Category Archives: Environment

City of Guelph committee to explore options for its energy assets

October 24, 2016

City launches Energizing Tomorrow website to ensure community is informed and can participate in the process. Continue reading City of Guelph committee to explore options for its energy assets


Council approves updated Water Efficiency Strategy

September 27, 2016

Changes will make saving water easier Guelph, Ont., September 27, 2016—Last night Council unanimously approved the updated Water Efficiency Strategy presented by City staff at the September 6 Committee of the Whole meeting. “We are excited to move ahead with this updated strategy,” remarked Emily Stahl, acting manager of technical services for the City’s Water Services department. “Our community told us they want to do more to save water at home. The additions and improvements in the updated Water Efficiency Strategy offer fresh opportunities to take business and at-home water conservation efforts to the next level, and allow more of our community to participate.” Report highlights program improvements Program and service changes from the Water Efficiency Strategy include: Changing the Royal Flush rebate program to… Continue reading Council approves updated Water Efficiency Strategy


Update: Guelph to receive $7.6 million from Clean Water Wastewater Fund for infrastructure

September 14, 2016

Update – September 20, 2016-The local funding announcement for media, scheduled for September 23, has been cancelled.  Guelph, Ont., September 13, 2016–Earlier today, the Honourable Bob Chiarelli, Ontario Minister of Infrastructure, and the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities named Guelph among the seven Ontario communities approved to date to receive infrastructure funding through the Clean Water Wastewater Fund (CWWF). The City is to receive $5,047,890 in federal and $2,523,945 in provincial funding for three major infrastructure projects—reconstruction of Metcalfe Street, maintenance of two stormwater management ponds, and upgrades to Guelph’s snow disposal facility—that support clean drinking water, efficient wastewater systems, and healthy rivers and lakes. “This funding is a testament to the collaboration and positive relationships built among all three levels of… Continue reading Update: Guelph to receive $7.6 million from Clean Water Wastewater Fund for infrastructure


Stay safe around garbage trucks

August 31, 2016

Please slow down around waste collection trucks and follow these safety tips. Safety tips for drivers Slow down when approaching a waste collection truck. Look out for cyclists, pedestrians, and oncoming vehicles before attempting to pass a waste collection truck. The steering wheel is on the right side of the truck, so truck drivers may have difficulty seeing vehicles passing on the left. Avoid distractions like using your cell phone, radio or Global Positioning System (GPS) while driving. Remember, trucks make frequent stops. Please keep back a safe distance when driving behind a waste collection truck. Park your vehicle at least 1 metre away from waste carts at the curb. Safety tips for pedestrians and cyclists Stay back. Trucks have large blind spots, especially at the back and directly… Continue reading Stay safe around garbage trucks


Peter Busatto appointed Guelph’s general manager of Environmental Services

August 29, 2016

Guelph, Ont., August 29, 2016–The City of Guelph has parted ways with its general manager of Environmental Services, and its plant manager of Wastewater Services.  We thank the incumbents in these positions for their contributions and wish them well in their future endeavours. Peter Busatto, a well-respected, highly competent leader with an accomplished track record in Environmental Services has been appointed as general manager. Work associated with upholding the day-to-day operation of Guelph’s water, wastewater, and solid waste operations is uninterrupted. The City will ensure a smooth transition and continue to deliver the service our community expects. For more information Scott Stewart, DCAO Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise Services 519-822-1260 extension 3445 scott.stewart@guelph.ca


Guelph receives award of excellence for waste collection system

August 24, 2016

Guelph, Ont., August 24, 2016– The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) awarded the City of Guelph with the 2016 Gold Excellence Award in the Collection Systems category at the Association’s annual conference held in Indianapolis, Indiana yesterday. “The City of Guelph is honoured to receive the Gold Excellence Award for our curbside collection system,” says Heather Connell, manager of Integrated Services, Solid Waste Resources. “Our collection and processing of residential curbside waste—successfully driven by our residents’ diligent three-steam sorting—has enabled Guelph to achieve the highest waste diversion rate in Ontario.” Vivian De Giovanni, supervisor of Program Development with Solid Waste Resources, received the award on behalf of the City for the Automatic Cart-Based Collection System entry. Guelph converted from manual bag-based curbside collection… Continue reading Guelph receives award of excellence for waste collection system


