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Market Square performance launches Guelph’s Culture Days weekend

September 27, 2013

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Culture Days kicks off today with high energy performances by Gadfly Dance Company, Canada’s celebrated urban dance ensemble, at Market Square: 4p.m , 7p.m, and 9p.m.  There are many great activities happening around Guelph over the next three days. You can find out more information about Guelph’s celebration of Culture Days at this link: http://guelph.ca/2013/09/city-guelph-joins-national-celebration-culture/

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September 25 is Franco-Ontarian Day

September 25, 2013

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Franco-Ontarian Day is a great opportunity to recognize “the contribution of Ontario’s Francophone community to the cultural, historical, social, economic and political life of the province.” Learn more here.

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Serbian Day at Maryhill

September 9, 2013

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Carol Bratina, Hamilton Mayor Bob Bratina, Milan Lesic and Mayor Farbridge at the Serbian Festival, Maryhill, September 1, 2013.

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June 24, 2013

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Mayor Karen Farbridge with Ana Maria Ruiz, the new Event Coordinator, Guelph & District Multicultural Festival at City Hall last month.  

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Italian Heritage Month

June 3, 2013

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I am proud to join communities across Ontario in celebrating Italian Heritage Month.  The Ontario Government proclaimed June to be Italian Heritage month to recognize the economic, political, social, and cultural achievements of Italian Canadians throughout the province. Ontario is home to more than 1,3 million Italian Canadians.  In Guelph – the achievements of Italian […]

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Multicultural Festival Flag Raising

May 31, 2013

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I raised the “One World Living Together” flag at City Hall today. The raising of this flag reflects the core objectives of unity and peace promoted by the Guelph & District Multicultural Festival. Many thanks to students of Central Public School for entertaining us at the ceremony.  

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Warm wishes this Now Ruz!

March 20, 2013

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Now Ruz (New Year) (Zoroastrian, Afghanistan, Islam, Ismaili, Baha’i) – It means “new day” and is celebrated by Muslims of Persian heritage or influence and by all Ismaili Muslims around the world. The Zoroastrian New Year celebrates the creation of fire on this day on which Zarathustra received his revelations. Source: multicultural calendar 2013

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Immigration Portal -Guelph and Wellington a welcoming place for everyone

March 20, 2013

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This morning, I attended  the launch of the Guelph Wellington Immigration Portal at the annual Guelph Wellington Local Immigration Partnership Immigration Connection event.   I thank the Government of Ontario for funding solely this Project through their Municipal Immigration Information Online program.  Many thanks to the Local Immigration Partnership that played a significant role in bringing […]

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Local Artist Honoured with Provincial Award

November 26, 2012

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Guelph Local artist Adwoa Badoe, a storyteller, author, educator, and African dance instructor has been recognized by the Ontario government with an Ontario Newcomer Champion Award for her contributions to the arts in Canada. I attended the awards ceremony and I am happy to say that since the inception of the awards in 2007, Guelph has been […]

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Diwali Fireworks

November 16, 2012

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The City has learned a lesson this week about being an inclusive community. Our Fireworks By-law only permits the use of fireworks by residents on Canada Day and Victoria Day.    These two holidays have had a celebratory tradition of setting off fireworks. An exemption is required to use fireworks on other days e.g. for a […]

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