A good news story and a Ward 2 celebration of it!

Hello Twovians…

City Council last year voted unanimously to update our innovative Community Energy Initiative, a long term plan to be more sustainable and “green” in our energy use. So it seems appropriate to announce this on St. Patrick’s Day. The celebration is being held in Ward 2’s own Youth Music Centre this Sunday! Read on, and thanks. James

Guelph celebrates ninth solar energy installation

Guelph, Ont., March 17, 2017 – The City of Guelph now has nine solar photovoltaic systems installed across the city, as part of the City’s commitment to generating more local, renewable electricity in support of Guelph’s Community Energy Initiative and the Corporate Energy Management Plan.

“Last week clean solar electricity started flowing from the City’s ninth photovoltaic system, located on the roof of the Lyon Park pool building,” explains Alex Chapman, manager of the newly created Climate Change Office. “These types of projects further Guelph’s position as a solar energy champion.”

Solar photovoltaic systems have been installed at the following City-owned facilities:
·         Lyon Park pool (301 York Road)

·         Guelph Fire Headquarters (50 Wyndham Street South)

·         Fire Hall #3 (115 Stone Road West)

·         Fire Hall #5 (380 Elizabeth Street)

·         Lawn Bowling Club (124 Gordon Street)

·         City of Guelph Operations building (45 Municipal Street)

·         River Run Centre (35 Woolwich Street)

·         Speedvale water tower (461 Speedvale Avenue West)

·         Guelph Youth Music Centre (75 Cardigan Street)

The electricity generated from the systems is sold to the Independent Electricity System Operator as part of the MicroFIT program, adding electricity into the provincial grid.  Each system produces slightly more electricity per year than that used by an average Ontario home. Total revenue generated from the nine sites since 2014 is $91,000.

The systems are owned by Envida Community Energy Inc., with the exception of 745 Cardigan Street, which is owned by the Guelph Youth Music Centre. These partnerships allow the City to work with community organizations to generate revenue that is invested back into the community and the City.

“By generating clean electricity from solar panels installed on the roofs of City buildings and land under the Speedvale water tower, Envida Community Energy Inc. is proud to be contributing to community well-being,” says Pankaj Sardana, Chief Executive Officer of Envida Community Energy Inc.

“It’s hard to believe it has been almost three years  since our decision to install ‎solar panels, generate power and move to renewable energy,” says Gabriella Currie-Ziegler, Executive Director of the Guelph Youth Music Centre. “Our mandate is to enrich the lives of children and youth through music and the arts, and within that, help to create a better future. Solar energy helps ensure a better tomorrow and that’s important to us.”

Guelph Youth Music Centre is celebrating a free “Solarversary” event this Sunday, March 19 at 1 p.m. Visit the GYMC Solarversary and Orchestral Performance webpage to register.


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Neighbourhood meeting for Ward 2 development proposal

Hi folks…. here’s a kind of late announcement for an important meeting if you live in the Woodlawn/Victoria part of the best ward, ward 2. Hope to see you there.



Neighbourhood Meeting and Open House for
A Revised Development Proposal at 671 VICTORIA ROAD NORTH

Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 7pm
City Hall, Room 112

Meeting Purpose:
Interested members of the public are invited to view, discuss and comment on a revised development proposal for the property at 671 Victoria Road North, located on the northeast side of Victoria Road between Wideman Boulevard and Mussen Street.

Meeting Format:
The proposed plans will be available to view and the applicant will give a brief presentation outlining the revised proposal at 7:30 pm. The applicant and City Staff will be available to answer questions and listen to your feedback about the proposal from 7pm til 8:30 pm.

Site History:
A rezoning application was filed for this site in March, 2016 and a statutory public meeting on the lands was held on May 9, 2016 for a proposal to create 2 mixed use commercial and residential buildings that were 6 storeys each with a total of 124 apartment units, together with a small 1 storey commercial building. Neighbouring residents raised concerns about this proposal at the public meeting so the applicants have developed an alternative rezoning proposal for the site. Information about this original rezoning application is available on the City’s website, guelph.ca, by searching “current development” and the property’s address, 671 Victoria Road North.

New Proposal:
The revised plans propose a small commercial plaza near the corner of Victoria Road North and Wideman Blvd, with the remaining portion of the site developed with 64 stacked townhouse units, with each building being 4 storeys high (see attached concept plan). This proposal will require rezoning from the current NC-9 (Specialized Neighbourhood Shopping Centre) Zone to a new cluster townhouse zone, with specialized regulations for increased density, increased height, increased building coverage, reduced landscape open space, reduced common amenity area and reduced minimum lot area per unit. If the applicant proceeds with this proposal, the rezoning application will need to be revised and taken back to City Council for a statutory public meeting and then for a decision by Council at a future date.