Alert Labs and Milieu selected by Guelph’s Civic Accelerator

August 17, 2016

The City of Guelph’s new Civic Accelerator, which turns the City into a research, development and commercialization lab for civic technology, has selected winners for the Planning Notifications and Water Data challenges issued on June 20. Continue reading Alert Labs and Milieu selected by Guelph’s Civic Accelerator


Be careful about what you put in your waste carts

August 5, 2016

Help keep our staff safe, do not put hazardous materials in your carts. Continue reading Be careful about what you put in your waste carts


Guelph supports redevelopment of contaminated sites

July 26, 2016

City releases development guidelines Guelph, Ont., July 26, 2016–Guelph is taking action to support the redevelopment of properties that are suspected or known to have some environmental contamination. “We’re updating our process to make development of contaminated or potentially contaminated properties more efficient,” said Terry Gayman, manager infrastructure, development and environmental engineering for the City of Guelph. Guelph released new guidelines for development of contaminated or potentially contaminated sites to help developers restore the sites according to provincial and/or municipal regulations, current industry standards and best management practices. The City is using the guidelines to: Protect the City’s water resources Ensure the condition of the land is appropriate for the proposed use Avoid inappropriate restrictions on land use Identify the need for site remediation/risk assessment… Continue reading Guelph supports redevelopment of contaminated sites


Reminder: Please don’t overstuff your waste carts

July 22, 2016

Place items loosely in waste carts, do not cram them in. Please make sure everything you put into your cart will fit with the lid closed. Overstuffed carts may not empty properly when tipped into the collection truck. Running out of space in your carts? Blue and grey carts are available in four different sizes: small to extra-large. To request a cart exchange contact Solid Waste Resources. There is a $35 cart exchange fee per cart to cover the cost of delivery and cleaning. For more information Solid Waste Resources 519-767-0598 waste@guelph.ca  


Council approves improvements and fee changes for public waste drop-off

July 19, 2016

Guelph, Ont., July 19, 2016  – Last night Council approved recommended improvements to the Public Waste Drop-off (PDO) site and the residential yard waste collection program that require changes to existing fees, starting August 1. “The changes approved by Council at last night’s meeting are the first step in making yard waste processing and the Public Drop-off more efficient, user-friendly and cost-effective,” says Cameron Walsh, plant manager of Solid Waste Resources. “We heard loud and clear that there’s a need for improvements at the Waste Resources Innovation Centre, specifically for the yard waste drop off, and we’re ready to put in place changes this summer.” The short- and long-term changes include: A new design for the weigh scales at the Public Drop-off to accommodate more… Continue reading Council approves improvements and fee changes for public waste drop-off


Update on Guelph’s existing district energy system

July 18, 2016

Guelph, Ont., July 18, 2016 – Guelph’s existing district energy nodes in the downtown core and Hanlon Creek Business Park will continue to operate with no further expansions at this time, as directed by Council this evening. The financial and technical performance of the existing nodes was evaluated by Deloitte and FVB Energy Inc. to develop a business case for the future direction of district energy in Guelph. The business case outlined three options: exit the current investments; operate the current nodes as is; and preserve the opportunity for growth. Council supported Deloitte’s recommendations to operate the nodes as contractually agreed and explore system efficiencies through the development of a district energy business development strategy. These recommendations do not require capital investment and fall under… Continue reading Update on Guelph’s existing district energy system


City provides first status report on the Community Energy Initiative (CEI) update

July 14, 2016

City Council will be presented with the first status report for the Community Energy Initiative (CEI) Update process on Monday, July 18. The report outlines the status of four items: The City’s Corporate Energy Management Program (CEMP), a key aspect of the CEI’s approach to demonstrating leadership, improving energy efficiency in City owned buildings and developing opportunities for on-site energy generation. To date the CEMP has implemented retrofit projects at three city facilities which delivered annual avoided costs of $87,830 as of the end of 2015. The completion of the scope of work to undertake qualitative and quantitative analysis in support of the CEI Update process. This scope of work will be used to develop and issue a request for proposal to hire a consultant to… Continue reading City provides first status report on the Community Energy Initiative (CEI) update


