City Hall reorganizes to deliver services better


Guelph, ON, November 18, 2014 – Last evening, Guelph’s Chief Administrative Officer informed Council of changes she is making to the City’s organizational structure to enhance the way the City operates by creating a more practical, straightforward structure.

The changes are expected to improve service delivery and result in quicker, more responsive outcomes for the community and Council. “Local governments are adapting to meet the needs of citizens,” says CAO Ann Pappert. “This change builds on the work we’ve undertaken over the last four years to refine and align functions into very practical working units. Doing so will better position us to deliver excellence in local government by providing outstanding municipal service and value.”

City services will now be managed through one of three service areas instead of five. A new service area called ‘public services’ will be overseen by current executive director of community and social services, Derrick Thomson. A second service area—infrastructure, development and enterprise—will be overseen by current executive director and CFO Al Horsman. A third service area—corporate services—will be overseen by current executive director of corporate and human resources, Mark Amorosi.

Mr. Thomson, Mr. Horsman and Mr. Amorosi will be retitled Deputy CAO for each of their service areas to reflect the breadth and scope of departments within each portfolio, and their role in assisting the CAO to ensure Council’s priorities are implemented effectively and efficiently.

With this change, two of the City’s longest-serving executive directors, Dr. Janet Laird and Derek McCaughan, of Planning, Building, Engineering and Environment, and Operations, Transit and Emergency Services respectively, are retiring from the City of Guelph. Their last day will be November 21, 2014. “I can’t overstate the importance of the contributions these two individuals have made over the past 30 years. Their work has shaped our city; their excellence and commitment to public service are truly admirable. On behalf of City staff, I thank them for their years of outstanding service.”


Tara Sprigg
Corporate Manager, Corporate Communications
T 519-822-1260 x 2610

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City Council endorses Ward 3 recount



Guelph, ON, November 17, 2014 – Tonight, City Council unanimously endorsed a recount of all Ward 3 ballots to confirm the accuracy and integrity of the election process and bring finality to the election for all parties.

Following the release of the official election results on October 28, Guelph’s City Clerk, Stephen O’Brien, advised that staff would recommend a recount of all Ward 3 ballots. Currently Phil Allt and Councillor June Hofland hold the Ward 3 Councillor seats. Craig Chamberlain is third after receiving five fewer votes than Hofland.

The Council-directed recount will be conducted tomorrow morning using the same ballots and vote tabulators as the original count on October 27. Ward 3 ballots that were cast online will be included in the count.

The City expects to release official results tomorrow after the City Clerk has reviewed and certified them. Results will be posted on and the City’s social media channels.

Councillor Hofland declared a conflict of interest prior to Council voting to endorse the recount. (Councillors Burcher and Van Hellemond were not present at tonight’s Council meeting).


For more information

Stephen O’Brien

City Clerk

Corporate and Human Resources

Office of the City Clerk

T 519-822-1260 extension 5644



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City staff will recommend Ward 3 recount



Guelph, ON, November 3, 2014 – The City Clerk’s office has begun to prepare for a Ward 3 recount in the event Council endorses staff’s recommendation to initiate a recount at its November 17 meeting. If it does, that recount would take place November 18.


The staff recommendation will form part of a report for Council that will be brought forth at the November 17 Council meeting – the first meeting of Council to take place following last week’s election.


If endorsed, the Ward 3 recount would include all ballots cast during the internet voting period, advanced in-person days and on election day, and be counted in the same manner they were on October 27. This means that all ballots cast in-person from Ward 3 would be put through the tabulators by City staff. Once complete, the tabulators would be closed and results entered into the results reporting system. In addition, the online ballots for Ward 3 would be re-uploaded. The results would be confirmed by the City Clerk and declared final.


While the decision for the recount remains with City Council, City staff is using the time leading up to the November 17 meeting to prepare for a recount with the intention of executing it promptly on November 18. According to the Municipal Elections Act, the City would have 15 days in which to execute the recount after Council has directed it but recognizing the desire of candidates, Ward 3 residents and community at large to know the results, City staff has begun the preparation.


For more information


Stephen O’Brien

City Clerk

Office of the City Clerk

T 519-822-1260 x 5644


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Official results and voter turnout released



Guelph, ON, October 28, 2014 – It’s official. After 19 days, 442 hours of voting, and 38,933 ballots cast, Guelph has elected its next City Council.


