Hello #Guelph I’m having a community wide townhall meeting this Wednesday at city hall. It’d be great to have as many of you there as possible! If you’re coming, let’s think of others at this time and bring a donation of non-perishable food for the Guelph Food Bank!
Please share this with others! 7pm this Wednesday.

Take care,

Cam 

  

Today I had such a great time for the Mayor’s Townhall at GCVI High school today! This was due to the efforts of the Guelph Youth Council. It’s Youth week and several events are happening. Here’s a list of events:

  

There was about 200 in attendance today and they put on a great event. Honestly, the Guelph Mercury article here sums up perfectly how it all went.

Thank you for having me! 

Cam

 
Over the past two days I had the privilege to be in Ottawa with my mayoral colleagues from LUMCO (Large Urban Mayors Caucus of Ontario). Mayors with populations over 100,000. 
It was packed with meetings  from the moment I landed.

Here’s a copy of the schedule so you can see who I was meeting with:   LUMCO is focused on three main issues at this moment as we head towards the federal election.

1. Social Housing

2. Infrastructure 

3. Transit 

We were able to connect with many members from different parties. That way we got our message across but at the same time we could hear what platforms are being proposed to tackle the very issues we are standing for.

A couple of standouts for me personally were my times with Adam Vaughn, Peter McKay and James Moore. Here we are with MP Adam Vaughn:   

Minister James Moore:  

MP Peter McKay:

 
We also took time to go to the FCM headquarters (Federation of Municipalities of Canada) to meet with their staff and to see what work they are doing to prepare for the election.

LUMCO Chair – Mayor of Barrie Jeff Lehman, (seen hear addressing the crowd of MP’s, Senators and other staff at our evening function), made his case on our behalf to everyone we met and to the media as well.   

I talked up Guelph and the University of Guelph several times. I talked about Linamar to Minister of Industry James Moore. I talked about waiting lists for social housing with Minister of Housing Candice Bergen. I talked about exploring new levers or tools from the Federal government to help spur on private sector development and partnership with cities for kickstarting more housing for those in need. 

I gave a call to Michael Chong before arriving and he took me under his wing to show me around and introduce me to several members of parliament. By doing so, he enabled me to chat further about our city to several others, even though we didn’t have scheduled meetings with them. (It’s who you know folks!)  

One senator I met was amazing. He spent a lot of time with me telling me about trade opportunities with the Caribbean that might work well with Guelph and our Agri-Food sector. 

Much of what I enjoyed was the relationship building. Getting to know who’s who at the Federal level. Who I should follow up with if our city needs to be heard, and I learned that there may be some that aren’t interested, so I’ll know not to call them.

Speaking of relationship building, the time over breakfast, lunch, dinner and at our reception, offered me more time to get to know my mayoral colleagues. We shared what’s working in our cities, what’s not, what issues we face, what possible solutions some have tried and what some have implemented. 

These people are good folks. Working hard for their communities. 

 
Cities matter big time. It’s time the Province and the Federal government understands that we should all be working together to find some real solutions to the very real problems we face. 

Overall this was a great trip. Not for me, but for Guelph! 

Here’s a little artistic photo I took:  

Thank you,

Cam 

P.S I promised I’d always post any receipts of costs for trips, (or anything actually), on behalf of our city for transparency reasons and I will. I will gather them up and post them soon. This trip was worth it folks. 

  

I had the honour today of joining dignitaries 6000 KMS away in Ypres, Belgium. 

There was a ceremony at the IFF Museum celebrating John McCrae and his poem “In Flanders Fields”.

The mayor of Ypres and Laureen Harper were in attendance bringing greetings from Canada and Ypres to Guelph. 

I can honestly say, without hesitation, that this was the moving ceremony I have ever seen. From the music, singing and poetry it had many in attendance at our museum moved to tears. Me included.

The ability through Skype to address them live on behalf of our great city was beyond words. 

Here’s Laureen Harper speaking:  
Here’s the Mayor of Ypres, Belgium speaking:  

Good day #Guelph! 
  
Yesterday I had the privilege of speaking to a packed room of residents and businesses about our current state of the city. 

This is an annual event put on by the Guelph Chamber of Commerce. Yesterday’s event main sponsor was Bell. Thank you for your support.

I decided to bring a prop along to show the room how serious I am about economic development and job creation. 

Here I am with Chamber CEO Kithio Mwanzia:

 
I hope you enjoy this first update from me on our great city!

http://guelph.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015_State_of_the_City.pdf
Cam