CITY PAGES: Name Game, Winter Sports, and Unleashing Hope

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…?

Still Sleeman Until 2030

You will be calling that arena at the eastern end of Old Quebec Street the Sleeman Centre for the next 10 years after the City of Guelph closed a deal with Sleeman Breweries to keep calling that building the Sleeman Centre for another decade. “We have enjoyed watching the Sleeman Centre become a connection point for our community and we are proud to be associated with this first-rate facility,” said founder and chairman of Sleeman Breweries John Sleeman in a statement. “We look forward to the opportunity to continue to market our brewery and brands to visitors at the Sleeman Centre, and to be associated with the continued growth and success of the Guelph Storm Hockey Club.” The originally named Guelph Sports and Entertainment Complex first became the Sleeman Centre 13 years ago, and the current contract expires on June 30, 2030.

Ontario Government Starting 2021 Budget Consultation

It seems like it was just a couple of months ago that the Provincial government passed a budget, but that was the delayed 2020-21 budget. The process looks to be back on schedule for 2021-22 as the Government of Ontario has announced that they’ve started the public feedback process for the next budget, which will be delivered on or before March 31. Ontario residents are being invited to offer their budget feedback via email, mail or by filling out a survey any time until February 12. For more information on how you can consult, click here.

GRCA Says Stay Off the Ice

The Grand River Conservation Authority is warning people about engaging in winter activities on natural bodies of water that might be frozen over. Whether you’re ice skating, playing a hockey game or ice fishing, you are technically trespassing, and more important than that, you might be putting yourself in danger. “While colder temperatures allow for some ice formation, most natural water bodies throughout the Grand River watershed are not monitored for the purpose of winter recreation and may not be safe,” said a GRCA statement. “Ice conditions are susceptible to daily changes in temperature, wind, precipitation and underwater currents. Accessing frozen natural water bodies puts both the public and municipal first responders at risk. Anyone who falls through the ice could experience hypothermia and death within minutes.”

Kramdens Play River Run, Audience Stays Home

Seminal Guelph band The Kramdens are playing a show at the River Run Centre next month. This is not necessarily newsworthy because they’ve played River Run before, but there’s a pandemic on, right? So for this show, while The Kramdens will play on stage at the River Run, the audience will be watching from home. The show will be played on Saturday February 20 at 8 pm, and if you would like to tune in, you will have to sign up for the River Run’s newsletter and you will be sent a link on the day of.

Humane Society is Trying to #UnleashHope

The pandemic has affected all kinds of non-profits and impacted their fundraising bottom line, and that’s especially true for the Guelph Humane Society, who’s supposed to move into their new headquarters in the spring, but are still $2.5 million short on the cost. To help close the distance, the Humane Society is starting a new campaign to give the public a look inside the new facility in the Hanlon Creek Business Park, and to promote all the wonderful benefits it will offer. “GHS has been in our current location for more than 50 years. Our team is doing such incredible work, and we need a space that reflects that,” said executive director Adrienne McBride in a statement. “We also wanted to make sure we created a space that brought our community in. Think of it as a community animal centre.” See the video below:


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