Category Archives: Community

Update on air quality after fire in Cambridge

November 21, 2017

Last night’s fire in Cambridge caused odours in Guelph. People can resume outdoor activities unless they experience coughing or throat irritation. Continue reading Update on air quality after fire in Cambridge


City hires architect for South End Community Centre detailed design

November 15, 2017

Guelph, Ont., November 15, 2017 – The City of Guelph is pleased to announce MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects (MJMA) as the successful bidder for the South End Community Centre detailed design work. MJMA, a Toronto-based multidisciplinary design firm that specializes in projects that advance personal and civic wellness, was selected from 13 submissions received as part of the City’s Request for Proposal. “We’re excited to work with MJMA—a company that has a 30-year legacy of design excellence in aquatic, arena, sport and recreation projects,” says Heather Flaherty, general manager of Parks and Recreation, adding that MJMA has designed more than 25 facilities across Canada with similar amenities proposed for the South End Community Centre. Over the next few months, the project team, community stakeholders, and MJMA… Continue reading City hires architect for South End Community Centre detailed design


Where’s the plow? City of Guelph launches Plow Tracker map and plow out alerts

November 15, 2017

Guelph, Ont., November 15, 2017– If after a major snowfall, you’re asking where’s the plow, you can now check online. The City of Guelph has launched two new services — Plow Tracker, that will show snow plow locations, and one to advise residents of plow outs. The online Plow Tracker map will show residents the location of both City and contracted snow plows on primary, secondary and residential streets, as well as the location of the City sidewalk snow plows. Icons on the Plow Tracker map will distinguish between City-operated snow plows (in blue), contractor plows (in green) and sidewalk plows (in orange). “Our plow operators are ready for this winter season,” said Doug Godfrey, manager of operations for the City. “The Plow Tracker map… Continue reading Where’s the plow? City of Guelph launches Plow Tracker map and plow out alerts


Guelph makes Culture Days’ top 10 list for third year

November 13, 2017

Guelph, Ont., November 13, 2017– Guelph has made the Culture Days Top Ten Cities and Towns list for 2017. Guelph moved up two spots in the ranking, placing eighth in the Populations of 50,000 to 499,999 category, tying with Thunder Bay. This is Guelph’s third year in a row as a top 10 city. “Guelph’s creative community has, once again, pulled out all the stops for Culture Days,” says Patti Broughton, executive director for Guelph Arts Council. “Guelph deserves this recognition as one of Canada’s great creative cities, full of year-round opportunities for residents and visitors to engage in the arts.” Guelph hosted over 40 different activities, events and exhibitions during the eighth annual Culture Days weekend in late September. Each year, Culture Days releases… Continue reading Guelph makes Culture Days’ top 10 list for third year


City of Guelph expands cenotaph Roll of Honour

November 9, 2017

Cenotaph names remember soldiers who died during active military service Guelph, Ont., November 9, 2017 – The names of 31 soldiers who served and died during the first and second World Wars will be added to the Guelph Roll of Honour cenotaph in 2018, decades after making the ultimate sacrifice. In 2014, the City of Guelph received inquiries from community members regarding names of military personnel they considered to be missing from the cenotaph.  This prompted the City to put a call out to  the community to submit names of members of the Canadian Forces from Guelph, who died as a result of their military service, and who are not  already identified on the Roll of Honour. The call for submissions generated 78 names that… Continue reading City of Guelph expands cenotaph Roll of Honour


Streets named after Veterans in 2016-2017

November 9, 2017

149 war casualties honoured as of November 2017 The City is proud to announce two new veteran-named streets in Guelph. Ambrous Crescent and Skinner Drive were named in honour of Archibald Charles Ambrous and Arthur Skinner. Guelph’s first known Veteran street name is McCrae Avenue, named in 1941 after World War I hero, John McCrae, and later renamed McCrae Boulevard in 1956. Since 1990, more war casualties have been honoured by naming 75 per cent of new city streets after Veterans. To date, 149 city streets have been named after Guelph’s war heroes, people of historical significance, and City staff who died while employed by the City. If you would like further information or to suggest a street name, please contact Planning Services at 519-837-5616.… Continue reading Streets named after Veterans in 2016-2017


