Guelph receives $1.1 million in Provincial funding to support active and healthy kids



GUELPH, ON, September 12, 2014 – Guelph has been chosen to participate in Ontario’s Healthy Kids Community Challenge program, which provides $1.1 million in Provincial funding along with training and other resources over four years. This will enable the City of Guelph to implement community-based programs and activities to promote children’s health, including healthy eating, physical activity, and healthy lifestyle choices such as the importance of getting adequate sleep.

Programs will begin to be implemented in winter 2015 and will include breakfast programs; sports programming for teens; toolkits and resources to improve sleep in children and youth; an online portal and cookbook to promote healthy eating; data collection on child and youth health; and the expansion of the successful STEPS recreation program for at-risk youth to elementary school children.

“Guelph’s participation in the Healthy Kids Community Challenge will enable the City and its partners to make a significant difference for local children and youth, and help them develop good habits that will last a lifetime,” said the City’s Executive Director of Community and Social Services Derrick Thomson. “It will help us meet identified needs and improve outcomes across all neighbourhoods in Guelph.”

Under the Challenge’s partnership model, programs and activities will be delivered by a range of community partners, with the City administering the overall program as well as running certain programs through the Community and Social Services division.

Community partners include Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health, the local public and Catholic school boards, Perpetual Motion Sports and Entertainment, Guelph Community Health Centre, Guelph YMCA-YWCA, Guelph Wellington Children’s Foundation, Wyndham House, Guelph Neighbourhood Support Coalition, and Guelph Youth Council.

“Collaboration and partnerships have always been one of our community’s great strengths, and this is one more example,” said Mayor Karen Farbridge. “As a participant in this Challenge, we will improve health and wellbeing for children and youth by building on the strengths and resources that already exist in our community. This is exactly what we have been developing through Guelph Wellbeing – and this support from the Province is one more signal that we are on the right track.”

Mayor Farbridge is the Community Champion for the Challenge, responsible for building support for a shared vision, facilitating partner engagement, and inspiring and creating change.

Guelph is one of 45 communities across Ontario chosen to participate. Selection criteria included clear evidence of need among local children and youth, the community’s ability to establish strong partnerships with local businesses, schools and health organizations, and a demonstrated ability to deliver programs for children and youth.

Guelph’s application to the program was led by the Youth Services team in the City’s Community and Social Services division.

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Adam Rutherford

Project Manager – Youth Services

Community Services

City of Guelph

519 822 1260 x2703

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Announcement: City of Guelph Wellbeing Grant Program – Open for Applications


Good Afternoon,

This email is to advise you that the City of Guelph Wellbeing Grant Program is now open for applications


The 2015 Wellbeing Grant Program opened applications on Monday, Aug 25th .  Incorporated, not-for-profit community organizations are invited to apply to the City of Guelph for 2015 funding.  Completed applications must be submitted by 4pm on Thursday, Oct 9th electronically to .  Late applications will not be accepted


Eligible organizations can apply for small operating, project or capital grant funding. This means grants can be used for core operating funding, one-off events, projects, or for small capital items.  The program’s policy and forms are found on the City’s website at

The call for applications was advertised in the Tribune on Aug 28th and Sept 4th.  In addition, organizations who applied for 2013 and/or 2014 grants were advised via e-mail of the call for applications.  Two community information sessions were held on September 9th


Please find attached a Frequently Asked Questions Document related to the grants and  direct inquiries to our Grants Co-ordinator, Karen Kawakami ,

Social Services Policy and Program Liaison, at 519-822-1260 x 2094

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Fall Session of Watermain Cleaning Program to Begin on September 14



Hello Mayor Farbridge and Members of Council:

Please be advised that, beginning on Sunday, Sept 14th, Water Services will be completing the Fall session of our semi-annual Watermain Cleaning Program.

At this point we plan to be completed by Friday, October 10th.

This Fall, licensed water distribution operators will clean approximately 91 kilometers of watermain.

Areas to be cleaned are outlined in the attached map.

Customer notification and service activities will include:

●  Local newspaper advertising starting this week and continuing to program end;

●  Local radio advertising starting next week and continuing to program end;

●  Bulk mail notices delivered to all affected customers the week prior to cleaning;

●  Delivery of door hanger notices to all customers on the day before they experience an interruption in water service;

●  Press release distributed this week announcing program start and where customers can get more information;

●  Signage (4 signs) located at key entry points to the areas affected;

●  Posting of relevant information on City web site, including press release, and Frequently Asked Questions; and

●  24/7 customer telephone support (regular hours – 519-837-5627, after hours – 1-866-630-9242).

