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FRIDAY • september 16 • 2022

While the Nepean Eagles football team was doing their thing on the gridiron, the Eagles Cheer Team was entertaining the hundreds of fans in the bleachers during the games and at halftime during the Labour Day weekend matches between the Eagles and the Gloucester South Raiders at Barry Hawley Field in Gloucester. For more on local football, see page 13. Barrhaven Independent photos

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Barrhaven West debate gets heated over Green Bank Road, transit issues By Charlie Senack

The Barrhaven West Rogers TV debate got heated at times as candidates shared their plans for the community. Candidates Jay Chadha, David Hill, and Taayo Simmonds battled it out on many key ward issues, from infrastructure to transit, safety, and the environment. Sadaf Ebrahim, who’s also running in ward 3, was not in attendance. In his opening statement, Simmonds focused on his upbringing being raised in a low income setting by his single-parent mother. “Our city is at a crossroads. It’s more expensive to live here, it’s harder to get around, and it feels like city hall is unaware that budgets are tight,” said Simmonds. “We have an opportunity to turn things around. Let’s crack down on stunt driving, let’s build and invest in public spaces, let’s put an end to wasteful spending.”

Chadha, who has worked at the City of Ottawa for the last two decades, most recently as a rail operations manager at OC Transpo, said he’s the only candidate with in-house experience to fix the transit system. He also has concerns over the behaviour that’s been seen at city hall over the last four years. “Barrhaven is in a critical stage of growth and development,” said Chadha. “We have a unique opportunity to have a fresh voice and perspective at city hall. I will ensure that we bring accountability, transparency and much needed common sense at city hall.” Hill, who was the first person to say they would run in the ward left vacant by Jan Harder, talked about his experience as a 20 year veteran with the Canadian Armed Forces. “We are on the cusp of an economic downturn, and without proven leadership, we can see jobs lost, taxes spike, businesses fail,

Barrhaven West candidates Taayo Simmonds, Jay Chadha and David Hill took part in the Rogers TV debate last week.

increased crime, infrastructure continue to crumble, and all while we navigate the crisis of affordability, homelessness, climate change, health care, and so-

cietal polarization,” he said.

Public transit

For Barrhaven voters, the future of public transit will be a crucial election issue.

Long underserved by routes, commuters’ habits have changed in the wake of COVID-19 and a drastic overhaul of the system is expected. Areas like Half

Moon Bay and Stonebridge are currently almost not serviced at all.


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BARRHAVEN INDEPENDENT debate continues from page 2 Simmonds said he relied on public transit as a child and understands how important a reliable system is for families. He’s not a supporter of free transit, saying the funding will be needed for investments. The lawyer by trade also wants to ensure any findings from the LRT inquiry are acted upon. Chadha said while every candidate would agree on many of the changes that need to be made, he’s the only one with firsthand knowledge of how the system works. “We spend $1.7 million a day. OC Transpo is costing us $400 an hour, the highest in North America to run,” he said. “We are sending 400 buses downtown empty every day, and then sending them home empty every day. We don’t have reliability in the sub-

urbs.” Also not a supporter of free transit, Chadha said the city needs to invest more in bus drivers, a statement Hill strongly disagreed with. He took the bus from his home in Barrhaven to the Rogers TV studios in Westboro. “There were six people on the bus, the bus has a capacity for 80 people. That is a waste,” he said. “We do not need to hire additional employees into OC Transpo to add buses, to add more rapid transit. What I would recommend is we look to retool some of the express routes and we increase the investment in local transit at the expense of some of the rapid downtown transit.” Both Chadha and Simmonds fought back with reasons as to why more drivers are required.

“Mr. Hill talks about revisioning and he says we don’t need to hire more bus drivers,” said Simmonds. “Well OC Transpo themselves are identifying that we need more drivers. We need to listen to the experts on this.” “I agree with Taayo that we need to hire additional drivers,” added Chadha. “We are losing 50-70 drivers every month due to retirement.”

Greenbank Road realignment

The debate got heated when candidates began debating the need for Greenbank Road’s realignment. All agreed the project was desperately needed after plans for construction first came into fruition in 2007. Construction is now expected to begin in 2030 with a completion

date in 2032. This winter, Hill launched a petition requesting the city fast track the process. It had over 600 signatures of support, primarily from residents in the Half Moon Bay community. Simmonds questioned Hill for any personal interest in starting the petition, and bashed him for “playing politics.” “The petition itself said it would be distributed to city council; it wasn’t,” said Simmonds, who noted he checked with the city. “Last week Mr. Hill sent out a fundraising email to everybody who signed the petition saying they need to elect him if they want to get Greenbank Road realignment done. That’s playing politics with the number one ward infrastructure problem in our

ward.” Hill fought back saying he spent the winter advocating for Half Moon Bay residents, and noted the petition was given to the city’s Transportation Master Plan during the public engagement process. “To be clear, the number one issue we need to champion and address — and I will not for a second go back on this — is the fact that we need to support the people who live in Half Moon Bay with the infrastructure they need and was promised back in 2007,” said Hill. Chadha chimed in to say the delays are unacceptable. He’s heard the concerns from residents who are frustrated about how long it takes for them to enter and exit their neighborhood. “We cannot build homes

and then wait for our infrastructure to come,” he said. “There needs to be a balance between development and infrastructure. We need to make sure people have good access in and out of the community. Greenbank road is an accident waiting to happen. That realignment needs to happen now.” At this point no Inperson or virtual debates have been planned for Barrhaven West, East, or Riverside South-Findlay Creek.