Guelph’s Material Recovery Facility structurally safe after fire

July 13, 2016

Guelph, Ont., July 13, 2016 – Guelph’s Material Recovery Facility is safe to be occupied, according to a structural engineer who assessed the building following the July 5 fire. “Solid Waste Resources staff is back inside the Material Recovery Facility, under safe working conditions,” says Cameron Walsh, plant manager with Solid Waste Resources. “The damage from the fire was contained to a few sections of the recycling conveyer and sorting screen used for processing residential material. As a result, we are currently running at a reduced capacity.” The damaged equipment will be replaced within the next four months. In the meantime, Guelph residents’ recyclables are being processed at Modern’s Buffalo Recycling Enterprise facility. “Our residents can rest assured their blue cart waste is being processed… Continue reading Guelph’s Material Recovery Facility structurally safe after fire


Update: Fire at Guelph’s Material Recovery Facility closes 110 Dunlop Drive

July 5, 2016

Update – 4:30 p.m. The Guelph Fire Department has extinguished the fire and is assessing the damage. A structural assessment will be conducted tomorrow. Public access to yard waste disposal, the household hazardous waste depot, the public drop off and transfer station reopens tomorrow. Curbside waste collection continues without disruption.   Guelph, Ont., July 5, 2016 – Around 10:30 this morning a fire broke out at the City’s Material Recovery Facility, located at 110 Dunlop Drive. Staff was safely evacuated and no injuries are reported. Public access to the Waste Resource Innovation Centre including the public drop-off, is temporarily closed. Telephone service is also unavailable at this time. An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the fire. The extent of the damage is not yet… Continue reading Update: Fire at Guelph’s Material Recovery Facility closes 110 Dunlop Drive


Policies to safeguard Guelph’s drinking water take effect July 1

June 29, 2016

City to work with landowners, businesses, developers to ensure compliance Guelph, Ont., June 29, 2016 – The City’s 72 Source Water Protection policies come into effect Friday. The provincially-legislated policies are part of the Lake Erie Source Protection Region’s Source Protection Plan designed to identify and manage threats to Guelph’s municipal drinking water. “The best way to ensure safe drinking water is to protect it at its source,” said Peter Rider, the City’s Risk Management Official. “Everyone in our community can play a role in protecting Guelph’s groundwater for future generations by taking simple precautions with everyday actions.” Guelph is one of 13 municipalities rolling out policies that support the locally-developed source protection plan. The plan and its Guelph-specific policies were endorsed by the Ministry of… Continue reading Policies to safeguard Guelph’s drinking water take effect July 1


City proposes improvements to yard waste collection and public drop-off

June 24, 2016

Customer feedback prompts recommended changes Guelph, Ont., June 24, 2016 – The City is recommending improvements to its residential yard waste collection program and Public Waste Drop-off (PDO) site, for consideration at the July 5 Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise Committee meeting. “We heard from Public Drop-Off users and Guelph residents there’s a need to expand residential yard waste collection and improve access at the Waste Resources Innovation Centre,” says Cameron Walsh, plant manager of Solid Waste Resources. “We’re recommending a number of changes to make yard waste processing and the Public Drop-off more efficient, user-friendly and cost-effective.” The recommendations to be discussed on July 5 include: Expanding residential curbside yard waste collection to run biweekly from April to November, starting in 2017. Improving site access… Continue reading City proposes improvements to yard waste collection and public drop-off


City of Guelph launches Civic Solutions Accelerator

June 20, 2016

The City of Guelph launched the Civic Solutions Accelerator that enables the City of Guelph to work with entrepreneurs, startups, students and companies to create innovative solutions for complex municipal challenges. Continue reading City of Guelph launches Civic Solutions Accelerator


Proposed bylaw to ensure transparent water and wastewater billing

May 27, 2016

Guelph, Ont., May 27, 2016—The City has drafted a new bylaw to clarify its customer service processes for billing of water and wastewater services including account creation, water meter protocols, the handling of unpaid accounts and  billing dispute resolution. The bylaw will be presented to the Infrastructure, Development and Engineering (IDE) Committee on June 7. If recommended by the IDE Committee, the proposed bylaw will be presented to Council for approval on June 27. If approved, the bylaw would come into effect immediately. “Guelph has grown a lot since we introduced the City’s Water Bylaw in 2001—we’ve seen a large increase in both residential and business water and wastewater customers—and today’s customers want detailed information about billing processes,” said Wayne Galliher, Manager of Technical Services… Continue reading Proposed bylaw to ensure transparent water and wastewater billing


