I just recived word that there’s an event coming up that you might be interested in regarding Solar in Guelph! Here’s the details!

“Become a SolarPreneur.”

This is a great opportunity for people to get questions answered about the solar MicroFIT program.  There will be guest speakers and other experts from Guelph and surrounding area that will discuss the business case for Solar MicroFIT including financing options, tax benefits, revenue and more. Enjoy some light refreshments and meet others who have benefited from solar.

Here’s the Facebook link:

For more information and to register, please visit





What a great way to start the day! Guelph welcomed Ton Akkerman, from the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, to our great city along with our co-hosts President Dr. Franco J Vaccarino from the University of Guelph and Mayor of Minto, Warden of Wellington County, George Bridge.

A very warm and welcoming group of over 30 businesses from the Netherlands are here on an economic trade mission focusing today on Agri-food and food sciences.

A beautiful gift to me from the delegation was this:  


They will be throughout Guelph and the County today. We are very fortunate to have them here and is like to thank staff in our economic development department for their work on this! 



……for your emerald ash borer trees! Help your trees try to survive on your own property. It’s a shame that we’re going to probably lose so many trees. If you have this type of tree, then check this article out: FIGHT



This event looks great! I’m triple booked (no pun intended) but if you have the time, try to attend this!


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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.