City of #Guelph Wins Award

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City of Guelph wins award for leadership in environmental conservation!

Guelph, ON, May 25, 2015 – Ontario Nature presented the City of Guelph with the 2014 Lee Symmes Municipal Award on Saturday in recognition of the City’s commitment to the natural environment.

The award acknowledges the City’s leading-edge Natural Heritage System policies developed and implemented over the past 12 years.

“The City is honoured to receive the Lee Symmes Municipal Award in recognition of our Natural Heritage System policies and related work,” says Todd Salter, general manager, Planning, Urban Design and Building Services. “This conservation award is evidence of Guelph’s environmental commitment to the long-term protection of the City’s natural heritage features and areas. This environmental achievement would be not possible without the hard work and dedication of City staff, successive City Councils and community stakeholders.”

Todd Salter accepted the award on behalf of the City of Guelph at the Ontario Nature award ceremony in Cambridge on Saturday, May 23.

About the Lee Symmes Municipal Award and Ontario Nature:

The Lee Symmes Municipal Award recognizes municipalities that demonstrate community leadership and exceptional achievement in planning or implementing programs that protect and regenerate the natural environment within a community.

Ontario Nature protects wild species and wild spaces through conservation, education and public engagement. Since it was established as the Federation of Ontario Naturalists in 1931, Ontario Nature has been a champion for nature in Ontario. Today, Ontario Nature’s voice is sustained by a Nature Network of more than 150 member organizations and 30,000 members and supporters.

About the City’s Natural Heritage System:

The City’s Natural Heritage System is a combination of natural heritage features and areas including wetlands, rivers, woodlands, valleylands, wildlife habitats, restoration areas and wildlife crossings. The Official Plan policies for the Natural Heritage System establish minimum standards for development within the city to protect natural heritage features and areas including:

  • Woodland and wetland features, including requirements for protective buffers.
  • Portions of the Paris Galt Moraine.
  • Support for the management, enhancement and restoration of the City’s Urban Forest and the Urban Forest Management Plan.



Thought this info was good enough to share. So share I shall:

Traffic Signals:

The City of Guelph’s policy on installing traffic signals is based upon achieving warrant guidelines set out by the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario Traffic Manual. The warrant takes into consideration the following factors:

  • Traffic volumes during the highest 8 hour periods of the day
  • Pedestrian volumes during the 8 highest hours of the day
  • Collision Experience over a 3 year period

The installation of traffic signals can be considered when at least one of the warrants is satisfied by 100%, or two warrants are satisfied by at least 80%.  For the collision warrant, a total of 15 collisions over a 3 year period is required that are correctable through the installation of a traffic control signal. Correctable collisions are right angle type collisions.

Pedestrian Signals:

Intersection Pedestrian Signals (IPS) are specifically designed to assist pedestrians in crossing the main street. They include:

  • pedestrian signal heads with “Walk” and “Don’t Walk” symbols
  • red, amber and green traffic signal indications for motorists on the main street which the pedestrians will be crossing
  • stop signs for motorists on the side street

The installation of this control device is based upon achieving warrant guidelines set out by the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario Traffic Manual. The warrant takes into consideration the following factors:

  • Minimum pedestrian crossing volume
  • Minimum pedestrian delay
  • Collison history



It was a great afternoon helping out @UGDSB Gateway Public School! They’ve been doing a natural greening project for sometime now. It kicked off last fall where they started building their natural amphitheater and has now continued out across the school yard with many other projects of natural stone and logs. 
After a lot of work we ended up with what many started calling the new “council horseshoe”! 😄 

Thanks to all involved today!


Transit Station

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Guelph Central Station temporarily moving to St. George’s Square, May 23 and 24

Guelph, ON, May 20, 2015 – Guelph Central Station will close temporarily on May 23 and 24 as a result of the Galt District Energy System construction taking place along Macdonell and Wellington streets. During this time, Guelph Transit buses will use alternate platform locations within St. George’s Square.

“Guelph Transit is aware the temporary relocation of Guelph Central Station into St. George’s Square will impact weekend riders, and we apologize for this inconvenience,” said Phil Meagher, general manager of Guelph Transit. “Guelph Transit is carrying out the temporary relocation on a weekend when the least number of riders are using the service.”

Updates and complete detour details are available online at > service advisories.

The timing of the relocation is weather dependent.

Thank you,


Solar City Graph

This graph says it all.

Look at the uptake on Solar Hot Water alone for Halifax after a unique program called Solar City came into play. I believe Guelph should be looking into this. I’ve had meetings with staff asking them to inform me on how we might be able to go about having this option for our community.

This equipment can help offset up to 20-25% of an annual bill for an average homeowner. The average energy saved (in 2013 energy costs) over the life of approximately 25 years, would be over $5.5million dollars.

The city does not give people solar hot water systems for free. They broker it, administer it and help finance it at about a 3.5% rate. Payback to the city is normally over 10 years. They do this by adding a charge to residents tax bills.

By stimulating these initiatives, I believe it would create more jobs and boost our economy. From the equipment side and the installation side there would be benefits. The city website says “Solar City is playing the lead role in building what the city calls energy-efficient economic development.” I like the ring of that!

Halifax regional council are now looking at expanding the solar options to include solar photovoltaic (electricity) and solar air (space heating), on top of solar thermal technologies.

A current report from city staff indicated that an additional 2,500 homeowners “expressed interest,” and that by the end of January, a total of 388 residents signed on to have new solar energy systems installed.

Go here for more info: SOLAR CITY

What do you think Guelph? Would you install solar panels to pay it back over several years by adding the costs onto your tax bill?

I’d certainly consider it.