Council approves new reduced speed school zones
Guelph, Ont., May 24, 2017—Last night, Guelph City Council approved the addition of new reduced speed school zones, and a recommendation to request changes to the Highway Traffic Act. Council did not approve a staff recommendation to change current 30 km/h school zone speed limits to 40 km/h.
“The Ontario Highway Traffic Act only allows municipalities to use time and date specific reduced speed limits where installed signs have flashers or are motorized—a very expensive option to implement City-wide,” noted Allister McIlveen, Manager of Transportation Services for the City. “We’re pleased that Council accepted our recommendation to request that the Ontario Ministry of Transportation change the Highway Traffic Act to allow for the addition of time and date information as tabs below other types of signs.”
Due to current rules under the Highway Traffic Act, all 30 km/h school zone speed limits will continue to be in effect at all times, year round.
Arterial roads, and roads that more than 3,000 vehicles a day use, will have “40 km/h when flashing” signs in place with the reduced school zone speed limit in effect 8–9 a.m. and 3-4 p.m., Monday to Friday, September to June.
The approved staff recommendations mean more roads around schools will see reduced speed limits as the City will be adding school zones along other roads with direct school activity, such as roads behind or beside schools. For a full list of roads with existing or planned school zone speed limits, visit guelph.ca/traffic.
For more information:
Allister McIlveen, Manager, Transportation Services
Engineering and Capital Infrastructure Services
519-822-1260 extension 2275
May 23rd 2017, Guelph, ON – Noon Hour Concerts are taking it up a notch. RBC and the Downtown Guelph Business Association (DGBA) are excited to bring talented and energetic bands to this season’s 2017 Noon Hour Concert Series. This free annual outdoor music event launches on Friday June 2nd and will continue every Friday at noon until July 28th.
This year, 39 Carden and Baker Street Station’s very own Street Food truck will join us at 8 out of the 9 events. The newest project from these popular downtown restaurants includes a variation of good eats with a constantly rotating menu.
Professional curation from experts in the music industry had a hand in harvesting the lineup this year. The series will kick off with the lively Guelph-based Latin band, Son de la Guayra, followed by the internationally renowned Sarah Jane Scouten with her country coated folk songs. Big Rude Jake will bring an assortment of tones in his music from jazz to rock, to ragtime guitar. The dynamic duo from Harrow Fair will be stomping early country and rock with gritty ballads. The vocally-driven 5-piece harmony band, The Lifers is followed by the marvelous Royal City Ukulele Ensemble. With ukuleles to spare, the crowd will be given a chance to learn some basic ukulele rhythms.
To celebrate Hillside weekend, the summer festival presents one of their 2017 performer’s on July 14th for an exciting preview to the festival. The powerful and dynamic HIGH PARK band will warm up in St George’s Square ahead of their Hillside Festival performance. The only returning artists, The Wanted proved so popular last year that we had to have them back for some more folk rock fun. And lastly the Toronto based award- winning Olivia & The Creepy Crawlies will tickle your imagination. Something for everyone this summer!
Offering shade, bright sun loungers, free sunscreen, colourful parasols, hula hoops and freezies, the DGBA and RBC welcomes you all to enjoy remarkable music in the sunshine.
For updates on the concert series and links to all the bands, please visit and like our Facebook page.
2017 RBC Noon Hour Concert Series Schedule
June 2nd– Son de la Guayra
June 9th– Sarah Jane Scouten
June 16th– Big Rude Jake
June 23rd– Harrow Fair
June 30th– The Lifers
July 7th– The Royal City Ukulele Ensemble
July 14th– HIGH PARK
July 21st– The Wanted
July 28th– Olivia & the Creepy Crawlies
Guelph, Ont., May 19, 2017 – Mayor Cam Guthrie is applauding the inclusion of Guelph as a station stop on a proposed high-speed rail line along the Toronto-Windsor corridor.
A Guelph stop is included in a report from David Collenette, Ontario’s Special Advisor on high speed rail. The report notes that high speed rail could cut travel time between Guelph and Toronto to a minimum of 39 minutes.
Today, the Province released the report and announced it is moving ahead with preliminary design work on the project as well as a comprehensive environmental assessment. The proposed stops include Windsor, Chatham, London, Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph, and Toronto, with a connection to Pearson International Airport.
