Media Advisory

Walk to school with Education Minister Sandals and Mayor Karen Farbridge

Guelph, ON, October 8, 2014 – To celebrate International Walk to School Month, the Honorable Liz Sandals; Guelph Mayor Karen Farbridge; Guelph Police Services staff; and students, teachers and parents from Holy Trinity Catholic School and Ken Danby Public School will participate in a walk to school event on Friday, October 10.

The event is intended to promote walking and cycling to school as part of a healthy lifestyle, and road safety in school zones.

Students and adult chaperons will walk to school along Grange Road, starting at the intersection of Grange Road and Watson Parkway North.

Following the walk, remarks by Honorable Liz Sandals, Mayor Karen Farbridge, and Acting Deputy Chief Howard McGarr will take place in O’Connor Lane Park.

The walk will proceed rain or shine.

What

Walk to school event

Who

Hon. Liz Sandals, Minister of Education and MPP Guelph
Mayor Karen Farbridge, City of Guelph
Acting Deputy Chief Howard McGarr, Guelph Police Service
Active and Safe Routes to School (ASRTS) committee members
Tamara Nugent, Director of Education, Wellington Catholic District School Board
Martha C. Rogers, Director of Education, Upper Grand District School Board
Mark Bailey, Chair, Upper Grand District School Board
Students, teachers and parents from Holy Trinity Catholic School and Ken Danby Public School

Where

Start: Grange Road Park (corner of Grange Road and Watson Parkway North)
End: Open space between Holy Trinity Catholic School and Ken Danby Public School (O’Connor Lane Park)
Rain location: Ken Danby Public School gymnasium

When

Friday, October 10, 2014
8:25-8:50 a.m.

About International Walk to School Month

International Walk to School Month (IWALK) takes place each October, and is a global annual event promoted by Active and Safe Routes to School Canada. It is a celebration of active transportation.

General themes promoted during the month include: increasing daily physical activity; improving safety; enhancing the environment; reducing crime; developing community cohesion; promoting social interaction; and reducing traffic congestion, pollution and speed near schools.

For more information

Jennifer Juste
Transportation Demand Management Coordinator
Planning Services
519-822-1260 x 2791
jennifer.juste@guelph.ca

Guelph to benefit with 33 new trees

Local charity, homebuilder donates trees and shrubs to City’s landscaping project

Guelph, On, September 25, 2014 – The City of Guelph has received a donation of 33 trees and nine shrubs for its landscaping project at the Guelph Youth Music Centre.

Andrew Lambden, from Terra View Homes, and the Nicholas Lambden Memorial Children’s Foundation made the donation through the City’s Greening Guelph program as part of an ongoing commitment to give back to the community by enhancing Guelph’s public spaces.

Greening Guelph is a donation program to increase the green canopy in Guelph and aligns with the City’s Urban Forest Management Plan and Natural Heritage System (Official Plan Amendment 42).

“Trees, plants and shrubs are an integral part of our environment and a valuable asset to our community as they help clean the air, conserve energy, and make Guelph’s public spaces more beautiful and enjoyable. Andrew’s donation will also enhance biodiversity among tree species, and increase tree canopy throughout the site,” says Stefan Ilic, landscape technologist with the City.

Today and tomorrow, the City, tree supplier Chaplinksi Farms, and Lambden will be onsite to plant the trees and shrubs. The following week, with help from community members, the new tree and shrub plantings will get a one-time application of termite resistant pine bark nugget mulch to help establish the roots.

“Our goal, as part of the City’s site plan guidelines, is to soften the views between the parking facility and roadway to enhance aesthetics for the neighbouring residents and facility tenants,” says Ilic.

In addition to the landscaping project, five years ago Lambden worked with the City and a committee of local residents to design the music centre’s new parking lot. Part of that design included keeping a number of established trees and installing underground infiltration galleries to minimize construction disturbances in Goldie Mill Park and to protect the Speed River.

To recognize the landscaping donation, which also includes equipment and labour, the City plans to hold a tree dedication ceremony at a later date. In 2012, the City received a $400,000 donation from the Nicholas Lambden Memorial Children’s Foundation to help build the outdoor skating rink and water feature in Guelph’s Market Square.

What

Tree and shrub planting

Who

Andrew Lambden, from Terra View Homes, and the Nicholas Lambden Memorial Children’s Foundation
Chaplinksi Farms

Where

Guelph Youth Music Centre
75 Cardigan Street, Guelph

When

Thursday, September 25 and Friday, September 26
9-11:30 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.

