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City-Urbacon Settlement Brief

September 9, 2014

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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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City and Urbacon settle out of court

September 9, 2014

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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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Partnerships to eliminate poverty in Guelph are well poised

September 5, 2014

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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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University makes a difference – locally and globally

September 3, 2014

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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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Good news from our CFO on the City’s credit rating

August 29, 2014

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Madame Mayor & Council: Earlier this morning, Standards & Poor’s Rating Services (S&P) reaffirmed Guelph’s credit rating at AA+ with a stable outlook. According to S&P’s Ratings Direct Research Update report the rating reflects Guelph’s, “very strong economic fundamentals, budgetary flexibility, exceptional liquidity position and low debt burden.” The credit rating also reflects S&P’s view […]

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Local wrestler off to compete at world championships

August 29, 2014

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Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting Korey Jarvis, a local wrestler who is heading to Uzbekistan this week for the world championships, after winning a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games this year. You can read more about Korey in a Guelph Mercury article here. Good luck Korey – Guelph will be cheering for […]

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A huge leap forward for district energy

August 27, 2014

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Yesterday we announced that the Tricar Group’s River Mill condominiums will be part of the Galt District Energy System. Click here to read the news release, which has links with more information on what district energy is and how it works. Click here to read an article from the Guelph Mercury. Click here to read remarks from […]

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Protecting our natural heritage

August 13, 2014

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On June 4, the Ontario Municipal Board approved the City’s Official Plan Amendment for the Natural Heritage System (OPA 42). This brings into effect new Official Plan policies that support long-term protection for significant wetlands, rivers, woodlands, wildlife habitats, and restoration areas. Now, almost a quarter of the land in Guelph is protected from development […]

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Update on plans to upgrade the Victoria Road Recreation Centre

August 13, 2014

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The Victoria Road Recreation Centre opened in 1975, and at that time, was the City’s largest and most comprehensive recreation facility.  Over its life span, the building infrastructure has aged, the design is no longer meeting community expectations for physical amenities, and current levels for accessibility are not being met.  In 2002, a feasibility study […]

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Getting back to “we”

August 13, 2014

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Now that our buses have returned to full service and the lockout is over, we must take an honest look at what transpired. The negotiation timeline has been well addressed here. The steps leading to and reasons behind the lockout are addressed here. However, the root cause of the issue, the story preceding the escalations […]

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