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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Emergency Services – Routine Planning and Preparation EBOLA awareness.

Staff memo.

As the Ebola outbreak is being addressed across the world the City’s Emergency
Services management staff are closely monitoring any issues relative to our
local response plans around the spread of the virus. Hopefully these Plans will
not require implementation.

We are in regular contact with emergency planning staff from partner agencies
to review universal precautions and decontamination procedures. Any changes in
our approach will be guided by communication from the Medical Officer of Health
and communicated to local first responders, including police, firefighters, and

In addition, when appropriate, the Health Unit will communicate information
received from the Province and other sources to our response staff and members
of the public.

Furthermore, the City’s Emergency Response Plan provides a framework to guide
our response to identified risks for the community, including human health
emergencies such as the Ebola outbreak. We will share information widely if the
situation changes.


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City will lower flags in honour of yesterday’s tragedy

Press release.

The City of Guelph is lowering all flags at its buildings and facilities to half-mast in solemn recognition of the tragic events that took place in Ottawa yesterday; in
Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec on October 20; and in honour of t
he late Corporal Nathan Cirillo, a member of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada Regiment in Hamilton, who died yesterday, and Warrant Officer and Canadian Forces veteran Patrice Vincent, who died Monday.

“The thoughts and prayers of City Council and the entire Corporation of the City of Guelph are with the victims’ families today,” says Mayor Karen Farbridge. “The lowering of City flags is also an act in honour of residents and public service responders in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Hamilton and Ottawa.”

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Statement from the office of Mayor Karen Farbridge regarding shooting on Parli

From the Mayor’s office.

The news of a shooting on Parliament Hill has shocked our community. I have been in touch with our Member of Parliament, Frank Valeriote, and am relieved that he is safe and locked down on Parliament Hill. I am also glad to report that Guelph Chamber of Commerce President Lloyd Longfield, who is also in downtown Ottawa today, is safe.

I know all of Guelph joins me in hopes that emergency responders, members of the public, staff and elected officials are all kept safe and out of harm’s way as this crisis continues to unfold.

My thoughts and prayers are with the Canadian soldier who was shot at the War Memorial. I am grateful for the bravery of the police, House of Commons security guards, and emergency responders who are responding to this situation.

Our thoughts are with Ottawa as we pray for a speedy end to this crisis.

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Resumption of overnight parking restriction

Staff memo.

Please note the overnight parking restriction (2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m.) which is in effect annually resumes November 1.

To prepare the public for the return of this restriction and to provide information on the City’s parking exemption process, starting later this week

:Announcements will be placed in local print media (Tribune, Ontarion)

· Public information will be provided through the City’s web page and social media

· Public service announcements will occur on local radio stations

·Bylaw staff will attach advisory notices to vehicles found parked on-street during these hours As per our exemption process, weather permitting and under certain conditions, residents may request overnight parking exemptions by calling 519 836-PASS (7277) or on line usingthe City ’s “ How Can We Help You ” tab

. Inquiries or exemptions for extenuating circumstance can also be directed to
the Bylaw Compliance Office at 519 8 37-2529

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Coverage in the Toronto Star/ Challenge of transforming cities

Staff memo

We are delighted with the recognition the City of Guelph and our community partners , businesses and volunteers have received from Don Tapscott.

As you may know, last spring Don Tapscott wrote an article in the Toronto Star asking cities to meet 7 key challenges. In reviewing the article, I saw that Guelph has been doing great work in all 7 areas for the last several years. In fact, most of our Corporate Strategic Plan aligned to his insights.

So, beginning in the early summer months both myself and Barbara S have been reaching out to Don and his circle of colleagues to have him take a good look at our work here. We also asked the Mayor’s Office to reach out to him.

Seems that we were the only City to take this initiative and it has resulted in today’s article. Very exciting recognition for the great work of all involved.

This is the outcome of a great team effort and an example of the recognition our Corporation should expect now that we are building our relationships with intergovernmental agencies and documenting our work through public affairs. For another example, we published an article in this months’ Municipal World on “Transforming Local Government” and participated on an international panel at the “CityAge” – the Innovative City conference earlier this month in Waterloo. There, we highlighted our Open Government / Open Data work.

We hope to have more excellent coverage for our great city in the months to come!

Please let me know if you require any further information.

Below is the electronic article. We expect it will be published tomorrow in the Insight section.

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Ticats: Dateline June 13, 2012 5:30 PM

Staff memo from 2012.

You may be aware of the Opinion/Editorial in the Guelph Mercury this afternoon:–making-a-pass-for-cfl-football

This is a quick note to advise that City staff have contacted our counterparts at the University of Guelph and we hope to hear back from them tomorrow.

As per initiatives occurring in non- City owned facilities and at this time, the initial lead in undertaking a conversation with the Hamilton Tiger Cats would be the University of Guelph.

City staff are happy to support their mutual discussions and will advise you if this matter progresses.

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