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Harder wins easily, calls Ward 3 election campaign ‘ugly and nasty’ By Jeff Morris “I’m Barrhaven Jan, that’s who I am,” said Jan Harder to a group of friends and supporters. The last of the results from Monday night’s election were trickling in, and Harder was cruising to perhaps the most one-sided victory of her long political career. Harder received 74.3 per cent of the votes for Barrhaven Ward 3. Harder finished with 11,489 votes, more than four times more than the 2,427 votes received by runner-up Hadi Wess. Franklin Epape was third with 908 votes, Atiq Qureshi had 535 votes, and Ahmad Malgarai had 110 votes. Harder thanked her team of volunteers – many of them family members – for their

hard work on a campaign that she said “was the ugliest and nastiest I have ever seen.” In her signature Harder fashion, she did not sugar coat her words. “It was absolute crap,” she said. “It made me sick. It’s not the way an election campaign should be.” She added that her volunteers were relentless. “They worked seven days a week, 24 hours a day,” she said. Over the past two decades, Harder has been a key figure in shaping the growth of the community from a small, bedroom suburb into an increasingly self-sustaining city of 90,000 people. Her experience has landed her a portfolio at City Hall that includes chairing Ottawa’s Planning Committee. She has

developed a strong relationship with the key developers in Ottawa, many of whom have also played huge roles in growing and shaping Barrhaven into the community it now is. “I am thankful for the people who are my friends, and the people who are building the city,” she said. While serving as councillor for Ward 3, Harder has also been a relentless champion for Queensway Carleton Hospital, raising more than $1 million. She promised to continue fighting for the hospital. Harder said that she is excited about working for a full term with Nepean MPP Lisa MacLeod, who is, for the first time, part of the province’s ruling government. MacLeod, who began her

political career by working as an assistant to Harder, was in Toronto and not able to be at Harder’s victory party. MacLeod’s husband, Bells Corners BIA Executive Joe Varner, and their daughter, Victoria, were present. “Lisa and I work very well together,” she said. “I’m so proud of some of the things we have accomplished together for this community.” One of those community accomplishments was their work during the power outage that blanketed Barrhaven in the aftermath of the tornadoes that touched down in the area in September. Harder, MacLeod, and community volunteer Darrell Bartraw quickly mobilized and served thousands of meals to people without power at Larkin Park. Harder had a broken toe at

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which covers Barrhaven east of Woodroffe Ave., as well as Riverside South. Meehan defeated incumbent Michael Qaqish “I will have a partner in this community who will work with me,” Harder said of Meehan’s victory. “I am so pleased. Together, we will be a powerhouse.”

Barrhaven business community pleased with municipal election results

The business community in Barrhaven is pleased with the results of the recent municipal election. Barrhaven BIA President Jason MacDonald said that Barrhaven Councillor Jan Harder and newly-elected GloucesterSouth Nepean Councillor Carol Anne Meehan will be a positive for Barrhaven businesses. “We are beyond happy with the results in both wards,” MacDonald said at Harder’s campaign party after Monday’s election. While infrastructure and transit were the key issues in both wards in Barrhaven, commercial business and retail growth have also been a major issue in the community. “We are excited for what this result will mean for the future of the busi-

ness community in Barrhaven,” MacDonald said. The Barrhaven BIA has been putting a lot of emphasis on attracting corporate businesses to the community to bring more career-level jobs to Barrhaven, particularly in the Strandherd/Fallowfield/416 area. Citigate Business Campus has already attracted Tomlinson’s head office as a tenant, and the BIA is hoping to attract more corporate entities to the campus. “We’re excited about moving forward in the business community,” MacDonald added. “This will strengthen the support at City Hall for the transit issues in the community, and we are looking forward to working with the city to support the business growth we are experiencing in Barrhaven.”

