Category Archives: Environment

Dam Thoughts

Recently, an article in the Guelph Mercury highlighted the conflicting community opinion on the future of the Wellington Street dam. While the debate may be years away — as there is no immediate need for a large capital investment in … Continue reading

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River Rant

There’s been quite a flash flood of emails over the last few days about Official Plan Amendment 48 (OPA 48) and a claim that the document ignores how much we value our river systems. Nothing could be further from the … Continue reading

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Feeling Great about Guelph!

This is worth sharing — from the series Profiles hosted by Terry Bradshaw…. As per the Mayor’s blog,  it is worth noting that Guelph is the ONLY Canadian city that was featured in this series.  One of several Canadian cities…. http://youtu.be/Da11A8_6Bv4

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Thoughts on Water

From today’s Mercury (with my comments below): Council approves 10 per cent water rate February 01, 2011 Drew Halfnight, Mercury staff GUELPH — Council approved a 10 per cent increase to city water rates Monday evening, the second of four … Continue reading

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Living Sustainably in the City

This article from the weekend Guelph Mercury is a good opportunity to talk about how city dwellers can live more sustainably within the urban environment. http://news.guelphmercury.com/News/article/742996 Obviously, city residents can’t live off of the land to the degree that Arlene … Continue reading

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Guelph State of the Environment Report Available Online

How is Guelph doing on its environmental commitments?  Read the 2010 updates here. Water, waste, transportation, energy and greenspace — our future as a city depends on our continued improvement on all five fronts.  See how we’re doing, what we’re … Continue reading

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Proposed Tree By-Law Update

I have received several inquiries about the status of the “Private Tree By-Law” that was presented to the Community Design and Environmental Services committee this past Monday.    I am happy to try to add some clarity…. The Tree By-Law report … Continue reading

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No Jefferson Salamander on Hanlon Creek Busines Park Lands

CITY OF GUELPH NEWS RELEASE Salamander monitoring finds no Jefferson Salamander presence on Hanlon Creek Business Park lands GUELPH, ON, May 10, 2010 – Results of the recently completed salamander monitoring program indicate no Jefferson Salamander presence within the Hanlon … Continue reading

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Let’s Talk Trees…

Our urban forest is a major municipal asset. Cities spend a lot of time, money and resources maintaining “grey” infrastructure, but not enough on “green” infrastructure. Green infrastructure is linked to quality of life, recreation, air quality, urban cooling, carbon … Continue reading

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Royal City Park

The Royal City Park Material Management Plan went to the Community Development and Environmental Services committee this past Monday. One of the key recommendations in the plan is to remove and replace 52 high-risk trees in 2010. A full copy … Continue reading

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