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Barrhaven business leaders meet to discuss plans for downtown
Ready for the World! Ottawa 67’s rookie right winger Graeme Clarke of Barrhaven celebrates a goal against Saginaw Spirit during an OHL game at TD Place last Saturday (October 28). The young phenom scorer is playing with Team Canada White in the 2017 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge which starts this Sunday (Nov. 5) and runs through to Remembrance Day in Dawson Creek and Fort St. John, BC. Clarke grew up in Stonebridge and his dad is a prominent orthodontist in Barrhaven. For the full story, see page 14. Barrhaven Independent photo by Mike Carroccetto
By Barrhaven Independent Staff Members of the Barrhaven business community had a roundtable discussion with local developers last week to try and shape the direction of the planned downtown for the community. The business breakfast was hosted by the Barrhaven BIA at the Cedarhill Golf Course, and was attended by city planners and politicians, developers, and many of the community’s business owners and leaders. “This kind of dialogue is very effective,” said Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson. “Our city is growing at a good pace. We will have Canada’s fastest growing economy over the next two years. People want to move here.” The area designated to eventually become Barrhaven’s downtown is located south of Str-
andherd Road. The area will feature shops, condos and some green space. The focus on planning Barrhaven’s downtown is about character as much as it is about functionality. Watson had high praise for Steve Willis, who is working on the project for the city. Willis said that projects like these help build communities within the City of Ottawa. “Our overall vision and goal is that we want to be the most liveable mid-sized city in North America,” he said. “It’s a simple goal, but people buy into it.” Willis said that making Ottawa an attractive place for business and newcomers is not just about branding Ottawa’s downtown and the Byward Market. It is about building communities like Barrhaven.
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“The Main Street economy in communities is a key to livability within a city,” said Willis. “Smaller businesses are included within those communities. Ottawa has 19 BIA’s, and they are our most important partners in this growth. Barrhaven has 90,000 people, and the services (the BIA and small business) provide are essential.” The business owners at the meeting broke into groups with facilitators to discuss things like land use and transportation. There was discussion of the need for office space for businesses, as well as the need for public space that could add to the aesthetics of a Barrhaven downtown area. The original plans for Barrhaven Town Centre called for 11,000 condo units, which all agreed was an unrealistic number. However, there is a need for apartments, which played into the need for pedestrian connectivity. Transportation discussions were centered around getting people in and out of the downtown area, as well as getting people from other communities to Barrhaven. One of the discussions
Miguel Tremblay of Fotenn Consultants and Dr. Scott McIntosh of Barrhaven Optometric Centre examine the map of Barrhaven and where public spaces could potentially be created. Barrhaven Optometric Centre is one of the oldest businesses in the community, having opened in 1979. Jeff Morris photo
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and Ottawa. “This was an excellent meeting,” commented Barrhaven BIA Executive Director Andrea Steenbakkers. “Everyone was engaged in the discussions, and a lot of valu-
able input was provided.” There is no definite timeline for when the Barrhaven downtown project will begin, though most expect the project to begin moving forward in the 2020s.
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Lung Run raises $22K Mary DeFranco poses with husband Frank and son Travis. This year’s DeFranco Lung Run raised $22,147, more money for the Lung Association than any previous Lung Run. Money raised from this year’s run will be used for local programs and services provided by the Lung Association. Plans for next year’s DeFranco Lung Run are already underway. For more information on the run, visit defrancoslungrun.com. Barrhaven Independent photo by Mike Carroccetto
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The IndependentFOCUS ON YOUTH
St. Joe student-athlete scores mark of 100 per cent in academic chemistry Name: Victoria Sullivan
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Sisters: Kathryn (22), second year of Medical School at the University of Ottawa. Maggie (20), third year of a Commerce undergrad at Queens University Pet: “I have a dog named Max who has been in the family for 11 years.” Pet Peeve: “I’m a very fast walker, so I would definitely say my biggest pet peeve is when people walk slowly in the hallways at school!” Part-time Work: “For the past three summers I’ve worked as a camp counselor for the OCSB Active Camps. This has been an amazing experience. It has allowed me to make some great friends, while working with awesome kids, which is something that I love to do! During the school year I frequently babysit.” Favourite Subjects: “I have always loved fitness and health, so gym was my favorite subject in the younger grades. That being said, my strongest subject is math, and I am particularly interested in accounting.” What do you enjoy reading for pleasure? “Outside of school, I don’t often read novels for fun. That being said, you can pretty well always see me reading articles about the recent news in sports, whether LATEST AD!!!!!!!!!!!!_Diversitea Ad it be about trades in the NHL or recaps of PGA
golf tournaments; I always like to be up to date on news in the sports.” Who is your favourite author? “I wouldn’t say I have a favourite author, as I am more of the kind of person that will read something if it is recommended to me, instead of reading a series of books by the same author.” Accomplishments: Academic accomplishments “I received the Principal’s Award in grade nine, which is awarded to the student that achieves the highest academic average in their respective grade. In addition to this prestigious award, I have been honoured to receive numerous departmental awards throughout my years at St. Joe’s. This includes the Grade Nine Health and Physical Education and Mathematics Awards, as well as the grade ten Creative Arts and Student Services Awards. The mark that I am most proud of in school is my academic chemistry mark in grade 11 of 100%.” Athletic accomplishments - I was the captain of numerous ringette teams during my ten years of playing the sport. Ringette was a big part of my life for ten years and it truly was the first time that I was exposed to competitive sports. I learned a great deal about teamwork and leadership during my time playing the sport, and I feel that these skills have translated to many other aspects of my life. In high school I 5/5/17 4:53 PM Pagesports, 1 won the City Championships for Varsity Touch
Football and Varsity Tennis in the mixed doubles division – both during the 2016- 2017 school year. Other accomplishments - I’m currently the president of the St. Joseph Athletic Council, which I have been a part of for four years. I was a Head Leader at my school’s Leadership Camp this year, along with seven other students. I have been a member of the Sources of Strength program at my school for three years. This program is basically a group of students who work to raise awareness for mental health around the school.”
