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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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Inside Guelph: Canadian Urban Institute award

July 4, 2014

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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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A great city to be a city-builder in

June 26, 2014

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I was honoured to accept a City Builder Award from the Canadian Urban Institute yesterday. I accepted the award on behalf of the many people who have collectively contributed to city building in Guelph. Here is the exhibit at the event that profiled our local accomplishments.

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Ever wanted to test drive an electric vehicle?

June 20, 2014

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Here’s your chance! This Saturday, June 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. come to Market Square for EV (Electric Vehicle) Day. Organized by Plug’nDrive (www.plugndriveontario.ca), EV Day is a one-of-a-kind electric car showcase. There will be demos, live entertainment, fun activities – and the opportunity to test drive the Nissan Leaf, Mitsubishi i-MiEV, Toyota […]

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Multiple community benefits when we do something about climate change

June 4, 2014

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Public Safety Canada presented data at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities annual meeting that made the rounds on twitter a few days ago. It caught the attention of municipal leaders.  It showed the  increase in natural disasters in Canada and the cost to taxpayers, including the federal Disaster Financial Assistance program. Anyone in the industry […]

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Two important things happened last night

May 13, 2014

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Two important things happened last night. Council approved the plan for the Guelph Innovation District – an exciting vision for these lands A planner and an economic development officer jointly presented the vision to Council Why is the approval of the plan important? Getting the planning work completed for the Guelph Innovation District paves the […]

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More good news on the energy front

March 12, 2014

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From left to right: MPP Liz Sandals; Mayor Farbridge; Rob Kerr, General Manager of Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc; Brian Lu, Senior Director, Canadian Solar; Brian Walmark, COO, NCC Development. Here are my speaking notes from an announcement this morning of $2.9 million from the Province of Ontario to create a  Renewable Energy Microgrid Testing Centre at […]

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Germany trip yields opportunities for Guelph

March 3, 2014

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Last week’s trip to Germany with Guelph Chamber of Commerce President Lloyd Longfield was a tremendous success. Lloyd contributed a column to the Guelph Mercury that talks about the trip, and about our promotion of Guelph as a gateway to the North American market for energy-sector businesses. This builds on earlier media coverage from Germany. Germany is […]

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Bottrop, Germany: community engagement done right

March 3, 2014

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This photo was taken at InnovationCity Ruhr in the German city of Bottrop. Bottrop is transforming itself from a coal-based economy. The city is a leader in district energy and conservation, and an example of how energy leadership is a tool to building a resilient local economy. Community engagement has been key to their successful transformation. […]

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Inside Guelph: Leadership on district energy and waste diversion

February 19, 2014

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