Category Archives: Community

Guelph third in new list of Canadian hot spots

January 19, 2018

Guelph has been recognized yet again as a great place to live and work, this time by the real estate and market trend data analysts at Point2 Homes in their list of millennial hot spots for 2018. The list ranked 85 cities by livability factors thought to be significant for the millennial generation including housing affordability, average income, unemployment rates and life satisfaction. Only Quebec City and Victoria ranked higher than Guelph. Our scores Point2 Homes ranked 85 cities in nine categories. Here are Guelph’s scores for all categories. Life satisfaction, 8th Health care, 9th Unemployment, 12th Income, 17th Percentage of millennials in our population, 18th Education, 22nd Crime rate, 25th Climate, 33rd Home prices, 45th Guelph shone particularly well in the areas of life… Continue reading Guelph third in new list of Canadian hot spots


City seeks input on Starwood Park design

January 15, 2018

Guelph, Ont., January 15, 2018 – The City of Guelph is asking residents to help develop a master plan for Starwood Park, located at 510 Starwood Drive in the city’s east end. The park master planning process is an opportunity for residents to share ideas and assist the City in creating a master plan that reflects the community’s outdoor recreational need and aspirations. Until January 26, residents can review three concept designs and vote on playground components for the neighbourhood park. The design concepts can be viewed at guelph.ca/starwood. Feedback received will inform the preferred park concept design and residents will have an opportunity to review and comment on the preferred design between March 5 and 16. Comments can also be emailed to Jyoti Pathak… Continue reading City seeks input on Starwood Park design


Market Square ice rink status

January 10, 2018

Market Square skating rink is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. weather permitting. Check this page regularly for ice rink status. Continue reading Market Square ice rink status


Extreme cold weather

December 22, 2017

Cold weather safety tips and emergency shelters. Continue reading Extreme cold weather


Tips for driving in winter weather conditions

December 21, 2017

Maximize your visibility Take the time to scrape and clear your windows properly, both inside and out, before proceeding. Clean all your mirrors, lights and windshield wipers. Remove snow from the hood and roof so that it doesn’t blow or fall onto the windshield or rear window as you drive. Snow in the outside air vents or off of your boots on the floor will vapourize as the cab air temperature increases and may reform as frost on the inside of the cold windshield. Use the air conditioner, if equipped, as it will help to remove the moisture from the air. Find and keep traction Traction is what allows you to control your vehicle – starting, stopping or turning requires traction between your tires and… Continue reading Tips for driving in winter weather conditions


City identifying, marking hazardous trees for removal

December 20, 2017

December 20, 2017 Over the next three weeks, the City will be identifying and marking public trees in ash dominated wooded areas that are dead or have the likely potential to become a hazard. Only trees that could fall on trails, private property, sidewalks, or roads are affected. The identification and marking of hazardous public trees is part of the City’s regular, ongoing tree maintenance, and aligns with the Emerald Ash Borer plan. Hazardous trees located in wooded areas within local parks and woodlots across Guelph will either be marked with an orange ‘X’ for removal, an orange dot for pruning, and blue paint to identify a potential wildlife tree. Removals are scheduled to begin in 2018. Natural areas include: Ellis Creek Hadati Creek Margaret… Continue reading City identifying, marking hazardous trees for removal


City seeks artist for Wilson Street public art project

December 18, 2017

Guelph, Ont., December 18, 2017—The City of Guelph invites artists  to apply for the  Wilson Street public art project— a commissioned project  to create a permanent outdoor art installation at the corner of Wilson Street and Gordon Street — an initiative of the Wilson Street reconstruction project. “We are very excited about the launch of this public art project,” says Stacey Dunnigan, the City’s manager of culture and tourism. “This opportunity furthers our goals of animating public space and creating new opportunities for the appreciation of public art while growing the City’s official collection.” This is a commissioned art project in two stages: Request for Pre-Qualifications (RFPQ) where artists (individuals or teams) submit their resume and references, digital images of past works, and a letter… Continue reading City seeks artist for Wilson Street public art project


