding of Nepean,” said Vinny Manes, the main organizer locally. “We have been very successful in bringing that awareness to the masses. I believe that residents of Nepean will pay more attention to Mr. Arya’s work and track record. People of Nepean will hold him more accountable for his inactions and absence.” The group decided to get vocal this past election after reaching out multiple times to Nepean incumbent MP Chandra Arya, who is also the Liberal candidate
in this federal election, and getting no response. They wanted Arya to advocate on the federal level for Indian farmers, because Canada is a country which supports all. “A lot of people who live here in Barrhaven, their family members were in that agitation in India, so they requested that MP Chandra Arya talk to the global affairs minister as well and see that the human rights are being followed,” said Manes. “Canada is a champion of human rights and so if the human rights are being trampled somewhere, then he should speak up,” he added. “He did not even get back to one person; we talked to other offices and constituencies here in Ottawa and all across Canada, and he was the one to not get back. He said: ‘I do not wish to speak about this’, and that’s when I got more involved because if this guy does not want to stand for this, then is he really doing his job properly?” Arya secured a third term in office with 45 per cent of the vote. But even though the election is over, their advocacy is just beginning. The efforts are all part of a bigger, global movement which was launched this winter, after Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi’s government enacted three laws which would make life difficult for farmers in that country. While their problems might seem a world away, it directly af-
fects many Barrhaven families who have relatives farming the fields in India. The laws would change the landscape of agriculture in India, allowing farmers to negotiate their own prices as they sell their crops to private busi-
nesses and corporations. Previously, they sold their crops directly to the Indian government at guaranteed minimum prices. While the government is arguing that the changes will give India’s farmers more freedom, the farmers say the new laws will threaten their
livelihoods and drive their prices lower. They also say the laws will make them vulnerable to corporate takeovers and exploitation. Manes compared it to efforts which took place in Canada in the 1960’s when farmers were forced to sell their lands to make way for
big developments we see today. At that time frame Canada had 400,000 farm families, a number which has now dipped below 39,000, according to the Agriculture Canada website.
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Page 10 FRIDAY, October 1, 2021BARRHAVEN INDEPENDENT attack continues from page 8 “The farmers in India, they are standing for their right to continue having that lifestyle they are living, and it is being taken away from them,” said Manes. “What I hear from a lot of farmers is it is that exact same thing that is happening here in Canada, so maybe they should care (because) they could not stand up to big corporations coming in and taking over their lifestyle pretty much, then maybe they should stand up for people in other parts of the world where the exact same things are happening. It’s like déja vu.” Arya responds When the election was still ongoing, Adam Moscoe, a spokesperson for the Arya campaign, sent a statement which said that the Nepean MP has worked tirelessly for residents of the riding and all of Canada. He also reiterated Arya’s supports for
Canadian farmers. “Mr. Arya is a strong supporter of Canadian farmers and has worked with Canadian agricultural and food industry groups to open up as many international markets as possible for our farm products,” Moscoe wrote. “As a member of the parliamentary committee on International Trade, Mr. Arya worked with the federal government on economic and market reforms in developing countries which will open new markets to Canadian farmers, manufacturers and other Canadian goods and services.” In a recent interview with the Barrhaven Independent, Arya said he wouldn’t let attack groups stop him from doing work which matters most to Canadians, and reiterated similar talking points. Despite being Indian himself — a point the Punjabi group likes to make —
Arya said he is Canadian and his interests are for this country. “Let me be crystal clear: my support is for Canadian farmers. I repeat, my interest is in support of Canadian farmers,” said Arya. “I am Canadian, my life is for the interests of Canada. I will not flinch on that.” “I think I am the only candidate that I am aware of — at least in the national capital region — where there was this very negative and targeted anti-candidate campaigning,” he added. “I will continue to support and work for the benefits of Canadians. I will not flinch on that.” Manes says for now they don’t have any in-person protests planned for in Barrhaven, but a protest is being planned for outside Indian High Commission, located on Beechwood Avenue, on November 26, 2021.
Despite the heavy rain outside, it was all warmth and smiles inside as the staff at McDonald’s at Fallowfield and Woodroffe celebrated McHappy Day Thurs., Sept. 22. The annual event raises funds for Ronald McDonald House. Located on the CHEO campus, Ronald McDonald House Ottawa is a home near the hospital for sick children and their families who are unable to travel back and forth to their own homes. Ronald McDonald House Ottawa is dedicated to providing a warm, safe, affordable and compassionate environment for families of seriously ill children receiving medical services. Ronald McDonald House Ottawa opened in 1984 and is one of 14 Ronald McDonald Houses across Canada. Jeff Morris photo
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Swans host Montreal as Aussie Rules Football returns to the area Special to the Independent Although it had been almost two years since the Ottawa Swans Australian Football Club played a match, the interest certainly has not died down in the transplant sport, based on what was on display recently at Manotick Polo Grounds, located at Highway 416 and the Bankfield/Brophy Road exit just south of Barrhaven. The team has been playing at the Polo Grounds after previously playing at Rideau Carleton Raceway and in Barrhaven across from Clarke Fields. Roughly 100 patrons attended to watch the
men’s and women’s sides play against their counterparts from AFL Quebec in the ‘Pony Platter’ (the name given to the annual exhibition game dating back to when the Swans played in the infield of the Rideau Carleton Raceway). The women’s side were triumphant, while the men’s side lost for the first time in 33 matches. However the scores were not really what matter on Saturday. What mattered was that for the first time for many there was a sense of normalcy returning. Rekindling friendships that had endured a hiatus, and paying tribute to those who were no longer with us. Slotted in between the
two matches was the debut of what will hopefully become a new tradition on Game Day. Partnering with AFL Canada, Coach Jacob Haeusler ran a free kids footy session for the little ones in attendance. Wanting to ensure the sport would continue to grow, the Swans began running the first junior football program in Eastern Canada this summer. The fall session began this week with 25 Auskickers registered (ages 5-12). Among the other highlights from the day were the new faces who made their debut, the ‘sausage sizzle’ (Aussie lingo for a BBQ) provided by Aussie Tuckerbox and treats from FeeFee’s Goodies. While the 2020 and
The Ottawa Swans women’s team was victorious against the team from AFL Quebec in the Pony Platter in mid-September. The event marked the first action in nearly two years for the Swans’ men’s and women’s Australian football teams. Roman Romanovich photo
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The Ottawa Swans (red and white) men’s team hosted AFL Quebec in the annual Australian football Pony Platter event between the two sides in mid-September. The Swans, who have a heavy contingent of players and followers from Barrhaven, play their home games at the Polo Grounds at Highway 416 and Bankfield, just south of the community. Roman Romanovich photo
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Nansi has six-point night as AAA minor hockey season begins U13
The U13 Myers AAA team opened is Ontario
Hockey East season with a 6-3 win over the Ottawa Valley Titans Sept. 15.
