Public information centre for Stevenson Street and Green Meadow Park area stormwater management

Press release,

he City of Guelph is hosting a public information centre (PIC) on Thursday, November 13 as part of a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) looking at flood protection around Stevenson Street between Eramosa Road and Elizabeth Street.

The second PIC for this project will present the preferred alternative design concept for stormwater management for the area, with an opportunity for the public to ask questions and provide feedback.

“We strongly encourage anyone interested in the City’s stormwater management plans to come to this information session, especially those living in the immediate area,” noted Ike Umar, project manager with the City’s Engineering department. “This is a great opportunity for our community to see what is being planned, and to speak with project staff about any concerns they are having.”

PIC details

Thursday November 13, 2014
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Ottawa Crescent Public School, 75 Ottawa Crescent

The study area includes parts of Stevenson Street, Eramosa Road, Cassino Avenue, William Street, Elizabeth Street and Green Meadow Park.

The preferred alternative design concept includes:

· Constructing a new storm sewer on Stevenson Street from Eramosa Road Park to Cassino Avenue;

· Constructing a new storm sewer on Cassino Avenue from Stevenson Street to William Street; and

· Constructing a new storm sewer on William Street from Cassino Avenue to the outlet at Elizabeth Street.

More information about this project can be found online in the flood protection link under future construction projects at

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Guelph Community Foundation Assists Library in Opening Young Minds to a Lifetime of Learning

GPL press release.

The Guelph Public Library has been awarded a $4397 grant by the Guelph Community Foundation through its Community Grants Program. Thanks to this generous funding, the GPL will be able to open the minds of young children at the Main Library through the purchase of an Early Literacy Station (ELS). This comprehensive digital learning tool for children ages 2 to 8 years contains a plethora of award-winning educational games in each curriculum area (math, science, geography, reading, music/arts, writing, and reference). These programs have been carefully chosen for age appropriateness, educational value, ease of use, entertainment value, discovery and growth. This early literacy project is expected to be fully functional at the Main Library Children’s Department by early 2015. The Guelph Public Library Board, employees, and customers appreciate and applaud the support of the Guelph Community Foundation.

About the Guelph Community Foundation:

The Guelph Community Foundation is an independent, volunteer-driven charitable foundation whose purpose is to provide leadership in promoting community philanthropy and enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Guelph and surrounding communities. The Foundation pools the charitable gifts of many donors into permanent, income-earning endowments. Income from the endowments supports a wide range of charitable programs and activities. For more information, visit

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Local paramedics to provide more community care

Press release.

Guelph is one of 30 Ontario communities to receive provincial funding to develop a community paramedicine program to improve access to home care and support services for seniors and other patients with chronic conditions.

Speaking at an event in Thunder Bay on October 14, Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, announced the Province would support and invest $6 million in the expansion and development of community paramedicine programs across Ontario. Guelph is receiving $220,000.

Locally, two programs will be developed to improve access to homecare and support services for high risk seniors and other vulnerable populations. These programs will help seniors and other patients live independently longer, and reduce emergency visits and hospital admissions.

“This is great news for our community and for our paramedic service,” says Stephen Dewar, chief of Guelph-Wellington Emergency Medical Service. “Our community paramedicine program will allow our paramedics to better assist the people we serve and help to reduce the strain on an overcrowded emergency system.”

Implementation of the Guelph-Wellington Community Paramedicine Project is scheduled to begin next month. During phase one, paramedics with Guelph-Wellington Emergency Medical Service (GWEMS) will be trained and equipped to use the Community Referral by Emergency Medical Services model to send an electronic referral to the Waterloo Wellington Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) for follow-up patient care.

In this program, referrals are made by paramedics who respond to 911 calls based on a determination that a patient is in need of additional healthcare or support services. These referrals are made to the appropriate CCAC for further assessment and determination of the types of service best suited to the patient’s needs.

“For example, an elderly patient who falls and needs paramedic assistance in getting back up, but who is not injured and does not wish to go to the hospital, can be referred by a paramedic to the CCAC where he or she may be eligible for a falls-prevention program or other community service,” explains Dewar.

The second phase of the project involves the creation of the Community Health Assessment Program and paramedic participation in a study being conducted by McMaster University in Hamilton. Through this program community paramedics are placed within specific community settings such as a seniors’ building to provide health education and support to residents.

“Early study findings indicate that paramedics visiting apartment buildings with a high senior population and being available as a resource for residents can improve their health and reduce the number of medical calls to the building,” says Dewar, adding, “We are participating in the second phase of the study to verify that we can make a difference in buildings in Guelph.”

Earlier this year, GWEMS, along with members of Guelph Health Link, submitted a proposal asking the Province to invest funds into a local community paramedicine program.

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Official results and voter turnout released

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t’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

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City addresses longer than expected lineups

Press release.

Election staff at voting locations throughout Guelph has been reporting a stronger than expected turnout to City officials today.

In addition the City became aware of a syncing issue with the electronic voters’ list earlier this afternoon, which also lead to an increase in wait times.

“When voters were adding themselves or updating their information at the voting location it was taking longer than expected for their information to update,” says Stephen O’Brien, City Clerk. “Voters were still receiving their ballots, and the issue had no impact on the security of the list or ballots.”

To resolve the issue, the City implemented its backup plan, switching from a mobile desktop application to a web-based version of the same product.

“The switch-over has gone smoothly and is complete,” says O’Brien. “Originally, we opted for the mobile desktop application as it is designed for use at multiple locations. We knew however that the web-based version was there as a backup if needed.

“We would like to assure residents that the syncing issue has no impact on the results reporting,” says O’Brien.

Traditionally, the City had used paper lists at voting locations; however, the electronic list enabled the City to offer residents the option to vote anywhere within their ward.

The City will issue unofficial results as they come in this evening, with official results being issued October 28.

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Final touches on results gathering taking place

Press release.

The City of Guelph is putting the final touches on the Election Results Evening that will begin tonight at 8 p.m. in the Galleria at City Hall.

A seating area with coffee, tea and cookies will be provided for residents mingling and viewing the unofficial results. Unofficial election results can also be viewed live on
or residents can follow the City’s posts on Twitter (@cityofguelph) or Facebook.

It is anticipated that results will begin to be posted around 8:30 p.m. Official results will be released tomorrow, Tuesday, October 28.

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Master of my domain

Late in my first term on Guelph City Council, Cam Guthrie approached me in his role on the Guelph Mercury’s Community Editorial Board. He  was interested in my work using social media and in particular the Deuce for an article he was writing.

During our discussion, Guthrie mentioned that he had purchased several domains that I might be interested in.  These domains were variations on my name, Guelph and Ward 2. I was not interested in where he was going with the conversation and pursued it no further.

Now I understand this a little better. ian

PS I never did see that article so if it’s available. please forward.

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