August 13, 2014


Getting back to “we”

Now that our buses have returned to full service and the lockout is over, we must take an honest look at what transpired. The negotiation timeline has been well addressed here. The steps leading to and reasons behind the lockout are addressed here. However, the root cause of the issue, the story preceding the escalations […]

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August 1, 2014

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City and ATU reach tentative agreement

 City and ATU reach tentative agreement Guelph, ON, July 31, 2014—After two days of negotiations, the City of Guelph and Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1189 negotiating teams reached a second tentative agreement. The agreement is subject to ratification by the ATU Local 1189 membership and Guelph City Council. “We are hopeful that ATU’s membership […]

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July 25, 2014

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Welcome to Guelph, Costco

I was thrilled to help officially open Guelph’s brand-new Costco warehouse this morning. There was an enthusiastic crowd – it felt like all 16,000 Costco members in Guelph had turned up for the first day! The 148,000 square-foot Costco warehouse has created about 250 new jobs in Guelph. As I said in my remarks this morning, […]

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July 24, 2014

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Costco officially opens tomorrow

Lots of interest in the official opening of Costco tomorrow.  Who to thank for bringing Costco to town?  That’s easy: Costco members – more than 16,000 of them in Guelph Costco – making the business decision to invest in the Guelph market Armel Corporation – who attracted Costco to their development The zoning change to […]

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July 23, 2014

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Guelph remains one of the safest cities; crime rate drops even further

This just in from Chief Bryan Larkin: Statistics Canada has announced the 2013 Crime Severity Index (CSI) and community rankings. Once again, Guelph has shown well as a safe community. We remain one of the safest communities in Canada with the 2nd lowest CSI for communities over 100,000 – same position as last year at 32 […]

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July 22, 2014


Transit service disruption

I am extremely disappointed that the members of the Amalgamated Transit Union rejected the tentative agreement that was reached by the City and ATU bargaining teams and ratified by City Council. I know this service disruption will cause a lot of hardship for the many people who rely on transit. The City’s Chief Administrative Officer […]

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July 16, 2014

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Prime Time Youth Radio interview

Way back on April 2nd I was interviewed on the Prime Time Youth Radio Show on CFRU, hosted by the Guelph Youth Council. You can listen to the interview here (click on the April 2 show). My thanks to Cierra, Anna and Markus for the fantastic job they did conducting the interview and hosting the show. […]

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July 14, 2014


An Apology

At Council tonight, I read the following statement with the support of Guelph City Council:   In July 2006, Urbacon was awarded a $42 million contract as general contractor for the construction of City Hall and the Provincial Offences Administration (POA) Court. On September 19, 2008, the City terminated Urbacon’s right to work to completion […]

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July 14, 2014

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Lockout averted

I am very grateful that the City and Amalgamated Transit Union negotiating teams worked throughout the day on Sunday to reach a tentative agreement, averting a lockout of transit employees. Buses are running today as usual. Excellent news for our riders and for transit employees and their families. You can read the press release here. […]

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July 8, 2014


A note of thanks to the Locomotive 6167 Restoration Committee

On August 2, as part of John Galt Day celebrations, we will be officially unveiling the restored 6167 Locomotive and welcoming it as the newest artifact in the Guelph Museums collection. This moment would not be possible without the hard work, dedication, and expertise of all members – past and present – of the Locomotive […]

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