Ottawasun

  • Battle of Pennsylvania not much of a fight as Penguins win a...
    Before these NHL playoffs began, if somebody had offered you a free pass to any first-round matchup, the Battle of Pennsylvania would’ve had plenty of appeal. It seemed to have the makings of an intense, hard-fought, interesting series to watch. The Pittsburgh Penguins were kicking off their quest to three-peat… ... more
    Ottawasun7 hours ago
  • Redblacks offensive lineman Jon Gott teams with girlfriend t...
    From June until November, Jon Gott is paid to strap on shoulder pads and get nasty while blocking opposing football players.  It’s a gentler Gott, the 300-pound Ottawa Redblacks offensive lineman, greeting guests at SPINCO Ottawa at 123 Slater St. It’s Beauty and The Beard — girlfriend Nicole Hilstob and Gott… ... more
    Ottawasun9 hours ago
  • McLeod: Heritage preservation helps us build a better city
    There was, perhaps, the most minor of international incidents in Ottawa the other day as the city’s built-heritage subcommittee denied approval for the Ugandan High Commission to demolish a low-rise apartment building. The building is in bad shape, needing expensive repairs if it is to be salvaged. It was home… ... more
    Ottawasun12 hours ago
  • Garrioch: Guy Boucher plays waiting game while coaching caro...
    Guy Boucher is sitting, waiting and wondering. At this point, he has no other choice. The Ottawa Senators’ head coach has a year left on his contract but, at this point, it’s anybody’s guess as to whether he’ll be back next season since that decision likely won’t be made by… ... more
    Ottawasun13 hours ago
  • You Said It: Canadians are going to lose in playoffs
    NO HOCKEY FOR ME I am not watching any more hockey. These playoffs are a joke. The Boston versus Toronto and Pittsburgh versus Philadelphia games were decided by the referees not the players. All year long, when Canadian teams play American ones, there are so many missed calls – 90… ... more
    Ottawasun24 hours ago
  • You Said It: Trump strikes Syria
    WATCH FOR MOTORCYCLES This letter is one that shouldn’t need to be written; but here it is anyway. As the warm weather is about to arrive, so too are motorcycles. As it was reasonably warm on a recent afternoon I decided to take my bike out for a short ride.… ... more
    Ottawasun2 days ago
  • Senators post-mortem: Tremendous response to Senators survey...
    Senators owner Eugene Melnyk called it a “stupid survey.â€� That’s probably because he knew what it would reveal. The ninth and final segment in our Senators post-mortem, our ‘You Be The Boss’ poll asked fans for their help in pinpointing problems from the most disappointing season in team history, as… ... more
    Ottawasun2 days ago
  • You Said It: Missing Chris Neil
    MISSING CHRIS NEIL I think in comparing the Sens’ past two seasons, consideration must be given to what I believe was a huge factor in both cases: Chris Neil helped the Sens overachieve in 2017 by keeping other teams’ players accountable for their actions on the ice and the Sens… ... more
    Ottawasun3 days ago
  • BRENNAN: Penguins take series lead with major contribution f...
    Picking the three stars in Sunday’s Pittsburgh Penguins-Philadelphia Flyers matinee was a piece of cake. They weren’t what was listed on the bottom of the NHL’s game sheet. The first two were right. Sidney Crosby deserved to be No. 1 for his goal and three assists in the Penguins 5-1… ... more
    Ottawasun3 days ago
  • Dahlin is the prize, but picking number one doesn’t often ...
    Should the Ottawa Senators secure the golden ticket in the NHL draft lottery on April 28, we can safely predict a few summer events along the following lines. Once the selection of Rasmus Dahlin is made official at the draft on June 22, the teen phenom will be paraded around… ... more
    Ottawasun3 days ago
  • Canadian men pick up hoops silver
    The men’s basketball gold-medal game on the final day of the Commonwealth Games was viewed as a David and Goliath encounter. The host Australian team was assembled from its pre-eminent professional circuit, the National Basketball League, and the average age of the dozen players was 29.4 years. The Canadian team… ... more
    Ottawasun3 days ago
  • Freezing rain likely to continue until Monday morning
    The messy winter storm that has threatened Ottawa all weekend arrived Sunday afternoon with freezing rain and ice pellets that were making streets and sidewalks slippery. As of mid afternoon, police and Ottawa Paramedic Services reported one road crash, on River Road near Roger Stevens Drive. A pickup truck slid off… ... more
    Ottawasun4 days ago
  • Gibbons: LeBreton ‘game-changer’ might be distraction Me...