Help stuff an emergency vehicle on December 16

December 14, 2017

Guelph, Ont. December 14, 2017 – On Saturday, December 16, the City’s police, firefighters and paramedics will be collecting non-perishable food and cash donations in support of the Guelph Food Bank. The sixth annual Stuff an Emergency Vehicle event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Guelph Zehrs located at 1045 Paisley Road. This year, organizers are hoping to collect more than 12,000 pounds of food. Since 2012, more than 61,700 pounds and $16,702 in cash has been collected. “Guelph is a caring and generous city, and support of this annual food drive has been amazing. We’re excited to see how many emergency vehicles will be stuffed with much-needed food this year—food that will go to individuals and families in need… Continue reading Help stuff an emergency vehicle on December 16


Guelph City Council Approves Guelph Hydro Merger with Alectra

December 14, 2017

After more than a year of industry research, financial analysis, and community engagement, Guelph City Council voted in favour of a merger between Guelph Hydro Electric Systems and Alectra Inc. Continue reading Guelph City Council Approves Guelph Hydro Merger with Alectra


City seeks input on Cedarvale Avenue Park

December 11, 2017

Guelph, Ont., December 11, 2017 – The City of Guelph is asking residents to help develop a master plan for Cedarvale Avenue Park, located at 32 Cedarvale Avenue in the city’s east end. The park master planning process is an opportunity for residents to share ideas and assist the City in creating a master plan that reflects the community’s outdoor recreational need and aspirations. Until January 1, 2018, residents can review two concept designs and vote on playground components for the neighbourhood park. From January 29 to February 11, residents can review and comment on the preferred park concept design. Design concepts can be viewed at guelph.ca/cedarvaleavenue and comments can be submitted online or by emailing Helen White at helen.white@guelph.ca. Feedback received will inform the park… Continue reading City seeks input on Cedarvale Avenue Park


Have your say on the Cedarvale Avenue Park Master Plan

December 11, 2017

The City of Guelph is developing a park master for Cedarvale Avenue Park, located at 32 Cedarvale Avenue in the city’s east end. To create this park plan, we need your help! The park master planning process is an opportunity for residents to share ideas and assist the City in creating a master plan that reflects the community’s outdoor recreational needs and aspirations. Have your say now! Until January 1, 2018, residents can review two concept designs and vote on playground components for the neighbourhood park. From January 29 to February 11, residents can review and comment on the preferred park concept design. Join the online conversation or view the Cedarvale Park Avenue concept designs and provide input by calling 519-822-1260 extension 2298 or emailing helen.white@guelph.ca.  Your… Continue reading Have your say on the Cedarvale Avenue Park Master Plan


Eastview Road features multi-use path and wildlife crossings

December 4, 2017

Eastview Road has reopened to through traffic after four months of construction. The completed construction between Starwood Road and Watson Parkway North offers a number of new amenities for pedestrians, cyclists, drivers and even wildlife, including some changes which cannot be seen. Continue reading Eastview Road features multi-use path and wildlife crossings


City completes negotiations, shares details about Guelph Hydro-Alectra merger

December 1, 2017

A report that shares the details about the proposed merger between Guelph Hydro and Alectra is now available on the City’s website and energizingtomorrow.ca. Continue reading City completes negotiations, shares details about Guelph Hydro-Alectra merger


Overnight, on-street parking restrictions begin December 1

November 24, 2017

Guelph, Ont., November 24, 2017 – Starting December 1, the City’s winter parking schedule takes effect. This schedule restricts overnight, on-street parking until March 31, 2018. From December until the end of March there’s no overnight parking allowed on signed streets or anywhere in the Downtown between 2–6 a.m. Tickets for overnight on-street parking are $35. The City restricts overnight, on-street parking in the winter to: Make it easier for snow plows to clear the streets of snow Make room for emergency response vehicles on narrow streets where snow build up and parked cars restrict access Make sure that Guelph Transit buses can get where they are going without delays Exemptions If you need to park on a street overnight, you can apply for an… Continue reading Overnight, on-street parking restrictions begin December 1


Update on air quality after fire in Cambridge

November 21, 2017

Last night’s fire in Cambridge caused odours in Guelph. People can resume outdoor activities unless they experience coughing or throat irritation. Continue reading Update on air quality after fire in Cambridge


