Ward 4 News

Councillor - Christine Billings

Monday Dec 27th - 2010

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Thursday Dec 23rd - 2010

Message from Lloyd Longfield, President and CAO

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  

Congratulations to the Guelph business community for excellent results in 2010.
 
Guelph Chamber Year End Summary: Jobs and Business Growth in Guelph

In Guelph, our business community increased employment by 3,600 jobs this year - putting unemployment at 7.7% compared to the provincial average of 8.8% (Industry Canada November 2010 Ontario Economic Overview) While manufacturing is having a slow employment recovery in Ontario, here in Guelph many manufacturers are telling  the Chamber they are in a hiring mode. We need to attract more people to Guelph to meet the demand of our manufacturers and the manufacturers who are locating here in 2011. Guelph's labour market is about 72,000 jobs, with 5,600 people registered as unemployed.

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Thursday Dec 23rd - 2010

Update: December 23rd, 4:25pm

City Staff called me and gave me the low down. Here it is:

- Three ponds in total. Natural, Settlement and Storm Water Management ponds.

- Natural one is upto 12 feet deep and other two are 6-8 feet deep.

- Originally when built, idea was posed to allow skating.

- After further review, it was determined that it was unsafe.

- Sign will be replaced or amended soon to state the obvious.

- Don't skate on it.

Thanks folks,

Cam

 

December 23rd, 2010 - 10:30am

I recieved a call from the Guelph Mercury this morning about a resident that brought to their attention signs erected on City property where the West End Centre is located on Imperial Rd. From what I understand, the resident was inquiring to see if the "ponds" in front of the centre could be, or should be, used for the public to skate on.

Personally, it never crossed my mind.

My intial response was that I didn't even know the signs existed, and that I'm sure it wasn't open to the pubic due to safety concerns. The reporter also indicated that the signs said that monitoring of the pond for potential skating would start in the year 2001. WHAT? 2001? I had to see this.

So see it I did. During my lunch today I drove over to the centre to check these signs out for my self. Well sure enough there they were, and it indeed states 2001. So what's happened since then?

I've left a message with the person overseeing this centre so i'll find out more info and post it here when it comes my way.

In the meantime, don't skate on it. Here's some pictures I took today for you:

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Wednesday Dec 22nd - 2010

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Wednesday Dec 22nd - 2010

Well I know this blog is suppose to be more specific to Ward 4, but helping the Salvation Army Church with their hampers was something I wanted to share with everyone. In fact, I'm sure there are those that live right in our Ward that may be in need of these hampers that we put together tonight. There's a few days left before Christmas and I encourage you to throw that toonie (or more) into the buckets that you see being manned by the Salvation Army representatives. They are providing over 1200 hampers to people this year. Tonight, myself along with Mayor Farbridge and many other councillors, teamed up with other volunteers from the community to put the hampers together. They had it down to a fine art. Here are some pictures I took from the evening.

Thanks,

Cam

Ward 4 - (Me) Cam Guthrie                Ward 1 - Jim Furfaro               Ward 6 - Todd Dennis           Ward 5 - Leanne Piper (She's fast!)

 

 

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Wednesday Dec 22nd - 2010

Loblaws (Zehrs) asked me, along with ward mate Gloria Kovach, Mayor Farbridge, Frank Valeriote and others from our community to meet and promote the Guelph Food Bank. Need is great all year long but Loblaws has their own campaign going to help. So when you're shopping at the Ward 4 - Imperial & Paisley Zehrs, pick up an extra $5 or $10 can to go to families in need!

Thanks,

Cam

 

 

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Tuesday Dec 21st - 2010

I have just been informed from city staff that there will now be "No stopping" signs erected infront of Mitchell Woods School and on Bonar.

I must admit, my knee-jerk reaction was that this would hinder me dropping off my kids to school every day. But, the issue of safety comes first and the main problem was the sightlines around the crosswalk in front of the school, especially trying to pull out from Bonar onto Willow. It was so difficult to see due to the cars lining Willow on both sides as people are dropping off their kids.

 

I'm just making you aware of this becasue as we all know, the by-law officers will probably teach people a lesson if not obeying these new signs.

 

Take care,

Cam

 

 

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