    Maybe relocating the Ottawa Senators to LeBreton Flats isn’t such a good idea after all. The franchise did just fine for many years in Kanata with good teams and decent attendance. It’s now paying a steep price for being distracted by the lure of seemingly greener pastures downtown. Think I’m… ... more
    Ottawasun4 days ago
  • Editorial: On pot sales, Ontario falls behind
    Behold, Ontario, the silliness of our regime for the legal sale of marijuana. Exhibit A: Last week, the LCBO and the Ontario Cannabis Store, agencies set up by the provincial government, announced the addresses of four future pot shops. One of them, in Toronto, turns out to be less than… ... more
    Ottawasun4 days ago
  • You Said It: Livingston sentence not enough
    WHERE IS THE PUNISHMENT So, the former chief of staff to premier Dalton McGuinty only gets four months in jail and worst, now he is out on bail, pending appeal. So where is the punishment? His sentencing leaves a somewhat sour taste in taxpayers’ mouths. Although he has been convicted… ... more
    Ottawasun4 days ago
  • Fury drop another one
    The Ottawa Fury FC will have a new look for their home opener next week at TD Place with a uniform re-redesign that includes five stripes on their uniforms to commemorate the five seasons of Fury FC football. Well, you’re supposed to dress for success and the Fury FC can… ... more
    Ottawasun4 days ago
  • Former major league pitcher Erik Bédard relaxes, enjoys r...
    In a 5,000-square-foot beauty of a home, guarded by a gated entrance in the outer reaches of Cumberland, Erik Bédard, the kid from Navan who was long ago told he was too small to sling a baseball at a competitive level, is at peace with retirement. The 39-year-old Bédard is… ... more
    Ottawasun4 days ago
  • It’s shoe-time for Jessica Bédard, who’s living her d...
    Now, it’s all about the shoes for Jessica Bédard, who got to follow her husband, former Major League Baseball pitcher Eric Bédard, around for a few years, with stops in Houston and Tampa. When Erik retired three years ago and returned to Cumberland, he asked his wife (maiden name LaBonte), a former part-owner in… ... more
    Ottawasun4 days ago
  • First-round pick Cameron Tolnai gets first taste of 67’s c...
    A week earlier, Cameron Tolnai was just another minor midget hockey player, firing up his laptop so he could follow the Ontario Hockey League draft online, watching how and more importantly where his hockey future might unfold. Fast forward seven days and Tolnai was donning an 67’s practice jersey (veteran… ... more
    Ottawasun4 days ago
  • Ottawa has been a hockey hit with the Chmelevskis
    Tal Chmelevski had the kind of day hockey parents dream about. He spent Saturday at the University of Ottawa arena, proudly watching middle son Nicholas at Ottawa 67’s development camp, then planned to stay up late to watch eldest Sasha, already a 67’s star, try to help the San Jose… ... more
    Ottawasun4 days ago
  • Sens post mortem, Part VII: Where did the fans go and how do...
    A few weeks back, the Pope of Saturday Night hockey, Don Cherry, opined that the Ottawa Senators franchise might be better off somewhere else. Cherry doesn’t know this market well, but the sting was felt just the same as he essentially blamed Senators fans for not buying enough tickets. Accurate… ... more
    Ottawasun4 days ago
  • Disappointment for Catherine Traer and Merissah Russell with...
    Catherine Traer’s marvellous eight-month world basketball tour came to an unfortunate conclusion Saturday. Merissah Russell of Ottawa, right, pressures Micaela Cocks of New Zealand as she passes the ball during the bronze medal women’s basketball game Saturday. After helping the Canada-Quebec team win a silver medal at Jeux de la… ... more
    Ottawasun4 days ago
  • The Week in Quotes: Pipelines and Bashar Assad
    Investors in Houston may, or may not, ultimately have the stomach for this fight and maybe the government of B.C. feels they can mess with Texas, and who knows, maybe they can. But let me be absolutely clear: they cannot mess with Alberta. – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley on the… ... more
    Ottawasun5 days ago
  • Teoscar Hernandez answers the call, leads Blue Jays to win o...
