Ward 4 News

Councillor - Christine Billings

Tuesday Mar 25th - 2014

Please read the following, and consider it!

March 25th, 2014


Hello Guelph City Councillors,

I am writing to invite you to this year's City of Guelph beadonor Flag Raising Ceremony.  It is being held on Friday April 4th at 12:00 noon at the front doors of City Hall.  The Mayor and MPP Liz Sandals have confirmed their participation and I am hopeful that MP Valeriote will be able to attend as well, along with many members of our community who have been touched by organ and tissue donation. It would be wonderful to see you there, showing your support and building awareness in our community.

Within the city of Guelph there are currently 12 people waiting for a life saving transplant, and 42 have received the gift of life in the last 5 years.  I am one of them.  I received a new heart just over a year ago and I have not looked back since.  I am one of the lucky ones.  Every three days one person will die waiting for an organ that would save their life.  I know that most people support organ and tissue donation, but the number of people in Guelph who have registered their consent to donate is currently only 29% of OHIP card holders.  Why the disconnect?  More work has to be done to make people aware of what a difference they can make, and dispel the barriers to donation.  I have been working hard doing what I can to build awareness within our community, but I need your help.

So as a start, I invite you to attend the Flag Raising to show your support, and please share the date and time with people in your Wards and at any events you attend.  Please give hope to the 12 people currently waiting in our City that they will receive the gift of life. Let's show them what a 'caring' city is.

As refreshments will be offered at the end of the ceremony, I would appreciate it if you could RSVP.  Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions you might have.

Enjoy your day.

Register Your Consent Today

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Tuesday Mar 4th - 2014

Guelph, ON, March 4, 2014 – City crews continue to make progress on storm cleanup and recovery following December’s ice storm.

Due to the depth of snow on the ground covering fallen limbs, forestry crews continue to focus on recovery work in the tree canopy, rather than chipping brush.

Work on the city’s east side has advanced as far as access and narrow streets allow, and these areas will be revisited as access improves. Work continues throughout the city on a priority basis.

All high-traffic park areas and main community trails were cleared of hazards and blockages in February and are open to the public. Forestry crews continue to advance into secondary trails, as access is established. Before forestry work proceeds in off-road areas, snow is removed to enable access for trucks and equipment. Crews are currently working in Norm Jary Park.

The City’s storm-related forestry activities remain prioritized as per the following phases:

1.    Remove highest-risk hazards: branches hanging over hydro wires, near critical facilities, or blocking roadways or driveways.
2.    Address blocked sidewalks.
3.    Clear community trails and high-traffic park areas.
4.    Remove marked trees, clear boulevards and parks, and prune City trees.
5.    Grind up remaining tree stumps and plant replacement trees.

Phase 1 and 2 of cleanup are complete. Phase 3 is complete, with some areas such as secondary trails and lower-traffic park areas still requiring some work. It is anticipated Phase 4 will be wrapped up by late 2014. The timing of Phase 5 will be based on Phase 4 completion and is estimated to occur in spring 2015 at the earliest.

The City is asking for people’s patience and assistance during Guelph’s recovery from recent storms.

•    Please be patient as City crews continue to clear branches and brush. Branches that are frozen in snow banks or buried in snow will be addressed after the snow melts.
•    Report tree hazards to using the “How can we help you?” section on guelph.ca or call 519-837-5628 and include your name, contact information and the street address where the tree is located.
•    Bring fallen branches and brush from private properties to the Waste Resource Innovation Centre at 110 Dunlop Drive for free disposal.
•    Even with recent progress in parks and on trails, continue to use caution in these areas.
•    Please keep fire hydrants clear of snow.
•    Help keep storm drains and sewer grates clear.

For more information

Martin Neumann
Manager of Forestry
Public Works Department
519-822-1260 extension 3337

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