Guelph firefighters collecting toys at fire stations

November 17, 2017

Guelph, Ont., November 17, 2017 – Guelph’s firefighters are collecting toys for The Salvation Army as part of their annual Christmas campaign that kicks off today. Gifts of new, unwrapped toys for infants and children and $25 gift cards for teens can be dropped off anytime at any one of the City’s six fire stations until Sunday, December 17. Needed items include new toys for boys and girls in the age groups zero to two and seven to 11. “Opening our fire halls to accept toys is one way we can give back to the community we serve and to help make Christmas a little more special for Guelph families in need,” says Guelph Fire Chief John Osborne. The fire stations are located at: 50… Continue reading Guelph firefighters collecting toys at fire stations


Guelph Table Tennis Tournament

November 16, 2017

On March 3 and 4, 2018, the City of Guelph, Guelph Table Tennis Club and Guelph Wellington Seniors Association  will co-host Guelph’s first-ever table tennis tournament. Youth tournament (ages 12 to 18) Saturday, March 3, 2018 12:30–7 p.m. Fee: $5 Code: 212574 Open tournament (ages 12 and older) Sunday, March 4, 2018 12:30–7 p.m. Fee: $7.50 Code: 212925 The two-day event will take place at the Evergreen Seniors Community Centre, 683 Woolwich Street. Register online now! Registration is open to residents living in the city of Guelph or Wellington County. Deadline for registration is Friday, February 16, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Maximum number of participants per day is 80. Please note: To register online, you will need a credit card and a family PIN number/login… Continue reading Guelph Table Tennis Tournament


City hires architect for South End Community Centre detailed design

November 15, 2017

Guelph, Ont., November 15, 2017 – The City of Guelph is pleased to announce MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects (MJMA) as the successful bidder for the South End Community Centre detailed design work. MJMA, a Toronto-based multidisciplinary design firm that specializes in projects that advance personal and civic wellness, was selected from 13 submissions received as part of the City’s Request for Proposal. “We’re excited to work with MJMA—a company that has a 30-year legacy of design excellence in aquatic, arena, sport and recreation projects,” says Heather Flaherty, general manager of Parks and Recreation, adding that MJMA has designed more than 25 facilities across Canada with similar amenities proposed for the South End Community Centre. Over the next few months, the project team, community stakeholders, and MJMA… Continue reading City hires architect for South End Community Centre detailed design


Riverside Park home to future disc golf course

November 15, 2017

Guelph, Ont., November 15, 2017 – Disc golf enthusiasts will have a new course to play on in Guelph, come next spring. Construction on a nine-hole course in Riverside Park is set to begin this month. The course will be located near Riverview Drive in the park’s east end. “Riverside Park is a perfect fit for a disc golf course as it integrates into the existing park without affecting current uses,” says Ian Ferguson, supervisor of Turf and Sports Fields with the City of Guelph. The construction project includes installing targets (baskets), stone dust tee pads/decks, course signs, seating areas, and planting trees. There are no impacts to the use of the existing trail and park system during construction. The work is expected to be… Continue reading Riverside Park home to future disc golf course


Where’s the plow? City of Guelph launches Plow Tracker map and plow out alerts

November 15, 2017

Guelph, Ont., November 15, 2017– If after a major snowfall, you’re asking where’s the plow, you can now check online. The City of Guelph has launched two new services — Plow Tracker, that will show snow plow locations, and one to advise residents of plow outs. The online Plow Tracker map will show residents the location of both City and contracted snow plows on primary, secondary and residential streets, as well as the location of the City sidewalk snow plows. Icons on the Plow Tracker map will distinguish between City-operated snow plows (in blue), contractor plows (in green) and sidewalk plows (in orange). “Our plow operators are ready for this winter season,” said Doug Godfrey, manager of operations for the City. “The Plow Tracker map… Continue reading Where’s the plow? City of Guelph launches Plow Tracker map and plow out alerts