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Blackburn eyes fourth term as local public school board trustee By Charlie Senack Donna Blackburn is eyeing a fourth term on the Ottawa Carleton District School Board. First elected in 2010, the Barrhaven Trustee says the next four years will be crucial for the public school system. “We are at a crossroads in the OCDSB. Coming out of the pandemic, I believe we need to now shift our focus on student achievement and well-being, which is actually the main mandate of a Trustee and a Board of Trustees,” she told the Barrhaven Independent. “We need to establish what students have been most adversely affected by the pandemic and direct resources to them,” Blackburn added. “I believe the Board needs to focus on what brings us together, not what divides us. Barrhaven is a tight knit, supportive community where we pull together during tough times

and we leave no one out.” Blackburn says one of her biggest concerns is with safety in schools. In June 2021, the OCDSB voted to end their long-standing student resource officer program with Ottawa Police, after some students and parents claimed the program caused harm to the BIPOC and gender-oppressed communities. Blackburn was the only trustee to oppose the move. This spring, Blackburn brought forward a motion to reinstate a police presence in schools. The Barrhaven Trustee said she didn’t want to see a return to the former SRO program, but instead start talks to see how educators could be better supported by police. While Blackburn felt confident the motion would pass, it was shot down indefinitely by her trustee colleagues. Blackburn said removing the SRO program in the first place was the biggest

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mistake the OCDSB has made during her time as a Trustee. “During my first ten years of service I had not received one complaint about this program,” she said. “Then there was a push by small but vocal lobby groups, backed by a couple of Trustees who in my opinion misrepresented what the SRO program actually was. These lobby groups used social media and vicious tactics to bully Trustees into supporting the end of the SRO program.” This winter, a stabbing took place at Longfields Davidson Heights High School. It left a teenager with serious injuries. Blackburn says with no proactive work being done, issues will only rise. A number of public board trustees are not seeking re-election. Blackburn hopes a table of fresh faces will reconsider the idea. “Student and staff safety are paramount to me and I

will continue to advocate for a positive, proactive relationship with the Ottawa Police Service,” said Blackburn. “There will be a lot of turnover at our Board as seven Trustees are not seeking re-election, so I am hoping reason will prevail on the next Board and we can move forward on this issue which is what the people of Barrhaven want. I have heard that message loud and clear at the doors.” Patricia Kmiec, who is running against Blackburn, said she was happy to see the student resource officer program come to an end. She said reports which backed the move were thoroughly researched and its findings demonstrated a number of harms that many students faced as a result. “The OCDSB is not the first to remove police officers from their schools so we have some great, well-proven examples of alternatives that we can learn from here,” Kmiec told the

Barrhaven Independent. “At this point, we need to consider everything from having unarmed and nonpolice community safety monitors in schools, to prioritizing and investing in social workers, counsellors, coaches, EAs, and other staff trained in alternative ways.” Kmiec ran for Barrhaven Trustee in 2018, coming in fourth place with about seven per cent of the vote. She’s running again because of having an interest in education. “Whether in my daily life as a parent or through my work as an academic in the areas of education and children’s rights, I know the importance of education to any community,” Kmiec said. “I decided to run for trustee because the past few years have been especially challenging for so many, and I know I can bring a strong, progressive, creative and collaborative voice to the board.”


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Governor General Mary Simon reflects on the life of Queen Elizabeth II By Charlie Senack The passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on Sept. 8 was a cause for mourning and reflection in the community. Governor General and former Barrhaven resident Mary Simon paid respects to the British Monarch by saying in a statement: “On behalf of all Canadians, my husband, Whit, and I offer our condolences to the Royal Family on the loss, not just of a queen, but of a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.” The Queen’s passing will drastically change people’s perceptions of the Royal family with most not knowing a time without Queen Elizabeth ll as head of state. Simon said it was the Queen’s compassion and caringness which most resonated with Canadians. “Her Majesty cared

about people, about our well-being. This was clear every time we spoke. She cared about Canada, and all the unique stories that make up our beautiful country,” Canada’s Governor General noted. “She learned our stories as she visited every corner of Canada during her many Royal Tours.” Since her accession to the Throne in 1952, Queen Elizabeth had visited Canada 22 times for official Royal visits. She often called Canada her “second home.” Queen Elizabeth’s last visit to this country was in 2010. It included a stop in Halifax to mark the centennial of the founding of the Royal Canadian Navy and Canada Day celebrations on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. She also attended a dedication of the cornerstone for the Museum of Human Rights in Winni-

peg. “Her Majesty celebrated our achievements, reassured us in difficult times and inspired us with her steadfast dedication to service,” said Simon. “Until her final days, she remained engaged and committed to her country, to the Commonwealth and to her family. With her passing, we mourn the end of an era.” Simon took over the role as Governor General to Canada in July 2021. The former Barrhaven and Manotick resident met with the Queen at Windsor Castle in March of this year, and again at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June. In her statement Simon remembered a piece of advice her Majesty gave her after first being appointed. “Her Majesty said to me: ‘be gentle with yourself,’” recounted Simon.

