CITY PAGES: The Museum, Feedback, and Money For Small Businesses

The City of Guelph puts out a lot of information on a weekly basis, and while it all ends up on the City’s website somewhere, wouldn’t it be easier to just scroll through it all on one easy-to-read article on Guelph Politico here…?

The Museums Re-open

Like all City of Guelph facilities, the Guelph Civic Museum and McCrae House both closed to visitors back in March, but as part of the third stage of the Provincial re-opening, you can now stop by those establishments again. Obviously, only so many people will be allowed into the museum at any given time, and you can’t just show up and walk in. Instead, you will have to either book a time on Eventbrite, or call the museum at 519-836-1221, as people will be allowed to enter the museum at staggered times. You will also have to wear a mask, and keep a two-metre distance from other people while inside, but on the bright side, there is no cost for admission until September 6. The Guelph Civic Museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm and 10 am to 9 pm on the fourth Friday of each month those monthly festivities. Meanwhile, McCrae House is open Tuesday to Sunday from 1 to 5 pm.

Feedback on Council Composition Requested

It’s a bit late owing to the pandemic, but the City is finally ready to hear from you on the council composition and ward boundary review. The goal of this engagement is to find out from Guelphites about how many city councillors they think we need for each ward, whether they should be full-time or part-time, and then, in phase two, finding out whether or not we need to change the ward boundaries and maybe increase the number of wards. A report for the first phase on council composition is expected to come to council in November 2020. To have your say, visit the City’s citizen engagement porthole here.

Clair Park Engagement Extended

What kind of playground would you like to see in Clair Park? You may have thought that you had already answered this question, but a snafu has forced the City of Guelph to re-open that engagement. One of the two renderings presented in the original engagement was incorrect, so now the City would like your notes on the proper designs, and you have until September 7 to give it. The playground itself will be constructed in Spring 2021.

Speed River Turning Pink Again

If you’re walking along with the Speed River next week, and it looks a little pink to you, don’t worry, it’s all part of the plan. The City of Guelph will be following up on a previous dye test back in June by releasing an environmentally friendly tracing dye into the river west of the wastewater treatment plant sometime around August 25-28. The dye is designed to test water flow patterns and the travel time of water down the river, it dissipates within 24 hours and does not affect water quality or wildlife.

Business Centre Announces Money for Digital Main Street

The Business Centre Guelph-Wellington announced that they’re teaming up with Wellington County, the Township of Centre Wellington, the Downtown Guelph Business Association, and the Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) of Elora, Fergus and Erin/Hillsburg to distribute a $115,000 grant from Digital Main Street
Ontario. The money will help small business in the area adapt to new business models using digital tools that are sometimes out of reach for small, local businesses. These business will have access, free of charge, to Digital Service Squads who are trained specialists that will work with entrepreneurs to improve their online presence, enhance their social media profiles, and set-up e-commerce and websites. In addition, the DSS will also help businesses apply for a $2,500 Digital Transformation Grant, which will help them further enhance their digital needs. To learn more, go to the Business Centre’s website.

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