Ward 4 News

Councillor - Christine Billings

Thursday Sep 29th - 2011

Guelph Mercury Article:

Councillors urged to seek financial assurances from quarry

GUELPH — The city should seek a “financial assurances plan” from the operator of the massive Dolime quarry, council heard this week.

Lawyer Peter Pickfield, who recently completed a review for the city of the potential impacts from operations at the quarry, said any risks associated with the aggregate operation are being imposed on the city, but benefits from that operation flow to the private company running the site.

Under Pickfield’s proposed financial assurances plan, the operator would be required to put money aside in a special fund to rehabilitate the site once the quarry operations are exhausted.

Council heard the quarry has been in operation for more than 100 years, and is currently operating under an aggregate licence issued in 1972. The owner, River Valley Developments, has a licence to extract aggregate materials including the aquitard, a shale layer “which has protected the aquifer for centuries,” Pickfield said.

The city has eight municipal wells within two kilometres of the quarry which are able to provide 25 per cent of the city’s water supply.

In 2007, River Valley Developments — a subsidiary of Carson Reid Homes — applied to the province to double the extraction rate at the quarry, from 500,000 tonnes to one million tonnes per year, and also to amend its permit to take water from the site.

Those applications are still active.

The city opposed the change in the water-taking permit because of fears it would impact the city’s water supply.

A steering committee involving city staff and officials from the province and River Valley was formed, but things reached an impasse when company officials refused to agree on a statement of facts in the case, a staff report before council this week stated.

Instead, River Valley Developments filed a management plan intended to address concerns raised by the city and the province.

The city has sought more time to comment on the company’s applications. It has also expressed concern it was not given an opportunity to comment on the management plan, which city officials and consultants hired by the city do not feel address the city’s concerns.

“It doesn’t seem the city’s gotten any traction with respect to its fundamental issue of protecting its water supply,” Pickfield told council.


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Thursday Sep 29th - 2011

Article from Guelph Mercury:

GUELPH — Two city-owned buildings on upper Wyndham Street owned will finally be flattened by mid-February and turned into a parking lot.

City of Guelph manager of downtown renewal Ian Panabaker said bids on demolition of the two buildings closed Tuesday.

A plan has been in place for several months to turn the two large buildings into a 45-space parking lot until if and when the space is needed to make room for a new proposed library.

That plan was put on hold when it was discovered rare chimney swift birds were using the building as a summer home.

“We worked out a solution with the Grand River Conservation Area and now we’re ready to proceed with the demolition,” said Jim Stokes, manager of realty services for the City of Guelph.

“There’s an old smokestack at Goldie Mill Park. It’s capped but we’re going to remove the cap and the birds can hopefully use that,” Stokes said.

The chimney swifts migrate in September, so demolition of the two Wyndham Street buildings will begin in October, first internally, then externally, said Stokes. The 45 parking spaces should be open by mid-February, first as gravel-based lot, then eventually an asphalt one.

Plans for a new library in the area, the reason the city bought the two buildings, are currently on hold.

The city still has to purchase two other buildings on the west side of Wyndham on either side of the future parking lot, as well as some property behind the post office, to make way for a library. But those plans, like the library itself, are on hold.

The two buildings have sat somewhat derelict in appearance for a year.

“We definitely want to get moving on this,” said Ward 2 Coun. Ian Findlay, but we also want to be respectful of the needs of a threatened species.”

Stokes said it was cost prohibitive to upgrade the two buildings for use for what could only be a temporary period of time.

“And we can certainly use the extra parking spaces,” Stokes said.

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Thursday Sep 29th - 2011

Residents should foot bill for pilot project, some councillors feel

GUELPH — If residents are going to benefit financially from a new pilot program, they should be willing to foot some of the bill for running it, some councillors feel.

City council this week approved the spending of almost $44,000 for a six-month pilot project which will see homes in a south-end neighbourhood receive a free efficiency audit.

Coun. Gloria Kovach said she while she was in favour of the program, she did not think taxpayers should foot the bill. Kovach’s motion to approve the pilot program at zero dollars – that is, making participants cover the cost – failed on an 8-4 vote.

Coun. Bob Bell made a subsequent motion to include in the program a “nominal fee” of perhaps $20, noting city staff estimate homeowners participating in the program could save $185 annually through efficiency measures.

“If $20 is a barrier to people saving $185 we’re not advertising the program well,” Bell said.

Bell’s motion also failed.

Mayor Karen Farbridge said while she understands some councillors’ desire to recover some of the program’s costs, this is a pilot “and in order to get the information and data we need, we need to ensure it’s a successful pilot.”

Staff recommended the neighbourhood bordered by the Hanlon Expressway, Stone Road, Gordon Street and Kortright Road be selected for the pilot, which is to start Oct. 1 and hopefully complete audits at 250 homes by the end of March.

The audits will be completed by trained home efficiency advisers from Guelph Environmental Leadership.

That neighbourhood was selected because it contains a large number of single-family homes built prior to 1996, which means they may require fixture upgrades, according to a staff report presented to council.

Janet Laird, executive director of planning and building, engineering and environment, said the neighbourhood also has a lot of student-occupied homes which would present a further challenge if there is a cost to participate.

“I’d charge students double,” Coun. Karl Wettstein joked.

Coun. Cam Guthrie expressed doubt the pilot program will be restricted to the $44,000 price tag.

“This is a pilot project that’s going to balloon out of control, I just know it,” Guthrie said. “There’s going to be a car and a desk and a phone.”

When Farbridge said Guthrie’s comments were improper, the councillor replied, “OK, maybe not a desk.”


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Thursday Sep 29th - 2011

Good afternoon Councillor Guthrie.

Economic Development and Tourism Services has submitted a joint operating budget for 2012.

The Tourism portion of the 20102 budget is as follows:

Salaries & Benefits
•    Total Salaries & Benefits = $265,132.73

•    Expenses: Conferences/Trade Shows/Merchandise/Events/Marketing = $177,300.00
•    Revenues: Grants/Partner Contributions/Advertising Revenue/Promotional Items = $88,000.00
•    Net Marketing Budget = $89,300

Total Tourism Budget = $354,432.73

As you are aware Tourism Services represents Guelph’s tourism sector on Regional Tourism Organization (RTO) 4 which is the Government of Ontario’s tourism marketing funding program. Tourism Services works with the local industry to ensure they are properly positioned within RTO 4 to receive marketing assistance from the Province.

As well, Tourism Services works with the local industry to identify and attract new events to the City for the purpose of increasing occupancy rates and overnight stays to the community.

For your information I have provided Tourism Services performance targets for 2012.

Tourism:                                                                2012 Target                2011 Projected                 2010 Actual
Leveraged Annual Marketing Value                    $511,500.00                  $650,000.00                       $385,000.00
Contracted Partners                                                 112                                105                                    94
Web Activity                                                130,000 visits to homepage   106,000 visits to homepage    n/a
Product/Business Development:              
New events                                                                  5                                     4                                      6
Regional Tourism Metrics 
Hotel Occupancy                                                      60%                                 57%                                   51.5%
Visitor Spending in Guelph/Wellington                $165 million                    $160 million                    $155 million (2009)
Visitation to Guelph/ Wellington                           2.6 million                        2.4 million                       2.2 million (2009)

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Thursday Sep 29th - 2011

Check this out Guelph!


                (the ORIGINAL EAGLES TRIBUTE BAND)
                 Along with Guelph’s Own CORDUROY ROAD


Saturday October 15th, 2011
E.L. Fox Auditorium (John F. Ross Hall)
21 Meyer Drive – Guelph
Doors open – 6:00 p.m.
Concert Starts – 7:00 p.m.
Purchasing a ticket for $20.00 will help to purchase a ticket for someone living in poverty.


Tickets are for General  Seating and are available at the following places:

The  River Run Centre
519-763-3000 or online @ riverrun.ca.