Notice: Playground equipment replacements

November 14, 2017

All play equipment (swings, slides, climbers etc.) in the following neighbourhood/community parks will be replaced in 2018 with new equipment to meet current Canadian Standards Association standards: Drummond Park (Ward 1) 10 Drummond Place Green Meadows Park (Ward 1) 245 Stevenson Street North Lee Street Park (Ward 1) 71 Lee Street Peter Misersky Park (Ward 1) 122 Hadati Road Skov Park (Ward 2) 580 Eramosa Road Hanlon Creek Park (Ward 5) 505 Kortright Road West Steffler Park (Ward 5) 215 Ironwood Road John Gamble Park (Ward 6) 594 Kortright Road West Please submit your comments Your questions and comments will assist the City in choosing appropriate play equipment for your neighbourhood. Staff will consider the following: Comments submitted by residents Maximizing play value Diversifying the… Continue reading Notice: Playground equipment replacements


Guelph makes Culture Days’ top 10 list for third year

November 13, 2017

Guelph, Ont., November 13, 2017– Guelph has made the Culture Days Top Ten Cities and Towns list for 2017. Guelph moved up two spots in the ranking, placing eighth in the Populations of 50,000 to 499,999 category, tying with Thunder Bay. This is Guelph’s third year in a row as a top 10 city. “Guelph’s creative community has, once again, pulled out all the stops for Culture Days,” says Patti Broughton, executive director for Guelph Arts Council. “Guelph deserves this recognition as one of Canada’s great creative cities, full of year-round opportunities for residents and visitors to engage in the arts.” Guelph hosted over 40 different activities, events and exhibitions during the eighth annual Culture Days weekend in late September. Each year, Culture Days releases… Continue reading Guelph makes Culture Days’ top 10 list for third year


City of Guelph expands cenotaph Roll of Honour

November 9, 2017

Cenotaph names remember soldiers who died during active military service Guelph, Ont., November 9, 2017 – The names of 31 soldiers who served and died during the first and second World Wars will be added to the Guelph Roll of Honour cenotaph in 2018, decades after making the ultimate sacrifice. In 2014, the City of Guelph received inquiries from community members regarding names of military personnel they considered to be missing from the cenotaph.  This prompted the City to put a call out to  the community to submit names of members of the Canadian Forces from Guelph, who died as a result of their military service, and who are not  already identified on the Roll of Honour. The call for submissions generated 78 names that… Continue reading City of Guelph expands cenotaph Roll of Honour


Streets named after Veterans in 2016-2017

November 9, 2017

149 war casualties honoured as of November 2017 The City is proud to announce two new veteran-named streets in Guelph. Ambrous Crescent and Skinner Drive were named in honour of Archibald Charles Ambrous and Arthur Skinner. Guelph’s first known Veteran street name is McCrae Avenue, named in 1941 after World War I hero, John McCrae, and later renamed McCrae Boulevard in 1956. Since 1990, more war casualties have been honoured by naming 75 per cent of new city streets after Veterans. To date, 149 city streets have been named after Guelph’s war heroes, people of historical significance, and City staff who died while employed by the City. If you would like further information or to suggest a street name, please contact Planning Services at 519-837-5616.… Continue reading Streets named after Veterans in 2016-2017


You’re invited to the Wilson Street grand reopening

November 6, 2017

Guelph, Ont., November 6, 2017 – City staff and the Downtown Guelph Business Association (DGBA) would like to invite Guelph residents to Wilson Street for the official grand reopening on Saturday, November 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 10 a.m. – Live entertainment, face painting and interactive passport begins 12 p.m. – Ribbon cutting and speeches 12:30 p.m. – Live entertainment, face painting and interactive passport commences 1:50 p.m. – Closing remarks and prize draw* The reopening held on Wilson Street will feature a ribbon cutting ceremony by City of Guelph Mayor, Cam Guthrie. Some of the festivities will include local musicians such as Cynthia Kinunnen, Anna Wiebe, Charles Cares, Joni Nehrita, Rosa Loess and The Lifers playing in select Wilson Street businesses, face… Continue reading You’re invited to the Wilson Street grand reopening