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Expensive housing here to stay unless governments change policies The recent rise in interest rates has dampened demand for home sales in Canada. The hike, inevitable given how historically low rates have been, has taken some of the froth off housing prices. However, given how high home prices still are in Canada, a useful question to ask is what governments can do to reverse previous poor policy and permanently increase supply, which has been part of the core problem. Recent price declines in some markets seem significant. However, the long-term trend has been heading to unaffordable prices for decades. It’s clear that Canada has a housing affordability problem and likely will indefinitely, even with slightly higher interest rates. That is unless governments begin to address their own roles in making and keeping housing prices high. On the demand side, immigration levels also contribute to higher prices. But immigration deserves a complete analysis on its own, given that the “right” immigration levels address labour supply needs and other issues. In a report for, I looked at just the supply side of the problem, as provincial and local governments across the country and the ideological spectrum could take action without waiting for measures from the federal government. The problem of constrained supply is severe. Scotiabank noted last year that Canada needs 1.8 million housing units to reach a balanced market. Now consider how government policy is preventing such a balance and moderate prices. The first problem on the supply side is regulation and bureaucracy, including how quickly housing developments are approved. The second factor is escalating fees and taxes. For example, in 2020, the Canadian Home Builders Association (CHBA) noted that development approvals in Canada take an average of 1.5 to two years to obtain (and more in some cases) – an average of over 20 months for multiple applications and an average of nearly 12 months for single applications. As the CHBA also noted, for every extra month the builder waits for approval for multiple-unit buildings, the average additional monthly cost is $351,500 for a lowrise project and $216,300 for a high-rise project. For its part, the federal government could raise the maximum allowable price for a GST rebate on a new home to $750,000 from the current $450,000 and provide a full rebate of the tax rather than a partial one. That policy change, in combination with the “tens of thousands” of dollars that the MacPhail report said could be saved by speedier approvals, would start to make housing at least slightly more affordable in Canada. There’s no perfect, magic-bullet remedy to high housing prices. But reduced taxes and fees, plus long-term increased supply due to speedier approvals, would contribute to moderating prices. Mark Milke is the Executive Director of the Aristotle Foundation for Public Policy. © Troy Media


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Fifty years ago this week, the Canada- they were doing when that goal was scored. Soviet hockey Summit Series got underway. It was the greatest moment in Canada’s hisSometimes you have to leave Canada to real-from tory, and probably the greatest moment in ize how important something can be to the hockey history.” the other country. One of the guys piped in and broke the I was giving a presentation ice. in a board room in my office in “Was it like the Miracle Dallas way back in 1997. I was on Ice when we beat the the hockey brand manager at PinRussians in 1980?” nacle Brands, Inc. back then. Our “It was way bigger team had been working on dethan that,” I said. “We had veloping a new high-end line of never played the Soviets collectible hockey cards. before. It was the greatest Jim Brochhausen, our VP of sales, seemed and most definitive series ever played.” like a mild-mannered and pleasant man from I sensed they were getting it. New Jersey. But in a sales meeting, there “Was it like, for you, like it was for us was always the fear that he might dive across when man walked on the moon?,” asked a a table at you with yogurt flying out the side guy named Tom. of his mouth and with his raging eyes spin“Kind of,” I said, thinking it was time to ning with sevens and lemons if he didn’t like play the humour card. “But when they faked an idea you were pitching. the lunar landing in Sudbury and tricked But I had this one nailed. I was covered. Americans thinking they had actually flown I had done my homework. This, as a jour- to the moon, that was probably Canada’s nalist-turned-marketing executive, would be second or third greatest moment.” the finest moment of my professional career. It cut the tension in the room and I sailed through my power point flawless- Brochhausen actually started breathing. ly as heads nodded and my higher-ups exHe did, however, grab the speaker phone changed approving looks. And I was saving and speed-dialed our Canadian distributor in the best for last. Montreal. “And... what will make this the most “Barry, have you ever heard of Paul Hensought after licensed product in the history derson?” of hockey... Paul Henderson autographs!” There was laughter on the other end. The room was quiet. As I stood there with “Morris says Paul Henderson’s goal was a smile big enough to have its own zip code, the greatest moment in Canadian history. Is I was met with a dozen blank stares. he right?” Brochhausen put down his yogurt and There was a pause. stopped smacking his lips, but I could see “Well, maybe when we burned your White the purple colouring build from his neck. He House down in the War of 1812, that might was trying to hold back, but he couldn’t. have been better, but I’d say he’s right.” “Who the %$^&#%^$% is Paul HenderA week later, I was on a plane with a box son!?!?” full of cards and Sharpies for Paul HenderThat was the last thing I had expected to son. We would commemorate the anniverhear. I had just assumed that everyone who sary of Paul Henderson’s goal with autowas involved in sports was fully aware of the graphed cards. most famous goal ever scored, and that Paul It was a thrill to meet him. I told him Henderson scored the winning goal to give about being eight years old in 1972, and how Canada the Summit Series victory over the I had a Globe and Mail paper route and saw Soviet Union in 1972. a story about Bill Davis saying that every My eyes looked out the window, and I kid should be let out of school to watch the saw the grassy knoll below us. Suddenly, the game. I brought it into our principal, Larry magnitude of what Paul Henderson had done Berry, who is now my mother’s neighbour, hit me like a bolt of lightning. and by noon, a black and white TV had been “Look out the window,” I told everyone. wheeled into the gym and all three class“Do you see that? It’s the grassy knoll. Does rooms in our school assembled to see the anyone in this room not know exactly where game. they were and what they were doing when I realized, telling this to Henderson, that Kennedy was assassinated?” it must be tiresome to hear stories like this They looked at me, puzzled. Kennedy was every time he met someone. shot just a few weeks before I was born, but “Absolutely not,” he smiled. “That goal since I was the youngest person in the room, meant so much for so many people. It is a I figured I would be safe with the compari- thrill, even today, to have people talk about son. it and tell me stories like that. It’s a privil“Paul Henderson’s goal,” I said, bluffing ege.” assuredness, “is like our Kennedy assassinaAnd now, as we celebrate another annition.” versary of the goal, I can’t help but thinkI was met by more puzzled looks. I couldn’t ing about that day at Churchill Public School even make eye contact with Brochhausen. and about that boardroom in Dallas. “Every single Canadian who was alive in I wonder what kind of yogurt Jim 1972 can tell you where they were and what Brochhausen is slurping on right now.