2014-2018 Guelph City Council


Mayor – Cam Guthrie

Ward 1 – Dan Gibson and Bob Bell

Ward 2 – Andy Van Hellemond and James Gordon

Ward 3 – Phil Allt and June Hofland

Ward 4 – Christine Billings and Mike Salisbury

Ward 5 – Leanne Piper and Cathy Downer

Ward 6 – Mark MacKinnon and Karl Wettstein


Election of the 2014-2018 City Council is only one part of Guelph’s election story. This year, the City of Guelph introduced a number of changes to make voting more accessible and convenient for everyone. The City’s hope was that these changes would lead to an increase in voter turnout.


Of the 86,574 of eligible voters, 45 per cent participated in the election. This marks an 11 per cent increase over 2010.


“We are pleased to see the increase in voter turnout this year,” says Stephen O’Brien, City Clerk. “We are also happy to see that the community embraced internet voting.”


Internet voting was offered during the advanced voting period from October 7 to 24, during which time 12,768 voters voted online. The City also introduced a “vote anywhere” option on advanced in-person voting days, October 15-19, which drew 3,036 voters. In total, Guelph cast 15,804 ballots (41% of total ballots cast) during the 18 day advanced voting period.


Casting a ballot on election day remained a popular choice, with 23,129 ballots (59% of total ballots cast) being cast from any location within their ward.


Overall, the 2014 election drew 38,933 ballots or 45 per cent of eligible electors compared to 28,072 or 34 per cent in 2010.


In response to questions regarding a recount in Ward 3, O’Brien will be recommending to Council on November 17 that a recount be endorsed in accordance with the Municipal Act’s Election legislation.


“Had there been a tie, we would have recount today; however the legislation is clear about when and how recounts can be requested,” says O’Brien. “Given the very close outcome of the Ward 3, a recount is prudent.”


The City also noted that there was a change in the recorded number of ballots today compared to the unofficial results posted last night. Upon reviewing and certifying the results today, as required by the Election legislation, it was discovered that seven ballots had not been processed. The ballots have since been processed and the results have been updated accordingly. The ballots, while changed the total number of ballots cast, did not change the position outcome for any race.


“Elections do not just happen overnight. They are the results of countless hours of work from staff and community members,” says O’Brien. “Thank you to everyone who assisted with this election and worked at a voting location either throughout the advanced voting period or on Election Day. We appreciate your time, enthusiasm and support.”


“On behalf of the Corporation of The City of Guelph, I would like to thank our outgoing Council for its commitment and service to Guelph over the past four years. City staff is looking forward to working with new and returning Councillors over the course of the coming term,” says Ann Pappert, Chief Administration Officer.


The City of Guelph will hold the inaugural Council meeting on December 1.


For the complete list of the City of Guelph’s 2014 election results, visit



For more information


Stephen O’Brien

City Clerk

Corporate and Human Resources

Office of the City Clerk

519-822-1260 extension 5644

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City taking soil samples on site where drums were found

Restoring flow of Howitt Creek until construction resumes

Guelph, ON, Monday, October 20 – This week, the City will begin taking soil samples from the site where construction crews found and removed eight 170-litre (45-gallon) drums of chemicals last month.

Discovering the drums

On September 2 and 3, eight 170-litre (45-gallon) drums of chemicals were found on a construction site near the Wellington/Hanlon interchange. The City contained the liquid and affected soil immediately and notified the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC). The City used clean soil to back fill the area. The liquid was transported from the site for disposal on September 5 and affected soil was transported for disposal on September 9 and 10.

Site scans and soil samples

On September 18, the City used electro-magnetic and ground penetrating radar surveys to study the construction zone near the Wellington/Hanlon interchange. The results show seven locations where the City could find large metal objects, and smaller metal objects were also detected along the project route.

“We’re taking all necessary precautions before doing any more digging,” said Kealy Dedman, City Engineer. “Based on the survey results we expect to find large metal objects, and we’ll have a spill response team on site for any materials we need to remove, contain or transport for safe disposal.”

As the regulatory agency involved, the MOECC approved the City’s plan to dig eight test-pits and analyze the soil in the area before resuming full-scale construction activity. The construction zone travels through three historic landfill sites and the City will clean up any materials found in the area as required by MOECC.

The City will report the soil sample results to the MOECC before making any further plans to resume construction of the Paisley-Clythe watermain.

“Our next steps will depend on the results of the soil analysis, and we’ll continue updating the community as we prepare to resume construction,” said Dedman.


