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Infrastructure = service = quality of life

March 23, 2014

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Last week, Premier Wynne announced her government’s commitment to invest in full day two-way GO Rail service between Toronto and our area. Many conversations and interviews later, I am reflecting on the ongoing need to connect infrastructure investments to services and quality of life. There is a reason why municipalities and their provincial and national […]

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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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Guelph tops in residential waste diversion

February 25, 2014

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We made it official at last night’s Council meeting, as Dean Wyman (General Manager of Solid Waste Resources) and I accepted the Ron Lance Memorial Award from Waste Diversion Ontario. On the left is Michael Scott, CEO of Waste Diversion Ontario, and on the right is Will Mueller, Waste Diversion Ontario’s Oversight Analyst for the Blue Box […]

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Inside Guelph: Leadership on district energy and waste diversion

February 19, 2014

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Groundwater leadership

January 24, 2014

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100% of Guelph’s drinking water comes from groundwater, and our City has long been recognized as an international leader in groundwater research and management. In June, groundwater experts, researchers, scientists, and policy-makers will be gathering in Guelph for a groundwater conference called GroundSwell. Alexandra Cousteau – water advocate, National Geographic Emerging Explorer, and granddaughter of famed ocean […]

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Congratulations Guelph! We are #1 again

January 22, 2014


When I returned to office in 2007, I was shocked at the neglect of our waste management system.  The infrastructure was literally rotting.  We had fallen so far from our leadership position in Ontario. I was determined to turn this around. Fortunately, Council and the community were behind me. Waste Diversion Ontario has issued a […]

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New technology big driver of doing more with less

January 20, 2014


I was sent a link to an article about new street light technology that saves on energy costs.  I sent it to staff for their reaction and received this great response back. Street lighting cost the City $1.1M in 2012, or 19% of our electricity budget. The City of Guelph owns the streetlights and Guelph Hydro […]

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Great cities take a balanced approach to development

December 13, 2013

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Great cities take a balanced approach to development. Guelph is proud to announce the opening of the Hanlon Creek Business Park. The park offers over 400 acres of developable area to attract and retain jobs. Within the heart of the Park is a 255 acre environmental reserve with recreational trails for employees and citizens to […]

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Great cities forge their own future

November 29, 2013

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Great cities forge their own future. When our forefathers established the Arkell Spring Grounds, they left a legacy. One hundred years later, these lands supply 60% of Guelph’s water. Environmental stewardship – including reducing and repurposing as much waste as possible – is good business practice. Guelph has surpassed its target to divert 65% of […]

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Great cities are exceptional stewards

November 25, 2013

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Great cities are exceptional stewards of resources. When the glaciers receded from our area they bestowed upon us the precious gift of water, abundant in supply and rare in quality. Through conservation and efficiency, Guelph has separated water consumption from growth – as our population has grown we have used less water and that means […]

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