Media Advisory

City hosting Text with 9-1-1 information forum

Service enhances personal safety, access to 9-1-1 for people with hearing or speech impairments

Guelph, ON, March 11, 2015 – The Guelph Police Service and City of Guelph Emergency Services, in partnership with the Canadian Hearing Society, are hosting an information forum on March 24 about the new Text with 9-1-1 service.

The two-hour information forum, from 7 to 9 p.m. inside Room 112 at Guelph’s City Hall, will include a live demonstration of the service, how to register with cell phone service providers, and a question and answer period.

The new service, available starting March 26, is expected to enhance personal safety and access to 9-1-1 for members of the Deaf, deafened, or hard of hearing community, and residents with speech impairment. For more information, visit


Text with 9-1-1 information forum


Guelph Police Service
Guelph Fire Department
Guelph-Wellington Emergency Medical Service
Canadian Hearing Society


Room 112, City Hall, 1 Carden Street


Tuesday, March 24, 2015
7 to 9 p.m.

For more information

Mike Gatto
Public Information Officer
Guelph Police Service
519-824-1212 extension 7253

Harry Dunning
Manager of Administration and Emergency Preparedness
Emergency Services
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2127


Immigration event helps create a more welcoming community

Guelph, On, March 6, 2015 – The Guelph Wellington Local Immigration Partnership (GWLIP) will host its fifth annual Immigration Connection event on Friday, March 13.

This free event, open to all community members, is an opportunity for newcomers, community leaders, local businesses, agencies and service providers to learn about how Guelph and Wellington County can be reinvented to be more welcoming and attractive to immigrants.

Guest speaker Ratna Omidvar, executive director, Global Diversity Exchange at Ryerson University, and recipient of the Order of Canada, will highlight the need for communities and businesses to reinvent themselves to welcome immigrants.

Other speakers will give talks on important changes to the immigration system, benefits of hiring immigrants and immigrant entrepreneurship, importance of integration, access to services, implications of granting permanent residents to the right to vote in municipal elections, and social inclusion. A group of local immigrants will share their personal immigration stories and discuss some of the challenges and successes they encountered in coming to Guelph and Wellington County.

During the event the GWLIP will also present an overview of its work and accomplishments including the Global Talent Initiative—a way to reach out to businesses to raise awareness about the benefits of hiring immigrants.

To pre-register for the event, visit


The Immigration Connection 2015


Ratna Omidvar, Executive Director, Global Diversity Exchange at Ryerson University


Hanlon Convention Centre
340 Woodlawn Road, Guelph


Friday, March 13
9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

The GWLIP is funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada and hosted by the City of Guelph.

For more information

Alex Goss, Project Manager
Guelph Wellington Local Immigration Partnership
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2634


200 Beverley Street Information Open House

What’s in store for the former IMICo property?

Guelph, ON, February 27, 2015 – The City is hosting an open house to share information and answer questions about redeveloping the brownfield site at 200 Beverley Street– the former International Malleable Iron Company (IMICo) property.

Subject matter experts will be available to answer questions about the potential uses for the site, future opportunities for community input, and ongoing environmental monitoring and management.

Ask us anything

Learn more about the site’s history and potential uses at or visit us in person at the information open house.


200 Beverley Street Information Open House


Italian Canadian Club, 135 Ferguson Street, Guelph


Wednesday, March 4 Noon-2 p.m., 6-8 p.m.


Peter Cartwright, General Manager, Economic Development

Prasoon Adhkari, Environmental Engineer, Engineering Services

What’s in store for 200 Beverley Street?

The City is not approving a specific plan… yet. The City is actively marketing the property to potential investors—companies that understand the challenges and benefits of redeveloping brownfields like this one. Investors are invited to share their ideas for residential, commercial, and community uses like parks, arenas, community centres, or education facilities.

Related Links

For more information

Peter Cartwright, General Manager
Economic Development
519-822-1260 extension 2820

Media briefing: 2015 proposed Budget

Guelph, ON, February 23, 2015 – Media representatives are invited to discuss how the City’s 2015 proposed budget will take care of what we own while ensuring the health and safety of the community and enhancing Guelph’s quality of life.

