Factual information with respect to many of the issues being raised through email, social media and other correspondence regarding the Clair/Maltby report coming forward for tonight’s meeting is provided through these FAQs.

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City hosts National First Nations, Inuit and Métis celebration June 21

Guelph, Ont., June 11, 2018 – On June 21, the City of Guelph will host a free, family-friendly event in Market Square celebrating First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples of Canada.

Share in this national celebration  from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in Guelph’s Market Square.

“This celebration is a day for Guelph residents, and all Canadians, to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples to our community and communities across our country,” says Stacey Dunnigan, manager of Culture and Tourism with the City of Guelph.

This event offers music, a territorial welcome, drum circles, dancing, as well as food and craft vendors and children’s activities.

Members of the Wiiji Numgumook Kwe, Guelph Women’s Drum Circle, will lead drummers of all ages in a community drum circle and attendees will be invited to participate in a variety of crafts and community art projects while taking in the sights and sounds of the celebration. The event also features the talents of Ascension Harjo, Teen World Hoop Dance Champion.

City staff worked with members of the Métis Nation of Ontario, Grand River Métis Council and local First Nations and Inuit community members to plan the event.

“We welcome everyone to join us on this National day of celebration for Canada’s First Peoples,” says Jennifer Parkinson, President of the Grand River Métis Council. “There will be lots of drumming, dancing, fiddling, food and activities for all ages to enjoy. Marsii (thank you) to everyone who has worked hard planning this celebration and to the City of Guelph for their continued support.”

About the National Celebration

For generations, many First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and communities have celebrated their culture and heritage on June 21  due to the significance of the summer solstice as the longest day of the year.

About Ascension Harjo

Ascension Aton:wa Harjo is a 16-year-old Mohawk, Kickapoo, Seminole from Six Nations, Ontario Canada. Ascension has participated in the closing ceremonies of the 2015 Pan Am Games held in Toronto, the opening ceremonies for the North American Indigenous Games (NIAG), and was the 2018 World Hoop Dance Champion in the teen category.

GCAT has put together many of the bike themed events happening this month here for you:

So many June Bike Month Events to choose from!

Listed below are the events hosted or co-hosted by

Guelph Coalition for Active Transportation!

June 16, 1-3pm “Trees, Bikes and a Pint: A tribute to Henry Kock
June 19 6pm-9pm “Why We Cycle” movie and discussion
June 23 9:30 am, “Love Your Bike” Festival

And of course, don’t forget the culminating event, the  Tour de Guelph on June 24!

So many different events for so many different bike styles!

For a full list of all events, click here

One of 10 awarded $250,000 on road to $10 million prize!

VIDEO of Prime Minister Trudeau announcing winners: Click Here!

Guelph, Ont., June 1, 2018 – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced finalists in the national Smart Cities Challenge today, with the Guelph-Wellington County entry named one of 10 in its population category and awarded $250,000 to further develop its bid for a $10 million prize.

The Guelph-Wellington bid is entered in the category for communities with populations up to 500,000, which drew more than 100 proposals. It was developed in partnership with the University of Guelph, Conestoga College and dozens of other experts, entrepreneurs, innovators and community champions.

As a finalist, Guelph-Wellington will continue work with partners in the bid to win one of two $10 million prizes to be announced by the federal government in spring 2019.


“This is a huge step on our road to becoming Canada’s first circular food economy. It’s a testament to the incredible talent and expertise in food and agriculture that exists in our region. I want to thank all the partners who helped us make it to the finals, and I look forward to working together in the months ahead to clinch the $10 million prize. Guelph will then be truly living its motto – the City that makes a difference, locally and globally.”

–      Cam Guthrie, Mayor, City of Guelph

“Our community has the expertise and experience to create a food economy that is more efficient, more productive, more sustainable and more equitable for everyone. We are eager to solve a complex social problem and the Smart Cities Challenge is a critical element of a solution.”

–      Dennis Lever, Warden, Wellington County

“I look forward to continuing to champion Guelph-Wellington’s Smart Cities Challenge, which combines our local and regional food expertise in a way that meets the Government of Canada’s goals of sustainability, support for vulnerable people, investing in science, and promotion of Canada as a source for innovation that solves local, national, and global challenges using data and connected technology.  An already excited and committed group of people will be all the more determined to put a plan together that will be world leading.”

–      Lloyd Longfield, MP Guelph

“We are intent on creating a sustainable food system and addressing an issue that’s important locally, nationally and internationally. We are honoured to have this opportunity to draw on a rich resource of unique expertise here in Canada’s agri-food hub, in the heart of the Toronto-Waterloo Innovation Corridor.”

–      Derrick Thomson, Chief Administrative Officer, City of Guelph

“This funding will enable us to create a substantial positive impact on developing systems and products that will be useful around the globe.”

–      Scott Wilson, Chief Administrative Officer, Wellington County


Guelph-Wellington County Smart Cities Challenge entry

Guelph-Wellington is where food problems are solved. With a rich tradition of designing practical, creative solutions to address food issues, this hub is home to more than 1,600 food businesses and entrepreneurs, and more than 40 agri-food research institutes and organizations.

The Guelph-Wellington circular food economy vision is to increase access to affordable, nutritious food by 50 per cent, create 50 new circular businesses and collaborations by using waste as a resource and increase circular economic revenues by 50 per cent, all by 2025.

More information about the Guelph-Wellington circular food economy proposal can be found on guelph.ca/foodinnovation.

Media Contact:

Cathy Kennedy, Manager, Policy and Intergovernmental Relations

City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2255


Jana Burns, Director of Economic Development
County of Wellington
519-837-2600 extension 2525

The Process of planning Guelph’s last green-field land in the south end (better known as the Clair/Maltby Secondary Plan) has been a long one to date:

  • 3 years.
  • Pro-active engagement from city staff.
  • Stakeholder meetings
  • Town halls
  • Council meetings
  • And more….

Today, the long awaited Phase Two report and recommendations have been released from our professional city staff to have considered at an upcoming special council meeting on June 14th and then ratified on June 25th.

There’s many results contained within this report (found by clicking HERE) but the top two that most people will certainly be interested in are:

1. Removal of Rolling Hills properties in its entirety – including the ones fronting onto Clair Road and “pushing” it for further studies to 2022.

2. Removing the road connection through the rear Marcolongo property as Gordon Street can handle projected transportation/mobility needs.

So how did we get to these recommendations?


The city must follow processes and these often include looking at many options that are required under the professional standards of our planning staff, through Provincial policies and more.

These options, considerations and explorations of what may or may not work can often feel extremely uncomfortable. So for those that have had to go through it with us, I applaud all of you. Especially those within the Rolling Hills neighbourhood. I’ll admit that some of what we’ve gone through together I didn’t enjoy too much either – So many questions, unknowns, anxiety and opinions. Yet the journey has brought us to what we have before us today and my hope is that there is some relief given to many.

My blog post from last week provides further Q&A’s regarding how the city is engaging the environmental monitoring and other processes that are being undertaken with these lands. You can read that by clicking here: Q&A’s

I’ve said many times over many years, (as both a councillor and as Mayor), that Guelph needs a full range of housing types in our community. From small to big we are all a part of the community and we contribute to what makes our city great.

The process to date also confirms that we care about what neighbourhoods say, care for our environment, water, transportation needs and how we plan out what our city will look and feel like in the years to come as we welcome new Guelph’ites to our collective doorstep.

There’s more to do. It’s a process. Let’s keep moving through it together.

Feel free to email me your thoughts on the report: mayor@guelph.ca

Take care,