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Come and Celebrate National Aboriginal Day on June 21!

June 14, 2013

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 Celebrations  for the National Aboriginal Day will take place in Guelph on Friday June, 21, 2013 in Royal City Park from 7p.m.  National Aboriginal Day (Aboriginal/Native Canadian) in 1996, the former Governor General of Canada, Romeo LeBlanc, proclaimed June 21 to be known as National Aboriginal Day.  This is an event growing in importance in […]

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A local government should be a reflection of its community

June 9, 2013

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After the 2010 election, I was interviewed by the Guelph Mercury.  Performance measurement had been a key plank in my election platform and they wanted to know how committed I was to reporting on “the good, the bad and the ugly”.  Doing business differently in the public sector is politically risky but as they say, […]

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Italian Flag Raising Ceremony

June 7, 2013

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 Today, I was joined by the Italian community,  MPP Liz Sandals and Frank Valeriote, MP to raise the Italian flag at City Hall in recognition of Italian Heritage month.  Coro Cantitalia sang the national anthems of Canada and Italy.     

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Pride Week Celebrations

May 6, 2013

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PRIDE week provides us with an opportunity to recognize the value that sexual orientation, sexual identity and gender identity play in all our lives. Pride celebrations were kicked off today with a flag raising at City Hall.   Dillon March from Guelph Pride Committee with Mayor Farbridge

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Get that Spring feeling…

April 29, 2013

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Diwali Fireworks

April 29, 2013

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In an earlier post, I noted the need to update the Fireworks By-law to permit fireworks on Diwali. The Operations, Transit and Emergency Services Committee will consider a revised by-law at the May 6 meeting that proposes to do just that. Members of our community who celebrate Diwali will be present to introduce us to this festival.

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More hateful graffiti

April 22, 2013

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Guelph had the highest police-reported incidence of hate crime in 2010.  This might say we experience more hate crime than other communities.  Maybe. Or it might say, we do not tolerate hate crimes of any kind in our community and so we speak out. It  might say our community has not given up on reporting potential hate […]

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Speak out about hate crimes

March 7, 2013


I was very disappointed to read of the vandalism at a local mosque in the Guelph Mercury. The graffiti is offensive and a true ‘hate’ crime.  It does not represent who we are as a nation or as a community. Guelph Police Services is encouraging anyone with information to come forward as well as denounce […]

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Bengali Flag Raising:International Mother Language Day

February 21, 2013

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

February 14, 2013

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Valentine’s Day (Canada, UK, USA) – One version states that a priest named Valentine was martyred on February 14, 269 A.D. in Rome for secretly marrying couples against the orders of the Roman Emperor, Claudius II. This was also the night before a festival called Lupercalia associated with fertility. Probably both customs became associated with […]

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