A Long, Long Journey into Spring Theatrical Fundraising Event

GPL press release.

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The Guelph Public Library along with To Be Determined Theatre Company are thrilled to announce another exciting fundraising theatrical event, A Long, Long Journey into Spring, on Saturday, January 24th at 2:00PM in the Main Library (100 Norfolk Street).
Mischievous Jack Frost has struck again, this time stealing the sun and banishing everyone into a snowy, endless winter. Marley seems to be the only one brave enough to take on Jack Frost and fight for Spring – but she can’t do it alone!
During this 30 minute performance, the entire family (although aimed at children ages 3 to 8 years) is encouraged
to help from their seats as Marley goes on a memorable journey. With a little bravery, a lot of wit and even a bit of trickery, Marley might just have a chance to save Spring from this frosty villain.

Tickets go on sale at all library locations on Saturday, November 22nd for $7.00 each. Space is limited and no refunds will be permitted. All funds raised directly support the new main library’s children’s section. Don’t delay! Purchase your tickets early to avoid disappointment and help support the next chapter for a new main library in Guelph!

About the Guelph Public Library:

The Guelph Public Library Board and staff envision a future where our customers know us, trust us, are proud of us, and inspire us. The Guelph Public Library benefits the entire community by providing lifelong learning opportunities. We believe in the freedom to read, learn and discover.

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City announces Ward 3 recount results

Press release.

Today the City of Guelph completed the recount of all Ward 3 ballots as directed by City Council at yesterday’s meeting.

Recount of contest – Ward 3
Phil Allt – 2,299; 22.40%
June Hofland – 2,050; 19.97%
Craig Chamberlain – 2,045;19.92%
Maggie Laidlaw – 1,861; 18.13%
Bob Moore – 1,131; 11.02%
Jason Dodge – 878; 8.55%

As per the Municipal Election Act, the ballots were recounted in the same manner in which they were counted on October 27. Guelph’s City Clerk re-entered the online ballots and City staff inserted the advanced in-person and election day ballots into the same tabulators used at the Ward 3 voting locations.

“At the conclusion of the recount, the results remain the same as the official results released on October 28,” says Stephen O’Brien, City Clerk. “It’s not surprising the results are the same—tabulators and technology used in today’s elections eliminate most of the potential for human error and offer a high level of accuracy. But given the close results in Ward 3, a recount was the right thing to do, in part so the community and candidates could be assured the results were correct.”

With the election results finalized, City staff will begin to look deeper into the election data.

“We introduced a number of changes this year to make voting easier, more accessible and convenient for the community in hopes that voter participation would increase,” says O’Brien. “On election night, we saw voter participation did in fact increase by 11 per cent. Next we will look at how participation was spread across the city to see if and where we can make improvements in 2018.”

Election statistics will be posted on guelph.ca when they are complied.
Phil Allt and Councillor June Holfand will be inaugurated along with fellow Council members on December 1.

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City Hall reorganizes to deliver services better

Press release.

Last evening, Guelph’s Chief Administrative Officer informed Council of changes she is making to the City’s organizational structure to enhance the way the City operates by creating a more practical, straightforward structure.

The changes are expected to improve service delivery and result in quicker, more responsive outcomes for the community and Council. “Local governments are adapting to meet the needs of citizens,” says CAO Ann Pappert. “This change builds on the work we’ve undertaken over the last four years to refine and align functions into very practical working units. Doing so will better position us to deliver excellence in local government by providing outstanding municipal service and value.”

City services will now be managed through one of three service areas instead of five. A new service area called ‘public services’ will be overseen by current executive director of community and social services, Derrick Thomson. A second service area—infrastructure, development and enterprise—will be overseen by current executive director and CFO Al Horsman. A third service area—corporate services—will be overseen by current executive director of corporate and human resources, Mark Amorosi.

Mr. Thomson, Mr. Horsman and Mr. Amorosi will be retitled Deputy CAO for each of their service areas to reflect the breadth and scope of departments within each portfolio, and their role in assisting the CAO to ensure Council’s priorities are implemented effectively and efficiently.

With this change, two of the City’s longest-serving executive directors, Dr. Janet Laird and Derek McCaughan, of Planning, Building, Engineering and Environment, and Operations, Transit and Emergency Services respectively, are retiring from the City of Guelph. Their last day will be November 21, 2014. “I can’t overstate the importance of the contributions these two individuals have made over the past 30 years. Their work has shaped our city; their excellence and commitment to public service are truly admirable. On behalf of City staff, I thank them for their years of outstanding service.”

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Guelph Public Library Evening for Book Lovers Tickets on Sale!

GPL press release.

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Evening for Book Lovers 2015
Hi Friends!