Ann Pappert, chief administrative officer, will be joined by Al Horsman, Mark Amorosi and Derrick Thomson, the City’s deputy chief administrative officers, following the Capital and Operating Budget presentations to answer questions from the media.


2015 Budget media briefing


Ann Pappert, Chief Administrative Officer
Al Horsman, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise Services/Chief Financial Officer
Mark Amorosi, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, Corporate Services
Derrick Thomson, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, Public Services


Meeting Room B, City Hall, 1 Carden Street

Wednesday, February 25 at 10:15 p.m.
Thursday, March 5 at 10:15 p.m.

Note: Should the Council meetings end early, the media briefing will begin immediately following a 15 minute break.

All budget-related documents and a full schedule of meetings are posted on the City’s website at

For more information

Al Horsman
Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise Services/Chief Financial Officer
519-822-1260 extension 5606


ESL Fire Safety Program leaders to be recognized

National program developed by Guelph Fire Department and local ESL school

Guelph, ON, February 6, 2015 – On Tuesday, February 10, the Guelph Fire Department will recognize local individuals who developed the ESL (English as a Second Language) Fire Safety Program used in classrooms across Canada.

About the ESL Fire Safety Program

In the late 1990s, the Guelph Fire Department’s Fire Prevention division was approached by several local ESL teachers to provide fire safety information to newcomers to Canada at the St. George’s Centre for English as a Second Language.

The Fire Prevention team delivered presentations twice a year, which led to the development of lessons on fire safety for all newcomers. Educational materials, at various English language levels, were then developed into a booklet to provide students with access to fire safety information at home and school.

Two years ago, with funding support from Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the fire department and school entered into a partnership to update the fire safety materials and develop a program for ESL teachers nationwide.


ESL Fire Safety Program recognition ceremony


Shawn Armstrong, General Manager, Emergency Services, City of Guelph
Janny Pape, Advisor to the Ontario Fire Marshal, Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal and Emergency Management
Tony Sabatini, Assistant Chief of Fire Prevention, Guelph Fire Department


Guelph Fire Department Headquarters
50 Wyndham Street South, Guelph


Tuesday, February 10
2 p.m.

For more information

Shawn Armstrong
General Manager, Emergency Services
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2125


Celebrate the Canadian winter with family fun at Winterfest

Guelph, ON, February 5, 2015 – On Family Day, February 16, put on your warmest hats, scarves and gloves, grab your family and friends, and join your neighbours to celebrate Guelph’s 20th annual Winterfest.

Winterfest activities, which range from skating to snow painting, are volunteer-led and organized by community and neighbourhood groups and supported by the City of Guelph and Guelph Neighbourhood Support Coalition. Admission is free.



Winterfest 2015


City of Guelph
Market Square, 1 Carden Street, and 10 Carden Street
10 a.m.-10 p.m. (skating in Market Square)
11 a.m.-1 p.m. (indoor family activities at 10 Carden Street)

West End Community Centre, 21 Imperial Road
1-4 p.m. (family activities)
2-3:30 p.m. (free skate)

Guelph Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Indoor activities (Please note: Museum admission by donation)

Hanlon Creek Neighbourhood Group
Hanlon Creek Splash Pad Park
3:30-7:30 p.m.
Moonlight tobogganing

Kortright Hills Neighbourhood Group
Mollison Park, 85 Downey Road (behind Kortright Hills Public School)
1-3 p.m.
Skating, scavenger hunt, snow/ice sculptures, snowman building, snow painting and hot chocolate

North Riverside (Waverley) Neighbourhood Group
Waverley Public School, 140 Waverley Drive
12:30-2:30 p.m.
Outdoor games, winter sports and skating, and warm winter treats.