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have envisioned that I’d be here, surrounded by so many friends, supporters and people who just believed in me,” Meehan said while holding back tears. “I’m just so overwhelmed and I’m humbled that the people of this ward have chosen me, they have trusted me with their future.” The mother of Elena, 14, and Evan, 19, thanked her two kids for supporting her during this journey. While sitting at the council table may be different than sitting at the anchor desk, Meehan said she is ready for the job. Meehan was the face of the six o’clock news on CTV Ottawa before being abruptly let go from the station in November 2017, after 27 years at the anchor desk. She then joined the 1310 News team for about a year and a half, hosting her own show, before deciding to retire from the journalism world.


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Donna Blackburn has retained her seat as the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board Zone 3 Trustee. Blackburn won her third straight term as trustee with 6,300 votes, almost 1,800 votes ahead of runner-up Amy Wellings. Amanda Purdy finished third with 2,954, Patricia Kmiec had 1,091 and Alex Sivasambu had 921. “I want to say thank you to the people of Barrhaven for electing me for another term, and I want to thank and congratulate the other candidates for their wellrun campaigns,” Blackburn said after the results came in Monday night. Throughout her tenure as school board trustee, Blackburn has been a relentless fighter for Barrhaven and her zone. She is much more visible at the schools than the other trustees on her board, visiting the schools often, and usually wearing

a hoodie of the school she visits. “Some of the other candidates were mocking me for my hoodies, but I have one from every school,” she said of her signature look. “It’s my way of showing support for the schools. I visit the schools often, much more than the other trustees do. I also take part in fundraisers for the schools. I am the only trustee that does that.” Blackburn’s professional and volunteer experience includes working on Parliament Hill as an executive assistant to several Cabinet Ministers and the Deputy Prime Minster. A longstanding interest in community and social affairs led Blackburn to change career paths a few years later. She enrolled at Carleton University and earned a Bachelor of Social Work degree (highest honours) in 2001 and a master’s degree in the same field in 2002, then

went on to work with families affected by domestic violence. She sat on and chaired numerous committees before becoming a trustee, and was a committed volunteer while her daughter was in school in Barrhaven. “I started out as the popcorn lady at events at my daughter’s school,” she said. “This was a special election for us as a family because this was the first municipal election in which my daughter could vote.” Wellings congratulated Blackburn through a post on Twitter. “And congratulations to Donna Blackburn on a race well run,” she tweeted. “I believe you have the interest of the students at heart and I wish you the best over the next four years.” Blackburn built a reputation as a maverick on the school board when she refused to follow a board wide gag order imposed

by the former board Chair. Blackburn had been outspoken over what she believed was irresponsible spending and a lack of fiscal accountability with some of the board’s decisions. In the end, Blackburn prevailed and the gag order was lifted. Blackburn was also under fire for standing up to a group lobbying for more funding for the board’s gifted program.

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We are not the story The dirtiest municipal election campaign Barrhaven has ever seen is finally over. But the bad taste in the mouths of everyone who paid attention to this campaign will linger like silverfish in a mold-infested roomful of six-month-old doughnuts. The lies, smearing and dirty tactics prevailed in many wards in both the councillor and school board trustee races. In Barrhaven, the biggest shame is that no community association or organization stepped up to host an all-candidates meeting. If there was ever a need for one, it was in this campaign. Almost two weeks before the election, Ward 3 candidate Hadi Wess posted a statement on social media trying to discredit the Barrhaven Independent. Last month, we had published a story from a Barrhaven senior, who had filed a police complaint about alleged intimidation tactics used by Wess while campaigning on her doorstep. We offered Wess the opportunity to respond to the allegations, which included him sticking his foot inside the door of the 67-year-old woman when she tried to close it. Wess gave us a statement – he had not yet heard about the police complaint – and he did not deny the allegations. We published his statement in full. Yet, Wess issued a statement three weeks later claiming that the story was fake news, and that we fabricated everything, including the police complaint. We responded by issuing a statement on our Facebook page, and included the police file number. And then the fireworks began. We got bombarded for requests for interviews from the media. We refused to be interviewed, as we are the media. We are not the story. The media who requested an interview were given the police file number and the cell phone of the woman who filed the complaint. She would only grant interviews anonymously, as she was terrified of Wess or members of his campaign coming after her. “I will not give my name because I don’t want him to come back,” she said. “I don’t want to live the rest of my life looking over my shoulder.” Yet, somehow, a reporter from the CBC went after our credibility and the credibility of the woman who was allegedly intimidated and filed the complaint. Again, we are not the story. The story here is that an elderly woman filed a police complaint after she was allegedly intimidated and harassed by an election candidate while alone in her home. She contacted us to let us know, saying she wanted to warn people about what allegedly happened to her. The CBC reporter suggested that the woman’s complaint may have been politically motivated. Congratulations to Pravda Canada for discrediting a frightened senior who was allegedly harassed and intimidated on her own doorstep. It’s no wonder that people – especially women – are too afraid or intimidated to step forward and file a police complaint when they feel violated or wronged.