Vote now for the new Verney water tower design

November 6, 2017

Community invited to vote on final two designs by local artists Guelph, Ont., November 6, 2017—Starting today, Guelph residents can vote for one of two designs for the Verney water tower. Earlier this fall, the City of Guelph held a public competition for original artwork to be incorporated into the repainting of the water tower, near Exhibition Park, in spring 2018. The City’s Public Art Advisory Committee reviewed all submissions for the competition and narrowed the selection down to three finalists who were invited to develop and refine their original concepts for the final vote. Late in this design refinement stage the City discovered that one of the finalists was ineligible, and their submission was pulled. The two finalists in the running for the grand… Continue reading Vote now for the new Verney water tower design


Wilson Street ribbon cutting and grand reopening

November 2, 2017

Attention news, photo and video editors Guelph, Ont., November 2, 2017 – The City of Guelph and the Downtown Guelph Business Association (DGBA) invites local media outlets to the official grand reopening of the newly reconstructed Wilson Street. The Wilson Street grand reopening will feature a ribbon cutting ceremony by City of Guelph Mayor, Cam Guthrie. Some of the festivities will include local musicians playing in select Wilson Street businesses, face painting for children, a prize draw* and an interactive passport. The passport will be used like a treasure hunt to collect a hot drink from The Common, a Killer Cupcakes treat or a flower from Sweet Violets. Passport cards can then be submitted to enter a draw. The first two draws get a $250… Continue reading Wilson Street ribbon cutting and grand reopening


City presents operating budget to Council

October 26, 2017

2018 proposed tax-supported operating budget now available at guelph.ca Guelph, Ont., October 26, 2017 — The City has released the recommended 2018 tax-supported operating budget to Council and the community. The recommended budget will be presented to Council on November 8 at 2 p.m. in Council Chambers. Delegations for this budget will be heard on November 22. The City’s 2018 recommended base budget of $232,907,226 represents a 2.19 per cent increase over 2017. The tax-supported operating budget includes funds needed to address legislative requirements and other pressures from other levels of government, while addressing Council direction and continuing to support current levels of service and affordability. “This budget represents an earnest effort on the part of City staff to bring the base budget in as… Continue reading City presents operating budget to Council


Mayor Guthrie to host dialogue on poverty October 25

October 20, 2017

Guelph, Ont., October 20, 2017– Mayor Cam Guthrie will host the first-ever Mayor’s Dialogue on Poverty at Guelph City Hall on Wednesday, October 25 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. The featured speaker will be Guelph-Wellington Bridges Out of Poverty facilitator and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health nurse Elaine Weir. Bridges Out of Poverty, under the umbrella of Circles Guelph Wellington, is an innovative local program that educates individuals from the middle or upper class on what it means to live in poverty. As part of the event, information tables from local organizations will be set up in the Galleria. The event is free but registration is required at http://mayorspovertydialogue.eventbrite.ca What Mayor’s Dialogue on Poverty Who Mayor Cam Guthrie Bridges Out of Poverty facilitator and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health… Continue reading Mayor Guthrie to host dialogue on poverty October 25


Survey: Guelph Trail Master Plan Update

October 19, 2017

The City of Guelph is gathering community input as part of the Guelph Trail Master Plan (GTMP) Update project. The Guelph Trail Master Plan provides strategic direction and specific guidelines for work related to City trails, including trail planning, land securement, funding, design, implementation, operation, promotion and maintenance. Updating the existing GTMP is an opportunity to incorporate additional items into the master plan such as new trail design guidelines, a trail promotion strategy, revised trail routes, and new types of trail facilities. An updated GTMP will reflect best practices, be consistent with the Official Plan and coordinate the City’s other trail-related guidelines, policies and strategies such as the Facility Accessibility Design Manual, Cycling Master Plan, and Active Transportation Network. Guelph Trail Master Plan Update survey Have your say: Guelph Trail Master Plan MindMixer Deadline for input is November… Continue reading Survey: Guelph Trail Master Plan Update


Guelph Hydro begins merger talks with Alectra Inc.

October 18, 2017

The City of Guelph has announced it will begin merger negotiations between Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc. and Alectra Inc. Continue reading Guelph Hydro begins merger talks with Alectra Inc.