Folkway Music
163 Suffolk Street, West -- 519-763-5524
No credit card sales

Ground Floor Music
13 Quebec Street – Guelph – 519-827-1444

Tickets will also be available at the door.

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Thursday Sep 29th - 2011

Esteemed Mayor and City Councilors,

As a current board member of the Guelph Community Foundation and Chair of its Marketing and Communications Committee, I wanted to make sure you are aware of The GCF’s Random Act of Kindness Day coming up on November 4th.  

Launched in 2008 by the K-W Foundation, Guelph held its first RAK Day in 2010 by distributing 25,000 cards and 500 posters through City locations, local businesses, churches and schools. In addition to the University of Guelph, Conestoga College, The Co-operators, Guelph General Hospital, Meridian Credit Union, RLB Chartered Accountants, more than 60 local organisations participated. This year we have increased our organizing committee from 2 people to 12 and plan on distributing 100,000 cards. The cards simply promote the day. Then, on November 4th,individuals do something kind (hold open a door, bring cookies to the office, rake someone’s leaves, etc.) and pass along the card which invites the recipient of the good deed to pay it forward. It is one of those very rare events that includes absolutely everyone. It’s not about money or social standing. It empowers everyone to build a better community. Judging by last year’s response, it’s a great fit for Guelph.

I’d like to enlist your help by promoting the date in your on-line calendar, on your web-site or on your Twitter feed.
You may also visit our web-site at www.guelphcf.ca . Finally, we’d love it if you would ‘like’ us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Guelph-Community-Foundation-Random-Act-of-Kindness-Day/114494535315980. If you are interested, we’ll keep you posted when cards and posters are available.

If you have any questions regarding the Guelph Community Foundation’s Random Act of Kindness Day, please contact me directly at (519)831-3131.

Dominique O’Rourke

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Thursday Sep 29th - 2011


FCM’s Green Municipal Fund supports the City of Guelph’s
Creation of a secondary plan for the Guelph Innovation District

June 23, 2011, Guelph, Ont. – Berry Vrbanovic, president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and councillor for the City of Kitchener, Ont., and the Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources, today announced a Green Municipal FundTM grant of $142,252 to the City of Guelph. The grant will help fund the development of a secondary plan to guide the creation of the 453-hectare Guelph Innovation District.
“FCM’s Green Municipal Fund offers a range of resources and services that specifically address the sustainable community development needs of municipal governments,” said Vrbanovic. “The financing and knowledge provided by the Fund supports the development of communities that are more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.”
“The Government of Canada is assisting municipalities across the country in achieving their goal of a cleaner and healthier environment for Canadians through the Green Municipal Fund,” said Minister Oliver. “Today’s announcement is another example of how our government — in partnership with FCM — is helping build a greener future for our citizens.”
The Guelph Innovation District secondary plan is an effort to be carbon-neutral by connecting an employment cluster focussed on green economy and innovation sector jobs with an urban village. The plan will be a prototype for new standards and protocols that will enable the City to meet its sustainability goals and objectives.
“This funding will help us create a plan for the Guelph Innovation District that will place us at the forefront of the green economy and offer a complete community with places to live, work, and play,” said Guelph’s Mayor, Karen Farbridge. “This is about a new way of approaching development – a way that is integrated, innovative, and sustainable.”
The secondary plan will address environmental, social, cultural and economic sustainability issues including the protection of natural and cultural heritage resources; the creation of affordable and sustainable live-work opportunities; the use of low-impact development and infrastructure design; the implementation of energy planning strategies, and the application of pedestrian and transit-oriented transportation approaches.
Drawing on a number of strategic documents, land use concept reports, background studies, best practices analyses and public consultations, the plan will propose a vision statement, goals, objectives, low-impact design guidelines, and a development concept for the Guelph Innovation District lands. The secondary plan will also implement sustainability targets identified in existing strategic documents, including the provincial growth plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe and will apply higher standards, where appropriate. It will be integrated with the City’s Official Plan and linked to a number of existing strategic municipal documents including the Community Energy Initiative, Prosperity 2020 and the City of Guelph Growth Management Strategy.
The Government of Canada endowed the FCM with $550 million to establish the Green Municipal Fund. The Fund supports partnerships and leveraging of both public and private sector funding to reach higher standards of air, water and soil quality, and climate protection.

FCM has been the national voice of municipal governments since 1901. It fosters the development of sustainable communities to improve quality of life by promoting strong, effective, and accountable municipal government.

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Thursday Sep 29th - 2011

Guelph officially opens Trans Canada Trail
Trail name recognizes City’s longest-serving Director of Community Services

GUELPH, ON, September 29, 2011 – Guelph’s portion of the Trans Canada Trail was officially opened and named the Gus Stahlmann Trail this morning at an event held in John Galt Park.  Mayor Karen Farbridge, members of City Council, Dan Andrews - Executive Director of Trans Canada Trail Ontario, and Mr. Stahlmann were in attendance.

To mark the official opening, the Trans Canada Trail presented the City of Guelph with a grant of $62,500, the second installment of their $125,000 grant to the City.

The trail, which runs from Eramosa Road to the City limits north along the Guelph Junction Railway corridor, has been named in honour of the City of Guelph’s longest-serving Director of Community Services, who retired in 2007 after 34 years of service.  Mr. Stahlmann was a leader in the formation of Guelph’s trail system, including the Royal Recreational Trail and Trails Master Plan, as well as numerous parks and open spaces. He was a key figure in the renovation of Hastings Stadium and the creation of the Evergreen Seniors Centre and the River Run Centre.

"This trail opening marks the completion of a significant amount of work—and a major addition to Guelph’s excellent trails system," said Mayor Farbridge. “We appreciate the support of the Trans Canada Trail, which helped make this project possible.”

A member of the public suggested naming the trail after Mr. Stahlmann.  The name was recommended by the City’s Naming Committee and adopted by City Council at its September 26 meeting.

New panels bearing Gus Stahlmann's name will be installed on Guelph's Trans Canada Trail Pavilion and a separate pedestal sign will be erected at the beginning of the trail at Eramosa Road.

Designed with input from residents, the Gus Stahlmann Trail is a paved, multi-use trail that links several parks and open spaces located in north Guelph to the downtown core.  It is a fully accessible, safe and separate off-road trail that runs through a number of parks and adjacent to the Guelph Junction Railway.

Pollination Guelph is working with City staff to establish areas of native pollinator plantings along the trail and the Guelph Junction Railway corridor, in their continuing role as habitat protectors and education leaders.  

The Gus Stahlmann Trail excludes the section of the Trans Canada Trail that runs through John Galt Park.  In 1998, City Council approved the naming of this section the Alf Hales Trail in recognition of the former Director of the Grand River Conservation Authority who served in this role for several years.  A park plaque and Trans Canada Trail Pavilion signage commemorate this dedicated portion of the trail.

In addition to the Gus Stahlmann Trail, newly named City properties include Grand Central Station (intermodal transit terminal), and two new neighbourhood parks, Cedarvale Avenue Park (formerly Cityview Heights Subdivision Park), and Northview Park (formerly Northview Subdivision Park).  The naming of Kortright Park has been deferred to 2012.
The Trans Canada Trail/Sentier Transcanadien is a national non-profit organization that supports the development and use of a national network that links millions of Canadians from coast to coast to coast. Canadians and international visitors use the Trail to hike, cycle, ski, horseback ride, canoe and snowmobile. Partnering with the Government of Canada, Parks Canada, and sponsors and donors, the Trans Canada Trail contributes to the work of more than 400 communities and thousands of volunteers across the country through grants and promotion of their efforts to build and sustain the world’s longest and grandest recreational trail.
For more information about the City's trails, please visit guelph.ca > living > parks & trails.