We anticipate a number of customer inquiries related to the program and are committed to limiting customer inconvenience while ensuring program success.

Please contact Kier Taylor (mailto: of Water Services if you require additional program information and please direct customer inquiries our way.

Thank you for your support.



Peter L. Busatto | General Manager, Guelph Water Services
T 519-837 -5627 x 2165 |

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Statement from the Office of the CAO re: Urbacon Settlement

Last night City Council received a staff report regarding settlement of the City’s litigation with Urbacon and it directed staff to make public the details of the settlement. Read the City Council resolution regarding the settlement with Urbacon.

The City and Urbacon have settled the litigation out of court for $6.635 million.

I’m pleased that both parties were able to come together and reach settlement. Doing so has saved the City of Guelph further legal costs and provides certainty of the outcome.

Next steps

As follow up, I have asked the City’s internal auditor to conduct a full review of risk associated with complex capital projects so that we have the benefit of lessons learned during this project, and so that we can apply that information to future projects.


The entire project (including City Hall and the POA Court) ran a deficit of $257,000 before legal fees and settlement costs. After legal fees and settlement costs, the total project deficit is $8,346,261.

The City’s total legal costs are $2,233,982.

The City will fund the settlement costs not already provided for from its capital asset renewal reserve, the Legal/OMB reserve and the Capital Tax Reserve fund. The funds transferred from the capital asset renewal reserve fund will be repaid over a five-year period.


For more information

Ann Pappert
Chief Administrative Officer
519-822-1260 extension 2221

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Final rollout of waste carts



Good morning Mayor Farbridge and Councillors,


I’d like to provide you with an update on the implementation of Guelph’s conversion to fully automated cart collection.


The 2014 waste cart rollout to the final one-third of Guelph households will take place over a six-week period, starting Monday, September 22.


As you may recall from last year, residents will receive a comprehensive carts user guide and collection schedule in their green cart. For your reference, hard copies will be delivered to your City Hall office this afternoon. The information in all these resources is also available on


Starting Thursday, September 11, households in 2014 cart distribution neighbourhoods will receive a door hanger with the date cart delivery starts, when to put their carts out at the curb for collection and additional information about the upcoming cart roll out.


Upcoming key dates

  • September 9
    • Advertising and promotion begins
    • September 22
      • Cart delivery starts
      • October 31
        • Cart delivery ends
        • November 3*
          • Automated cart collection begins in residential neighbourhoods

*Dependent upon the collection schedule a household follows.


Key messages

In preparation for questions from residents and the media you may field, below is a refresher on this program’s key messages:

  1. The City is committed to completing the third and final rollout of waste carts to achieve continued success reducing the amount of waste Guelph sends to landfill, lowering operating costs and decreasing Guelph’s carbon footprint.
  • To date, Guelph has the highest waste diversion rate—68 per cent—of all Ontario municipalities.
  • Automated cart collection allows for a reduction in the number of waste collection trucks on Guelph roads.
  • To realize the forecasted $460,000 cost savings all Guelph residents and businesses already served by the City’s curbside waste collection program must take part in the new automated waste collection program.
  1. The City recognizes residents and businesses in the downtown core have unique waste collection needs.
  • The City acknowledges waste carts are not a one-size fits all waste collection solution for everyone in the downtown core.
  • The City invested resources this past summer to provide individual consultations with downtown residents and businesses to inform a customized approach for waste collection solutions to ensure those living and working in the downtown voices are heard and their needs will be met.
  1. The City is diligently working with downtown businesses and households to provide site specific solutions for three-stream waste collection.
  • The City can offer downtown properties—businesses and households—a number of flexible, three-stream waste collection options to best suit their individual needs.


Click here for a link to all updated waste cart FAQs on


What’s different from last year?

The downtown core will transition to automated waste cart collection late this fall. The City recognizes downtown residents and businesses have unique waste collection needs. Recognizing waste carts are not a one-size fits all waste collection solution for every household and business in the downtown core, the City is offering the following three-stream sorting options:


A. An individual set of green, blue and grey carts

B. A communal set of carts to share with other businesses and/or residents

C. Use of public space containers along the street

D. Use of public space containers at designated locations that are less visible from the street


Downtown households and businesses are welcome to use any combination of these four options.


