CITY PAGES: Fundraising, Water, and Bike Month

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…?

Library Vs. Pets: This Time, It’s for Money!!

Two great non-profits, one prize of $20,000! Canada Helps has launched their Great Canadian Giving Challenge, which gives charities across Canada a chance to win that money with every $1 donated to any of the registered non-profits that are part of their network. On May 31, the Guelph Public Library posted on their website asking people to help them win, and the next day the Guelph Humane Society posted on their website asking for the same. Canada Helps is holding the contest to help non-profits make up for lost funds due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

GRCA Asking for Water Conservation Across the Watershed

The recent hot dry weather has forced the Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) to ask all communities in the Grand River watershed, including Guelph, to cut their water consumption by 10 per cent. This comes a little over a week after the City of Guelph initiated Level 1 Yellow limit on outside water use, and now the Grand River Low Water Response Team is initiating their own Level 1, which asks for a voluntary 10 per cent cut from municipalities, farmers, golf course operators, water bottlers, aggregate businesses and others.

Pay For Your Bus Ride On Your Way Phone

Starting this week, you can now use the On Your Way app on your smart phone to pay for your bus ride along in addition to requesting a bus using the on-demand transit feature. Not only can you load e-cash onto your phone app, but you can buy tickers in advance in the adult, youth, senior or post-secondary categories. Download the app from either the App Store or Google Play, create an account, and link it to your credit card, Debit Mastercard, or Visa Debit card to pay for purchases. Learn more with this convenient video:

Reminder: June is Bike Month Too

Along with Pride Month and National Indigenous History Month, June is also Bike Month. For this fourth annual Bike Month, a self-service bike repair station has been installed again at City Hall, and the City of Guelph is holding another contest for a chance to win, in the words of the media release, a ‘wheelie’ great prize. To get all the details about the contest, the station, and other Bike Month details, click here.

Elora Quarry Finally Set to Re-Open

It’s the one site under the Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) that’s be closed for the entire length of the pandemic, but that changes on Monday when the Elora Quarry Conservation Area opens for day trips once again. According to a media release from the GRCA, the Elora Quarry will be open for day-use starting on Monday June 7, but you must buy tickets or vehicle passes in advance for a four-hour period on any given day from either 10 am to 2 pm, or 3 pm to 7 pm. The capacity limit for the park is for now set at 200 people or 150 vehicles per session. Find more info here.

Check Out Virtual Baker Street Presentation, Leave Comments

We’re inching closer to the beginning of the redevelopment of Baker Street, site work may even begin sometime later this year, but there’s still some planning work that needs to be done, and City of Guelph staff want to get your feedback on it. The Urban Design Master Plan for the Baker Street re-development is now available for review, and it features information about the residential and commercial components, plus the proposed parking and open space amenities. The report also features feedback from local businesses, community members and experts from the City and the City’s consultant, Windmill Development Group. You can leave comments on the City’s Have Your Say page until June 14, and the plan will come to city council for approval at a special meeting on July 21. The final design for the library component is expected to come forward sometime this fall.

Have Any Thoughts About Garbage Collection?

In other master plan news, the City of Guelph is also collecting feedback for the update to the Solid Waste Master Plan, which looks to the next 25 years of waste collection, and examines issues of sustainability and waste reduction. This update will focus specifically on issues like the fate of single-use plastics, and expanding methods on how to keep more waste out of landfills. If this sounds like something you would like to offer your two cents on, you can view the virtual open house and then fill out the online survey anytime until June 22. You can send questions to staff by calling 519-767-0598 or sending an email to waste [at]

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