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NOTEBOOK: LRT open houses, pedestrian safety upgrades, more

LRT OPEN HOUSES
Watch for a open house events in June and November for updates on plans to extend light rail transit west past Moodie Drive towards Kanata and Stittsville.  Kanata North Councillor Marianne Wilkinson shared the news in a newsletter update: “An evaluation of alternative corridors and selection of a preferred corridor and station locations will be discussed… on the technically preferred plan, which will go to Transportation Committee and Council for approval in March 2018.  Construction of this section cannot occur until after the LRT reaches Moodie in 2023 and a funding source is obtained.” Continue reading


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NOTEBOOK: Stories we’re watching in 2017

Let’s take out the crystal ball and look ahead at what 2017 may have in store for Stittsville…

CANADIAN TIRE CENTRE
Earlier this year we should hear from the Ottawa Senators about what they have in mind for Canadian Tire Centre once the Sens leave for Lebreton Flats. Last year, team owner Eugene Melnyk teased that the development would be an “entertainment-driven” transformation.  Whatever it is, any change will have a major impact on Stittsville and Kanata for jobs, transportation and economic development. Continue reading


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Students hear a message of hope and social justice at WE Day

(Sophie Gower is a Grade 6 student at Stittsville Public School.)

On Wednesday, Stittsville Public School had an amazing opportunity to go to WE Day Ottawa, at the Canadian Tire Centre in Stittsville. WE Day is an event where inspirational people of all abilities talk about what path they took on life. Continue reading


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From zamboni drivers to beer sellers, Sens host job fair on August 24 & 25

(press release)

The Ottawa Senators Hockey Club and Canadian Tire Centre want your help in creating raving fans for life!  We are a welcoming workplace and look forward to strengthening our team with you for the up-coming season.

WHEN:             Wednesday, August 24, 5:30 – 8:30 pm
                        Thursday, August 25, 5:30 – 8:30 pm

WHERE:           BELL SENSPLEX (fieldhouse), 1565 Maple Grove Rd

Please bring several copies of your resume and 3 work-related references.

OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE FOR THE FOLLOWING PART-TIME POSITIONS:

BOX OFFICE

  • Ticket Sellers

BUILDING OPERATIONS

  • Conversions (General Labour)

PREMIUM SERVICES

  • Concierge

CALL CENTRE (TICKETMASTER)

  • Call Centre Operators

FOOD & BEVERAGE (ARAMARK)

  • Assistant Suite Attendants
  • Club Seat Servers
  • Concession Cashiers
  • Concession Cooks
  • Concession Runners
  • Concession Stand Managers
  • Concession Vendors
  • Concessions Warehouse Crew
  • Dessert Cart Attendants
  • Premium Seating Catering Manager / Supervisor
  • Suite and Club Seat Runners

OTTAWA SENATORS FOUNDATION

  • 50/50 Raffle Ticket Sellers
  • 50/50 Raffle Ticket Supervisors

PARKING (INDIGO)

  • Cashiers
  • Lot Attendants
  • Valet Drivers

THE SENS STORE

  • Game Day and Event Retail Associates
  • Program Vendors
  • Silent Auctioneers

OPERATIONS – BELL, CAVANAGH & RICHCRAFT SENSPLEX

  • Ice Crew
  • Overnight Custodial (Bell & Richcraft)
  • Zamboni Drivers

PROGRAMS & TOURNAMENTS – BELL & RICHCRAFT SENSPLEX

  • Tournament Timekeepers
  • Tournament Services
  • Skating Instructors (Sparty Learn2Skate)
  • Hockey Instructors (Ottawa Senators Hockey Programs)

STANLEY’S RESTAURANT – BELL & RICHCRAFT SENSPLEX

  • Concession Cashiers
  • Host / Hostesses
  • Kitchen Attendant / Dishwashers
  • Servers
  • Line / Prep Cooks

More info…


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Business leaders ask mayor to accelerate light rail to west end

(PHOTO: “Take the O” by Payton Chung. Used under a Creative Commons license.)

West end business leaders say that Kanata’s poor transit service is hindering their ability to attract talented employees, and they’re asking the mayor to extend light rail to Kanata before 2031.