Myers broke a 3-3 tie in the third period with three unanswered goals, includ-
ing an empty-netter. Dean Sloan had a pair of goals, including the winner, with singes going to Brayden Bennett, Hudson Henderson, Benjamin Carr and Jordan Mulvihill. Henderson, Jack Malandra, Reid Harper and Will Mullins had assists. Kaden McGregor scored twice for the Titans with Caiden Deshaw scoring once. Tyler Harracksingh was the winning goalie.
Mathias Dsouza stopped 38 of 40 shots, but it wasn’t enough as the Ottawa Valley Titans opened the Ontario Hockey East season with a 2-1 win over Myers. Chris Neil and Lukas Reisen scored for the Titans with Andrew Wang scoring from Thomas Vandenberg for Myers.
On Sun., Sept. 19, Myers bounced back with their first win of the season, beating the Ottawa Jr. 67s 6-3. Owen Kelly and Xavier Tessier each had two goals and two assists, while Andrew Wang had a goal and an assist. Henry Doucet scored the other Myers goal. Colton Spooner had two assists with one each going to Nick Voisey, Preston Charron and Matas Bubelevicius. Callum Clare was the winning goalie.
Myers opened the U15 Ontario Hockey East AAA season in a big way with a 15-0 win over the CIHA Voyageurs. Harry Nansi had six points and Chase Hull had five to highlight the win. Nansi scored four times and had two assists, while Hull scored a pair and as-
sisted on three. Max Shewfelt had two goals and two assists, with Lior Buchler scoring two and assisting on one. Ryan White had a goal and three assists, Peter Legostaev had a goal and two assists, and Nico Ilias, Nolan Turnbull and Calum Hartnell all had a goal and an assist. Zach Venance also picked up an assist. Jaeden Nelson had the shutout for Myers, who outshot the Voyageurs 53-4. On Mon., Sept. 20, Peter Legostaev scored three goals and Nico Ilias added two as Myers beat the Ottawa Valley Titans 6-1. Trevor Tangalin also scored for Myers. Grayden Robertson-Palmer had three assists with Carlito Vallejos, Zach Venance and Calum Hartnell adding one each. Charlie Laroque was the winning goalie.
The Eagles are back! The Nepean Eagles Pee Wees had a big day last Saturday, beating Myers Riders 46-6 at Minto Field at the Nepean Sportsplex. In other NCAFA youth football action from the day, Myers beat the Mosquito Eagles 18-12, the Myers tykes beat the Gloucester South Raiders Silver team 51-42, and Myers bantams beat the Eagles 13-6. In midget football, the Myers and Eagles players merge at that group to form the Broncos. In their first year of playing, the Broncos are unbeaten in three games after a 42-13 win over the Kanata Knights Sept. 10 and an 18-7 win over the Cumberland Panthers Sept. 23. Facebook photo
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LDHSS student spent first lockdown in France during student exchange Name: Kiara Hartnell
Age: 17 Address: Barrhaven School: Longfields Davidson Heights Secondary Grade: 12 Parents: Sharon and Chad Hartnell Brother: Calum Hartnell (14), grade 9 student at LDHSS Pet Peeves: “My two biggest pet peeves are people who walk slowly and take up the whole sidewalk, and people who are constantly late.” Part-time Work: “I work part-time as a hostess at Vittoria Trattoria.” Favourite Subjects: “I generally enjoy math and science classes. This year I’m taking biology, chemistry, physics, advanced functions, and calculus, as well as English and French.” What do you enjoy reading for pleasure? “I really enjoy reading. A lot of my spare time is dedicated to reading and finding new series and authors that I love. I am open to reading most genres, but my
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May, so I spent two months in lockdown in a new country, having to speak a language I was not totally comfortable with, and staying with people I had only known for around two months. It was a challenge at times to stay busy during lockdown to try and stop myself from being homesick, but my two host brothers and my host sister kept me busy by showing me how to cook some traditional French meals, playing board games, watching movies and TV shows, and overall just making me feel like I was part of their family. And although I did experience some homesickness, I was able to overcome it and all the other challenges that came with the pandemic, (including having to wear a mask for 18 hours when I traveled to come home), and that is something I am really proud of myself for achieving. My time in France is something I’ll never forget, because of all of the memories I made, but also because of everything I accomplished (overcoming all of the challenges, spending six months without my parents in a foreign country, meeting and creating lifetime bonds with so many new people) and all of the lessons I learned during my time away.” A c t i v i t i e s / I n t e re s t s : “Some interests I have include
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Longfields Davidson Heights student Kiara Hartnell loves to travel. She was in France on a student exchange in 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic began. Submitted photo
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