City seeks community input on Guelph Trail Master Plan

Twould be great to get some Ward Twovians out to this! Just sayin’ !

Guelph, Ont., October 13, 2017 – The City of Guelph is gathering community input as part of the Guelph Trail Master Plan (GTMP) Update project.

The Guelph Trail Master Plan provides strategic direction and specific guidelines for work related to City trails, including trail planning, land securement, funding, design, implementation, operation, promotion and maintenance.

“Updating the existing master plan is an opportunity for us to incorporate additional items such as new trail design guidelines, a trail promotion strategy, revised trail routes, and new types of trail facilities,” says Helen White, a park planner with the City.

Trail user groups are invited to attend an information session, including presentation, from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, October 17 at Guelph City Hall. A drop-in session for land owners and developers is being held between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Wednesday, October 18 in the Galleria inside City Hall.

For the public, a drop-in information session is being held on Thursday, October 19 between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Guelph Public Library, 100 Norfolk Street. A second session takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Evergreen Seniors Community Centre, 683 Woolwich Street.. A formal presentation gets underway at 7:30 p.m.

Residents are also invited to stop by the GTMP booth on Saturday, October 21, between 7 a.m. and noon, at the Guelph Farmers’ Market, 2 Gordon Street.

Starting October 19, residents can also provide input by completing the online survey at Deadline for input is November 10.

An updated GTMP will reflect best practices, be consistent with the Official Plan and coordinate the City’s other trail-related guidelines, policies and strategies such as the Facility Accessibility Design Manual, Cycling Master Plan, and Active Transportation Network.

For more information, including study area and the Trans Canada Trail Route Selection Study, visit and click on Guelph Trail Master Plan Update.



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Once-a-month evening community meeting begins this Thursday

“Pie And Politics”, the evening version of the popular “Politics and Pancakes” Breezy Corners breakfast conversations, begins this Thursday Oct 12th.
The Thursday morning sessions hosted by councillors Phil Allt and James Gordon have become an important way to get public input on important city issues. They have been an overwhelming success, with the Breezy Corners Family restaurant filled to capacity with a great cross-section of Guelphites interested in contributing their ideas and learning more about our city. Often with special guests who make presentations on topics like transit, energy, the new library, taxation, waste and water issues, the meetings have become primers for upcoming council meetings.
There’s been a demand for an evening session for those who have trouble getting to the breakfasts, so Allt and Gordon are presenting the first of a once-a-month ‘second Tuesday” session THIS THURSDAY Oct 12th at 7 pm.
For more information contact or


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Survey about our library ends this week.



Hi again Twovians. This fall council will be considering how to proceed with plans for a new main library branch, which is about 30 years out of date! We’d love to have your input. Here’s a note from Virginia Gilham from the Friends of the Libary, encouraging you to participate in a short survey to help gauge the direction we should be going in.

It just takes a minute. Go for it! And as a member of the library board AND a councillor, I’d be happy to chat with you one-on-one about this.

Virginia writes:
What is your vision for the Guelph Public Library? How do you use the current facilities? The Guelph Public Library needs your help to articulate a new strategic plan for 2018 – 2022. This is your opportunity to let the library know how you use your library, how you find out about what’s going on, and what you would like to see offered in the future. YOUR input into this process is critical as this is YOUR community library!

A short, online survey is available until August 31 at

Please take a few minutes to complete it!

This strategic planning process is an opportunity for you to provide input into how a new main library may serve the public for decades to come. The need for a new main library has never been more critical, but a replacement is still far from a “sure thing”. The building does not meet current barrier-free accessibility standards and is in dire need of repair. The City’s archives, which are housed in the basement, are at risk of flood damage. Librarians have to cull still-current resources as there is not enough shelving to house everything the public demands.

Community support for the library has never been needed more than right now..

Wouldn’t you like to enjoy the same services, programs, and resources that are already being provided in other communities across the country? Show your support for your community library by completing this survey, and encouraging others to complete it, too.

If you have already completed the survey, thank you!

Virginia Gillham,
Friends of the Guelph Public Library

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Backpack project needs help at Brant Ave.

