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Guelph, ON, July 23, 2015 – On August 1, the City will host its annual John Galt Day celebration featuring free activities and family-friendly entertainment in Market Square.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the public is invited to explore craft zones led by Guelph School of Art and the West End Recreation Centre; take shots on net at the Guelph Storm Hockey Tunnel; play in the interactive water feature; and rock out to the sounds of Envirodrum. Sidewalk chalk, bubbles and temporary tattoos will be provided, and Cleo the Clown and her Painting Pals will be onsite during the festivities. Attendees are also invited to bring along an old T-shirt for re-purposing at the ‘Tread on It’ interactive T-shirt printing booth.
In addition to music, games and crafts, John Galt Day will feature the Wilson Street Promenade—a new placemaking initiative spearheaded by students Cyrille Viola and Calen Hamelin who are enrolled in the University of Guelph Masters of Landscape Architecture program.
The urban design project will include a pop-up park and beach, vendors from the Farmers’ Market, temporary art installations, and activities for visitors.
“We’re thrilled to be partnering with the City on this project. We want to encourage community members to think about their urban spaces and how they can be further used,” says Calen. The Wilson Street Promenade will be open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“It’s an ideal opportunity to test out a project like this by leveraging an existing public event,” says Danna Evans, manager of Theatres and Civic Events for the City of Guelph. “Expanding the event space to include Wilson Street aligns with the City’s goal to enliven and animate downtown public spaces.”

More details about the Wilson Street Promenade and John Galt Day festivities can be found at

For the past few weeks I’ve been fielding a few phone calls and emails from kids and parents asking if the city would again find funds available to have a few weeks of skateboarding at The Ward Skatepark. I know that a few other councillors were asked as well. 

I took the request to the CAO and she informed me that her budget had some flexibility in it to allow for sponsoring things like this and she’s be glad to support it as has the city has done a few times already.

Thank you to staff, The Ward Skatepark and the our CAO for making this happen.

Just think, by next year we’ll be skating on our outdoor facility! (Long overdue).

A staff email was just sent to myself and councillors and here it is:

In response to ongoing community need and demand, staff has worked out an agreement to rent the Ward Skatepark throughout the month of August. A similar arrangement was made in years past and the CAO provided the funding to ensure it could be offered once again due to the delay in the construction on the skatepark.
During the month of August all City of Guelph skateboarders and scooter enthusiasts will be able to use the facility completely free of charge.
The hours of operation for this agreement are as follows: 

· August 4 to 7 noon to 6 p.m.

· August 10 to 14 5 to 9 p.m.

· August 17 to 21 5 to 9 p.m.

· August 24 to 28 noon to 6 p.m.

· August 31 to Sept 4 noon to 6 p.m.

Skateboarders and riders who are under the age of 14, and who haven’t used the facility in the past, must have a parent sign a waiver before using the venue, located at 199 Victoria Road South.

My goodness. 150 donations of blood by David Robins today at the Guelph Blood Donor Clinic. How thankful the city is for people like him. But get this, his lovely wife was there also and it was her 120th time giving blood. 
Amazing people that are saving lives!

Speaking of amazing people, the staff at the clinic are the best. All so friendly, so accommodating and they give you free cookies. Can’t get much better than that!

Book your appointment now and join so many others that are giving of themselves to save others.

Take care,


Got invited to speak to a group of 10 to 13 year olds at camp today about the importance of entrepreneurship & skilled trades. Through hands-on activities relevant to the skilled trades, these campers develop communication, problem-solving and teamwork skills.

I get so excited when I talk to young people about starting their own business and to challenge them to think about their future careers involving skilled trades.

I told them that It may seem a little early to be thinking about their future career. That they may be already tired of people asking “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

Yet, now is the perfect time to explore their interest in the trades. They can be thinking about it before they choose courses in high school – and well before they have to decide on a college or university course.

When it comes to careers, most people want the same thing: They want to do what they love – and get paid for it!
From my perspective as Mayor, I can tell you that there is a lot of demand for workers in the skilled trades.
I hear it all the time when I’m out in the community talking to businesses.

Many businesses are looking for skilled tradespeople. Sometimes they have a hard time filling positions because there aren’t enough people out there with the right training and qualifications.

It looked like a great camp and I wish everyone the best! I want to thank Skills Ontario for inviting me, and for putting on this camp in Guelph and in other cities across Ontario.


Just as a follow up to my blog post a few days ago, there is a new article from the Guelph Mercury HERE that I hope you will read.

Then , become involved in this upcoming budget process. 

On Twitter, I’ll be using the hashtag #GuelphBudget as I have for a few years, so follow along.

I mention in the article that I am looking for us all to be working together to find ways of bringing tax relief to our city. That means staff, councillors and the community at large. 

I have mentioned a few times that my hope is that all of us think of the taxpayers before we vote. There’s a lot of pressure on people and businesses in our community today.

Reaching out to me with your thoughts on this are great, but remember, there’s 12 councillors that you need to inform as well.

Thank you,



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