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Community rallying to support family facing struggles with extremely rare medical condition Nine-year-old Gabriel France has had a lifetime of painful surgeries and is one of only five people i n the world with his medical condition The community is rallying to support a local family that has been pushed to the financial brink due to an extremely rare combination of medical conditions. Nine-year-old Gabriel France is one of only five people in the world suffering from both Kleinfelters Syndrome, which affects one in 50,000 children, and Femoral Facia, which currently has just 700 cases documented worldwide. Gabriel also has Legg-Perthes and has had multiple reconstructive hip surgeries. He will require two additional hip surgeries in the near future, it is likely that the hip with Legg-Perthes will be require a prosthetic hip. “His life has been a myriad of visits to CHEO for appointments and painful surgeries,” said Gabriel’s father, Terence France. “Many of the costs we face are not cov-

ered. For example, he had to have his baby teeth surgically removed due to his genetic condition. Although the surgery was necessary for is health, it is considered “cosmetic” and cost us $7,000.” Complicating the situation for the France family is that Gabriel’s sister has autism. Their mother is unable to work due to medical issues but does not qualify for any disability payments. Terence France, Gabriel’s father, is also off work on long term disability, trying to support his family and the overwhelming financial burden caused by their medical problems on just 60 per cent of his regular salary. “For a family of four, with the extreme needs of my son as well as the needs of my daughter, it has been devastating,” France said. “Our financial resources and credit limits have been exhausted to

the point that paying the bills and buying groceries are no longer feasible. We are in a deep hole with no way out.” France said that although his son has endured more at his age than most could ever imagine, he maintains a positive attitude. “Despite the health issues and the pain he has suffered through, Gabriel is a happy kid,” he said. “It breaks my heart that his life can’t be ‘normal’. He will never be able to raise his arms above his head or perform several tasks that the average child can.” France’s goal for himself is to get the help he needs so that he can return to work. “I am undergoing therapy and the drug program that I need will cost $3400,” he said. “After that, there will be monthly or bimonthly injections for $800. The drug I need is not covered by OHIP

A GoFundMe campaign is helping the France family deal with its financial difficulties caused by a rare combination of medical conditions.

or any insurance companies. This drug and therapy is crucial for me to get off longterm disability and be able to return to work.” There is a GoFundMe page set up to help the family get back on its feet. The page can be found at https://www. l e a s e - h e l p - m y - f a m i l y. France said it is “incredibly humbling” to be in a situation where his family is in a situation where they have to ask the community for help. He added that he is extremely thankful for the support

shown by the community in the first week of the campaign. “Our hope is that I can regain my health and get back to work and support my family, and enable my two children to have a better life,” he said.


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Transit and crime key issues in Barrhaven for Mayoral candidate Sutcliffe By Charlie Senack Local journalist and business owner Mark Sutcliffe is running for Mayor of Ottawa. He hopes his decades of community service will peak voters’ interest. Sutcliffe, who was a popular radio show host, columnist, and founder of Great River Media, never had a life-long ambition to run for office. He’d been asked about the idea before, and always said no, citing the time wasn’t right. With Mayor Jim Watson not seeking re-election, Sutcliffe said Ottawa residents were in need of a candidate with centralized political leaning. “I think a lot of people want to see change at Ottawa City Hall. They want to see the right kind of change, change that works for them,” he told the Barrhaven Independent. “I’ve been working and living in this community my whole life, I’ve worked in the media, I’ve been a small business owner, a volunteer, and I want to help deliver the change people want.” Making Ottawa a safer, more affordable, and reliable city is what Sutcliffe is campaigning for. He said people are concerned about rising costs and possible