Guelph Energy Efficiency Retrofit Strategy (GEERS) moves forward

May 25, 2016

Guelph, Ont., May 25, 2016 – Council approved a phased approach for the City’s Guelph Energy Efficiency Retrofit Strategy (GEERS) program at last night’s Council meeting. “We are excited to proceed with further GEERS program development for Guelph property owners,” says Rob Kerr, the City’s Community Energy Manager. “The implementation will be completed in phases, which allows us to test the energy efficiency and cost-recovery capability of GEERS to further refine and expand the program.” The cost of the GEERS program will be determined by the number of program participants and the technology option selected. Technology options may include: upgrades to insulation, windows, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC); rooftop solar panels; re-roofing; electric vehicle chargers; rainwater harvesting; grey water recovery; and permeable pavement. The… Continue reading Guelph Energy Efficiency Retrofit Strategy (GEERS) moves forward


Guelph’s Community Energy Initiative Update gets green light

April 27, 2016

Community participation and ownership integral to CEI’s future success Guelph, Ont., April 27, 2016 – Council unanimously approved the City’s proposed process to update Guelph’s Community Energy Initiative (CEI) on Monday evening. “The City has learned a lot about the value of sustainable energy and its role in Guelph’s long-term ability to prosper since the Community Energy Plan was developed in 2007,” said Rob Kerr, the City’s Community Energy Manager. “The updated CEI will reflect what we know now and re-establish the CEI as a community-led initiative by engaging the community to reaffirm Guelph’s energy priorities and lead future success.” The CEI Update will also include metrics to track and report  progress on the initiative’s defined targets, reflect recent federal and provincial policy requirements, and incorporate… Continue reading Guelph’s Community Energy Initiative Update gets green light


City presents recommended changes to water efficiency programs and services

April 26, 2016

A draft of the City’s final report on the Water Efficiency Strategy update is now available for public review and comment. Continue reading City presents recommended changes to water efficiency programs and services


City responds to formal requests for additional assessment of Niska Road

April 18, 2016

Regular monitoring of bridge continues Guelph, Ont., April 18, 2016—The City filed its response today to the Part II Order requests made to the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) for the Niska Road Class Environmental Assessment (EA). A Part II Order request asks for a higher level of assessment and can be requested once the EA notice of completion has been issued. The City originally issued the notice of completion for the Niska Road EA on February 11, 2016, then extended the 30-day review period after one set of review document copies were moved to a new location. The public had until March 30 to file a Part II order request; two requests were filed with the Minister’s office. “We’ve provided the… Continue reading City responds to formal requests for additional assessment of Niska Road


Council approves user fees to fund stormwater management

March 23, 2016

Guelph, Ont., March 23, 2016—Guelph City Council approved a staff recommendation for a dedicated stormwater user fee by a vote of 11 to 2 at Monday night’s Council meeting. The introduction of a user fee is a shift from funding Guelph’s stormwater management system through property taxes. The fee model proposed was selected to provide a balance between fairness, equity and ease of administration. The recommendation from staff was made following more than two years of study and community consultation. “Like many other municipalities, Guelph is faced with the problem of aging infrastructure and our stormwater management system needs upgrades, especially as we face more severe storm events,”  said Arun Hindupur, Infrastructure Planning Engineer for the City. “Many cities, including Mississauga, Richmond Hill, Waterloo and… Continue reading Council approves user fees to fund stormwater management


New Chief Executive Officer Appointed for Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc. and Envida Community Energy Inc.

March 8, 2016

Guelph, Ont., March 8, 2016 – The Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc. (GMHI) Board of Directors has appointed Pankaj Sardana to the position of Chief Executive Officer of Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc. and Envida Community Energy Inc., effective immediately. Day-to-day operations of Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc. (GHESI) will remain under the leadership of Kazi Marouf, who will continue in his role as GHESI Chief Operating Officer reporting to the new CEO. “With more than 30 years of experience in the energy sector and an impressive set of skills in finance and treasury operations, accounting, regulatory affairs, commodity trading, load forecasting and other aspects of the electricity distribution business, the GMHI, GHESI and Envida Boards of Directors have great confidence that Pankaj Sardana is ideally… Continue reading New Chief Executive Officer Appointed for Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc. and Envida Community Energy Inc.


City Council restructures Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc.