Work near Howitt Creek to begin October 22

Also this week, the City will remove a temporary bypass pipe from Howitt Creek to restore its normal flow until full-scale construction resumes. The pipe was being used to restrict and redirect the flow of Howitt Creek during construction. This practice is common, and was approved by the Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA).

On September 21, with the flow of the creek restricted, heavy rain caused Howitt Creek to overflow and send water into the construction site. An Environmental Protection Officer inspected the area. The officer did not see any discharge from the excavated area or evidence of contaminated material flowing into Howitt Creek or downstream, but noted partial erosion of the bank separating the area from the creek.

The City contacted the MOECC about removing the pipe, and a Provincial Officer inspected the area on September 22. The Ministry has approved plans to remove the pipe, install a liner and use clean fill and rock or rubble to prevent further erosion and overflow.

Residents can report spills involving chemicals, oil, paint or any other suspicious materials by calling the Ministry’s Spills Action Centre at 1-800-268-6060.


Questions and answers about discovery of drums on construction site

Map of approximate test pit locations (print quality)

Paisley-Clythe feedermain project map (print quality)

Historic industrial and landfill activity near Wellington Street work site

September 15, 2014 Further sampling and tests required before resuming work on watermain

September 8, 2014 - Report identifies mixture of solvents found in buried drums

September 5, 2014 - City removing eight buried drums from Wellington Street construction site

September 4, 2014 - More drums unearthed on Wellington Street construction site

September 3, 2014 - Unknown liquid unearthed during construction near Wellington Street

About the project: York Trunk Sewer and Paisley-Clythe Feedermain

Media Contact

Kealy Dedman
City Engineer, City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2248

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Guelph, ON – October 20, 2014  — Guelph Arts Council (GAC) is pleased to be accepting applications for the sixth year of the Youth Opportunities Award. This award is made possible through the Youth Opportunities Fund, held by Guelph Arts Council, at Guelph Community Foundation. Each year, GAC offers the opportunity for local youth and citizens to apply for funds to support their youth led or youth specific initiatives. As always, the goal of this award is to assist local artists, not-for-profit groups, and youth to initiate, enhance, and expand opportunities involving the arts.


Projects should be innovative, original, and creative. Projects can include exhibitions, concerts, publications, classes, mentorship, and any other opportunity to engage youth in the transformative power of the arts. Preference will be given to applicants with a proven record of ability to effectively initiate, expand or enhance opportunities for youth in the arts.


The previous Youth Opportunities Award was presented to the Children’s Contemporary Art Collective of Guelph. The collective was created by local visual artists Carolyn Meili and Melissa Mazar whose goals in its creation were to eventually establish a not-for-profit gallery specifically for children.  The project for which the Collective requested support was a self-portrait study of Grade 3 students to be displayed at the 11th Annual Art on the Street. They described the portrait show as an excellent way “to encourage children to develop an interest in the arts by providing a public outlet through which they can express themselves.”


Applicants must complete the required application form available online at or at our office at 147 Wyndham Street Suite 404. The deadline for applications is November 14, 2014.


For more information contact the Guelph Arts Council at 519-836-3280 or at



For more information contact:


Sonya Poweska

Executive Director

Guelph Arts Council


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Southgate Drive site servicing


109 Southgate Drive at east leg of Southgate Drive at Laird Road



The project

This project will provide site servicing to 109 Southgate Drive. The work will be undertaken by Goetz Construction Ltd. under contract to the City of Guelph. The work will entail removal of the asphalt, excavation and installation of underground infrastructure and restoration of the road and shoulders once all services have been installed and commissioned. All work will be done within the City’s right of way.


Construction timeline

The construction is scheduled to begin October 14, 2014 and expected to be complete October 17, 2014, weather permitting.


Road closure

Southgate Drive will have a road closure planned to connect the watermain. All businesses with driveway entrances south of 70 Southgate Drive should enter from the east leg of Southgate Drive from Laird Road. All other businesses should enter Southgate Drive from the signalized intersection of Southgate Drive at Laird Road. Detour routes will be in effect for Guelph Transit services. More information will be available on or by calling 519-822-1811.


Property access and parking

There should be no driveway access closures but delays are to be expected for construction operations and equipment movement during normal business hours of 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at this location.


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 collection time and the contractor will arrange to move them to an appropriate collection area.


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


Construction project information is available on the City’s website at


For more information about the 109 Southgate Drive 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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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
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