October 1, 2014

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Taking a pause

October 1 and a little less than 4 weeks until election day. As has been my practice in the past, I will take a pause from posting on this blog. If you want to follow my election issues, please visit Karen4Guelph. For all the information you need to vote visit Vote Guelph. You can vote on-line, in […]

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September 18, 2014

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Reflections on Clean50 Summit

I had the honour to spend Wednesday with leaders from across Canada. What brought us together was a commitment to advancing sustainability in our country. The Clean50 Summit honours outstanding contributors to sustainable development and clean capitalism in Canada. I was impressed by the diversity of people in the room. They came from large corporations […]

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September 16, 2014

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Local film honoured at Columbus Film Festival

I received some good news today from Mayor’s Award winner Andrew Bloomfield: Dear Mayor Farbridge and staff,  Earlier this year, Mayor Farbridge kindly attended and spoke at the launch events for the short dramatic film we helped to make with director-producer Christine Zorn. I am pleased to tell you that the film has just been […]

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September 13, 2014

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Good news for east end residents

We have had a vision for the east end of our city for several years. It has included new residential neighbourhoods, schools, a library branch, parks and trails and more.  It has also included a commercial centre at the intersection of Starwood Drive and Watson Parkway North. I have heard loud and clear – can […]

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September 12, 2014

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Defending drinking water safety

This is an update on our efforts to protect your water supply: • The City has been working for the past five years to address a long term risk to the City’s drinking water associated with quarrying operations at the Dolime Quarry, located adjacent to the City’s western boundary; • Under its present license, the […]

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September 11, 2014

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Correcting misinformation about the Wyndham St. bridge

Our City Engineer sent this letter to the editor of the Guelph Mercury in response to an inaccurate story the paper published about the Wyndham Street bridge. The article has since been removed from the newspaper’s website. You can read the letter here. And you can read the facts about the Wyndham Street bridge here. […]

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September 9, 2014

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City-Urbacon Settlement Brief

The City of Guelph is relieved to have reached a settlement out of court. This avoids further legal costs and gives certainty on what the cost impact is. The settlement will be accommodated within the City’s capital financing guideline. This means: It will not impact the property tax levy It will not affect the City’s excellent […]

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September 9, 2014

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City and Urbacon settle out of court

City and Urbacon settle out of court for $6.635 million GUELPH, ON, September 8, 2014 – The City of Guelph and Urbacon Buildings Group Corp. have settled their legal dispute out of court for $6.635 million.   “By reaching a settlement out of court, the City avoids further legal costs and gains certainty on the […]

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September 5, 2014

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Partnerships to eliminate poverty in Guelph are well poised

The province has announced a renewed strategy to reduce poverty. This is good news and Guelph is well poised to participate given the work of the Guelph Wellington Taskforce for Poverty Elimination, County of Wellington, Neighbourhood Support Coalition, HOPE House, Guelph Wellbeing, Seed Community Food Hub, Bridges out of Poverty and many more innovative collaborations. […]

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September 3, 2014

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University makes a difference – locally and globally

This is my busiest week on campus.  I welcomed new graduate students yesterday and undergraduate students today.  I also attended the Annual Community Breakfast to recognize long and exemplary service of University of Guelph staff. I am frequently reminded by former University of Guelph President, Dr. William Winegard, that when you look back at the […]

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