Media Advisory

Guelph delegation to meet with Provincial ministers at Association of Municipalities of Ontario conference

Guelph Innovation District, Open Government, and 2-way GO on the agenda

GUELPH, ON, August 14, 2015 – Mayor Cam Guthrie will lead a delegation from Guelph at the annual Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) conference in Niagara Falls, August 16 to 19.

In addition to Mayor Guthrie, delegates will include Councillors James Gordon, Cathy Downer, and Mark MacKinnon; Chief Administrative Officer Ann Pappert; and other City staff.

The group will have meetings with:

  • Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure Brad Duguid to discuss the City’s plans for the Guelph Innovation District (former Correctional lands);
  • Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Ted McMeekin to discuss Open Government; and,
  • Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca to discuss 2-way GO.

They will also participate in a round table discussion on climate change hosted by Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Glen Murray.

The Guelph delegates will meet with the leader of the Ontario PC Party, Patrick Brown, and MPP Ernie Hardeman to discuss Aggregate Resources Act reform and the future of the Guelph Innovation District and the downtown.

The Mayor and Councillors will also participate in an annual Large Urban Mayor’s Caucus of Ontario/ Mayors and Regional Chairs of Ontario (LUMCO/MARCO) joint meeting. As well, they will take part in LUMCO delegation meetings with opposition leaders Patrick Brown and Andrea Horwath to discuss issues and opportunities facing Ontario’s large urban centres.

The AMO conference features close to 60 plenary sessions and workshops on municipal topics ranging from infrastructure funding to ranked ballot voting. Ontario’s Premier and both opposition leaders are featured speakers. More than 1,600 delegates are expected to attend.

AMO is a non-profit organization representing almost all of Ontario’s 444 municipal governments. AMO supports strong and effective municipal government in Ontario and promotes the value of municipal government as a vital and essential component of Ontario and Canada’s political system. More information can be found at

For more information

Kate Sullivan
Mayor’s Office
519-822-1260 extension 2558

City temporarily closes recycling facility

Unknown substance on sorting line prompts closure

Guelph, ON, August 12 – The City’s recycling facility—the Material Recovery Facility (MRF)—has been temporarily closed after an unknown substance came across one of the sorting lines at approximately 7:35 this morning, causing irritated eyes, headache, and difficulty breathing for staff working in close proximity.

The Guelph Fire Department’s hazardous material team has been onsite investigating. At this time the Guelph Fire Department has not identified the substance.

Eight City employees working at the MRF have been sent to Guelph General Hospital as a precaution.

The City has contacted the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change and the Ministry of Labour (MOL) and an MOL representative is on site.

All recyclable material on the affected sorting line is being safely disposed of in accordance with the City’s standard operating procedures. It is estimated the line will be back up and running within the next couple of hours.

Guelph Police temporarily closed Dunlop Drive but it has since reopened. The public drop off, the organic waste processing facility and the transfer station remain operational and open to the community.

Additional information, once known, will be made available.

For more information

Dean Wyman
Manager, Solid Waste Resources
519-822-1260  extension 2053

City asking for input on Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan

Guelph, ON, August 6, 2015 – The City is inviting property owners, developers and community members to provide feedback on potential land uses and development for Guelph’s southernmost lands.

The City is asking for feedback on what to include in the terms of reference for the Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan, which will outline the scope, purpose and structure for the project.

“The City is asking for community input on what should be studied within Guelph’s last unplanned 520 hectares,” says Stacey Laughlin, Senior Policy Planner. “We want feedback on the scope of studies for potential land use, infrastructure, transportation connections, natural heritage features and parks and trails within the southern portion of the city, between Clair Road and Maltby Road.”

Community members are encouraged to attend an open house on Tuesday, August 11 at City Hall. Two sessions are available: 2 to 4 p.m. with a presentation at 2:30 p.m. and 7 to 8:30 p.m. with a presentation at 7:30 p.m. For those unable to attend either session, an online survey will be available August 11 to 21 at


Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan Project Initiation Community Open House


City staff


Galleria, City Hall, 1 Carden Street


Tuesday, August 11
2-4 p.m. (presentation at 2:30 p.m.)
7-8:30 p.m. (presentation at 7:30 p.m.

For more information

Stacey Laughlin
Senior Policy Planner
Planning, Urban Design and Building Services
Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise
519-822-1260 extension 2327

Charities and businesses to benefit from new donation bin by-law

City diverts waste from landfill by re-donating items

Guelph, ON, July 7, 2015 – On Thursday, July 9, the City of Guelph will begin removing non-compliant donation bins within Guelph but the donated contents will not go to waste. Local charities and businesses who have applied for a donation bin business licence will be invited to join City staff as the non-compliant bins are removed throughout July. Charities and businesses will be able to recover community-donated items before they are sent to the City’s waste facility.

While charities and business owners will be required to pay for the business licence, the licence requirement should reduce the number of donation bins in Guelph and in turn increase the donations for registered charities and businesses.