You’re invited to the Wilson Street grand reopening

November 6, 2017

Guelph, Ont., November 6, 2017 – City staff and the Downtown Guelph Business Association (DGBA) would like to invite Guelph residents to Wilson Street for the official grand reopening on Saturday, November 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 10 a.m. – Live entertainment, face painting and interactive passport begins 12 p.m. – Ribbon cutting and speeches 12:30 p.m. – Live entertainment, face painting and interactive passport commences 1:50 p.m. – Closing remarks and prize draw* The reopening held on Wilson Street will feature a ribbon cutting ceremony by City of Guelph Mayor, Cam Guthrie. Some of the festivities will include local musicians such as Cynthia Kinunnen, Anna Wiebe, Charles Cares, Joni Nehrita, Rosa Loess and The Lifers playing in select Wilson Street businesses, face… Continue reading You’re invited to the Wilson Street grand reopening


City presents operating budget to Council

October 26, 2017

2018 proposed tax-supported operating budget now available at guelph.ca Guelph, Ont., October 26, 2017 — The City has released the recommended 2018 tax-supported operating budget to Council and the community. The recommended budget will be presented to Council on November 8 at 2 p.m. in Council Chambers. Delegations for this budget will be heard on November 22. The City’s 2018 recommended base budget of $232,907,226 represents a 2.19 per cent increase over 2017. The tax-supported operating budget includes funds needed to address legislative requirements and other pressures from other levels of government, while addressing Council direction and continuing to support current levels of service and affordability. “This budget represents an earnest effort on the part of City staff to bring the base budget in as… Continue reading City presents operating budget to Council


Mayor Guthrie to host dialogue on poverty October 25

October 20, 2017

Guelph, Ont., October 20, 2017– Mayor Cam Guthrie will host the first-ever Mayor’s Dialogue on Poverty at Guelph City Hall on Wednesday, October 25 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. The featured speaker will be Guelph-Wellington Bridges Out of Poverty facilitator and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health nurse Elaine Weir. Bridges Out of Poverty, under the umbrella of Circles Guelph Wellington, is an innovative local program that educates individuals from the middle or upper class on what it means to live in poverty. As part of the event, information tables from local organizations will be set up in the Galleria. The event is free but registration is required at http://mayorspovertydialogue.eventbrite.ca What Mayor’s Dialogue on Poverty Who Mayor Cam Guthrie Bridges Out of Poverty facilitator and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health… Continue reading Mayor Guthrie to host dialogue on poverty October 25


Guelph Hydro begins merger talks with Alectra Inc.

October 18, 2017

The City of Guelph has announced it will begin merger negotiations between Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc. and Alectra Inc. Continue reading Guelph Hydro begins merger talks with Alectra Inc.


City seeks community input on Guelph Trail Master Plan

October 13, 2017

Guelph, Ont., October 13, 2017 – The City of Guelph is gathering community input as part of the Guelph Trail Master Plan (GTMP) Update project. The Guelph Trail Master Plan provides strategic direction and specific guidelines for work related to City trails, including trail planning, land securement, funding, design, implementation, operation, promotion and maintenance. “Updating the existing master plan is an opportunity for us to incorporate additional items such as new trail design guidelines, a trail promotion strategy, revised trail routes, and new types of trail facilities,” says Helen White, a park planner with the City. Trail user groups are invited to attend an information session, including presentation, from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, October 17 at Guelph City Hall. A drop-in session for land owners… Continue reading City seeks community input on Guelph Trail Master Plan


2017 Citizen Survey results

October 13, 2017

Survey results show Guelph residents are satisfied with their overall quality of life Continue reading 2017 Citizen Survey results


Mayor to host forum on substance use October 16

October 13, 2017

Attention news, photo and video editors Guelph, Ont., October 13, 2017– Join Mayor Cam Guthrie and community agencies for a Mayor’s Forum on Substance Use on Monday, October 16 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Guelph City Hall. This is a free event; all are welcome and no RSVP is required. In the midst of a national opioid crisis, substance use in our city concerns us all. Learn about what’s being done in the areas of community safety, treatment, harm reduction, and prevention. An open question and answer session will follow. What Mayor’s Forum on Substance Use Who Speaker list: Mayor Cam Guthrie Adrienne Crowder, Manager, Wellington Guelph Drug Strategy Guelph Police Chief Jeff DeRuyter Guelph Wellington Paramedic Service Chief Stephen Dewar Colin McVicker, Program… Continue reading Mayor to host forum on substance use October 16