Our Three Bridges Neighbourhood Group
Royal City Park, 139 Gordon Street (east of the river)
1-4 p.m.
Broom Ball, ice sculpture, snow painting, music, tug-of-war, bowling, skating, hot chocolate and music

Parkwood Neighbourhood Group
Gateway Drive Public School, 33 Gateway Drive
2-4 p.m.
Skating and outdoor games. Indoor games planned for poor weather

Sunny Acres Residents
Sunny Acres Park, 45 Edinburgh Road North
1-3 p.m.
Barbecue, skating and hot chocolate

Two Rivers Neighbourhood Group
Lyon Park, 299 York Road
1-3:30 p.m.
Skating, hot chocolate and snow painting

West Willow Wood Neighbourhood Group
Westwood Public School, 495 Willow Road
1-4 p.m.
Skating, tobogganing, outdoor games, indoor games and entertainment, face painting and hot chocolate


Monday, February 16

For more information

Kelly Guthrie
Community Engagement Coordinator
Public Services
519-822-1260 extension 2677


City to unveil designs for McCrae House

Guelph Community Foundation to announce funding for national historic site

Guelph, ON, December 15, 2014 – On Thursday, December 18, the media is invited to a funding announcement and unveiling of the designs for McCrae House.

To mark next year’s 100th anniversary of the writing of In Flanders Fields by Guelph native John McCrae, the City of Guelph is renovating McCrae House—historic birthplace of McCrae.

Renovations include refurbishing the site and exhibitions to establish McCrae House as a premier destination for those who wish to learn about and honour the lieutenant-colonel and medical corps physician.

The designs will be available for public viewing from 1 to 7 p.m. on December 18 at the Guelph Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street.

The City is spending $159,000 from the McCrae House Development Reserve Fund.

McCrae House, located at 108 Water Street, will reopen next May.


Funding announcement and unveiling of designs for McCrae House


City of Guelph (Guelph Museums)
Guelph Community Foundation


Guelph Civic Museum
52 Norfolk Street, Guelph


Thursday, December 18 at 1 p.m.


For more information

Tammy Adkin
Guelph Museums, Culture and Tourism
519-822-1260 extension 2775



Third annual ‘Stuff an Ambulance’ event happening December 13

Guelph, On, December 8, 2014 – On Saturday, December 13, the City’s police, firefighters and paramedics will be collecting non-perishable food and cash donations in support of the Guelph Food Bank.

The third annual ‘Stuff an Ambulance’ event will take place at two Zehrs locations in Guelph—124 Clair Road East and 1045 Paisley Road.

This year, organizers are hoping to collect more than 20,000 pounds of food—the same number collected over the last two years. The event has also raised $7,500 in cash donations.

“Guelph is a generous community and this event is one way for our emergency first responders to give back to the community we serve. All employees volunteer to participate in this event and are excited to see how many ambulances will get stuffed with much-needed food this year,” says Leanne Swantko, deputy chief of Guelph-Wellington Emergency Medical Service.

Emergency first responders will also provide tours of the police cruisers, ambulances and fire apparatus on site.


Stuff an Ambulance


Guelph Police Service
Guelph Fire Department
Guelph-Wellington Emergency Medical Service


Zehrs, 124 Clair Road East, Guelph
Zehrs, 1045 Paisley Road, Guelph


Saturday, December 13
9 a.m.-3 p.m.

For more information

Leanne Swantko
Deputy Chief, Guelph-Wellington Emergency Medical Service
519-822-1260 extension 2105


Winter Lights and Music in Market Square

Free family-friendly event to start off the holiday season

Guelph, On, December 2, 2014 – To celebrate the start of the holiday season, this Friday, December 5, the City of Guelph is hosting Winter Lights and Music in Market Square.

The free family-friendly event, beginning at 6:30 p.m., includes a welcome by Mayor Cam Guthrie, a festive performance by the Guelph Symphony Orchestra’s Brass Quartet, lighting of the Square and tree, and public skating to holiday music.


Winter Lights and Music


Guelph Mayor Cam Guthrie — welcome
Guelph Symphony Orchestra’s Brass Quartet


Market Square, 1 Carden Street, Guelph


Friday, December 5
6:30 p.m.

For more information

Ella Pauls
Manager, Cultural Development
Culture and Tourism
519-822-1260 extension 2589


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.


Walk to school event


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


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


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