It was reported in the July 5 edition of the Guelph Tribune that the Province does not regard Guelph as a “single tier municipality” but rather a “separated city”.
Feeling confused (and apparently “nuts”), I asked my crack research staff to provide some clarification. A quick internet search lead us to the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs website on Local Government: http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page8391.aspx
Low and behold there is a definition of Single Tier Municipalities. Guelph even get referenced as an example.
“Single tier municipalities are also referred to as local municipalities and include:
• single tiers created by the amalgamation of former regions, such as the cities of Toronto, Ottawa, Hamilton and Greater Sudbury (generally large, self-contained service areas with sole responsibility for all municipal services, including all consolidated municipal services)
• single tiers created by the amalgamation of former counties, such as the Municipality of Chatham-Kent and the City of Kawartha Lakes (with sole responsibility for most municipal services, including most consolidated municipal services)
• separated municipalities in southern Ontario – such as the cities of Cornwall, Barrie, Brockville, Brantford, Guelph, Kingston, London and Windsor, the towns of Gananoque, Prescott, Smiths Falls, St. Marys and the Township of Pelee – which are not members of the upper tier municipalities in which they are geographically situated, although they share responsibility with them for consolidated municipal services and some other services
• all municipalities in northern Ontario.”
So there you have it. Guelph is a single tier municipality as defined by the Province.
Assertive maturity doesn’t need to be this hard. ian