of Ottawa. Eventually I would like to work towards a CPA and become a forensic accountant. Forensic accounting basically involves working with police forces to uncover fraud and other money crimes. This career interests me, because it really ties into both of my parent’s current jobs. The investigating and criminology side of forensic accounting relates to my dad’s job as the Chief of Organized Crime with the Ontario Police Department. The finance side of things associates with my mom’s job as the Director of Financial Management in the RCMP.”
Comment: “My parents have always been my biggest role models. Throughout my life I’ve been extremely lucky to have two really strong and successful people to look up to. They have always supported my sisWhy did you get in- ters and I in all that we volved in what you do? have done academically “The best memories that and athletically. Because I have gathered in high of them, I have gotten to school all relate back to try countless new sports, the Varsity Girls Touch and have never once felt Football Team. The that they did not support coaches of this team are me 100%. Honestly, the Mr. Belanger, Ms. Lind- most important thing my life will always be1 sey and Mr. Scatcherd. I in copy With Vera Mitchell_Ad 5/3/17 8:47 AM Page can’t express enough how family. I am extremely selfless and dedicated thankful to have a close these three teachers are. family, which includes They put endless hours my cousins, aunts, unof work into our school’s cles and grandparents. The first sport I was touch football program, making the season un- exposed to as a child was forgettable each year. Mr. Scatcherd, who is the head coach and a member of the physical education department, can truly be considered the heart of our school. His passion for teaching and coaching is unreal. I owe many of the great memories that I have in high school to him.” Activities/Interests: “My biggest interests are sports in general. In particular, I love watching and playing golf, hockey, tennis, football and many others.”
Victoria Sullivan says that her most memorable moments from St. Joseph High School are from playing on the girls varsity touch football team. Phill Potter photo
golf. This was thanks to the three-hole executive golf course that my 82 year-old grandfather built, and has maintained at his cottage for over 30 years. This golf course is my favourite place in the world. It has allowed me to play my favourite sport with the people that I love the most every summer weekend for the
past 17 years. In terms of my grandmothers, I am so thankful for them in my life as they have consistently been there for me, and have shaped me into the person that I am today. In a nut shell, I have loved high school, I am extremely grateful, and I couldn’t be more proud of my Irish roots.”
