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39-year old man charged with second degree murder, attempted murder By Charlie Senack A community in Old Barrhaven is still reeling from the effects of Sunday night’s homicide as more details about the sinister act come to light. On Sunday (Nov. 14), dozens of police and tactical units swarmed Sherway Drive near the Walter Baker Centre after a couple in their 60s were stabbed multiple times. The incident took place at about 9:30 p.m. that night. After the victims were tended to, the accused, 39-year-old Conor Donnelly, barricaded himself in the home which belonged to his parents. He was arrested shortly before 2 a.m. the next morning. Nearby residents were asked to stay in their homes, and homes close to the home where the incident took place were evacuated. Crisis negotiators and armed tactical of-

Police responded to an incident on Sherway Drive in Barrhaven Sun., Nov. 14. Two victims were stabbed, with 64-year-old Linda Frederick losing her life. Charlie Senack photo

ficers were also on scene. Jess Rooney, who lives just a few doors down from the couple, described what she saw to the Barrhaven Independent. “I heard sirens around 9:45 p.m. — lots of sirens — and went to check out what

was going on and saw all the cops,” she said. “They were closing off the street to traffic and swat teams (were out with) their gear on. It was scary.” The incident left 64-yearold Linda Frederick dead, and her husband, Michel

Sabourin, who was the suspect’s step father, fighting for his life in serious condition at an Ottawa hospital. On Monday morning, police tape still cordoned off the home located between the 1 and 100 Sherway Drive. The neighbouring home was also

surrounded by police tape. Forensic teams were seen taking pictures in the garage of the home where the showdown came to an end. As the sun rose, signs of what was a deadly night appeared. Large splatters of blood could be seen on the

front steps of both homes. A defibrillator sat nearby, alongside blood-soaked towels and blankets. A white tarp tried to cover up the gruesome scene, but blew in the wind and snow. The couple lived in their semi-detached home for more than two decades and were known to be active in the Barrhaven Legion. Neighbours say the couple were always friendly, and were frequently seen out biking or walking in the community. Sabourin, who was also known as “big Mike”, used to work for Canada Post, and Frederick at a dental office. Frederick had a love for Christmas and gardening. She recently became a new grandmother, after her daughter gave birth to a baby boy. She was “over the moon” with excitement.


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Despite COVID restrictions, return of Remembrance Day ceremony as success By Charlie Senack

ance at the Barrhaven Remembrance Day ceremony, which had to be moved to Capital Funeral Homes located on Prince of Wales Drive, due to COVID-19 restrictions. This year just days before the ceremony, Ontario loosened restrictions which allowed an unlimited number of people to attend, as long as they were socially soar at and wearing masks. But with the virus still top of mind for many Canadians, there were some changes this year as well. Wreaths were laid before the ceremony began, other than one which was placed by this year’s Silver Cross mother, Olive Este. Around 200 graduating students from John McCrae High School were also able to participate, placing ceramic poppies around the cenotaph. It’s a gravitation graduating grade 12 students have been doing at the school for years. “We had the graduating students lay their ceramic poppies, and two students got to read a poem much like in

It was a more traditional Remembrance Day ceremony in Barrhaven this year, as COVID-19 restrictions loosened enough for many of the symbolic aspects to make a comeback. Just before 11:00 a.m. on November 11, around 250 socially distant spectators gathered around the cenotaph outside of John McCrae Secondary School. They came to pay tribute to the lives lost during the countless wars, and the sacrifices made by young Canadian men and women. Stephane Guy, President of the Barrhaven Legion, said it was touching to see people gather in unity again after so many months apart. “Truly something we appreciate is the participation of the public, and it was impressive the number of requests we received from people who wanted to participate,” he said. Last year, only 25 people were allowed to be in attend-

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Change is needed, but now is not the time to defund Ottawa Police Councillor Jan Harder’s letter to the Ottawa Police Service (OPS) 2022 Draft Operating and Capital Budget with the Ottawa Police Services Board (OPSB) Currently, there are vocal groups that call for the defunding and detasking of the OPS. However, this is not what I hear daily from you. Every day, I get emails asking for more police presence in Barrhaven. Does OPS need to change? Yes, and they are working with community groups to bring forth some real change. However, they are still needed to keep our streets and roads safe. This past week, the Ottawa Police Service (OPS) tabled its 2022 Draft Operating and Capital Budget with the Ottawa Police Services Board (OPSB) at a special meeting of the Board. The following is what I submitted. Please let me know what you think. Policing remains a core service delivery for municipalities across Ontario. The residents that I represent continue to demand adequate and timely policing responses. I see this daily with emails from constituents that request assistance from police on a wide range of subjects. I suspect that the majority of my council colleagues experience the same.