cutbacks to city budgets if other candidates win. On the topic of safety, Sutcliffe says we need to modernize and invest in police services. In Barrhaven West last year, the community saw a 20.7 per cent increase in crime — more than any other ward in Ottawa. “I’ve spoken with residents who have had their car taken from their driveway,” said Sutcliffe. “We can’t defund the police at a time like that when people are worried about their safety and there has been a convoy in Ottawa. We can’t reduce police resources, cut their budget by hundreds of millions of dollars like some people are saying.” Sutcliffe said hiring more police officers will also ensure they have a stronger presence in suburban communities. “We need more police in communities enforcing the speed limit,” he said. “If we are having an issue with racing on certain streets, then maybe we need to put some (speed) cameras on targeted streets, which don’t take up police resources which could be used in another area. I want to work with community associations to look at those ideas.” Reliable Transit Barrhaven has long been known for its strug-

gling public transit system. Some days upwards of 300+ routes are being cancelled across the city due to a shortage of buses and drivers. All three main Mayoral candidates are campaigning on fixing the transit system, focusing more on localized routes to get riders from their door to work, shopping or school. Sutcliffe hasn’t emphasized much on what he would do to fix the system, but says people don’t feel like they are getting value for their money. “I use public transit all the time. I hear from people that they aren’t happy with the service they are getting,” he said. “I talked with a resident in Barrhaven not long ago who works in Kanata and said that just to get to work everyday by bus would be about an hour and a half each day. By car it’s about 20 minutes,” Sutcliffe added. “We can’t expect people to take the bus if it’s not a fast and reliable service and it doesn’t get them to where they need to go as quickly as they need to get there.” Public transit shouldn’t be free, says Sutcliffe, noting the funding will be crucial to reinventing the system. With Phase 3 LRT out to Barrhaven, Sutcliffe be-

lieves the city should still go ahead with the plan, saying the full light rail service won’t be complete without it. “We are going to get the rest of the funding from the provincial and federal governments and get the rest of the system built,” said Sutcliffe. “But we still need to improve the bus system in addition to that.” The Mayoral candidate’s view is not in line with the thoughts of many Barrhaven West and East council candidates, who believe plans should be revisited following the COVID-19 pandemic. Ridership levels are still drastically down and park and rides sit empty with many suburban workers no longer commuting downtown. The current price tag for light rail transit out to Barrhaven sits at $3 billion. The cost is expected to go up before any contracts are signed. Catherine McKenney and Bob Chiarelli, the two other high profile Mayoral candidates, have both vowed to revisit the plan, saying Barrhaven is served by a transitway which works well when serviced properly. Still, Sutcliffe says he believes it will be worth it in the long run. “A lot has changed because of COVID, but in the long run I think people are

Mark Sutcliffe is a longtime newspaper columnist and radio host, and is the founder of Great River Media. Charlie Senack photo

going to be going back to work in larger numbers,” he said. The future of the downtown core will certainly be a topic the next term of council will debate. Many federal office buildings sit empty with ideas circulating to turn at least some of them into affordable housing. Sutcliffe says the city will have to think of innovative ways to make downtown an attraction for residents again. “We need to look at downtown and change the

way we approach the area. We need to revitalize it,” he said. “I don’t think we are going to see the same numbers of people working downtown as often, so we need to look at other solutions. Maybe more destinations, maybe more attractions and events. Also having more people live downtown which would be great anyway.” A total of 14 people have registered to be the next Mayor of Ottawa, only three are seen as serious contenders. The city election will be held on Oct. 24.

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Rideau Carleton Raceway Casino Celebrates 60th anniversary in September Rideau Carleton Raceway is celebrating its 60th Anniversary during the month of September 2022. While the Vimy Bridge connected Barrhaven and Rideau Carleton more than eight years ago, the racetrack and the community have a much deeper connection. In the early 1960s, Mel Barr’s original plan for his 200acre farm was to build a horse racing track. However, one year earlier, Rideau Carleton Raceway was built across the Rideau River to the east. Barr opted for Plan B, which was to build a housing development. A community was born, and Barrhaven was named after Barr. Now, 60 years later, Rideau Carleton Raceway Casino has grown, though not nearly at the rate that Barrhaven has. The Vimy Bridge not only makes Rideau Carleton directly accessible to Barrhaven residents – they had to slingshot through Manotick before the bridge was built – but the facility employs many people from Barrhaven. The racetrack honoured its 60th anniversary milestone with a special event held at their location on Albion Road on Fri., Aug. 26. Over 200 guests gathered at the Rideau Carleton Raceway Casino to celebrate, including a number of politicians and dignitaries who have contributed to the raceway’s success over the last 60 years. General Manager of Rideau Carleton Raceway Casino Helen MacMillan spoke first and was thrilled at the opportunity to bring everyone together to celebrate this milestone, while also looking ahead to what comes next as development progresses on Future Hard Rock Ottawa. “It’s a tremendous milestone for the raceway to reach 60 years of operation. Everyone here takes great pride in the work we do and we’re honoured to have had the chance to be a part of this community for all these years. We will work hard to make sure the future is just as exciting and we have some upcoming announcements that we can’t wait to share. Stay tuned.”