Cart delivery starts in the downtown core in late November with automated collection beginning in December. Households and businesses in the downtown core will also receive a customized comprehensive automated waste collection user guide.


More information on waste collection in the downtown core, as well as, a copy of the downtown waste collection user guide will be shared with you prior to November. Click here for a link to all updated information on waste collection in the downtown core.


What are downtown residents and businesses saying?

This past summer, City staff worked with the Guelph Downtown Neighbourhood Association (GDNA) and the Downtown Guelph Business Association (DGBA) to encourage their members—residents and businesses—in the downtown core to schedule an onsite consultation to voice their preference and make an informed decision about choosing the most suitable waste collection option for their residence or business.


To date, City staff have consulted 99 per cent of the businesses in the downtown core that are on public collection and have received selections from 90 per cent of them. The City has also received selections from 30 per cent of the residents in the downtown core, although this number does not include business owners that accounted for their residential units in their selections. Based on the selections received, 52 per cent of businesses have chosen individual or shared sets of carts, 39 per cent have chosen use of public space containers along the street and two per cent chosen use of public space containers at designated locations that are less visible from the street. Seven (7) per cent have chosen a combination of carts and public space containers.


Questions and more information

If you have further questions about the program, please contact me.

To manage all incoming inquiries as quickly as possible, I will field those from the media directly and I ask that residents’ inquiries are directed to Solid Waste Resources at 519-767-0598 or Additional information is also available at







Heather Connell | Manager, Integrated Services
Solid Waste Resources | Planning & Building, Engineering and Environmental Services
City of Guelph

T 519-822-1260 x 2082 | F 519-767-1660

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Report identifies mixture of solvents found in buried drums

Meeting set to discuss next steps for construction on former landfill

Guelph, ON September 8, 2014 – A report identifying the chemical make-up of the liquid found buried on a local construction has been submitted to the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC).

Last week, crews discovered eight 170-litre (45-gallon) drums buried on a construction site near the Wellington Street/Hanlon Expressway interchange. The drums had leaked, and the City pumped and removed 34,700 litres of liquid from the site; a mixture of rainwater and solvents. The City is also removing contaminated soil from the area.

The City hired MMM Group Limited to analyze the contents of the drums and the surrounding soil, and report the results to the MOECC. According to the report, the drums contained a mixture of common substances used in fuels, as solvents, or in manufacturing such as benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, xylene and styrene.

The City also hired Airzone to monitor air quality, and has submitted all test results to the MOECC and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health.

The area has a history of industrial activity, and was a former landfill site in the 1950s. The City conducted geotechnical scans every 40 to 50 metres before beginning construction, and a more detailed radar scan was conducted last week. The scan shows metal and other debris is still buried in the area, and it is possible more barrels could be found.

“Crews will stop working in this area as we consult with the Ministry,” said project engineer, Majde Qaqish. “A meeting is set for Thursday, September 11 to discuss next steps for construction on the site.”

The City will continue posting updates about this project at


For more information

Majde Qaqish
Project Engineer, Engineering Services
519-822-1260 extension 2225


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City and Urbacon settle out of court for $6.635 million

GUELPH, ON, September 8, 2014 – The City of Guelph and Urbacon Buildings Group Corp. have settled their legal dispute out of court for $6.635 million.

“By reaching a settlement out of court, the City avoids further legal costs and gains certainty on the cost impact. The cost will be accommodated within the City’s capital financing guideline to ensure it does not result in an increase in property taxes, and that the City’s financial position is protected,” says Mayor Karen Farbridge. “As we move on from the litigation, we shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that today, Guelph has a well-functioning, award-winning City Hall and Market Square that will serve our community well for decades to come.”

“Urbacon is proud of its involvement in the construction of the City Hall for the City of Guelph and wishes to express its gratitude to the many trades that assisted in its creation,” says Urbacon’s Chief Executive Officer, Marco Mancini. “We are pleased that, notwithstanding the issues that separated us, Urbacon and the City were able to come together and resolve our disputes.”

There are sufficient funds in City reserves to fund the settlement. The City will fund the settlement costs not already provided for from its capital asset renewal reserve, the Legal/OMB reserve and the Capital Tax Reserve fund. The funds transferred from the capital asset renewal reserve fund will be repaid over a five-year period.

Payback can be accommodated within the capital financing guideline, so there is no impact on the tax levy. This is also not expected to impact the City’s capital program as the repayment has been accommodated in the City’s 10-year capital plan.