March 8, 2016

Guelph, Ont., March 8, 2016 – Guelph City Council is announcing governance changes to Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc. Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc. is a company set up by Guelph City Council to manage select city assets for the purpose of maximizing revenue potential and strengthening community prosperity. City Council is streamlining its oversight of GMHI, providing elected officials with increased oversight of decisions that directly affect the community. “The change reflects this Council’s philosophy about governance. Direct Council oversight of GMHI decisions that affect the City of Guelph will ensure better alignment of City assets, resources and strategic planning” says Guelph’s mayor, Cam Guthrie. The changes are expected to serve City Council for a period of up to 18 months, at which point progress and… Continue reading City Council restructures Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc.


Environmental investigation work to be completed adjacent to Fountain Street parking lot starting March 9

March 3, 2016

Guelph, Ont., March 3, 2016—Beginning Wednesday, March 9, engineering consultants and contractors hired by the City of Guelph will be working along Fountain Street adjacent to the Fountain Street parking lot, and on Wyndham Street between Fountain Street and Surrey Street. The City will also be working on the Union Gas property on Surrey Street near Gordon Street. The City is conducting environmental investigations around the site of the historical coal gasification plant on Fountain Street and is installing wells and soil vapour probes for ongoing environmental monitoring. Work is being carried out by GHD Ltd. and their subcontractors. Drilling is expected to occur over a two week period, with contractors returning to take samples from monitoring wells on a periodic basis. All wells and holes are… Continue reading Environmental investigation work to be completed adjacent to Fountain Street parking lot starting March 9


Niska Road Environmental Assessment: Notice of Study Completion

February 29, 2016

Niska Road Improvements from the city limits at the Speed River to the Downey Road intersection Continue reading Niska Road Environmental Assessment: Notice of Study Completion


City’s Niska Road study documents available for public review

February 12, 2016

Guelph, ON, February 12, 2016—The City of Guelph has publicly issued the Niska Road improvements Notice of Completion for the Schedule ‘C’ Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) . As part of the process all the EA study documents are now available for public review by the community and regulatory agencies, including the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, for 30 days from the date of the notice. The Environmental Study Report is online at guelph.ca/niskaroad and paper copies are available at City Hall, the Main (downtown) Branch of the Guelph Public Library, and the YMCA-YWCA near Downey Road and the Hanlon Expressway. Written comments can be provided to the City by March 11. If concerns arise that cannot be resolved through discussion with the City, a… Continue reading City’s Niska Road study documents available for public review


City tests LED street lights

January 18, 2016

Energy efficient, low maintenance LED street lights can save Guelph $750K annually Guelph, Ont., January 18, 2016–The City and Guelph Hydro are testing a number of LED options on residential Guelph streets to determine the best energy efficient alternative to the City’s current high pressure sodium (HPS) street lights. “The City is in a position to save about 50 per cent of its 13,000 street lights’ energy use, about $750 thousand dollars in annual cost savings, by switching out Guelph’s HPS  street lights with LEDs,” said Alex Chapman, the City’s program manager of Corporate Energy. “LED lights last longer, use much less electricity, require less maintenance and provide better illumination than the HPS lights we’re currently using.” During the test period, which runs until March, the City… Continue reading City tests LED street lights


City starts in-depth environmental design study for York Road

December 18, 2015

Study to inform plans to widen busy east end road Guelph, ON, December 18, 2015—The City has started an in-depth study of the York Road environment as part of plans to widen the road. Natural and cultural features are important considerations for the road’s design, and are the focus of the new study. Improvements to York Road were identified through the York Road Environmental Assessment (EA), completed and approved by Council  in 2007. The preferred improvements to York Road identified by the EA include widening the road to four lanes and adding bike lanes and sidewalks. “The York Road Environmental Design Study will look at all aspects of the local environment—natural, physical and social,” said Arun, Hindupur, project manager for the City of Guelph. “Our… Continue reading City starts in-depth environmental design study for York Road


2016 budget highlights

December 16, 2015

A look at some of the budget details On December 10, 2015, City Council approved a $216 million operating budget and a $61 million capital budget for 2016. This represents a 2.99 per cent tax increase over 2015. In approving the budget, Council approved $3.6 million in reductions to the base budget which included adjustments to purchased goods and services, revenue including a 15 per cent increase to vendor fees at the Guelph Farmers’ Market, and service level changes for Guelph Transit (described below). Within the capital budget, Council approved 124 projects including but not limited to Transit fare box replacement, vehicle and equipment lifecycle replacements, bridge replacements/upgrades (including Niska Bridge), South End Community Park continued implementation, and downtown parkade construction. The following identifies the… Continue reading 2016 budget highlights


