Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc. appoints new Chief Executive Officer



Guelph, ON, July 23, 2014 – The Board of Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc. (GMHI), the City of Guelph’s municipal holding company, has appointed Barry Chuddy as its Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Chuddy formerly served as the CEO of Guelph Hydro Inc. He replaces Ann Pappert, the City of Guelph’s Chief Administrative Officer, who has served as CEO of GMHI since its inception.


“We are thrilled that Barry Chuddy has accepted this new role. His extensive knowledge of the Guelph Hydro group of companies, his understanding of the City’s aspirations for GHMI and the Community Energy Initiative, and his strong relationships with City staff will be great assets to the holding company,” said Karen Farbridge, Guelph’s Mayor and Chair of GMHI. “On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Ann Pappert for her leadership in developing GMHI to where it is today.”


Mr. Chuddy’s leadership of GMHI comes as the holding company is responding to a number of exciting business opportunities and seeking to build value for the community. Next month, Guelph City Council will review a business case study and related materials supporting a proposal to amalgamate Guelph Hydro Inc., a holding company for Guelph’s electrical utility, and GMHI.


Pankaj Sardana, who is currently Guelph Hydro Inc.’s Chief Financial Officer, has been appointed as interim Chief Executive Officer of Guelph Hydro Inc.


For more information:


Karen Farbridge


Chair, Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc.


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Guelph’s Official Plan protects Guelph’s rivers, wetlands and natural spaces


Natural Heritage System policies now in effect


Guelph, ON, July 23, 2014 – The City of Guelph’s Official Plan Amendment for the Natural Heritage System (OPA 42) was approved by the Ontario Municipal Board on June 4 and is now in effect.


“The City’s Natural Heritage System is a combination of natural heritage features and areas including wetlands, rivers, woodlands, valleylands, wildlife habitats, restoration areas and wildlife crossings,” explained Melissa Aldunate, manager of policy planning and urban design. “The approval of OPA 42 brings into effect new Official Plan policies that demonstrate Guelph’s environmental commitment by providing a strong framework for long-term protection of the City’s Natural Heritage System.”


On June 4, the City submitted OPA 42, also known as the Natural Heritage System, to the Ontario Municipal Board for approval. The submission consolidated all of the decisions made on the appeals over the past three years. The Board issued a decision approving OPA 42, which came into effect as of June 4, 2014.


The Official Plan policies for the Natural Heritage System establish minimum standards for development within the city to protect natural heritage features and areas including:

  • Greater protection of woodland and wetland features, including requirements for protective buffers.
  • Protection of portions of the Paris Galt Moraine.
  • Support for the management, enhancement and restoration of the City’s Urban Forest and the Urban Forest Management Plan.


About the Official Plan – Envision Guelph


Guelph’s Official Plan, Envision Guelph, will direct growth and development over the next 20 years. The policies included in the plan encourage well-designed, walkable, transit-friendly neighbourhoods; promote economic vitality and innovation; support social well-being; and incorporate goals of Guelph’s Community Energy Initiative.


“Guelph values its rivers and green spaces, and the City’s Official Plan continues to make the environment a priority—protecting, preserving and enhancing the city’s natural assets and ecological systems as the city continues to grow,” said Aldunate.


Guelph’s Official Plan review process was undertaken in three phases. Phase 1 dealt with Official Plan Amendment 39, which brought the City’s Official Plan into conformity with the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe. OPA 39 is now in effect. Phase 2 dealt with Official Plan Amendment 42, which introduced policies for the Natural Heritage System. OPA 42 is now is effect. Phase 3 deals with Official Plan Amendment 48, and is the final phase of the Official Plan Update. Phase 3 ensures that Guelph’s Official Plan is in conformity with provincial legislation and is consistent with the Provincial Policy Statement. OPA 48 is currently under appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board.


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For more information


Melissa Aldunate

Manager of Policy Planning and Urban Design

Planning Services

519-822-1260 extension 2361

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Transit Update: Picket line protocol, City parking facilities and facility hours for bus pass refunds



Guelph, ON, July 21, 2014—The City of Guelph is sharing information regarding a picket line protocol, downtown parking and refund location hours.