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Blake Leeper’s glass is always half full “Do you want me to put my blades on to see how fast I can go?” You might have heard that question before, especially if you have a child who plays hockey. Blake Leeper, however, doesn’t play hockey. He has never been on skates. In fact, he was born with no legs. But when he puts on his blades, he is one of the fastest men on the planet. The Diva and I got the chance to listen to Leeper speak at the Aramark Ring of Stars event in Boca Raton last week. Simply put, Blake Leeper is the most inspirational person we have ever met. “I know that wanting to be the fastest men ever born with no legs is a crazy dream,” he said. “But in order to accomplish something big, you have to start with a dream.” Leeper grew up in an athletic and sportsloving family. He sometimes wondered why his siblings were born perfectly healthy and he was born without legs. He often tells the story of when he was born. The doctors immediately took him out of the room, and returned with him in a blanket to deliver the news to his parents that their child had been born with a disability. They were told he would likely spend his life in a wheelchair, and that he would never participate in any sports. Some families might be defeated by that news. Blake Leeper’s family rallied around it. They would give him all the love and support he would and surround him with positive messages and encouragement. That attitude has made him a Paralympic gold medallist and world record holder. “I loved baseball and basketball and I played them as a kid,” he said. “When I played t-ball, my goal was to hit a home run. It would help my team, and since my dad was the coach, it would make him proud. Plus, it would help me be accepted.” One day that season, Leeper took the mightiest swing of his young life and connected with the ball like he never had before. “I just watched it, and then everyone yelled at me to run.” Leeper sprinted on his prosthetic legs toward first base. They cheered him to keep going. He reached second to even more cheers. His team, and his father, were cheering him to third base. And that’s where his dream moment was cruelly cut short. “I rounded second, thinking I had hit a home run, and my leg fell off,” he said. “I went face first into the dirt.” A few moments later, the ball found its way back to the infield and Leeper was tagged out

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The IndependentNEWS Police investigating series of daytime residential break-ins in Barrhaven The Ottawa Police West Division Break and Enter Section is currently investigating a series of daytime residential break and enters in Barrhaven, Kanata and Stittsville that have occurred over several days earlier this week. The break-ins are similar to the crimes being committed in the Kanata and Stittsville areas. Police are reminding residents to secure their valuables. A suspicious vehicle was captured on video surveillance.

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The IndependentNEWS Victim in mishap described as charming with a kind and gentle soul

He was described by his family as charming and kind with a gentle soul who had a passion and love for his family and friends and all things outdoors. Family and friends said good bye to Joshua Eardley at St. Clare’s Church in Dwyer Hill Saturday, Oct. 13. The 17-year-old died

from injuries during an accident at a construction site in Barrhaven on the night of Thanksgiving Monday. John Wells, 19, was arrested on the scene following the incident. He was charged with criminal negligence causing death, impaired driving causing death, dangerous driving causing

death, driving with a bloodalcohol level over 80 mg per 100 millilitres causing death, and taking a vehicle without consent. The accident, referred to by Ottawa Police as a “misadventure”, took place on Freshwater Way in the Barrhaven community of Half Moon Bay.

A police officer removes two bags of evidence as a black pick-up truck is towed away from the scene where 17-year-old Joshua Eardley died on a Mattamy new-homes construction site off Freshwater Way in Barrhaven, Tuesday, October 9. A 19-year-old friend of the victim has been charged with numerous criminal offences related to the death. Mike Carroccetto photo

Paramedics arrived at the scene at about 8:45 p.m. Eardley was pronounced dead at the scene. Wells was arrested at the scene and appeared in court the next day. Police allege he was driving a stolen JLG telescopic forklift on a construction jobsite. Mattamy Homes is building several new homes in the area.