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We’re still in the dark over Fair Hydro Plan A recent report from Ontario’s auditor general slammed the provincial government’s “needlessly complex” plan to reduce electricity bills for Ontarians. According to the report, the government is keeping the true cost of its plan off the books. The Fair Hydro Plan is meant to respond to widespread angst about sky-high power bills in the province. It reduces electricity bills for households and some small businesses and farms by 25 per cent. However, as noted by the auditor general, the plan will increase provincial debt to reduce electricity bills in the short-term while future ratepayers pay the bills. As the AG report explains, “From 2028 on, ratepayers will be charged more than the actual cost of the electricity being produced to pay back the borrowings.” So instead of pursuing meaningful policy reforms, the government of Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne is kicking the can down the road and shifting costs from one place to another. To make matters worse, the government is concealing the real financial impact of the rate reduction by understating future deficits and net debt. According to the plan, entities such as Ontario Power Generation can borrow at higher interest rates, further increasing electricity costs for future ratepayers. How much more will Ontarians pay? According to the auditor general, almost $40 billion. And up to $4 billion more than necessary due to additional interest costs over the next 30 years. Ontarians are already reeling from high electricity costs. Recent studies show that Ontario has the fastest-growing electricity prices in the country and its cities have some of the highest average residential monthly bills in Canada. From 2008 to 2016, electricity prices in Ontario increased by 71 per cent – more than double the national average. Ratepayers in Ottawa pay $41 more per month ($492 more per year) on electricity bills than Canadians in other provinces. Ontario’s skyrocketing electricity prices are also hurting industries and hampering their competitiveness. A recent study shows Ontario’s “electricity disaster” has cost the province more than 74,000 manufacturing jobs. In 2016, large industrial consumers (with a power demand of five megawatts and monthly consumption of 3,060 megawatt hours) in Toronto and Ottawa paid almost three times more than consumers in Montreal and Calgary and almost twice as much as consumers in Vancouver. Electricity is a major cost for the manufacturing sector and rising costs are causing Ontario’s manufacturing sector to fall behind other jurisdictions. Compared to multiple American and Canadian jurisdictions, Ontario has seen the most substantial decline in manufacturing over the past decade. Between 2005 and 2016, while some nearby states such as Michigan boosted their manufacturing sector’s share of gross domestic product, Ontario’s declined by five percentage points. Ontario needs real reform to lower electricity prices for residents and businesses. Unfortunately, the provincial government is opting for improper accounting practices and temporary solutions, sticking current and future Ontarians with the bill. Kenneth P. Green is a senior director, Elmira Aliakbari and Ashley Stedman are analysts at the Fraser Institute.
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She made devils horns with her fingers Did you spend the last couple of weeks on her head and let out this hissy noise that thinking about Halloween costumes? We stress over what the kids should go out sounded like something that would have come as when they go to parties or to go trick or out of Linda Blair’s mouth in The Exorcist. And she never came over again. treating. Sometimes they stress over it even My neighbour on the other side, Randy, was more. a little less Reverend Lovejoy We can’t help thinking FROM THE and a lot more King of the about some of our own cosHill. He was the man who tumes as kids. Mike were coined the phrase, “I was predictable at best. I would fixin’ to cut y’all’s grass but throw on my hockey equipmy lawn mower done got ment and be a hockey player. broked up.” One year, the only hockey by Jeffrey Morris I told him what had hapsweater I had was a Toronto pened. Maple Leafs sweater. Even “Don’t y’all worry about though I was not a Leafs fan – at all – I reluctantly put it on and tried to him,” Randy said. “The day’ll come where we’ll make the best of it, just as Roch Carriere put fix his wagon.” his Leafs sweater on when he was the only kid For all of the things I loved about living in in Ste-Justine not wearing a Maurice Richard Texas, I loved the metaphors the most. When we went out on our trick or treating sweater in his famed book. “Oh look, it’s Dave Keon,” they would say as journey, we started at the home of our religious neighbours. they answered the door. We rang the doorbell, and there was no an“Nope,” I would reply. “I’m Murray Oliver.” I was Murray Oliver for two Halloweens and swer. The lights were off. They were probably finally, when I got a Montreal sweater, I got to hiding under their beds and quivering, imagining the witches of Salem or even the Four be Jean Beliveau. There were other costumes, too. I was Russ Horsemen of the Apocalypse to decend upon Jackson one year. I was Batman another year. their door. Instead, it was a terrifying night of And then there were the years where I didn’t kids dressed up as Marvel characters and Troy have a costume and my mom cut a couple of Aikman, a few princesses, and my son, Harry eye holes in a bed sheet, threw it over my head, Potter. We rang the doorbell again. and sent me out as a ghost. I couldn’t see a “Hey Dad,” Jack said. “There’s something thing, walking around in the dark night in our little rural hamlet, but it’s ok, I didn’t get hit by here.” It was a basket with a sign that said “Please a car. Almost, but not quite. Kids costumes always remind me of living take one.” The basket was filled with envelin Texas, when my oldest son, Jack, would pre- opes. He picked one up, put it in his sack, and pare for Halloween. He is the only kid I know away we went to the next home. I figured that a basket with envelopes was a who was the same thing for Halloween seven years in a row. He was Harry Potter. Over and pretty lame cop out for Halloween, but maybe there was a McDonald’s gift thing in it or over and over again times seven. maybe another coupon. I loved it. When we got home, we emptied Jack’s stash Yes, I loved Harry Potter, and he loved Harry Potter. But his costume drew a line in the on the kitchen table. I explained to him that sand with the self-righteous zealots from the since we were living in what many consider to be the Bible Belt, there was thing called tithing. Second Baptist Church who lived next door. When we moved to Texas, the boys were That meant that 10 per cent of all the Hallowyoung and we had only been there for a day or een candy you get goes directly to your father. He sent over a handful of assorted items. two when the little girl next door rang the door bell. She introduced herself to my ex-wife, and He gave me Rockets, which are called Smartshe wanted to meet Jack. Wade, my other son, ies in the U.S., a few Kraft caramels, and some was only a couple of months old. The girl next Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. door was a sassy little self-confident thing who Then, my savvy five-year-old from Gryffinddivided her time between church and the pa- or handed me the envelope. geant circuit. One day, she rang the doorbell “Here, you can have this, too,” he said to me. and Jack answered it, wearing his Harry PotI opened it up. It was a printed card that ter t-shirt, Harry Potter hat, Harry Potter socks, condemned us all for taking part in this Pagan and he was carrying a Harry Potter book. ritual. On the reverse side was a bible verse. I looked at Jack and I offered the first bit of Scandal! wisdom I could think of. “Y’all read Harry Potter?” she asked. “This card would be a lot more effective if it “Yeah,” he said excitedly. was tied to a Snicker’s bar.” “Well y’all are goin’ straight to Hay-yell!”