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With already stretched levels of policing coverage, with the City of Ottawa already having one of the lowest police population rates across major cities in Canada, now is not the time to start laying off new hires and I would further argue against a hiring freeze. As well we have by far the largest geography of any larger Canadian city. Indeed, fully the cities of Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, and Montreal can fit within our boundary with room to spare yet our traffic component is a mere 56% of that of the City of Gatineau. When Chief Sloly was selected by the Ottawa Police Services Board he was tasked with modernizing and providing a strategic vision for policing in Ottawa for the foreseeable future. Shortly after becoming Chief, he told us that staffing levels within the Ottawa Police were low and provided a strategic plan for hiring. This was supported at the time. I supported it and I continue to support it. Firing already hired police officers, that we have

invested significant training dollars into already is shortsighted and fiscally irresponsible. It will cost us more to play catch up in future years if we ever do and it will also lead to laying off new recruits who are already serving the citizens of the City of Ottawa. Ottawa continues to grow and the need for adequate policing will continue to expand as well. We cannot force an unrealistic budget on OPS and think that we can expect them to properly respond to calls for service moving forward. I hear the Chair of the OPS Board intends to undertake a “line by line” review of the budget which seems political at best if not grandstanding at least. I fully endorse the extensive effort by OPS Senior Management to whittle down their original budget to come in below the 3% and I trust the Chief to know how he can deliver the service we need. I know Barrhaven residents are not prepared to have an understaffed police service when they call 911. However, I am also supportive of the calls for change for example those that call for alternative service delivery for matters that do not need police response. Take for example traffic enforcement, a high demand in Barrhaven. With strategic

engagement with the Province over the past years we have begun to utilize alternative methods of traffic enforcement; red light and speeding cameras are complimenting the enforcement that OPS engages in. But technology will never be able to fully replace the response that police provide for traffic issues. The call to reform the way we as a province respond to mental health calls and persons in distress is one that I have heard. I know many in law enforcement support it as well. We need new ways to respond to those in crisis but doing so will require modification to provincial legislation before this can happen, like traffic enforcement. Provincial and policing leaders including police services boards across Ontario will need to make amendments to provincial legislation such as the Mental Health Act. Right now, only a police officer can apprehend and bring to the hospital a person who is deemed to be a threat to themselves or others. I know the Chief is committed to championing these new partnerships and service delivery methods. This is why he was hired, and I am confident that he will get the job done. But this will not happen tomorrow, and police will continue to have a duty

to engage in the responsibilities placed upon them through provincial legislation. I have been elected for 24 years and I served on the Ottawa Police Services Board for 7 years. I am well aware of the needs and demands requiring police support in Ottawa. I will support the 2.86% budget requested by OPS for 2022. There may be a time in the future where a zero percent budget increase is possible but certainly, we are not at that point today. Calls for service will increase as our city grows and we know it will grow by over 40% in the next 25 years. We cannot risk falling further behind in staffing levels. This will cost our taxpayers more in the future. I reiterate that Chief Sloly was hired after a nationwide job hunt. We provided him with a mandate to modernize our police service. Imposing new roadblocks on him after 24 months as Chief sends a message that we no longer support his vision. I urge Ottawa Police Services Board members to support our Chief and approve a 2.86% increase to the Ottawa Police Service budget for 2022.

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BARRHAVEN INDEPENDENT attempted continues from page 1 erick and Sabourin dealt with A history of mental Donnelly’s admission to The health

According to a recent CBC Ottawa report, Donnelly dealt with schizophrenia, which his parents tried to help get under control. Kim Kennedy, who was a friend of the family, said after years of issues, Donnelly was diagnosed with the illness, which three per cent of Canadians will deal with in their lifetime. The family friend says she’s known Fredrick for more than 30 years, and quickly bonded over long phone conversations, primarily about their kids. When news broke of a homicide on Sherway, Kennedy’s husband worried it may have been Donnelly, but quickly took the thought out of his mind. Kennedy states that Fred-

Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre and stays at the Civic campus of The Ottawa Hospital. During Donnelly’s first major episode, according to Kennedy, he thought people were after him with guns. Because he was so unstable, Frederick was unable to visit Donnelly during his stay at the Royal Ottawa, but called her son to offer comforting words. “She and Mike tried everything, everything in their power to help him,” Kennedy told the CBC. “It was up and down.” She also states Donnelly would take his medication but then stop, an outcome which would leave Frederick “beside herself.” At the time of the stab-

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bing, Donnelly was living in the room of a residence on Monterey Avenue, located in the Leslie Park neighborhood. On the day of the incident, police responded to a call at that home, after reports came in about a dispute between the 39-year-old and a neighbour, according to the CBC. In his younger days, Donnelly attended St. Pius High School. According to his Facebook page, he was currently studying at Algonquin College. He also worked as an aid at the Queensway Carleton Hospital, and dipped his toes in rap music.

Michel Sabourin and Linda Frederick were stabbed in the incident. Frederick was killed while Sabourin went to hospital in serious condition. Facebook photo

Conor Donnelly, 39, was charged with second degree murder and attempted murder. Facebook photo

On Monday afternoon, Donnelly was charged with one count of Second Degree Murder and another count of

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Attempted Murder. He appeared in court via video link. As the proceedings went on, Donnelly had to be muted after threatening the Justice of the Peace. He called him a “fake judge’’, a “loogin”, and threatened to “annihilate” those addressing him. He also

called them “losers.” Donnelly stated that he was a “front line worker” who knew his rights, and would take the situation seriously after appearing in a real court. The accused, who did not yet have a lawyer, was also verbally critical of the Crown

prosecutor who mis-spelled his stepdad’s name. He called the whole thing a “farcical court.” Donnelly has been ordered to not communicate with three people. He has been ordered to undergo a mental health assessment.

