Mayor Farbridge reply to Carson Reid of Guelph and Wellington Development Association

From the office of the Mayor.

September 18 2014 Mayor reply to Carson Reid of Aug 27 2014 (1)

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Guelph to benefit with 33 new trees

Press release.

The City of Guelph has received a donation of 33 trees and nine shrubs for its landscaping project at the Guelph Youth Music Centre.

Andrew Lambden, from Terra View Homes, and the Nicholas Lambden Memorial Children’s Foundation made the donation through the City’s
Greening Guelph
program as part of an ongoing commitment to give back to the community by enhancing Guelph’s public spaces.

Greening Guelph is a donation program to increase the green canopy in Guelph and aligns with the City’s
Urban Forest Management Plan
Natural Heritage System
(Official Plan Amendment 42).

“Trees, plants and shrubs are an integral part of our environment and a valuable asset to our community as they help clean the air, conserve energy, and make Guelph’s public spaces more beautiful and enjoyable. Andrew’s donation will also enhance biodiversity among tree species, and increase tree canopy throughout the site,” says Stefan Ilic, landscape technologist with the City.

Today and tomorrow, the City, tree supplier Chaplinksi Farms, and Lambden will be onsite to plant the trees and shrubs. The following week, with help from community members, the new tree and shrub plantings will get a one-time application of termite resistant pine bark nugget mulch to help establish the roots.

“Our goal, as part of the City’s site plan guidelines, is to soften the views between the parking facility and roadway to enhance aesthetics for the neighbouring residents and facility tenants,” says Ilic.

In addition to the landscaping project, five years ago Lambden worked with the City and a committee of local residents to design the music centre’s new parking lot. Part of that design included keeping a number of established trees and installing underground infiltration galleries to minimize construction disturbances in Goldie Mill Park and to protect the Speed River.

To recognize the landscaping donation, which also includes equipment and labour, the City plans to hold a tree dedication ceremony at a later date. In 2012, the City received a $400,000 donation from the Nicholas Lambden Memorial Children’s Foundation to help build the outdoor skating rink and water feature in Guelph’s Market Square.


Tree and shrub planting


Andrew Lambden, from Terra View Homes, and the Nicholas Lambden Memorial Children’s Foundation
Chaplinksi Farms


Guelph Youth Music Centre
75 Cardigan Street, Guelph


Thursday, September 25 and Friday, September 26
9-11:30 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.

About the Guelph Youth Music Centre

The Guelph Youth Music Centre, established in 1992, is a unique facility that educates, enriches and fosters the development of Guelph’s youth through music and the arts. The Centre’s building, owned by the City of Guelph, is located in Goldie Mill Park beside the ruins of the old mill beside the Speed River.

About the Nicholas Lambden Memorial Children’s Foundation

The Nicholas Lambden Memorial Children’s Foundation Fund is administered by the Guelph Community Foundation and was established by Guelph residents Andrew Lambden and Sue Lambden. The Fund was created to honour the memory of Nicholas Lambden, who touched many lives with his kind heart, and to raise funds to support children’s sports, education and recreation initiatives.

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#HappyMaking Pianos

From newlyweds.

On Saturday September 20th AB and I were married. That evening after the wedding festivities had concluded we slipped away from our B&B and took a stroll downtown. Along our journey we came across a piano in a transit shelter. We were rather amused by this strange piano in the shelter and thought we should take advantage of this unique opportunity. Unknown to us a passerby happened to come upon a presumably even more odd vision: a couple of newlywed’s still in their tuxedo and wedding gown, playing the piano, in a transit shelter, in the center of town, late at night. That passerby captured that moment in a photo. We were completely unaware.MV


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Let’s Launch Project Neutral Guelph Together!!!

emarge launch

Get out your Networks and help eMERGE launch Project Neutral Guelph!

eMERGE Guelph will be hosting a Free BBQ on Oct 1st 11:30- 1pm at City Hall. Join us to hear all about what Project Neutral has to offer.

You will have the chance to meet and greet eMERGE Staff and Partners, hear some awesome speakers and Win Prizes!!!

Schedule of Events:

11:30 Project Neutral BBQ Kick-Off

11:40 Steve Yessie and Karen Nasmith

Welcome Project Neutral to Guelph

12:00 Mary-Kate Gilbertson

Announcement of eMERGE’s newest Pathway

12:20 Alex Chapman

Where does Project Neutral Fits in Guelph’s Economy

12:40 Karen Farbridge

Official Welcome from Guelph’s Mayor

1:00 Farewell and Thank you

Joining eMERGE and Project Neutral are some great organizations leading the way toward resource efficiency

Transition Guelph, City of Guelph Water, Waste and Transit Services, Guelph Hydro, Elora Environment Center, Summer Chef School Guelph, CarShare, Guelph Solar, Think Green Solutions, GCAT, Speed River Bicycle

Help us get the word out and make this the biggest launch Guelph has seen yet! Invite your boss, co-workers, friends, and families. All are Welcome!

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City of Guelph warns residents of door–to–door sales scam

Press release.

The City of Guelph and Guelph Police Services have learned that residents are being approached by sales people who claim to represent the City for the purposes of selling water treatment systems. Sales people are asking to enter residents’ homes to view or inspect their water systems.

“City employees do not go door–to–door selling water–related products,” said Peter Busatto, Water Services General Manager. “Any City employee visiting a residence will carry photo identification, and anyone being approached by those claiming to represent the City, or asking to enter their home, should request to see official identification.”

There is currently no mandate, from the provincial or federal government, or the City of Guelph, requiring residents to install additional filtration equipment on their water systems.

If residents are suspicious of any sales people coming to their door, they are encouraged to call Guelph Police Services for assistance at 911 or 519-824-1212 extension 0.

Those wishing to report a visit can call Water Services at 519-837-5627.


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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

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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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