• My poem for Mayor Naheed Nenshi – 2016 Grey Cup bet

    As tradition would have it, the Mayor of Calgary, Naheed Nenshi, and I placed a bet on who would win the 2016 Grey Cup: the Ottawa RedBlacks or the Calgary Stampeders. As we all know, the Ottawa RedBlacks came back from Toronto with the 104th Grey Cup in hand. To honour our bet, my good friend Mayor Nenshi wore the RedBlacks’ jersey at his City Council on December 5, sent over a dozen donuts from Jelly Modern Doughnuts, donated to the Ottawa Food Bank and read a poem I wrote for him aloud during his Council meeting. I look forward to next year’s Grey Cup bet, and to our RedBlacks defending their championship right here in Ottawa, as we host the 2017 Grey Cup!

    Twinkle, twinkle, little star
    How I wonder why the Stampeders were subpar
    Up above the world so high
    Are the RedBlacks, I can’t lie

    When my hopes of winning were gone,
    And all I could shout was come-on!
    Mayor Watson showed me the light
    And said “don’t worry, you’ll be alright”

    Once again, Ottawa proved to be the bigger shark
    And blew us right out of the park
    I should have been chanting Go RedBlacks Go!
    And high-fived their mascot Big Joe

    The truth is, I envy Ottawa
    The whole city leaves me in awe
    They do everything better than Calgary
    And their people are lovely and merry

    Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
    I’ve learned my lesson from Mayor Jim
    I know better now, next time I’ll listen to him

  • REDBLACKS touchdowns will be converted to trees at Trim Park and Ride

    As if you needed another reason to cheer on the Ottawa REDBLACKS, here is one more. For each touchdown the REDBLACKs score at TD Place Stadium this season, a tree will be planted at the OC Transpo Trim Park and Ride.

    The end result will be The REDBLACKS Forest, a partnership between the City of Ottawa and the REDBLACKS parent company, Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG).

    “Ottawa football fans who cheer-on the REDBLACKS can also celebrate the addition of green space, one touchdown and one tree at a time,” said Mayor Watson. “The REDBLACKS Forest is a great example of the City’s commitment to support an environmentally sustainable Ottawa.”

    The trees will be planted in fall 2016 or spring 2017, weather permitting, and will be a mix of different species. They will be planted at the Trim Park and Ride in recognition of the thousands of football fans who use transit services to get to the games.

    “This initiative adds a new dimension to our touchdown story and extends it to the entire community,” said Bernie Ashe, CEO of OSEG. “As fans know, we saw through a log with a chainsaw when we score a touchdown at TD Place and present those log slices (wood cookies), which are symbols of excellence, to community heroes. Now, we’re creating a forest of trees for the future and, with the exciting offence we’ve seen so far, it looks like it could be a very large forest.”

    Last season, the REDBLACKS scored 35 touchdowns at TD Place (10 regular season games and one playoff).

    For more information on the REDBLACKS, visit REDBLACKS.com or connect with the team via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

     

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