The Ottawa Senators officially have a new owner
The Ottawa Senators officially have a new owner. Michael Andlauer officially took over the reins on Friday.
I hope everyone had a nice weekend. I was happy to attend a few fall events around Ottawa over the past few days. It was great to stop by the Taste of Wellington West and the McKellar Park Fall Carnival!
Today, we’ve got the one big story around town: the Ottawa Senators have a new owner. Fans are optimistic this can bring some much-needed change to the team.
— Charlie Senack, [email protected]
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OTTAWA THIS WEEK
New police station: The Ottawa Police Services Board is expected to approve on Monday a $115.4-million construction contract for a new south-end facility on Prince of Wales Drive near Lodge Road. The overall construction cost is expected to be $193.7 million. [Ottawa Citizen]
Michael Andlauer officially takes over the Senators
A new era: Michael Andlauer has officially taken over as new owner of the Ottawa Senators. On Friday, a news conference was held to introduce the new businessman to the city. His first big move was to re-appoint Cyril Leeder as president and CEO of the team, after a six year absence.
National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman, and former Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson were also on hand for the ceremony.
The price: Andlauer, who paid $950 million for the team, was one of 15 bidders who were interested in buying the Ottawa Senators. Other names included actor Ryan Reynolds, who’s bid did not go forward, Sportsnet reported. One of the conditions of the sale is the team must remain in Ottawa.
The team was purchased from the Melnyk family who sold the team and stadium after previous owner Eugene Melnyk died last March, according to CTV. Melnyk purchased the team for $92 million in 2003, the Ottawa Sun reported.
Embracing fans: Andlauer has made it clear while he’s owner on paper, it’s the fans who really keep the team afloat.
“The Ottawa Senators Hockey Club is an amazing organization, from the players, to the staff, to the most passionate fan base in the game. My family and I are thrilled to officially be a part of Ottawa’s team and the Ottawa-Gatineau community," Andlauer said in a statement.
A new arena: While the team must stay in Ottawa, the arena can be moved elsewhere in the city, including to LeBreton Flats, a tentative plan that has been in the works for years. The new owner said he’s in support of a new arena being built there, but expects the team will still be in Kanata in five years unless things move fast.
“Here's the thing on the real estate side … the mayor wants it, the NCC wants it, the Ottawa Senators want it, the fans want it,” he said, according to CBC. ”We're all going in the same direction, so it's a matter of collaborating, working together and seeing what works and making it a true win-win-win-win.… There's definitely momentum here.”
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OTTAWA BY THE NUMBERS
👩 40: Finalists were celebrated at the Businesswoman of the Year awards. [Ottawa Business Journal]
⛳️ $1.6M: The amount of money raised for more than a dozen charities by the Mike McCann Charity Golf Tournament hosted by CLV Group. [Ottawa Business Journal]
👦 3: The age of a boy found without vital signs after falling from an Ottawa high-rise. Sadly, the child did not survive. [CTV]
Priya’s Pearl of a business
Priya Randev. Ralf Joneikies/Ottawa Lookout
Priya Randev knew from a young age that she wanted to be a baker.
So she took the opportunity during the pandemic to start thinking more deeply about what a startup might look like. In February of this year she began finalizing plans and on May 1, launched her home-based business: Sweet Pearl Bake Shop.
“I enjoyed the process of starting this business”, she told me. “I also knew that I wanted to be a baker in my retirement but I didn’t want to wait until retirement to start. This is the work that fills my soul.”
NEW LOCAL JOBS
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✈️ A pilot and passenger walked away from an emergency crash landing at the Ottawa Airport on Saturday. The plane's front landing gear didn’t locking in place as the pilot went to land. [CTV]
👮🏼♀️ Ottawa Police are investigating after shots were fired in Overbrook on Saturday night. Shell casings were found at the scene. [CTV]
👮 A person was injured after a shooting near Bank and Hunt Club on Friday. The guns and gangs unit is investigating. [CityNews]
🎙️ Carleton University is launching a new award in honour of slain Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, hoping to inspire young journalists to carry on her legacy of vital social justice reporting. [CBC]
🚧 A new report from the city suggests O’Connor Street in the Glebe isn’t designed for the traffic increase seen by closing the Queen Elizabeth Driveway to vehicles over the summer. [CTV]
What to do this week
🤹♀️The Wiggles - Ready, Steady, Wiggle Tour, Saturday: The tour is a high-energy celebration of music, dancing and endless fun leaving children inspired, enthralled and eager for more! Get ready to sing, dance and wiggle your way through an unforgettable musical extravaganza of beloved Wiggles hits. At Meridian Theatres, 101 Centrepointe Drive. Tickets $53.
🎵 A world in Common, Saturday: Join the Big Soul Project Community Choir for an evening of uplifting music in support of the Ottawa South Committee for Refugee Support. At Andrew Fleck Children's Services, Capital Child Care Centre, 1230 Bank St. Tickets between $0 and $25.
🍺 Orléans Oktoberfest, Saturday: No better way to welcome Fall than Oktoberfest with breweries! Go for some great local beer, german inspired food and live entertainment as we host the 5th annual Orléans Oktoberfest with some of our Ottawa brewery friends. At Orléans Brewing Co., 4380 Innes Rd. Tickets $35.
🍊 ADAAWE Orange Shirt Day Memorial Walk, Saturday: Join fellow ADAAWE members on a poignant journey from Somerset Street to Parliament Hill as they commemorate two significant occasions: The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, and Orange Shirt Day. At Adaawe Indigenous Business Hub, 338 Somerset St. W. Free.
Carleton MPP Goldie Ghamari is demanding answers as to why there are so many school bus cancellations. [Manotick Messenger]
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The Sens won their pre-season opener against the Leafs 3-2. [CTV]
The Ajashki Learning Centre is tackling climate change and food insecurity through education. [Kitchissippi Times]
Westboro-based photographer Jessica Deeks has a new portrait series on display at Wellington West’s Urban Art Collective. [Kitchissippi Times]
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