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Ontario’s minimum wage fails on all fronts Minimum wages are on the rise again in Ontario. As of Oct. 1, the province’s incessant central planners have not one but six higher price controls for labour. The minimum wage is a price floor that constrains demand for labour since a firm will not hire someone who costs more than he’s worth. “There is near unanimity among researchers that higher minimum wages cause employment losses in Canada,” writes Philip Cross of the Fraser Institute. The rising proportion of Canadians on the minimum wage – doubling in the last 20 years to over 10 per cent and 15 per cent in Ontario – indicates the deepening damage done to employment opportunities. When young, we pay educational and training institutions to learn skills. Once trained, we expect to earn a higher income in return. Young and low-skilled workers are most vulnerable to reduced employment because the minimum wage prices them out of the market. This empowers unions by reducing competition from nonmembers. The fact that Ontario has a lower minimum wage for students – 85 cents less per hour – is an implicit acknowledgement that a lower wage is for their benefit. The trope that one can’t provide for a family on the minimum wage, whatever it may be, ignores the fact that, in life, we raise our earning capacity over time. Cross has pointed out that “Most people earning a minimum wage belong to households earning higher incomes, so most of the [mandated higher wage] does not go to lowincome people.” In other words, they tend to be people just getting started and living within homes that can already provide for themselves. The majority are in the 15 to 24 age group. As higher education’s signalling value becomes diluted, that includes more people with post-secondary education but few job skills and little to distinguish themselves. Their presence underlines their lack of work experience earlier in life and the need for more unpaid or low-paid internships and apprenticeships. More young people are coming out of university green and having to move back in with their parents. These economic insights are particularly prescient given that Canada’s economic growth in the 2010s was the slowest since the 1930s, while small businesses are awash with debt and capital investment has dried up. Ontario’s 7.4 per cent unemployment rate is two per cent higher than the U.S. rate, and the province is poorer than all U.S. states in the Great Lakes region. Saddling more burdens on businesses, small and large alike, hurts them and those they employ, and it leaves less available for precious reinvestment. Ever-higher minimum wages are pricing out more people and reducing economic opportunity, all while doing zero to raise productivity and workers’ power to command higher wages on the open market. Fergus Hodgson is a research associate with the Frontier Centre for Public Policy. © Troy Media BARRHAVEN P.O. Box 567 Manotick, Ontario 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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The hockey trophy that never was What if the Grey Cup had actually be- ing themselves as the 1908 champions. come a hockey trophy, as it was intended Hamilton had defeated the University of to be when it was commissioned to be Toronto 21-17 in the last CIRFU chammade more than 100 years ago? pionship game before the Grey Cup was It was 1909. Albert George Grey, the introduced. Even though the Grey Cup fourth Earl, was the Governor General of was made and first played for in 1909, the Canada. He spent $48 to have a trophy shield honouring the 1908 champs is still made that would be donated to the ama- on the trophy. teur hockey champion of the Dominion of Because of the war, the Grey Cup was Canada. The Stanley Cup had been around cancelled from 1916-19, and the cup was for professional hockforgotten. It was redisey for more than a deccovered in a vault of ade. Unbeknownst to family heirlooms of one Earl Grey, Sir H. Mon- FROM THE OTHER of its trustees. In 1928, tague Allan, President the Grey Cup was lost of the Montreal Amaagain, as the manager teur Athletic Assoof the Hamilton Tigers, Jeffrey Morris ciation, had already Len Back, stuck the trodonated a trophy for phy in his hall closet. It the Canadian amateur was found again just in hockey championship just months earlier. time for the 1929 final. The first Allan Cup, played for in 1909, In 1947, the Grey Cup escaped a meltwas won by the Ottawa Cliffsides. Earl down when the Toronto Argonaut Rowing Grey opted to donate his new trophy to the Club clubhouse went up in flames. Most Dominion’s amateur rugby football cham- of the trophies were either melted or badly pion. His $48 piece of hardware would damaged. The Grey Cup belonged to the COUNCIL become a true symbol of Canada for the Argos, as they had defeated the Winnipeg CORNER next century. Blue Bombers 10-9 in the 1947 game. As Football in Canada was long overdue for the fire gutted the clubhouse, the Grey Mayor Suzanne Dodge a trophy of its own. The game was played Cup fell from its shelf but got caught on in Upper Canada as early as 1861, and it a hook in the wall, which saved it from was a game derived from rugby. In 1874, a melting. The cup was charred, but it saved group from McGill University in Montreal the blaze and was repaired. came up with a new set of rules, and they One of the most unique stories of the played a team from Harvard University Grey Cup happened in Ottawa. Less than in Boston in the first football game THE everNOTa SO month after Russ Jackson led the 1969 played. As different rugby football unions Rough Riders to the Grey Cup, the trophy emerged in Ontario and Quebec, theNEW sport GUY was stolen from its case at Lansdowne would eventually get a governing bodyTim in Ruhnke Park. A ransom note was left, demandthe Canadian Rugby Football Union. The ing a large sum of money for the cup. In Toronto Argonauts defeated Ottawa 9-7 to February, 1970, Greg Fulton of the CFL win the 1883 ORFU championship. Mont- received a call regarding the cup and inreal would then beat the Argonauts 30-0 to formed the Toronto police. They were win the first Canadian championship. instructed to go to a phone booth on the Our version of football and the Grey corner of Parliament and Dundas Streets. Cup mirrors Canadian culture. Canadian In the coin return slot, there was a key to football is like American football, WALKER only aHOUSE locker at the Royal York Hotel. In it was not as simple and a little more refined and the Grey Cup. exciting. The Grey Cup is the one thing Over the years, the trophy has been lost, Susan Vallom we have been able to hold onto as ours, forgotten, and damaged. In 1983, when despite a one-year black hole in CFL his- the Toronto Argonauts won their first cup tory when Baltimore won the 1995 Grey since the 1950s, receiver Jan Carinici was Cup. taking the trophy to a post-game celebraAs the Stanley Cup has its strange, his- tion. After leaving BC Place Stadium, his torical anecdotes, so does the Grey Cup. car broke down, and he ended up hitchhikThe Univeristy of Toronto won the first ing through Vancouver with the Grey Cup. three Grey Cup games, but when the Ham-BLAKE’S In 1987, it was sat on and broken. In 1993, ilton Alerts beat the Toronto Argonauts TAKES in Blake McDermott of the Eskimos head 1912 and the Hamilton Tigers beat Parkbutted the Cup in celebration and cracked Blake McKim dale in 1913, they did not get the Cup. The it. University of Toronto figured they did not The trophy itself is not nearly as much have to give up the trophy until someone a part of Canadian folklore as some of the beat them for the title. That would hap- Grey Cup’s heroes. But as I stood at Canpen in 1913, when the Argonauts would ada Post, thinking of all of the rich and beat the Varsity Blues. Not only were generally unknown history of Canada’s the shields on the cup updated to show historic trophy, it made me proud to be the winners, but the Hamilton Tigers did Canadian. one better. When they won the Grey Cup And I was happy that the Grey Cup did in 1915, they added an extra shield list- not end up being a hockey trophy.