Mayor, University President host meeting to discuss Homecoming

October 12, 2017

Guelph, Ont., October 12, 2017– Mayor Cam Guthrie and University of Guelph President Franco Vaccarino convened a meeting this morning with City, University, emergency services, Guelph General Hospital, public health, and student leaders to debrief on what occurred during Homecoming 2017 and discuss strategies for the future. “The President and I convened this group of leaders because we are committed to working together to address the noise and disruption in our neighbourhoods, caused by a small number of people,” said Mayor Guthrie. “The e-mails and phone calls I received after Homecoming were some of the most upsetting I have received in my time on Council. This situation is not good for anybody – for neighbours and families; for students who take pride in being a… Continue reading Mayor, University President host meeting to discuss Homecoming


Notice: Guelph Trail Master Plan Update information sessions

October 11, 2017

The City of Guelph is hosting three information sessions as part of the Guelph Trail Master Plan (GTMP) Update project. Specifically, the City would like to hear from residents on the master plan goal, guiding principles, promotion strategy, trail route planning, land securement, funding, design, implementation, maintenance and operation. Thursday, October 19 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (drop in) Guelph Public Library 100 Norfolk Street Thursday, October 19 7–9 p.m. (presentation at 7:30 p.m.) Evergreen Seniors Community Centre 683 Woolwich Street Saturday, October 21 7 a.m.–noon (drop in) Guelph Farmer’s Market 2 Gordon Street Have your say Can’t make it to an information session? An online survey will be available October 19 at guelph.ca/haveyoursay. Deadline for input is November 10, 2017. About the project The GTMP provides… Continue reading Notice: Guelph Trail Master Plan Update information sessions


Guelph Transit ridership up 44 per cent in September

October 6, 2017

Guelph, Ont., October 6, 2017 – Guelph Transit’s boarding and ridership numbers for September show an overall increase of 44 per cent over 2016. Last month, 759,053 trips were taken compared to 524,694 during the same time last year. There was also a 15 per cent increase in fare paying riders. “The numbers clearly show that last month’s route realignment is off to an impressive start and that we’re meeting our goal to put buses where and when people need them the most,” says Mike Spicer, Guelph Transit general manager. “This is great news for Guelph Transit and the entire city,” adds Mayor Cam Guthrie. “I’m thankful for the leadership at Guelph Transit, being able to achieve these results within the existing 2017 budget. I’m… Continue reading Guelph Transit ridership up 44 per cent in September


Paramedics and library staff raising funds to help save lives

October 2, 2017

Guelph, Ont., October 2, 2017 – Today, the Guelph-Wellington Paramedic Service (GWPS) Ride for Heart bike team and Guelph Public Library announced a joint fundraising initiative to help save lives in the community. Donation boxes have been set up at all library branches in Guelph for community members to donate to Heart & Stroke. Monies collected between now and May 31, 2018 will be used to purchase AEDs (automated external defibrillators) for Guelph and Wellington County. According to Heart & Stroke, every 13 minutes in Canada a person experiences cardiac arrest and up to 85 per cent occur in public spaces or homes. “For every minute that defibrillation is delayed the chance of survival drops by seven to 10 per cent. But when early CPR… Continue reading Paramedics and library staff raising funds to help save lives


Notice: Noise control bylaw exemption – Ontario Ministry of Transportation

October 2, 2017

Under the City of Guelph’s Delegation Bylaw (2010) – 18935, the City has granted the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) a bylaw exemption from the City’s Noise Control Bylaw.
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Mayor Guthrie and the Guelph Hurricanes walk to school with Guelph students on October 4

October 2, 2017

International Walk to School Month event Attention news, photo and video editors Guelph, Ont., October 2, 2017—In celebration of International Walk to School Month, Guelph Mayor Cam Guthrie, Guelph Hurricanes hockey players and chairs of the Upper Grand and Wellington Catholic District School Boards, will join the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Active and Safe Routes to School committee, students, teachers and parents on a walk to St. Michael Catholic School and Jean Little Public School. The City of Guelph supports walking to school through various programs and services including the Adult School Crossing Guard program, reduced speed school zones and the growth of Guelph’s active transportation network. What International Walk to School Month (IWALK) is a global, annual event promoted by the Active and Safe Routes to School… Continue reading Mayor Guthrie and the Guelph Hurricanes walk to school with Guelph students on October 4