    CLEVELAND — Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Teoscar Hernandez may not be a drummer, but he does have great timing. Hernandez was recalled by the Jays on Friday after Josh Donaldson went on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation and he answered the team’s call by delivering the game-winning hit… ... more
    Ottawasun5 days ago
  • Snapshots: Flyers, Elliott bounce back to even series with P...
    Brian Elliott made a big rebound instead of giving up one Friday night. As a result, the Philadelphia Flyers have suddenly and surprisingly stolen home ice advantage away from the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Battle of Pennsylvania. After getting pulled midway through Game 1 — when Sidney Crosby’s backhand baseball… ... more
    Ottawasun5 days ago
  • Will Senators owner Eugene Melnyk follow the Chicago model f...
    “Many times he would offend the fans and he wouldn’t mean to offend them. He just meant to say he invested in a business and he didn’t want to lose money. They were thinking short term and he was thinking long term. From that way, he was (misunderstood).â€�Rocky… ... more
    Ottawasun5 days ago
  • What he has said: Eugene Melnyk quotes from the past season
    MOUTHED BY MELNYK Sept. 7, 2017: “The attendance shifts have been dramatic over a period of two decades. The whole trend now is less seats and more (in-house sections), and frankly, smaller stadiums. When you look at things like a new downtown stadium, we’re not going to build a 20,000-seat… ... more
    Ottawasun5 days ago
  • Commonwealth Games bronze medal is bittersweet for boxer Har...
    Harley-David O’Reilly’s first Commonwealth Games boxing experience ended one day too soon for his liking. At least the Gatineau fighter was rewarded with a bronze medal when he left the ring at Gold Coast, Australia, but what he really wanted was the gold in the men’s 81-kilogram class. Harley-David O’Reilly. Photo… ... more
    Ottawasun5 days ago
  • It’s time for Fury FC to deliver some pushback
    Nikola Popovic knew what he was getting into with Ottawa Fury FC, but there must still be times when he sits back and thinks about his former job in Kansas City’s Swope Park. A year ago, Popovic was flying high, his Swope Park Rangers had a 2-0 record, the start… ... more
    Ottawasun5 days ago
  • One goal: good slogan, but lousy statistic for Fury FC
    While it’s still early in the season, it’s telling that 32 United Soccer League players have scored more goals than Ottawa Fury FC. Another 17 players have just as many. One goal. It makes for a good motivational slogan, but lousy statistics. It's time for Fury FC to deliver some… ... more
    Ottawasun5 days ago
  • Whether relocating from the city or the country, homebuyers ...
    New Tempo development homeowners Diane Davis and Jordie Yeo love the slower pace in Kemptville, Ont. – they just had to adapt to it.“When you’re in a store, there’s a lot of chit-chat because the customers know each other,â€� said Davis, 52. “It’s not as rushed.â€� “It’s more relaxed,â€� added… ... more
    Ottawasun6 days ago
  • Dispute with landlord not likely to blow over; tenant respon...
    By Dickie & Lyman LLP Who practice landlord/tenant law and other areas of law Q: I rent a townhouse in the south end of Ottawa. There is a small yard behind the unit, in which I stored some patio furniture over the winter. Last week my landlord was at the… ... more
    Ottawasun6 days ago
  • What can you expect during a home inspection?
