Today I had the honour of joining many others from our community to celebrate Guelph’s former Mayor John Counsell. The service was excellent and was in John’s home church St.George’s Anglican Church.

Past Mayor Kate Quarrie and past MP William (Bill) Winegard brought stories of John that told of his love for his wife, the arts, his piano, his profession in the banking industry and his leadership for three terms as our Mayor.

The River Run centre was his focus and dream for our community and how blessed we are as a city to enjoy that place. He left his mark. Not only as mayor but through relationships with others. 

I was joined by several past and current councillors and mayors. Norm Jary, Kate Quarrie and I were able to get together after the service for this wonderful picture I will always cherish.


John’s motto in life was “Service above self”. Something we all should be striving for in our great city. 


I learned yesterday of the passing of John Counsell – former Mayor of Guelph from 1986-1994. I did not know him well, yet I recall shaking his hand once in passing at some point, and I called him once to ask about the city having a skate park built because my friends dared me to “call the Mayor”. He answered the phone gladly and spoke with me at length about the issue. Judging by this nice piece written about him in the Guelph Mercury, he seemed like a great leader and wonderful man. 

Today was my first day back after the weekend as I took some time to be with my kids during March break. We had a meeting this afternoon to discuss how to respond. We’re  honouring the request of a donation and on behalf of the Corporation of the City of Guelph and the Mayor and Council, we are donating to the Guelph Humane Society. I will also be attending the service to celebrate his life on Friday on behalf of the city.

Our city immediately decided yesterday to put our flags at city hall at half mast as well which was a wonderful gesture.

My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.

Thank you,


bus #Guelph Transit Service & Route Review 2015! We’ve heard you. Loud and clear. So let’s do this Guelph!

Guelph Transit is committed to providing excellent customer service. As part of this commitment, Guelph Transit is reviewing its service to identify opportunities for improvements.

In January, we conducted two surveys where we asked you for feedback about our customer service and your travel patterns. What we heard from you is that there is an opportunity to provide better transit service to our community by making some changes to our routes and schedules. Using all of the information gathered we have designed several new routes and are proposing changes to others. So please come to one of the public information centres taking place and tell us what you think about these proposed changes. Or click here to comment online using the MindMixer tool. Help us to create a transit system that meets the needs of our community. The proposed changes are not yet approved and can still be modified.  With online engagement already started and Public Information Centres scheduled on March 24 and 26, the time is now! More info: HERE Thank you, Cam


You. Yes You. Thanks for nothing. Ruining the livelihoods of hardworking folks at our Farmers Market was a class act. Lots of damage and stress to the vendors along with our city staff – Well done. I hope you can feel the sarcasm, because I’m laying it on pretty thick.

Thank you,


Guelph Mercury article: HERE

Now onto the announcement:

Guelph Farmers’ Market will open Saturday despite break-in

Guelph, ON, March 3, 2015 – The Guelph Farmers’ Market suffered a break-in overnight on Saturday, February 28.  

City staff and market vendors responded quickly to the situation, assisting Guelph Police Service and cleaning up the area. “Thanks to Guelph Police, City staff and market vendors, we’ll be cleaned up and ready to open the Guelph Farmers’ Market on Saturday,” says Rodney Keller, general manager, Public Works. Theft and property damage was reported. The value of the damage is unknown at this time. Guelph Police Service continues to investigate the break-in. Police are asking anyone who may have information about this crime to contact them at 519-824-1212. Anonymous tips can also be left with Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.




March Break activities in Downtown Guelph  

Families can busy themselves all day in Downtown Guelph this March Break.  There’s skating at the Market Square rink, interactive exhibits and special events at the Civic Museum, $5 movie matinees at The Bookshelf, and creativity at Play with Clay.  After all that exertion,  take the kids and eat for free* at one of many participating cafes, bistros, pubs and restaurants.

*Each restaurant has its own conditions attached to the offer (see below) and these include mini-pizzas at Ox, a grab bag of candies at Sweet!, and cake pops at Wellington Cakes.

Also, publish a picture of your food on Twitter with the hashtag #DigIn, mention the name of the restaurant and @downtownguelph and we’ll enter you into a draw to receive a Downtown Guelph Gift Package !

Since 2006, Dig-In has aimed to attract dedicated downtowners and suburbanites to the downtown core to experience the taste of our world-class restaurants.  This promotion is no exception and gives families the opportunity to try new places with the comfort of knowing they are kid-friendly.

For Dig-In way finding, please visit 

Please feel free to use the attached image for promotional purposes. 


Monday March 16th, 2pm, Lego Movie Tuesday March 17th, 2pm, Penguins of Madagascar Wednesday March 18th, 2pm, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Thursday March 19th, 2pm, Dolphin Tale 2 Friday March 20th,2pm, How to Train Your Dragon 2


Albion Hotel, 49 Norfolk Street, 519 821 7125 1 kid eats free with every adult entree. 

Baker Street Station, 76 Baker Street, 519 265 7960

1 kid eats free with every adult entree. 

Bobby O’Brien’s, 90 Macdonell Street, 519 763 0043 1 kid eats free with every adult entree. 

Bollywood Bistro, 51 Cork Street East, 519 821 3999

1 kid eats free with every adult entree. 

Diana Downtown, 141 Wyndham Street N.,519 836 3460

1 free kids meal (from the kids menu) with each purchase of an adult meal.

Get Juiced, 113 Macdonell Street, 226 251 3006

Kids eat free cheese panini with the purchase of an adult meal. 

Ox, 37 Quebec Street, 519 821 9271 One free kid-sized pizza per adult main. 

Red Brick Café, 8 Douglas Street, 519 836 1126 Free cookie with a kid’s hot chocolate. 

Sweet!, 22 Carden Street, 519 824 5797 Free grab-bag of sweets with purchase of $3.99 or more. 

The Western Hotel, 72 Macdonell Street, 519 824 2560 1 kid eats free with every adult entree 

The Woolwich Arrow, 176a Woolwich Street, 519 836 2875

A free kids meal with every purchase over $20. 

Vienna Restaurant, 28 Macdonell Street, 519 265 3353

Kids Eat 2 Free Pancakes (Chocolate Chip or Blueberry) with purchase of a regular priced adult meal. 

Wellington Cakes, 9 Douglas St., 519 836 5088 1 free cupcake with any in-store purchase 

Wimpy’s Diner, 25 Wyndham Street N., 519 836 3765

1 kid eats free with the purchase of an adult meal (&8.99 or over) and purchase of a kids drink (Mon-Thurs).