The City engaged with the public and with local charities in particular during the creation of the by-law amendment to ensure the new by-law would meet their needs. The by-law received support from those who participated.

The City is inviting members of the media to join Canadian Diabetes and City staff as a bin is removed.


Removal of non-compliant donation bin and re-donation of items


Doug Godfrey, Manager By-law Compliance, Security and Licensing

Joe Maloney, Chief Operating Officer – NDT Operations, Canadian Diabetes


Guelph Public Library, east side branch, 1 Starwood Drive, Guelph


Thursday, July 9

10:30 a.m.

For more information

Doug Godfrey, Manager By-law Compliance, Security and Licensing
Public Services
519-822-1260 extension 2520

Staff to provide Parking Master Plan update at special Council workshop

Guelph, ON, July 2, 2015 – On Tuesday, July 14, Guelph City Council will receive an update on the development of the Parking Master Plan for Guelph’s downtown.

During the special workshop presentation, staff will discuss preliminary financial implications of the parking program requirements, including potential funding scenarios, and the proposed community engagement process scheduled for late summer. Staff will report back to Council with program recommendations and a financial strategy at the end of 2015.

“A vital downtown is fundamental to attracting and retaining a skilled workforce as well as significant investors in our community,” says Ian Panabaker, corporate manager of Downtown Renewal. “By 2031, Guelph’s downtown parking system will need to support an additional 8,000 residents and 8,000 new jobs. This translates to needing an additional 1,500 parking spaces for people living, working and visiting the downtown.”

The Parking Master Plan will move the City’s Downtown Secondary Plan forward and align with the Province’s Places to Grow Act.


Parking Master Plan for Downtown Guelph (special City Council workshop)


Peter Cartwright, General Manager, Business Development and Enterprise
Ian Panabaker, Corporate Manager, Downtown Renewal
Cameron Walsh, Project Director, Office of Chief Administrative Officer
Rodrigo Goller, Community Engagement Coordinator, Office of Chief Administrative Officer
Kithio Mwanzia, President and CEO, Guelph Chamber of Commerce, and member of the Downtown Advisory Committee


Meeting Room C, City Hall
1 Carden Street


Tuesday, July 14
6-8:30 p.m.

For more information

Peter Cartwright
General Manager
Business Development and Enterprise
519-822-1260 extension 2820





Oerlikon Balzers Canada Grand Opening and Open House

Guelph, ON, June 26, 2015 – Media are invited to join Mayor Cam Guthrie and international guests in the opening of Guelph’s newest manufacturing facility, Oerlikon Balzers (Canada), located at 935A Southgate Dr.


Oerlikon Balzers (Canada) Grand Opening and Open House


Mayor Cam Guthrie
Dr. Roland Herb, CEO, Oerlikon Surface Solutions
Steve Crowley, President, Oerlikon Balzers Americas
Councillor Phil Alt, Ward 3
Councillor Mark MacKinnon, Ward 6
Daryl Frankowski, Manager of Sales, USA North East and Canada
Kithio Mwanzia, President and CAO, Guelph Chamber of Commerce
Amy Kendall, Chair, Guelph Chamber of Commerce
Economic Development staff, City of Guelph
Employees of Oerlikon Balzers


935A Southgate Dr., Guelph


June 30, 2015
10:30 – 11 a.m. Networking
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

For more information

Jim Mairs
Senior Business Development Consultant
Business Development and Enterprise Services
519-822-1260 extension 2821

Sergio R. Lopez
Manager of Marketing and Communications – Americas
Oerlikon Balzers Coating Mexico


Unveiling and dedication of John McCrae statue in Guelph

Guelph, ON, Friday, June 19, 2015 – On Thursday, June 25, the City of Guelph and The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery will unveil and dedicate a bronze statue of John McCrae—commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Guelph native’s famous war poem, In Flanders Fields.

Remember Flanders, by renowned Canadian sculptor Ruth Abernethy, is the second casting of an identical statue located at the National Artillery Memorial in Ottawa. The McCrae statue represents a major addition to the City’s public art collection.

The ceremony, open to the public, begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Guelph Civic Museum.


John McCrae statue unveiling and dedication


  • His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston Governor General of Canada
  • Honorary Colonel Michael D. McKay, Chair L. Col. John McCrae Statue Committee
  • Reverend John Borthwick, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
  • Guelph Mayor Cam Guthrie
  • John McCrae Public School students
  • The Honourable William C. Winegard, Honorary Chair of the L. Col. John McCrae Statue Committee
  • St. George’s Anglican Church Carillon
  • Artist Ruth Abernethy


Guelph Civic Museum, Front Terrace, 52 Norfolk Street, Guelph


Thursday, June 25
10:30 a.m. (arrive no later than 10:10 a.m. in preparation for the arrival of dignitaries)
Please note: Seating is reserved for invited guests only


There is no onsite parking available at the Guelph Civic Museum on the day of the statue dedication. Parking at the Church of Our Lady Immaculate is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The nearest surface parking lots are on Wilson and Macdonell streets.

