July 24, 2014

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Costco officially opens tomorrow

Lots of interest in the official opening of Costco tomorrow.  Who to thank for bringing Costco to town?  That’s easy: Costco members – more than 16,000 of them in Guelph Costco – making the business decision to invest in the Guelph market Armel Corporation – who attracted Costco to their development The zoning change to […]

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July 23, 2014

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Guelph remains one of the safest cities; crime rate drops even further

This just in from Chief Bryan Larkin: Statistics Canada has announced the 2013 Crime Severity Index (CSI) and community rankings. Once again, Guelph has shown well as a safe community. We remain one of the safest communities in Canada with the 2nd lowest CSI for communities over 100,000 – same position as last year at 32 […]

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July 22, 2014

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Transit service disruption

I am extremely disappointed that the members of the Amalgamated Transit Union rejected the tentative agreement that was reached by the City and ATU bargaining teams and ratified by City Council. I know this service disruption will cause a lot of hardship for the many people who rely on transit. The City’s Chief Administrative Officer […]

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July 16, 2014

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Prime Time Youth Radio interview

Way back on April 2nd I was interviewed on the Prime Time Youth Radio Show on CFRU, hosted by the Guelph Youth Council. You can listen to the interview here (click on the April 2 show). My thanks to Cierra, Anna and Markus for the fantastic job they did conducting the interview and hosting the show. […]

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July 14, 2014

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An Apology

At Council tonight, I read the following statement with the support of Guelph City Council:   In July 2006, Urbacon was awarded a $42 million contract as general contractor for the construction of City Hall and the Provincial Offences Administration (POA) Court. On September 19, 2008, the City terminated Urbacon’s right to work to completion […]

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July 14, 2014

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Lockout averted

I am very grateful that the City and Amalgamated Transit Union negotiating teams worked throughout the day on Sunday to reach a tentative agreement, averting a lockout of transit employees. Buses are running today as usual. Excellent news for our riders and for transit employees and their families. You can read the press release here. […]

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July 8, 2014

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A note of thanks to the Locomotive 6167 Restoration Committee

On August 2, as part of John Galt Day celebrations, we will be officially unveiling the restored 6167 Locomotive and welcoming it as the newest artifact in the Guelph Museums collection. This moment would not be possible without the hard work, dedication, and expertise of all members – past and present – of the Locomotive […]

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July 4, 2014

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Inside Guelph: Canadian Urban Institute award

Here I am on Rogers TV talking about a City Builder award I recently accepted from the Canadian Urban Institute, on behalf of the many people inside and outside City Hall who are working to make Guelph even better. (Note: one minute of the clip is cut off at the beginning.)

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July 4, 2014

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Civic Engagement by the Numbers

All 2013 data with the exception of voter turnout.

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July 3, 2014

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User Guide to Your Local Government

I have always wanted to see an accessible user guide to our local government.  Something that could be easily used by: residents who want to better understand how City Hall works people interested in running for Council to learn more about what would be expected of them members of Council and City employees to assist […]

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