The Guelph Black Heritage Society concludes the “Love of the Lantern” Black History Month celebrations with three exciting events.

  • Connect at the Guelph Civic Museum Music Night – February 24, 2017
    Oshungo Drum and Dance will share cultural experiences from West Africa and the Caribbean through the joy of drumming, dancing and story-telling.  Event starts at 7:00 pm.  Free admission, donations welcome – Guelph Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
  • Feel the drums at a family-friendly workshop – February 25, 2017
    End Black History Month with a Bang! Featuring Funga Drummers.  Doors open at 1:30 pm, admission $10 or $30/family of four – Heritage Hall, 83 Essex Street
  • Drums and Dancing at the Heritage Hall – February 25, 2017
    Enjoy a performance by the Funga Drummers, a dance party featuring DJ Charless Janzen and imbibe the taste of freedom with a “Lantern Ale”.  Doors open at 7 pm, admission $10  – Heritage Hall, 83 Essex Street.


Please join Terra View Homes and The Nicholas Lambden Children’s Memorial Foundation for a Great Figure Skating Show on Family day at the Sleeman Centre in Guelph.
Please extend this invitation to your staff, friends and families.

It is free admission to this event so all families can come out and enjoy.

This is for the children of Guelph, the surrounding communities and for all that have passion for ice. Come join us after the OHL Guelph Storm game on February 20th at shortly after 5:30pm for our world class ice show at the Sleeman Centre! The Storm game starts at 2PM with a family skate with The Storm after the game.

Starring 3-time Canadian National Champion Emanuel Sandhu, Olympic Bronze Medalist and European Champion Jozef Sabovcik, US National Silver Medalist Richard Dornbush, US Bronze Medalist Dan Hollander, US OPEN Champion, first woman to perform a back flip Rory Flack and many others! Hosted by Olympic Silver Medalist Elizabeth Manley! Sanctioned by Skate Canada Western Ontario Section, there will be a special group performance by skaters from the Guelph Figure Skating Club.

“In The Nick Of Time” is sponsored by the Nicholas Lambden Children’s Memorial Foundation, Terra View Custom Homes, Guelph Storm, City of Guelph and TD Canada Trust.

For the first time since the initial opening of Sleeman Centre, this performance is given to the community to bring families together to have some fun. From our family to yours, please come out to enjoy!

Tonight was a special council workshop on our wonderful downtown! A great evening working together and learning about what has taken place in our downtown and thinking about what is to come! For a link to our report and presentation, click HERE.

Here is your video below. As usual, please share this with others so people can be kept up to date on what is happening down at city hall.

Take care,



Council votes to explore options to merge Guelph Hydro with publicly-owned utilities

Guelph, Ont., February 16, 2016 – Last night, City Council directed Guelph’s Strategies and Options Committee to explore the marketplace and learn how maintaining full ownership of Guelph Hydro compares with opportunities to merge with other publicly-owned utility companies. Council decided not to explore options to sell Guelph’s local electricity utility company.

The committee will conduct further research to establish the market value of the City-owned asset, and determine if a merger could help Guelph’s local electricity distribution company build the technical and financial capacity needed to address future challenges in Ontario’s electricity sector.

During last night’s meeting, the Strategies and Options Committee presented the results of several community engagement activities including a telephone poll, online survey, public open houses, stakeholder and customer outreach, and meetings with community organizations. Community engagement activities focused on the decision-making criteria being used to evaluate potential changes to the ownership structure of Guelph Hydro, and the committee will continue engaging the community during the next phase of the project.

The committee’s presentation also highlighted Guelph’s Hydro’s reputation for great service and value, explained several challenges facing electricity utilities, and suggested that now is the time to prepare for future challenges in Ontario’s electricity sector.

“Guelph has a strong, stable utility company with a solid reputation. That gives us an advantage when exploring opportunities in the market place. We want to make sure we keep delivering the service and reliability customers in Guelph and Rockwood have come to expect,” said Derrick Thomson, Chief Administrative Officer, City of Guelph, and co-chair of the Strategies and Options Committee.

Challenges in the electricity sector:

According to the committee’s research, utilities in Ontario are under pressure to mitigate increases to electricity distribution rates while meeting increasing regulatory requirements, maintaining and building new energy infrastructure.

Committee members went on to explain how advances in energy technology and changing consumer behaviour create even more challenges for small and mid-sized utilities like Guelph Hydro. For example, in the years ahead, residents and businesses will expect modern, competitive electricity prices and services similar to those available in other, larger cities such as:

  • Smart-home and smart-grid capabilities
  • Small-scale distributed generation
  • Local renewable energy generation
  • Electric vehicle charging stations

“The question facing Guelph Hydro is not whether a change is required, but what form it will take and how quickly do we need to adjust our approach,” said Robert Bell, Board Member, Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc. and member of the Strategies and Options Committee “As more people generate their own electricity, choose electric vehicles, use smart-home technologies to manage their own energy use, the role of a local electricity utility must evolve from a traditional ‘poles and wires’ electricity delivery company.”

The Strategies and Options Committee expects to present its findings to Guelph City Council in mid-2017.


Tonight’s recap video (only two minutes!) is regarding the review of our city asset – Guelph Hydro.

Take a look and please share with others so people can be informed of what is being discussed here at city hall!