Notice: Fireworks bylaw exemption – University of Guelph

September 28, 2017

September 28, 2017 Under the authority of the City of Guelph’s Fireworks Bylaw (1993)–14362, an exemption has been granted to the University of Guelph (50 Stone Road East) to permit the discharge of fireworks on a date otherwise identified within the bylaw. Specifically, the applicant has been granted an exemption to allow for the discharge of fireworks to occur between 8 and 9:30 p.m. on October 2, 2017 at Alumni Stadium (26 Powerhouse Lane). If you have questions or concerns regarding this exemption, please contact the City’s Fire Prevention Office at 519-763-8111. For more information Tony Sabatini Chief Fire Prevention Officer Guelph Fire Department 519-822-1260 extension 2140 tony.sabatini@guelph.ca  


City releases performance dashboard and launches Community Plan process

September 22, 2017

City’s Executive Team shared new reporting tools with Guelph’s business community Key Facts: Visit the City’s performance reporting dashboard Learn more about Guelph’s Community Plan Guelph, Ont., September 22, 2017– At an event hosted by the Guelph Chamber of Commerce yesterday morning, the City’s Executive Team launched a new performance reporting dashboard and the beginning of a community planning exercise for Guelph. “The City’s new performance dashboard provides accessible, straightforward indicators of how we’re doing across seven broad categories,” said Chief Administrative Officer, Derrick Thomson. “The dashboard is still in its initial beta stage, and we invite our citizens and business leaders to let us know how it could be improved and what data they would like to see included.” “The Guelph Chamber of Commerce… Continue reading City releases performance dashboard and launches Community Plan process


Mayor Guthrie to host forum on seniors and mental health

September 21, 2017

18th annual event to mark World Mental Health Day takes place October 12 Attention news, photo and video editors Guelph, Ont., September 21, 2017– The public is invited to attend a free presentation about seniors and mental health on Thursday, October 12 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Evergreen Seniors Community Centre. Jody Weiler, a specialized geriatric clinician at the Canadian Mental Health Association of Waterloo Wellington with 20 years’ experience working with seniors, families, and care teams, will debunk some of the common myths about mental health and aging. Ross Knechtel, a local Senior of the Year who has lived with a mental health issue for most of his life, will share his personal story and strategies for positive mental health. Ross serves… Continue reading Mayor Guthrie to host forum on seniors and mental health


Guelph Transit introduces special event fare

September 20, 2017

Guelph, Ont., September 20, 2017 – Guelph Transit is making it easier to catch an event at the Sleeman Centre and River Run Centre by offering $1 bus rides, starting with the Guelph Storm’s home opener against Sarnia Sting on Friday, September 22. The one-year Special Event Fare pilot program, approved by Guelph Council last June, allows event attendees, with proof of ticket, to ride Guelph Transit to and from an event for $1 for each one-way trip. Riders must show their event ticket to the transit operator at the time of boarding to receive the $1 special event fare. This is a savings of $2, per trip. Christine Laithwaite, supervisor of Transit Business Services, says it’s important to note that riders must pay the… Continue reading Guelph Transit introduces special event fare


City launches design competition for Verney water tower repainting

September 12, 2017

Community will vote on design to beautify Guelph landmark Guelph, Ont., September 12, 2017—The City of Guelph is holding a design competition for the repainting of the Verney water tower, scheduled for 2018. The City is inviting Guelph-based artists and designers aged 18 and over to submit preliminary designs to be included in the repainting of the water tower near Exhibition Park. “The Verney water tower is a highly visible Guelph landmark,” remarked Stacey Dunnigan, manager of Culture and Tourism. “People can see this tower from Exhibition Park which hosts many events and is a very popular park, so it will be great to have beautiful artwork that reflects our community on the tower.” The design competition will follow a two-stage process based on the… Continue reading City launches design competition for Verney water tower repainting