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Barrhaven residents and commuters dependent on a moving Fallowfield Road Last week was another perfect example of how trapped we are when Fallowfield Road is closed due to rail signals/lights, fallen streetlights, or accidents of any kind. It confirmed how dependent we are on our secondary east/ west road, second in volume only to Strandherd. That being said, nowhere in Barrhaven are you more “trapped” than when an incident of any kind happens on Fallowfield. As the old saying goes -- one is “trapped like a sardine”. Last Wednesday your drive home at rush hour was challenged again because of issues at the tracks. The very next morning a single car in the middle of the night hit the traffic lights at Via Way so morning rush hour was crippled. There are no alternative routes to avoid the situation you are heading into. If you were inconvenienced, missed your bus/train/plane, were late dropping off or picking up your children, getting your kids to sports events, dance, or school or just trying to get to work, I am here to tell you we can do better. I am not satisfied that the emergency plan is comprehensive enough to manage the situation when there is no detour possible due to the Greenbelt and no ability to u-turn (for example, the fenced island in front of MPP Lisa Macleod’s office, the Legion and Beer Store etc.). There are no options at all. Fallowfield Road as it crosses the top of Barrhaven, a community of 89 000, needs an exceptional plan and I am promising you that is exactly what we are going to get…stay tuned.
VIA notice for Fallowfield,
Due to growing demand a 10th train frequency is being added between Ottawa and Toronto which means two additional train movements per day. Essentially, it will mean a new frequency (train 54) leaving Toronto (M-F) at 17:40
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and arriving Fallowfield approx. 21:50 as well as a frequency departing Fallowfield (7 days per week) at approx. 12:00, arriving Toronto 16:00. The new schedule takes effect Nov. 5th, 2017.
Thanks to all who took the time to attend my Fall Forum. It was great to chat with so many of you and I hope that many of your questions were answered. It was a great turnout and I would like to thank all the applicants and staff who took time to attend and answer your questions. The Cedarhill Golf and Country Club, I hope, was as pleasant for you as it was for me. There was plenty of room to display the information boards and allow people to wander comfortably and take their time to study the future growth in Barrhaven and the staff to answer your questions. I like the fact there is a lot of available parking which of course is never the case at our very busy Walter Baker! As always, I welcome your thoughts – did you enjoy the new venue? Did you find my Fall Forum useful? I will be back with a Spring Forum in April.
Councillor Harder’s New Website
Please check out my NEW website! www.janharder.ca. If you’re not already an email subscriber to my E-Blast newsletter you can sign up online. You can also find out more about the 2018 Budget Consultation Tool
A Free Support Program for Parents of Teens
Sign up for the upcoming Fall workshop series in Barrhaven, starting October 3rd - December 12th on Tuesday’s 7pm to 9 pm;
Barrhaven Councillor Jan Harder hosted her Fall Forum at the Cedarhill Golf Club.
at South Nepean Satellite Community Health Centre, 4100 Strandherd Drive (Suite 201) For more information or to register contact: Zainab Al-Ali 613-288-2825 ext. 2144 or z.alali@pqchc. com *All enquiries strictly confidential. The Connect Parent Group is an Attachment-Based Program to Support Parents of teens aged 13 - 17 years old. Do you ever feel that your teen doesn’t listen to you? Do you sometimes even feel pushed away? Do parents matter? There is very good evidence that strong relationships, or attachment, with parents protect youth from risk during adolescence and help them thrive. Sign up for this free workshop series for an opportunity to learn more, share experiences and pick up more skills & strategies in a warm and empathetic space. Sessions will be co-facilitated by experienced counselors Dr. Mario Cappelli (C.Psych) and
Ms Stacey Segal (MSW, RSW)
Barrhaven Santa Parade
Barrhaven Santa Claus Parade, Saturday November 18th at 5:30pm - 7pm. Information and registration is now open! www. santaclausbarrhaven. com
Stonebridge Craft Show
November 19th, 2017 the Stonebridge Christmas Craft and Vendor Show where you can get your Christmas shopping done while supporting Barrhaven area small businesses. There will be free gift bags for the first 40 visitors, gift basket raffles, and business showcases throughout the event! Donations will be accepted for the Barrhaven Food Cupboard.