Picket line protocol

City of Guelph representatives met with the ATU Local 1189 executive and Guelph Police Services to agree on a picket line protocol, which includes picket line locations and rules and expectations to govern picket line conduct. The City and ATU agree to act in a respectful and responsible manner throughout the lockout.

Picketing will be limited to three locations: City Hall, Guelph Central Station and the Guelph Transit offices.

Parking at City facilities

There has been no impact to the City’s public parking facilities after the first day of the transit lockout. The hundreds of hourly parking users and 1,400 monthly pass holders can use the facilities as they would normally.


Facility hours for bus pass refunds

Starting Wednesday, July 23, refunds to Guelph Transit bus passes are being offered at City Hall, Evergreen Seniors Community Centre, Victoria Road Recreation Centre and West End Community Centre. Details on options for refunds can be seen here >>


The hours for refunds at the four sites will vary to provide opportunities to match the availability of Guelph Transit bus pass holders.



  Wed July 23 Thu July 24 Fri July 25 Sat July 26 Sun July 27
City Hall 8:30 am – 7 pm 8:30 am – 7 pm 8:30 am – 4 pm 10 am – 3 pm not available
West End 7 am – 8 pm 7 am – 8 pm 7 am – 8 pm 8 am – 4 pm 8 am – 4 pm
Victoria Road 8:30 am – 4 pm 8:30 am – 4 pm 8:30 am – 4 pm not available not available
Evergreen 8:30 am – 4 pm 8:30 am – 4 pm 8:30 am – 4 pm not available not available


For updates, frequently asked questions and transportation alternatives, please visit


For information about ATU negotiations, please visit


For media inquiries

Stewart McDonough
Communications Specialist
519-822-1260  extension 3356

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City of Guelph offering transit refunds to all bus pass holders



Guelph, ON, July 20, 2014—The City of Guelph is offering refunds to all bus pass holders as a result of the lockout of Guelph Transit’s union employees and suspension of transit services.

Refunds for both regular and affordable bus passes will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at the following four City locations:

  • City Hall
  • Evergreen Seniors Community Centre
  • Victoria Road Recreation Centre
  • West End Community Centre

To receive their refund, pass holders have two options:

Option A: Hand in their July 2014 pass in exchange for receiving a refund for 50% of its value. The refund will be paid to the customer in the same form of payment as the original pass purchase. If the customer originally paid by cheque, they will receive a cash refund.

Option B: Hand in their July 2014 pass in exchange for using 50% of its value as payment toward a future month’s pass purchase. Must be used before the end of 2014.


For media inquiries

Stewart McDonough
Communications Specialist
519-822-1260  extension 3356

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Guelph Transit employees reject tentative agreement; transit service suspended



Guelph, ON, July 20, 2014—Tonight, the members of Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1189 voted to reject a tentative agreement ratified by Guelph City Council and endorsed by their own union executive.

With the tentative agreement defeated, the City has reinstituted the lockout originally set to begin Monday, July 14. Guelph Transit services are halted indefinitely until such time as the members of ATU Local 1189 reconsider the City’s offer.

The City of Guelph will be offering refunds to all Guelph Transit July 2014 pass holders for the second half of July. Details will be confirmed and shared in a subsequent media release.

A statement has been issued by the City of Guelph’s Chief Administrative Officer, Ann Pappert detailing the City administration’s level of frustration.

For details on picket lines, City service disruptions and FAQs, visit

For background on the negotiation process, visit

For media inquiries

Stewart McDonough
Communications Specialist
519-822-1260  extension 3356

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Election Workers Wanted


Gearing up for the 2014 Municipal Election


Guelph, ON, July 15, 2014 – The City of Guelph is inviting residents to participate in the fall election by working at a voting location on Election Day (October 27) and/or during the Advanced Voting period (October 15-19).

Interested residents are invited to attend an open house session to learn about the available positions and responsibilities, and to interview for a position.


Recruitment Open Houses

City Hall, 1 Carden Street, Meeting Room 112


August 5

8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

12 – 2 p.m.

4 – 6 p.m.


August 7

8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

2 – 4 p.m.


The following summarizes the required positions.


Ballot Officer – check voters’ identification, issue written oaths and ballots, brief voters on procedures and electronically strike voters off the list as they vote


Rate of pay $220 per day.


