Civic Museum $5 Million Comes Through

It’s official!  MPP Liz Sandals announced today that the Province of Ontario’s MIII infrastructure program has awarded the $5 million request from the City of Guelph towards the restoration of the former Loretto Convent into the expanded Guelph Civic Museum.

This is exciting news, because it means the $6 million threshold in government-level funding has been reached, and the project can move ahead as planned.

The Civic Museum first identified the need for expansion over five years ago.  The current site cannot be expanded on site and the museum is bursting at the seams with artifacts, storage and lack of programming space.  The Diocese of Hamilton and the City of Guelph negotiated a 75 year lease term to use the Convent, a structurally sound Pre-Confederation limestone building, for the Museum.

This is great news!


Boby Rub Parlours Rub Me the Wrong Way

A posting at the 59 Carden blog accused City Council of being morally righteous in trying to establish a by-law to regulate body rub parlours.

Running a “common bawdy house” is illegal. Enforcing the law is not a morally righteous act. The problem with the law as it currently is enforced has been problematic for police forces in Ontario. They have not been able to convict the owners — who are the ones who should take responsibility — because the owners are not there and turn around and say they didn’t know that the “sale of sexual services” was going on. Yeah right….

A business licencing by-law however, can be used to shut down establishments that do not follow a set of regulations. The regulations are pretty simple – like wearing clothes and having a sink to wash hands. That shouldn’t be a problem for legitimate health care service providers.

It hasn’t been an easy road to come up with the perfect solution. Trained professional holistic health care service providers feel they are being lumped in with the sleazy businesses. A consultative working group is going to meet to get more input from this valuable stakeholder group before coming back with the proposed by-law.