City seeks community input on Guelph Trail Master Plan

October 13, 2017

Guelph, Ont., October 13, 2017 – The City of Guelph is gathering community input as part of the Guelph Trail Master Plan (GTMP) Update project. The Guelph Trail Master Plan provides strategic direction and specific guidelines for work related to City trails, including trail planning, land securement, funding, design, implementation, operation, promotion and maintenance. “Updating the existing master plan is an opportunity for us to incorporate additional items such as new trail design guidelines, a trail promotion strategy, revised trail routes, and new types of trail facilities,” says Helen White, a park planner with the City. Trail user groups are invited to attend an information session, including presentation, from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, October 17 at Guelph City Hall. A drop-in session for land owners… Continue reading City seeks community input on Guelph Trail Master Plan


2017 Citizen Survey results

October 13, 2017

Survey results show Guelph residents are satisfied with their overall quality of life Continue reading 2017 Citizen Survey results


Mayor to host forum on substance use October 16

October 13, 2017

Attention news, photo and video editors Guelph, Ont., October 13, 2017– Join Mayor Cam Guthrie and community agencies for a Mayor’s Forum on Substance Use on Monday, October 16 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Guelph City Hall. This is a free event; all are welcome and no RSVP is required. In the midst of a national opioid crisis, substance use in our city concerns us all. Learn about what’s being done in the areas of community safety, treatment, harm reduction, and prevention. An open question and answer session will follow. What Mayor’s Forum on Substance Use Who Speaker list: Mayor Cam Guthrie Adrienne Crowder, Manager, Wellington Guelph Drug Strategy Guelph Police Chief Jeff DeRuyter Guelph Wellington Paramedic Service Chief Stephen Dewar Colin McVicker, Program… Continue reading Mayor to host forum on substance use October 16


Mayor, University President host meeting to discuss Homecoming

October 12, 2017

Guelph, Ont., October 12, 2017– Mayor Cam Guthrie and University of Guelph President Franco Vaccarino convened a meeting this morning with City, University, emergency services, Guelph General Hospital, public health, and student leaders to debrief on what occurred during Homecoming 2017 and discuss strategies for the future. “The President and I convened this group of leaders because we are committed to working together to address the noise and disruption in our neighbourhoods, caused by a small number of people,” said Mayor Guthrie. “The e-mails and phone calls I received after Homecoming were some of the most upsetting I have received in my time on Council. This situation is not good for anybody – for neighbours and families; for students who take pride in being a… Continue reading Mayor, University President host meeting to discuss Homecoming


Notice: Guelph Trail Master Plan Update information sessions

October 11, 2017

The City of Guelph is hosting three information sessions as part of the Guelph Trail Master Plan (GTMP) Update project. Specifically, the City would like to hear from residents on the master plan goal, guiding principles, promotion strategy, trail route planning, land securement, funding, design, implementation, maintenance and operation. Thursday, October 19 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (drop in) Guelph Public Library 100 Norfolk Street Thursday, October 19 7–9 p.m. (presentation at 7:30 p.m.) Evergreen Seniors Community Centre 683 Woolwich Street Saturday, October 21 7 a.m.–noon (drop in) Guelph Farmer’s Market 2 Gordon Street Have your say Can’t make it to an information session? An online survey will be available October 19 at guelph.ca/haveyoursay. Deadline for input is November 10, 2017. About the project The GTMP provides… Continue reading Notice: Guelph Trail Master Plan Update information sessions


Guelph Transit ridership up 44 per cent in September

October 6, 2017

Guelph, Ont., October 6, 2017 – Guelph Transit’s boarding and ridership numbers for September show an overall increase of 44 per cent over 2016. Last month, 759,053 trips were taken compared to 524,694 during the same time last year. There was also a 15 per cent increase in fare paying riders. “The numbers clearly show that last month’s route realignment is off to an impressive start and that we’re meeting our goal to put buses where and when people need them the most,” says Mike Spicer, Guelph Transit general manager. “This is great news for Guelph Transit and the entire city,” adds Mayor Cam Guthrie. “I’m thankful for the leadership at Guelph Transit, being able to achieve these results within the existing 2017 budget. I’m… Continue reading Guelph Transit ridership up 44 per cent in September