Ottawa’s Mayor Jim Watson also spoke on Friday evening and talked about the positive impact Rideau Carleton Raceway has had on the city, as well as the promising future ahead. “Since 2000, $91M has come into the city (from OLG as Ottawa is a host gaming community to Rideau Carleton Racetrack Casino), to help various City of Ottawa programs that wouldn’t happen without the racetrack. We look forward to the coming transition to Hard Rock and this place expanding so more jobs can be created and more economic wealth can stay on this side of the river.” With approximately $6 million in proceeds paid to the City of Ottawa per year (from OLG, as a result of proceeds from Rideau Carleton Racetrack Casino) benefiting local communities and contributing to economic recovery, and an additional $1 million per year in local sponsorships and charitable donations, Rideau Carleton Raceway Casino has had a significant impact on the Ottawa area. The facility is also a significant driver of job creation and employment, having employed over 700 local residents prior to the pandemic. Rideau Carleton Raceway’s co-founder George Warren Armstrong was talked about often throughout the evening for his contributions to the racetrack. Armstrong founded the racetrack in 1962 alongside James Baskin and Robert Fasken and was President - as well as so much more - for the next 59 years until his passing in August 2021. During speeches on Friday night, Carleton MPP Goldie Ghamari held a toast in the memory of Armstrong while other speakers were quick to mention the impact Armstrong had on the racetrack and its patrons, including Racing Manager Peter Andrusek. “Warren managed Rideau Carleton like a family and nothing bonds a person more than family. That is evident in this room tonight. The stories and emotions we exchange today reflects the impact Warren has made on all of our lives and

it remains his legacy for the generations to come. I firmly believe that if he was here today to join us, he’d be damn proud,” said Andrusek. With Armstrong’s vision in place, the Rideau Carleton Raceway officially opened on September 1st, 1962 as Canada’s first ever five-eighths mile oval and has been a key part of Ontario’s harness racing community ever since. The racetrack remains a family affair to this day. Armstrong’s son-in-law Andrew Wright is the Director of the Rideau Carleton Raceway and spoke about the vision for what’s next. “We are committed to merge the casino business and the harness racing business for both to help each other thrive. That is the vision we have and with the support of Ontario Racing, OLG and the City of Ottawa, this vision will be realized,” said Wright. In May 2017, OLG selected Hard Rock Ottawa as the successful new Casino partner for this site. The partnership of HR LP Investor Inc. (owned by Hard Rock International) and RCR Investor Inc. (owned by Rideau Carleton Raceway Holdings Limited) are working to build a new entertainment facility that will bring the iconic brand to Ottawa. Ground breaking was originally planned for April 2020 on the new development, but the pandemic paused construction. Since re-opening in August 2021, the Rideau Carleton Raceway Casino/Future Hard Rock Ottawa have been working toward a new timeline for development. The public can expect exciting announcements on new developments at Rideau Carleton Raceway Casino/Future Hard Rock Ottawa in the coming months. Also, from September 1st to October 30th, the public can also join in for their chance to win over $200,000 in prizes. There will be 60 daily hot seat draws, one large prize drawn every night at 8pm, and 6 draws of $1000 in free-play credits every Saturday at 8pm.*

Carleton MPP Goldie Ghamari, Rideau Carleton Raceway Casino General Manager Helen MacMillan, Director Andrew Wright, and Mayor Jim Watson were on hand to celebrate the 60th Anniversary celebration on Friday, August 26th. Bente Nielson photo

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OC Transpo announces Barrhaven fall schedule changes

Slow Down Signs 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.). Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre is recruiting community members to be part of our volunteer team. Volunteers are an invaluable support to WOCRC and its community, helping to provide quality programs and services. Opportunities include: • Meals on Wheels drive • Transportation drivers Did you know that volunteer-


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ing in your community can give you a purpose, provide a sense of community, help you meet new friends, improves self esteem, teaches valuable skills, strengthens communities and brings fun to your life. Please contact Carol at 613591-3686 or to find out about opportunities available. The Log Farm - Autumn is in the air around the farm! The corn maze will be open for those who want to try their skills at finding their way through the maze. Wagon rides will be returning for the fall. There is a

designated area where the wagon leaves from and it runs throughout the day, so if it is busy just come back to it later. Last wagon ride is at 3:30. At the farm, we have lots of friendly animals to see, feed and touch and the kid’s barn has some imaginary play areas and the famous corn sensory table. Make sure to take a walk in the woods down scarecrow lane, don’t worry everyone is friendly. There are three different hay play structures to climb and explore. Bring some snacks and enjoy the picnic and play area. The Log farm located at 670 Cedarview Road is part of Ottawa’s history, the farm was originally settled in 1854 and the home and farm buildings were built over the next few years. . You can walk through the original home of the Bradley’s and

take in how they lived right here over 150 years ago!! Note that our corn maze, like most of the activities at our farm, is designed for families with children under 10. The entire experience is outside so that you can spread out and enjoy your time at the farm! Relax and enjoy the outdoors while you explore and play down on the farm. More information: www. OC Tranpo’s Barrhaven Fall 2022 Service Changes Below is an overview of OC Transpo’s fall 2022 service changes, effective Sunday, September 4, 2022. Regular schedule adjustments take place four times a year – April, June, September and December – and memos are provided in advance of each new schedule period.