For more information

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

Sod turning ceremony for new Hammond Manufacturing facility

Guelph, ON, June 18, 2015 – Media are invited to join Mayor Cam Guthrie, Hammond Manufacturing and City staff in the ceremonial sod turning for the new 118,000 square foot Hammond Manufacturing facility to be located Guelph’s north end.


Hammond Manufacturing Sod Turning Ceremony


Mayor Cam Guthrie
W. Scott Hammond, Sales and Marketing Manager, Data/Comm Division, Hammond Manufacturing
Steve Menegotto, Canadian Sales and Design Manager, Data/Comm Division, Hammond Manufacturing
Kithio Mwanzia, President, CEO, Guelph Chamber of Commerce
City of Guelph Economic Development staff
Employees of Melloul Blamey Construction


55 Wilbert St., Guelph


Monday, June 22, 2015
10-11 a.m.

For more information

Barbara Maly
Business Development Consultant
Economic Development
Business Development and Enterprise Services
519-822-1260 extension 2822

W. Scott Hammond
Sales and Marketing Manager
Data/Comm Division
Hammond Manufacturing
519-822-2960 extension 1294

Community celebration for Exhibition Park natural playground

Exhibition Park Guelph, ON, June 11, 2015 – This Sunday, June 14, media and residents are invited to Exhibition Park for a community picnic—hosted by the Exhibition Park Neighbourhood Group—to celebrate the official opening of the City’s first-ever natural playground.

Natural play spaces focus on passive, imaginative and physical play and include various natural materials and recycled elements such as stone, wood, water, re-purposed materials and horticulture.

The new playground at Exhibition Park features a large senior log jam with slide and climbing nets, overhead climbing bars, a junior structure designed to look like a bird holding a leaf, a large earth berm with small slides, boulders, rope climber, stone and log stairs and curbing, swings and a sandpit complete with hand pump for water. A drinking fountain with water bottle filler station has also been installed.

To ensure all kids can be a part of the excitement, the playground focuses on the seven principles of inclusive play that promotes fairness, participation, intuitive design, independence, safety standards, degrees of challenging activities, and comfortable spaces.

For the past year, the City has worked closely with the community and Exhibition Park Neighbourhood Group to design a natural play space to be enjoyed by generations to come.

Exhibition Park was one of four City parks to have its play equipment replaced in 2014 as part of the Council-approved Annual Play Equipment Replacement Program budget. The new playground cost $235,000.


Exhibition Park picnic and natural playground opening


Mayor Cam Guthrie (will arrive approximately 2:30 p.m.)
Ward 3 Councillor June Hofland
Ward 3 Councillor Phil Allt
Exhibition Park Neighbourhood Group Design Team
Earthscape Design Ltd.
Cedar Springs Landscape Group


81 London Road West, Guelph


Sunday, June 14, 2015
1-4 p.m.

For more information

Rory Barr Templeton
Landscape Planner
Planning Services
519-822-1260 extension 2436


Guelph Transit invites public to discuss bus rapid transit options on June 3

Guelph, ON, May 27, 2015 – Guelph Transit invites riders and members of the public to attend a public event on Wednesday, June 3 to discuss options for making Guelph Transit better, faster and more reliable.

“We recognize Guelph Transit must evolve to keep pace with population and employment growth, and to reach our 15 per cent modal share target by 2031,” explains Phil Meagher, general manager, Guelph Transit. “To increase transit use, Guelph Transit needs to implement appropriate transportation priority measures, which may include bus rapid transit. We want to involve our riders and the community at large in helping us determine what transit options would work best in Guelph.”

At the event, participants will:

  • Learn about the Guelph Transit Priority Project,
  • Hear from transit experts;
  • Learn about bus rapid transit and other transit priority measures being considered by Guelph Transit, and
  • Provide feedback on the preliminary recommendations to implement transit priority measures in Guelph.

For those who cannot attend in person, there is an opportunity to provide feedback online at from June 3 to 17.

Guelph Transit will gather public feedback before finalizing and submitting the Guelph Transit Priority Project recommendations to City Council in fall 2015.


Guelph Transit Priority Project public event


Expert speakers including Graham Carey from careyBRT
Guelph Transit staff


Council Chambers and Galleria, City Hall
1 Carden Street, Guelph


Wednesday, June 3
6-9 p.m.

About the Guelph Transit Priority Project

The Guelph Transit Priority Project will identify Transit Priority Measures for implementation in the short-, medium-, and long-term, and study the feasibility of developing bus rapid transit initiatives on key corridors in Guelph.

For more information

Phil Meagher, General Manager
Guelph Transit
519-822-1260 extension 3321