About the Guelph Youth Music Centre

The Guelph Youth Music Centre, established in 1992, is a unique facility that educates, enriches and fosters the development of Guelph’s youth through music and the arts. The Centre’s building, owned by the City of Guelph, is located in Goldie Mill Park beside the ruins of the old mill beside the Speed River.

About the Nicholas Lambden Memorial Children’s Foundation

The Nicholas Lambden Memorial Children’s Foundation Fund is administered by the Guelph Community Foundation and was established by Guelph residents Andrew Lambden and Sue Lambden. The Fund was created to honour the memory of Nicholas Lambden, who touched many lives with his kind heart, and to raise funds to support children’s sports, education and recreation initiatives.

For more information

Stefan Ilic
Landscape Technologist
Parks and Recreation
519-822-1260 extension 3349
stefan.ilic@guelph.ca

 

City demonstrates how easy it is to vote online

Guelph, ON, September 2, 2014 – Tomorrow night City staff will demonstrate just how they have made voting easy for the 2014 Municipal Election.

City staff will be joined by Nicole Goodman, Research Director, Centre for e-Democracy Assistant Professor, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto for a presentation on this year’s voting options and a demonstration of the online voting system.

Those in attendance, media and members of the public, will have the opportunity to participate in a mock election, using the online voting system. Where possible, participants are encouraged to bring their own mobile device; however, computers will also be available for the mock election.

What

City of Guelph’s 2014 Internet Voting Presentation

Who

Stephen O’Brien, City Clerk
Jennifer Slater, Elections Coordinator and Records/Information Specialist
Nicole Goodman, Research Director, Centre for e-Democracy Assistant Professor, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto

Where

Council Chambers, City Hall
1 Carden Street

When

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
6 – 7:30 p.m.

For more information

Stephen O’Brien
City Clerk
Corporate and Human Resources
Office of the City Clerk
519-822-1260  extension 5644
stephen.obrien@guelph.ca

Guided tour will showcase Civic Precinct artworks

Members of the public invited to take part in tour and meet artist Ted Fullerton

Guelph, On, August 18, 2014 – To celebrate the completion of the Civic Precinct art project, members of the public are invited to a reception to meet celebrated Canadian artist Ted Fullerton.

Fullerton’s artworks—Birds of a Feather, A Bird in Hand, Bird/Watching, and Perch—were installed last month and unite City Hall, Market Square, Guelph Central Station, and the Guelph Farmer’s Market building. The sculptures establish a sightline for people to engage with the installation as they move along Carden Street.

Following a short reception at City Hall, Fullerton will lead a guided walking tour and share stories behind each sculpture’s creation.

The total budget for the art project was $150,000, approved by City Council through the 2013 capital budget process. This was the first project to be commissioned through the City’s Public Art Policy, and was coordinated by the Public Art Committee, a subcommittee of the Council-appointed Cultural Advisory Committee.

What

Meet the artist and guided walking tour

Who

Ted Fullerton

Where

Guelph City Hall, 1 Carden Street

When

Friday, August 22, 2014
7-8 p.m.

About Ted Fullerton

Ted Fullerton is an acclaimed artist who works in contemporary painting, printmaking and sculpture. He has achieved numerous awards such as the Juror’s Award in the CIM Centennial Art Competition and the Boston Printmaker’s Juried Exhibition award. He has exhibited his work across Canada, England, Australia, Spain, and Yugoslavia. Locally, Fullerton’s work can be seen at the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre Sculpture Park in Guelph, and at the Benton and Charles Street municipal parking garage in Kitchener. Fullerton lives in Tottenham, Ont., and is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art. To view his work, visit tedfullerton.net.

For more information

Ella Pauls
Manager of Cultural Development
Culture and Tourism
519-822-1260 extension 2589
ella.pauls@guelph.ca

 

 

City preparing to lock out Transit union members on July 14

Transit riders receive two days’ notice before service disruption

Guelph, ON, July 11, 2014—Today, the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1189 members voted to reject the City of Guelph’s final contract offer.

The City believes it has exhausted all traditional negotiation options and, with the support of Guelph City Council, made the difficult decision to lock out the 205 members of ATU Local 1189 and suspend traditional Guelph Transit service as of 12:01 a.m. July 14. Guelph Transit Mobility Service for pre-booked medical appointments will continue during the labour disruption.

On Saturday, July 12, media representatives are invited to hear comments from Mayor Karen Farbridge and Chief Administrative Officer Ann Pappert explaining the reasons behind the City’s decision.

What: Media opportunity to ask questions about Guelph Transit union lock out

Who: Mayor Karen Farbridge
Chief Administrative Officer Ann Pappert

Where: City Hall Galleria, 1 Carden Street, Guelph, ON

When: Saturday, July 12, 11:30 a.m.

