Media Advisory

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

Paramedics to be honoured at awards dinner on May 29

National Paramedic Services Week is May 24 to 30

Guelph, ON, May 26, 2015 – To celebrate this year’s Paramedic Services Week, May 24 to 30, Guelph-Wellington Emergency Medical Service (GWEMS) is hosting its second annual celebration and awards dinner on Friday, May 29.

During the evening, GWEMS will recognize individuals who have made contributions to the Guelph-Wellington Community Paramedicine Program and present the Volunteer of the Year Award and prestigious Governor General Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal.

Madelyn Richardson, a Grade 6 student at Salem Public School in Elora, will read her winning essay entitled ‘Paramedics: Expanding Care.’ Richardson is the winner of the Paramedic for a Day contest.

This year’s dinner will be followed by a dance fundraiser organized by the GWEMS Royals Ride for Heart Bike team who will participate in the Becel Heart & Stroke Ride for Heart on May 31 to raise funds to purchase Automated External Defibrillators for locations within Guelph and Wellington County.


Celebration and awards dinner


George Bridge, Warden, County of Wellington
Christopher White, Mayor, Guelph Eramosa Township
Phil Allt, Ward 3 Councillor, City of Guelph
Derrick Thomson, Deputy CAO, Public Services, City of Guelph
Shawn Armstrong, General Manager, Emergency Services, City of Guelph
Stephen Dewar, Chief, Guelph-Wellington Emergency Medical Service
GWEMS Advanced Care and Primary Care Paramedics
Recipients of Public Access Defibrillators from the 2014 GWEMS Ride for Heart team


Marden Community Centre, 7368 Wellington County Road 30, Guelph, Ontario


Friday, May 29, 2015
Opening ceremony 6 p.m. (speeches/awards presentation)
Heart & Stroke Ride for Heart Fundraising Dance 8 p.m.

For more information

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



Mayor Guthrie to host Town Hall meeting Wednesday, May 13

GUELPH, ON, May 11, 2015 – Mayor Cam Guthrie will present his State of the City address and take questions at a Town Hall meeting this Wednesday, May 13 at 7 p.m. at Guelph City Hall. The event is free and open to the public, and no RSVP is required.

WHAT Mayor’s Town Hall meeting: State of the City presentation and open Q and A session
WHO Mayor Cam Guthrie
WHERE Guelph City Hall, 1 Carden Street, Council Chambers
WHEN Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 7 p.m.


For more information:

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

City hosting Emergency Preparedness Day event

Guelph, ON, May 4, 2015 – On Wednesday, May 6 the City of Guelph will host its annual Emergency Preparedness Day event at the West End Community Centre.

The year’s event, taking place during the 20th annual national Emergency Preparedness Week, May 3 to 9, is an opportunity for the public to learn about emergency management and personal preparedness from the City’s Emergency Services personnel. This year’s theme is “72 hours… Is Your Family Prepared?”

Emergencies can strike a community at any time and with little or no advance warning. Residents are encouraged to be prepared to cope on their own for at least the first 72 hours of an emergency, enabling first responders to focus on those in urgent need.

Build your Emergency Preparedness Action Plan

At the event, members of the public are invited to check out Guelph Fire’s aerial truck, rescue vehicles and equipment, as well as displays from first response organizations, utilities and volunteer groups. Residents interested in the City’s File of Life program can pick up a fridge magnet at the Guelph-Wellington Community Paramedicine booth.


Emergency Preparedness Day
#EPWeek #GetPrepared


This is a free event, open to the public. Students from the Upper Grand and Wellington Catholic District school boards will take part in the Emergency Preparedness Day event.

Participating Agencies


West End Community Centre, 21 Imperial Road South, Guelph


Wednesday, May 6, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Free admission

For more information

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