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Service Adjustments - witness stunt driving and hear Existing service to Citigate in excessive noise to the Police ReBarrhaven on Routes 99, 110 porting Unit at 613-236-1222, and 170 will be adjusted and ext. 7300. Online reporting is another new trips will be added to align with shift times for OC Transpo way the Ottawa Police Service customers who work at the new enhances its service to the community. It’s easy, timely, and efAmazon facility. Service Adjustments for fective. Online reports are only reviewed during the Police ReConstruction School Services - St. Jo- porting Unit’s hours of operation seph High School – New short from 10 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. Once trips will be added on Route you submit the report, you will 75 between St. Joseph’s High receive a temporary reference School and the Minto Recrea- number until it is reviewed by tional Complex; Select trips on an online agent (approximately Routes 99 will be extended be- 24 hours). • reviewed, you (CPA) will be tween Barrhaven Centre and St.CharteredOnce Professional Accountant Joesph’s High School; and, New contacted with further informaCerti�ed Generalthere Accountant (CGA)diffiShould be any trips extending to St. Joseph’s tion. online, High School will be added on culty filing the report a member of the Police Reporting Route 170. Ottawa Police Reporting - Unit will be pleased to help. Visit Stunt Driving & Excessive Noise to access Make a report when you the Ottawa Police Report.

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Guiness World Record holder eats 470 grams of Nagavina Peppers Heating up the Capital Inc. has announced that there is a new world champion for the Extreme Chili Alliance Belt. Barrhaven hot sauce guru Haico Krijgsman says, “At Heating up the Capital, five competitors started the chili eating contest with seven rounds of increasingly spicy peppers. Four made it to the volume eating final round. 120 minutes later we had a champion! Mike Jack of London, ON, ate 470 grams of Nagavina peppers to win the first Extreme Chili

Alliance Belt. There was also a $500 cash prize and trophy for Mike to keep. Matt Kay of Frankford, ON entered the belt match at the last minute as the underdog and came in second with a respectable 190 grams eaten. “ Extreme Chili Alliance is an organization that recognizes hot pepper eating competitors from all over the world. The ECA belt was handed out for the first time on August 27, 2022 at Heating up the Capital 2022. Chris (left) and Nico (right) accept a cheque from Steve of Consolidating Bottles for best overall hot sauce. Villain Sauce Co.’s Bad Guy Sauce along with The Capsicin Cartel Serum 22 hot sauce both scored 406 points out of a possible 450. Skyler Fraser Photos Above: Mike Jack of London, ON, ate 470 grams of Nagavina peppers to win the first Extreme Chili Alliance Belt.




Left: Haico and Angela of Haico’s Hot Sauce once again organized the 2nd Annual Ottawa Hot Sauce Expo; Heating Up The Cap5:55 ital. PMWhich took place on Saturday August 27.

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Nepean Nighthawks helping to fund $4 million field hockey complex The National Capital Field Hockey Centre hosted an event Sun., Aug. 28 to showcase the plans and reveal their sign for their $4 million project on Colonnade Road in Nepean. This not-for-profit organization is dedicated to expanding the sport in Ottawa and surrounding areas. “The power of team sport can unite people in all walks of life, keeping them active and healthy both physically and mentally,” said Sandeep Chopra in a release sent to the Independent. “Everyone, in any stage of their life, deserves to have access to a space where they can develop their skills and feel welcome in their community. Covered under the City of Ottawa’s Community Partnership – Major Capital Program, this multimilliondollar project has the support of many within the Ottawa sports community. The

Nepean Nighthawks Field Hockey Club have committed to raise the necessary funds to support this initiative. To bring it across the finish line, the City of Ottawa will match all donations up to $1 million. With 220 million players worldwide, field hockey is the world’s second largest sport, behind only soccer. Field hockey in Ottawa has seen an explosion of growth in the last 15 years. Seventy per cent of all players in Ottawa are female. The Field Hockey Centre is a group of passionate sport enthusiasts and community members who are committed to sharing the gift of sport and bringing Canada’s Field Hockey society to the international stage. To be a part of their project, see the design plans, and donate visit https://fieldhockeycentre. ca/ or contact

The Nepean Nighthawks are helping to fund the new $4 million National Capital Field Hockey Centre.

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Sooners post third straight win game ranked second nationally, behind only the Okanagan Sun. On Sun., Sept. 4, Keyshawn Upshaw-Tynes scored on an 88-yard kick off return and a 115-yard missed field goal return to lead the Sooners to a lopsided 53-3 win over the Quinte Skyhawks at TAAG Field at Carleton University. The win came on the heels of a 28-21 win over the Hamilton Hurricanes in Hamilton and a 37-7

win over the Toronto GTA Grizzlies at home. With the Sooners at the halfway point of the season, their biggest test of the season will come this weekend. The Saints have rolled through their schedule and are coming off a 26-18 win over the London Beefeaters. It was the only loss of the season for the Beefeaters, who beat the Sooners in the season opener before Ottawa responded with three straight wins.

