Andrew Duffy writes that ten crucial events shaped my hometown of Ottawa; the work I did with my dedicated team at Terrace Investments Limited (the first part company of the Ottawa Senators and their home arena, Canadian Tire Centre) comes in at #9,
Those ten fateful events?
1. To found Wright’s Town at Chaudière Falls (1800)
2. To build the Rideau Canal (1826).
3. To name Ottawa the capital of Canada (1857).
4. To grant a charter to the University of Ottawa (1866).
5. To appoint the Ottawa Improvement Commission (1899).
6. To name Jacques Gréber as consultant to the National Capital Planning Committee (1945).
7. To build the Queensway (1957).
8. To launch Bell-Northern Research (1971).
9. To grant Ottawa an NHL franchise (1990).
10. To amalgamate (2001).
Andrew wrote this about #9:
“It was a magical moment.” That’s the way founding Ottawa Senators owner Bruce Firestoneremembers the afternoon of Dec. 6, 1990, when NHL president John Ziegler Jr. stepped to the microphone of a Florida ballroom to announce that Ottawa would be receiving one of two new NHL franchises. Firestone’s bid was built on chutzpah, and depended heavily on a land development scheme. Most considered it a long shot since the Hamilton bid, with an arena already built, was backed by Ron Joyce, the billionaire co-founder of Tim Hortons. Ottawa somehow prevailed, and the Senators have since anchored the city’s outsized sports and entertainment scene, which includes a rich assortment of outdoor festivals and cultural destinations. The National Arts Centre marks its 30th anniversary this year while the city’s musical juggernaut, Bluesfest, will celebrate its 25th.
Bruce M Firestone, B Eng (civil), M Eng-Sci, PhD
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