For more information

David Godwaldt
General Manager, Human Resources
519-822-1260 extension 2848
david.godwaldt@guelph.ca

guelph.ca/atu

Public art installation in Guelph’s downtown

Guelph, ON, July 3, 2014 – On Monday, July 7, Ted Fullerton, a celebrated Canadian artist, will install four sculptures in Guelph’s Civic Precinct—the open space bordered by Wilson, Carden, and Farquhar streets.

Fullerton’s art will unite City Hall, Market Square, Guelph Central Station and the Guelph Farmer’s Market building. The four sculptures—Birds of a Feather, A Bird in Hand, Bird/Watching, and Perch—will establish a sightline for people to engage with the installation as they move along Carden Street.

Last summer, the City of Guelph invited experienced individual artists or teams to apply for the opportunity to create public artwork for the Civic Precinct. A citizen-appointed Public Art Selection Panel reviewed 16 applications and short-listed three artists, including Fullerton, who were asked to submit formal proposals.

The total budget for the art project is $150,000, approved by City Council through the 2013 capital budget process. This is the first piece to be commissioned through the City’s Public Art Policy, and is being coordinated by the Public Art Committee, a subcommittee of the Council-appointed Cultural Advisory Committee.

What

Public art installation

Who

Ted Fullerton

Where

Guelph’s Civic Precinct

When

Monday, July 7, 2014 beginning at 6:30 a.m. (expected to take six hours)

 

About Ted Fullerton

Ted Fullerton is an acclaimed artist who works in contemporary painting, printmaking and sculpture. He has achieved numerous awards such as the Juror’s Award in the CIM Centennial Art Competition and the Boston Printmaker’s Juried Exhibition award. He has exhibited his work across Canada, England, Australia, Spain, and Yugoslavia. Locally, Fullerton’s work can be seen at the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre Sculpture Park in Guelph, and at the Benton and Charles Street municipal parking garage in Kitchener. Fullerton lives in Tottenham, Ontario, and is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art. To view his work, visit tedfullerton.net.

 

For more information

Astero Kalogeropoulos
Arts and Culture Program Officer
Culture and Tourism
519-822-1260 extension 2629
astero.kalogeropoulos@guelph.ca

 

 

Guelph firefighters being honoured for years of service

Guelph, ON, June 26, 2014 – Tonight, the Ontario Fire Marshal will be presenting Fire Services Long Service Medals to nine Guelph firefighters.

The medal, instituted in 1971, recognizes fire service personnel who have committed a minimum of 25 years of service to their communities.

Receiving a medal at tonight’s Investiture are Deputy Chief John Osborne, Firefighter Greg Raynard, Firefighter Dave Hambly, Captain Ron Head, Captain Mark Hoffman, Captain Al Farquharson, Captain Robert Fell, Captain Ken Standring, and Firefighter Sven Christensen.

This year’s recipients represent more than 225 years of service excellence contributing to an accredited professional fire service.

What

Ontario Fire Services Long Service Medal ceremony

Who

Ted Wieclawek, Fire Marshal and Chief, Emergency Management
Jim Jessop, Deputy Fire Marshal, Emergency Management
Shawn Armstrong, General Manager/Fire Chief, Guelph Emergency Services
Dave Carruthers, President, Fire Fighters’ Association of Ontario

Where

Hanlon Convention Centre
340 Woodlawn Road, Guelph

When

Thursday, June 26, 2014
6 p.m.

About the Ontario Fire Services Long Service Medal

The medal is worn on the left breast subordinate to Canadian or British decorations. Suspended from a red, white and green ribbon, the circular medal bears on the obverse the Maltese cross, with the coat of arms of Ontario superimposed and the inscription ‘Fire Services Ontario’. The inscription ‘For Long Service the Fire Protection and Prevention Act’ appears on the reverse.

Besides the medal, recipients are also presented with a citation, which includes their name and the signature of the Fire Marshal of Ontario.

For more information

Shawn Armstrong
General Manager/Fire Chief
Emergency Services
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2125
shawn.armstrong@guelph.ca

Gina Pontikas
Information Coordinator
Public Fire Safety Education
Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management
416-325-3155

H2Awesome – a celebration about water conservation and the importance of water in our daily lives

The City of Guelph is distributing this media advisory on behalf of the Upper Grand District School Board.

Guelph, ON, June 6, 2014—Approximately 700 students from Guelph-area elementary schools will participate in this day-long event. The Water Brothers, Tyler and Alex, who have an eco-adventure documentary series on TVO, and are well-known water advocates, will spend the day (morning and afternoon) with the two student groups.