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Tuesday Sep 27th - 2011

September 27th, 2011


Tonight council started the process of looking through the 2012 proposed Capital Budget. I made a motion tonight which passed Unanimously. All I asked staff to do was to report back to council as to whether staff would be looking for innovative ways to fund future capital projects (without using debt to fund them) or if it's better use of resources to look at outside people to do it for us. It was just asking for further info on the subject. That's it. Nothing more. In fact, I specifically said "I don't like what I'm about to ask because I don't want to hire more people." However, asking for further info is the responsible thing for a councillor to do. It allows the decision makers to see all sides of issues to make informed decisions.


So we'll see what staff brings back to us to look at in December after we approve the operating budget for 2012.


Thanks again everyone and have a great night,



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Tuesday Sep 27th - 2011

Good afternoon to all,

Below you will find a response from city staff providing context for what we are experiencing this year compared to last year.  The statistics provided only speak to those calls received by staff.  At present we have no system in place to capture calls received by Council.  

Staff will be tabling a report at the O&T Committee meeting in October which will highlight staff’s review of the current Noise Bylaw.  Of note, the activity of ‘yelling’ is addressed in the report and a recommendation to amend the bylaw to include yelling as an offense is contained therein.  

Stats from last year compared to this year.  

While staff have not changed their enforcement practices and there is not a significant change in the number of calls for service received, there has been a significant decrease in the number of charges issued in 2011 and a significant increase in the number of noisy situations encountered by staff in which no action could be taken as the noise was not in violation of the Bylaw. Staff have indicated that the type of noise being generated has changed from last year, in 2010 most of the concerns related to loud music which is enforceable 24 hours a day, this year the concerns are related to yelling and other noise which is permitted until 11pm.  

Noise Calls attended by Bylaw staff                   
September 1 to 27, 2010    September 1 to 27, 2011    
Number of calls    387    405              
Action taken            
Charges issued       94    43    
Warning issued       95    37    
Advised of Bylaw*    26    145    
Quiet on arrival       172    180               
*staff noted noise being generated but not in violation of the Bylaw, residents voluntarily asked to reduce noise

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Tuesday Sep 27th - 2011

September 27th, 2011


I thought I'd take a moment to let everyone know what exactly happened last night for the renaming option of York Rd. Park to Jessica Durigon Memorial Park.


For some background first though: There is a committee at the city called the "naming committee" and it's comprised of mostly residents (i believe?)appointed to weigh/consider certain naming options for city owned assets. They recieved many options for several assets with a deadline back in March of this year.


They then made recomendations to the council committee called "PBEE" or Planning, Buidling, Engineering and Environment. I sit on this committee along with Councillor Bell, Burcher, Piper and Mayor Farbridge. This came to us to discuss last week.


When this particular renaming option came forward, it was brought to us with a recomendation to not be approved. I argued at the committee level that it should be renamed. The vote was taken and it was a 3-2 vote to affirm the recomendation to not approve the name change. Bell & myself voted to have it changed.


Now fast forward to this Monday's full meeting of council. This issue is brought forward again and there were many people in the audience there in support of the renaming along with a delegate to speak on behalf of Jessica. I urged my fellow councillors to vote in favour of the name change but I could tell right away that it was going to be a close vote, and in fact I had gone into the meeting already having talked to many councillors, thinking that we would have had enough votes to get it done. However some that I thought might have been in favour were now leaning to re-confirm the original vote of not renaming. It's not a good feeling to sit there seeing something you passionately beleive in start to unravel in front of you.


At this point, a referal motion was brought forward to send the idea back to staff with the comittment to rename a portion of the park. This motion passed with no issues at all.


So what are my personal thoughts?


Although it was not what I wanted, upon reflection I think this might even be a better decision. If the renaming of the park passed last night, then all that would have happened would be a new sign and possibly a plaque communicating the reason for the park name in honour of Jessica Durigon. But by sending this issue back to staff to look at naming a portion of the park it allows for opportunities and more options on the table. I have been in contact with Jessica's Footprint and the Durigon family since last night and they are on the same page and excited for the opportunities. I have thought out loud about these opportunities. How about a sandbox in the shape of a footprint? A walking trail with stamped footprints in it? You get my point. What could have been just a name change now has the opportinuty to become more.


This will end up being a very good thing for everyone.


Hope this gives you some context to what transpired.


Have a good night everyone!


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Tuesday Sep 27th - 2011

GUELPH, September 26, 2011
Guelph Soccer Advances Commitment to Development with New Coerver Coaching Partnership!
Guelph Soccer is excited to announce a partnership with Coerver Coaching that will underpin the clubs
commitment to coach and player development. Coerver Coaching is a global soccer skills teaching
method for coaches wishing to advance their technical knowledge of the game, and for players to focus
on individual skills development and small group play. Coerver methodology is used for player
development and endorsed at such famous clubs as Arsenal , Bayern Munich, Manchester United and
Newcastle United.
Ruben Flores, Club Technical Director is excited at becoming a “Coerver Club”. “Our objective as a club is
to develop our coaches and players. Coerver is the best and most widely recognized method, and not
only will our players benefit from the programs, but our coaches will now have a solid technical base to
work with their players”. Step one of the process being that all Guelph Soccer Rep coaches will be
required to obtain a Coerver Coaching Youth Diploma. Guelph Rep teams will be one of the first to
benefit from this program, Guelph’s new rep team try-out and winter training program will based using
Coerver methodology for all age groups
Coerver are equally excited at adding Guelph Soccer to their “Coerver Club” program. “Coerver Coaching
are delighted to be associated with a club who share a long term vision and commitment to both player
and coaching development”, says Brett Mosen, Coerver Ontario. “Coerver are very selective with whom
they partner, but when Technical Director Ruben Flores, and Executive Director Alan Gould approached
me regarding a partnership with Guelph Soccer, it was refreshing to hear a youth club with such a clear
focus on development.
Plans are already in place to incorporate the Coerver methodology into the entire curriculum, as well as
offering a Coerver Fit pre-season program in the spring, and Coerver specific summer camps.
For additional information on Guelph Soccer please visit www.guelphsoccer.ca and for more information
on Coerver Coaching visit www.coerver.com.
Alan Gould
Executive Director
Tel: 519 824 2199 ext 11
Email: alan.gould@guelphsoccer.ca

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Tuesday Sep 27th - 2011

Composting will increase waste diversion rate by 10 per cent
Guelph, Ontario, September 27, 2011 – Guelph's organic waste is once again being turned into clean, useful compost with the opening of the city's new Organic Waste Processing Facility.
The Organic Waste Processing Facility uses aerobic, in-vessel composting technology, which uses less energy and generates fewer greenhouse gas emissions than transporting organic waste long distances for processing or landfilling.
“The Organic Waste Processing Facility is a great example of what the federal Gas Tax Fund offers to communities,” said the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. “This project has created jobs that support the local economy, and more importantly, it leaves a green legacy that benefits residents by providing a local, long-term solution to managing the City’s organic waste.”
"This is a very proud moment for our community," said Mayor Karen Farbridge. "This new facility provides a local, long-term solution to managing Guelph's organic waste. Today, we are re-establishing Guelph's leadership position as a community that responsibly manages its own waste."
The facility accepted its first truckload of organic waste this morning at an official opening event. Organic waste that Guelph residents and businesses leave at curbside will now be composted at the facility, which is part of the City's Waste Resource Innovation Centre on Dunlop Drive. This is expected to increase Guelph's waste diversion rate by 10 per cent, enabling the City to achieve its overall diversion target of 55 per cent by 2012.
Guelph's former composting plant closed in 2006, and since then organic waste has been shipped to an energy-from-waste facility in New York State.
The facility is designed to process 30,000 tonnes of organic material per year. Guelph generates approximately 10,000 tonnes per year. To take advantage of its excess capacity, which was included to ensure efficiencies of scale and allow for future population growth, the facility will accept organic waste from other municipalities, which will reduce operating and capital costs.
Environmental controls incorporated into the design include air curtains on the bay doors in the tipping floor area, a closed top design with a 47.5 metre-tall biofilter stack, and the use of naturally occurring microbes that degrade odour-causing compounds in the exhaust air, releasing clean air back into the environment.
An education room currently being completed at the facility will, once open, provide an interactive educational experience about organic waste processing for school groups and the public.
The total budget for the Organic Waste Processing Facility was $32,825,000. Gas Tax funds provided by the Government of Canada contributed $4,688,000 to the project.