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Council will continue to push for the truth regarding LRT problems The 2022 City budget was tabled last week and to no surprise, taxes will increase by 3% with fares and fees increasing right along beside them. I’ve already heard from many residents who are unsatisfied with the status quo, and truth be told, I’m not all that happy with it either. The budget process is less about doing more for our communities and more about carrying on with blinders on. I’ve said it before, COVID has changed the way we work, live and play, but these changes have not fundamentally changed how the City delivers our services. Although I doubt anything will change in the city-wide budget, there is some long overdue good news for Barrhaven. $630,000 to renew roads, including: $400,000 on Stoneway Drive between Windhurst and Rideaucrest drives, $54,000 to install an automated speed enforcement camera on Chapman Mills Drive between Beatrice

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who voted for the Judicial Inquiry because I believe it’s the only way to get to the bottom of what went wrong with Ottawa’s 2.1 billion dollar light rail project. Unlike the last council meeting, the Mayor’s gang didn’t pull out any last minute moves to defeat the motion, but many of them, with scripted questions in hand, did their best to try to convince us a Judicial Inquiry is just not necessary. I found it sad to watch them work so hard to maintain the shroud of secrecy around such a disastrous transit system. I don’t know what, if anything, a judicial Inquiry would uncover, but just the thought of one being called was enough to send an LRT insider into a panic. In a radio interview former Mayor Bob Chiarelli suggested that the next City Council could call for a judicial inquiry. Two days later Chiarelli received an angry letter from Brian Guest, a former aide who worked on

Stage One procurement. In it he says a Judicial Inquiry would “screw” him. Wonder why he thinks that? Guest goes on to say the Light Rail problems are a failure of the private sector to properly design and construct and maintain the system - pure and

simple. He practically begs his friend (Chiarelli) to stop talking about a Judicial Inquiry. As they say, “Where there is smoke there’s fire.” Too many people are obviously worried about what a Judicial Inquiry would find. And that is exactly why we

should have one. At the time of writing, the Ford Government is reportedly mulling over whether to launch its own Judicial Inquiry into LRT. Those of us on Council pushing for the truth will get it – eventually.


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Parent-led group comes together to make community safer for youths By Charlie Senack After multiple incidents of swarmings in the Barrhaven area, a group of concerned locals have come together to make the community safer. The parent-led team has partnered with the Boys and Girls Club, the South Nepean Satellite Community Health Centre, and the Nepean, Rideau, Osgoode Community Centre, to see what activities can be started for youth in Barrhaven. The group, initially started by concerned community resident Gina Sutton, has garnered over 360 members on Facebook, The movement was started after the Barrhaven Independent Newspaper broke the story of a swarming which took place outside the Greenbank Road Farm Boy in June. It left a 16-year-old with what police described as “serious

injuries.” The young teen suffered a concussion and a broken nose. It’s just one of multiple swarmings which have taken place in the community over the past year and a half, and some feel more activities need to come to the growing suburban community to keep kids out of trouble. The Barrhaven Independent spoke to one mother recently whose son was randomly swarmed in the marketplace area. While some of the indents are targeted, others are not. Anne Premachuk, an Outreach Worker and Program Coordinator at the Nepean, Rideau & Osgoode Community Resource Centre, says after receiving calls for help from the community, they stepped in to do what they could. A Barrhaven Advisory Committee has been set up and is meeting at least

once a month to try and brainstorm ideas for what a safer Barrhaven could look like. Those efforts expanded to the skatepark where they could get on the ground information. “Our goal is to offer free drop ins in partnership with the boys and girls club of Ottawa, however to do this we need to know what exactly that would look like, where youth want this, and what exactly they want,” said Premachuk. “That is why we are hiring two Barrhaven youth outreach workers who are going to assess the needs of Barrhaven through street outreach,” she added. “They are going to go where the youth of Barrhaven are gathering and actually talk to them and canvass them about what the ideal program would be. We are hoping that if we offer these drop ins, we can have the normal

Riley Collins, 16, and Tierson O’Neil, 12 would like to see more lighting and a safer atmosphere at the Treehouse Mike Skate Park. Charlie Senack photo