Tickets for Guelph Public Library’s annual Evening for Book Lovers fundraiser are now on sale.

We hope you will be able to join us on Saturday February 28th 2015 for an evening of dinner, entertainment, and auction in support of the library.

Tickets are $85 per person / or $600 per table of 8, and can be purchased at

www.guelphpl.ca/gala/gala.cfm or at any library location until they are sold out.

Those who purchase a table will be entered into an exclusive draw at the event.

For additional event information please click
here
, or contact Kirsten at
kbester@guelphpl.ca
or 519.824.6220 ext.302.

Hoping to see you there!

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Notice of Recount

Staff memo.

Further to the direction provided this evening and as per the requirements of the Municipal Elections Act, please find attached the formal Notice of Recount for Office of Ward 3 Councillor.

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City Council endorses Ward 3 recount

Press release from MonDAY.

Tonight, City Council unanimously endorsed a recount of all Ward 3 ballots to confirm the accuracy and integrity of the election process and bring finality to the election for all parties.

Following the release of the official election results on October 28, Guelph’s City Clerk, Stephen O’Brien, advised that staff would recommend a recount of all Ward 3 ballots. Currently Phil Allt and Councillor June Hofland hold the Ward 3 Councillor seats. Craig Chamberlain is third after receiving five fewer votes than Hofland.

The Council-directed recount will be conducted tomorrow morning using the same ballots and vote tabulators as the original count on October 27. Ward 3 ballots that were cast online will be included in the count.

The City expects to release official results tomorrow after the City Clerk has reviewed and certified them. Results will be posted on guelph.ca/vote and the City’s social media channels.

Councillor Hofland declared a conflict of interest prior to Council voting to endorse the recount. (Councillors Burcher and Van Hellemond were not present at tonight’s Council meeting).

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Canadian superheroes led by real-life superheroes at the 2014 Guelph Community Santa Parade

DGBA press release.

2014 Guelph Community Santa Parade Event Date: Sunday November 16th

Location: Downtown Guelph

Admission: Free

Canadian superheroes highlighted at the newly extended 2014 Guelph Community Santa Parade

Canadian superheroes, cowboys and lots of elves will captivate the crowds in Downtown Guelph at the annual Community Santa Parade. Taking place on Sunday 16th November at 1.30pm, the parade will wind its way through historic downtown Guelph starting from Woolwich Street At Powell Street (previously Woolwich at London).

You can find the parade route map HERE.

The route has been extended north to accommodate the increase in spectators that the event saw in 2013.

The Guelph Food Bank will kick off the parade at 1.30pm and collect those non-perishable items.

With them you’ll find Canada Post collecting your letters to Santa.

At 1.45pm the grand parade opener will set off.

Canadian Superheroes such as Wolverine, Superman, Nelvana of the Northern Lights, Arrowhead, Captain Canuck and Equinox will be showcased on a float built by Turtleshell Studios.

Event organiser Sam Jewell says ‘people might know that Wolverine is Canadian, but lesser known is the fact that Superman was co-created by a Canadian and Clark Kent first worked at the Daily Star, based on the Toronto Star.

Also his hometown of Metropolis was based on Toronto’.

One of the two female superheroes, Nelvana of the Northern Lights, was Canada’s first ever comic book superhero in 1941 and was based on a real-life Inuit woman.

Cecile Lyall, who will play Nelvana at the parade, is from the same community as the original Nelvana and is excited to travel to Guelph for the parade. ‘She was a role model in my community and I’m very proud to be here and show her to the people of Guelph’.

Two real-life superheroes will act as Honorary Parade Marshalls and lead the event this year.

Tracy Couglin, a girl with autism, was told she would never talk or walk.

She has proved everyone wrong and done both.

Adrianna Vanos was 14 when she gave evidence to the police that led to the capture of a hit and run driver.

We are proud that they will lead our hero-themed parade.

An event at award-winning comics and games store, The Dragon, will give parade-goers the chance to meet with their superheroes.

Based in the warmth of Old Quebec Street Shoppes, the store will run the event directly after the parade and will have Captain Canuck costume creator Kalman Andrasofsky signing for fans, as well as Nelvana historian Hope Nicholson to tell us all about Canada’s first female superhero.

Also in attendance, local illustrator and creator of Arrowhead, Jay Stephens.

Historically the parade has been organized by a service club, namely The Kinsmen.

Now run by the Downtown Guelph Business Association, remaining Kinsmen, along with over 100 other volunteers will get floats in line on the day, keep the crowds safe, or don costumes and entertain the thousands of spectators.

Join us on Sunday November 16th
for entertainment, jiving and superhero story-telling.

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