“This is the culmination of more than a year of work to literally put Guelph on the map for high speed rail,” said Mayor Guthrie. “Two years ago, a Guelph stop was not on the table. Together with our MPP Liz Sandals, the Chamber of Commerce, and the University of Guelph, our city made a compelling case to Mr. Collenette and the Province for a stop in our city. I want to thank the Province for listening and being receptive when Guelph came knocking.”
In February 2016, the Mayor attended a roundtable discussion on high speed rail hosted by Mr. Collenette in Kitchener, along with the CEO of the Guelph Chamber of Commerce and the Vice-President External of the University of Guelph. Mayor Guthrie asked Mr. Collenette about the possibility of a Guelph stop on the line. Two months later, Mr. Collenette came to Guelph City Hall to meet with Mayor Guthrie and City staff to discuss the feasibility of a Guelph stop further. On May 30, 2016, Guelph City Council passed a resolution endorsing in principle the inclusion of an alignment through and stop in Guelph for consideration in the Toronto to Windsor high speed rail report.
In the months since, the Mayor, City staff, and MPP Sandals continued to make the case for a Guelph stop, as Mr. Collenette studied its feasibility. Mr. Collenette’s report recommends a stop in Guelph at Guelph Central Station, noting that this is an integrated station with local and inter-city bus and rail transit services.
“Imagine getting to downtown Toronto in 39 minutes, and Pearson International Airport in 23 minutes – all while avoiding the traffic of the 401. This would unlock extraordinary opportunities for jobs, economic development, and quality of life in our city. High speed rail would revolutionize residents’ ability to travel to Toronto – and west to Waterloo Region and London – quickly, safely, and easily,” said Mayor Guthrie.
“Today’s announcement is an important step forward in further unlocking the economic potential in communities like Guelph, as a leading jurisdiction in Canada and noted jobs powerhouse, Guelph is well positioned to leverage the opportunities this announcement will have in bolstering regional economic development, helping to attract top talent and improving interconnectivity options,” says Kithio Mwanzia, President & CEO, Guelph Chamber of Commerce.
University of Guelph President Franco Vaccarino added, “This is wonderful news for the University of Guelph and greater Guelph region. Connecting the Toronto-Guelph-Waterloo innovation corridor in this way will help us attract and retain talented researchers and promote collaboration among leading businesses and experts. It will enhance our global competitiveness in fields such as agri-food, clean technology, digital technology and health/biosciences.”
It is expected to take several years for the high speed rail environmental assessment work to be complete. In the meantime, the Province has pledged to continue its proposed delivery of two-way, all-day GO rail service between Toronto and Waterloo Region, with a stop at Guelph Central Station.
The Special Advisor’s final report can be viewed on the Province of Ontario’s website HERE.
New lighting is coming to St. George’s Square, in downtown Guelph, the week of May 22. (And it won’t look like the picture attached I just thought it was funny.)
“We’re improving St. George’s Square by replacing and adding lights to make it more welcoming and safer for downtown visitors,” explains Ian Panabaker, corporate manager of Downtown Renewal.
A total of 56 low voltage light emitting diode (LED) spot lights will be installed to ten new pedestrian light poles and eight existing street light poles along the northwest and southwest plazas.
The new lighting will improve energy efficiency and avoid construction in the downtown to replace underground infrastructure for standard lighting.
The installation will be completed by June 2, weather permitting, and will not disrupt access to downtown businesses or the Quebec Street and Wyndham Street North intersection.
“This small-scale upgrade will provide a new way to look at and use St. George’s Square by allowing for more evening programming and events,” adds Panabaker. “This lighting will support future design work and large-scale plans for St. George’s Square through the Downtown Streetscape Manual.”
When the City is ready to move forward with a new design for St. George Square, the new lights can be reused within the Square or redeployed to another space in Guelph.
The lighting materials and installation will cost about $76,000.
This City project is being undertaken in partnership with the Downtown Guelph Business Association (DGBA).
For more information
Ian Panabaker, Corporate Manager, Downtown Renewal
Business Development and Enterprise Services
519-822-1260 extension 2475