Media Advisory

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

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.


Public art installation


Ted Fullerton


Guelph’s Civic Precinct


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


For more information

Astero Kalogeropoulos
Arts and Culture Program Officer
Culture and Tourism
519-822-1260 extension 2629



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.


Ontario Fire Services Long Service Medal ceremony


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


Hanlon Convention Centre
340 Woodlawn Road, Guelph


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

Gina Pontikas
Information Coordinator
Public Fire Safety Education
Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management

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

Mark Weidmark, Administrative Officer – Communications
Upper Grand District School Board
519-822-4420 extension 544

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.


Media tour of River Run Centre’s solar rooftop system


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


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


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



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.


Celebration and awards dinner


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


Fergus Legion, 500 Blair Road, Fergus, Ontario


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



Guelph Storm celebration set for Monday

Public celebration, autograph signing will take place at Market Square

Guelph, On, May 22, 2014 – On Monday, May 26, the City of Guelph will host a public event at Market Square to celebrate the incredible season of 2013-14 Ontario Hockey League champions, the Guelph Storm. The Storm players will be on hand to sign autographs and pose for photos.


Guelph Storm celebration


Mayor Karen Farbridge, City of Guelph
Rick Gaetz, Partner, Guelph Storm
Mike Kelly, General Manager, Guelph Storm
Scott Walker, Head Coach, Guelph Storm
Matt Finn, Team Captain, Guelph Storm
Guelph Storm players


Market Square, 1 Carden Street, Guelph
(rain location: Galleria, City Hall)


Monday, May 26, 2014
4:45-5 p.m. Guelph Storm arrival
5:15 p.m. speeches
5:30 p.m. photos/autographs

For more information

Colleen Clack
General Manager, Culture and Tourism
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2588


City of Guelph celebrates National Public Works Week

Mayor to speak at Public Works Week Open House

Guelph, ON, May 21, 2014 – Join the City of Guelph in celebrating National Public Works Week, May 20 to 24, by attending two open houses this Saturday.

Media representatives are invited to film, photograph and conduct interviews during the following events:


Public Works Week Open House


Mayor Karen Farbridge (speaking at 10:30 a.m.)


City of Guelph Public Works Department, 50 Municipal Street


Saturday, May 24
9 a.m.–noon

Families and children are invited to explore City vehicles and equipment, ride in a bucket truck, navigate a tricycle obstacle course, paint on a snowplow blade and visit the colouring/craft table.

“The Public Works Week open house is a celebration of the work Public Works staff do to maintain clean and safe roads, outside infrastructure and parks,” explains Rod Keller, general manager of Guelph’s Public Works department. “We hope residents will attend with their families, have fun and get to know the City staff who work each day to take good care of our community and maintain our quality of life.”

New to the event this year will be the presence of the Guelph Library Book Mobile, one of the many vehicles owned and maintained by the Public Works Fleet Division. Join us and explore books and resources related to Public Works and Engineering.


Water Services Open House


F.M. Woods Pumping Station and Administrative Centre, 29 Waterworks Place


Saturday, May 24
9 a.m.–2 p.m.

Guelph residents and visitors are invited to explore the F.M. Woods Pumping Station at the annual Water Services Open House. Find out how the City keeps the water supply safe and flowing to meet Guelph’s water needs. Activities include:

  • Guided facility tours
  • Engaging and interactive games for all ages
  • Truckload rain barrel and composter sale
  • Native and ornamental plant and compost sale
  • Rebate information and money-saving water tricks

About National Public Works Week

The annual national celebration of public works professionals takes place May 20 to 24. This year’s theme “Building for Today, Planning for Tomorrow…” highlights the important role public works professionals play in supporting city infrastructure and community assets.

National Public Works Week was established by The American Public Works Association (APWA) and is supported by the Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA) as a way to educate the public about the many ways that Public Works serves the community.

About Guelph Public Works

Guelph Public Works department is responsible for many activities that improve the lives of Guelph residents. These essential services are offered 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. The Public Works department is responsible for:

  • Roads and Right of Ways: Winter control of roads, sidewalks, city owned steps and parking lots; maintaining storm sewers, manholes, roadside ditches and catch basins; downtown maintenance; road inspection; road repairs; road sweeping; right of way debris pickup; graffiti control; guide rail, hand rail and boulevard maintenance; minor structural and bridge maintenance; shopping cart collection; curb and sidewalk maintenance; Fall loose leaf collection; and 24/7 on-call response.
  • Forestry: Maintaining Guelph’s tree inventory including tree planting, trimming and removal.
  • Traffic and Parking and the Guelph Farmers’ Market: Traffic investigations, maintaining traffic and parking signs, traffic control signals, operating downtown municipal parking facilities, administration of parking ticket processes, and the adult school crossing guard program, and the operation of the Guelph Farmers’ Market.
  • Fleet: Inspection, repair and purchase of City of Guelph fleet and equipment including garbage trucks, ambulances, Guelph Transit buses, police vehicles, and more.
  • Administration: Customer service, operating the switchboard, monitoring two way radio calls, traffic and storm locates, and general office duties to support the entire department.

