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”! ūüėĄ 

Thanks to all involved today!


Transit Station

Please retweet & repost this for our transit users!

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

Guelph, ON, May 20, 2015 ‚Äď 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‚Äôs Square.

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

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 ‚Äúexpressed interest,‚ÄĚ 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.








A few weeks ago I had the chance to challenge developers during my first state of the city address. 

I challenged them that as the IOR (integrated operational review) program was rolling out through our staff to address their concerns over what was originally coined as the “Guelph Factor”, that when good news occurred to tell us about it. To step up and let staff know, let me know, tweet about it, blog about it and so on.

Well today I received permission to share from Granite Homes an email they sent me about our staff that needs to be out there for all to see! Check this out:

Hi Cam,

I would like to make you aware that since our discussion in March of this year, we have seen many positive results.  We have been getting great response from both, the Engineering and Planning departments regarding our application.

In particular, Sylvia Kirkwood in Planning has been very helpful in keeping our file moving ahead and setting internal dates for review of items, as well as getting us on council agenda for re-zoning.  Mike Witmer has recently been assigned to this project. Mike and Katie (previously on this file) have always been great planners to work with and we look forward to working through the final details with Mike.

Also, we have had very good results from the Engineering department.  Terry Gayman, Michelle Thalen and Allister McIlveen have been highly cooperative and efficient with our file.  

Things appear to be in high gear which should help us get the shovel into the ground as early as this fall, which will save jobs.  We have recently begun the Site Plan Approval process and I would be happy to report back on our progress with that in a couple of months.

I’m not sure how much influence you had with this but appreciate your attention and wanted to update you on how things have turned around since our last discussion.


Terry Ellery
Granite Homes

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,