Accomplished municipal leader rejoins City as interim Solid Waste Resources manager

December 9, 2015

Guelph, ON, December 9, 2015 – The City of Guelph’s former manager of Wastewater Services, Cam Walsh, rejoins the City as the interim manager of Solid Waste Services. “Cam’s an accomplished leader in the municipal sector; his legacy of optimizing efficient operations at Guelph’s wastewater treatment facility continues to be of value to us today,” said Scott Stewart, the City’s Deputy CAO of Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise. “Walsh has a successful track record managing a City facility with high legislative environmental compliance needs and direct experience working collaboratively with a broad range of municipal stakeholders.” Cam Walsh led a team of 50 City staff at Guelph’s wastewater treatment facility from 2005 to 2011, worked in private sector consulting in the water and wastewater treatment field, and… Continue reading Accomplished municipal leader rejoins City as interim Solid Waste Resources manager


City Council approves Niska Road reconstruction, bridge replacement; not signalized intersection

December 4, 2015

Consultation will be conducted for the detailed design phase of the bridge. Guelph, ON, December 4, 2015—At a six-hour meeting that began Thursday and concluded shortly after midnight on Friday, City Council approved the staff recommendation to complete the Schedule ‘C’ Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) process and proceed with the reconstruction of Niska Road from Downey Road to the City limits on the west side of the Bailey bridge over the Speed River, and the construction of a two-lane bridge over the Speed River. Council did not however approve the signalization of the intersection at Niska Road and Downy Road. Council further directed staff to develop a public consultation process for use during the detailed design of the bridge that includes elements to address… Continue reading City Council approves Niska Road reconstruction, bridge replacement; not signalized intersection


City to present stormwater user fee recommendation at December 2 open house

November 30, 2015

Guelph, Ont., November 30, 2015—The City has arrived at a recommendation to address Guelph’s underfunded stormwater system. Following more than two years of study and community consultation City staff plans to recommend a stormwater user fee. “Faced with the challenges of aging infrastructure, increases in hard surfaces from urban growth, and more severe storm events, many cities, including Mississauga, Richmond Hill, Waterloo and Kitchener, have moved to a fee model to address funding challenges,” said Arun Hindupur, Infrastructure Planning Engineer for the City. “The fee model we’re proposing is a balance between fairness, equity and ease of administration.” The proposed fee model, called the Equivalent Residential Unit model, was selected because it provides the best balance between fairness to property owners and administrative costs for the… Continue reading City to present stormwater user fee recommendation at December 2 open house


Council approves Frozen Water Pipe Policy

November 24, 2015

City encourages residents to prepare for winter Guelph, ON, November 24, 2015—City Council approved a policy for frozen water pipes at last night’s Council meeting. The Frozen Water Pipe Policy was developed by staff following last winter’s unforeseen issues with frozen pipes when 376 customers were affected. In a typical year, less than twenty customers are affected by this issue. “The new policy identifies the response actions and  service the City will provide for customers with frozen pipes,” said Wayne Galliher, Manager of Technical Services. “Last winter we quickly developed and continued to adjust support resources in response to the record numbers of frozen water pipe reports we received. We have improved, clarified and formalized the support options through the policy, which will form our… Continue reading Council approves Frozen Water Pipe Policy


City to report financial liability for environmental remediation annually

November 3, 2015

New public sector accounting standard prompts greater financial transparency Guelph, Ont., November 3, 2015 – The City is updating its accounting practices to reflect the financial liability associated with  its properties that may require remediation, to meet a new requirement of the Public Sector Accounting Standards (PSAS). “The new accounting standard ensures Guelph is identifying, assessing, and reporting on financial liabilities that exist when an area of land exceeds environmental quality standards and requires some degree of remediation,” said Janice Sheehy, the City’s general manager of finance. The cost to maintain, mitigate, or remediate City-owned contaminated sites that meet the criteria defined in the PSAS is estimated to be $30 million. “The extent of remediation needed is site-specific and this work is subject to the… Continue reading City to report financial liability for environmental remediation annually


City of Guelph, Enmax Corporation and Windmill Developments Win QUEST 2015 Community Energy Builder Awards