    An Agreement of Purchase and Sale for a residential resale home will most often include a few conditions for the benefit of the buyer. One that we always recommend is that the buyer be allowed to hire a home inspector to inspect the property for deficiencies prior to the purchase… ... more
    Ottawasun6 days ago
  • Tips for getting offers accepted in hot markets
    I took part in a panel discussion at the Real Estate Investment Network’s (REIN) workshop in Ottawa last week. The very timely topic about “how investors can get their offers accepted in a hot marketâ€� was covered. The combination of a low inventory and high demand has created an environment… ... more
    Ottawasun6 days ago
  • And the living is easy
    If we had a buck for every time we’ve been confounded by plumbing issues when planning an extra powder room in any of our own (or indeed client) projects, we’d be laughing all the way to the bank.    Flushed with success  Only last month, for example, whilst plotting a… ... more
    Ottawasun6 days ago
  • Editorial: Free ticket challenge for Melnyk is just life
    Among the comments, explanations and complaints from Senators’ owner Eugene Melnyk at his town halls this week was a tiresomely familiar one: Government workers can’t accept complimentary tickets to games. There’s no corporate base in Ottawa, he lamented. No one to buy a bunch of tickets and dole them out… ... more
    Ottawasun6 days ago
  • You Said It: Trudeau must push ahead on pipelines
    SUN GETS IT RIGHT Two things in the Sun have prompted me to write another letter: One was the unique letter suggesting a change in name of the Stanley Cup to the Humboldt Cup in memory of those who died so tragically last week. If that isn’t possible – probably… ... more
    Ottawasun6 days ago
  • Sens post-mortem part V: Karlsson expected to pass on take-i...
    For his last interview inside the Senators dressing room, Erik Karlsson wore a cap and a fresh-face that made him look like he did when he was drafted as a skinny teenager 10 years ago. “I wasn’t really ready to let go of my hair, so I had to let… ... more
    Ottawasun6 days ago
  • Snapshots: Senators honour Jonathan Pitre’s memory by rena...
    Pierre Dorion is confident he’ll be able to keep the Ottawa Senators together. Talk about the future of Erik Karlsson will continue, with the Senators set to make their captain an offer for a long-term contract extension on July 1, but the Senators general manager said Thursday he had no… ... more
    Ottawasun6 days ago
  • Brennan: Melnyk cries fake news on threats of leaving, atten...
    Maybe the reason Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk is now also self-appointed team president has nothing to do with saving money or being unable to find someone who can work with him. Maybe he just wants to be like Donald Trump. In trying to salvage his relationship with fans, Melynk… ... more
    Ottawasun6 days ago
  • Snapshots: GM Pierre Dorion says there are no concerns about...
    Pierre Dorion is confident he’ll be able to keep the Ottawa Senators together. Talk about the future of Erik Karlsson will continue, with the Senators set to make their captain an offer for a long-term contract extension on July 1, but the Senators general manager said Thursday he had no… ... more
    Ottawasun7 days ago
  • Rental Guide: Homeowner can refuse to share living quarters ...
    By Dickie & Lyman LLP Who practice landlord/tenant law and other areas of law Q: I have just bought my own house in Ottawa. To help pay the mortgage and other expenses I am renting out two rooms. One is now rented. Recently I was approached by a prospective renter… ... more
    Ottawasun7 days ago
  • The Senators will keep their top selection in the 2018 NHL d...
    The Ottawa Senators will head to the National Hockey League draft in June armed with their first-round pick. General manager Pierre Dorion confirmed Thursday the Senators wouldn’t turn over that top selection to the Colorado Avalanche, but would instead relinquish their first-round pick in 2019 as part of the deal… ... more
    Ottawasun7 days ago
  • Preventing potential financial crisis
    It is completely astounding how people can find themselves on the brink of financial ruin and still continue to put the blame on new housing rules and seek the help of provincial or financial assistance when their million dollar housing deal falls through. Here in Ottawa it is perhaps less… ... more
    Ottawasun7 days ago
  • Maintaining affordability for tenants in community housing
    To protect low income Canadians in housing-need, it is important that Canada’s existing social housing stock remains affordable and in good repair well into the future. In communities all across Canada, thousands of Canadians rely on federally administered community housing as a place to call home. The federal government through… ... more
    Ottawasun7 days ago
  • Elements of Scandinavian design
    Scandinavian design is known for being functional, simple and minimalist. The movement had its origins in the five Nordic countries of Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark in the early 20th century, and achieved popularity in North America by the Sixties. Its clean lines and contemporary look has never really… ... more
    Ottawasun7 days ago
  • The Ottawa Senators aren’t ready to re-commit to head coac...
