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Public Works Open House tomorrow

May 23, 2014

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Join me Saturday, May 24 for the annual Public Works open house from 9 a.m. to noon at 50 Municipal Street. It’s a chance to say thanks to Public Works employees who work hard on our behalf – and to check out the heavy trucks and equipment they use every day. Lots of fun activities […]

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Why have we lowered the speed limit in school zones?

May 16, 2014

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This Spring, Council made a decision that says, when you drive in Guelph, you slow down near an elementary school – any elementary school. We lowered the speed limit in elementary school zones to 30 km/h on local roads at all times, and 40 km/h on arterial roads on school days from 8-9 a.m. and […]

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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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Health Jam

May 7, 2014

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As part of Guelph’s open government initiative, we are experimenting with new ways to bring government and community together to develop shared solutions. What might that look like? Health Jam 2014 is a perfect example. This is a free, two-day workshop to generate real solutions that break down barriers to healthy living in our community. […]

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Emergency Preparedness

May 6, 2014

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Tomorrow, the City is hosting an Emergency Preparedness Day event at the West End Community Centre. You can find the details here. The City has a comprehensive emergency preparedness plan, and staff conduct regular training and exercises to ensure it’s effective. Residents are encouraged to be prepared to cope on their own for at least […]

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I survived the winter of 2013/2014

May 6, 2014

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In speaking with our public works employees last week and after reading two reports summarizing the impact of the last winter, if I didn’t know it already, was quite the winter.  It was colder than the 40 year average. There was more snow than the 40 year average. Based on the 5 year average, we budgeted for […]

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Congratulations Guelph! Silver Award at Ontario Bike Summit

April 14, 2014

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Guelph among Ontario’s most bicycle-friendly cities City wins silver award at sixth annual Ontario Bike Summit   Toronto, ON, April 14, 2014 – This morning, Guelph was among 24 communities to receive a Bicycle Friendly Community Award during the sixth annual Ontario Bike Summit in Toronto, Ontario   The Share the Road Cycling Coalition recognized […]

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Ice Storm brush clean-up update

April 14, 2014

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Here is an update from the City’s General Manager of Public Works from Friday afternoon: As you know, the Public Works team is still busy cleaning up after the severe weather we’ve experienced since the ice storm of December 22nd, 2013. So far, we’ve cleared three of the nine zones across the City. The attached map shows […]

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A sustainable city needs usable sidewalks even in the winter

March 29, 2014

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Unto Kihlanki makes a simple point in a Guelph Mercury opinion editorial. A sustainable city needs usable sidewalks even in the winter. I agree. I thank him for not pointing his finger at the men and women who work in our public works department – it was a tough year for our staff answering calls […]

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Overcoming “the false dichotomies that divide us”

March 12, 2014

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Urban planner, architect, city builder and author Ken Greenberg argues it’s possible for cities to grow greener while getting denser, and become more prosperous while getting less polarized. He proposes that if we could see the big picture – if we could see how things are connected – we could overcome many of the false […]

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