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LINKED: Plan now for vacant Canadian Tire Centre, city urges Sens

From Laura Osman / CBC News:

Mayor Jim Watson says he doesn’t want to repeat the mistake other cities have made by leaving Ottawa’s NHL arena vacant when the team moves into a new downtown rink.

Watson, who’s preparing to take a seat at the negotiating table to hash out details of the LeBreton Flats redevelopment, said Tuesday the future of the Canadian Tire Centre (CTC) in Kanata must be considered before the Senators move to a new arena.

The worst case scenario, according to Watson?

“That it remains vacant and empty and no activity happens there for years and years.”

In September Senators president Tom Anselmi said the organization hadn’t settled on a plan for the CTC after the team moves out. Watson said Tuesday as far as he knows, there still isn’t one.

“My concern is that [the Senators] would move ahead with LeBreton and tie up that land, that very important piece of property for the west end, tie it up for years by doing nothing with it.” – Kanata North Councillor Allan Hubley

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Sens announce additional details for Fan Fest on Sept 17

(press release)

The Ottawa Senators (@Senators) announced additional details for the team’s annual Fan Fest, presented by Canadian Tire, in support of the Ottawa Senators Foundation and Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities, which will take place this Sunday, Sept. 17 at Canadian Tire Centre (@CdnTireCtr).

Held in conjunction with Scotiabank, CTV and TSN 1200, Senators Fan Fest will feature four unique fan press conferences, two team practices, a Senators’ intra-squad game, autograph sessions, a Locker Room Sale featuring new and used hockey equipment along with interactive games and entertainment throughout the arena. 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


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: 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


City seeks feedback on new commemorative park names

(PHOTO: The City is proposing changing the name of Bell Memorial Park on Stittsville Main Street “W.J. Bell Rotary Peace Park”. This photo is from the opening ceremonies for the park in October 2015.)

(via City of Ottawa)

The City of Ottawa Commemorative Naming Committee is conducting online public consultations on several naming proposals, including several parks in Stittsville and two nearby rinks in Kanata South,  The deadline for submitting comments online is December 18, 2016. Continue reading


Additional details for Sunday’s Sens Fan Fest released

(via Ottawa Senators)

More than 50 players, prospects and alumni to participate in fan press conferences, autograph sessions, intra-squad game and more.

The Ottawa Senators (@Senators) announced today additional details for the team’s annual Fan Fest, which will take place this Sunday, Sept. 25, at Canadian Tire Centre (@CdnTireCtr). The event will feature four unique fan press conferences, two team practices, a Senators’ intra-squad game, autograph sessions, interactive games and entertainment throughout the arena.

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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.



  • 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


LINKED: Garth Brooks runs a ball hockey clinic at Sacred Heart

Garth Brooks runs a ball hockey camp at Sacred Heart High School. Image via CTV Ottawa.

Country music superstar Garth Brooks ran a ball hockey camp inside the Sacred Heart high school gymnasium on Saturday morning.  He was joined by Chris Phillips from the Ottawa Senators and Sens alumni Shean Donovan. 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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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…


Two NHL captains visit Napoli’s

One retired NHL captain (Daniel Alfredsson, Ottawa Senators) and one current NHL captain (Nick Foligno, Columbus Blue Jackets) were at Napoli's on Wednesday night.  They're pictured here with co-owner Bassel Khalil.
Photo via Napoli’s

One retired NHL captain (Daniel Alfredsson, Ottawa Senators) and one current NHL captain (Nick Foligno, Columbus Blue Jackets) were at Napoli’s on Wednesday night.  They’re pictured here with co-owner Bassel Khalil.

Foligno played for the Sens from 2007-2012, and his Blue Jackets are in town to play at Canadian Tire Centre on Thursday night.


LINKED: Sens play road hockey on a Stittsville Street

The Ottawa Citizen had a story this week about Senators roommates Mark Stone, Curtis Lazar, and Chris Wideman.

The trio share a house in Stittsville, and last Sunday they were watching football on tv with teammate Alex Chiasson. A group of neighbourhood kids rang the doorbell, and asked them to join in a road hockey game.

Read more from the Citizen…




Sens host Fan Fest on Sunday

(Press release from the Ottawa Senators.)

The Ottawa Senators (@Senators) announced today additional details for the team’s annual Fan Fest, which will take place this Sunday beginning at 9 a.m. at Canadian Tire Centre (@CdnTireCtr). The event will feature four unique fan press conferences, a team practice, a Senators’ intra-squad game, autograph sessions, a Senators’ game-used equipment and jersey sale, interactive games and entertainment throughout the arena. Continue reading