City planting trees during National Forest Week

Press release.

In celebration of National Forest Week, September 21 to 27, the City is planting trees as part of the emerald ash borer (EAB) canopy recovery program in the Clairfield West neighbourhood.

Staff will be planting 366 trees including: silver maple, red maple, sugar maple, hackberry, serviceberry, red oak, and tulip tree.

Tree planting will continue until the end of October and will include parks and ash dominated neighbourhoods throughout the city.

“As part of the City’s Emerald Ash Borer Plan we are undertaking canopy recovery tree plantings to replace those trees impacted by EAB,” explained Martin Neumann, manager of Forestry. “City staff is planting trees during National Forest Week to celebrate the importance of our urban forest, and to recognize we all have a role to play in keeping our trees healthy.”

Guelph’s EAB Plan is a component of the City’s Urban Forest Management Plan, which strives to increase tree canopy.

The EAB plan includes the treatment, removal and replacement of City-owned ash trees. While the plan outlines measures to be taken for trees on City property, much of the community’s urban forest is located on private land. Residents can contact a certified arborist to arrange an inspection of an ash tree on their property. If an ash tree does not show signs of EAB infestation treatment is likely still an option.

Information about EAB and the City’s EAB Plan is available at
guelph.ca/eab
.

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Homecoming

Staff memo.

It is that time of year again. Tomorrow is Homecoming and a number of City Services and external agencies have collaborated to help promote a safe and successful event.

As in past years, some of the steps being taken include:

· Increased staffing levels for Police and Bylaw with proactive patrols being conducted throughout the day and night

· Property standard concerns observed will be forwarded to Property Standards staff for follow up

· Transit will be maintaining the waste receptacles at bus stops and monitor ing ridership to make adjustments as needed

· University student spirit teams will be visible in neighbourhoods encouraging proper behaviour and addressing minor waste issues

· University Campus Police will be working with the various agencies to address issues on University land

· Emergency Services staff will be reporting concerns they observe to Police for follow up

· Ontario Alcohol and Gaming Inspectors will be available to assist if needed

While w  hope our efforts will deter unwanted activities, an increase in calls for service is anticipated. To ensure appropriate action is taken in a timely manner, we are encouraging the public to contact the Guelph Police Service at 519 824-1212 should they have any concerns.

To provide further direction to Bylaw staff, I will be working, along with senior staff from the Guelph Police Service

In closing,

Go Gryphons go,  Staff

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Further sampling and tests required before resuming work on watermain

Press release.

Earlier this month, crews unearthed eight drums filled with industrial solvents during construction of the Paisley-Clythe feedermain near the Wellington Street/Hanlon Expressway interchange. The City halted the work, removed the liquid and is working with the

Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC)

to determine next steps before removing any remaining contaminated materials.

“Knowing the history of industrial and landfill activity in the area, we did several scans and tests before construction. Before work continues, we’ll conduct more detailed scans to gather more specific information so we can take further precautions if necessary,” said Kealy Dedman, City Engineer.

Next steps

The City, its consultant

MMM Group
, and the MOECC developed the following plan to be implemented over the coming weeks; before crews continue installing the watermain

Prepare an updated health and safety plan before continuing intrusive (digging) work
Perform geophysical and electromagnetic surveys of the area and report findings to the MOECC and

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health (WDGPH)
Following the results of the geophysical survey, the appropriate next steps will be determined and carried out following approval of the plan by MOECC

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Help Preserve Guelph’s Heritage – Donate to the Library’s Microfilm Fundraising Campaign

Library press release.

PRESERVE GUELPH’S HERITAGE:

DONATE TO THE LIBRARY’S MICROFILM FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN

Guelph, ON – The Guelph Public Library (GPL) along with local author David J. Knight have partnered to embark on a $13,900 fundraising campaign to help preserve Guelph’s rich heritage with the purchase of a new ViewScan III microfilm scanner reader.
This easy to use, world-class piece of archival equipment will turn local history into a more dynamic, accessible, and user friendly resource for researchers of all ages by helping to uncover, save, and preserve the lost past.

Historian and local author David J. Knight is thrilled to be part of the campaign and shares, “
Fundraising for a new microfilm scanner reinforces the mandate of the public library to facilitate the accessibility and encouragement of professional and independent researchers – and any member of the public – to explore and investigate the available primary sources of Guelph’s history. The archival research that is at the heart of my latest book, Guelph Versifiers of the 19th Century (Vocamus Editions 2014) would not have been possible without the openness of the Guelph Public Library and the expertise of its staff. To me, fundraising for this project is a demonstration of commitment to ensuring Guelph memories are saved for present and future generations. Lest we forget.”

The ViewScan III microfilm reader scanner fundraising effort will launch at 7PM on Thursday, September 25th at the Main Library’s (100 Norfolk Street) “
History Lives Here: Guelph Poets of the 19th Century
” book talk with David J. Knight. To make a donation to this local history preservation campaign, visit any GPL location or donate online via Canada Helps. The GPL appreciates the support of its community and looks forward to continuing to protect Guelph’s heritage!

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City of Guelph Wellbeing Grant Program – Open for Applications

Staff memo.

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 wellbeinggrants@guelph.ca . 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 guelph.ca/grants

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 karen.kawakami@guelph.ca

2015 Grant Program FAQs

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Dolime/RVD Mediation

Staff memo.

Although we are in a legal mediation process and this update is confidential and subject to solicitor-client privilege, Councillors can publically release/discuss the following facts:

•The City has been working for the past five years to address a long term risk to the City’s drinking water associated with quarrying operations at the Dolime Quarry, located adjacent to the City’s western boundary;

•Under its present license, the quarry’s owner is permitted to excavate through the Vinemount Member, a geological formation which provides natural protection to the municipal aquifer from which City supply wells draw water. As a consequence, portions of the Vinemount member have been breached. In the City’s view, until this breach is repaired, and a long term management plan is put in place, the situation presents a serious and continuing long term risk to the City’s drinking water supply.

•In May 2014, the City won an application before the Environmental Review Tribunal for leave to appeal a recent Ministry of Environment decision to extend the Permit to Take Water at the quarry. This sets the stage for a hearing on whether or not a management plan to address the long term repair of the Vinemount , comprehensive monitoring program and financial assurances requirements should be imposed on the quarry.

•The parties to the hearing, (the Ministry of the Environment, the quarry owner and the City) have now agreed to adjourn this hearing and try to find solutions with the assistance of an independent mediator with extensive experience in resolving environmental disputes.

•The parties have also agreed that the quarry operator will maintain a limitation on excavation in the Vinemount Member, to ensure the breach will not be increased while the mediation and hearing process is on-going.

• A mediation session has been scheduled for October 22, 2014. The City is hopeful this mediation session will chart a course for putting in place workable solutions without the need for a lengthy hearing.

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

Press release.

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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