City seeks input on Mico Valeriote Park

August 16, 2017

Guelph, Ont., August 16, 2017 – The City of Guelph is asking residents to help develop a new master plan for Mico Valeriote Park, located at 235 Elizabeth Street. The park master planning process is an opportunity for residents to review three concept designs and comment on possible amenities for the neighbourhood park. Given the park’s size and proximity to residential backyards, City staff are considering a combination of the following amenities: Community garden space Goal post for mini soccer Junior playground (ages 0 to five) Large accessible play structure Natural playground Outdoor ping pong or chess table Sandbox Seating areas Shelter Swing set Tricycle track with painted lines Walking/running path Influence park design Design concepts can be viewed at guelph.ca/micovaleriote and comments can be… Continue reading City seeks input on Mico Valeriote Park


Guelph Farmers’ Market launches new online tools

August 15, 2017

The Guelph Farmers’ Market recently integrated Manage My Market software on its website. Continue reading Guelph Farmers’ Market launches new online tools


Guelph updates its approach to wading pools, splash pads

August 11, 2017

August 11, 2017 Staff report – June 6, 2017 – PS-17-10 The City has updated its approach to wading pools and splash pads as it prepares to address aging infrastructure, water use, and future community outdoor recreational needs. This approach includes closing Guelph’s aging wading pools in Sunny Acres, Mico Valeriote and Exhibition parks and replacing them with a splash pad and/or other park amenity. The three wading pools have reached the end of their service life and require significant capital investment to maintain and keep them operational. The wading pools were built in 1947 (Sunny Acres), 1974 (Mico Valeriote) and 1970s (Exhibition). Before the wading pools are removed, park master plans will need to be completed and approved by Guelph City Council. As always,… Continue reading Guelph updates its approach to wading pools, splash pads


Notice: Noise Control Bylaw Exemption

July 26, 2017

July 26, 2017 Under the City of Guelph’s Delegation By-law (2013)—19529, the City has granted the Italian Canadian Club (135 Ferguson Street) an exemption from the City’s Noise Control Bylaw. Specifically, the applicant has been granted an exemption to allow for crowd noise (yelling, shouting or the like), amplified sound from music tent and generator noise to occur September 15 from 5 to 11 p.m., September 16 from 4 to 11 p.m. and September 17 from noon to 7 p.m. in order to facilitate Festival Italiano. Any person who has reason to believe that they will be negatively impacted by the approval of this exemption from the Noise Control Bylaw may request that the decision to approve be reviewed by Guelph City Council. Any such… Continue reading Notice: Noise Control Bylaw Exemption


Council updated on City’s Corporate Administrative Plan and Council Shared Agenda

July 24, 2017

Council unanimously approves development of Community Plan for Guelph Guelph, Ont., July 24, 2017 – Guelph City Council received its first update on the City’s progress on implementing the Corporate Administrative Plan (CAP), introduced in September 2016, and further progress towards the Council Shared Agenda (CSA), introduced in 2015. The full CAP and CSA updates can be seen in the Council report. This report is the beginning of a program of improved corporate performance reporting and continuous improvement practices that will result in increased accountability to citizens and better results. “On behalf of Council, I’m very pleased to see the integration of the Corporate Administrative Plan and Council Shared Agenda,” said Mayor Cam Guthrie. “Over the past year we’ve made tremendous progress on multiple fronts.… Continue reading Council updated on City’s Corporate Administrative Plan and Council Shared Agenda


Whimsical sea creatures coming to Guelph Farmers’ Market

July 24, 2017

Seascapes art project planned for RBC Market Mornings Guelph, Ont., July 24, 2017 – Local mixed-media artist, Sarah Mousseau, will lead four outdoor art-making activities that are open and free to the public during the month of August at the Guelph Farmers’ Market. Her project, entitled Seascapes, is an opportunity for the community to aid in the creation of whimsical sea creatures, which will then be installed in the trees and greenspace in front of the Farmers’ Market over Culture Days weekend, September 29 to October 1. Each Saturday, participants will work together to construct various creatures using repurposed materials. The final installation will create a magical underwater garden where octopus tentacles hang low, crustaceans crawl through the grass, schools of fish flutter in the… Continue reading Whimsical sea creatures coming to Guelph Farmers’ Market


