Smoking bylaw

Resident’s comment.

Please accept this email in support of expanding the non smoking areas to include out of door activities. I used to coach my son’s baseball team in the summer and always thought it odd that the parents could smoke in their lawn chairs by the third base line and that the children would have to jog through the smoke in order to get onto the field. Many individuals are extremely sensitive to second hand smoke and some are asthmatic.

Guelph is a city with a reputation for trying to enhance their citizens’ health by the addition of bike trails and lanes, parks, and emphasis on making the city walkable. Smoking outside is the antithesis of your forward vision in this area. I would support the ban of smoking along trails, in all outdoor sports venues and gathering places such as the patios of drinking establishments. The hospital recently banned all smoking on hospital property for concerns of the health of our patients. Your initiative is just as important and sends the same message. Please contact me if you would like to discuss anything further. My views are individual but shared by others at this Community Health Centre, the College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Ontario Medical Association.SR

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City staff does not recommend licensing rental housing in Guelph

Press release.

After a thorough analysis of possible licensing programs and alternatives, and considering feedback from tenants, landlords, neighbours and other community stakeholders, City staff does not recommend licensing rental housing in Guelph.

A report on the matter will be discussed during a meeting of the City’s Planning Building Engineering and Environment Committee on Monday, May 5 at 2 p.m.

To protect the health, safety and well-being of people living in neighbourhoods with high concentrations of rental housing, the City is working with the University of Guelph and the Guelph Police Service to reduce the number and severity of complaints about excessive noise, litter, vandalism and other disruptive behaviour.

“Since 2007, we’ve made progress using enhanced zoning and by-law enforcement programs” said Rob Reynen, the City’s manager of inspection services. “While a licensing program may have some merit, it may not be the most effective or efficient way to address neighbourhood concerns. So, instead of licensing the business of rental housing, we recommend building on the success we’ve already had by enhancing enforcement and community education programs.”

The staff report highlights how licensing could improve the City’s ability to regulate rental housing by increasing access for inspection purposes, and requiring property owners to provide contact and property information. However, the cost of administering a licensing program would likely be passed on to tenants, and would not necessarily address concerns expressed by those living in neighbourhoods with high concentrations of rental housing.

Instead of a licensing program, City staff recommends continued enforcement of noise, nuisance-party and other by-laws and several enhanced enforcement activities such as pursuing search warrants to access properties suspected of non-compliance, cross-training inspectors to enforce building and zoning regulations, and increasing fines. Council may also be asked to consider adding one zoning enforcement officer as part of next year’s budget.

The report also recommends continued collaboration with community groups and stakeholders, and using existing resources to develop communications and education programs designed to discourage disruptive or disrespectful behaviour such as the Right Foot Forward, Move-In-Out Madness, and the Restorative Alternatives Pilot Program administered by the University of Guelph Off-Campus Living Office.

To address the committee regarding the report, members of the public are invited to register with the City Clerk’s office

by Friday, May 2 at 9 a.m. or send written comments to the City Clerk’s Office at

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Public Fouling Report and Data 2009 to 2014 (YTD)

A statistical report prepared by Guelph Police Services regarding public fouling.

The fine for public fouling in the City of Guelph is $365.

City of Guelph – Downtown Study – Public Urination 2009-2013 (1)

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Clean and GreenCommunity Clean Up takes place this Saturday

Press release.

More than 800 volunteers will help make Guelph a little greener this weekend by picking up litter in the community.
The 11th annual Clean and Green Community Clean Up takes place on Saturday, April 26 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Crews will spend the morning picking up litter in more than 80 locations around the city, including parks, trails and City boulevards.
At noon, Mayor Karen Farbridge will join volunteers, City staff, and sponsors at an appreciation barbecue in Riverside Park.
What Clean and Green Community Clean Up Appreciation Barbecue

Who Mayor Karen Farbridge
Clean up volunteers

Where Riverside Park, large picnic shelter
709 Woolwich Street, Guelph

When Saturday, April 26

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Bikes taking over the planet, or something

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Province appoints conciliator for City and ATU negotiations

Press release.

The Ontario Ministry of Labour (MOL) has appointed a conciliator, Greg Long, to assist with resolving outstanding labour bargaining matters between the City and the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1189.

Negotiations between the City and ATU are scheduled to resume May 13.

“We look forward to sitting down again with the ATU, with the help of a conciliator, and continuing negotiations to reach a mutually beneficial agreement,” said David Godwaldt, the City’s general manager of Human Resources. “We’re committed to negotiating a fair contract that balances competitive compensation for Guelph Transit employees and long-term affordability for Guelph taxpayers.”

The City requested the assistance of a conciliator from the MOL on March 27 to help move bargaining forward.

Since last fall, the City and ATU have met a total of 14 days to negotiate the terms of a new contract for the City’s 205 Guelph Transit employees. Although the discussions to date have been respectful, they have not achieved the progress the City expects.

For more information about the collective bargaining process and the previous contract agreement between the City and ATU Local 1189, visit

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Have your say on the Water Supply Master Plan update

Press release.

The City of Guelph is inviting residents and business owners from Guelph and surrounding areas to provide input on where and how the City will get its drinking water in the future. The Water Supply Master Plan update will define how Guelph will continue to access a safe and environmentally sustainable supply of water—for residential, industrial, commercial and institutional use—over the next 25 years.

The public is invited to drop by the Community Open House at City Hall on Tuesday, April 29, any time between 6–8:30 p.m., to learn more about the Water Supply Master Plan update. Project staff will be available for comments and questions that attendees may have regarding the project. A short presentation on progress to date will begin at 7 p.m., and will be followed by a formal question and answer session.

An estimation of how much water Guelph will need up until 2038 has been calculated. This estimation has been compared to how much water the current system can supply and, using established evaluation criteria, potential water supply alternatives have been identified to ensure an adequate supply of water into the future. Feedback from Guelph and surrounding communities will provide valuable insight into the work to date and help inform decision making around future water supplies.

Reviewing the existing water supply system is an opportunity for community discussion about how best to manage this vital supply so that Water Services can continue to provide the high level of service Guelph residents have come to expect.

This review is following the requirements of a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA). When finished—after the Water Supply Master Plan update is reviewed by the Guelph community and approved by Council—it will have identified constraints and opportunities related to the existing water supply system. The input provided at this community open house will help to identify the preferred water supply alternatives and the implementation strategy.

To find out more about the project, visit
and follow the link to the Water Supply Master Plan webpage.

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