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coming of Christ from two different perspectives. The season offers the opportunity to share in the ancient longing for the coming of the Messiah, and to be alert for his Second Coming. The Advent wreath probably originated during the Renaissance in the Middle European countries of Austria and Hungary. The making of the wreath was a family custom using evergreen boughs, grains,

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mittee, has been advocating for lights at the park for some time. The issue they are running into is with supply of electricity to the park. “I met with a local landscaper who was able to secure free lighting for the park and also for the BMX park, but we were unable to get the City of Ottawa to agree to put power at the park to hook into,” he said.

to come by. NROCRC says they hope to get their feet off the ground come January, in hopes of making the community a more exciting place for teens. “We are hopefully going to have some drop ins in January if we can secure some space which has always been an issue,” she said. “If we can find some gym space or a building

to have something once or twice a week — while we are also outreaching and talking to the youth, we will see where to go from there. When it’s the warmer months, if we can meet youth where they are gathering, maybe even at the skatepark, that would be ideal.” “We think that by having the youth have a say

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community continues from page 8 The barbecue was attended by about 100 parents and teens, and 42 surveys were filled out. Twenty-five high schoolers also received volunteer hours from the event. Among the ideas youth want to see is lighting in areas where they gather, such as at the skatepark, which can’t be seen at night. Out of all the surveys they received, Premachuk says this issue came up more than 50 per cent of the time. 16-year-old Riley Collins who is an avid skateboarder, spends much of his free time at the Treehouse Skate Park in Barrhaven. He says having lights there would make them feel safer, and would also give their parents a sense of ease. “We have always wanted street lights because

it’s hard to share in the dark, especially now that it’s getting darker earlier,” he said. “It would benefit everyone because the skateboarders will be here longer. When it gets dark it’s hard to see; you hurt yourself. We want to skate as long as we can.” His friend, 12-year-old Tierson O’Neil agrees. While he says incidents at the skate park are rare, there can be a few bad apples. He’d also like to see more done to stop drugs and vaping. Both teens witnessed the fight that happened outside Farm Boy, and the commotion which followed. They think if lights were installed, the number of incidents would go down. Community organizer Darrell Bartraw, who is part of the advisory com-

on what they are doing — creating programming that is for youth by youth - then they are more likely to come,” she concluded. “And if we know where youth are, it kind of goes hand in hand with alleviating and lessening the rate of crime in the area, when there is actually an opportunity for them to go somewhere.”

Future plans

The end goal is to have a permanent building in Barrhaven where youth programming could run out of, but the short term goal is to pilot drop ins throughout the community. The youth of Barrhaven say they would also like more indoor space to participate in free sports such as basketball, but it’s hard

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Petition started to send unbeaten girls basketball champs to OFSAA By Charlie Senack The St. Mother Teresa Titans girls basketball team was reeling with excitement after winning the city championships with a win over Glebe Collegiate Institute a few weeks ago. But that emotion changed to disappointment after learning they were being denied the opportunity to compete at provincials. The Ontario Federations of School Athletics Associations (OFSAA), is being held in St. Catharines this year, from November 25-26. There are 18 regional sports associations that make up OFSAA , only eight of which are competing at the provincial championships this year. The basketball win came after a successful season for the Titans, where the girls won 7-0. When tryouts started on the first day of the school year, they decided to make attending OFSAA their goal for the year. Grade 12 St. Mother Teresa High School students Piper, Sheridan, and Tegan, who are

all part of the girls basketball team, have started a petition hoping to at least get a review done of the decision. In less than 24 hours, it garnered over 3,000 signatures of support.

Liability and COVID concerns

The reason given for bowing out of the provincial championships comes down to COVID concerns. The National Capital Secondary School Athletic Association (NCSAA), decided before the season began that any winning teams in the Ottawa region would not compete. In an email obtained by the Barrhaven Independent, Rick Varden, who is the Department Head of Health and Physical Education at Sir Wilfrid Laurier High School, and the NCSSAA Acting President, gave reasoning for the decision. “The decision for the NCSSAA to not enter any individual or team sport fall OFSAA Championship was made in consultation with Senior Staff from the four