“The federal Gas Tax Fund acknowledges that all orders of government must work together to address the pressing need for infrastructure investment in our municipalities,” said Gary McNamara, President of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO). “Stable and predictable, the Gas Tax Fund is supporting long-term investment in local priority projects right across Ontario.”

The federal Gas Tax Fund provides municipalities with a stable and predictable source of funding for environmentally sustainable municipal infrastructure. Funding is also available for planning projects that contribute to the sustainability of communities and regions.

The Government of Canada extended the Gas Tax Fund to 2014 resulting in $746 million in funding annually for municipal infrastructure in Ontario.  Between 2010 and 2014, the City of Guelph will receive over $28 million from the Government of Canada’s Gas Tax Fund.

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Tuesday Sep 27th - 2011

Guelph to officially open Trans Canada Trail

GUELPH, ON, September 27, 2011 - Mayor Farbridge and members of Council will join Dan Andrews, Trans Canada Trail Ontario, and representatives of the Trans Canada Trail Foundation to officially open the Trans Canada Trail in John Galt Park on Thursday, September 29 from 10 – 11 a.m.

The name of the trail (excluding the named section that runs through John Galt Park) will also be unveiled.

WHO       Mayor Farbridge and members of Guelph City Council
               Dan Andrews - Trans Canada Trail Ontario
               Consultants, contractors and City staff                          

WHAT      Official opening of Trans Canada Trail

WHEN       Thursday, September 29
                 10 - 11 a.m.

WHERE     John Galt Park
                 15-147 Woolwich Street
                 Intersection: Macdonell Street and Woolwich Street
                  (next to the Trans Canada Trail Pavilion)

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Sunday Sep 25th - 2011

Hi Doug:

I hope you’re doing well and you’ll be able to enjoy the loooooooooong weekend ahead of us. I’ve received your request below and thank you for the opportunity to respond. If you have any further questions after my statements, please fell free to call my cell at 226-820-5080.

When an early Thursday morning email informed city council that the proposed 2012 capital budget binder was waiting upon our desks, I rushed down immediately to city hall to pick it up. I read it back to back, (twice actually), and am very pleased with this new direction of moving away from our dependency upon debt. Something I, and many residents throughout this city, have been looking forward to for a long time.

The proposed 2012 capital budget is exactly what the doctor ordered for the city of Guelph. It acknowledges the seriousness of getting our financial house in order which is something that I specifically campaigned on and heard door to door throughout the election. Now we can focus on necessities for our city and concentrate on replenishing our dwindling reserves.

This renewed focus on debt reduction will require there to be sacrifices. Families across Guelph make sacrifices to make ends meet, so it’s about time they see the city doing the same. These sacrifices include postponing the new main branch library, the south-end rec centre, some downtown improvements and parking within the downtown core. As the budget clearly states, the city is not suggesting that we abandon these projects, but that we approach financing them differently by seeking other sources of funding. This could be accomplished through potential partnerships, other levels of government or the private sector and not always taking the taxpayers hard earned dollars.

City staff needs to be applauded for an excellent job with this proposal and I would encourage the public to take a few moments and read it through.

Thank you,

Cam Guthrie

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Sunday Sep 25th - 2011

I recived this email from City Staff:


Good Day,

Through the  Elderly Person Centre Act (EPC), fiscal year Grants are available to Municipal and Stand alone Seniors Centres in the Province of Ontario that meet the grant criteria. The City of Guelph has two EPC designated community centres:  The Evergreen Seniors Community Centre and The West End Community Centre.  The City has been notified that in fiscal year 2011-12 (April 2011 to March 31st, 2012), allocation for the annual maintenance and operating grant has been increased to 42,700.00 per Centre (from 30,000.00 in previous fiscal year).  In addition, a “special grant” is available to each EPC Centre on an annual basis based on application and the City of Guelph has also been advised that their application for this one-time grant totals 27,000.00 for fiscal year 2011-12.

The increased allocation under the EPC act  for the annual operating and maintenance grant is the most recent (and only) provincial financial assistance for Seniors Centres.  The second type of financial assistance titled “special grant” is a relatively new allocation (based on application).  Both the West End Community Centre and the Evergreen Seniors Community Centre apply for this special grant and each centre is eligible for up to $15,000 per fiscal year with any one item not to exceed a threshold of $3000.00.  Items such as enhanced audio and video equipment at the Evergreen Seniors Community Centre are made possible through this grant.  

This funding enhances the services and facilities for our community and reduces reliance on municipal tax base.

Thank you,


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Sunday Sep 25th - 2011

September 11, 2011

Karen Farbridge, Mayor, City of Guelph,
1 Carden Street,
Guelph, Ontario.

Madam Mayor,

    I can only imagine that you are saying to yourself “oh no here he is again”, well you are right I am back. There are a number of issues I wish to bring to your attention this fine day, that said, I will try and be as brief as possible. I know you realize that is almost impossible.
    The first issue is the result of items brought forth in the Tribune, dated September 6th and 8th, 2011. I am sure you can guess what I am talking about. It appears as though the light has finally gone on at City Hall, as we have finally recognized that we are painting ourselves into a corner, debt wise. I went back to previous correspondence that I have had with you, and Council, on this very issue. I refer to my letters to you dated July 13, and July 25, 2007 as well as the one dated June 3, 2008, copies of which I will attach to my email. These dealt with various issues, but also the major one was our ability to plan our spending in line with what we could afford. I will not belabour the point other than to say that Councillors Guthrie and Furfaro get it, and I suggest, Councillor Kovach is on the same page. I know that I will offend some members of Council when I say that prioritizing within budget restraints appears to be something that some of them do not have the vaguest idea of what this means. If you think that you can continually dump the expense on the backs of the taxpayers then you are not in the real world. I must admit that when I read that Councillor Furfaro talked about the major projects that are currently underway potentially having cost overruns I laughed to myself. The reason I laugh about this is that this is exactly what I said to you in my correspondence dated July 25, 2007. I suggest to you that the Carden Street project is a perfect example of what I mean and I am almost willing to bet that the Organic Processing Facility and the Transit Terminal will be will all fall into the category of overrun costs. Our ability to plan projects so that they are completed on time and within budgets lacks credibility. Perhaps I misinterpreted what Councillor Wettstein says when he suggests that projects will  be excluded from any debt financing for the next 10 years. I think what is actually being said is that projects will be shelved unless we can reasonably afford them, based on reasonable tax increases, or growth of the City. I will conclude this part of my letter by saying would I like to see the projects go forward, the simple answer is yes, but not unless there is a properly thought out plan of financing them without having a negative impact on our overall financial position.
    The next issue I will raise is the wish to revitalize the downtown core. I have said before this is a commendable desire; however, under the current circumstances this is an impossibility. Let me start out by saying the two hour free parking on downtown streets is a joke. I am willing to wager that some cars are parked in the same spots all day, perhaps I am wrong; however, that is my perception. I had occasion to go downtown a week ago Friday, September 2, 2011 and I drove around for one half hour before finally getting a spot. You are probably saying you cheapskate why did you not go into one of the parking lots and pay whatever the cost was, well I did not and that is that. The spot I found was on MacDonnell Street and I have to tell you this is something almost beyond belief. If it were not for the cheap fast food places and the dingy bars there probably would be nothing there. When I went to the establishment that I was going to I was appalled, to say the least, at the level of humanity I saw on the streets. I am not a prude, or someone who sees themselves as above others, but I will say that I would not like to be walking down in this area alone at night. This brings me to the point of why would any self respecting businessman wish to locate in the downtown area when you see what your potential clientele would be. I certainly do not have the answers but until we are   able to minimize the number of sleazy bars and restaurants in the downtown core then there is not a hope in the world of turning downtown into what you would like to see.
    The last issue I raise, you thought this would never come, is the downtown street litter on a Sunday morning. My wife and I attend church every Sunday morning and to see the trash that litters the downtown core is absolutely disgusting. I know you have crews that clean up the mess early in the morning; nonetheless, it is the type of thing that one might expect to see in the slums of some cities of our southern neighbours. Certainly the last two weekends have been the worst in a long while, coincidently this ties in to the return of the students of the University. I am sure you have the police patrolling the area and it would seem realistic to me that they should at least be issuing tickets for littering, perhaps they do, but I am not aware of this if it is the case. The bottom line is that how can you expect to revitalize the downtown core when it looks like a cesspool a good deal of the time?
    I guess I have gone on long enough, to which you will say I agree. The truth is that I send you these writings from time to time, not to be a naysayer, rather to let you know that I care about our City.