Walter Baker Christmas Craft Show
In its 15th year! Saturday November 18th, 10am - 4pm Over 50 local crafters and artisans. A great place for Christ-
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A Note from Our Community Police Officer
Officers facilitate the Ottawa Police response to numerous requests from the public, we continue to refer all traffic related complainants as outlined below so that they can come to the attention of our Traffic Escort & Enforcement Unit (TEE). TEE works with the City of Ottawa and our Report Analysts to identify traffic concerns across the city, this assists the unit in allocating their resources more efficiently. It is important that OPS and the city of Ottawa continue to work together to address community traffic
concerns and provide the same messaging on how to report traffic concerns to both OPS and the city of Ottawa so that problem traffic areas can be properly identified. As indicated on the Ottawa Police Website Contac-Us page, we do not accept reports by email or social media. I have attached a link to our website which provides information on how to report aggressive driving complaints and ongoing traffic concerns to the Ottawa Police Service. Reporting this information through the proper channels will help the Ottawa Police better allocate police resources. https://www.ottawapolice.ca/en/safetyand-crime-prevention/ aggressive-driving-andrules-of-the-road.asp. You can also report your concerns to the city of Ottawa. Your Initial contact with the City’s 3-1-1 system will generate a service request number which you can use to track your concern.
Achieving results for all Canadians and residents of Nepean Since taking office, our government has fulfilled many of its promises: • Passed the Middle Class Tax Cut to bring relief to more than 9 million Canadians. • Introduced the Canada Child Benefit • Simplified the Canada Student Loans • Repealed unfair provisions of Bill C-24 in the Citizenship Act • Strengthened the Canada Pension Plan • Invested $2.97 billion in public transit infrastructure in Ontario
In addition... • Created 77,000 jobs across the country, including over 200 in Nepean through the Canada Summer Jobs program. Our riding received $673,000 in funding! • Created the MP Chandra Arya Outstanding Achievement award and gave Kindle e-readers and $500 cash awards to graduating students at 23 elementary, middle and high schools in Nepean. • Consulted constituents on key issues such as Budget 2016, Climate Change and Electoral Reform. We are planning several more town halls as well.
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The IndependentCOMMUNITY Poilievre, MacLeod to help out with Keep Ottawa Warm campaign By Charlie Senack
As Ottawa is bracing for an “above normal” snowfall this winter, Ottawa Special Events has started a campaign called Keep Ottawa Warm which will take used winter clothing to homeless shelters across Ottawa. The campaign started last year after Michael Woods, the co-founder of Ottawa Special Events was walking downtown and ran into a homeless man who was worried he was going to freeze to death that night. “It just sort of triggered in me that I have been so fortunate with everything we have got to do that I would turn around and try to help,” said Woods. After that encounter, Woods talked with his staff and created the Keep Ottawa Warm campaign. Last year they donated over 800 pieces of winter clothing to multiple shelters across the city. This is not the first time Woods and Ottawa Special Events is getting involved in something like this. After Keep Ottawa Warm was a success last year, they partnered with Suits
His Style which is an organization that donates suits to men for job interviews. “They give a suit for someone to go on a job interview with, if you get the job, then they dress you for The entire week,” said Woods. “It gives people an opportunity to get on their feet.” This year they decided it would be a good idea to get other businesses involved with Keep Ottawa Warm. Lisa MacLeod and Pierre Poilievre were two of the first to get involved. They both have agreed to have a drop off box in their offices. On top of that, there is also a number of other businesses where you can drop off your used winter clothing including all 27 CIBC bank locations in Ottawa, the Meridian Credit Union, Councillor Keith Egli’s office, Vimy Brewery and The Neighbourhood Pub on Baseline. Woods is hoping that this year will be more successful than last year. They are accepting clothing for all genders and ages of people. “We’re looking for clothes for men, women and children,” said
Mike Woods founded the Keep Ottawa Warm campaign last year after meeting a homeless man who was afraid of freezing to death.
Woods. “It can be boots, jackets, parkas, toques, earmuffs, gloves and mitts.” On top of that they are also accepting clean towels which they will bring to the Ottawa Mission. Ottawa Special Events has already
brought down used towels which were left over from some of these events. “We had a bunch of towels from some of the productions we do at Ottawa Special Events
from the Junos this year,” said Woods. “We also have them from New Year’s Eve on the hill where we had performers towels,” There goal is to collect 5,000 pieces of
winter clothing in two months. Any business that is interested in having a drop off box at their location can contact Ottawa Special Events at (613) 4821703.