Boards of Education that make up our Association,” wrote Varden. “Their consensus was that the NCSSAA would not be entering any individual or team fall OFSAA Championships. The decision was not made lightly, and was made with student and staff safety at the forefront.” He says that decision was communicated to school principals and athletic directors before the registration deadline, and before the season got underway. “The goal for NCSSAA this fall was to get student athletes playing (as safely as possible) after an 18 month forced Covid layoff,” Varden added. “Our student athletes need and deserve to experience the physical, social, psychological, emotional, and spiritual benefits sport provides; especially after such a difficult past 18 months. Thanks to the efforts of staff and students to remain diligent with our safety protocols we accomplished that this fall.” But restrictions since then across the province of Ontario

The St. Mother Teresa Titans defeated Glebe to win the city championship earlier this month.

have changed and the basketball team feels the decision should at least be reviewed. They are all fully vaccinated and are willing to comply with any safety guidelines. Both Barrhaven city councillor Jan Harder and Barrhaven Catholic School Board Trustee Spencer Warren advocated for the girls to compete at the provincial level, but had no luck.

In a statement to the Barrhaven Independent, Warren said it’s too late for the decision to be reversed, and notes it impacts all sports in all four school boards across the city. He also says most Ontario school boards dropped out of OFSAA this year, other than a few, mostly in the Toronto area. “We opted out of the fall and told OFSAA we would

review winter sports,” he said. “We don’t require students to be vaccinated to play sports and some Boards do. St Mother Teresa (also) won boys soccer and St. Marks won football; all coaches knew in the fall that we were not applying OFSAA rules this year and not participating.”


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LDHSS student-athlete Cassidy Bradly shines in sports and in the classroom Name: Cassidy Bradley


Age: 17 Address: Barrhaven School: Longfields-Davidson Heights Secondary Grade: 12 Parents: Sharon & Sean Bradley Sister: Skylar (15), grade 10, LDHSS Pet: Oscar, 4 year old bulldog Pet Peeve: “Slow walkers, or people that can’t admit they are wrong.” Part-time Work: “Lifeguard and Swim Instructor with the City of Ottawa and Movati.” Favourite Subjects: “This year I’m taking English, French, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Calculus. Biology is my favourite.” What do you enjoy reading for pleasure? “Ever since I was young, I’ve loved reading fantasy, but I also like mystery as well.” Who is your favourite author? “I definitely love the Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling, but some of my other favourite authors include Sarah J.Maas and Jennifer L. Armentrout.” What is your greatest accomplishment? “Being a four-time com-

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petitor at OFSAA for Swimming, Track & Field and Cross Country running. I’m also proud about being a Silver-Medalist all throughout High School, and will be earning a Certificate of Bilingual Studies (French Immersion).” School Activities: “Last year I attended OCV (Ottawa-Carleton Virtual School) but I’m back at LDH this year. Being online for a year was surprisingly good! I had a chance to meet quite a few new people from different schools across Ottawa, and even be in the same class with one of my best friends Ashley Lafontaine from Nepean High School! “Even though I was with OCV, I still felt like I was at Longfields, since I had so many teachers that taught there. This includes my chemistry teacher Ms. Olson who would still try and do as much as she could with her kitchen chemistry. I loved how certain teachers really tried to make it as engaging as possible in that new environment, when almost everyone’s cameras and mics are off. “I always like helping others when they are struggling, and seeing it was hard

for some to learn virtually, I want to be a part of a peer mentorship and tutoring organization called Auxilium. I was assigned two elementary students and helped them mainly with English, French and Math. I was also a virtual tutor with another student at OCV as well. “Throughout high school I have been a part of numerous teams. This includes practically every sport besides basketball (sorry Ms. Johnson). I was awarded Junior Athlete of the Year in 2020, so I’m excited that more and more teams are starting up again, like cross country. I’m thankful for the constant encouragement from both Ms. Adams and Mr. Mochizuki, and for making this season possible for us. I qualified for OFSAA last fall and placed in the top 25% when competing in Sudbury. This year I’m excited to get ready to compete at Ontario and National Championships, hosted here mid and late November with my Cross Country Team. “I have always wanted to do a triathlon, and plan to do one this year. I’m thinking about starting a club for other students to train for one as well. I’m still working out the logistics, but it will be more independent of school because of covid. I know many students, especially those on the crosscountry team are interested in joining. “I was part of the Athletic Council my first two