October 30, 2015

Ottawa, Ont. October 30, 2015 – The City of Guelph, Enmax Corporation and Windmill Developments were announced as the 2015 winners of the QUEST Community Energy Builder Awards at the annual QUEST Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony on October 27 in Toronto, Ontario. The Community Energy Builder Awards are presented annually by QUEST to recognize leadership and innovation in advancing Smart Energy Communities in Canada.  Awards are presented in three categories that reflect the key implementing sectors of Smart Energy Communities: Local Government, Real Estate Sector, and Utility and Energy Service Providers. “Smart Energy Communities are now being recognized as one solution in meeting Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial energy and climate goals,” said Brent Gilmour, Executive Director of QUEST. “QUEST congratulates the 2015 award winners… Continue reading City of Guelph, Enmax Corporation and Windmill Developments Win QUEST 2015 Community Energy Builder Awards


City to take a close look at Guelph’s waste

October 15, 2015

In the coming weeks, the City will begin an audit of Guelph’s curbside waste—organic material, recyclables and garbage—from randomly selected properties throughout the city. Continue reading City to take a close look at Guelph’s waste


Council to start budget discussions with water and waste water rate changes

October 9, 2015

2016 non-tax-supported budget open to public comment October 21. Continue reading Council to start budget discussions with water and waste water rate changes


City to present Niska Road, bridge designs September 10

September 4, 2015

Guelph, ON, September 4, 2015—The City of Guelph is asking for community feedback on proposed designs for Niska Road and the bridge over the Speed River. A drop-in style open house will be held from 5 to7 p.m. on Thursday, September 10 in the Kortright Presbyterian Church gymnasium at 55 Devere Drive. City Staff and consultants from R.J. Burnside and Associates Limited will be on hand to answer questions and speak with community members. “We’ll share the results of environmental studies and the design concepts we evaluated, and discuss the preferred designs for Niska Road, the bridge and the intersection at Downey Road,” noted Don Kudo, Deputy City Engineer. “We hope people from the local community and beyond will come out and join us.” Segments… Continue reading City to present Niska Road, bridge designs September 10


City, community planning Guelph’s first urban food forest

August 6, 2015

Information and design workshop to be held August 12 Guelph, ON, August 6, 2015 – The City of Guelph, in collaboration with Transition Guelph and the Society for Ecological Restoration at University of Guelph (SERUG), is hosting an information and interactive design workshop for Guelph’s first urban demonstration food forest. Individuals and community groups are invited to attend an August 12 workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. at City Hall to help create a vision, detailed design, and support structure for the food forest—also known as a forest garden. “During the workshop, people can learn about the project, provide input into space planning, and get involved with the Guelph Community Demonstration Food Forest team,” says Rodrigo Goller, a community engagement coordinator at the City. Viktoriya… Continue reading City, community planning Guelph’s first urban food forest


Current status of 200 Beverley Street

July 14, 2015

The City is working with CBRE to market this site to potential investors. CBRE has expertise in marketing brownfields like 200 Beverley Street. Continue reading Current status of 200 Beverley Street


Government of Canada and FCM support study of environmental impacts of historical coal gasification plant in Guelph

July 7, 2015

The City of Guelph is posting this news release on behalf of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities July 7, 2015, Guelph, ON – The Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, and Raymond Louie, President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), and Acting Mayor of the City of Vancouver, BC, today announced a Green Municipal Fund TM grant of $175,000 to the City of Guelph. The City is using the funds for soil and groundwater testing as part of a multi-phase environmental study around a former coal gasification plant. Once all phases of the environmental study are complete, the City will determine what steps are required to restore the brownfield site to… Continue reading Government of Canada and FCM support study of environmental impacts of historical coal gasification plant in Guelph


City of Guelph wins award for leadership in environmental conservation

May 25, 2015

Guelph, ON, May 25, 2015 – Ontario Nature presented the City of Guelph with the 2014 Lee Symmes Municipal Award on Saturday in recognition of the City’s commitment to the natural environment. The award acknowledges the City’s leading-edge Natural Heritage System policies developed and implemented over the past 12 years. “The City is honoured to receive the Lee Symmes Municipal Award in recognition of our Natural Heritage System policies and related work,” says Todd Salter, general manager, Planning, Urban Design and Building Services. “This conservation award is evidence of Guelph’s environmental commitment to the long-term protection of the City’s natural heritage features and areas. This environmental achievement would be not possible without the hard work and dedication of City staff, successive City Councils and community… Continue reading City of Guelph wins award for leadership in environmental conservation