Addison Esprit, who lives near the scene of the tragedy, told CBC News in an interview that a shirtless man covered in blood pounded on his door, urgently asking someone to call 911. Esprit told CBC the man had said he had accidentally driven over his friend after they had gone for a drunken joyride on stolen heavy machinery.

The Ottawa Citizen reported that Wells, who appeared in court via video Oct. 10, posted $20,000 in sureties with three other people. It was also reported that he is to live with his father and is not to leave the house between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. Wells appears in court again Thurs., Oct. 25.

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One Barrhaven resident is on edge after the remains of her neighbourhood cat was found in the Longfields area. Mariette Thomas, a resident in the Longfields area, says she let her cat out on August 8 around 9 pm, an activity she does like clockwork every night, and when she opened the door the next morning, Buddy was nowhere to be seen. “I knew there was a problem because Buddy was ten years old, he was a seasoned cat,” she said. “For him to not come home, I knew there was something that was keeping him from coming back.”

Thomas put ads on Facebook groups, went to local animal shelters, and searched around the community, but still there were no signs of her feline friend. The support from the community was tremendous, but on August 12 — four days after he went missing — remnants of his tail and paws were found along the fence of the Longfields bus station. What happened to Buddy within that four-day period remains a mystery. When the remains were found they were still fresh. Thomas believes he may have been injured while out walking, and then got attacked — most likely by a coyote.

Keeping you connected with everything and everyone, your ability to hear is priceless. Unfortunately, one in ten of us suffer from hearing loss. If ignored, even the slightest hearing loss has significant consequences. You become disconnected from your world as loved ones become mumblers and asking to repeat becomes a nuisance. Your safety and independence is compromised. You risk misdiagnoses, diminishing cognitive abilities and depression. Indeed, untreated or improperly treated hearing loss has a pronounced negative impact on your quality of life. Although the negative impact of untreated hearing loss is universal, the details of your hearing ability and hearing needs are unique to you. Consequently, overcoming even the slightest hearing loss is best achieved if the solution selected is just as distinctive as you are. To achieve this, all products available need to be considered and discussed. Fortunately, at Hearing Freedom your freedom of choice is held paramount. Locally owned, grown and operated, Hearing Freedom adopts a unique and refreshing approach to patient care which drastically differs with that of retail settings, larger clinics and manufacturer owned chains. In 2001, as a newly graduated Audiologist, Rosanne McNamee, Doctor of Audiology, had many interviews for

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Her other cat, Bunny, who went out with Buddy at the same time did come home, but Thomas says she was clearly traumatized by whatever happened. “She hid for two days in our home and didn’t want to go out,” she said. It looked like she saw a devil. I’m wondering if she escaped whatever it was, and Buddy didn’t.” It is not uncommon to see coyotes in the community. Councillor Jan Harder says residents used to see them running loose in the Cedar Hill community, and in the woods behind John McCrea Secondary School. She also said there was an encounter a few years ago

positions at local dispensaries. At each establishment she was disappointed to find the same thing; the interviews had nothing to do with her knowledge and skills, they instead focused on the number of hearing aid units she was expected to sell and the company’s affiliation to a given Manufacturer. “That was not my idea of proper hearing health care,” says McNamee. “I wanted to focus on my patients’ needs, not sales. I wanted to be able to consider everything available, not just the product lines providing the employer the biggest profit margins. I wanted to be driven by satisfied customers and by their improved quality of life.” And so she decided to set up her own business, doing it her way and putting patients first, offering true Hearing Freedom. Now, nearly 15 years later, she continues to help patients stay young, active and socially connected. Hearing Freedom offers a rarely found grass-roots program of care. Unlike larger companies and chains, there is no predetermined product or plan. Each and every patient’s intervention plan is as unique as they are. The experience begins with a thorough assessment which is followed by a detailed needs assessment and continued follow-up. Throughout, the patient’s opinions and concerns are held paramount. “We don’t give up until our patients’ hearing