Immigration survey highlights emerging issues and trends

June 29, 2017

Guelph, Ont., Thursday, June 29, 2017 – Earlier this month, the Guelph-Wellington Local Immigration Partnership (GWLIP) released the results of its 2016 immigrant survey. Last fall, the GWLIP gathered information through focus groups and an anonymous, voluntary survey to better understand the issues that Guelph and Wellington County immigrants face in relation to accessing services, finding jobs, and participating in the community. The survey was open to immigrants to Canada (including citizens, permanent residents, refugees, international students, and caregivers) who have been in the country for 10 years or less and, at the time of the survey, living in Guelph or Wellington County. The findings, which include the demographic and economic makeup of the immigrant community in Guelph and Wellington County, indicate that recent immigrants… Continue reading Immigration survey highlights emerging issues and trends


Celebrate the grand reopening of Guelph’s Victoria Road Recreation Centre

June 20, 2017

Guelph, Ont., June 20, 2017 – The media and community are invited to join us on Saturday, June 24, as we host a grand reopening celebration from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the newly renovated Victoria Road Recreation Centre, 151 Victoria Road North. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will kick off the celebrations, followed by family-friendly activities, community displays and self-guided facility tours. Residents are also invited to take in a free public swim in the Victor Davis Pool between 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The aging and outdated recreation facility, built in 1974, was renovated between March 2016 and June 2017 to improve accessibility, security, customer service, and to offer new programming space for leisure and recreation programs. For more information on the project, visit… Continue reading Celebrate the grand reopening of Guelph’s Victoria Road Recreation Centre


City celebrates Aboriginal Day June 21

June 14, 2017

Guelph, Ont., June 14, 2017 – On June 21, the City will host Guelph’s annual Aboriginal Day celebration in Market Square. Members of the public are invited to share in the celebration from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aboriginal Day invites Canadians from all walks of life to celebrate the rich culture, unique heritage and notable achievements of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples of Canada. June is also designated National Aboriginal History Month. This year’s event offers music and sharing that includes a territorial welcome, drum circles, dancing, as well as food and craft vendors and children’s activities. 10 Carden will host an open house for its Indigenous Art Show during the celebration, and the City’s 2017 Artist in Residence, Carolyn Meili, will launch her… Continue reading City celebrates Aboriginal Day June 21


Guelph continues exploring possible hydro mergers

June 13, 2017

Guelph City Council voted to continue researching possible mergers between Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc. and other publicly-owned electricity utility companies. Continue reading Guelph continues exploring possible hydro mergers


City Council to discuss more research into possible Guelph Hydro mergers

June 2, 2017

On June 13, Guelph City Council will discuss further research into potential mergers between Guelph Hydro and other publicly-owned local electricity distribution companies. Continue reading City Council to discuss more research into possible Guelph Hydro mergers


Bike medics roll in this summer

May 31, 2017

Guelph, Ont., May 31, 2017 – The Guelph-Wellington Paramedic Service (GWPS) has launched a bike medic program to provide quick response at community events. Earlier this month, 10 paramedics completed medic cyclist training that certifies them with the International Police Mountain Bike Association. The EMS Cyclist certification means that the paramedics are now trained to navigate through crowds and obstacles on a bicycle to provide medical care to patients. Joe Draper, paramedic field superintendent with the GWPS, says the bike medics will be used seasonally at community and special events, including Canada Day, Ribfest, and the University of Guelph homecoming weekend. “It’s about responding to a medical emergency as quickly as possible, and nothing moves more swiftly through a crowd than a bike. Our bike… Continue reading Bike medics roll in this summer


Celebrate Paramedic Services Week

May 29, 2017

Guelph, Ont., May 29, 2017 – In celebration of national Paramedic Services Week, May 28 to June 3, the Guelph-Wellington Paramedic Service is hosting free information sessions on June 2 and 3 at the Old Quebec Street Shoppes, located at 55 Wyndham Street North. The sessions will run from 3 to 9 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. The public is invited to check out a paramedic first response vehicle, watch equipment demonstrations, get career information, and learn about the paramedic’s role in the community. File of Life magnets will also be handed out. Once at home, residents can record critical medical information on the magnet and place it on the outside of the fridge—a place that is highly visible… Continue reading Celebrate Paramedic Services Week


City selects Carolyn Meili as 2017 Artist in Residence

May 3, 2017

Guelph, Ont., May 3, 2017 – Guelph artist Carolyn Meili has been named this year’s City of Guelph Artist in Residence. In its fourth year, the Artist in Residence program engages the community in creative experiences and embeds artistic activity in a variety of public spaces. In a public call for entry earlier this year, artists were invited to submit proposals that considered Canada’s 150th birthday and the City’s 190th anniversary while encouraging reflection of Guelph’s collective history inclusive of all ages and backgrounds. Following review of 14 submissions, the City’s Council-appointed Public Art Advisory Committee unanimously recommended awarding the residency to Meili. Her proposal seeks to challenge the traditional off-limits nature of art on display while exploring symbols of Guelph, and by extension Canada,… Continue reading City selects Carolyn Meili as 2017 Artist in Residence


Is your family prepared if an emergency strikes?

