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.

thankyou

James

 

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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:
http://energizingtomorrow.ca/questions-answers/#.WHU80IW7R7l
and there is a    Three-question poll – this page has some important information upfront that leads into the poll. – it’s at

http://energizingtomorrow.ca/have-your-say/#.WHU9O4W7R7l

·        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.

thanks

James

 

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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
Operations
519-822-1260 extension 3346
terry.dooling@guelph.ca

Doug Godfrey
General Manager, Operations
519-822-1260 extension 2520
doug.godfrey@guelph.ca

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Riverside Park Rink open!

Riversiderink

Thanks to our great Ward 2 volunteers, the prettiest rink in Guelph is now open and ready for your enjoyment. Riverview Dr. on the East Side of Riverside Park. Get out and make the most of these cold crisp days!

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Happy New Year Ward 2!

Greetings from the Deuce. Wishing you all a safe and fulfilling new year. I’m excited about continuing to work with you, and I want to make sure we stay connected around ward and city concerns.

Here’s a link to an inspiring Ward 2 story in Guelph Today. Two of our valued residents have a project that to me embodies the best in community engagement, innovation and compassion. Things we all need to thrive! Thanks to Lynn and Terry for continuing your advocacy for a number of important issues in our ward. Here’s the story:

https://www.guelphtoday.com/local-news/a-special-place-for-those-with-special-needs-497971

If YOU have a Ward 2 story to share… let me know and I’ll post it here! All the best,

James

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Holiday waste sorting and collection tips

Happy Holidays Ward Twovians! Looking forward to collaborating with you on making ours the BEST ward in 2017!

Here’s something helpful from the city….all the best

James
Sorting waste during the holiday season is easy with these holiday waste tips from the City of Guelph.

Be a good sort this holiday
·         Gift wrappings, including wrapping paper, paper tubes, gift bags (not coated in plastic, handles removed), tissue paper, cardboard fruit crates, and cards all go into your blue cart.

·         Poinsettias, natural greenery, and food scraps including fat and grease cleaned up with paper towel go into your green cart.

·         Ribbon, bows, foil wrapping paper, gift bags coated in plastic, plastic wrap, bubble wrap, wood fruit crates, strands of lights, extension cords—aren’t recyclable or compostable—so they go into your grey cart.

·         Don’t pour that turkey fat down the drain! Fat cools and blocks home and City pipes, creating costly problems. Scoop fat with paper towels or newspaper and throw it out with food scraps in your green cart, or pour fat into a sealable container and throw it in your grey cart.

·         Strands of lights and extension cords can be recycled for free, if brought to the Recycling Zone (Gate 3) at 110 Dunlop Drive.

·         Not sure where something goes? Try Sort Right. Just type in the item and we’ll let you know how to reuse, recycle or dispose of it correctly.

Holiday ready at the curb
·         Curbside waste isn’t collected on Boxing Day (December 26) and January 2. Waste collection will be one day later the last week of December and first week of January. Check your collection schedule for details.

·         Please have your carts at the curb by 6:30 a.m. on your collection day.

·         Did you know your cart can be put out at the curb any time after 5 p.m. the evening before your collection day?

·         Not sure what your collection day is? Use the Waste Reminder to search for your waste collection schedule and sign up for email, text or phone reminders.

Christmas tree disposal options
·         Bring your tree to the Waste Resource Innovation Center (110 Dunlop Drive, Gate 3) for free disposal starting in January (a $5 fee applies in December). Remember to remove all ornaments, tinsel and lights.

·         The Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington Trees for Tots program is collecting Christmas trees at the curb on Saturday, January 7 for a minimum $10 donation. Register by December 29 at treesfortots.ca or call 519-826-9551 extension 25.

For more information
Solid Waste Resources
519-767-0598
waste@guelph.ca

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