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where a group of coyotes were standing in a neighbourhood driveway when a group of kids got off the school bus. “Once you cross Hunt Club, you’re crossing this vast Greenbelt,” Harder said. “That’s one of the things that is beautiful about Barrhaven is the fact that we are a large suburban Ontario city in fact, that is surrounded by countryside.” Many residents have recently posted on Barrhaven Facebook groups that coyote sightings are not uncommon in their area. Sherry Newell Khan said she has seen them wandering in Utman Park on the other side of the transit way. Others were quick to re-

spond saying they have seen coyotes in all parts of Barrhaven including near the fire station on Greenbank, by the Costco on Strandherd, and in neighbourhood parks throughout the community. No coyote attacks have ever been reported in Barrhaven, and Thomas is hoping it will stay that way. She is urging her neighbours to be alert when they are out walking at night, and encourages anyone who encounters a coyote to report it. Coun. Harder encourages everyone to do the same, and said residents should notify her office if coyotes are spotted so they can keep track and inform the public.

Mariette Thomas poses outside her Barrhaven home with a photo of her 10-year-old cat Buddy on Friday, Oct. 5. She believes a coyote killed her cat. Mike Carroccetto photo

needs are met.” explains McNamee, “We offer a 90-day trial period on all hearing aids. This extensive trial gives patients the confidence that they have chosen the right solution for them, their lifestyle and hearing needs.” Furthermore, there are no Hearing Instrument Practitioners or Hearing Instrument Specialists on staff. Patients are rather seen by the owner, a bilingual Audiologist who holds a Doctoral degree in Audiology. She is qualified to service both children and adults, whether they are private pay or third party supported (WCB, VAC, etc). “Hearing is complex and so are today’s hearing aids,” McNamee explains. “Dealing with the most qualified health care professional, in the most independent setting, is crucial.” At Hearing Freedom you will never worry whether or not you have chosen the best place to trust with your hearing needs. So, if you believe in your right to the best, fullest and most customized service available, make sure you consult Rosanne McNamee in Manotick. You won’t regret the short drive! Parking is free. Home visits optional. ‘ Wheelchair friendly. For more information visit www.hearingfreedom.com.


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Barrhaven’s Brynley Gervais, age 9 1/2 months, along with her parents David and Lauren, visited the Log Farm on Cedarview Rd. on Saturday (Oct. 20). David is a former Nepean Raiders junior ‘A’ player. He played with the team from 2006-2009 before heading to the NCAA. Mike Carroccetto photo

Barrhaven Mr. Lube acquires high-tech tire changing machine NC – When Barrhaven Mr. Lube operations coordinator Luc Trudel starts talking about the new state-of-theart Revolution tire changing machine at their Strandherd Drive and Jockvale Road location his eyes start to light up like a kid describing a new toy. It’s a total game changer,” says Trudel. “We can change four tires in less than 19 minutes.” The machine can remove a tire from a rim and replace it with a new tire in a little over two minutes. Best of all, heavy tools are no longer needed to carry out the operation, eliminating the potential for scratches on expensive aluminum alloy wheels, especially when changing low profile tires. “This is the future in changing tires. It pretty much does everything for you. It requires minimum human interaction which reduces the potential for any human error,” says Trudel. With the addition of the new machine, Mr. Lube customers can get their winter or summer tires switched over

and their oil changed in less than 30 minutes. The Strandherd Drive and Jockvale Road location is a busy location, but it will be well equipped to handle the rush starting in November. “When we get that first snowfall we’ll have four or five cars lined up at each bay,” says Trudel. “The Revolution will be an important asset in insuring same day service.” That’s a far cry from most other shops where it’s not unusual to have to book an appointment and wait for two to three weeks. “This is a good neighbourhood to have it in. In suburban Orléans there are a lot of new cars that have chrome rims and low profile tires and those are usually the harder ones to work on and certainly the ones you don’t want to scratch or damage because they’re expensive,” says Trudel. “It’s all about making sure it’s convenient, it’s done right with no issues and that way we keep our customers coming back year after year.” Besides changing your oil and tires, Mr. Lube can also fix a chip in your windshield

