CITY PAGES: Bike Parking, Art Donations, and Crime Stoppers

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…?

Interested in Community Garden at Oak Street Park?

The City of Guelph is looking at creating a new community garden at Oak Street Park near the corner of Oak and Hickory Streets. Specifically, the City wants to know how you feel about the garden, what you think about the proposed location, and whether or not people in the area will participate with the upkeep of the garden when it’s opened. If you want to share your two cents, you can go to the Have Your Say site sometime before February 14.

New Chair and Vice-Chair for GRCA Board

Stepping up in a time of tremendous pressures from upper levels of government, there’s a new Chair and a new Vice-Chair of the Grand River Conservation Authority Board of Directors. Guelph/Eramosa Township Mayor Chris White is the new Chair of the board succeeding Helen Jowett, while North Dumfries Councillor Sue Foxton will take White’s place as the Vice-Chair. “The role of conservation authorities in Ontario has never been more important. As a leading watershed management agency, we remain focused on the health, wellness and sustainability of our communities,” said White in a statement. “I look forward to leading our board, working with all levels of government and supporting GRCA staff as we continue to work on the recent updates to the Conservation Authorities Act.”

City Selling Annual Bike Parking Passes for Market Parkade

In an effort to help promote active transportation in Guelph, the City will start to sell annual parking passes for the bike parking room at the Market Parkade on February 1. The initiative, which came from advocacy on the part of the Guelph Coalition for Active Transportation, will allow cyclists to fill out an application form, pay $40, and get exclusive use of a parking space at Market Parkade’s secure bike parking for 12 months from the issuance of the pass. “The Market Parkade provides safe, secure parking for people who bike, including those who ride downtown to connect to Guelph Transit, GO Transit or VIA Rail,” said Jennifer Juste, manager of Transportation Planning. “The fairly-priced pass helps maximize security and prevent misuse and theft.”

Give GAC Your Previously Enjoyed Art

The Guelph Arts Council is looking for original art that people might be interested in giving a new home, and they’re asking you to donate it to them for their annual Collector’s Dilemma fundraiser. Like the 2020 version, this year’s art sale will be online, and will run from May 6 to 20. If you donate art, you will get a tax receipt for the full selling price of the piece, and all proceeds will go to programs to support artists, and the creation and exhibition of their art, which is more difficult now because of the pandemic. “This is such a unique opportunity,” said Laurel McKellar, vice-president of GAC’s board. “It’s always fun to see what art treasures people have in their collections that are just waiting for a new home.” For more information about donating to Collector’s Dilemma, email guelphartsevents [at] gmail.com.

Tool Library Turns Smiles Into Pins

It’s hard to see people’s smiles when they’re hidden under a mask, so the Guelph Tool Library has created a work around. Teaming up with PIN, the People and Information Network, the Library is making and distributing 500 buttons for Guelph volunteers for $2 each in the cause of letting people see your smile even when you’re wearing a mandatory mask. “The pandemic has left many of us feeling isolated and the use of masks, while critical to stopping COVID-19, creates a barrier to recognition,” said John Dennis, Guelph Tool Library Co-ordinator in a statement. “With Pin a Smile On, you are showing everyone who you are and presenting a smiling face to the world. I feel like we all need more smiling faces right now.” To learn more, including what kind of selfie you need to take for your button, visit the Tool Library website here.

A Successful (?) Year at Crime Stoppers

Despite the pandemic, it was actually a pretty productive year for one non-profit group in Guelph and Wellington, Crime Stoppers. In tallying up their year end statistics, Crime Stoppers says that they collected 783 tips in 2020, which is only a few dozen short of the number of tips they received in 2019. With that information, Crime Stoppers helped police close eight cases, lay 33 charges, and recovered $71,270 in drugs, personal property and cash. “Once again, brave individuals from our communities have done the right thing,” said Sarah Bowers-Peter, Program Coordinator for CSGW in a statement. “In spite of the remarkable circumstances throughout 2020, the public has come through to do their part to keep their communities safe.”

Rewarded Offered for Info on Bank Robbery Suspect

A reward of $10,000 may be yours if you can help the Guelph Police Service find a suspect in two local bank robberies. The robberies happened on December 2 at 3:50 pm and January 8 at 5:20 pm at banks in the Stone Road/Scottsdale Drive area. The suspect came into the bank both times, took a firearm from his backpack, and used it to demand money before fleeing on foot with an amount of cash. No one was injured in the process at either robbery. The suspect is a white male, between 5’6” and 5’9”, medium build, and between 30 and 50 years of age. If you have any information, get in touch with Detective Constable Joel Apps at 519-824-1212 x7162 or email him at japps [at] guelphpolice.ca. You can also call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or csgw.tips, but you’ll forfeit that reward money. The suspect is pictured in these screen gabs from security cameras, and you can see it below:

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