Revision Officer – assist voters to get on the voter list, enforce revision requirements and add voters to the list


Rate of pay $220 per day.


Tabulator Officer – receive completed ballots in secrecy folders from voters, process ballots through the vote tabulator and transfer used ballots from ballot box into ballot transfer box


Rate of pay $180 per day.


All election workers will report to the Managing Officer, assisting with set-up and take-down as directed. No experience is necessary; however, past election experience is an asset. Computer experience is required for the Ballot Officer and Revision Officer positions. Tabulator Officers should be comfortable using electronic equipment. Training will be provided for all positions.


Full job descriptions, eligibility requirements and applications are available on


For more information


Stephen O’Brien

City Clerk

Corporate and Human Resources

Office of the City Clerk

T 519-519-822-1260 extension 5644


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Ontario re-confirms commitment to expanded GO service for Guelph and Kitchener-Waterloo corridor

Guelph, ON, July 15, 2014 – Partners in the Innovation Supercluster consortium – including the Mayors of Kitchener, Waterloo, and Guelph and the Chair of Waterloo Region – are pleased that two-way, all-day GO train service is part of the provincial budget that was reintroduced yesterday.

The Ontario government included the initiative in the budget it tabled on May 1, but that budget was not passed by the Legislative Assembly before it was dissolved for a general election.

“We are thrilled that Premier Wynne has been unwavering in her commitment to two-way, all-day GO trains,” said Kitchener Mayor Carl Zehr. “This is a game changer for our area, and one that will pay huge economic and social dividends in the years ahead.”

The Innovation Supercluster consortium developed a business case that outlined how increased GO train service will increase the connectivity of the regional economies of Waterloo Region/Guelph and the Greater Toronto Area, and drive the attraction of talent, investment, and innovative companies to the local region. The business case demonstrates the majority of costs to build the system will be met from the potential $542 million in annual personal income taxes that will be generated from increased economic activity.

“I am pleased that the significant advocacy of local municipalities, along with our private sector partners, has been successful. The Province recognizes how transformational this opportunity is, and their commitment is solid,” said Guelph Mayor Karen Farbridge.

The re-introduced Ontario budget confirms the Province’s planned improvements to GO’s Kitchener line to prepare for full-day, two-way train service. These include:

  • More trips: by the end of 2016, Metrolinx will double current service frequency between Kitchener and Toronto, with two additional morning and afternoon peak period trips.
  • Upgrades to the rail corridor leading to faster travel times.
  • Building a new train layover facility.


Municipalities in the consortium will work with the Province to implement expanded GO service successfully, for example by advocating for expanded parking near local GO stations.


“I welcome Premier Wynne’s comments that the Province will work closely with municipal partners to deliver on its transit commitments in ways that make sense for local communities,” said Waterloo Mayor Brenda Halloran. “I’m glad that the Province has not only embraced the vision put forward by our consortium, but pledged to implement it in a collaborative way.”

“This ongoing commitment by the Province reflects a major advance in the Region’s efforts to provide increased GO rail transit to the Region of Waterloo,” added Regional Chair Ken Seiling.

Iain Klugman, CEO of Communitech, noted that attracting top talent in this area has always been competitive.  “The number one barrier to tech company growth is attracting and retaining talent,” Klugman said. “More GO train trips in the short term, and faster travel times and all-day, two-way service over the longer term, will make a significant impact on companies’ ability to access and retain the latent they need.”


Click here to read the Innovation Supercluster consortium’s business case.

The business case, “Innovative Regional Economies and Strategic Infrastructure: the business case for Two-Way Urban Commuter Rail on the CN North Mainline,” outlines the economic imperative and opportunities along the Toronto to Kitchener rail corridor which will help the province and our communities compete for global talent and innovative companies.

The joint request was that a 10-year capital allocation for rail infrastructure be established by the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario to support full two-way GO Train service on the Kitchener Line (CN North Mainline) in the 2014 federal and provincial capital budgets.