Niska Road Class EA Public Information Centre: November 27, 2014

November 13, 2014

Notice of Public Information Centre #1 Municipal Class Environmental Assessment study Niska Road Improvements from the City Limits at the Speed River to the Downey Road Intersection The study The City of Guelph (City) is undertaking a Class Environmental Assessment (EA) study to investigate opportunities for improvements to Niska Road from the City limits to Downey Road. Segments of the roadway and the bridge over the Speed River are nearing the end of their useful life and require a solution to address their deterioration and increasing maintenance costs. In addition to reviewing several alternative solutions for the road, improvements to the Downey Road intersection, and impacts to the environment and community road safety issues, a range of alternative bridge solutions have been examined. The approximate extent… Continue reading Niska Road Class EA Public Information Centre: November 27, 2014


Public Information Session September 23: Wellington-Clair Feedermain Class EA

August 26, 2014

The City of Guelph has initiated a Class Environmental Assessment study to review routing options for a large water transmission main from Wellington Street to the Clair Road water tower. This water distribution infrastructure project was recommended in the City’s Water and Wastewater Servicing Master Plan completed in 2008. You’re invited to attend a public information session to learn about the Wellington-Clair Feedermain Class Environmental Assessment project including: evaluation of alternatives; recommended alignment for the feedermain; and associated mitigation measures. Project team members will be available to discuss any questions or comments that you may have. Drop–in anytime during this public information session. Tuesday September 23 6:30-8:30 p.m. City Hall Meeting Room C, 1 Carden Street, Guelph This is the second public information session for this… Continue reading Public Information Session September 23: Wellington-Clair Feedermain Class EA


How Guelph deals with termites and Emerald Ash Borer

August 5, 2014

Preventing damage caused by invasive insects The City monitors both termite and Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) populations. Guelph’s insect control programs vary due to key differences between the two species, and the different objectives for each program. Termites can do more damage than EAB Termites attack houses and other wooden structures, while EAB attacks one species of tree. While we are working to minimize the damage to Guelph’s urban forest, the potential for damage caused by EAB is not as detrimental as that of termites. Left unchecked, a termite population could have a significant impact on the overall infrastructure in Guelph. Dealing with termites: control the spread Guelph seeks to prevent the spread of termites and control their population, perhaps eliminate them altogether. Termites move… Continue reading How Guelph deals with termites and Emerald Ash Borer


Guelph’s Official Plan protects Guelph’s rivers, wetlands and natural spaces

July 23, 2014

Natural Heritage System policies now in effect Guelph, ON, July 23, 2014 – The City of Guelph’s Official Plan Amendment for the Natural Heritage System (OPA 42) was approved by the Ontario Municipal Board on June 4 and is now in effect. “The City’s Natural Heritage System is a combination of natural heritage features and areas including wetlands, rivers, woodlands, valleylands, wildlife habitats, restoration areas and wildlife crossings,” explained Melissa Aldunate, manager of policy planning and urban design. “The approval of OPA 42 brings into effect new Official Plan policies that demonstrate Guelph’s environmental commitment by providing a strong framework for long-term protection of the City’s Natural Heritage System.” On June 4, the City submitted OPA 42, also known as the Natural Heritage System, to… Continue reading Guelph’s Official Plan protects Guelph’s rivers, wetlands and natural spaces


Tribunal grants City’s request for hearing; opens opportunity to address Dolime quarry risks

May 9, 2014

Guelph, ON, May 09, 2014 – The Environmental Review Tribunal has granted the City’s application for leave to appeal the Ministry of Environment’s decision to grant River Valley Developments Inc.’s amended permit to take water at the Dolime quarry. The decision, made May 2, opens up an opportunity to address the City’s long–standing concerns about the risks posed to the city’s water supply by the quarry operations at Wellington Road and the Hanlon Expressway. “This is an important decision and an excellent result for the protection of our municipal water supply—but there is still work to be done,” noted Janet Laird, Executive Director of Planning, Building, Engineering and Environment. “I want to thank everyone who contributed to and supported this result. The Tribunal’s decision gives… Continue reading Tribunal grants City’s request for hearing; opens opportunity to address Dolime quarry risks