Earlier this month the Kanata North BIA sent a letter to Mayor Jim Watson, co-signed by other business associations, west end politicians, and a bevy of business executives including Sir Terence Matthews.   (There are nearly four pages of signatures attached to the end of the letter, which you can read below.) Continue reading


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Police warn that Garth Brooks will cause a traffic jam on Sunday

(via Ottawa Police)

The Ottawa Police Service is advising commuters to expect traffic delays in the afternoon and evening of Sunday April 3, 2016 in the area of Canadian Tire Centre (CTC) for two Garth Brooks concerts that day. Continue reading


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NOTEBOOK: Potter’s Key zoning; Photo radar; Hartsmere blasting

Minto's Potter's Key
Sign at Minto’s Potter’s Key development on Hazeldean Road.

POTTER’S KEY ZONING APPROVED
This week City Council approved a zoning change for 6111 and 6141 Hazeldean Road, site of Minto’s future Potter’s Key development. Attached to that zoning change was a condition that “only single detached units are to back onto existing single detached units in the Echowoods and Jackson Trails subdivisions”.  
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Fire department responds to gas leak at Canadian Tire Centre

A natural gas leak at Canadian Tire Centre on Sunday morning delayed the start of a Disney On Ice show.

Ottawa Fire say they responded to a call at 8:17am about an odour at the arena, and treated it as a hazardous materials cal: “Upon arrival, fire fighters were unable to locate the source or determine the substance and called for a HazMat response. Crews remain on scene trying to determine the cause. No injuries have been reported.” Continue reading


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FIRESTONE: Short term pain, long term gain if Sens ever move

(ABOVE: A screen capture from an early 1990s video. Bruce Firestone talks to reporters on the Huntmar Bridge overlooking the farmer’s field that would eventually become the Palladium, now known as Canadian Tire Centre.)

Ottawa Magazine published an excerpt of Bruce Firestone’s new book, “Don’t Back Down”.  Firestone is the founder of the Sens, and the book chronicle the behind-the-scenes quest to bring a franchise to Ottawa.  Here’s what Bruce thinks will happen to our community if the Sens ever end up moving to Lebreton Flats.

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OK then, let me ask you again, what will happen to CTC and Kanata? Will it be an economic disaster?

The simple answer is yes, and no.

Yes, in the sense that animation (i.e., more development) around Canadian Tire Centre will have to wait until uncertainty about future plans are settled —  either they are going to LeBreton Flats or they are not.

I mean, would you build a new hotel or condo next to an arena that might go dark in a few years — its lead tenant having absconded to greener pastures? No, you would not.

The answer is also, “No.” It will not be an economic disaster, and I can prove it to you.

Wal-Mart said that one of their biggest mistakes was not building bigger (much bigger) in Kanata. The repurposing of old Maple Leaf Gardens for a superstore (Loblaw) and Ryerson University’s MAC Centre has been a huge success. Something similar could be done with Canadian Tire Centre — at least the big box part.

I would really like it if (Eugene) Melnyk would call me up, and ask me to lease CTC for him to two or three superstores.

Basically, it’s my belief that Eugene might actually make more dough from having two superstores occupy his building than from having the Sens as his lead tenant.

And from west-end Ottawa’s viewpoint, it might make very little difference other than losing some prestige from hosting an NHL team.

Using Wal-Mart as an example, their total customer count each week is about 100 million people visiting one of their 4,255 stores. This works out to an average of 23,502 visitors a week, or 1.22 million people per year. If the other superstore sees the same kind of numbers, then total attendance at a new, rebranded CTC might be around 2.44 million people per annum.

That’s even more than visit the building now.

Kanata will be fine, maybe even better off economically than it already is.

Read the full excerpt here…


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Imjin Classic to commemorate historic Korean War hockey games

During the Korean War, Canadian soldiers played hockey on the frozen Imjin River whenever they were given time away from their front-line duties.

The Imjin flows from North to South across the Demilitarized Zone of Korea, and the hockey-playing tradition culminated in 1953 when the 25th Canadian Infantry Brigade held its hockey championship finals. Continue reading


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LINKED: Huntmar overpass unfriendly to bikes, pedestrians

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Besides running StittsvilleCentral.ca, I’m also president of the Fairwinds Community Association.  CBC reported today on an issue that we’ve been pursuing around pedestrian safety on the Huntmar bridge.  The bridge has been deemed too narrow for pedestrians to cross safely, and there’s no plan to widen it until 2026.  We wrote a letter to councillors last month with a simple, inexpensive solution: make the bridge one-way for cars. That’s where CBC picked up the story. -GG.)

Residents who live near the Tanger Outlets mall and the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa are calling for better pedestrian access across Highway 417.

The Huntmar Drive overpass connects the two Kanata landmarks but it was designed and built before thousands of people moved into homes nearby.

The narrow thoroughfare lacks sidewalks and is dangerous to bike across, said Joe Boughner of the Fairwinds Community Association.