The other half of the day is a program of 17 workshops, delivered mostly by volunteers on different themes (students choose one workshop). Among the workshops are Character Animation, Pond Biodiversity, and Connect with Water through Energizing Games, and How Clean is your Creek?

The relevance to the grade 8 science curriculum – Understanding the Earth and Space Systems: Water Systems and expectations in other areas such as geography, language, media and dance will also be met. H2Awesome is a collaborative project of the City of Guelph, Wellington Water Watchers and the Upper Grand DSB.

Date: Monday, June 9, 2014
Time: 9:45 a.m.–2:40 p.m. (Litterless lunch at 11:45 a.m.)
Location: Rozanski Hall and nearby classrooms, University of Guelph (Water Brothers in Rozanski Hall morning and afternoon)

The media are welcome to attend.

For more information

Maggie McFadzen, Communications Officer
Upper Grand District School Board
519-822-4420 extension 725
maggie.mcfadzen@ugdsb.on.ca

Mark Weidmark, Administrative Officer – Communications
Upper Grand District School Board
519-822-4420 extension 544
mark.weidmark@ugdsb.on.ca

City rooftops collect energy as part of microFIT program

Media invited to tour River Run Centre’s rooftop solar energy system

Guelph, On, June 2, 2014 – Tomorrow, Tuesday, June 3, the media is invited to tour the River Run Centre’s rooftop solar thermal and photovoltaic systems, and hear about the City of Guelph’s commitment to install 1,000 solar roofs as part of the Community Energy Initiative.

The River Run Centre is one of six City-owned facilities participating in the Ontario Power Authority’s (OPA) microFIT program—collecting solar energy on its rooftop and converting it to electricity. Other sites include Guelph Fire Headquarters, fire halls #3 and #5, the Public Works building at 45 Municipal Street, and the Speedvale water tower, which has a solar ground mount. The City has also filed applications with the OPA to install solar arrays at nine additional sites under the Small FIT program.

About the microFIT program

The Green Energy and Green Economy Act, passed by the Ontario government on May 14, 2009, amends the Electricity Act to allow a municipality to generate up to 10 MW using a renewable energy generation facility. Previously, municipalities could only generate electricity using an independent corporation. This will allow municipalities to increase their revenue by participating in the OPA’s FIT program and selling electricity into the grid.

Under the FIT and microFIT programs, generators of renewable energy can sell electricity to the grid at a fixed price under a 20-year contract.

What

Media tour of River Run Centre’s solar rooftop system

Who

Alex Chapman, Acting Corporate Manager, Community Energy, City of Guelph

Where

River Run Centre, 35 Woolwich Street, Guelph
Meet at The Cooperators Hall

When

Tuesday, June 3 at noon

Please note: Tuesday’s tour is part of QUEST Ontario Caucus’ quarterly meeting being co-hosted by the City. QUEST (Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow) represents prominent community energy stakeholders such as municipal and regional government departments, provincial government ministries and agencies, gas and electrical utilities, technology and service providers, the real estate sector, non-governmental organizations, and academic institutions and aims to foster the growth and development of smart energy communities.

For more information

Alex Chapman
Acting Corporate Manager
Community Energy
519-822-1260 extension 3324
alex.chapman@guelph.ca

 

 

Paramedics to be honoured at awards dinner on May 27

National Paramedic Services Week is May 25 to 31

Guelph, ON, May 26, 2014 – To celebrate this year’s Paramedic Services Week, May 25 to 31, Guelph-Wellington Emergency Medical Services (GWEMS) is hosting its inaugural celebration and awards dinner on Tuesday, May 27.

During the evening, GWEMS will recognize a paramedic’s volunteer contributions and individuals who are nominated for the Ontario Award for Paramedic Bravery and/or prestigious Governor General Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal. Service pins and provincial ribbons will also be handed out.

Lily Brousseau, a Grade 6 student at St. Mary Catholic School in Elora will read her winning essay entitled ‘Paramedics are essential in a community.’ Brousseau is the winner of the Paramedic for a Day contest.

What

Celebration and awards dinner

Who

Karen Farbridge, Mayor, City of Guelph

Chris White, Warden, County of Wellington

Derek McCaughan, Executive Director, Operations, Transit and Emergency Services, City of Guelph

Shawn Armstrong, General Manager, Emergency Services

Stephen Dewar, Chief, Guelph-Wellington Emergency Medical Services

Advanced Care and Primary Care Paramedics

Where

Fergus Legion, 500 Blair Road, Fergus, Ontario

When

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Opening ceremony 7 p.m. (speeches and awards presentation)

 

For more information

Leanne Swantko
Deputy Chief
Guelph-Wellington Emergency Medical Services
Emergency Services
519-822-1260 extension 2105
leanne.swantko@guelph.ca