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Meehan continues from page 4 The former journalist said her number one priority is with the traffic congestion in the ward. Meehan says she has experienced it herself, and heard the concerns at almost every door she knocked on. She would like to see roads widened, and would like to see a more reliable and user friendly bus service. “Quite frankly, people out here can’t get up any earlier to get to work on time,” Meehan said. “They can’t bus anywhere because the busses sit in the traffic along with all the motorists. We are discouraging people from getting on a bus (and) we have to change that now. It’s

going to be a slow process, but there is a lot of measures that I’m going to implement to decrease the lines of cars on the road.” This election saw seven new councillors elected to city hall — with three incumbents loosing. Meehan says councillors are not only elected to represent their ward, but also the city. While each councillor will have different interests for their specific ward, she is hopeful debates and open discussion will happen at the council table. “We all have priorities for our ward, but quite frankly it’s making the city a better place,”

the candidate elect said. “It’s going to be some give and take, but you have to be a team player and I’m ready to be a team player. With all the new faces around council, I think it’s going to be exciting (and) it’s going to be challenging of course, but I think I’m up for that.” Meehan will be one of seven females at the council table, and believes many of them will be like minded people. The election this year saw 42 per cent of eligible voters cast their ballot. That number is up from only 40 per cent in 2014, but down from the 44 per cent that voted in 2010.

Dejected Michael Qaqish supporters look at Ward 22 (Gloucester-South Nepean) election results on TV at Broadway Bar and Grill in Barrhaven on Monday, October 22. Mike Carroccetto photos

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O’Doherty has natural hat trick in Raiders’ 8-1 win over Steel Major Novice A

The Nepean Major Novice A Raiders took on the Cumberland Grads and lost 5-2 in Eastern Ontario Minor Hockey League action Oct. 17. Logan Prudhomme and Cooper Leppard scored with Callum Underhill assisted both goals.

Minor Atom A

Brayden Bennett scored four goals and added an assist in the Raiders’ 5-1 win

over the St. Lawrence Steel at the Minto Rec Centre Oct. 18. Owen Cowper added a goal and an assist in the win. Logan Stonerbak had two assists with one each going to David Buchman, Reid Harper, Even Gardner and Cole Stants. Jack Ostapyk was the winning goalie.

Major Atom AA

The Nepean Raiders travelled to Kanata Oct. 14 and played to a 2-2 tie with the Blazers. Thomas Vanden-

berg scored both Nepean goals with Max Mews and Antione Ziade drawing assists. On Oct. 19 in Canton, NY, Max Mews scored twice and Callum Clare had the shutout as the Raiders beat the St. Lawrence Steel 4-0. James Lake and Mario Gianetti also scored, and Tommy Mullen had two assists. Tristen Zhang also had an assist.

Major Atom A

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were blanked 3-0 by the Ottawa Sting at the Bell Centennial Arena.

Minor Pee Wee AA

Jaeden Nelson had the shutout as the Raiders blanked the Rideau St. Lawrence Kings 9-0 in Cardinal Oct. 13. Harri Nansi had two goals, Ricky Wilson had a goal and two assists, and Gabriel Bergeron, James Hughson and Lior Buchler each had a goal and an assist. Callum Hartnell, Jacob Warnes and Max Shewfelt also scored. Zachary Venance had three assists in the win. The next day, the Raiders earned a 3-2 win over Gloucester. Chase Hull, Max Shewfelt and Ricky Wilson scored with assists going to Zachary Venance and Calum Hartnell. Darcy Murphy was the winning goalie. On Oct. 19, the Raiders beat the Upper Ottawa Valley Aces 7-2 at Minto Rec Centre. Zachary Venance had a hat trick and an assist, Lior Buchler had two goals and Chase Hull and Harry Nansi also scored. Gabriel Bergeron had three assists with one each going to Hull, Max Shewfelt, Jacob Warnes, Tristan Boudreau, Ayden Childerhorse, Braden Ho and Trevor Tangalin. Jaeden Nelson earned the win in goal.