    Guy Boucher has been put on notice. Ottawa Senators general manager Pierre Dorion refused Thursday morning to give members of the club’s coaching staff a vote of confidence and added that, “if” they were back next season, the way they operated would have to change dramatically. Speaking to reporters at… ... more
    Ottawasun7 days ago
  • Staged to stay
    Hey, not everyone is hell-bent on scaling the Canadian property ladder and so, this in mind, why not ‘profit’ courtesy of our ‘making the best of what you have’ 101? Read it and reap for a fat daily return! Kitchens Top this. Keep surfaces clutter free to ensure there’s space… ... more
    Ottawasun7 days ago
  • Stittsville’s Wiebe wins second consecutive women’s...
    Stittsville’s Erica Wiebe had three goals for her Commonwealth Games experience in Gold Coast, Australia _ pet a koala bear, get a tan and win her second consecutive wrestling championship.   Put a check mark beside two and get ready to complete the assignment. On the day she arrived at… ... more
    Ottawasun7 days ago
  • You Said It: Prayers for everyone in Humboldt
    SICK OF VIRTUE SIGNALLING Is everybody sick of virtue signalling? Are you not tired of all Liberal governments? In Canada we have to use oil. How else do you get to work or get around? Don’t tell me get an electric vehicle, because it is not cheap to buy, or… ... more
    Ottawasun7 days ago
  • Snapshots: Goaltending difference in Battle of Pennsylvania
    The so-called Battle of Pennsylvania is going to be a short and messy beating if the opener is any indication. Mostly because of the goaltending. There should be no surprise there, really. The Philadelphia Flyers started leaky 33-year-old Brian Elliott in Game 1 against the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh… ... more
    Ottawasun1 week ago
  • Junior Senators survive scare against Braves, advance to CCH...
    The Ottawa Junior Senators are moving on to the Central Canada Hockey League final, and awaiting them for the third straight year are the four-time defending champion Carleton Place Canadians.   The Jr. Senators survived a scare as the Brockville Braves forced a deciding seventh game after being down three… ... more
    Ottawasun1 week ago
  • Fury Fanatics program giving money back to minor soccer
    Ottawa Fury FC continues to invest in the minor soccer community, announcing Wednesday that $3 from each $5 Fury Fanatics ticket sold will go back to the player’s respective club. Through the partnership with almost 50 clubs in the region, Fury FC staff and players will also be involved at… ... more
    Ottawasun1 week ago
  • Garrioch: Work to be done before Senators move to LeBreton
    Eugene Melnyk and Pierre Dorion started and finished their day Wednesday with two more town hall talks with season ticket holders. And, at the end of the session Wednesday morning, the Ottawa Senators owner indicated he’d like to do this two or three times a year to get the club’s… ... more
    Ottawasun1 week ago
  • Sens post-mortem Part IV: Time for Senators to turn the page...
    So where do the Ottawa Senators go from here? After closing out one of the worst seasons in franchise history, the Senators now must make the right moves back to respectability in order to compete for a playoff spot next season. General manager Pierre Dorion and the staff in hockey… ... more
    Ottawasun1 week ago
  • Chris Neil returning to the Ottawa Senators in role of alumn...
    One of the toughest players ever to put on an Ottawa Senators uniform is rejoining the team in an off-ice role. Five months after announcing his retirement following 16 seasons with the Senators, Chris Neil will join former teammate Chris Phillips as an alumni ambassador. In his new role, Neil… ... more
    Ottawasun1 week ago
  • Warrenspiece: Fans attitudes reflect media attitudes and vic...
    There’s a famous line in the infamous movie Cool Hand Luke that sums up the Ottawa Senators these days. “What we’ve got here,â€� the prison warden says to Luke, played by a young Paul Newman, “is failure to communicate.â€� Indeed, many season ticket-holders and owner Eugene Melnyk don’t see eye… ... more
    Ottawasun1 week ago
  • Walker: After catastrophic injury, teen found courage to con...
    In 2010, father of four Andrew Henry came upon a horrific car crash that had just happened about 500 metres from his home in rural southwest Ottawa. All of his children were in the car. The car had flipped end over end. Two children remained trapped. Two others were at… ... more
    Ottawasun1 week ago
  • Gatineau boxer Harley-David O’Reilly is guaranteed a Commo...