Respectfully, as always,


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Sunday Sep 25th - 2011

I recieved this email and it's nice to get these type of emails every now and then! Here it is:


Thank god you have found a place on Council, from what I have read recently in the local paper you wish to bring a sense of realism to the table. Stay with it,


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Sunday Sep 25th - 2011

I recieved this email from City STAFF:

Dear Mayor Farbridge and members of Guelph City Council,
This is further to an inquiry regarding the mandatory services of Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health. The duties and mandatory programs are detailed in the following sections of the Health Protection and Promotion Act. For a complete copy of the Act please click on the following link:  

Duty of board of health
4.  Every board of health,
(a) shall superintend, provide or ensure the provision of the health programs and services required by this Act and the regulations to the persons who reside in the health unit served by the board; and
(b) shall perform such other functions as are required by or under this or any other Act. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.7, s. 4.
Mandatory health programs and services
5.  Every board of health shall superintend, provide or ensure the provision of health programs and services in the following areas:
1. Community sanitation, to ensure the maintenance of sanitary conditions and the prevention or elimination of health hazards.
1.1 The provision of safe drinking water by small drinking water systems.
2. Control of infectious diseases and reportable diseases, including provision of immunization services to children and adults.
3. Health promotion, health protection and disease and injury prevention, including the prevention and control of cardiovascular disease, cancer, AIDS and other diseases.
4. Family health, including,
i. counselling services,
ii. family planning services,
iii. health services to infants, pregnant women in high risk health categories and the elderly,
iv. preschool and school health services, including dental services,
v. screening programs to reduce the morbidity and mortality of disease,
vi. tobacco use prevention programs, and
vii. nutrition services.
4.1 Collection and analysis of epidemiological data.
4.2 Such additional health programs and services as are prescribed by the regulations.
5. Home care services that are insured services under the Health Insurance Act, including services to the acutely ill and the chronically ill. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.7, s. 5; 1997, c. 30, Sched. D, s. 2; 2007, c. 10, Sched. D, s. 1 (3).
Note: On a day to be named by proclamation of the Lieutenant Governor, paragraph 5 is repealed by the Statutes of Ontario, 1994, chapter 26, section 71. See: 1994, c. 26, ss. 71, 76.
School pupils
6.  (1)  Every board of health shall provide such of the health programs and services as are prescribed by the regulations for the purposes of this section to the pupils attending schools within the health unit served by the board of health. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.7, s. 6 (1).
Extent of programs and services
8.  A board of health is not required by this Part to provide or ensure the provision of a mandatory health program or service referred to in this Part except to the extent and under the conditions prescribed by the regulations and the guidelines. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.7, s. 8.
Optional health programs and services
9.  A board of health may provide any other health program or service in any area in the health unit served by the board of health if,
(a) the board of health is of the opinion that the health program or service is necessary or desirable, having regard to the needs of persons in the area; and
(b) the councils of the municipalities in the area approve of the provision of the health program or service. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.7, s. 9.

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Sunday Sep 25th - 2011

I recieved this email from STAFF today:

The demolition of the buildings on upper Wyndham and creation of a parking lot are starting soon. The demolition was scheduled to commence in mid October with parking lot completion in the spring of 2012.



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Sunday Sep 25th - 2011

Laura Baily Memorial Trail officially dedicated

East end trail named in honour of late Councillor

GUELPH, ON, September 9, 2011 – Laura Baily Memorial Trail was officially opened this evening with the dedication of a plaque honouring the late Councillor, who served on Guelph City Council from 2003 to 2007.

The 1.5 kilometre trail runs from Grange Road Park to Buckthorn Crescent, near where Councillor Baily lived, and the memorial plaque is located at Grange Road Park, where the trail can be accessed.

The plaque notes Councillor Baily's passionate commitment to responsible government, social services and energy conservation. It also notes that she was a driving force in the movement to close and remediate the Eastview Landfill, and that effort led her to run for Council to represent Ward 1.

Mayor Karen Farbridge and members of City Council joined Laura Baily's family, friends, and supporters at the dedication. The Mayor remarked on Laura's commitment to her Ward constituents and to the broader community, including her service on the Boards of St. Joseph's Hospital, the Guelph Police Service, MacDonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph Junction Railway, and the Eastview Public Liaison Committee.

"Those of us who were fortunate enough to know Laura will always remember her devotion to this community," said Mayor Farbridge. "This trail, and the plaque that marks it, will ensure that many more people have the chance to know and honour Laura's contributions. It will stand as a tribute to the difference Laura made in Guelph, for all those who enjoy this trail for generations to come."

The Mayor thanked Laura's husband, John Valean Baily, and family for working with the City on the trail memorial. Council decided in 2007 to name the trail in Councillor Baily’s honour.

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Sunday Sep 25th - 2011

Supporters want park named for Jessica’s Footprint

GUELPH MERCURY — A large delegation is expected to attend city council’s Monday meeting in an effort to rename a city park in honour of Jessica’s Footprint.

Supporters want York Road Park renamed The Jessica Durigon Memorial Park or Jessica’s Footprint Memorial Park.

York Road Park was the gathering spot for the extremely successful Jessica’s Footprint Walk In The Park fundraiser for six years, raising millions for cancer research. Supporters want the park to represent those efforts and the feeling of hope the walk signified.

“We’re excited. We’re hoping to explain to council and give them feedback,” said Wendy Durigon, whose late daughter Jessica was the motivation behind Jessica’s Footprint.

The request for a name change has already been denied at the committee level of council.

“The naming committee is apprehensive to name a public park after a private foundation formed to memorialize the untimely death of a young child,” the city’s naming committee said in its written decision.

The committee said the name “York Road Park” has historical significance, being named after the adjoining road that used to be the only road connecting Guelph to what is now Toronto.

Durigon said the road has historical significance, not the park beside it.

Mayor Karen Farbridge has suggested the city look into other ways of recognizing Jessica’s Footprint.

Supporters went door to door in the York Road Park neighbourhood and Durigon said people were 99 per cent in support of the name change.

As for the committee’s connection between the renaming request and the Jessica’s Footprint event, Durigon said it is much more than that.

“Jessica’s Footprint was never just about the untimely death of our child,” she said. “It’s about a community gathering spot. It’s about hope for the future ... it’s not about me, it’s about inspiring the community.”

Jessica’s Footprint no long holds the annual walk after it raised enough money to set up an endowment fund at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

But the foundation is still active, having switched fundraising to smaller events and giving money raised to charities in the community.

Durigon said the renaming effort has the support of a couple of councillors, the most supportive being Cam Guthrie, and she hopes to reopen the renaming discussion after their presentation Monday.

Durigon is asking that supporters show up in the council gallery Monday wearing their Jessica’s Footprint T-shirts.


