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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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Smart City Building – Making Every Dollar Count

June 19, 2014

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Council made great progress last night solidifying its new approach to city building, thanks to the inspired and brilliant work of Enterprise Services. Guelph Enterprise Framework First, we approved a new Guelph Enterprise Framework and Tool to strengthen Council’s decisions when making strategic capital investments.  The framework and tool will do three key things: –          Maximize the […]

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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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A special tax levy is the wrong approach

May 21, 2014


Guelph has learned that you can’t just put up a “for sale” sign on a vacant lot and hope for the best.  One of the keys to redevelopment success in the downtown has been an innovative program – financed from the significant increase in taxes earned from the redeveloped property and not taken from existing taxpayers […]

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Mayors of Ontario’s largest urban cities want to hear from provincial candidates

May 15, 2014

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The Large Urban Mayor’s Caucus of Ontario has invited each of the three Ontario party leaders to attend a special meeting in Brampton on May 23.  During the 2014 Provincial election, LUMCO’s focus is on three key issues: Gridlock and the need for investment in transit and transportation systems Rising costs of emergency services Job […]

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In case you missed it…

May 13, 2014

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Readers of the Globe and Mail may have seen this insert called Perspective Guelph in today’s paper. This edition is a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the University of Guelph. It also has lots of great information for those thinking about living, working, studying, or investing in Guelph.

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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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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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Full-Day, Two-Way GO Train Service Between Waterloo Region and the Greater Toronto Area

March 18, 2014


Read the press release here. I am thrilled that the significant advocacy that Kitchener, Waterloo and Guelph have undertaken over the past few months, including the development of a business case for full-day, two way GO Train service, has been successful. The Province’s commitment to increased service over the short-term is important and welcome. But […]

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