    Gatineau’s Harley-David O’Reilly won a medal at the Commonwealth Games in Australia on Wednesday, and he didn’t need to break a sweat or throw a punch to do it. When Cameroon’s Ulrich Rodrigue Yombo failed to attend the weigh-in ceremony for their men’s 81-kilogram quarter-final match, O’Reilly was declared the… ... more
    Ottawasun1 week ago
  • You Said It: Replace Stanley Cup with Humboldt Cup
    CREATE THE HUMBOLDT CUP As a nation, we mourn the loss of lives which were cut short after the tragedy in Humboldt, Sask. It’s hard to imagine that so many lives could be lost in a single event. Hockey is Canada’s game and we have proven how important it is… ... more
    Ottawasun1 week ago
  • What they said: Melnyk and Dorion
    The question-and-answer session at Tuesday’s town hall featured a sometimes lively give-and-take between fans and owner Eugene Melnyk and general manager Pierre Dorion. Among the statements and answers: Eugene Melnyk on the club’s rebuilding phase: “We’re not going to win the Stanley Cup next year. We all know that.â€� He… ... more
    Ottawasun1 week ago
  • Karlsson stays, at least through draft, Dorion tells ticket ...
    Ottawa Senators general manager Pierre Dorion made it clear Tuesday night that captain Erik Karlsson will not be traded at the NHL entry draft in June. Accompanied by Senators owner Eugene Melnyk at a town hall attended by 300 season ticket holders at the Canadian Tire Centre, Dorion said the… ... more
    Ottawasun1 week ago
  • Not a lot to like about this Senators season
    Even the good was overshadowed by the bad and ugly for the 2017-18 Senators. No better example of that was displayed 10 days before Christmas, with the eyes of the hockey world focused on Canada’s capital and an outdoor game to mark the NHL’s 100th anniversary. On the eve of… ... more
    Ottawasun1 week ago
  • Perth’s Sultana Frizell must settle for fourth in Commonwe...
    All Sultana Frizell needed to do was launch her ball and chain a minimum 70 metres with any of her six throws into the rainy night sky over Gold Coast, Australia, on Tuesday. That distance, which she had achieved dozens of times previously, would have elevated her to another new… ... more
    Ottawasun1 week ago
  • Editorial: Sort out traffic light woes, councillors
    A single traffic light consumed a lot of attention down at city hall on Tuesday. But there’s actually a larger dustup at council regarding traffic lights.  This particular light was for an intersection at Terry Fox and Huntsville drives that should have been part of a development project. But there’s a… ... more
    Ottawasun1 week ago
  • You Said it: Liberals gone bananas
    REST IN PEACE I have discovered that it is difficult to type words when your eyes are filled with water. It’s just not fair or right that Jonathan Pitre never got to experience life without pain. You want to rail and vent at the injustice of it all. This young… ... more
    Ottawasun1 week ago
  • Postmedia exclusive: Jeff Hunt will step down as OSEG presid...
    Jeff Hunt will step down as the president of OSEG Sports at the end of the 2018 Canadian Football League season. Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group was expected to announce on Tuesday that Hunt, an ownership partner, will maintain his other roles with the organization — governor of the 67’s… ... more
    Ottawasun1 week ago
  • Humboldt tragedy reminds Hunt, Konopka of 67’s close call
    As the owner of a junior hockey team, Jeff Hunt was especially devastated by news of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash that claimed 15 lives on Friday. He was also reminded of a very frightening incident involving his Ottawa 67’s in the early 2000s. “But for the grace of God,… ... more
    Ottawasun1 week ago
  • Jeff Hunt looks back on years as OSEG president of sports
    As Jeff Hunt gradually steps away from his duties as Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group’s president of sports, he was asked to reflect on his time in that role. Asked what the highlights have been, Hunt said: “The first game, the first Redblacks home game is something I’ll never forget.… ... more
    Ottawasun1 week ago
  • Ottawa Redblacks sign kickers Richie Leone, Sergio Castillo
    After losing Brett Maher to the National Football League’s Dallas Cowboys, the Ottawa Redblacks may have found their kicker on Monday. Or maybe they found two of them. As reported earlier in the day by 3DownNation, Redblacks GM Marcel Desjardins Monday night confirmed the team has signed Richie Leone and… ... more
    Ottawasun1 week ago
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