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RemembRance ceRemonieS The public is welcomed and encouraged to attend any of the Remembrance Ceremonies listed below.
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 641 Barrhaven – 2017Poppy Campaign and Remembrance Events The Poppy has been widely recognized as a symbol of Remembrance since it was first adopted in 1921. By wearing the Poppy, we demonstrate our gratitude to those who gave their lives for the freedom we enjoy. Legion Remembrance programs commemorate the men and women who died in the military service of Canada during war and peace. The 2017 Poppy Campaign commences October 27 and ends on November 10. It is through the generosity of the community that Branch 641 is able to provide this kind of support. Legion and Cadet volunteers will be distributing poppies on the two weekends of the Campaign period at several local locations, including Ross’ Independent, Sobeys, Walmart, Metro, Loblaws and Costco. We thank you for your continued support.
Saturday, November 4, 10 a.m. – Carleton Lodge Saturday, November 5, 11 a.m. – Capital Funeral Home & Cemetery Friday, November 10, 9:45 a.m. – Barrhaven Manor Friday, November 10, 11 a.m. – Longfields Manor Friday, November 10, 1:30 p.m. – Prince of Wales Manor Friday, November 10, 2:45 p.m. – The Court at Barrhaven Friday, November 10, 4 p.m. – V!VA Barrhaven
POPPY CAMPAIGN It is important to remember that the basic purpose of funds raised during the Poppy Campaign is to enable Branches of the Royal Canadian Legion to provide immediate assistance to ex-servicemen and women in need. This includes providing food, shelter and medical attention for them or their families when necessary. Poppy funds also allow the Legion to “give back” to the local community in the form of bursaries to local schools, support of army and navy cadet corps, donations to local hospitals and other vital support programs. During the past year, Branch 641 donated $51,000 to such community organizations as the Perley Rideau Veterans Health Care Centre, the Homeless Veterans Program, the Barrhaven Food Cupboard, the Queensway Carleton Acute Care Centre for the Elderly, the Military Family Resource Centre, Carleton Lodge Auxiliary, students’ bursaries as well monetary prizes for poster and literary contests for youth attending local schools. For more information about the Barrhaven Legion, please go to our website, www.rcl641.ca, our Facebook page “Barrhaven Legion 641” or call us at 613-8438691.
The Branch will be holding a Remembrance Dinner on Saturday, November 4. All are welcome to join in honouring our military, past, present and future, at this evening of recognition and reflection. The cost of the Roast Beef Dinner is $30 for Members and $35 for Non-members. Veterans, their spouses, including widows/widowers, and caretakers accompanying the Veterans may attend at no cost. Tickets must be purchased in advance at the Branch. Barrhaven’s annual November 11 Remembrance Day ceremony will be held at John McCrae Secondary School, 103 Malvern Dr. The parade will start at 10:45 a.m. and the ceremony at 11 a.m. Military/RCMP/Police, Veterans, Legion Members, Scout/Cubs, Guides/Brownies/Sparks and other community groups are welcome to participate in the parade. Form-up begins at 10:30 a.m. Following the ceremony, the Barrhaven Legion will be hosting a reception in Halls A and B of the Walter Baker Centre. Everyone is welcome. Veterans and Members of the Barrhaven Legion are welcome to join us back at the Branch at 3500 Fallowfield Road.
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The IndependentCOMMUNITY Feedback on city budget consultation can be submitted until Nov. 8 Seniors’ Tea – Thank You
Thank you to all of those who came out to my Second Annual Seniors’ Tea. It was so nice to have everyone out and get a chance to speak with seniors residing in Ward 22. We were lucky to have a visit from Mayor Jim Watson and we all enjoyed listening to music played by Spencer Scharf, a local musician who lives in Findlay Creek! I hope to see you all again next year.
Ottawa 2018 Budget Consultations
Thank you to all of those who came out to our Budget Consultation meeting on October 19th at the Nepean Sportsplex. If you were unable to attend the meeting but would still like to provide comments to the City, there is an interactive online City Budget tool where you can submit ideas on how you would like to see your property tax dollars spent. Feedback can be submitted until November 8th when the Draft Budget will be tabled. You can find this online tool at Ottawa.ca
Illumination of Chaudière Falls
This fall, the Ottawa2017 Bureau and Moment Factory in collaboration with the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan and in consultation with representatives from local Métis and Inuit communities have created and produced, Mìwàte: Illumination of Chaudière Falls. This dynamic illumination of the falls celebrates the Indigenous Peoples of Canada and their cultures. It shares the story of Indigenous peoples though an ambient light show and rich soundscape while enhancing the magnificent beauty of Chaudière Falls. This event is family friendly and free, and will run from now until Nov 5th 2017. I encourage you to check it out while you can. For more details, please visit Ottawa2017. ca.