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Saturday Sep 24th - 2011

We’re very pleased to present the City of Guelph’s 2010 We’re Making a Difference; A financial and community report. For the first time, the report combines the City’s progress towards the community’s Strategic Plan with its annual financial statements.

You can see the news release and the report by copying and pasting http://www.guelph.ca/newsroom_display.cfm?itemID=80121 into your Web browser.


Thank you,


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Saturday Sep 24th - 2011

GUELPH, ON, August 17, 2011 –

Mayor Farbridge and Executive Director of Operations and Transit Services, Derek McCaughan unveiled Guelph Transit’s new logo on a hybrid vehicle at St. George’s Square today.

“This is an exciting time for Guelph Transit, with new and improved routes, better service levels, and a new transit terminal all on the horizon. The new logo reflects this new chapter for our local transit system, a chapter that will see Guelph Transit attract more riders while using resources more efficiently.” said Mayor Karen Farbridge.

Guelph Transit’s new identity reflects the values of a dynamic transit system. The tagline “On Your Way” is designed to convey the concept of moving forward. This is further reinforced with a stylized road with two continuous curves. The choice of the two curved lines represents a road that is travelled and captures the importance of the partnership between transit and the community working together.

“You will start to see the new logo on our entire transit fleet in the coming weeks,” promised Derek McCaughan.

“The logo was designed to align with our vision of transit being the most viable option to get you on your way around Guelph,” said Michael Anders, General Manager, Community Connectivity and Transit. “We asked residents, riders and our transit operators to select the new logo from three alternatives and this iteration struck a chord with the majority of respondents.” More than 500 surveys for the new logo were completed at the Public Works Week open house, Stone Road Mall, Guelph Farmer’s Market and St. George’s Square.

The hybrid vehicle on which the new logo appears does not consume any fuel when stopped at a traffic light, as it switches to electric mode. It meets the strict Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (SULEV II) and Advanced Technology - Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (AT-PZEV) standards. The City’s other hybrid vehicle is used by by-law officers and a third ‘green’ vehicle – powered by methane gas from the City’s Wastewater treatment plant - is used by Wastewater.

The City was the first municipality in Ontario to be recognized for sustainable transit fleet management and was one of only two cities in Ontario to receive an E3 Fleet Silver rating for sustainable fleet management.

Michael Anders
General Manager Community Connectivity and Transit
Operations and Transit
T 519-822-1260  x 2795
E michael.anders@guelph.ca

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Saturday Sep 24th - 2011

City of Guelph establishes municipal holding company
Incorporation of Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc. complete

GUELPH, ON, August 19, 2011
– The City of Guelph has successfully incorporated its new municipal holding company, Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc. (GMHI). Remaining administrative matters will be brought forward to the September 6, 2011 meeting of Guelph City Council and, once approved, a first meeting of the GMHI Board of Directors will be scheduled.
Mayor Karen Farbridge has provided notice of resignation from the Boards of Guelph Hydro, Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc., and Ecotricity Guelph Inc. in order to assume new responsibilities as the Chair of the GMHI Board of Directors.
About the municipal holding company
On April 26, 2011 Council approved an implementation strategy for a new municipal holding company.
The holding company is a new governance model for the management of current and future City-owned assets such as Guelph Hydro Inc. that will support increased accountability, responsiveness, strategic alignment, and improved communications. The holding company will keep subsidiaries directly linked through shared policy and strategic direction, while embracing skills-based boards and allowing for the right degree of independence so that operating companies continue to be flexible and self-reliant. It will be self-financing from regular dividend payments.
The City of Guelph’s Chief Administrative Officer will serve as the Chief Executive Officer of the holding company, and the Mayor will serve as the Chair of the Board of Directors.

Brenda Boisvert
Corporate Manager, Strategic Planning and Corporate Initiatives
City of Guelph
T 519-822-1260  x 2255
E Brenda.boisvert@guelph.ca

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Saturday Sep 24th - 2011

Jobless rate lowest in Canada

Guelph Mercury: Sept 15th, 2011


Guelph has the lowest unemployment rate of any city in the country, according to the latest data from Statistics Canada.

Numbers released by StatsCan this month indicate the seasonally adjusted three-month moving average unemployment rate for the city was 4.7 per cent in August.

This compares to the Canadian average of 7.3 per cent. The city’s unemployment rate in July was calculated to be 5.9 per cent.

The StatsCan numbers suggest 3,900 people are looking for work in Guelph and that its labour force is 82,500 workers. The numbers were the best reported since June 2008, prior to the recent recession.

Between August 2009 and August 2010, unemployment in Guelph averaged 6,900 people.

“New businesses moving to Guelph and many manufacturers hiring over the past six months have made a big difference in the local employment numbers,” according to the Guelph Chamber of Commerce, in a blog post published about the results Thursday.

“Guelph manufacturers are going further afield to find welders and experienced (technical workers for industrial workplaces called) CNC operators. Construction and health care have also been active locally and across Ontario.”

Darren Pearson, an employee with Second Chance Employment Services, said many jobs are available in the city, but they are not always in the same field someone is looking for.

“There’s a paycheque out there, it just depends on what kind of work you’re willing to do,” he said.

Pearson said the city’s massive growth in the retail industry has brought new jobs. Big-box stores being built in the north end are creating new entry-level positions.

Job developer Sue Gordon has been with Second Chance for 12 years and says this year has offered more job opportunities than last.

On Wednesday, Second Chance hosted a job fair for a new Michael’s arts and crafts store set to open at the end of October in the north end of the city. The store was looking to hire between 50 and 60 part-time staff to fill customer service positions.

Gordon said the event had an excellent turnout with more than 25 people attending and some walking out with new jobs.

One successful applicant was Guelph resident, Rosalind Scantlebury. She said she has been looking for the right job for more than a year and was hired as a sales associate for the new Michael’s store

She said it was difficult to search because most jobs available aren’t advertised.

“You have to keep looking and you have to persevere,” said the recent grad of the office administration program at Conestoga College.

She said the job was a great fit, and because of her past job experience, she may be able to launch into something else later.

The StatsCan numbers touting Guelph’s robust employment story were released on Sept. 9. The cities StatsCan tracks are those communities with a population of at least 100,000.

Nationally, the stats told a different story.

For the second month in a row, the economy created virtually no additional employment, actually losing 5,500 jobs in August.

Derek Burleton of TD Bank said with the global economy slowing, Canada could see its unemployment rate rise to 7.5 per cent or higher by the end of the year.

Nationally, economists had expected a 21,500-job gain in August coming off a mostly flat July, but part of the calculation was based on the belief there would be a spike in education-related employment in preparation for September’s start of classes. That did not materialize and should be seen in next month’s data.

But next month may also bring the first real indicator of how much August’s financial market meltdown and subsequent loss of consumer and investor confidence has spooked employers.