The business case contains cost-savings analysis, maps, ridership estimates and development potential organized in six sections:

  • Ontario’s economic growth opportunity
  • Building an innovation supercluster
  • Innovative cities in the Waterloo region to Toronto corridor
  • The geography of innovation
  • Proposed two-way GO Train service
  • Recommendations and conclusion

Quick facts

  • There are 30,000 local tech workers, 34% commute from Toronto/GTA
  • There will be an additional 37,000 tech and creative workers in the area by 2031
  • 32,000 trips are made daily each way between Waterloo Region and Guelph
  • There are 11 million square feet of potential residential growth in transit station areas
  • There is $4 billion construction potential in urban growth centres/station areas
  • Initial prediction of ridership fares total $5.25 million with net operating costs of $750,000

For more information

City of Kitchener
Laura Johnston, Director
Corporate Communications and Marketing
519-741-2200 extension 7935

City of Guelph
Tara Sprigg, Corporate Manager
Corporate Communications
519-822-1260 extension 2610

City of Waterloo
Megan Harris, Director, Communications
Corporate Services



Kate Sullivan, Communications Assistant
Office of the Mayor
City of Guelph

519-822-1260 x 2558

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Guelph City Council votes to ratify agreement with ATU Local 1189.


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Guelph City Council votes to ratify agreement with ATU Local 1189.

Guelph, ON, July 14, 2014—Tonight, Guelph City Council voted to ratify the tentative agreement reached with the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1189.

The agreement will be taken before members of ATU Local 1189 for ratification on the evening of Sunday, July 19.

For media inquiries

Stewart McDonough

Communications Specialist

519-822-1260 extension 3356

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Date set for damages trial between City and Urbacon


Guelph, ON, July 14, 2014 – During tonight’s closed session of City Council, City staff provided an update regarding ongoing litigation between the City and Urbacon—the contractor hired to build City Hall and Guelph’s Provincial Offences Court.

On March 31, the court decided the City did not have the right to terminate Urbacon from the project.  The reasons for that decision were released on June 17.

A trial to determine whether the City will be required to pay damages to Urbacon is scheduled to start on October 14, and is expected to take place over three to four weeks. The result of the trial, including the amount of damages to be paid, is likely to be released by the court in late 2014 or early 2015.

If the City decides to appeal any ruling in the case, the appeal would take place after receiving and reviewing the result of the damages trial.

Guelph’s Chief Administrative Officer, Ann Pappert explains, “The City is prepared to negotiate with Urbacon in hopes of resolving the matter and minimizing the financial impact on Guelph taxpayers.”

As the case proceeds, the City will continue providing regular updates to City Council and the community.

“To minimize the impact on local taxpayers and protect the City’s financial position, the costs for this project must be accommodated within the existing capital budget envelope,” said Mayor Karen Farbridge.

For more information

Ann Pappert

Chief Administrative Officer

519-822-1260 extension 2220

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Guelph Transit lockout cancelled – buses will be running tomorrow



Guelph, ON, July 13, 2014—In a joint announcement, the City of Guelph and Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1189 are letting the public know they have reached a tentative agreement and the City has called off plans to lock out Guelph Transit employees as of 12:01 a.m., July 14.

Details of the agreement will be released upon ratification by both parties.

“I am happy to announce that Guelph Transit will be serving the people of Guelph as usual tomorrow morning,” stated Mayor Karen Farbridge.

“The members of ATU Local 1189 have wanted to continue to serve Guelph’s transit riders,” said ATU Local 1189 President Andy Cleary. “For many Guelph residents we are their sole source of transportation, and we look forward to continuing to support our community.”

A day-long meeting, with the provincially-appointed conciliator in attendance, resulted in the necessary progress to cancel the lockout and keep the buses running for Guelph residents. During the course of the day, better understanding was achieved on the key concerns underlying the breakdown in the relationship between City administration and ATU Local 1189.

“We believe this agreement is a key first step to repairing our relationship with ATU Local 1189 and ensuring that Guelph’s residents continue to have the transit service on which they depend,” continued Mayor Farbridge.

All Guelph Transit employees are expected to join the rest of their City of Guelph colleagues on Monday, July 14 as the City’s regular operations continue unabated.


For media inquiries

Stewart McDonough
Communications Specialist
519-822-1260  extension 3356



Andrew Cleary

ATU Local 1189 President



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