City Fleet Continues to go Green
The City of Ottawa Transportation Committee recently received the City’s plan for the municipal fleet in 2018. The City plans to spend $25.7 million to replace 97 vehicles and pieces of equipment and to acquire 16 new vehicles. If electric vehicle technology is ready for pur-
18th century and purchased 200 acres of land in the Gloucester South Nepean region. On this land, a farm, houses and
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chase, cost effective and able to meet operational needs, The City could begin introducing electric vehicles into its fleet in 2018. The City currently owns 72 hybrid vehicles and is exploring the potential of modifying existing vans and pick-up trucks with hybrid technology. Funding for the new vehicles will be sought in the 2018 budget.
Crime Prevention Ottawa – Recruiting for Board of Directors
Crime Prevention Ottawa (CPO) is governed and guided by a Board of Directors responsible for setting strategic direction, assuring sound financial management and hiring an Executive Director. The Board is made up of 16 members: 8 members representing the community and 8 members representing institutions which contribute to safety in our community. CPO is currently recruiting for Board of Directors. Residents of the City of Ottawa who are 18 years of age or older are eligible for appointment. To apply you must submit a one-page letter of application outlining your qualifications, specific skills, interest and background. Eligible candidates will be invited for interviews by a nominations committee consisting of current Board members and a Community Forum member. For more information on the responsibilities, selection process and current members, please visit crimepreventionottawa.ca. Applications must be submitted by Friday November 17th 2017.
City is Seeking Public Input on Commemorative Naming Proposals
The City of Ottawa Commemorative Naming Committee is conducting public consultations on four separate naming proposals, one of which is for Ward 22. A proposal has been received to name the cemetery located in Claudette Cain Park on 660 River Road in Riverside South as the Moodie Family Cemetery. James Moodie immigrated to Canada from Scotland in the
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The IndependentSPORTS Graeme Clarke excited to wear Team Canada jersey at World U-17 Hockey Challenge Barrhaven’s Graeme Clarke will be taking another step toward a future in the NHL this weekend. Clarke, the highly-skilled rookie forward with the Ottawa 67s, has been selected to play in the U-17 World Hockey Challenge that begins in Dawson Creek and Fort St. John, BC this weekend. “This is the first opportunity I’ve had to play for Canada and I was really fortunate to get the call,” said Clarke, who leaves Monday. The tournament features teams from Russia, Sweden, Finland, the Czech Republic, the United States, and three teams from Canada. Clarke will be playing for Team Canada White. Ryan Oulehan, head coach of the Flint Firebirds of the OHL, will be the Team Canada White coach. “I had the chance to meet him and go on the ice with him at the camp in Calgary this summer and it was a really good experience,” said Clarke. “I’m really looking forward to it.” Clarke is looking forward to the experience of the tournament. “When I go there, it’s going to be all kids my age and I think I will play a bigger role than I do here (with the 67s),” he said. “I want to make sure I pick up on some of the little things that I can bring back to the 67s and become a better hockey player.”
Clarke also said that wearing the Team Canada jersey for the first time will also be a thrill. “Putting on the Canadian jersey – there’s nothing better,” Clarke said. “I’m really excited about that.” Clarke had collected eight points through his first 16 games with the 67s as a 16-year-old rookie. He put up prolific numbers as a scorer in minor hockey. After tearing it up in the younger levels with the Nepean Raiders AA teams, Clarke joined the Ottawa Senators AAA club, where he scored 56 goals in 27 games as a minor bantam. He moved to Toronto to play for the Toronto Marlies of the Greater Toronto Minor Hockey League, where he scored 118 goals as a minor midget in a total of 114 games. Clarke was thrilled to be a first round draft pick of the 67s, the team he watched regularly and cheered for as a youth in Barrhaven. He immediately drew comparisons to one of his favourite all-time players, former 67s winger and current Los Angeles King Tyler Toffoli. Clarke said that he tries to play a similar game to Toffoli, from shooting to his positioning on the ice. “It’s almost mind-blowing being compared to an NHL player like Tyler Toffoli,” Clarke said. “He’s great and I look up to him. If I can keep following on his path, I think it will all be good.” With files from Mike Carroccetto
Barrhaven hockey prodigy Graeme Clarke of the Ottawa 67s will be playing for Team Canada White at the U-17 World Hockey Challenge in BC next week. Mike Carroccetto photo
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A Killer Book Doug Gilmour poses with a hockey fam during a book signing at the Barrhaven Costco on October 22, 2017. Hockey fans came in droves and waited in long lines to get Doug Gilmour’s book autographed. The former NHL star signed for at least three hours, perhaps longer. Mike Carroccetto photo