Hi folks, hope you are having a great summer. I’ll be communicating more with you after Labour Day as council gears up again. ( And speaking of Labour Day, it’s a great annual Ward 2 event at Riverside Park. I’ll be there. Come say hi. )

The Brant Avenue Neighbourhood Group is trying to make sure kids going back to school next week have backpacks, lunch bags and supplies. They are doing great work in our Ward, and I’d encourage you to help.

Here’s the note I received from them this morning. I hope you can make a donation towards this great cause. I did. It felt like a good way to support this great Ward Two organization.

Lynne Kloostra writes:

“We have currently have a wait list of approximately 15 backpacks and wonder if anyone would be willing to help with a monetary donation or an actual backpack, lunch bag and / or supplies.

We have an organization doing a drive now and they may be able to help with some of these but it won’t be until Sept 6th and we won’t know what we are getting until then either. We would really like to see these kids have their backpacks to go back to school with on Tuesday?

Please ask others in your organization as well and let us know.

We can pick money or supplies up if you are able to assist at all?

Thanks and have a great day!

Lynne Kloostra
Neighbourhood Support Worker
Brant Avenue Neighbourhood Group


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Guelph Natural Heritage Action Plan Survey

Of interest to many Ward Twovians, I urge you to add your voice to this discussion. It’s relevant this week in our city after the controversy around the permit to cut close to 2000 trees on the former LaFarge lands was granted.

Do you care about Guelph’s plants, animals and ecosystems?


Guelph is working on its Natural Heritage Action Plan, and we’d like your input.

With your help, the action plan will:

· identify and prioritize Guelph’s environmental and natural heritage goals
· develop actions to encourage healthy communities
· create a framework for Guelph’s Official Plan policies specific to the natural heritage system and watershed planning as they relate to climate change and sustainability planning

Have your say

To get started, we’d like you to tell us why natural heritage matters to you. We’ll use your input to help define major themes of the action plan, and create more community engagement activities later this year.

Take the Natural Heritage Action Plan Survey:

Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts about Guelph’s Natural Heritage Action Plan.

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Ward 2 Meeting about new transit Routes Thursday July 20th

Good morning Twovians…. here’s a note from city staff about upcoming presentations about our new transit routing. The first is in our ward- so hop on the bus and come on down to the Evergreen Centre!

Here’s the schedule: Hope to see you there:

Starting Thursday, July 20, we will be holding a series of information sessions to present the new routes to the community, and answer questions.
We invite City Council and the Executive Team to join us at these sessions to learn more. I encourage you to share on your social media sites!! These sessions are

Thursday, July 20 at Evergreen Centre (Staff presentation)
10:30–11:30 a.m.

Wednesday, August 23 at City Hall (Staff presentation)
7–8 p.m.

Saturday, August 26 at Stone Road Mall (Question and answer period, no presentation)
11 a.m.–3 p.m.

Details of the new routes are available on

That’s all for now folks. Hope to see you at Hillside tonight. Though It’s just outside the city limits, it’s KINDA in Ward 2!


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Summer water fun starts Saturday!

Guelph, Ont., June 9, 2017 – The City’s splash pads, wading pools and outdoor pool will be open weekends starting tomorrow, June 10, with the exception of Northview, South End and Jubilee splash pads.

Weekend splash pad hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and daily operation begins Monday, June 26.

Construction on the Northview splash pad is nearing completion and the City expects the splash pad will open on June 26. South End should open later this month, and Jubilee will open mid-July once unscheduled repairs are completed. Residents should check the City’s website, for opening dates.

Lyon Leisure Pool, located at 258 York Road, begins daily operation on Thursday, June 29. Public swims are from 1 to 8 p.m. daily with additional swims on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon. Leisure swims are Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to noon. Regular admission fees apply.

Mico Valeriote Park wading pool will open daily beginning Friday, June 30 from 11 a.m.. to 3 p.m. and the wading pools in Sunny Acres and Exhibition parks will open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 to 7 p.m.

The splash pads, wading pools and Lyon Leisure Pool close for the summer season on Tuesday, September 5.

The Market Square water feature operates daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. until September.

Admission is free at the splash pads, wading pools, and water feature. Residents should check, Twitter or Facebook for any closure notices due to inclement weather or maintenance.


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