Author Archives | Karen Farbridge

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An unwavering change maker seeking a just, democratic and sustainable world.

One final post

November 25, 2014

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I am winding down this blog, as my term of office comes to a close. The blog will still be available online as an archive for now, but comments have been closed. I began this blog in 2008, when the idea of a mayor with a blog was quite new. More than 1,300 posts later, […]

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In appreciation

November 17, 2014

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Tonight was the final Council meeting of this term of office. I offered the following remarks: I am honoured to offer some words of appreciation and recognition at this, our final Council meeting of this term. First, I would like to thank every member of the 2010-2014 Council. Few of us truly know what we […]

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In Remembrance

November 11, 2014

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Several weeks ago I recorded In Flanders Fields as part of this commemoration. 2014 is the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. 2015 will be the 100th anniversary of the writing of In Flanders Fields by Guelph native Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae. It is McCrae’s famous poem that made the poppy […]

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Thank you

October 28, 2014

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It has been an honour to serve the community of Guelph as your mayor. I would like to congratulate Cam Guthrie and wish him all the best as he begins his term as the leader of this great city in December. Congratulations also to all who have been elected to serve on Council over the next four years. Thanks […]

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Taking a pause

October 1, 2014

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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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Reflections on Clean50 Summit

September 18, 2014


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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Local film honoured at Columbus Film Festival

September 16, 2014

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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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Good news for east end residents

September 13, 2014


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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Defending drinking water safety

September 12, 2014

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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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Correcting misinformation about the Wyndham St. bridge

September 11, 2014

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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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