Manotick Manotick’s business community is preparing for one of its busiest days and most successful events of the year, as Manotick Women’s Day takes place Sat., Nov. 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is one of the Manotick BIA’s signature events of the year. It will include seminars, in store specials, refreshments, entertainment and free gifts. “It’s an event where women can bring their friends, mothers and daughters to browse, shop, learn and unwind,” said Manotick BIA Executive Director Donna Smith. The first 1,000 women to come to the village for Women’s Day will receive a free gift from the BIA, presented by the Manotick firefighters. The gift this year is a special Canada 150 tree ornament. The passport program is also back, where women can get a Women’s Day passport and collect stamps at partici-
pating businesses for the chance to win prizes. The passports will be available at participating businesses and from the firefighters handing out gifts. Smith added that while the popularity of the event in the region has grown, it is a great event for Manotick residents as well. “Many women from the village will invite their friends or family members from neighbouring
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Artists of Stonebridge to “Paint the Town” at art show this weekend The Artists of Stonebridge will be presenting their 8th Annual Fall Show and Sale, “Paint the Town,” which will be held at the Stonebridge Golf Club, Saturday and Sunday, November 4th and 5th from 10 a.m. to 5p.m. The artists will again be collecting donations on behalf of the Barrhaven Food Cupboard. Over the years, the show has contributed close to $3,500 to their cause through cash donations, percentage of sales and the contribution of paintings (silent auction) for a fundraising event . The Artists of Stonebridge began in 2010 with a small group of aspiring visual artists and over the last eight years has grown to more than 35 artists. This group is now a diverse group of artists made up of members not only from across Canada but from around the world all living here in Barrhaven. The Artists of Stonebridge now consists of members from China, U.K., Palestine, Sri Lanka, Hungary and Brazil to name a few, who have found friendship, guidance and support through their joy of art and sharing of their experiences.
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Ohhh Grady! Pierre-Savard’s Callie O’Grady protects the ball from a St. Francis Xavier defender during their NCSSAA girls basketball game last week. O’Grady hit a pair of three pointers late in the fourth quarter to lift Pierre-Savard to a 54-50 victory. Barrhaven Independent photo by Reegan Belanger
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michael continues from page 18 “I think I rushed that decision,” Arruda said. “I trained with them all summer, I did camp with them but a few days into the school year I realized it wasn’t right for me – the culture of the team just didn’t feel right. So, I contacted Coach (Steve) Sumarah and within a week he had me signed here as a Raven.” As a Raven, Arruda has found his home both on and off the field. “From day one, the guys took me in,” he said. “I had messages from almost every guy on the
team on my first day saying ‘If you need help just come tell me because we want you on the team, we want you to help us’ and it was just that connection. These guys were really like ‘let’s sit down, let’s help each other because that’s how were going to win at the end of the day.’ The vibe here is just insane, it’s a winning vibe.” That winning vibe came into play during the 2017 Panda Game at TD Place Stadium. Arruda connected with another former Nepean Redskin, Phil Iloki, for a 75-yard
touchdown late in the fourth quarter. The game ultimately went into double overtime, where Arruda scored the gamewinning touchdown on a read option. Unfortunately for Arruda, his mission to win was cut short when the Ravens didn’t make the playoffs. However, he doesn’t plan on letting that stop him – in fact, he has a much different plan. “I want to approach things differently and be a better role model and be a better leader,” said Arruda. “I really want the
guys to realize that I am a friend, but I’m also going to try to push them in a way that I didn’t push them this year.” He added: “I really want the guys to look at me and know that I want to win, I’m a competitor and I don’t think I was really vocal with that. I want the guys to take the loss this year of not making playoffs and translate that into the off season regime, so we can come back even better.” Sumarah is pleased with what he saw from his rookie quarterback
this season. He said Arruda was further along in his progress than former Raven Jesse Mills was at that point in his career. For someone who threw over 2100 yards of offence and broke countless decades-old Ravens records, including most completions in a game, most passing yards in a game and most passing attempts as a Ravens quarterback, Arruda remained extremely humble – focusing on just one thing. “At the end of the day, we still didn’t make play-
offs so that’s the hardest thing. Looking at the stats is great and all, I did break some records, but it’s unfortunate because I didn’t get the team where I wanted to get the team” he said. “Maybe in 15 years, I’ll look back and say I did a good job on the stats, but I don’t really like looking at the stats – as long as we have the W that’s all I care about.” Until next season, Arruda is focused on pursuing his degree in criminology and upkeeping a healthy offseason regime.
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