Learn about fire safety on October 14

October 6, 2017

Guelph, Ont., October 6, 2017 – The Guelph Fire Department is hosting its annual Fire Prevention Day on Saturday, October 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Home Depot, 63 Woodlawn Rd. West. Residents can learn more about fire safety in the home through educational family-oriented activities. Inside the store, children are invited to build a fire house bank. Outside, residents are invited to meet firefighters, check out the antique fire truck and inflatable fire safety house, and learn how to use a fire extinguisher, how to put out a cooking fire, and how to make an escape plan. Sparky the fire dog will also make a special appearance. Fire Prevention Week 2017 During Fire Prevention Week, October 8 to 14, the Guelph… Continue reading Learn about fire safety on October 14


Community Garden applications being accepted for 2018

October 3, 2017

Are you interested in starting a community garden in your neighbourhood? Do you know anyone who might be interested in growing their own food? Applications for new community gardens are being accepted for the 2018 growing season. Download the form at guelph.ca/communitygardens. Applications must be received by October 31, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. What is a community garden? Community gardens are parcels of land used by neighbourhood residents to grow vegetables, herbs, pollinator flowers and/or fruit. They are important to our community as they contribute to food security, enhance property values, provide neighbourhood based   educational and social opportunities, and provide environmental benefits such as habitat for pollinators. For more information Samantha Dupre Community Stewardship Coordinator Parks Operations and Forestry 519-822-1260 extension 2655 samantha.dupre@guelph.ca  


Paramedics and library staff raising funds to help save lives

October 2, 2017

Guelph, Ont., October 2, 2017 – Today, the Guelph-Wellington Paramedic Service (GWPS) Ride for Heart bike team and Guelph Public Library announced a joint fundraising initiative to help save lives in the community. Donation boxes have been set up at all library branches in Guelph for community members to donate to Heart & Stroke. Monies collected between now and May 31, 2018 will be used to purchase AEDs (automated external defibrillators) for Guelph and Wellington County. According to Heart & Stroke, every 13 minutes in Canada a person experiences cardiac arrest and up to 85 per cent occur in public spaces or homes. “For every minute that defibrillation is delayed the chance of survival drops by seven to 10 per cent. But when early CPR… Continue reading Paramedics and library staff raising funds to help save lives


Notice: Noise control bylaw exemption – Ontario Ministry of Transportation

October 2, 2017

Under the City of Guelph’s Delegation Bylaw (2010) – 18935, the City has granted the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) a bylaw exemption from the City’s Noise Control Bylaw.
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Mayor Guthrie and the Guelph Hurricanes walk to school with Guelph students on October 4

October 2, 2017

International Walk to School Month event Attention news, photo and video editors Guelph, Ont., October 2, 2017—In celebration of International Walk to School Month, Guelph Mayor Cam Guthrie, Guelph Hurricanes hockey players and chairs of the Upper Grand and Wellington Catholic District School Boards, will join the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Active and Safe Routes to School committee, students, teachers and parents on a walk to St. Michael Catholic School and Jean Little Public School. The City of Guelph supports walking to school through various programs and services including the Adult School Crossing Guard program, reduced speed school zones and the growth of Guelph’s active transportation network. What International Walk to School Month (IWALK) is a global, annual event promoted by the Active and Safe Routes to School… Continue reading Mayor Guthrie and the Guelph Hurricanes walk to school with Guelph students on October 4


Notice: Fireworks bylaw exemption – University of Guelph

September 28, 2017

September 28, 2017 Under the authority of the City of Guelph’s Fireworks Bylaw (1993)–14362, an exemption has been granted to the University of Guelph (50 Stone Road East) to permit the discharge of fireworks on a date otherwise identified within the bylaw. Specifically, the applicant has been granted an exemption to allow for the discharge of fireworks to occur between 8 and 9:30 p.m. on October 2, 2017 at Alumni Stadium (26 Powerhouse Lane). If you have questions or concerns regarding this exemption, please contact the City’s Fire Prevention Office at 519-763-8111. For more information Tony Sabatini Chief Fire Prevention Officer Guelph Fire Department 519-822-1260 extension 2140 tony.sabatini@guelph.ca  