May 1, 2017

Guelph, Ont., May 1, 2017 – On Wednesday, May 3, the City of Guelph will host its annual Emergency Preparedness Day event at the West End Community Centre. The free event is an opportunity for residents and school age children to learn about what is needed to plan and prepare for an emergency at home, work, or school. “An emergency can strike a community with little or no advance warning, but being prepared for one can help you and your family remain safe,” says Dave Elloway, the City’s emergency management coordinator. In addition to information displays from utilities, volunteer groups, and emergency first response organizations, members of the public can check out Guelph Fire’s aerial truck, rescue vehicles, and equipment. The Canadian Red Cross will… Continue reading Is your family prepared if an emergency strikes?


Time capsule reveal set for Monday

April 27, 2017

Guelph, Ont., April 27, 2017 – You are invited to witness the opening of a 43-year-old time capsule found deep within the walls of the Victoria Road Recreation Centre. The capsule opening will take place on Monday, May 1 at 1 p.m. in Council Chambers. “There’s a lot of excitement and speculation as to what we might find inside the capsule,” says Heather Flaherty, general manager of Parks and Recreation. Contractors working on the $15.1 million Victoria Road Recreation Centre renovation project discovered the time capsule last August when they moved the cornerstone and it cracked, exposing the medium-size brass box. Although there’s no known record of a time capsule being buried at the time of construction in 1973, Flaherty says there was some inkling… Continue reading Time capsule reveal set for Monday


Guelph Community Pottery Centre finds new permanent home

April 26, 2017

Guelph, Ont., Wednesday, April 26, 2017 – For the past two decades, the Guelph Community Pottery Centre has never had a studio space to call its own; that all changed earlier this month when the pottery centre relocated from a shared space to a newly renovated facility at 14 Edinburgh Road South. “Having a dedicated, permanent teaching space allows us to offer more pottery classes, workshops and open studio, giving the community more opportunity to get involved in the art of pottery. We’re also excited to use the outdoor green space for programming and pottery art exhibits,” says Tonie Sacchetti, recreation program coordinator at the City. The pottery centre, located within a short walk from a Guelph Transit stop, is equipped with 10 electric pottery… Continue reading Guelph Community Pottery Centre finds new permanent home


April marks one year construction anniversary of the Victoria Road Recreation Centre renovation

April 13, 2017

April 13, 2017 Construction crews have been busy with the following aspects of the Victoria Road Recreation Centre renovation. Behind the scenes As of April 11, 2017, a summary of the work completed or underway. Pool Pool gutters filled and water tightness test conducted Installation of ceramic tile in teaching pool complete Myrtha insert liner installation ongoing Bulkhead assembly and installation New LED lights installed Filtration room assembly underway Pool Filter room work ongoing Change room hallway painted and tiled Acoustic tile installation to begin New addition Ceiling drywall underway Masonry work completed in vestibule Painting in all rooms ongoing Glass installed in hallways Door installation underway Arena Arena board replacement underway New dehumidification unit to be installed prior to grand reopening Third floor Millwork… Continue reading April marks one year construction anniversary of the Victoria Road Recreation Centre renovation


Guelph ranked best place to buy real estate in Canada

April 11, 2017

Guelph is the most attractive city for real estate investment value in Canada, according to MoneySense’s 2017 Where to Buy Now list. Continue reading Guelph ranked best place to buy real estate in Canada


$19.4 million to be invested in Guelph Transit infrastructure

March 31, 2017

MP Lloyd Longfield, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, announced today that the City of Guelph’s new public transit project has been approved. Continue reading $19.4 million to be invested in Guelph Transit infrastructure