Minor Pee Wee A

R 67s Ottawa 67’s Graeme Clarke (92) of Barrhaven sports an Ottawa RedBlacks themed jersey during an OHL game against Erie Otters on October 14. Clarke is ranked prospect for the 2019 NHL Draft. The 67’s won style points, and the game. Mike Carroccetto photo

The Raiders took on the Eastern Ontario Cobras in Barrhaven Oct. 16. Ethan Taylor had a goal and an assist with other goals going to Cameron Stanley and Chase Clement. Ellard Slipacoff had two assists while Adam Reinisch and Daxton Markwick.

Major Pee Wee AA

Rec Centre, the Raiders lost a 3-2 game to the Upper Ottawa Valley Aces. Nathan Hovila scored from Vincent Belok, and Lucas DeBruyn scored an unassisted goal for the Raiders.

Minor Bantam AA

The Nepean Raiders scored five times in the third period to earn an 8-7 win over the Ottawa Sting at the Minto Rec. Centre Oct. 18. Scott Wirvin had a goal and four assists for a five point night, while Jaidon Genereux had a hat trick and Jonas Pasian had three assists. Kody Hull, who had the game winner, had a pair of goals with Wade Boudrias and Tyson Parker each scoring a goal and adding an assist. Matthew Clement and Thomas Gallivan also had assists. Zachary Renaud had the win in goal.

Major Bantam AA

Matthew O’Doherty scored three goals in a 3:59 span early in the first period as the Raiders defeated the St. Lawrence Steel 8-1 in Canton, NY Sat., Oct. 13. Mason MacNeil had two goals and an assist, Luke

Richardson had a goal and an assist, and Thomas Jones and Braeydon Fenn added goals. Francesco Sicoli had two assists with one each going to O’Doherty, Marco Peloso, Simon Yang, Matthew Stoppa, Justin Wammes and Sam Edwards. Ethan Dinsdale was the winning goalie. On Oct. 18, the Raiders tied Kanata 2-2. Mason MacNeil scored in the first from Connor Platt and Francesco Sicoli, while in the second, Platt scored from MacNeil and Marco Peloso. On Oct. 19 at the Cavanagh Sensplex, the Raiders beat the Ottawa Valley Silver Seven 6-1. Mason MacNeil scored a pair with Justin Wammes and Brandon Reinisch each adding a goal and an assist. Luke Richardson and Thomas Jones also scored. Francesco Sicoli had two assists with one each going to Matthre O’Doherty, William Tario and Braeydon Fenn. Ethan Dinsdale was the winning goalie.


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Trip to Senators game completes bucket list for pulmonary fibrosis sufferer

Houlahan was visited by Lucky, the mascot for Ottawa Dog Rescue, for some cuddle time during the Sens game.

for pulmonary fibrosis research. Houlahan explained in the interview that she was the unofficial president of the Prince of Wales Manor Ottawa Senators fan club. She and her friends wear their Sens gear for the games and watch them on the big screen in the home’s rec lounge. At one point, she even ran a web page for her friends about the Sens and when the upcoming games were. “I never miss a game,” she said. “We have our own little Prince of Wales Red fan club here at Prince of Wales Manor, and we all cheer on our boys. I love the Senators. It really gives us something to do and something to look forward to every winter. The Senators games bring us all together as a group.”

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everything I have ever wanted to do.” Barrhaven Independent editor Jeff Morris interviewed Houlahan in the summer for a story on the jewellery that she and her friend, stage four cancer patient Diane Edwards, were making at Prince of Wales Manor. The jewellery is to raise money and awareness