years of high school, helping organize many different events, including a Turkey Shoot, Intramurals, Kids Holiday Party, and the Yearend Athletic Banquet. I was also a member of Ravens Voice, where the goal was to try and make Longfields an inclusive environment for everyone by hearing different perspectives.” Other Activities/Interests: “Outside of school, I’m part of the Ottawa Lions Track & Field Club as a mid-distance and cross country runner, where we train for cross country in the fall, and track in the winter and spring. “I love being out in nature. Our family goes camping every year at Sandbanks Provincial Park, as it is our favourite spot. I enjoy going for hikes and discovering some new trails we haven’t been on before. “Two summers ago my dad and I did a 150 km bike ride to camp at Murphy’s Point, and then to our cottage in Westport. Being up at the cottage with my family is the best, especially when we go canoeing, kayaking, tubing, water-skiing, and of course swimming together. As you can see the water has been a huge part of my life. I went from competing competitively with Nepean Artistic Swimming (Synchro), to volunteering with them as an assistant coach, and for swim meets to working as a lifeguard and swim instructor.”


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Career Goals: “I will be applying for universities very soon, and I’m thinking of studying Biology at uOttawa. I took kinesiology last year and realized I was very interested in the anatomy and physiology aspects of it. “I have biology this semester and I am already seeing how they relate which I find really fascinating. From there, I’m not quite sure what I want to do, maybe medical studies. Another option for me is teaching. I’ve been surrounded by so many

great role models in that profession that have made lasting impacts, including those in my family and those at school, especially Ms. Atkinson. I hope that one day maybe I’ll be in the same place they are, helping students discover their passions and become better people. Whatever I chose to do I’m thankful that my parents have always supported me and pushed me when I needed to be pushed. They taught me the importance of working hard, trying my best, and being kind to others.”

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BARRHAVEN INDEPENDENT unbeaten continues from page 11 Disappointment

The group of girls say they are puzzled as to why a review can’t be done when so much has changed on the COVID front. On television they see tens of thousands packing Raptors games in Toronto and Ottawa Senators games in Ottawa, but can’t compete at OFSAA without a crowd. “We understand that the board is liable for us and they want to keep us safe, but we as a team came together and we are confused by the messaging,” said Tegan. ”Look at concerts or even other sports games and clubs; you can have 15,000 people gathering in a stadium but we can’t go and play a couple of games.” Her friend Piper notes the decision makes no sense when organized sports teams outside of school have already been safely competing in tournaments in Quebec and other parts of Ontario.


“There is obviously always the COVID excuse and we are not saying that it’s not a valid excuse, it totally is; we watched the world get affected by this pandemic; we watched schools and sports get shut down because of the pandemic,” she said. “But when you look at a larger perspective at other sports that are going on and are travelling to Toronto and Montreal to play games without masks and with fans, it’s bizarre that they won’t take that into consideration when it comes to the schools.” Sheridan says the league she and Tegan are a part of outside of school have already competed in away games, all while the COVID-19 pandemic continues. “We travel a lot and our league is based out of Toronto so we went to Montreal a few weeks ago and it was like COVID was nothing there,” she said. We were able to play



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will be on hand at OFSAA, looking to scout new players. But that opportunity will be taken away from them, without any reconsideration. During the course of the season, they have religiously followed all COVID protocols including washing the

basketballs regularly; spacing the chairs six feet apart: and wearing masks which are changed multiple times during a game. They all say they are happy to get COVID tests in order to attend OFSAA, and are willing to follow any other health and safety guidelines to make their end of high school dream come true. “It’s not even that we are

asking for a change, we are just asking them to consider it,” said Piper. “They are not looking back at their decision and re-evaluating their initial choice, which is actually the biggest issue for me personally. I don’t expect people to change their morals and ideas for safety for students, but I do expect some re-evaluation, especially with the traction the petition has picked up.”

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rhaven Saturday night. They also charged a motorist who was travelling 111 km/h in a 50 km/h zone with stunt driving. “Our Traffic Unit conducted more enforcement in #Barrhaven Saturday night issuing 28 speeding tickets and one stunt driving charge (111 km/hr in a 50 km/h zone). Other tickets for unnecessary

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kilometres per hour or more are subject to stunt driving charges. This applies anywhere in the province, including sections of freeways with limits of 110 kilometres per hour. Street racing includes: - two or more motor vehicles driving in a way that indicates the drivers are competing - chasing another motor vehicle - changing lanes repeatedly at a high rate of speed and weaving through traffic

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