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A Nepean Eagles Mosquito ball carrier is swarmed by Gloucester South Raiders defenders during their Labour Day clash at Barry Hawley Field in Leitrim. The Mosquito Eagles remained undefeated as they blanked the Raiders 42-0. On Sat., Sept. 3, the Pee Wee Eagles defeated the Raiders 36-7 while the Bantam Eagles beat the Raiders 35-7. Barrhaven Independent photo

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The Ottawa Sooners will have their biggest test of the Canadian Junior Football League season Sunday afternoon (Sept. 18) at 1 p.m. at Carleton University as they take on the unbeaten St. Clair Saints of Windsor. After dropping their first game of the season, the Ottawa Sooners have reeled off three straight wins and now find themselves ranked ninth in the national junior football rankings. The Saints come into the

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St. Joe grad pursuing Computer Science degree and Shopify internship Name: Fay Rushwany


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Parents: Lana Hadba (Mom) and Saeed Rushwany (Dad) Part-time Work: “I work as a violin teacher at the Nepean School of Music” Favourite Subjects: “I’ve really enjoyed doing Computer Science and Economics this past year, but in the past, some of my favourites were Visual Arts, Business, and Math.” What do you enjoy reading/listening to for pleasure? “I love reading classic literature and philosophical books. Outside of that, I enjoy the occasional podcast, like Stuff You Should Know, In Our Time, and Planet Money.” Favourite Author: “I don’t have a favourite author, but a few authors whose works I’ve been reading

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through recently, and enjoying are Oscar Wilde and Jane Austen.” Greatest Accomplishment: “This is a hard question! I’m really happy with the events and activities I’ve helped bring to life in my school community, particularly through running Arts Council over the last few years. I’m also really proud of being able to say that I’ve contributed to my school community, winning the Ottawa Catholic Trustee Student Service Award, which I definitely couldn’t have done without my amazing council and clubmates.” School Activities: “As mentioned earlier, I’ve run Arts Council over the last few years, alongside two wonderful Co-Presidents. This past year, we ran our first Coffeehouse since before COVID-19. We had over 200 people in attendance, which is huge! We had a couple of smaller events like Bunnygrams for Easter, where students

could get their friends chocolates and sweet messages. “I was also the secretary of the Student Council. Throughout the pandemic over the last few years I was able to help create online community events, like gaming tournaments and community spaces. “I’ve really been lucky to be a part of running so many more clubs and councils, such as the St. Joe’s Debate Society, Jags and Co. (the business club), and being a part of the Crochet Club, Yearbook Club, and Book Club, to name a few.” Other Activities/Interests: “I’m really keen on finding new music and discovering music from different genres and languages. My dad and I have always been really close in this regard. He’s introduced me to different artists, so I’ve always been open to listening to and enjoying music from different genres and musical spaces. I really enjoy learning about different musical periods and influences on artists, and that’s also a big part of my interest in it. “I also have activities that I tend to indulge in when I have the time, like gaming, writing to pen pals, and learning (and failing at) different crafts like crochet, cross stitching, and more.”

Career Goals: “I’m joining Shopify’s Dev Degree Internship Program, while also beginning a degree in Computer Science. My mom’s always pushed me to try new things, and encouraged me into trying a Computer Science course in grade 11. I really fell in love with programming, and being able to have a toolset that I can apply to different areas of life. “If I hadn’t done so, I’d probably be going into Economics or Business right now. I’m really excited to get started with the great opportunity to be a part of the next Dev Degree cohort, and get to start both my university and work experience.”

Fay Rushwany is a violin teacher at the Nepean School of Music. Submitted photo

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Jr. A Raiders 2022-23 a season of promise, home opener Sept. 21 After a few years of looking up from the bottom of the standings, the Nepean Raiders have rebuilt and are poised for a turn around season in the Central Canada Junior Hockey League. Jerrett DeFazio, fresh off a U18 AAA championship, has been hired as Head Coach and Assistant GM of Player Development for the 2022-23 season. “DeFazio and his staff will bring a winning culture for the character young men who will earn the privilege of wearing a Raiders jersey this year,” said Raiders VP and General Manager Randy Watt. “Jerrett has the right mindset I was looking for. He has a proven track record and his vision and values match up with our organization. “ Watt added that after a rebuild season, the future starts now. There are seven returning players, including team captain Coleman Bennett. The Raiders have also signed have signed five 17-year-olds from

their U18 AAA championship team from last year. The Raiders have also brought in goalie Gage Stewart from Thunder Bay. “These players are ready to step into a Jr. A lineup and contribute right away,” said Watt. “In net, Gage Stewart will hold the top spot and help this young team find success early. Our main camp was the most talent rich weekend we have had in years. There are many tough decisions in the days ahead.” When asked about players to watch, Watt said the entire team is who to watch. “We have a We before Me mindset,” he said. “With that, we are expecting a big year from our three senior defenseman and our returning forwards to add early success, paving the way and setting examples for our new players.” The Raiders’ first home game is Wednesday September 21st vs Kemptville, with a 7:30 p.m. start time at the Nepean Sportsplex Steve Yzer-

man Arena. “This team will be special from the coaching staff, support staff to the players,” Watt said. “We promise we will be entertaining and expect the view of the leaderboard to be very different this season. A special thank you to new and renewed host families. Pauline Brown, Debbie Watt, the Trudell family, the DeFazio family. Without them opening their homes and providing that home away from home experience, we don’t get to find success on the rink. So thank you again to our host families.” The Raiders’ regular season schedule can be found at There is also a CCHL app that can be downloaded for fans to follow the Raiders or any other team. Nepean Raiders captain Coleman Bennett is among the players returning to the local Junior A hockey team. Photo courtesy Nepean Raiders


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