For more information about the Public Works Week Open House

Rodney Keller
General Manager
Public Works
519-822-1260 extension 2949

For more information about the Water Services Open House

Peter Busatto
General Manager
Water Services
519-822-1260 extension 2165

City hosting Emergency Preparedness Day event

Attention: News and photo editors

Guelph, ON, May 5, 2014 – On Wednesday, May 7 the City of Guelph will host an Emergency Preparedness Day event at the West End Community Centre.

The annual event, which takes place during national Emergency Preparedness Week (May 4 to 10), is an opportunity for the City’s Emergency Services personnel to educate the public about emergency management activities and where they can find resources to learn about personal preparedness. This year’s theme is “I am ready. We are ready.”

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


Emergency Preparedness Day
#iamready #weareready #ONready


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. Visitors can check out first response organizations, utilities and volunteer groups.

Read the complete list of participating agencies.


West End Community Centre
21 Imperial Road South, Guelph


Wednesday, May 7, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Free admission

For more information

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



Guelph Urban Design Summit starts with an urban design “intervention” this Saturday

Guelph, ON, April 30, 2014 – The City of Guelph, Workshop Architecture, Zehrs Market, University of Guelph Landscape Architecture and community members will work together this Saturday to create a temporary small-scale urban design installation.

“In anticipation of the Guelph Urban Design Summit, taking place this Monday and Tuesday, the City is working with Helena Grdadolnik, Associate Director at Workshop Architecture, to implement this urban design intervention in the city’s west end,” said Todd Salter, general manager of Planning Services.

The “Sprouting Nodes” project will help Guelph residents visualize the possible future of the Paisley and Imperial Road intersection and kickstart the process of creating a more pedestrian-friendly place.

“This Saturday we will help Paisley-Imperial spring to life with the Main Street Future Walk and a Parking Lot Oasis,” explained David DeGroot, Senior Urban Designer with the City of Guelph. “Come along on the walk to be the first to see these urban design interventions and to hear about the City of Guelph’s urban design vision for the area. After the walk, you are welcome to stay and work alongside your neighbours to help plant the parking lot oasis.”


Sprouting a Node at Paisley-Imperial


Todd Salter, General Manager of Planning Services, City of Guelph
David DeGroot, Senior Urban Designer, City of Guelph
Helena Grdadolnik, Associate Director, Workshop Architecture
University of Guelph Landscape Architecture students


Zehrs Garden Centre
1045 Paisley Road, Guelph


Saturday, May 3
10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Jane’s Walk at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The City also invites members of the public and professionals to attend the Guelph Urban Design Summit, taking place May 5-6 at the River Run Centre.

On Monday, May 5, community members are invited to attend as David Miller, President of World Wildlife Fund Canada and 63rd Mayor of Toronto, leads a discussion about building great cities; Andrew Howard, co-founder of Build a Better Block, discusses how to create inexpensive and high-impact urban design; and Guelph Mayor Karen Farbridge discusses ways to make Guelph an even better city. Ric Young, one of Canada’s leading thinkers in social change, will moderate the panel discussion.

Tickets for the Forum are $5 and can be purchased at the River Run Box Office.


Guelph Urban Design Summit: Public Forum


Mayor Karen Farbridge, City of Guelph
David Miller, President of World Wildlife Fund Canada and 63rd Mayor of Toronto
Andrew Howard, co-founder of Build a Better Block
Ric Young, founder of The Social Projects Studio and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Social Innovation at Ryerson University


River Run Centre
35 Woolwich Street, Guelph


Monday, May 5
7:30-9:30 p.m.

The Summit continues on Tuesday, May 6 with a sold out full-day Professional Workshop for those engaged in urban design projects. The line-up features hands-on mobile workshops, networking opportunities, and leading urban design thinkers discussing urban design tools and strategies.


Guelph Urban Design Summit: Professional Workshop


Lise Burcher, Associate Professor, University of Guelph and Guelph City Councillor
Ann Pappert, Chief Administrative Officer, City of Guelph
Ian Panabaker, Corporate Manager, Downtown Renewal, City of Guelph
Todd Salter, General Manager of Planning Services, City of Guelph
Steven Bell, Manager, Downtown Collaborative, City of Mississauga
Joseph Minicozzi, Principal, Urban3
Ralph Giannone, Principal of Giannone Petricone Associates Inc. Architects
Sean Galloway, Manager of Urban Design and Geographic Information Systems, City of London
Helena Grdadolnik, Associate Director, Workshop Architecture Inc.
Andrew Howard, co-founder of Build a Better Block
Julia van der Laan de Vries, Urban Designer, City of Hamilton
Khaldoon Ahmed, Urban Designer, City of Hamilton
Tim Smith, Senior Associate, Urban Strategies Inc.
James N. Parakh, Urban Design Manager, Toronto and East York, City of Toronto
Paul Bottomley, Manager of Policy, Research and Forecasting, Region of York
Karen Hammond, Lecturer and Manager of Design, School of Planning, University of Waterloo


River Run Centre
35 Woolwich Street, Guelph


Tuesday, May 6
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

For more information

Todd Salter
General Manager
Planning Services
519-822-1260 extension 2395

David DeGroot
Senior Urban Designer
Planning Services
519-822-1260 extension 2358