“[It] was never designed with pedestrian or cycle traffic in mind,” said Boughner, whose group wants the city to convert part of the overpass to alternating one-way traffic.

Read the full article…

 


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West end councillors want faster arrival for light rail

(PHOTO: “Take the O” by Payton Chung. Used under a Creative Commons license.)

Councillor Shad Qadri says he fully supports a motion put forward by fellow councillor Allan Hubley to look at extending light rail transit past Bayshore before 2031.

Under the city’s current transportation master plan (TMP), light rail transit (LRT) for areas west of Bayshore like Kanata and Stittsville isn’t under consideration until after 2031.

Hubley’s motion, presented at Monday’s FEDCO (Finance and Economic Development Committee) meeting at City Hall, asks staff to at least study the cost and feasibility of extending LRT to the west end prior to 2031.

“We are in the fastest growing part of the City and it only makes sense to be included in the discussion,” wrote Qadri in an email to StittsvilleCentral.ca. “Especially when you consider that we house one of the largest tenants in the City, the Canadian Tire Center.  Having LRT sooner may encourage the CTC to stay where it is.”

“I think there could be significant savings found from what we’ve done to date that will help move this forward. As we heard today from the airport there’s partners out there that want to work with us on this,” said Hubley in an interview on CFRA.

(Ottawa airport officials indicated this week they may be able to help fund an LRT extension that would serve the facility.)

“Many of this around this council table have a vision of mass transit across the city, Orleans to Kanata,  all the way south,” said Hubley.

“In his remarks of thanks and closing to committee yesterday Councillor Hubley recognized and confirmed our focus and partnership as west end councillors in our joint efforts on both the Transit and Transportation committee to improve transportation for our communities going forward,” wrote Qadri.

Hubley’s motion was approved unanimously by FEDCO members, and will be considered by city council next week.


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Original Sens owner Bruce Firestone plans book about the team’s founding

(ABOVE: In a video from the early 1990s, Bruce Firestone talks to reporters on the Huntmar Bridge overlooking the farmer’s field that would eventually become the Palladium, now known as Canadian Tire Centre. )

Bruce Firestone, the original owner of the modern-day Ottawa Senators, is planning to write a book about how the team came to be.  He’s launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise some seed money for the project. Continue reading


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Progress on the egress: Sens say post-game traffic measures are helping

(Press release from the Ottawa Senators.)

Canadian Tire Centre (@CdnTireCtr) and the Ottawa Senators (@Senators) announced today that their traffic management efforts, made in partnership with the City of Ottawa and Vinci Park, have significantly improved the egress times for vehicles leaving the arena following hockey games.

Working with Senators’ parking provider Vinci Park, traffic monitoring statistics have reported that since the implementation of these traffic upgrades, which include traffic flow changes both northbound and southbound on Huntmar Drive and the expansion of Highway 417, egress of the entire network has improved by more than 14 per cent, with certain lots experiencing exit time improvements in excess of 30 per cent.

“We’re excited by the results of the measures we have put in place to increase the speed of egress from the building following hockey games,” said Senators president Cyril Leeder. “The feedback from our fans and season-seat members has been overwhelmingly positive and it is clear to us that faster egress has improved the entire Senators’ game experience. We are encouraged by the progress that these changes have created and we will continue to work hard to make the entire driving, parking and game experience better for our fans going forward.”

In addition to the traffic flow changes, the Senators continue to make a number of enhancements to the game experience as part of the #SensVision25 initiative. Last fall, the organization began a repaving program that will see all of the parking lots outside of Canadian Tire Centre resurfaced. The work began late in 2014 and will continue into the summer of 2015. In addition to the repaving, new digital payment technology has been installed in all parking lots, which has enabled fans the added convenience to pay by cash, debit or major credit card.

All Canadian Tire Centre infrastructure changes specific to parking and traffic flow are geared to help improve fan ingress and egress as well as the overall parking experience for patrons coming to Canadian Tire Centre for Senators games and other events.


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Sens move to downtown would create opportunity for Kanata/Stittsville, says planner

(Above: Workers install the new Canadian Tire Centre sign in August 2013.)

The lead planner of the master plan for Kanata West says that if the Sens ever move to Lebreton Flats, it could present a big opportunity for the area.

Ted Fobert is a partner with Fotenn Consultants and was the lead planner and program manager for the Kanata West Concept Plan. That plan was created in the late 1990’s to guide the development of west end of Kanata, centred around the NHL arena (now Canadian Tire Centre). Continue reading


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