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Helicopter fly-by over Canadian Tire Centre on Monday night

(Via the City of Ottawa)

West end commuters and residents around the Canadian Tire Centre can expect to see a Canadian Armed Forces CH-146 Griffon flying over the area between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. tonight. A member of the Canadian Armed Forces will be rappelling from the helicopter. The activity is being filmed for the Ottawa Senators annual celebration of Canadian Armed Forces night on November 2.


COMMENT: Welcome to Stittsville, Amazon

(PHOTO: Amazon’s headquarters in Seattle include three “biospheres” filled with plants and endangered species. Photo by brewbooks, used under a Creative Commons license.)

You may have heard this week: Amazon is looking for a major North American city where they can establish a second world headquarters.

Their original campus is in Seattle, where 40,000 people walk to work every day. They’ve launched an RFP process, inviting cities across North America to make a pitch to become a new home for Amazon. Continue reading


NOTEBOOK: Kanata-Stittsville LRT study will look at three route options

(PHOTO: Artist’s rendering of the Rideau LRT station downtown. Via City of Ottawa.)

It occurred to me on the drive home from Monday night’s LRT open house that we just spent a lot of time and money on consultants to tell us that the best route for LRT is along the Queensway, like we’ve been planning all along.

Still, consultants and planners will spend the next few months evaluating three options (down from 13 shortlisted routes) for the potential future Kanata-Stittsville LRT extension, from Moodie Drive to Palladium. Continue reading


NOTEBOOK: Owners want to axe Palladium Autopark capacity limit

Oh the irony.

A planning consultant says that a luxury auto dealership planned for Palladium Drive will be pedestrian friendly.

I’ll admit, a lot of the information contained in the Proposed Zoning By-Law Amendment Planning Rationale for 2499 Palladium Drive, 2500 Palladium Drive and 675 Autopark Private is over my head, but I know enough to read these documents with a certain degree of skepticism.

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RCAF jets to conduct flyby over Canadian Tire Centre on Saturday

(PHOTO: The CT-155 Hawk. Photo via Department of National Defence.)

(via Royal Canadian Air Force)

Two Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) CT-155 Hawk trainer jets from 2 Canadian Forces Flying Training School at 15 Wing Moose Jaw, Sask. will conduct a flyby over the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa before the start of the Ottawa Senators’ second playoff game against the New York Rangers.

The flyby will take place between 2 and 2:30 p.m. EDT on Saturday, April 29, 2017. Continue reading


Here’s how much the Sens pay in property taxes each year

(Canadian Tire Centre. Photo by Aaron Toth, via Flickr)

And you thought your property tax bill was high…

Somebody was asking the other day in a local Facebook group how much the Senators pay in property tax is each year, and how much of that goes to Stittsville.  So we asked the City of Ottawa, and they came back with these numbers, right down to the penny. Continue reading


NOTEBOOK: LRT open houses, pedestrian safety upgrades, more

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


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…

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


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


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.



  • Ticket Sellers


  • Conversions (General Labour)


  • Concierge


  • Call Centre Operators


  • 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


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


  • Cashiers
  • Lot Attendants
  • Valet Drivers


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


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


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


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

More info…


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


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


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.

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


HUBLEY: Kanata economy must be protected if Sens leave

(from Kanata South Councillor Allan Hubley’s weekly column)

Many residents have expressed concern for the Senators moving from Kanata as part of the Lebreton proposals. I have shared your concern and ideas with both parties involved in the revitalization of Lebreton and will continue to work with my fellow west end councillors to do whatever possible to protect the jobs and businesses that currently depend on the Senators.

If we cannot convince the Sens to stay as our first priority, then we must ensure there are plans for the area that will provide as much or even more of an economic boost to our community.  We also need to help whoever will develop the area next to ensure that when the Sens leave and when the next attraction is in place, that the gap is a small as possible.

I encourage everyone to keep in mind that Kanata Stittsville is the number two employment area in the city and over the past six years either first or second as the fastest growing area of the city and that is not because of the Sens, it is because we have built the best place to live, work, play and that is why you and I are proud to make this community our home.


Melnyk envisions “entertainment-driven” transformation of Canadian Tire Centre

The Ottawa Citizen reports today on what the future could hold for the Canadian Tire Centre if the Senators end up moving downtown.

Eugene Melnyk said the Senators have a plan to repurpose the Canadian Tire Centre and build more on the 76 acres he owns around the Kanata arena. Melnyk is still coy about the details, waiting instead to crunch the final numbers before going public, but he envisions an “entertainment-driven” transformation.

“We have the plans all ready. We’re just finishing up the costing of it and I think it’s going to be a spectacular site even post-Sens,” Melnyk told Postmedia’s editorial board Friday.

Melnyk said he hopes to make the plan public within the next 30 days.

The CTC won’t remain as a hockey arena if the Senators win the development rights at LeBreton, Leeder said.

“The market isn’t big enough to support two full-scale arenas long-term,” Leeder said, emphasizing the importance of having “one really strong one.”

Slot machines and table games aren’t in the cards, either. The club was hot after a casino in 2013 until city council decided all gaming should be kept at the Rideau Carleton Raceway.

Leeder said the club could consider converting the CTC into a smaller venue and hosting other ice sports, like curling.

Read the full article…



Sens invite public to check out their Lebreton Flats proposal at CTC

(Press release via Ottawa Senators)

RendezVous LeBreton Group’s IllumiNATION LeBreton proposal, submitted to the National Capital Commission to redevelop LeBreton Flats, will be on public display at Canadian Tire Centre from Thursday, Feb. 4, to Monday, Feb. 8.

“I have been overwhelmed by the amount of public interest and excitement in our IllumiNATION proposal,” said Senators owner Eugene Melnyk. “Many people were unable to attend the two-day public consultation at the War Museum so by inviting people to come to Canadian Tire Centre over the next five days, we hope we are able to give everyone in Ottawa and Gatineau the opportunity to learn about IllumiNATION LeBreton and our vision to make Ottawa an even more vibrant capital city.” Continue reading


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.


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…