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A few have been asking me about the presentation from Chief Cobey to the Guelph Police Board on the 2020 Police Budget Proposal. So I’ve posted it here:

Budget presentation Sept 19-2019

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25 September 2019 – Donations are now being accepted for the Friends of the Guelph Public Library’s 13th Annual Book Sale, which will be held October 25-27. The organization is looking for books, videos, DVDs, blu-rays, CDs, vinyl, sheet music, games and puzzles to sell. All proceeds will go towards the Guelph Public Library.

“Donations are a big part of the sale and our volunteers are already working hard to sort and organize the donations we have so far,” commented Virginia Gillham, Chair of the Friends of the Guelph Public Library (FGPL). “Not only do our volunteers thoroughly enjoy opening a box to see what treasures are inside, but so do our customers. Now is a perfect time to go through bookshelves, boxes and storage to make a very rewarding donation! We’re always amazed by the community support demonstrated by the many donations we receive.”

Donations can be made at the site, 69 Huron Street in Guelph, Monday to Saturday 2pm-5pm, or any Guelph Public Library during regular hours until October 8. The location will be closed Sundays and Holidays leading up to the sale. For more information visit

About FGPL
The Friends of the Guelph Public Library is an arms-length organization whose mandate is to support the Guelph Public Library. The annual book sale is the major fundraising activity for the FGPL. Income from the sale and other events over the course of each year are used to support various library activities. In 2014, FGPL made the inaugural gift of $10,000 for a Library Endowment Fund. Also, in 2016 the FGPL helped to support the new bookmobile. Most of the funds raised are invested and accrued toward a major gift to the Library in support of the planned new main library building. That sum is now more than $745,000.

The book sale has been an annual autumn event since 2007. The first sale was held in Old Quebec Street Mall. It lasted just one day and offered fewer than 20,000 books with a gross amount of $10,000 at the end of the day. Since then, each sale has been increasingly larger and more complex, but it has continually earned more funding and attracted more customers every year.

For more information contact:
Virginia Gillham
Chair of the Friends of the Guelph Public Library


Have you been wondering what Guelph’s “Welcoming Streets” initiative is all about? Click here to watch:


Guelph. Future ready.

City’s Strategic Plan is set and ready to go

Guelph, Ont., September 23, 2019 – This evening Guelph City Council approved the City’s Strategic Plan: Guelph. Future ready. Built with the Guelph’s Community Plan in mind, the City’s Strategic Plan reflects the aspirations of Council, staff and the community, and will drive us towards a more sustainable future. 

The City strives to create an inclusive, connected, prosperous city where we look after each other and our environment. This vision is within reach. With the Strategic Plan as a guiding document, Council, staff and the community will accelerate Guelph’s innovation economy, mitigate climate change, improve local transportation, develop long-term financial plans and help increase the availability of housing.

“The Strategic Plan is the product of a collaborative effort between Council and staff and it reflects the community’s vision for Guelph,” says Mayor Cam Guthrie. “This is our road map to building the future we want in our city.”

By aligning the Strategic Plan to the community’s vision, the City has ensured the decisions of today will meet the community’s needs now and will prepare Guelph for the future.

“This Plan also signals a new way of doing business,” says Scott Stewart, Chief Administrative Officer.  “Over the coming months we’ll be aligning our work plans, multi-year budget and annual performance reports to the Strategic Plan to help Council in their decision-making role. There is a lot of work for us to do, and together we will achieve it.”

Council and staff, with input from stakeholders, will to develop action plans over the coming months that will enhance Guelph’s future readiness by focusing on areas such as the economy, environment and our social well-being.  

Strategic Plan at a glance

Our vision

An inclusive, connected, prosperous city where we look after each other and our environment.

Our mission

Working together to deliver responsible and responsive public service to Guelph’s growing and diverse community.

Our priorities

Powering our future through growing our economy

Sustaining our future by sustaining our environment

Navigating our future through a connected transportation network

Working together for our future by modernizing our government, and 

Building our future as a welcoming and complete community

What’s next?

The City will create a set of five integrated action plans—one for each strategic priority—comprised of options to achieve specific goals.

The proposed plans will be presented to Council in Q2, 2020 and will become the comprehensive blueprint for the first multi-year budget.

The City’s Strategic Plan can be found on