City releases performance dashboard and launches Community Plan process

September 22, 2017

City’s Executive Team shared new reporting tools with Guelph’s business community Key Facts: Visit the City’s performance reporting dashboard Learn more about Guelph’s Community Plan Guelph, Ont., September 22, 2017– At an event hosted by the Guelph Chamber of Commerce yesterday morning, the City’s Executive Team launched a new performance reporting dashboard and the beginning of a community planning exercise for Guelph. “The City’s new performance dashboard provides accessible, straightforward indicators of how we’re doing across seven broad categories,” said Chief Administrative Officer, Derrick Thomson. “The dashboard is still in its initial beta stage, and we invite our citizens and business leaders to let us know how it could be improved and what data they would like to see included.” “The Guelph Chamber of Commerce… Continue reading City releases performance dashboard and launches Community Plan process


Mayor Guthrie to host forum on seniors and mental health

September 21, 2017

18th annual event to mark World Mental Health Day takes place October 12 Attention news, photo and video editors Guelph, Ont., September 21, 2017– The public is invited to attend a free presentation about seniors and mental health on Thursday, October 12 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Evergreen Seniors Community Centre. Jody Weiler, a specialized geriatric clinician at the Canadian Mental Health Association of Waterloo Wellington with 20 years’ experience working with seniors, families, and care teams, will debunk some of the common myths about mental health and aging. Ross Knechtel, a local Senior of the Year who has lived with a mental health issue for most of his life, will share his personal story and strategies for positive mental health. Ross serves… Continue reading Mayor Guthrie to host forum on seniors and mental health


Guelph Transit introduces special event fare

September 20, 2017

Guelph, Ont., September 20, 2017 – Guelph Transit is making it easier to catch an event at the Sleeman Centre and River Run Centre by offering $1 bus rides, starting with the Guelph Storm’s home opener against Sarnia Sting on Friday, September 22. The one-year Special Event Fare pilot program, approved by Guelph Council last June, allows event attendees, with proof of ticket, to ride Guelph Transit to and from an event for $1 for each one-way trip. Riders must show their event ticket to the transit operator at the time of boarding to receive the $1 special event fare. This is a savings of $2, per trip. Christine Laithwaite, supervisor of Transit Business Services, says it’s important to note that riders must pay the… Continue reading Guelph Transit introduces special event fare


City launches design competition for Verney water tower repainting

September 12, 2017

Community will vote on design to beautify Guelph landmark Guelph, Ont., September 12, 2017—The City of Guelph is holding a design competition for the repainting of the Verney water tower, scheduled for 2018. The City is inviting Guelph-based artists and designers aged 18 and over to submit preliminary designs to be included in the repainting of the water tower near Exhibition Park. “The Verney water tower is a highly visible Guelph landmark,” remarked Stacey Dunnigan, manager of Culture and Tourism. “People can see this tower from Exhibition Park which hosts many events and is a very popular park, so it will be great to have beautiful artwork that reflects our community on the tower.” The design competition will follow a two-stage process based on the… Continue reading City launches design competition for Verney water tower repainting


Energizing Tomorrow communications and engagement update

September 8, 2017

Guelph is using pop-up information tables, advertising, social media, bill inserts and a video to increase community awareness about possible Guelph Hydro mergers. Continue reading Energizing Tomorrow communications and engagement update


Safe Semester results in respectful place for all downtown Guelph users

August 30, 2017

Guelph, Ont., August 30, 2017 – The 2017 Safe Semester project, running September 8 to October 1, promotes a safe environment for students returning to Guelph, and a respect for shared community spaces. During Safe Semester, roads in the downtown area will be closed from 10 p.m. until 4 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.  There will also be additional downtown services such as extended late night transit, extra portable washrooms and increased access to taxis. “Safe Semester is truly a collaborative effort. We have seen dramatic improvements over the past years since Safe Semester began,” says Mayor Cam Guthrie. “I want to thank all of the partners and students who work together to promote a safe and positive environment as we celebrate the beginning of… Continue reading Safe Semester results in respectful place for all downtown Guelph users


Registration for fall/winter City recreation programs is August 30

August 24, 2017

On Wednesday, August 31, 2016, spend time on what matters by registering online for fall/winter City recreation programs.
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