For more information, please contact:
Katie Nasswetter
Senior Development Planner
519-822-1260, extension 2356

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Free Family Day Event at the Sleeman Centre


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by | February 19, 2017 · 11:02 pm

Special prayer Service at Ward 2 Mosque

Hello Ward 2, just a quick note to say that in light of the tragedy at the Quebec Islamic Centre there will be a special prayer service tomorrow, Friday, at Guelph’s oldest Mosque, Mashjid Aisha, at 44 Marlborough Rd here in our ward.

The prayers start at 1:30 pm, and I will be making remarks on behalf of the city at about 1:50 pm.

I’ve always found Mashjid Aisha to be a very welcoming place for all. I urge you to attend to show solidarity for a community that is grieving. Our Muslim neighbours and friends are a genuine asset to our city.




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Update on meetings about Guelph Hydro’s future

Interested in the future of Guelph Hydro? The special council meeting, scheduled for Wed. Feb 15th at 6 pm, is public and there WILL be delegations. Council will be receiving a report about options for the future of our utility. I would encourage you to attend, and to delegate if you have input to share.
Delegations would be 5 minutes long, and delegates would need to sign up at clerks@guelph.ca by the Friday before. Please pass the word, and make sure people are directed towards the survey at energizingtomorrow.ca There is other helpful info there.

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Discussions on the future of Guelph Hydro

Hi folks… I wanted to make sure you knew about upcoming meetings concerning an issue important to all of us. The future of Guelph Hydro.

The city Strategies and Options Committee is conducting a wide variety of community engagement activities surrounding the future of Guelph Hydro. They are asking people what is most important to them as we consider opportunities for our local electricity distribution utility.
Open houses in Guelph:
Tuesday, January 17
1:30-3:30 p.m. or 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Guelph City Hall
1 Carden Street, Guelph
·        Online, there is opportunity for questions and comments at:
and there is a    Three-question poll – this page has some important information upfront that leads into the poll. – it’s at


·        Key stakeholder engagement including with Guelph Hydro employees, key large industrial and institutional customers, the Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Guelph Business Association, Evergreen Seniors Association and others is underway.

The decisions we make about the future of our utility have major consequences for all of us. I urge you to participate.




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Residential plow out scheduled for January 10 in Guelph

Residents asked to move parked cars off streets

Guelph, Ont., January 10, 2017 – A residential plow out is scheduled to start at about 2:30 p.m. today, and will continue until all roads are plowed.

Typically a plow out is completed within 24 hours. Drivers returning home this evening may discover a windrow at the base of the driveway or that the road has not yet been plowed.

To accommodate the plow out, residents are asked to move parked vehicles off streets to allow plows to pass.

The City reminds residents of the following to stay safe during the snow storms:

·         Allow for extra commute times and drive according to road conditions.

·         Please be patient with sidewalk clearing operations. If you’re able, please help clear sidewalks near your property. Seniors and residents with a physical disability who require assistance shovelling can call Snow Angels at 519-822-1155.

·         Keep fire hydrants clear of snow.

·         Do not place waste carts on top of snow banks or on the road as these pose obstacles to the City’s snow clearing operations. Instead shovel a spot for your carts, or place them in the driveway one foot from the curb.

·         Help keep storm drains and catch basins clear to prevent flooding.

·         To keep roads safe and accessible, do not park across from another vehicle or driveway, and whenever possible, move parked cars off the streets to make room for snowplows.

Get tips on driving safely at guelph.ca/seasonal/winter-driving-tips and parking information at guelph.ca/how-can-we-help-you/residential-parking-enforcement/.

The City’s winter maintenance service helps ensure community safety every day, and in the event of extreme weather. The minimum threshold for a plow out is eight centimetres.

Please wait 12 hours after the end of a storm to report a road snow or ice issue, and 48 hours for a sidewalk snow or ice issue. Use the “How can we help you?” section on guelph.ca or call 519-837-5628 and include your name, contact information and the exact location.

Continue to check guelph.ca, Facebook and Twitter for updates about City services that might be affected by the weather including recreation programming, public transit, and garbage pickup.

For more information

Terry Dooling
Manager, Public Works
519-822-1260 extension 3346

Doug Godfrey
General Manager, Operations
519-822-1260 extension 2520

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