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The IndependentSPORTS list continues from page 17 “It was everything I dreamed it would be,” said Houlahan. “I have wanted to go to a game for years, but I have never had the chance to. The people that made this happen for me – they are all angels. I will never forget this night.” It was questionable for a while if Houlahan would be able to make it to the arena to fulfil her bucket list dream. She was in bed for a week prior to the game, and her health was failing. She made it out of bed and got ready for the game, and she and her friends were delivered to and from the game by OC ParaTranspo. “Nothing was going to stop me from going to this hockey game,” she said. “It was so exciting! Everything was so much better than I thought it was going to be, and the Senators won!” Morris acted as their host for the evening. “They were rowdy,” he said. “They were passionate fans and they loved every second of the experience. Being in a suite was perfect for them because, with oxygen and the other needs they had, general seating might not have been an option. It’s wonderful that we were all able to come together and provide this experience for them. They smiled the entire time they were here.” Houlahan takes each day as it comes. She takes having a fatal disease in stride and chooses to celebrate her life each day rather than live in fear. “A long time ago they said I had five months to live,” she said. “I’m still here. For a few years now, I have been given these extra days and months and I

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wasn’t supposed to be here. It really makes you appreciate that every day is a gift.” Houlahan said she will be thinking of the experience all season while she watches her favourite team. “You know, they won when we are here, so we are good luck,” she said. Barb Houlahan, pictured with Barrhaven Independent editor Jeff Morris in the Sens Alumni Suite, attended her first ever Ottawa Senators game Mon., Oct. 15. It was the last item on the bucket list for Houlahan, who is terminally ill with pulmonary fibrosis.

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Houlahan has about 30 per cent of her lung capacity. She suffers from the same ailment that forced Barrhaven organ donor advocate Helene Campbell to get a double lung transplant. She knows that, in her 80th year, a double lung transplant is not an option, and that her condition is terminal. “I had health problems when I was young, and I was told I would never have children and I would never be able to be a nurse,” she said. “I proved them wrong on both counts.” Houlahan said she had done everything in life she had ever wanted to do except for one thing. She told Morris that she had never been to a Senators game. Her last bucket list wish was to go to a game with her friend, Diane. Morris contacted Harper, as well as Aaron Robinson of the Ottawa Senators and Laurie Davidson of the Ottawa Senators Alumni. In a joint effort between the Barrhaven Independent, the Senators, the Senators Alumni and Aramark, Houlahan, Edwards and two of their friends were guests in the Sens Alumni Suite for the game between the Senators and the Dallas Stars. They shared a bottle of white wine, enjoyed complimentary snacks and were treated like celebrities by Aramark and Senators staff. She was given a bouquet of red and white roses – in Sens colours – from the Barrhaven Independent, presented to her by Aramark corporate suite hostess Caroline Chescoe. They were even visited by Lucky, the mascot for rescue dogs in Ottawa, for some cuddles.


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Scott Miron of the Nepean Bantam Eagles makes a tackle on a Myers Riders ball carrier during the Eagles’ 28-16 win at the Nepean Sportsplex Minto Field Sunday. The Eagles are in action in all levels this weekend for the NCAFA semifinals. Championship weekend is set for Nov. 3-4 in Cumberland. Ronald Matyas photo

raiders continues from page 19 Minor Midget AA

Max Saito scored from Matteo Disipio late in the third period to lift the Nepean Raiders past Cumberland 4-3 on Oct. 12. Disipio also scored on a penalty shot, as well as setting up Bowen Gaceta’s first period goal. Sam Edwards also drew an assist on the goal. Costa Touliopoulos also scored with Saito earning an assist. Barry Fitzgerald was the winning goalie. On Oct. 16, the Raiders dropped a 3-2 decision to the Eastern Ontario Cobras at the Walter Baker Centre. Jack Gasperetti scored an unassisted goal in the first, and Touliopoulos scored from Kyle Nehme and Jayden Proulx earning assists.

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The Nepean Raiders hosted CIHA at the Walter Baker Centre and skated to a 7-2 win Oct. 13. Spencer Marchington scored three goals while Connor Harty had two, and Nicholas Pileggi and Finn McSwiggan had one each. Dean Frappier, Kyle Dillabough, Alex Bergeron, Noah Benoit, Jacob Montgomery and Jared Brush had assists. Matthew Spinella was the winning goalie. The following day, the Raiders were beaten 4-2 by Kanata. Nathan Lassenba scored both goals, both from Spencer Marchington and Kyle Dillabough.

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