CITY PAGES: Fall Rec Programs, Bridge EA, and Help For Pets in Need

The City of Guelph, and it’s various partners and agencies, put 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…?

Registration For Fall Rec Programs Starts September 7

Registration will open for all fall recreation programs on Wednesday September 7, and that includes all swimming, sports and leisure activities. You can see the full schedule of rec programs now at, and while your on the site you can also register for one of the programs. You can also register by calling 519-837-5699, and if you’re paying cash, you can register in-person at West End Community Centre, Victoria Road Recreation Centre and Evergreen Seniors Community Centre daily from 6 am to 10 pm.

Emma-Earl Bridge EA Now Ready for Review

The final report for the Environmental Assessment (EA) of the Emma-Earl Bridge is now available for public review on either the City’s website, or in-person at City Hall, for a one-month period. People are also invited to make comment to the City by September 16, which can be sent director to the City’s Manager of Design and Construction Reg Russwurm either by email at reg.russwurm [at], or by old-fashioned snail mail addressed to City Hall. Members of the public can also ask for further studies to made by writing to the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks and you can get more information about that here.

Wellington County Hosting EV Education Trailer

The Plug’n Drive’s Mobile Electric Vehicle Education Trailer is now at the Wellington County Museum and Archives grounds until September 4. Plug’n Drive is a non-profit organization committed to accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles in order to maximize their environmental and economic benefits, and they will have staff on-hand to talk about their experiences with EVs and to help you take a test drive in one of four available models.

“We are pleased to be hosting the EV Education Trailer for our community members and also our County staff,” said Karen Chisholme, Wellington County’s Climate Change and Sustainability Manager in a statement. “With few dealerships having EVs available for test drives right now, this is a great opportunity to explore EVs to make more informed decisions when ordering their new vehicles.”

No Cost Spay/Neuter Services for Vulnerable Pets

The Guelph Humane Society, with the assistance of the Ontario Veterinary College’s Kim and Stu Lang Community Healthcare Partnership Program (CHPP), are offering no-cost spay/neuter clinics for cats and dogs at pop-up locations in Guelph and Wellington County, and it’s all thanks to a $125,000 grant from PetSmart Charities of Canada. The clinics will focus on the prevention and wellness of the pets of vulnerable people, and the services of the clinics will include spay/neuter surgery, vaccines and microchipping.

“The goal of these clinics is to increase fair and equitable access to veterinary care for disadvantaged populations and underserved areas in Guelph and Wellington,” said Lisa Veit, the Humane Society’s new executive director (see below) in a statement. “This is the first time GHS has been able to offer these types of services to our broader community outside the limits of the City of Guelph —our goal is to deliver care to 300 pets in need over the next eight months.”

In order to be eligible, residents need to be experiencing economic hardship, receiving ODSP or Ontario Works, experiencing housing insecurity, be emergency sheltered or qualify for a City of Guelph or Wellington County subsidy program. For more information, get in touch with the Humane Society at 519-824-3091 or info [at]

Additional Notes

REMINDER #1: Get ready for this fall’s Municipal Election by making sure that you’re on the voters’ list.

REMINDER #2: The City of Guelph is looking for people to apply for the Ontario Reformatory Heritage Conservation District Study Community and Landowner Group, and the deadline to apply is August 30. To see if you qualify and to learn how to apply, click here.

Here are the holiday hours for City of Guelph services and facilities for the Labour Day long weekend.

Register now for the doggie dip at Lyon Pool on Monday September 5 at either 2 or 3 pm.

Guelph General Hospital and other area hospitals are reporting that they now have enough supply of epidural catheters available.

Lisa Veit has been named the new executive director of the Guelph Humane Society.

Tyrone Dowling, who was the superintendent of the Wellington Catholic District School Board, is mow the Director of Education for the Waterloo Catholic DSB.

Dr. John Walsh and Samantha Casey are the winners of this year’s Dr. William Winegard Exemplary Volunteer Involvement Awards from the People and Information Network (PIN).

Dr. Mario Monteiro from the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Guelph has developed four potential vaccines against bacterial infections that are also antimicrobial resistance, and they’ve been listed by the World Health Organization.

New and Upcoming Construction

There will be lane reductions on Victoria Road South between Elizabeth and York starting on Monday August 29 for one week to install.

There will lane reductions on Water Street between High Park and Maple for four days starting on Monday August 29 in order for crews to install new sewer and water pipes.

There will be lane reductions on Downey Road and Niska for two days starting on Monday August 29 for the installation of new speed cushions.

There will be lane reduction on Silvercreek north of Woodlawn Road for two weeks starting on Tuesday September 7 for the removing and repairing of concrete curbs, and the raising of manholes.

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