CBC and The Tragically Hip present:

“The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration”

– Aug 20th and the Event is free!

– Carden St. at Market Square

– Local bands/artists starting at 7:30pm, tbc

– The Hip show on large screen at 8:30pm

– Weather /Rain location inside City Hall

– Bring a lawn chair and / or blanket

– Tell everyone

– Bring everyone

– High-fives all around

Take care,


Guelph hires chief financial officer:

Guelph, Ont., July 27, 2016 – The City of Guelph is pleased to announce Tara Baker will lead the organization’s financial management as general manager of the Finance department and chief financial officer (CFO)/treasurer.
“Tara’s a skilled financial strategist and an engaged manager,” says Mark Amorosi, the City’s deputy CAO of Corporate Services. “I have great confidence that she will provide strong leadership and continue to strengthen the City’s solid financial foundation.” 
Along with the internal auditor and City solicitor, the CFO serves as a key advisor to the Executive Team, providing strategic financial advice and counsel. In this role, Baker will also carry out the statutory duties of treasurer, as required by the Municipal Act.
“I’m thrilled we have Tara landing this position, as Council has always been impressed with her leadership and professionalism,” says Mayor Cam Guthrie. “She’s willing to tell it like it is, and give us her opinions on our City’s financial management that Council and citizens need to hear.”
Baker, a chartered professional accountant, has been with the City since 2011. For the past three years she was the manager of Financial Reporting and Accounting, and was appointed acting treasurer in March.
She holds a bachelor of commerce from McMaster University.

I received this update from AMO and wanted to share it with you:
Infrastructure Canada – Phase 1 Infrastructure Funding Agreement – Updated Cross Country Status:
This is another members’ update as we near the four-month mark since Infrastructure Canada issued details of Phase 1 funding for Public Transit and Clean Water and Waste Water (Phase 1 Infrastructure Funding Agreements Status – 12 July 2016 AMO Policy Update). Discussions are underway in the remaining jurisdictions, including Ontario.

Canada has now signed agreements with four provinces and one territory:
June 16 – British Columbia – Transit
June 20 – Yukon – Transit and Clean Water
July 5 – Quebec – Transit and Clean Water
July 8 – Newfoundland and Labrador – Transit and Clean Water
July 25- Manitoba- Transit and Clean Water

We know that Ontario municipal governments are anxious about the timely conclusion of Phase 1 discussions for our province before the 2016 construction session closes. AMO continues to make our members’ concerns well known to the federal and provincial governments. The AMO President, Gary McNamara, did have a meeting with the new Ontario Infrastructure Minister, the Honourable Bob Chiarelli, last week and this was the major topic of conversation. The need for municipal multi-year infrastructure plans to be recognized, as per the Quebec Agreement, will be key for successful Phase 1 implementation in Ontario.

Guelph, Ont., July 22, 2016 – Today, Mayor Cam Guthrie and Guelph Storm Partner and Governor Rick Gaetz announced a new 10-year agreement that will keep the team in Guelph until 2026.
 “This is great news for Storm fans, and great news for our entire city,” said Mayor Guthrie. “This agreement means that Guelph will continue to be known as ‘Storm City’ for at least the next decade.”

 The Council-approved agreement solidifies the strong partnership between the City and Guelph Storm Hockey Club. It also ensures an anchor tenant for the Sleeman Centre, home to the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) team since 2000.

 “The Guelph Storm are a vibrant part of our city in so many ways, economically, socially, wonderful entertainment and perhaps most of all, a great source of civic pride. We are thrilled to have extended our relationship for at least another decade as our gifted young men attempt to bring another championship to our great city,” said Gaetz.

 The total net impact of the agreement to the City’s operating budget is estimated to be $500,000 per year.

 “The Ontario Hockey League market is an increasingly competitive place, and cities across Ontario are knocking on the doors of successful teams like the Guelph Storm in hopes of hosting a team, because they too know of the immense benefits it can bring,” said Mayor Guthrie. “The last thing I wanted was for Guelph to lose the Storm to another community. In today’s competitive market, that’s always a very real possibility, and my kids would have killed me!”

 City CAO Derrick Thomson echoed the mayor’s comments. “The City values the importance of having an OHL team, including the variety of benefits it brings to our community and downtown economy.”

 Each year, the Guelph Storm attracts thousands of fans to its home games: these fans give business to hotels, restaurants and shops. Beyond the economic advantages, the Guelph Storm provides community value through its commitment to various charities. Over the past 25 years in Guelph, the hockey club has raised or donated $3 million to local not for-profit-organizations, with $1.3 million donated in the last eight years.

 About the Guelph Storm Hockey Club

 The Guelph Storm Hockey Club is a major junior ice hockey team, based in Guelph, Ont., and plays its home games at the Sleeman Centre. The Storm has earned a post-season berth in 23 of 25 seasons of their existence in the OHL. In that time, the Storm has won three OHL Championships and played in four Memorial Cup Tournaments. The Storm has produced 55 National Hockey League players, over the past 25 years. For more information on the Guelph Storm, visit guelphstorm.com.


Guelph, Ont., July 21, 2016 –
Media are invited to join Mayor Cam Guthrie and Guelph Storm Partner and Governor Rick Gaetz for a special announcement taking place at City Hall on Friday, July 22.
Mayor Guthrie and Rick Gaetz will be available for media interviews.

Guelph Storm announcement

(photo opportunity)


Mayor Cam Guthrie
Derrick Thomson, CAO, City of Guelph

Rick Gaetz, Partner and Governor, Guelph Storm


City Hall Galleria
1 Carden Street, Guelph


Friday, July 22
10:30 a.m.

For more information:

Colleen Clack

Deputy CAO, Public Services

City of Guelph

519-822-1260 extension 2588


Kyle Cormier

Media Relations Coordinator

Guelph Storm

519-837-9690 extension 119



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