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Saturday Sep 24th - 2011

Guelph Sports Hall of Fame announces 2011 inductees

The Guelph Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors is pleased to announce the names of the 2011 inductees.
Builder category-Richard (Dick) Carroll
Leo resided on Metcalfe Street in Guelph his entire life. He coached two Stanley cup winners, the 1914 Toronto Blue Shirts and the 1918 Toronto Arenas. His coaching skills led the Toronto Canoe Club to the Memorial Club in 1920 and the Pittsburgh Yellow Jackets to two U.S. Amateur Championships in 1924 and 1925. Leo was instrumental in coaching boxing, football and baseball that led the Guelph Maple Leafs baseball team to the 1928 league championship.
Athlete-Barb Clemes
A member of the first Canadian women’s team to climb North America’s highest peak, Mount McKinley/Denali in 1982, Barb was a member of Canada’s National Sport Climbing team, competing in the world circuit from 1989–1992. She was the first Canadian woman to climb the most difficult grade and represented Canada in 1998 at the Colorado X games ice climbing event. As a member of the Ontario Junior Gymnastics team she won the balance beam event in the nationals in 1972. Barb is currently a provincial level gymnastics judge and a coach in Alberta and one of the first of only 12 female members of the Association of Mountain Guides. She was the 2005 medalist in mountain biking at the World Masters competition in the over 40 category.
Veteran Athlete-Dominic (Manny) Sorbara
Manny has fought in an estimated 250 bouts and was one of the top amateur welter weights in the province, winning the Charles Hemstead trophy in Toronto in 1944 and the Toronto Star trophy in 1945. His winning streaks of 16 and 13 in a row often made headlines.
Official-Bill McCreary
An NHL referee from November 1984 to April 2011, Bill officiated 1,737 regular season games and holds records for refereeing 297 Stanley Cup playoff games, and 44 Stanley Cup final games including 15 Stanley Cup games. He officiated at the Canada Cup, All Star, Spengler Cup, Winter Classic and Gold Medal Olympic games, and at the last game played at Maple Leaf Gardens and Wayne Gretzky’s last game.
Team-2009 Buns Master Rollers – Team Canada (Special Olympics – Floor Hockey)
The team won the 2006 Regional championships in London, and was the 2007 Provincial Champion in Toronto and 2008 National champion in Quebec City. The team also won the silver at the 2009 World Games in Boise, Idaho.
The induction ceremony will take place at the Kiwanis Sports Celebrity dinner on October 26. For ticket information call 519-823-4402.
The Guelph Sports Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization that recognizes and honours the achievements of Guelph individuals and teams who have attained prominence and distinction in any field of sport, and who have made a major contribution to the development and advancement of sports in Guelph. Funding is generously provided through the Guelph Kiwanis Club’s annual Sports Celebrity dinner. The Guelph Sports Hall of Fame was established by the City of Guelph and the Kiwanis Club of Guelph in 1992.

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Saturday Sep 24th - 2011

September 23rd, 2011

Good morning, a representative from Infrastructure Canada met with staff today regarding two projects, the Transit Terminal and Wyndham Street Rail bridge. The representative has visited numerous sites throughout the Province and Guelph was on their list. The representative was impressed with the amount of work being undertaken and the progress to date. She took a number of pictures and following the visit thanked staff for their time and explanations of the projects. In the event there are any questions, please contact my office! Thank you.

Richard Henry | General Manager/City Engineer
Engineering Services | Planning, Engineering and Environmental Services
City of Guelph
T 519-822-1260 x 2248 | F 519-837-5604
E richard.henry@guelph.ca

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Saturday Sep 24th - 2011

Guelph appoints new Chief Administrative Officer
Ann Pappert assumes new duties September 7

GUELPH, ON, September 6, 2011 – Guelph City Council has appointed Ann Pappert as the new Chief Administrative Officer of the City of Guelph.  Ann will assume her new responsibilities on September 7, 2011.

“This is an important leadership role within the municipality. We were delighted to have attracted broad interest from top candidates from across the country,” says Mayor Karen Farbridge.  “Ann Pappert was selected for her municipal sector experience, her vision for delivering public value in the provision of municipal services and for her proven leadership in citizen-based processes. We look forward to Ann leading our organization.”

Ms. Pappert has more than 20 years of experience in municipal government and the broader public sector, primarily within community and social services portfolios at the executive level. She is currently the City of Guelph's Executive Director of Community and Social Services. Prior to this, she served in increasingly senior roles in the municipalities of Kingston and Kitchener. Ann is known for promoting collaboration and innovation across municipal government with emphasis on sound fiscal and organizational management practices and citizen-focused municipal services. She believes in fostering innovation in local government to achieve Council’s directions for the current and future needs of residents and businesses. Continually pressing for high quality results, she is a confident self-starter and is known as an open, decisive and principled professional.

“Guelph is a great city – one that I have been very proud to serve these past several years," says Ann. “I am very pleased to be offered the opportunity to lead the full staff team of the Corporation as its CAO and to work together with Council, business and the community to advance Guelph’s vision of being the city that makes a difference.”

Over the next several weeks, Ann will be working with Guelph's retiring CAO, Hans Loewig, to ensure a smooth transition of responsibilities.

Mayor Farbridge and four Councillors participated in the search process with support from Organization Consulting Limited.

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Saturday Sep 24th - 2011

Fall cleaning of City watermains to begin September 19
Guelph Water Services to clean 78 kilometres of watermain pipe during overnight hours to minimize customer inconvenience
GUELPH, ON, September 19, 2011 – Guelph Water Services will begin the fall phase of its Watermain Cleaning Program tonight. Watermain cleaning in the affected areas will be completed between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. to minimize impact on customers. This maintenance work has a targeted completion date of Friday, October 14.

Watermain cleaning ensures that customers receive the freshest water possible by removing accumulated material from the watermain and minimizing the occurrence of discoloured water.

Customers in the affected neighbourhoods will receive hand-delivered notices before watermain cleaning begins on their street. During the cleaning process, customers in the affected area are advised to limit water use. Watermain cleaning can create instances of discoloured water, both inside and outside of the daily, designated areas. While ingesting small quantities of discoloured water is unlikely to create a health risk, it is recommended that customers wait until water clarity returns to normal before consuming water.

Two cleaning methods are used during the Watermain Cleaning Program. To swab a watermain, a soft, pellet-shaped material is inserted into the watermain and pushed along by water pressure. The swab scours the watermain as it travels through the watermain. To flush a watermain, high-velocity water flowing from hydrants is used to remove loose sediment.

For more information about the Watermain Cleaning Program or discoloured water, contact Water Services at 519-837-5627 or visit guelph.ca/water.

Peter Busatto, General Manager
Water Services, Planning & Building, Engineering and Environment
T 519-822-1260 x 2165
E peter.busatto@guelph.ca

Gerry Best, Supervisor of Water Distribution
Water Services, Planning & Building, Engineering and Environment
T 519-837-5627 x 2168
E gerry.best@guelph.ca

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Saturday Sep 24th - 2011

Interesting email I recieved from the police is here:


Please find attached the statistics for Project Safe Semester Week 1 and Week 2 for various indicators that we are tracking.  Overall, I believe we are on ‘target’ for managing the volume of calls for service as well as from a crowd management perspective.

Noise complaints in Week 2 dropped across the city from 96 to 41 – hopefully a trend that continues as we see more use of liquor license establishments as the choice of entertainment.  I continue to meet with several community members who are upset to explain the project plan and extensive collaboration.  

With Homecoming this weekend, we are enhancing our staffing and deployment model to ensure increased police visibility including in the afternoon period both before and after the annual football game.

There is an increase from 2010 to 2011 on both weekends; however a percentage of the increase will be directly attributed to enhanced policing where our activities are driving up the statistics.   

Total Calls for Service during this time period 2011:                           719
Total Calls for Service during this time period 2010:                           674


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Saturday Sep 24th - 2011

Please read through the emails back and forth between myself and city staff reagrding the delay in the opening of the new civic museum (Read from the bottom up):


Reply from City Staff:


At this point, my understanding from the Project Manager in the Engineering department is that there are no additional costs to be incurred as the delays were  beyond the City’s control.  If that changes, or I learn of different information, then we’d come back to Council with a full report.
City Staff

From: Cam Guthrie
Sent: September 22, 2011 9:58 PM
To: City Staff
Subject: Re: Update - new Civic Museum

Thanks again! I hate to ask but, is this going to cost us more?
From: City Staff
Sent: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 05:12 PM
To: Cam Guthrie
Subject: RE: Update - new Civic Museum
Good afternoon Cam,
Our hope had been to open the Museum in the late fall, which meant that we were aiming for sometime in December.  Due to a number of routine construction challenges that were unforeseen and out of the control of the City, we are concerned that we will not be able to commit to the December opening.  Once we factor Christmas holidays into our planning, we feel that it is prudent to publically give the date of the beginning of the New Year, as we feel that this is the most likely outcome.