“The cost impact of this settlement can be accommodated within the City’s current financial means with no impact on Guelph’s latest credit rating which included consideration for this payment,” says Al Horsman, Guelph’s Chief Financial Officer. “It also releases financial liabilities provided for this item at no increase to the tax levy.”

Finally, while the settlement is for $6.635 million, the City has already made some provisions for this cost, and its holdback will further offset the impact.

“I want to thank Guelph’s CAO, Ann Pappert; our CFO, Al Horsman; Urbacon’s CEO, Marco Mancini; and its COO, Ron Carinci for their diligent work in reaching this settlement,” said Mayor Farbridge.

About City Hall
Litigation backgrounder
City Hall and Courthouse timeline

For more information
Ann Pappert
Chief Administrative Officer
519-822.1260 extension 2221

Al Horsman
Executive Director & CFO
519-8221260 extension 5606

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Thunderstorm cleanup complete; tree damage minimal


Guelph, ON, September 8, 2014 – Guelph staff promptly completed emergency tree cleanup following Friday evening’s thunderstorm.


Tree damage was minimal, and all known emergency tree situations are now neutralized.


City crews responded to five damaged trees along:

  • Rochelle Drive,
  • Hayward Crescent,
  • Foster Avenue,
  • Woodborough Road, and
  • Ironwood Road.


Crews will pick up remaining logs from these areas this week. Other non-emergency work including pruning, stump grinding, and replacement tree planting will be completed as part of the Forestry department’s ongoing work schedule.


“Based on the low number of service requests and our preliminary scan of the city, it appears this storm had minimal impact on the city’s tree canopy,” says Martin Neumann, manager of Forestry.


Residents can report tree hazards using the “How can we help you?” section on or call 519-837-5628 with a name, contact information and the street address where the tree is located.


For more information


Martin Neumann

Manager of Forestry

Public Works Department

519-822-1260 extension 3337

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Inkerman Street Closure Update


Intersection of Meadowview Avenue (6 lot site services)



The project

This project is being undertaken by Glenwood Contracting as part of the City of Guelph Contract 12-045. The work will entail:

  1. removal and re-installation of a sanitary sewer lateral
  2. removal of the existing fire hydrant, and
  3. re-installation of a new fire hydrant

All work will be within the City road allowance.


Construction timeline

Construction is expected to start on or about September 8 and continue for approximately one week, weather permitting.


Road closure and traffic impacts

Due to the construction within the road, Inkerman Street will be closed to through traffic from:

  1. Edinburgh Road to 48 Inkerman Street – these residents should use Inkerman Street east to Edinburgh Road for access.
  2. St. Arnaud Street to 74 Inkerman Street – these residents should use Inkerman Street to St. Arnaud Street for access.
  3. The intersection of Meadowview Avenue and Inkerman Street will be closed to all traffic.

Property access and parking

There should be no impact on local driveways being closed.


City services

Waste collection will not be impacted by the construction. Please continue to place your green blue and clear waste bags or green, blue and grey carts at the curb as per your regularly scheduled time.


The City appreciates your patience, understanding and co-operation during this important construction project.


For more information about the Inkerman Street project or if you require this document to be provided in an alternative format as per The Accessibility for Ontarian’s Disabilities Act, please contact:


Grant Ferguson

Manager of Technical Services

Engineering Services

Planning, Building, Engineering and Environment

1 Carden Street, Guelph ON N1H 3A1

T 519-822-1260 x 2251




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City removing eight buried drums from Wellington Street construction site Drums contain solvents or petroleum-based substances

Guelph, ON September 5, 2014 – Construction crews have discovered a total of eight 170-litre (45-gallon) drums while working on a construction site north of Wellington Street. Preliminary chemical analysis shows the drums contained solvents or petroleum-based substances. The City will begin removing the drums for disposal as requested by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC).

“The liquid and contaminated soil have been contained, and we will begin removing the liquid today,” said Majde Qaqish, project engineer.

The City is monitoring air quality in the area and performing further chemical analysis to identify the liquids.

The City conducted geotechnical scans before starting excavation on the site. A more detailed radar scan was completed yesterday. The area is a former landfill and the radar scan shows more debris buried underground.

“We’re treating the matter very carefully to ensure there’s no risk to people’s health and safety,” added Qaqish.

The City will continue posting updates about this project at


For more information

Majde Qaqish
Project Engineer
Engineering Services
519-822-1260 extension 2225

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