CITY PAGES: Holiday Hours, New Year’s Buses, and Crime Stopppers Awards!

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…?

Holiday Hours Around Guelph!

  • Here are the City of Guelph’s holiday hours for key City facilities and service including transit, water, and waste collection.
  • These are the Guelph Public Library’s holiday hours.
  • Here are the holiday hours for Public Health’s COVID and Flu Care Clinic.
  • And these are the holiday hours for all other services at Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health.

Free Transit is Back This New Year!

If you’re going out to celebrate the start of 2023, like checking out the fireworks at Riverside Park for example, consider taking Guelph Transit because starting at 7 pm on December 31 it’s F-R-E-E! Brought to you by Natasha Pedersen, a real estate broker with Century 21 First Canadian Kingwell Realty Ltd Brokerage, transit will be free till the end of service on January 1 at 2:15 am when the last buses of the evening leave Guelph Central Station.

After the end of regular service at 12:45 am, transit will be running buses for six zoned routes every 30 minutes to help revellers get home. You can also book an on-demand bus ride using either the app or the website, and Transit advises you to book early if you’re going out on the bus New Year’s Eve.

United Way Sending Out Red Alert on Fundraising Effort

If Christmas is the season for giving, then the United Way of Guelph Wellington and Dufferin is asking for a little bit more. According to a press release from the United Way, local non-profits are struggle with increased demand in areas of food insecurity, housing affordability and mental health; a 19 per cent increase in requests for assistance with food, 16 per cent for housing and shelter, and a staggering 34 per cent increase for mental health counselling. On top of that, 22 per cert of Canadians plan to access charitable services over the next six months – up from 14 per cent last January – just to meet basic needs such as food, shelter and clothing.

“Our community’s social safety net is more important than ever and with so many urgent needs, we know it can be tough to choose where to give,” said Patricia Tersigni, United Way Campaign Chair. “However a donation to United Way makes it possible to support a number of critical issues – poverty, mental health, homelessness, isolation, and hunger.”

So the United Way is asking the community for a little bit of extra help this year; no donation is too small, and all money donated stays in the community. Donations are accepted through the United Way office at 85 Westmount Road or by calling 519-821-0571 or through their website. “Our community is so generous and we are always grateful to those who see the need and want to help, but the 2022 United Way Campaign is short of where it needs to be to maintain our funding to critical programs and services,” Tersigni added.

Changes to Plow and Significant Weather Alert System

The City of Guelph is changing the system used to alert the community about significant weather events and residential plow outs that impact City services. It used to be that you would get an email from a service you subscribed to, but now the City is using Voyent Alert!. You can access the new alert system in a variety of ways, either through the app, by text message, an email message or by telephone voice message. If you’re currently signed up for Alert Guelph! you don’t need to do anything else, but if you want to sign up, learn more about your options here.

Local Crime Stoppers Org Wins Awards

Last month, both the Ontario Association of Crime Stoppers (OACS) and the Crime Stoppers International (CSI) awards were announced and Crime Stoppers Guelph Wellington were successful at both.

At the OACS, Crime Stopppers GW won Best Digital Award for a series of videos posted on their YouTube page last January, and for Best Radio Feature with The Grand at 101 to promote awareness of identity theft and crime prevention. Also, the local Crime Stoppers won the Special Project Award for the human trafficking awareness campaign with the OPP and Victim Services Wellington, plus the Online Excellence Award for their social media game. They also won the Marla Moon Memorial Award of Excellence award for an unprecedented seventh year in a row.

From the CSI, our local Crime Stoppers won the Best Media – Television award for segment on What’s On in Minto as well as Best Media -Digital, and Best Media – Radio. They also received three Productivity Awards in the categories of Total Arrests, Total Property Recovered and Total Seizures.

“These accolades demonstrate to the community that the work we are doing in the City of Guelph and County of Wellington is being recognized provincially and internationally.” said Sarah Bowers-Peter, CSGW Program Co-ordinator in a statement. “We hope anyone considering partnering, volunteering, donating or even crime reporting to Crime Stoppers Guelph Wellington, will be reassured with these announcements.”

Condolences for Wellington Catholic Superintendent

The Wellington Catholic District School Board announced the passing of Superintendent of Education Dan Pace last week. He was hired from the Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board in October after nearly 25 years in that board as both a teacher and as a principal.

“In a short period of time with Wellington Catholic DSB, Dan had formed many friendships and connections within the board and our community and was a well-respected and valued member of our senior administration,” said a school board press release. “His loss is felt by all who had encountered him.”

Important Info for People Experiencing Homelessness

Additional Notes

REMINDER: Sparkles in the Park will run from Saturday December 17 to Sunday December 31 at Riverside Park.

Applications for summer jobs at the City of Guelph will be open starting February 5.

Victim Services Wellington is looking for volunteers to provide emotional support and assistance. Training begins in February!

As recently demonstrated at this week’s city council meeting, the City of Guelph has unveiled its new interactive Report a Problem map where you can report issues in 68 different categories.

Colin Mochrie and Asad Mecci are bringing their off-Broadway act HYPROV: Improv Under Hypnosis to Guelph as part of their national tour on February 23 at the River Run Centre.

Hilary McCann has been hired to be the head of the City of Guelph’s new Destination Marketing Organization. Her job will be to develop and implement the City’s new destination marketing plan and build partnerships in the local tourism industry.

The Federal government has launched the employer application period for the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program for 2023 program. Not-for-profit organizations, public sector employers, and private sector employers with 50 or fewer full-time employees can apply for funding from now until January 12, to hire young Canadians next summer.

New and Upcoming Construction

Baker Street will be open again (for winter anyway) starting on Monday December 19. Construction work with begin again in March 2023.

Construction has begun on a temporary access road through the park from Brockville Avenue to Hayes Avenue so that construction can be done at the intersection of Hayes and York starting in 2023.

Advanced notice: the City of Guelph is planning for the next phase of work along Speedvale Avenue between Glenwood Avenue to east of the Guelph Junction Railway tracks starting in April 2023.

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