Global Advantage Business Awards recipients named

March 31, 2017

Guelph, Ont., March 31, 2017 – The Guelph-Wellington Local Immigration Partnership (GWLIP) is pleased to announce the recipients of the first-ever Global Advantage Business Awards. The awards—celebrating businesses and individuals that demonstrate leadership in immigrant employment and entrepreneurship in Guelph and Wellington—were handed out March 29 at a breakfast event at the Italian Canadian Club. Cargill (Guelph) and TG Minto Corporation (Wellington County) received the Immigrant Inclusion in the Workplace Award. This award honours businesses that hire immigrants and that recognize diversity and international skills and experience as a benefit to their business, and have implemented practices to support cultural and religious diversity in the workplace. The Immigrant Entrepreneur Success Award, which recognizes immigrants who have arrived in Canada since 2000 and who are driving… Continue reading Global Advantage Business Awards recipients named


Call for nominations: 2017 Mayor’s Awards

March 23, 2017

Guelph, Ont., March 23, 2017 – Nominations are now open for the 2017 Mayor’s Awards, which recognize people who make the city a better place through volunteer service. Nominations can be submitted online at guelph.ca/mayorsawards, or by contacting the Mayor’s Office at 519-837-5643 or mayor@guelph.ca to request a nomination form. The deadline is 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 21, 2017. “Whenever people from other cities ask me what makes Guelph so special, I always say it’s the people. Guelph is truly a city that cares – and Mayor’s Awards honourees are the perfect example of that,” said Mayor Guthrie. “These awards are a great way to recognize those who go above and beyond and make us ‘Guelph Proud.’” While it is not mandatory for nominees… Continue reading Call for nominations: 2017 Mayor’s Awards


Go behind the scenes at Victoria Road Recreation Centre

March 16, 2017

March 16, 2017 Construction crews have been busy with the following aspects of the Victoria Road Recreation Centre renovation. Behind the scenes As of March 14, 2017, a summary of the work completed or underway. Pool New pool deck drainage complete Teaching pool forming, water and pressure tests complete Preparing teaching pool for ceramic tile Myrtha insert work continuing New anchors installed for diving board placement Lockers in place in change rooms Painting continues  New addition Curtain wall complete Bulkhead work ongoing in lobby and along pool wall Metal roof work almost complete Metal siding install has begun Lobby walls—drywall taping complete  Arena Ice rentals winding up New arena boards to be replaced in April New dehumidification unit to be installed prior to grand reopening Header… Continue reading Go behind the scenes at Victoria Road Recreation Centre


Guelph Sports Hall of Fame welcomes five inductees

February 23, 2017

Induction ceremony takes place at Kiwanis Sports Celebrity dinner May 17 Guelph, Ont., February 23, 2017 – The Guelph Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors is pleased to announce the names of the 2017 inductees who will be celebrated at a ceremony this May. This year’s inductees are athlete Jeremy Ware, veteran athlete John Vandivier, builder James (Jim) Rooney, official Henry (Harry) Greene, and in the team category the 1966 CJOY Senior Baseball Club. The induction ceremony will take place during the annual Kiwanis Sports Celebrity dinner on Wednesday, May 17 at the Italian Canadian Club. Tickets go on sale March 10 for $80 per adult and $35 for students 17 years of age and younger. For more information or to purchase tickets, call… Continue reading Guelph Sports Hall of Fame welcomes five inductees


Plans underway for Victoria Road Recreation Centre grand reopening

February 22, 2017

February 22, 2017 Plans are underway for the June 24 grand reopening of Victoria Road Recreation Centre. Watch for details in the coming weeks. Behind the scenes As of February 22, 2017, a summary of the work completed or underway. New addition Installed remaining curtain wall Sprinkler mains in filtration room installed Roof install underway including gutter tie in Installing rails in elevator shaft and elevator machine room equipment Continue spray foam install along exterior walls Pool Continue Myrtha gutter install, completed lap pool drain pipe install, started pool deck trench drain install, form surge tank lid Ceramic floor tile work in change rooms Locker install in pool change rooms Continued backfilling of lap and teaching pools, excavated for pool deck drain piping Continue installing… Continue reading Plans underway for Victoria Road Recreation Centre grand reopening


Council votes to explore options to merge Guelph Hydro with other publicly-owned utilities

February 16, 2017

Guelph City Council will not consider selling Guelph Hydro, but will explore potential mergers with publicly-owned utility companies Continue reading Council votes to explore options to merge Guelph Hydro with other publicly-owned utilities