City Staff

From: Cam Guthrie
Sent: September 20, 2011 2:36 PM
To: City Staff
Subject: Re: Update - new Civic Museum

So now instead of late fall, its the new year? Why the delay?
From: City Staff
Sent: Tuesday, September 20, 2011 02:26 PM
To: Cam Guthrie
Subject: RE: Update - new Civic Museum
Originally it was planned to be completed by spring of 2011, but we had reported to Council in March of this year that we had experienced a four month delay due to foundation and structural challenges.  At that time (March 2011), we were hoping for substantial completion by the end of August of this year, with opening by late fall of 2011. 

City Staff

From: Cam Guthrie
Sent: September 19, 2011 10:58 PM
To: City Staff
Subject: Re: Update - new Civic Museum

Is this what the original timeline?
From: City Staff
Sent: Monday, September 19, 2011 11:00 AM
To: Councillors & Mayor; Executive Team
Cc: Katherine McCracken
Subject: Update - new Civic Museum
Good morning,
This e-mail is to provide you with a short update on the schedule for relocation of the Guelph Civic Museum.
As you know, the Civic Museum has been closed at 6 Dublin Street since July of this year as staff get ready for the move and pack the approximately 30,000 artefacts and archival items in the collection.
The construction at the new facility will continue through the fall, and commissioning meetings for the new space have begun with City staff.  Occupancy is scheduled for mid to late November, and the actual physical move of the staff and the collection will take place around the end of November.
We hope to open to the public by the beginning of the New Year, and are tentatively planning for the Grand Opening to take place in February.  We will publically announce full details regarding the opening of the facility once we are closer to the date of occupancy and move in.
City Staff

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Saturday Sep 24th - 2011

I recieved this notice from City Staff on September 22nd:

Attached please find the Notice of Commencement for the Class Environmental Assessment (EA) for reconnecting Silvercreek Parkway (south of Paisley) through a grade separation at the CNR Mainline. The notice will appear in today’s Tribune and will be circulated to adjacent residents and agencies.
The reconnection of Silvercreek Parkway is a requirement for the development of the Silvercreek (Lafarge) lands and providing a grade separation is a Transport Canada requirement. The project is cost-shared between the City and the developer as per an OMB Minutes of Settlement.
We have hired Delcan Corporation as consultants to first carry out the EA and then complete the design and construction of the improvements. There are several components to this project as indicated in the study Notice.
The EA process will include consultation with area residents and coordination with external review agencies as well as railway agencies.
We plan to have the first Public Information Centre (PIC) in November.
Please let me know if you have questions or need further information.
Thank you.
Rajan Philips, M.Sc., P.Eng | Manager
Transportation Planning & Development Engineering
T 519-822-1260 x 2369
E rajan.philips@guelph.ca

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Saturday Sep 24th - 2011

I recieved this notice of this upcoming event on Saturday October 15th, 2011 between 12-4pm at WEll.ca on York Road. Please consider going and supporting this wonderful initative.



Hello Again,
The fleecy T's have been hard at work planning our upcoming "Family fun day" in support of the "Blanket a Child with Love program".  We hope that you have had a chance to learn about our blanket drive and what our upcoming goals are!
Come and join us on October 15th and help us make a difference one blanket at a time. 
Keep in mind that we aren’t finished yet, we are actually just getting started…. It's not too late to support this cause and we would love to hear from you if you are able to support us in any of the following areas: volunteers, sponsors, and entertainment.  All of our advertising tools will be updated as support comes in to let everyone know what activities are being offered and who is helping support them.
Any questions, requests or materials can be provided by contacting us at 519-826-9016 or by visiting us on Facebook (be sure to like our page so you can be informed of updates) or by email at fleecy_tees@hotmail.com
Speaking from experience, sometimes a blanket can be the thread that holds each day together when your heart is laying there in the bed and your arms can’t provide your child the comfort they need and deserve.
With more thanks than one heart can endure
The Fleecy T’s

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Saturday Sep 24th - 2011

As many of you are probaly aware, there has been a request for anme change to York Road Park. The proposed new name would be Jessica Durigon Memorial Park. I am in full support of this. Unfortunately the request failed at the committee level 3-2. However, the matter will come before all of council this Monday September 26th, 2011 and my hope is that this can be passed.


At the committee level I asked CITY STAFF if there was anything of significance at York Road Park outlining the hisory of the park etc... I have recieved an email response from City Staff and here it is:

"Good Afternoon:  In answer to the question about whether there is any plaque or notification in the above-mentioned park which describes  the significance of the name and or the history of the park  I can confirm that nothing exists in the park."

City Staff


I would encourage you to contact your councillor to express your views on this.

Thank you,


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Saturday Sep 24th - 2011

Guelph residents open their yards to 300 new trees
Guelph, ON, September 24, 2011 - Mayor Karen Farbridge joined representatives from TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, Tree Canada, Pollination Guelph and The Arboretum to officially launch the TD Green Streets Canopy Coverage Assessment and Adopt-a-Tree Program in Guelph. The official ceremonies were held at the City of Guelph Operations and Transit Services building located at 45 Municipal Street from 11 a.m. to noon.

The City of Guelph was one of 23 municipalities to receive a 2011 TD Green Streets grant. The $15,000 grant was matched by the City, the monies used to fund a tree canopy coverage assessment of Guelph’s urban forest and to launch the Adopt-a-Tree Program, an initiative that encourages residents to adopt, plant and care for a new tree on their private property in an effort to grow our urban forest.

“We were thrilled to receive this grant from the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation and Tree Canada, and we appreciate the support of our partners, Pollination Guelph and The Arboretum, to make the program a success,” said Mayor Farbridge. “Trees help make our community cleaner, healthier, and more beautiful. With the enthusiastic participation of neighbourhood residents, the Adopt-a-Tree program will help us grow our urban forest.”

“I’m extremely proud that Guelph was awarded the $15,000 TD Green Streets grant to fund the City’s Adopt-A-Tree program. The City of Guelph’s application was selected by TD as a winner based on the city’s innovative approach to encourage community members to plant a tree in their own yard to enhance Guelph’s urban forest,” said John Pollice, District Vice President, TD.

The City contracted Urban Forest Innovations Inc. to complete the Canopy Coverage Assessment. The goal of the assessment is two-fold—to develop tree canopy mapping to provide an estimate of total current canopy cover in the city, and to identify those neighbourhoods in need of building their tree canopy cover through the Adopt-a-Tree Program. The Canopy Coverage Assessment will be completed this fall.

The Adopt-a-Tree Program is officially underway—300 new trees have packed their trunks and are moving to good homes in Guelph.

A preliminary canopy coverage assessment identified three neighbourhoods with low, medium or high canopy coverage to participate in the Adopt-a-Tree Program. Earlier this month, a door knocker was delivered to 500 residents in each of the identified neighbourhoods. A free tree was offered to the first 100 residents in each neighbourhood to register for the program. Each selected resident will pick up their new tree at their local event where experts will be on hand to assist with tree choice and provide maintenance tips.

Today’s official launch was followed by the first Adopt-a-Tree Program neighbourhood event, as selected residents picked up their free trees during noon to 4 p.m. Two additional Adopt-a-Tree Program events will be held on October 1 and 8.

“The Adopt-a-Tree program demonstrates the kind of innovative urban practices we’re looking for: educating and involving the public in the preservation of their urban forests,” said Michael Rosen, President of Tree Canada. “These trees will provide benefits for the community for years to come.”

The Adopt-a-Tree Program events are being held in partnership with the University of Guelph’s Arboretum and Pollination Guelph. The program will educate the community about the protection, maintenance and enhancement of the urban forest. The City of Guelph strives to have the largest tree canopy among comparable communities.

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Tuesday Sep 6th - 2011

Hello Ward 4!

It's been a while! I took a break from updating the site over the last month to be with my family for vacations. I still have all emails, issues and solutions from my break that need to be posted or addressed. So check back often for updates!



Cam Guthrie

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